Arts & Culture


Kathy Griffin is back from celebrity exile.

The comedian and dish queen has been in virtual timeout since that satirical depiction of her holding the severed, bloody head of President Trump, which drew the fiery and somewhat-hypocritical wrath of the political establishment, media and entertainment industry last year. In the quick and decisive aftermath, venues and networks cut ties and canceled upcoming gigs.

These days, we could all use a good belly laugh. Add a little music to it — even better. Throw in a few pumpkins and you have “The Halloween Comedy Show Gates” with impresario Joe Gates.

Wanda Sykes has been in the entertainment business more than 30 years, performing for world leaders and working with some of the biggest names in Hollywood.

It being LGBT History Month, we asked Sykes .

The career trajectory of out author Anne Balay is flush with detours. It starts with an English Ph.D., shifts to car mechanic and transitions back to teaching. Then, there’s a book written, tenure denied — and a sharp turn to professional truck driver.

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL: Enduring out folk/rock duo Indigo Girls return for two intimate performances Oct. 11-12 at Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave. in Glenside. For more information or tickets, call 215-572-7650.

Comedian, actress and dish queen Kathy Griffin is no stranger to controversy, but this year she finds herself back from celebrity exile after drawing the fiery and somewhat hypocritical wrath of the political establishment, media and the entertainment industry last year for a satirical photo she took depicting her holding the severed, bloody head of Presdient Donald Trump. The result was quick and decisive, as representatives for venues and networks across the country rushed to cut ties and cancel upcoming gigs.

There’s a lot of misfit action rampant at Plays & Players in October. The theater’s long-running tenant, 1812 Productions, just happens to be this city’s sole company purely dedicated to all things comic. British playwright Tom Wells writes about his gray industrial hometown of Hull, England with misfit-driven plays about escapism such as “Folk,” “Jumpers for Goalposts” and now “Broken Biscuits,” which has its American premiere at 1812 in October.

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