Arts & Culture

When the Stonewall riots sparked the modern LGBTQ activist movement in 1969, radical left politics started dominating the discourse. As years passed, more mainstream liberal assimilationist voices grew, though radical leftist voices continued playing an important part of the movement’s political discussions.

Joseph Keckler, a multi-genre, three-octave, interdisciplinary artist-singer, is in town for “Let Me Die,” his morbid assemblage that combines classical opera death sequences with original music and narratives.

Directed by Jacqueline Audry — and adapted from Dorothy Bussy’s semi-autobiographical novel by Audry’s husband, Pierre Laroche, and her sister Colette Audry — “Olivia,” set mainly at a boarding school for young girls, brims with lesbian desire.

PAGE TURNER: Gabby Rivera, out author of the queer coming of age tale, “Juliet Takes a Breath,” creator of the comic series “AMERICA” and first Latina to write for Marvel comics, hosts a live Q&A, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at Central Library, 1901 Vine St. For more information, call 215-686-5322.

Philadelphia’s binge-worthy opera festival, O19, is here and features legendary out conductor Gary Thor Wedow. This year, he conducts the Opera Philadelphia Orchestra in George Frideric Handel’s “Semele” beginning September 19. Wedow, a faculty member at Juilliard for 25 years and master of Handel’s rippling musicality, sat down with PGN to talk about the upcoming production.

Richard, the hero of James Gregor’s captivating debut novel, “Going Dutch” (Simon & Schuster, 2019), is a queer, 20-something graduate student pursuing a PhD in medieval Italian literature. Richard suffers from crippling writer’s block and, as a result, is in peril of losing his funding.

Tribe of Fools — a theater company that combines traditional playmaking with movement-centered storytelling — is known for producing work with a lot of local flair. The company’s entry in this year’s Philadelphia Fringe Festival will be no different.

I might be a femme whose closest association to any kind of sports’ career consisted of a short stint playing softball to obtain my lesbian card and being almost knocked unconscious on a tennis court by a ball machine. But whatever I lack in physical prowess, I make up in enthusiasm when watching sports, especially the game of football.

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