Arts & Culture

PRETTY SHREWD IN PINK: Walnut Street Theatre is presenting “Legally Blonde: The Musical,” based on the hit-comedy movie and novel about a SoCal sorority girl who takes on the establishment and defies expectations as a law student, through July 14, 825 Walnut St. For more information or tickets call, 215-574-3550.

It is hard to imagine Paula Vogel’s “Indecent” set to music. The tale of Jewish playwright Sholem Asch’s controversial Broadway debut, “God of Vengeance” and the illicit lesbian love affair contained within is so fraught with angst that crowding the play with music is risky.

Much is to celebrate when it comes to Walt Whitman —  naturalist, poet, activist, journalist, humanist, transcendentalist, realist, the father of free verse and one of America’s first LGBTQ icons.

Though the Whitman at 200 program started at the beginning of 2019, the month of May is central to the celebration, as Whitman’s birthday is May 31.

During the early-morning hours of June 28, 1969, LGBTQ people threw bottles, coins and debris at police outside the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village.

SEXx Interactive, a local collective of activists and artists, has organized an event that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the riots: “Stonewall: Roots. Rage. Revolution.”

Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.      

— Lao Tzu

In honor of the Stonewall 50 celebration, the William Way LGBT Community Center is presenting a dual exhibition that focuses on the photographic documentation of the history of the LGBTQ movement, both locally and nationally.

Presented in conjunction with the John J. Wilcox Jr. Archives, the dual exhibits pull together literally thousands of images from the Stonewall Riots in 1969 to the present day with images of presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. Both exhibits are the work of historian Gabriel Martinez.

Broadway has made more than a few solo vocal stars  — Idina Menzel, Robert Goulet, Leslie Odom Jr., and Barbra Streisand to name a few.

Ben Platt, however, is a different animal: one who purrs, not roars. He doesn’t bellow or bolt for the rafters with each clarion call.

Philly singer Martha Stuckey, has launched a local concert series created by womxn, performed by womxn and celebrating womxn musicians.

Called “The Thank You Next Show,” the May 18 concert is billed as an “all womxn single release and tribute” and will feature performances by Stuckey, Sophie Coran and out performer MG Vasio from The Lez Wedding Band. 

Stuckey said she was inspired to produce the concert series after witnessing a fair amount of sexist attitudes in the music scene while she was with her last band.

As the author of cultural phenomenon “The Vagina Monologues,” as well as works such as “In the Body of the World” and “Insecure at Last,” Eve Ensler has spent years exploring the mind’s crevices and the body’s physical plane.

With the finesse of a forensic psychologist, the playwright’s work has left readers and audiences more in touch with what it means to “feel.”

Los Angeles-based psychedelic pop band Amo Amo is celebrating a summer of love with the recent release of a self-titled debut album and a tour that takes them across the country.

Amo Amo formed in June 2017 when a group of musicians and friends (Love Femme, Omar Velasco, Justin Flint, Shane Mckillop and Alex Siegel) got together for an impromptu session in Los Angeles with Jim James, the singer, guitarist and producer of art rockers My Morning Jacket.

LIVE & SMOKING: Iconic rocker and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Joan Jett performs as part of the annual WMMR BBQ concert along with Shinedown, Evanescence, Bad Wolves, The Struts and more, 1:30 p.m. May 18 at BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J. For more information or tickets, call 856-365-1300. 

Imaginative Swedish sci-fi film “Aniara” opens with what looks like an end-credits crawl as images of disasters unspool in the background.

“Say goodbye to Earth,” someone instructs as people look out the window on Aniara, a transport craft that resembles a floating cruise ship, complete with restaurants, shopping malls, arcades and a gym.

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