Arts & Culture

Situated in the lush first-floor confines of the Ritz-Carlton, just steps from City Hall, Aqimero has made some changes to its menu to capitalize on the recently added wood-burning grill.

WE LOVE THE ’80S: Retro new-wave super group Dreamcar, which features everybody from No Doubt who isn’t Gwen Stefani and the singer from goth/punk rockers AFI, gets its neon-lit groove on 8 p.m. May 22 at TLA, 334 South St. For more information or tickets, call 215-922-1011.

With a melted-butter voice and a conversational lyrical style, Lucy Dacus has become the Southern gothic queen of the axis of her hometown of Richmond, Va., and in Nashville, Tenn. (where she recorded her debut, “No Burden,” in one 10-hour session). To go with her intimate, chatty style and weary discussions of love, fiduciary fairness and language, there is the quiet fact that Dacus has emerged as a humble gay icon and a distinguished live performer, the latter of which can be seen at her upcoming local shows, May 20 and 21 at Union Transfer.

If you look up “can-do spirit” in an encyclopedia, you’ll probably find a picture of this week’s profile. Wait, that’s making me sound old. Let me rephrase: If you google “fixer,” you might just find a picture of Wafiyyah Packer. Even as a new mother, Packer makes time to jump into multiple projects, usually behind the scenes. And like James Bond, she always gets the job done.

The handsomely mounted period piece “A Quiet Passion,” opening May 12 at the Ritz at the Bourse, is gay filmmaker Terence Davies’ gorgeously lit biopic of poet Emily Dickinson.

The film chronicles Dickinson (Cynthia Nixon) returning home to Amherst where she tells her father (Keith Carradine) that she wants to write and publish poetry. Davies, who penned the screenplay, concentrates on aspects of Dickinson’s character, from her efforts to write to her friendship with Vryling Buffam (a scene-stealing Catherine Bailey) to her arguments with her brother Austin (Duncan Duff) over his extramarital affair and her prolonged illness.

Everything singer/songwriter Mike Hadreas does in the guise of Perfume Genius shimmers.

With an angelic, androgynous voice, a set of songs that slides from rubbery electro-dance, glassy piano ballads and gutsy glam rock and lyrics examining his own sexuality and the trauma of homophobia, drug abuse and domestic violence, his is a brutally honest — yet poetic — look at youthful corps d’esprit. Since 2010’s “Learning,” Hadreas has always, by his own account, been angry and pointed fingers. With his dashing, new “No Shape,” however, the eight-years’-sober and involved (with his keyboardist Alan Wyffels, a classically trained pianist he met in group therapy) singer sounds wearier but more triumphant — replacing disgust and anger with an edgy positivity.

PULLING SOME STRINGS: Out string quartet Well-Strung, known far and wide for putting its own classical-tinged stamp on pop songs, is coming to town, with Thorgy Thor from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” opening the show, 8 p.m. May 13 at TLA, 334 South St. For more information or tickets, call 215-922-1011.

The 12th-annual HUMP! Festival, created and curated by out advice columnist and activist Dan Savage, is on the road again, coming to Philadelphia May 12-13. Each year the festival presents an evening of homegrown amateur short porn films, which feature a wide range of body sizes, shapes, ages, colors, sexualities, genders, kinks and fetishes.

The Philadelphia Theatre Company ends its season with “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey,” a one-man show written and performed by LGBT activist James Lecesne. The production is based on Lecesne’s acclaimed young-adult novel about the effect a gay teen’s disappearance has on his community.

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”      — Cicero

If you haven’t been yet, there’s a lovely little spot just a half-block from William Way LGBT Community Center that has both books and soul. It’s called Writer’s Block Rehab and no, it’s not a recovery facility: It’s a lovely little bar opened up by this week’s Portrait, Ram Krishnan.

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