Arts & Culture

    John Waters reiterates his fascination with all things garrulous and gross in his new memoir “Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder.”
    Out-filmmaker turned author and public persona will be at Parkway Central Library on May 23 to talk beyond the reels of early-mondo trash classics “Pink Flamingos,” and “Female Trouble” as well as latter-day flicks such as “Serial Mom” and “Cecil B. Demented.”

Out comedian, actress and activist Margaret Cho returns to Philly for a weekend of intimate comedy, May 16-18 at Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. For more information or tickets, call 215-496-9001. PHOTO CREDIT: Sergio Garcia


Kris Kelly, a Brooklyn-based queer artist and musician, traveled for five years through South America with only a suitcase and a guitar. During this time, he wrote the songs at the core of his debut album, “Runaways.” 

On Kelly’s record, listeners will find a journey of self-discovery that includes love, loss and hope — plus a chronicle of the relationship with his Argentinian then-boyfriend, now-husband.

William Way LGBT Community Center will is holding an opening reception for a dual photographic exhibit that explores different aspects of how the LGBTQ movement and community were documented in the early days. 

Historian Gabriel Martinez in conjunction with William Way’s John J. Wilcox, Jr. Archives, spearheaded the exhibits.


Buzzing from the success of his autobiography, “Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens,” and the news of his upcoming co-starring role (with Laurie Metcalf) in the Broadway revival of Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” nothing is consuming historian-humorist Eddie Izzard like Wunderbar.

Developed in Paris to be spoken in French, German and English, Izzard’s Wunderbar stand-up comedy tour — hitting the Merriam Theater May 15 — is dedicated to what he calls the last 100,000 years of history. 

Don’t miss the terrific Kenyan lesbian romance, “Rafiki” (“Friend”), which is getting three, one-night-only screenings in the Philadelphia area. The film, directed and cowritten by Wanuri Kahiu, was adapted from the award-winning short story “Jambula Tree” by Ugandan writer Monica Arac de Nyeko.

“Rafiki” was banned for a short time in Kenya for “promoting lesbianism.”

I have to admit my lack of anything sports- or fitness- related has finally caught up with me. I had a pretty good run where the gene-pool gods let me get away with eating whatever I wanted and staying — or at least looking ­— fit. As I just hit a significant birthday, I’m realizing that I may soon have to change my ways or buy a new wardrobe. 

Luckily, expert help is available. I got in touch with Yul Giraldo, owner of Optimal Sport Health Club, to get some inspiration. Giraldo owns the gym with his husband, Jeff Shablin, and was happy to try to fire me up to come to his gym. 

Six of the area’s most daring directors will compete to create an original piece of theater in only one day. 

Billed as a theatrical version of the show “The Great British Bake Off,” Philadelphia’s Jam, presented by Directors Gathering at The Painted Bride Art Center on May 11, is an all-day competitive non-competition of independent theater directors.

THE ONLY WALL WE’D LIKE TO WATCH BEING BUILT: Brit Floyd, a Pink Floyd tribute show, celebrates the 40th anniversary of the band’s landmark album “The Wall” with a performance 7:30 p.m. May 7 at Kimmel’s Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St. For more information or tickets, call 215-893-1999.

Rooted in the #metoo movement, Emily Acker’s hard dramedy is a semi-nearly, barely, almost-quasi true tale based on her experience in the world of workplace sexual misconduct. 

One of my favorite events each year is the Moore College of Art and Design Senior Showcase. It’s a chance for the students to show their best work.

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