Arts & Culture


When the Prayer for Peace Tour pulls through World Cafe Live  May 10, it won’t only toe the line for ancient-to-future-forward-thinking Delta blues and dirty soul courtesy the North Mississippi Allstars and Alvin Youngblood Hart. The night welcomes activist, author, theologian and bluesman the Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou – Rev. Sekou for short, a child of the black Pentecostal Church of God in Christ – a holy man who, though not gay, calls himself in word and action, “an ally” for all things, people and issues LGBT.

INTO THE GROOVE: Out singer-songwriter and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello brings her unique blend of neo-soul, funk, rock and R&B music to Philly 8 p.m. May 6 at Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St. For more information or tickets, call 215-898-3900.

Samy el-Noury is a renaissance man. A well-respected actor, Noury is also a musician, a brown belt in Shaolin Kung Fu, does pretty well on a trapeze, speaks a smattering of French, Arabic and Spanish, is fluent in Japanese and knows his way around a puppet. Not bad for someone who hasn’t turned 30 yet.

The Revolution, the legendary funk/rock band behind some of Prince’s most popular albums and tours, is hitting the road this spring. The troupe reunited for a handful of tribute concerts last year in Minneapolis following the sudden death of the iconic singer, performer and songwriter.

Guitarist Wendy Melvoin, bassist Brown Mark, keyboardists Matt Fink and Lisa Coleman and drummer Bobby Z. were all immortalized on screen and on tape after having appeared on Prince’s bestselling album and film, “Purple Rain,” as well as the albums “Around The World in a Day” and “Parade,” before Prince disbanded the group in 1986.

“TROUBLE” MAKER: Gay screenwriter, director and pop-culture icon John Waters — who was behind such classics as “Pink Flamingos” and “Hairspray” — hosts a live Q&A about his latest book, “Make Trouble,” 7:30 p.m. April 29 at Central Library, 1901 Vine St. For more information, call 215-567-4341.

The character of Figaro is one of the most finely detailed and renowned in operatic literature. As essayed first by playwright Pierre Beaumarchais in his comedies “The Barber of Seville,” “The Marriage of Figaro” and “The Guilty Mother,” the rakish, witty Figaro is smarter and sharper than his class would (or rather, should) allow, he being the valet to Spain’s Count Almaviva, governor of Andalusia. As a shrewd modish up-market major-domo, Figaro is slyly acerbic and ready with the most cutting and knowing of retorts. It is, however, his role as fiancé to Suzanne — Countess Rosine’s maid — that shows Figaro as a tender, coy and cool romancer.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. It’s unthinkable that we even need to have an officially designated month for something so heinous, but sadly there are more than 3-million cases of child abuse each year in the United States alone (and that’s just those that are reported). One in 10 children will be sexually abused before they turn 18; that’s 400,000 kids every year.

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