Arts & Culture

 Few interpretive theater singers and players have the integrity and innovative wiles of Mark Nadler.

Along with juggling the pioneering tradition and often-coded lyricism of the greats, the pianist and vocalist finds modern twists and elegant nuance in every song he performs. Don’t believe me? See Nadler at Dino’s Backstage April 27-28 (as a music historian, he’s unparalleled, plus he does a mean Jimmy Durante impression).

A SIGHT FOR SORE EYES: Out folk/pop singer and songwriter Rachel Sage celebrates the release of her 13th album, “Myopia,” with a performance 8 p.m. May 4 at Burlap and Bean, 204 S. Newtown Street Road, Newton Square. For more information or tickets, call 484-427-4547 or visit

 Discerning viewers seeking a short but satisfying streaming option might consider “After Forever.” The independently produced series, now available on Amazon, examines love, loss, and dating from the perspective of a 50-something gay man.

“After Forever” revolves around Brian, a handsome, successful Manhattanite played by Kevin Spirtas. The out actor has appeared in everything from B-movies to Broadway musicals, but he’s probably best known for his role as Dr. Craig Wesley on the long-running soap opera “Days of Our Lives.”

On May 3, as part of a Mexican Week celebration, Lightbox Film Center is hosting an outstanding program of short films featuring sexual diversity. The eight films, which consist of live-action, animation and documentary shorts by, for and about LGBTQ Mexicans, will screen at 7 p.m., followed by a panel discussion, a Q&A and a Cinco de Mayo celebration.

   This year we’re doing something a little bit outside of the box for the Travel Issue because, to be honest, if I had to figure out a new twist to make New Hope, Rehoboth, Atlantic City or Provincetown sound new and interesting for your hard-earned vacation time and travel dollars, I was going to start day-drinking and not in the good way.

So, me being a stand-up comic, a low-wattage light bulb of an idea lit up in my brain. Why don’t I ask some my LGBT comic friends I’ve met on the road where they like to go when they have time to get away?

  April is Sexual Violence Awareness month. The statistics speak for themselves: One in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives and almost half (49.5 percent) of multiracial women are subjected to some form of sexual violence in their lifetimes, but there’s not much in the way of research or help specifically geared towards LGBTQ people.

MATTERS OF THE HEART: Koresh Dance Company will present the world premiere of “Matters of the Heart” and “Inner Sun,” choreographed by company founder and director Ronen Koresh, April 26-29, at the Suzanne Roberts Theater, 480 S. Broad Street. Pictured is Micah Geyer from “Inner Sun.” Performances on April 26 and 27 feature post-show conversations with the artists. For ticket information, call 215-751-0959, or visit Photo: Frank Bicking

Childhood: a time, for many of us, of innocence and simplicity.

But life moves on. Experience tends to knock the innocence out of us. The older we get, the more complicated life becomes. Such is the premise of “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead,” a play being presented later this month by a new theater company, Raw Street Productions, at its home space in South Philadelphia.

Out gay writer-director Andrew Haigh brings an engaging, sensitive and moving drama in his adaptation of Willy Vlautin’s novel, “Lean on Pete.” The film, which opens at the Landmark Ritz Five on April 20, tells the story of Charley (Charlie Plummer), a teenager who cares for the title Quarter Horse one summer.

 WXPN’s “Kids Corner” is made up of three distinct but equal voices. There are the children who contribute to the process as interactive listeners and interlocutors as the music and conversation revolve around them. There is program host and creator Kathy O’Connell, who makes childrens’ concerns her own. Then there is O’Connell’s producer and co-conspirator, Robert Drake. Known too as a man who DJs new-wave records, live and on the radio, and co-creates events such as “Zombie Prom Night” and “Bowie Week,” Drake is his own brand.

 Have you ever had one of those weekends or evenings where you want to enjoy a feel-good musical and your significant other wants to take in something a little more socially conscious about people resisting fascists, Nazis and other assorted agents of oppression and evil?

Well, guess what? You can both have it your way when Broadway Philadelphia presents a new production of “The Sound of Music” April 24-28 at Merriam Theater.

Old City’s 12 Gates Art Gallery is giving Philadelphia an eye-opening look at the works of three Pakistani queer artists this month.

Titled “Unruly Politics,” the exhibition borrows its name from a work of art by Indian queer activist Akshay Khanna and examines notions of queerness, sexual identity, the accompanying political expectations and what that means in this day and age. The exhibition features works by artist, performer and drag queen Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, artist and writer Aziz Sohail and artist and educator Abdullah Qureshi.

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