“The Disappointments,” by creator Rich Burns, is a new web series about three middle-aged gay best friends trying to figure out how to live their best lives.

The series, based on actual events, follows a group of close friends in their 50s who, rocked by the suicide of one of their own, are forced to face the failures and disappointments in their own lives.

According to the series announcement, “The Disappointments” looks at a pivotal issue people face as they navigate their later years: What do you do when you realize that time is running short, the road behind you is longer than the road ahead, and your life has not turned out at all the way you had hoped and planned when you were young?

“The Disappointments” is “a darkly comic series about us, gay people in their 50s, who suddenly find themselves standing in a room, looking at their belongings, their careers, their unhappy personal lives, their reflection in the mirror and asking, 'How did this get to be my life?' Disillusioned. Disappointed. And the clock is ticking,” explained Burns.

The first three episodes are available to stream on YouTube and additional episodes will be released on Mondays at 3 p.m. EST.

Choruses Announce Holiday Concerts

The Original Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus will kick off the season with “Jingle All the Way,” a program full of holiday classics and seasonal musical treasures, on Sunday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at the United Church of Christ Fort Lauderdale, 2501 NE 30th Street.

Musical selections include: “O Holy Night,” “The Chanukah Song” (“We Are Lights”), “Hanukkah in Santa Monica,” “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” Barbra Streisand’s arrangement of “Jingle Bells” and “Ring Those Christmas Bells.” Founding Artistic Director Dr. Gary Keating will once again conduct.

Social distancing will be observed and audience members are required to wear masks at the performance. Tickets start at $25 at FTLGMC.org.

The Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida and new Artistic Director Gabe Salazar will take the podium for two-holiday performances: Friday, Dec. 17 at the Sunshine Cathedral in Fort Lauderdale and Sunday, Dec. 19 at the Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood.

The Sunshine Cathedral concert will offer a traditional, festive holiday concert, while the chorus will be joined by multi-platinum recording artist and actress Deborah Cox at the Hard Rock Live concert.

The chorus requires results of a negative COVID test or alternately, optional proof of vaccination to attend concerts. Masks must be worn at both performances. Tickets and more information are available at GMCSF.org.


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