Arts & Culture

I’m not a big drinker and never have been, but I vaguely remember a few tipsy nights with friends in the late ’90s with all of us drunkenly singing at the top of our lungs, “How did you get in? Nobody’s supposed to be here! I’ve tried that love thing for the last tiiiiime!”

Everybody who knows me knows that I am more than a little enamored with our upstairs geographic neighbor. Being a comedian, I get to spend a considerable amount of time in Canada every year. If you’ve never been there, I suggest you visit, you know … before these ham-fisted Trump tariffs mess it up for everybody.

SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK AND GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN: The pairing of rock icon Rod Stewart and pop icon Cyndi Lauper was such a success with concertgoers last summer that they’ve decided to hit the road together again. Catch this dynamic duo 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4 at Boardwalk Hall, 2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J. For more information or tickets, call 609-348-7000.

Sometimes you need a change of scenery to create changes in scenery.

Out glass artist Joseph Cavalieri, is in the midst of a 10-week residency at the GoggleWorks Center in Reading, where he is creating his latest series called “Disenchanted Alice,” a collection of six stained-glass panels based on the illustrations of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland.”

Philly Gay Calendar is one of my prime sources for ideas for this column. Mr. PGC himself, Steve McCann, has been featured here and over the years has been kind enough to respond to my call for contact names and numbers at all hours. So, ’natch, when it comes time for their annual event and fundraiser, The Boys of Summer, I called on Steve for a recommendation. B.o.S helps raise money for Philly Gay Calendar and allows them to be a go-to source, along with PGN of course, for information about what’s happening in our community free of charge. We spoke to one of the event organizers, the fabulous Matthew Rowe.

Film festivals devoted to under-represented communities in cinema provide the best opportunities to see reflections of self on screen.

Now in its seventh year, the Black Star Film Festival, unspooling Aug. 2-5 at various locations in Philadelphia, offers 80 shorts, documentaries and features that depict African-American, African-diaspora and other communities.

TEARING THE ROOF OFF THE SUCKER ONE LAST TIME: R&B-funk pioneer George Clinton brings Parliament Funkadelic through the area to land the mothership and give Philly one more go-round, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Ave. For more information or tickets, call 610-649-8389.

 Transgender filmmaker Kimberly Reed wrote, produced and directed — and even did the cinematography for — the gripping documentary “Dark Money,” opening July 20 at the Ritz at the Bourse. The film explores the timely subject of campaign-finance reform — or, as the film’s title suggests, those undisclosed corporate contributions that, by influencing elections, “buy” votes and change laws to achieve a specific agenda.

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