Arts

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.

 WXPN’s “Kids Corner” is made up of three distinct but equal voices. There are the children who contribute to the process as interactive listeners and interlocutors as the music and conversation revolve around them. There is program host and creator Kathy O’Connell, who makes childrens’ concerns her own. Then there is O’Connell’s producer and co-conspirator, Robert Drake. Known too as a man who DJs new-wave records, live and on the radio, and co-creates events such as “Zombie Prom Night” and “Bowie Week,” Drake is his own brand.

 Have you ever had one of those weekends or evenings where you want to enjoy a feel-good musical and your significant other wants to take in something a little more socially conscious about people resisting fascists, Nazis and other assorted agents of oppression and evil?

Well, guess what? You can both have it your way when Broadway Philadelphia presents a new production of “The Sound of Music” April 24-28 at Merriam Theater.

Old City’s 12 Gates Art Gallery is giving Philadelphia an eye-opening look at the works of three Pakistani queer artists this month.

Titled “Unruly Politics,” the exhibition borrows its name from a work of art by Indian queer activist Akshay Khanna and examines notions of queerness, sexual identity, the accompanying political expectations and what that means in this day and age. The exhibition features works by artist, performer and drag queen Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, artist and writer Aziz Sohail and artist and educator Abdullah Qureshi.

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