Arts & Culture

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL: Enduring out folk/rock duo Indigo Girls return for two intimate performances Oct. 11-12 at Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave. in Glenside. For more information or tickets, call 215-572-7650.

Comedian, actress and dish queen Kathy Griffin is no stranger to controversy, but this year she finds herself back from celebrity exile after drawing the fiery and somewhat hypocritical wrath of the political establishment, media and the entertainment industry last year for a satirical photo she took depicting her holding the severed, bloody head of Presdient Donald Trump. The result was quick and decisive, as representatives for venues and networks across the country rushed to cut ties and cancel upcoming gigs.

There’s a lot of misfit action rampant at Plays & Players in October. The theater’s long-running tenant, 1812 Productions, just happens to be this city’s sole company purely dedicated to all things comic. British playwright Tom Wells writes about his gray industrial hometown of Hull, England with misfit-driven plays about escapism such as “Folk,” “Jumpers for Goalposts” and now “Broken Biscuits,” which has its American premiere at 1812 in October.

I love Eastern State Penitentiary, not just at Halloween but all year. The staff does a lot of work educating people about prison reform and the history of incarceration in the United States and around the world. They work with artists and activists and contribute a lot to the community. Through this column, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many cool people who work there, usually around this time of year when ESP flips to Terror Behind the Walls. One of the top-rated haunted attractions in the country, it’s set in the massive, castle-like former prison where outlaws like Al Capone were incarcerated.

UP WITH PEOPLE: Circa, the contemporary and highly acrobatic circus troupe from Australia, returns to the Annenberg Center with the U.S. premiere of “Humans,” about the power of physical and emotional strength, Sept. 28-29 at Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St. For more information or tickets, call 215-898-3900. Photo: Pedro Greig

 

’Tis the season for a certain orange fruit — before you get all excited by the name, we need to tell you there’s no pumpkin in any considerable quantity on the menu. Yes, you get a packet of roasted pumpkin seeds at the end of your meal. But we found out that “Pumpkin” is the pet name chefs and owners Ian Moroney and Hillary Bor have for each other.

 When soprano Patricia Racette — opera sensation, gay woman, activist, enthusiast — approaches “Ne Quittez Pas: A Reimagined La Voix Humaine” for O18, she does it with the same relish she had with the most famous roles in her career, including Violetta in “La Traviata,” Mimì and Musetta in “La Bohème” and Cio-Cio San in “Madama Butterfly.”

Young but legendary countertenor and LGBTQ icon Anthony Roth Costanzo has graced Opera Philadelphia in the recent past, first in “Phaedra” as Artemis, then in “Written on Skin” and its modern tale of lust, violence, purity and deceit in the dual role of First Angel and Boy.

You may have heard about it — local clubs being called out for discriminating against people of color in the Gayborhood. A community divided, up in arms, and a group formed to try to get a handle on the situation. The year was not 2013 — it was 1981, and the organization was called Black and White Men Together (BWMT).

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