Arts & Culture

Out filmmaker and Temple University film professor Lauren Wolkstein co-directed the fantastic and hypnotic drama “The Strange Ones” with Christopher Radcliff. The film, based on the co-directors’ 2011 short of the same name, is currently on DIRECTV and will be available on iTunes Jan 5.

Out acclaimed composer, vocalist and songwriter Rufus Wainwright will perform a concert backed by the Philly POPS and Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus Jan. 19 at the Kimmel Center. The orchestra will accompany Wainwright through his unique repertoire, which will include highlights from his career.

So, 2017 was a pretty crummy year for the country, so I thought it’d be nice to start 2018 with a hearty laugh. “Come, Rainbows” is a comedy show that features local LGBT comics Rebekah Rickards, Molly Hanulec, Domo Jones, Low Hanging Fruit and Hannibal Lickter (Karen E. Johnson). One of the funny hosts is local standup Dan Vetrano. I spoke to the jokester on Facetime. I’m just sorry his expressions can’t be translated to the page. You’ll just have to see him in person Jan. 7.

This year featured no shortage of fine LGBT films, documentaries and shorts that spoke to queer life in the age of Trump. Here is a roundup of LGBT films that played in (or passed through) Philadelphia in 2017.

We don’t know about you, but we are more than ready for this year to be over. Well, there’s no guarantee that 2018 is going to be any better, but … yeah, adios, good grief and good riddance to 2017. Still, there are a few moments left to wring out the last drops of fun, and Greater Philadelphia is a great place to get it in before we close it out.

DANCE REVOLUTIONARY: International superstar DJ and producer Tiësto drops the bass on Atlantic City when he performs 11 p.m. Dec. 29 at The Borgata Premier Nightclub, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J. For more information or tickets, call 609-317-1000.

“Rebels on Pointe,” screening 7 p.m. Dec. 29 at the International House of Philadelphia’s Lightbox Film Center, is director Bobbi Jo Hart’s crowd-pleasing documentary on Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, the all-male drag-comedy ballet company. Hart takes viewers on stage, behind the scenes and around the world with the gay men in the Trocks (as the dancers are called). She focuses on a handful of company members with inspiring stories, such as Robert Carter, who was particularly proud (and teary-eyed) that he could earn enough money dancing to bring his parents to see him perform in New York.

 

Another trip to the bustling main drag of Manayunk found us taking in the newly opened SOMO, a spacious and attractive American bar and restaurant competing for the area’s foot traffic.

IT’S A HARD-KNOCK LIFE: The classic rags-to-riches musical “Annie,” where the titular character charms and sings her way out of an orphanage and into the penthouse returns to Philly as part of is national revival tour through Jan. 7 at Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St. For more information or tickets, call 215-574-3550.

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