Arts & Culture

Wallis Bird is ready to break big in the U.S. The out singer-songwriter has released five albums in Europe, but her latest record, “Woman” (out Sept. 27 on AntiFragile Music) marks her stateside debut. She sets off on her first tour in the States later this month and will appear locally as part of the Philadelphia Folk Festival (Aug. 15-18).

Weird. Wild. Fascinating. Upsetting. These words and many more describe the world of David Lynch, the mastermind behind “Eraserhead,” “Blue Velvet” and “Twin Peaks.” Lynch’s aesthetic has proven irresistible for artists — like Michael Osinski, local out director and founder of The Antitode, a collective of artists creating productions that “blend contemporary pop culture with classic plots to create a new way of telling stories.”

What do opera superstar Stephanie Blythe, international performance artist Justin Vivian Bond and local drag-scene staple Martha Graham Cracker have in common? This September, all three — and many more — will appear as part of Late Night Snacks, a pop-up cabaret venue in South Philly that will offer nightly entertainment from Sept. 7-29.

 

This summer, outspoken women are telling listeners exactly what they think

Lyrically rich, new albums from Bones UK, Inna and K. Flay are musically sound too and sure to keep you moving during these hot summer months.

This week’s portrait, Wyatt O’Brien Evans, is truly a Renaissance man. He is a writer, journalist, radio personality, entrepreneur, instructor, voice-over artist, public and motivational speaker and even a standup comic.

Perhaps more importantly, he has opened dialogue on a topic often overlooked in our community, intimate partner violence and abuse (IPV/A). Evans has reported and written for outlets including the HuffPost, The Washington Post, Advocate, The Bilerico Project, Baltimore Outloud, Baltimore Gay Life and Washington Blade. He has written an award winning, influential, no-holds barred series, which has been syndicated in numerous venues. 

 

Meet upstate Pennsylvania’s Reading Fightin’ Phils, the minor league offshoot of the Philadelphia Phillies and the most LGBTQ-friendly baseball team in the minors.

While the Philadelphia Phillies have hosted a Gay Community Night since 2003, most minor league teams haven’t embraced the LGBTQ community like the Fightin’ Phils, who will hold their seventh Annual LGBTQ Game Night on Wednesday, August 28 at 6 p.m. against the Bowie Baysox.

 

Director Jack Hazan’s 1973 quasi-documentary about gay artist David Hockney, “A Bigger Splash,” takes its name from the title of one of Hockney’s seminal paintings.

The film depicts the artist’s breakup with Peter Schlesinger, his one-time lover and muse, and the impact that had on him, his work, as well as his coterie of friends.

 

SAY HELLO TO THE NIGHT: If binge-watching the new season of “Stranger Things” this summer has left you wanting more slick ’80s horror-comedy action, you can catch a screening of one of the best vampire flicks (and movie soundtracks) to come out that decade, “The Lost Boys,” 9:45 p.m. Aug. 2 at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville. For more information or tickets call 610-917-1228.

 The ladies of Litchfield are back.

The seventh and final season of Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” was released July 26; as with previous seasons, there are 13 episodes.

Even after eight years as frontman for the iconic Queen, Adam Lambert is still billed as a separate entity — and still feels the need to explain his role.

“I know what some of you may be thinking,” he has told concert crowds on more than one occasion. “I’m just going to call it out: ‘He’s no Freddie.’ No shit! Because there will only be one rock god named Freddie Mercury.”

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