Arts & Culture

“Vida” is a terrific new drama series that showcases Latinx lesbian life in Los Angeles.

The show, which premieres on Starz, opens with Emma (Mishel Prada) returning to East Los Angeles following the death of her mother, Vida. Emma has not seen her sexpot sister, Lyn (Melissa Barrera), in years, and she didn’t know her mother had married Eddy (the non-binary Ser Anzoategui).

“The thing about cooking is it’s so interesting to watch. I don’t know why, but if you go to somebody’s house and they’re making something, they usually say interesting things while they’re cooking.”

—Christopher Walken

“Chopped,” “Top Chef,” “Iron Chef,” “Hell’s Kitchen,” “Brian Boitano’s Italian Adventure,” “Cupcake Wars” and “Nigella Bites” …

Obviously Christopher Walken is not the only one who enjoys watching people cook. This week’s Portrait, Peter Lee, is hoping there’s room for one more among the vast number of food-themed shows. Four of his videos, titled “Let’s Celebrate,” are currently available on Let’s Celebrate TV’s YouTube channel.

Here, he talks about he got his chopping chops and what prompted him to share his skills.

‘LADIES’ FIRST: The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, the experimental local cabaret troupe, rallies its considerable creative forces to headline the 25th-anniversary gala for the Avenue of the Arts, Inc., 6-9 p.m. May 4 at Doubletree Hotel, Broad and Locust Streets. For more information or tickets, visit

Grace Jones, the androgynous singer/songwriter, supermodel, actress and iconic queer icon, is the subject of the Sophie Fiennes documentary, “Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami” opening at the Landmark Ritz at the Bourse May 4.

As far as innovative opera directors go, Glasgow-born, out opera director Paul Curran is so ahead of the pack, he can hardly see behind him. Along with famed, star-making turns as a wee young general manager of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, and as artistic consultant for the Central City Opera of Denver, Curran brought a bold and lively look to Opera Philadelphia’s plush 2015 “La traviata” at a time when Opera Philadelphia boss David B. Devan’s company was just gaining acclaim.

Now, Curran returns to Opera Philadelphia with Bizet’s torrid “Carmen” at the Academy of Music April 27. Curran caught up with PGN on a rare day to himself in Philadelphia.

International drag performer and entertainer Varla Jean Mermen will bring female empowerment to Philadelphia in a new comedic cabaret show.

“Wonder Merman” pays tribute to women, both real and fictional, who have inspired the iconic performer.

 Parx Casino in Bensalem has stepped up its dining and entertainment game in the last few months with a new live-music venue and upscale restaurants to lure people to the bright lights and games of chance.

Among the dining additions is Liberty Bell Gastropub, 2999 Street Road, a culinary oasis in which to sit down and enjoy relatively fine dining away from the controlled sensory chaos of the casino floor.

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