Arts & Culture

The world is a little rough right now. Turn on the local news and you’re inundated with senseless shootings, people being victimized and schools in crisis. Turn on the national news and you’re looking at a senseless state of affairs with an administration that would be laughable if it weren’t so deadly. Mother Nature seems to be wrecking havoc with one catastrophe after another and religion is being used to hide child molesters, or as an excuse for not baking us cakes.

PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM: The bitch is back for one last go-around when Elton John comes to Philadelphia as part of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour for two nights of career-spanning hits, 8 p.m. Sept. 11-12 at Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. For more information or tickets, call 215-389-9543.

Before discussing Fringe Fest 2018 offering “WOLFCRUSH (a queer werewolf play,)” — a torrid tale of lust, cannibalism, bondage, gay werewolf sex and Mariska Hargitay — it is important to know something about its production company, On the Rocks.

 Netflix’s “The Comedy Lineup: Part Two” dishes out a second helping of 15-minute sets by an eclectic mix of up-and-coming comedians performing in front of an intimate live audience.

Two of the comedians featured in the Aug. 31 broadcast are Emma Willmann and Kate Willett, both of whom are out.   

Pageants, princess dresses and sparkly shoes, oh my!

Nope, it’s not the latest Miss America competition; it’s “Close Your Legs, Honey” — one of the two Fringe Arts Festival shows this week’s Portrait, Claris Park, is involved in this year. The show is described as “a new musical about ugly people in a beautiful world.” Park plays an 11-year-old glamazon fighting off pageant-wannabe Honey for supreme glory.

 Rebecca Makkai’s masterful novel, “The Great Believers,” opens in 1985 with Yale Tishman attending a memorial service for Nico Marcus — his first real friend in Chicago — who has just died from AIDS. Nico’s younger sister, Fiona, is the protagonist of the book’s alternating chapters, which are set in 2015. She is heading to Paris to look for her daughter, Claire, whom she has not seen in some time.

MADE IN AMERICA: The summer-concert season ends in spectacular fashion with the Made in America Festival, the massive annual two-day concert curated by Jay-Z, returning to Philly this weekend with Nicki Minaj, out R&B singer Janelle Monae (pictured), Post Malone, Meek Mill, Diplo and a slew of other performers taking the stage, Sept. 1-2 at Benjamin Franklin Parkway. For more information, visit

For more than 30 years, rock band King’s X has been performing, recording and touring with its unique brand of soulful, Beatle-esque, prog-leaning, psychedelic and infectious hard rock. Loved by its small legion of adoring fans and revered by musicians across all rock genres, the criminally underrated power trio never really broke huge like it should have, even when the group was in rotation on MTV and rock radio or performing on massive stages like Woodstock ’94 or opening for the likes of AC/DC.

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