Arts & Culture

Pageants, princess dresses and sparkly shoes, oh my!

Nope, it’s not the latest Miss America competition; it’s “Close Your Legs, Honey” — one of the two Fringe Arts Festival shows this week’s Portrait, Claris Park, is involved in this year. The show is described as “a new musical about ugly people in a beautiful world.” Park plays an 11-year-old glamazon fighting off pageant-wannabe Honey for supreme glory.

 Rebecca Makkai’s masterful novel, “The Great Believers,” opens in 1985 with Yale Tishman attending a memorial service for Nico Marcus — his first real friend in Chicago — who has just died from AIDS. Nico’s younger sister, Fiona, is the protagonist of the book’s alternating chapters, which are set in 2015. She is heading to Paris to look for her daughter, Claire, whom she has not seen in some time.

MADE IN AMERICA: The summer-concert season ends in spectacular fashion with the Made in America Festival, the massive annual two-day concert curated by Jay-Z, returning to Philly this weekend with Nicki Minaj, out R&B singer Janelle Monae (pictured), Post Malone, Meek Mill, Diplo and a slew of other performers taking the stage, Sept. 1-2 at Benjamin Franklin Parkway. For more information, visit

For more than 30 years, rock band King’s X has been performing, recording and touring with its unique brand of soulful, Beatle-esque, prog-leaning, psychedelic and infectious hard rock. Loved by its small legion of adoring fans and revered by musicians across all rock genres, the criminally underrated power trio never really broke huge like it should have, even when the group was in rotation on MTV and rock radio or performing on massive stages like Woodstock ’94 or opening for the likes of AC/DC.

We know a lot of you adore summer, and we get it. Picnics, sidewalk dining, outdoor concerts, beaches, sun and warm weather are a lot of people’s jam — one that they spend nine months of the year pining for.

THE BEAT GOES ON: E Street band member, drummer and tireless bandleader Max Weinberg is bringing his four-piece band, Max Weinberg’s Jukebox, to Philly, where he invites the audience to create the night’s set list — which could be anything and everything from the Beatles and the Stones to Springsteen classics and deep cuts, 8 p.m. Aug. 25 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. For more information or tickets, call 215-222-1400.

 Bisexual filmmaker Desiree Akhavan’s sophomore feature, “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” is a sensitive adaptation of Emily M. Danforth’s celebrated novel about the title character (Chloë Grace Moretz) being sent to a gay conversion-therapy program called God’s Promise. After Cameron is caught making out with Coley (Quinn Shephard), her best friend from Bible study, her aunt Ruth (Kerry Butler) sends her away to “straighten” her out.

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