Arts & Culture

This upcoming year is going to usher in challenges for most of us. Will we retain hard-fought rights under a (gulp) Trump/Pence administration? Will we see our friends or loved ones deported? Will we be forced to choose between a trip to the doctor and shoes for the kids? Will there be border patrols monitoring the Burger King bathrooms to make sure that we have the proper genitalia to enter?

IT’S A (VON) TRAPP!: The clubs are alive with “The Sound of Music” when the classic film is screened for audiences to sing along to 8 p.m. Dec. 28 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.,  and 8 p.m. Dec. 30, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del. For more information, visit

Out comedian and TV personality Julie Goldman is bookending the holidays in our area this year.

She will perform Dec. 24 as part of the “Moo Shu Jew Show” in Philadelphia — an evening of Jewish comedians and Chinese food for people who don’t celebrate Christmas — and will headline a New Year’s Eve show at the Rrazz Room in New Hope.

Kwanzaa begins Dec. 26 and runs until Jan. 1.

It is a celebration that honors African heritage in African-American culture and is based on seven core principles: Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity) and Imani (Faith). This week’s portrait, Meg Onli, embodies several of those principles.

Between holiday parties, bumper-to-bumper traffic and mentally preparing for meals with Trump-lovin’ relatives, it’s hard to imagine any of us will have any downtime this holiday season. If you are lucky enough to eke out a few minutes to yourself in the coming weeks (or if you want to broaden the literary horizon of above-mentioned Republican family members), considering adding these latest LGBT-related titles to your wish list, or your holiday-shopping list.

It’s been seven years since the last Big Mess Cabaret. The fact that the band is getting together for one more show is almost as much a surprise to them as it is to their audience, according to the group’s artistic director, Andy Bresnan.

YOU’RE ALLOWED TO PEEK: Philadelphia’s premiere burlesque troupe, Peek-a-Boo Revue, unwraps its “Holiday Spectacular” show for all the naughty boys and girls 8 p.m. Dec. 18 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. For more information or tickets, call 215-222-1400.

Gary M. Kramer loves movies. The prolific freelancer is a contributing writer to alternative queer weeklies including, Gay City News in New York City, The San Francisco Bay Times and our very own PGN. His work also appears on the websites Salon, Slant, Bomb and Cinedelphia. He has authored, edited and contributed to several books, including most recently “The Directory of World Cinema: Argentina.” As one reviewer noted: “Gary Kramer notices things I never caught, making me want to go back and watch the films again.”

It really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Now that we’re in the holiday sweet spot between Thanksgiving and whatever late-December holiday you celebrate, there is no better time to take in all the sights and sounds, pageantry and glitz that come with the season. Philadelphia and its surrounding areas are so loaded with history and tradition that residents and visitors alike can’t help but get a little swept up in how the region shows off for the Christmas season.

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