When eleven female musicians take on the traditional Eastern European Jewish folk music of “Soul Songs: Inspiring Women of Klezmer” Oct. 28 at West Philly’s Annenberg Center, chutzpah  certainly will be in the air.


In 2007, with his film career at a standstill, openly gay actor and writer Rupert Everett felt exiled from the industry. In the metaphorical gutter, looking up at the stars, he found inspiration in the final years of Oscar Wilde, another artist who publicly hit rock bottom.


For more than 30 years, Gengoroh Tagame, the celebrated gay Japanese manga artist, created bara-themed erotica: manga made for gay men by a gay man, stylized by bear-ish characters engaged in BDSM. 

In 2014, his work took a sharp turn to focus on family life.

Comedian, actress and dish queen Kathy Griffin is no stranger to controversy, but this year she finds herself back from celebrity exile after drawing the fiery and somewhat hypocritical wrath of the political establishment, media and the entertainment industry last year for a satirical photo she took depicting her holding the severed, bloody head of Presdient Donald Trump. The result was quick and decisive, as representatives for venues and networks across the country rushed to cut ties and cancel upcoming gigs.

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