Arts & Culture

Sometimes you need a change of scenery to create changes in scenery.

Out glass artist Joseph Cavalieri, is in the midst of a 10-week residency at the GoggleWorks Center in Reading, where he is creating his latest series called “Disenchanted Alice,” a collection of six stained-glass panels based on the illustrations of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland.”

Philly Gay Calendar is one of my prime sources for ideas for this column. Mr. PGC himself, Steve McCann, has been featured here and over the years has been kind enough to respond to my call for contact names and numbers at all hours. So, ’natch, when it comes time for their annual event and fundraiser, The Boys of Summer, I called on Steve for a recommendation. B.o.S helps raise money for Philly Gay Calendar and allows them to be a go-to source, along with PGN of course, for information about what’s happening in our community free of charge. We spoke to one of the event organizers, the fabulous Matthew Rowe.

Film festivals devoted to under-represented communities in cinema provide the best opportunities to see reflections of self on screen.

Now in its seventh year, the Black Star Film Festival, unspooling Aug. 2-5 at various locations in Philadelphia, offers 80 shorts, documentaries and features that depict African-American, African-diaspora and other communities.

TEARING THE ROOF OFF THE SUCKER ONE LAST TIME: R&B-funk pioneer George Clinton brings Parliament Funkadelic through the area to land the mothership and give Philly one more go-round, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Ave. For more information or tickets, call 610-649-8389.

 Transgender filmmaker Kimberly Reed wrote, produced and directed — and even did the cinematography for — the gripping documentary “Dark Money,” opening July 20 at the Ritz at the Bourse. The film explores the timely subject of campaign-finance reform — or, as the film’s title suggests, those undisclosed corporate contributions that, by influencing elections, “buy” votes and change laws to achieve a specific agenda.

SHE’S A RAINBOW: Pop singer Kesha (pictured) teams up with rapper Macklemore for co-headlining tour ‘Rainbow’ that is set to get Philly jumping and dancing 7 p.m. July 25 at BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J. For more information or tickets, call 609-365-1300. Photo: Olivia Bee

Actor, director, author and activist George Takei is several sorts of icon rolled into one man. Along with being an avidly out proponent of LGBTQ rights, he is a vital member of the original “Star Trek” series enterprise, a social-media overlord (a Facebook force with over 10-million followers, to say nothing of an active Twitter feed) and a fighter for the rights of all immigrant cultures, as he and his family were forced into U.S.-run Japanese concentration camps during World War II. Now, he’s also an app crafter with House of Cats, a play on “House of Cards” and an augmented-reality app which gives players a role on the world’s political stage.

 

Ardmore Restaurant Week, which is actually a two-week-long foodie event, is back and dishing out prix-fixe menus through July 29. This picturesque piece of the Main Line is packed with a diverse array of shops and restaurants, 16 of which are participating in restaurant week and offering three-course dinners for $15, $25 or $35.

This is the time of year when it’s so hot that “go soak your head” is not an insult but a good idea. As president of the LGBT+ swim club The Fins Aquatic Club, Arthur Zeng suggests you come soak not just your head but the rest of you as well.

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