Arts & Culture

Writer-director Barry Jenkins follows up his Oscar-winning “Moonlight” with another masterful film, “If Beale Street Could Talk.” Adapted from a 1974 novel by out gay writer James Baldwin, the film opens with a quote from the author about how African-Americans are part of a vibrant, marginalized community. It’s a fitting passage for a film about a couple facing a series of joys and hardships.

“Applause? I’d love some!” That’s the way this week’s Portrait, Eric Jaffe, starts his monthly cabaret, “The Eric Jaffe Show.” In addition to his regular performances, the multi-talented Jaffe can soon be seen for one night only in “Oy, to the World,” a dance party for “people of Jewish faith and their allies.” The event will include music by DJ Carl Michaels, comedy and live performances starring Jaffe, the fabulous Brittany Lynn, Satine Harlow and Alexis Michelle from “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” 

 

It seems like every genre of music from country to hard rock has gotten in on the holiday-concert game, almost to the point where nothing seems exciting, unique or revolutionary anymore. Thankfully, Everett Bradley’s Holidelic is running Santa’s sleigh through the funk gauntlet to get rumps shaking yet again this holiday season.

IT’S A FAMILY AFFAIR: Grammy-nominated singer songwriter Jewel is hitting the road for a series of special shows where she performs a combination of holiday classics, holiday originals and her hit songs alongside special guests: her father, Atz, and her brothers, Atz Lee and Nikos Kilcher, 8 p.m. Dec. 15 at The Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow streets. For more information or tickets, call 610-352-2887.

We’re less than two weeks out from Christmas and sure enough, you still have no idea what to get a lot of people on your list, right?

When all else fails, books and music are usually a can’t-miss gift. Who doesn’t love a good coffee-table book? Fortunately, there are a decent number of new releases this holiday season.

Around Christmas, I turn into one of those annoying people who thinks everything is a little better just because it’s holiday time. But for a lot of people, this time of year can lead to depression and isolation. This week’s profile knows the pain of those dark days and now spends a good deal of his time helping others. He poured his story out in his autobiography, “Happiness.”

Alexander Chee is an openly gay Korean-American author, teacher and activist. He was a member of ACT UP in the late 1980s-early ’90s and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Advocate, OUT and the San Francisco Review of Books. He also penned novels “Edinburgh,” “The Queen of the Night” and, most recently, the essay collection “How To Write An Autobiographical Novel,” which includes stories about his time working with ACT UP and Queer Nation during the AIDS crisis, his first experience in drag and the writing of his semi-autobiographical first novel.

The restaurant Savona is tucked away in the shadowy hills along the Main Line — so off the beaten track that unless you know exactly where you’re heading, you may not find it.

Television is “telling more LGBTQ stories than ever,” as noted by GLAAD in its “Where We Are On TV Report 2018,” issued in October.

While this is technically accurate, the question becomes: What stories are being told and are they stories that elevate the queer community, or just stories that drop in LGBTQ characters to meet some unstated diversity quota and lure gay viewers?

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