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Jennifer Higdon may be Brooklyn-born and Tennessee-raised but it’s Philly, where she’s lived for three decades with partner-turned-wife Cheryl Lawson, that has provided the backdrop for her biggest musical moments — like writing her violin concerto, for which she won a 2010 Pulitzer Prize, or her percussion concerto, for which she snagged a 2009 Grammy Award for best contemporary classical composition.

An inspiring documentary portrait of an unexpected queer activist, “An Act of Love” recounts the heartfelt and impassioned story of United Methodist Church (UMC) pastor the Rev. Frank Schaefer. In November 2013, Schaefer was put on trial in a church court at Camp Innabah in Spring City, Pa., for violating the covenant of the Book of Discipline. He had officiated at his son Tim’s same-sex wedding ceremony in Massachusetts in 2007.

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