Arts & Culture

Yassss! Another film festival is happening here in town, right this minute. This weekend the 27th Philadelphia Film Festival is drawing to a close, but there are still a number of amazing films to see before the curtain falls. Oct. 26 is the premiere of “Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know me,” a thoughtful and thorough tribute to Philadelphia’s own Teddy Pendergrass. I became involved with the film when the director, Olivia Lichtenstein, contacted me about a former Portrait, Tenika Watson. As a result, the lovely Ms. Watson is among those interviewed for the film.

Jakes Shears, best known as the lead singer for the internationally renowned and openly gay pop-glam group Scissor Sisters, is on the road after releasing his debut eponymous solo album and autobiography, “Boys Keep Swinging.”

SAY IT LOUD: America’s Favorite “dragapella” beauty-shop quartet, The Kinsey Sicks, performs its politically charged new show, “Things You Shouldn’t Say,” which goes in hard on Donald Trump and brings some comedic light to these dark times, 8 p.m. Oct. 27 at The Rrazz Room, 385 W. Bridge St., New Hope. For more information or tickets, call 888-596-1027.


“Studio 54,” opening Nov. 2 at the Ritz at the Bourse, documents the rise and fall of the storied nightclub as seen through the eyes of co-owner Ian Schrager, among others. In an almost-confessional tone, Schrager explains how he and the late, gay Steve Rubell met in college, created an exclusive club before going to prison and then undergoing a reinvention.


In 2007, with his film career at a standstill, openly gay actor and writer Rupert Everett felt exiled from the industry. In the metaphorical gutter, looking up at the stars, he found inspiration in the final years of Oscar Wilde, another artist who publicly hit rock bottom.

“We demand that the time is now for our city and world to be more inspired, to intentionally listen to the voices of the folks who have been traditionally kept out from mainstream spaces. We must continue to cultivate a culture of access, advocacy, and appreciation for the arts. Art is a tool for empathy and collaboration. We believe that if we create more affirmative and identifiable experiences in theatrical spaces ,more people will engage in the process of their own liberation.”

So states the mission of the Power Street Theatre Company, a theatrical organization founded by this week’s Portrait, Gabriela Sanchez.

SONGS IN THE KEY OF MESHELL: The out, eclectic neo-soul singer-songwriter recently put out a stellar album of covers, “Ventriloquism,” and is swinging through the area to perform 8 p.m. Oct. 21 at The Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del. For more information or tickets, call 202-730-3331.


The avant-garde alternative rockers of Garbage are on the road celebrating the 20th anniversary of their sophomore album, “Version 2.0,” as part of a tour that swings through Philadelphia and Atlantic City.


Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History

By Blair Imani; illustrations by Monique Le

Foreword by Tegan and Sara

When I cofounded Tiny Satchel Press in 2010, I was doing acquisitions for a publisher who did not see what I saw — a deep need for diverse books for middle-grade kids. I wanted books that told stories for girls, LGBT youth, kids of color and ethnic minorities. I wanted books for disabled kids and kids on the fringes of poverty. I wanted stories that had yet to be told widely.

Raise your hand if you’ve been to William Way LGBT Community Center. All those with hands down, please pass your gay cards to the front.

But seriously, if you haven’t been to the center, you’re missing out on a lot. Founded in 1974 as the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Philadelphia, William Way has morphed and moved and grown throughout the years. (Some of you older radicals may remember when it was known as Penguin Place.) It has been at 1315 Spruce St. since 1997 and offers something for everyone in the community.

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