Arts & Culture

Out singers who have made a splash on televised talent shows are among the headliners of this year’s Philly Pride.

Brian Justin Crum (“America’s Got Talent”), David Hernandez (“American Idol”) and Philly native Vincint (“The Four”) are preparing to have Pride spectators dancing at the main stage throughout the day.

Comedians are no strangers to the main stage at Philly Pride, and this year is no exception as Ian Harvie and Fortune Feimster are among the headline acts.

Actor and comedian Harvie, who has appeared on the TV show “Transparent” and toured the world as an opening act for Margaret Cho, is the first transman to perform at Philly Pride. 

One moment in “Rocketman,” director Dexter Fletcher’s jukebox musical biopic of Elton John, provides goosebumps. John (Taron Edgerton) and his lyricist Bernie Taupin (Jamie Bell), are trying to find their first hit song. He’s played strains of “Daniel,” and “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues,” for record executive Dick James (Stephen Graham), but James wants something upbeat. Then Elton John is seen performing “Your Song,” and it is absolutely magical. The soulful rendition of this beautiful, heartfelt ballad conveys exactly what it is about John and his music that connects with his legion of fans. The scene is so stirring it might even induce tears.

A FUNKY FAREWELL: Funk icon and pioneer, George Clinton, pilots the mothership that is Parliament Funkadelic into Philly one last time with his farewell tour, 8 p.m. June 6 at Franklin Music Hall, 421 N. Seventh St. For more information or tickets, call 215-627-1332.

It’s almost summertime — when the livin’ is easy.

It’s that time of year when many of us slow down, hit the beach or poolside and, if we’re lucky, forget our troubles and chase our cares away.

Two Philadelphia-based gay and lesbian choruses are lending their voices to the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall and the Gay Rights Movement.

ANNA Crusis Women’s Choir and the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus will perform the Philly premiere of “Quiet No More,” a choral-music suite co-commissioned by the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles.

When Philly Loves Beer commences its 10-day Philly Beer Week on May 31 at South Philly’s 2300 Arena, one guy who’ll stand closest to The Hammer of Glory — longtime totem that ceremoniously taps the opening keg — is Brandon Szeker.

Out gay filmmaker Frédéric Tcheng has been making documentaries about fashion for more than decade. He had written, directed and/or edited “Valentino: The Last Emperor,” “Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel” and “Dior and I.” Tcheng’s latest film, “Halston,” opening June 7 at the Landmark Ritz at the Bourse, presents the American designer as told through film clips, archival footage and interviews with friends, enemies, and family members.

Musician and songwriter Tyler James Bellinger has it all.

He fronts a band, KNGDAVD, that has nearly 5-million plays on Spotify. He has a single, “Blood on Our Hands,” featured in Guinness’ 200th-anniversary commercials and trailers for the film “The Public.” Another single, “You Never Know,” was featured in Marvel’s “Cloak and Dagger,” and “Say My Name” was prepared for Netflix’s “Lucifer.”

The Independence Business Association is a great source for organizations and companies in the greater Philadelphia area. I was perusing IBA’s website when one company jumped out at me, “Out in Tech.”

One look at their website and I wanted to find out more.

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