Arts & Culture

Adam Bock prefers to chronicle the unsung hero. The prolific gay playwright told PGN that when he sits down to write, he wants “to focus the story on someone who isn’t typically focused on.”

Standup comedy is going to the dogs…and cats. Out Canadian comedian and veterinarian Ted Morris takes his bedside pet manners to the stage with his first comedy album, “Dawn of the Ted.”

Actress and comedian, Ali Wong, brings her “Milk and Money” comedy tour through town for an evening of hilarity 7 and 9:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at The Met, 858 N. Broad St. For more information or tickets e-mail, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Philadelphia Film Festival opens Oct. 17 with a screening of “Just Mercy” and unspools at various locations throughout the city before closing Oct. 27 with a screening of “Knives Out.” In between are more than 100 features, shorts and documentaries, including several films with LGBTQ content. Below is a rundown of what to catch at this year’s fest.

Few events in the life of a comedian equal the recording of a debut album. Out stand-up Samantha Ruddy will reach that milestone later this month, and she’s chosen Philadelphia’s Good Good Comedy Theatre for the occasion. Material for the album will be captured during two sets at the Chinatown venue on Oct. 11.

The hypnotic gay romance “End of the Century” is the best film of the year. Opening Oct. 4 at Landmark’s Ritz at the Bourse, it begins when Ocho (Juan Barberini) arrives in Barcelona, eventually hooking up with the irresistible Javi (Ramon Pujol). Their tryst is erotic but becomes more complicated when Javi says, “We’ve met before.” Cut to 20 years earlier when Ocho and Javi (still played by Barberini and Pujol) first meet. A third part of the film considers a possible future for the characters.

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