Arts & Culture

Between this weekend’s Philadelphia Young Playwrights’ Mouthful Monologue Festival (April 13 at the Louis Bluver Theatre at The Drake) and the recent launch of season two of its “Mouthful” podcast, PYP founder-curator Mitchell Bloom makes it his life’s work to provide a platform for the words of those younger than he.

“Unchained: A Revolution of Love” is the theme for this year’s Philly Black Pride. Running April 26-29 with a kick-off parade on the 25th, PBP is a celebration for LGBTQ people of color and their allies. Throughout the year, PBP works to create multicultural opportunities that educate, inspire, improve and celebrate the experiences of LGBTQ individuals through programs, policy, advocacy, partnerships and relationship building.

Now it’s time to educate and celebrate, and this year’s Pride weekend is chock full of things to do. We spoke to Antar Bush, coordinator of the first-ever Black Pride Parade. 

SCARY-GOOD CABARET: It’s not getting chased through the woods by a psychopath, but it’ll have to do for thrills and excitement when Tom Wilson Weinberg (left) and Andrew Crowley (right) resurrect their cabaret show “Cabaret Vérité VII: Friday the Thirteenth, Part II,” featuring humor, songs and special guests Simone Allender, Jason Boyask and Mr. Maryruth Stine, 8-9:30 p.m. April 13 at William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St. For more information, call 215-732-2220.
Photo: Kevin Broad

 Ousted members of the Village People plan to keep the disco party rolling

The Village People, the 1970s group that epitomized the disco movement, brought the house down when they headlined Philly Pride in 2014.

Fast-forward to now, and none of the members who performed on that stage is in the group anymore.

What happened?

 Philadelphia-based animator Nick LeDonne keeps his work personal — a quality that has won over audiences and peers in his young career.

His 2016 short film, “Hanging,” portrays his experience attempting suicide after he’d suffered multiple personal traumas. The piece was screened at more than 70 international film festivals and won at least a dozen awards.

“He knew she was right, but didn’t care to relate his own life to her very egocentric observations. Her life had already become quite disenchanted, and Charlotte knew that for Teddy, it was only a matter of time; she hated that he got to be away, but loved the freedom he had.”

~from “Teddy Madison”
by Gregory Montagnino

Gregory Montagnino wears many hats, some of which he’s designed himself. As an author, clothing designer, teacher, event planner and host, this week’s Portrait is a jack of all trades, with a Master’s degree to boot.

 

Before Terry Brennan’s Tribe of Fools brings “Magdalene” to the stages of the Adrienne Theatre April 6-22 with its quietly enlightened and gnostic gospels-inspired take on the 13th apostle, consider the company Tribe of Fools is keeping.

Since 2003, Tribe of Fools (ToF) has not only been Philly’s most breathlessly athletic, movement-oriented and kinetic assayer of incendiary theater, tackling tales of sexual identity, power dynamics, gender position, neighborhood politics and family, but the troupe is also one of the city’s LGBTQ-friendliest. Themes of machismo and sexual preference weave their way into ToF pieces such as 2011’s “Heavy Metal Dance Fag” and 2014’s “Two Street.”

 

When it was announced that Roseanne Barr would be reviving her eponymous sitcom from 20 years ago, the response from both mainstream media and social media was to focus on her politics, zeroing in on the fact that the controversial comedian had revealed that she voted for Donald Trump. Her namesake character in the sitcom reboot is also portrayed as a Trump supporter. The show is already renewed for a second season.           

PEACE, LOVE & HIP-HOP: Hip-hop collective Arrested Development burst onto the scene in the early 1990s, deep in the throes of bombastic gangsta rap, with a positive, socially conscious vibe, message and worldview that sold millions of records and won them a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Now the group is back, on the road and celebrating the 25th anniversary of their debut album, “3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days in the Life Of…” with a performance 8:30 p.m. April 13 at World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St. For more information or tickets, call 215-222-1400.

 “Gemini” is writer/director Aaron Katz’s cool, seductive L.A. noir with a queer twist. 

In this nifty film, which opens April 6 at the Ritz Bourse in Philadelphia and at the AMC in Voorhees, N.J., Jill (Lola Kirke), a personal assistant to in-demand actress Heather (Zoë Kravitz), becomes the suspect in a murder. But “Gemini” is not really about what it’s about — meaning, the “whodunit” element of the story is really just an excuse for Katz to tease the audience while also displaying gorgeous visuals and a dry, wry sense of humor.

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