Arts

 Few interpretive theater singers and players have the integrity and innovative wiles of Mark Nadler.

Along with juggling the pioneering tradition and often-coded lyricism of the greats, the pianist and vocalist finds modern twists and elegant nuance in every song he performs. Don’t believe me? See Nadler at Dino’s Backstage April 27-28 (as a music historian, he’s unparalleled, plus he does a mean Jimmy Durante impression).

On May 3, as part of a Mexican Week celebration, Lightbox Film Center is hosting an outstanding program of short films featuring sexual diversity. The eight films, which consist of live-action, animation and documentary shorts by, for and about LGBTQ Mexicans, will screen at 7 p.m., followed by a panel discussion, a Q&A and a Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Childhood: a time, for many of us, of innocence and simplicity.

But life moves on. Experience tends to knock the innocence out of us. The older we get, the more complicated life becomes. Such is the premise of “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead,” a play being presented later this month by a new theater company, Raw Street Productions, at its home space in South Philadelphia.

Out gay writer-director Andrew Haigh brings an engaging, sensitive and moving drama in his adaptation of Willy Vlautin’s novel, “Lean on Pete.” The film, which opens at the Landmark Ritz Five on April 20, tells the story of Charley (Charlie Plummer), a teenager who cares for the title Quarter Horse one summer.

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