Arts

Philadelphia’s renowned Institute of Contemporary Art has a history of promoting queer themes. Continuing that tradition on Nov. 7, ICA will host a panel discussion and art presentation “They/She/He/Who’s Gotta Have it? Art Across Genders, Nations, and Forms.”

Photographer and PGN contributor Tara Lessard has spent much of her career documenting Philly’s LGBTQ-plus community, but these days she’s turning the lens on her personal struggles with cancer, which she has been battling since 2015.

Standup comedy is going to the dogs…and cats. Out Canadian comedian and veterinarian Ted Morris takes his bedside pet manners to the stage with his first comedy album, “Dawn of the Ted.”

Few events in the life of a comedian equal the recording of a debut album. Out stand-up Samantha Ruddy will reach that milestone later this month, and she’s chosen Philadelphia’s Good Good Comedy Theatre for the occasion. Material for the album will be captured during two sets at the Chinatown venue on Oct. 11.

The chameleon-like Malachi Lily excels across a variety of artistic mediums. The Philadelphia-based nonbinary creator is equally at home as a poet, an illustrator and a curator, whose work interrogates the intersections of race, gender, sexuality and aesthetic expectations. Their curatorial work will be on display at Da Vinci Art Alliance in South Philadelphia, which presents “Temple of Sirius” from Oct. 6-27.

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