Arts & Culture


Out gay actor Ben Whishaw co-stars in the canny sci-fi drama “Little Joe,” opening Dec. 6 at the Landmark Ritz at the Bourse. Set in the biotechnology world, the film follows Alice (Emily Beecham) and her colleague Chris (Whishaw), who have genetically engineered a special breed of plant. Nicknamed “Little Joe,” the plant promotes happiness if it receives love. Alice and Chris are optimistic that their project will make people’s lives better.

In the queer-tinged “Knives and Skin,” the disappearance of 15-year-old Carolyn Harper (Raven Whitley) sends shockwaves throughout the community. Moreover, although Carolyn’s body is seen periodically throughout writer and director Jennifer Reeder’s mystifying film, the emphasis is less about what happened to Carolyn, and more the strange behavior of Carolyn’s friends, family members and her friends’ family members.

MERRY ‘X’-MAS: Pop icon, Madonna, brings her intimate Madame X World Tour, featuring most songs from her new album and a handful of her hits, to Philly for a string of shows, Dec. 7, 8 and 11 at The Met, 858 N. Broad St. For more information or tickets, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The third local installment of the Feminist Flea Market and Craft Fair returns to Philadelphia on Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Since its last iteration at Underground Arts with over 1,650 attendees, the market has since expanded and will take place this year in South Philly’s Bok Building. Rebecca Aronow of the event production company House Cat created this flea market specifically for womxn, trans, nonbinary and gender-nonconforming people.

It’s a blustery Thursday afternoon in South Philadelphia, and Justin Jain is becoming Pete Buttigieg. The out actor looks and sounds nothing like the openly gay, dark-horse presidential candidate, but he works prodigiously to adopt Buttigieg’s Midwestern mannerisms and homespun charm.

Out gay director Todd Haynes’ new film, “Dark Waters,” is a chilling true story about the unprecedented legal case Robert Bilott (Mark Ruffalo) built against DuPont for poisoning the residents of the town of Parkersburg, West Virginia for decades.

“The Sun, the Earth, and the Moon” is a book of endings and beginnings. The journey from adolescence into adulthood, the line between friendship and love, the disparity of the world before and the world after AIDS.

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