Arts & Culture

FROM THE PAGES TO THE STAGES: Out author, essayist and humorist David Sedaris brings his insights to the stage for a spoken-word performance 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. For more information or tickets, call 215-572-7650.

With the new year upon us, something, anything, has got to fill the sensory void left by all the holiday music, festive lighting and big concerts blissfully and sometimes annoyingly occupying your psyche for the last couple of months. You need a new infusion of sonic inspiration, and luckily for us, a bunch of new and established LGBTQ artists from across the musical spectrum are stepping up.

Get your headphones on and your Spotify/iTunes accounts fired up, people, and let’s find some new music.

WE ARE THE GOON SQUAD AND WE’RE COMING TO TOWN … : New York alt cabaret singer Raquel Cion appears for Philly Loves Bowie Week with her cabaret show, “Me & Mr. Jones: My Intimate Relationship With David Bowie,” which explores the lifelong “soul love” that Cion has for Bowie’s artistry, 6 p.m. Jan. 5-6 at Franky Bradley’s, 1320 Chancellor St. For more information, call 215-735-0735.

Today is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.

—Brad Paisley

That shouldn’t be hard for this week’s Portrait — Eric Singel and his alter ego, astrologer Starzina Starfish-Browne.

A versatile writer, actor, comedian and producer, Singel has performed everything from roles in serious shows like “The Crucible” and “Torch Song Trilogy” to the totally zany work of sketch comedy.

Another holiday season down — and three months of chilly, damp and dark days to go.

Yeah, you could sit home and get caught up on your Netflix backlog. But there’s real fun and cultural enlightenment to be had in local clubs, theaters, arenas, bars and art galleries, no matter the weather.

So far, 2019 in the Philly region is offering something for every interest. Check out these varied shades of winter. After all, you can watch Netflix any time.

The first time I saw the Mummers was of all places on a tennis court. It was when I first moved to Philadelphia and my parents took me to see the Philadelphia Freedoms tennis team. During a change-over, several large men wearing bright clothing covered in sparkles and feathers playing banjos strode onto the tennis court doing some kind of strut. My jaw dropped to the floor as I stammered, “What on earth is that?” Someone looked at me in disbelief and shushed me by saying, “They’re Mummers!”

I think most of us agree we need some laughs to end this crazy-ass year. Luckily for some of us, a couple of the Queer Queens of Comedy, Poppy Champlin and Karen Williams, are converging on New Hope to make sure the New Year starts with a hearty dose of humor.

WHAT’S UP, MAESTRO?: Most of us were introduced to classical music by classic cartons, so why not relive those magical moments when Philadelphia Orchestra performs live the world’s most beloved Looney Tunes shorts as part of “Bugs Bunny At The Symphony II,” Jan. 4-6 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 300 S. Broad St. For more information or tickets, call 215-893-1999.

The Philadelphia comedy theater company 1812 Productions’ “This is The Week That Is” has become the go-to show in which to discuss all matters of political, social and cultural discourse — good and bad, but mostly bad, local and national news — with a critical, witty and caustically humorous eye. Think “The Daily Show” with music, and you get the picture. So heralded is the variety show-like “This is The Week That Is” that The American Theatre Wing (the creators of the Tony Awards who support excellence and education in theatre) has given 1812 a handsome grant to film a documentary on its news-based showcase. Two of the show’s most prominent members — co-director and writer Dan O’Neill, actor-singer-pianist Rob Tucker — are out and longtime 1812 collaborators, working alongside company artistic director Jen Childs, sat down with PGN to talk about how to make LGBTQ news funny, fresh and relevant. 

DRAG QUEENS STIRRING ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE: Twas the night before Christmas and nothing will be remotely quiet as “RuPaul’s Drag Race” alum Alexis Michelle teams up with Brittany Lynn, Satine Harlow and DJ Carl Michaels for “Oy to the World,” a drag show and dance party for people of the Jewish faith and their allies, 9 p.m. Dec. 24 at Tabu, 200 S. 12th St. For more information or tickets, call 215-964-9675.

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