Arts & Culture

IT WAS 50 YEARS AGO TODAY: The POPS celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ iconic “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” playing classic tracks form the album, along with other Beatles’ songs Feb. 3-5 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 300 S. Broad St. For more information or tickets, call 215-893-1999.

The irrepressible Lady Bunny will perform her hit show “Trans-Jester!” one night only, Jan. 28, at the Rrazz Room at the Raven in New Hope. The act is a mix of cabaret and comedy — “a dirty, raunchy, twisted romp with songs,” the chanteuse said in a recent phone interview, that asks, “What can we still laugh at?”

The film “Watermelon Woman” was a fictional tale about a filmmaker who becomes intrigued by a character actress she comes across in several old movies. She comes to find that the actress was a lesbian and involved with the leading lady. This week’s profile, Joseph Eckhardt, stumbled across a similar fantastical story but, in this case, it’s all real. And it’s magnificent.

Kate Berlant and out comedian John Early (“Search Party”) are coming to Underground Arts Feb. 6 to perform a giddy and fun show of songs and stand-up, as well as debut their new web series, “555” (which will be available Jan. 31 on Vimeo).

Well, I’ve just seen a rare sight. Was it a glimpse of a UFO? Our president-elect saying something presidential? (I said rare, not nonexistent.) Me in running shorts? No, I just saw a Yelp review for a business that was 99.9-percent all positive comments. In this day and age of snarky remarks, that’s quite a feat.

As we celebrate the New You in the New Year, I decided to shed a little light on a local LGBT business. Open City Healing Arts is a wellness practice that embraces body and mind to help clients achieve maximum potential. Founded by Laura Hawley, the practice combines acupuncture and psychotherapy to help patients integrate the mental and the physical. And it seems to work; the testimonials on her page made me feel all warm and fuzzy.

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