Arts

 

The art gallery in the William Way LGBT Community Center has been temporarily transformed into a time machine of sorts, thanks to its current exhibition.

“Black Trans Futuristic” features the work of six artists: Jamie Grace Alexander, Wriply M. Bennet, Shanel Edwards, Devyn Farries, Myx Omiya Isa and Essa Terick, aka Tahnee. The contributors are people of color from throughout the African diaspora, as well as being trans, queer, nonbinary or gender-nonconforming.

Mauckingbird Theatre Company, Philadelphia’s gay-themed theater group, is kicking off 2019 with its unique take on Noël Coward’s comedy “Fallen Angels,” through Jan. 27 at the Louis Bluver Theatre at The Drake.

Set in London during the 1920s, the original play centers on two women who have been married to their husbands for five years and find their tranquil lives disrupted when a former lover, with whom both were previously involved, plans to visit from France. The women’s anticipation sets off events that come to a head once the former lover arrives in the flesh.

Writer-director Barry Jenkins follows up his Oscar-winning “Moonlight” with another masterful film, “If Beale Street Could Talk.” Adapted from a 1974 novel by out gay writer James Baldwin, the film opens with a quote from the author about how African-Americans are part of a vibrant, marginalized community. It’s a fitting passage for a film about a couple facing a series of joys and hardships.

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