Arts

Philadelphia’s binge-worthy opera festival, O19, is here and features legendary out conductor Gary Thor Wedow. This year, he conducts the Opera Philadelphia Orchestra in George Frideric Handel’s “Semele” beginning September 19. Wedow, a faculty member at Juilliard for 25 years and master of Handel’s rippling musicality, sat down with PGN to talk about the upcoming production.

When Broadway Dreams brings its one-night-only “Philadelphia Dreamer” musical revue to Chestnut Street’s Mandell Theatre this weekend, it will do so with the force of stars from the Great White Way.

Weird. Wild. Fascinating. Upsetting. These words and many more describe the world of David Lynch, the mastermind behind “Eraserhead,” “Blue Velvet” and “Twin Peaks.” Lynch’s aesthetic has proven irresistible for artists — like Michael Osinski, local out director and founder of The Antitode, a collective of artists creating productions that “blend contemporary pop culture with classic plots to create a new way of telling stories.”

 

Director Jack Hazan’s 1973 quasi-documentary about gay artist David Hockney, “A Bigger Splash,” takes its name from the title of one of Hockney’s seminal paintings.

The film depicts the artist’s breakup with Peter Schlesinger, his one-time lover and muse, and the impact that had on him, his work, as well as his coterie of friends.

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