Arts & Culture

Set in 1979 Paris and in the gay-porn world, “Knife+Heart,” opening April 5 at the Landmark Ritz at the Bourse, is a cheeky queer thriller. Not only is director/co-writer Yann Gonzalez’s tongue planted firmly in cheek — his film features comic porno humor — but he also takes some real chances, most of which pay off.

The film opens with a sequence that cross-cuts between sex and death. Fouad (Khaled Alouach) is an adult-film star who meets an untimely end when a masked man ties him to a bed, strips him naked and murders him with a dildo that doubles as a knife.

DANCING IN THE DARK: Blaqk Audio, the synth-pop/EDM side project by AFI members Davey Havok and Jade Puget, gets a gothic groove on with a tour in support of its latest album, “Only Thing We Love,” which hits Philly 8 p.m. March 30 at Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St. For more information or tickets, call 215-627-1332.

Celebrating 19 years of music, speakers, sports, dancing and fun, CAMP Rehoboth’s 2019 Women’s FEST will be held April 11-14 in downtown Rehoboth Beach.

Growing larger every year, FEST, an event primarily geared toward lesbians, brings several hundred of mid-Atlantic women together for the best in national and regional entertainment and special events.

Last week, I briefly stepped into the Suzanne Roberts Theatre with playwright Christina Anderson to check out the set for her play, “How To Catch Creation.” The Jason Sherwood design is a revolving set with an impressive representation of the Golden Gate Bridge. It allows the scenes to shift quickly from era to era.

Anderson, who originally hails from the Midwest, is in town for the Philadelphia Theatre Company production of her show, which runs through April 14. She’s known for tackling heavy subject matter and infusing it with a little bit of humor.

Wife-husband restaurateurs and chefs Bridget Foy and Paul Rodriguez have bounced back from the fire that destroyed Foy’s namesake restaurant on South Street in 2017 with the recently opened Cry Baby Pasta. And you just might weep if you can’t get a reservation.

The cozy and elegant space was packed on a Wednesday night and we soon found out why. The menu is simple and concise — but the menu items are executed to perfection.

If you step into the stylish and casually refined confines of West Philly’s CO-OP for brunch, there’s a pretty good chance that any diet is going out the window.

Sure, there’s a significant portion of the brunch menu that keeps it light (parfaits, fruit bowls, veggie bowls, salads), but they just can’t compete with the classic comfort foods — which are made even more appetizing here.

When it became clear to Philadelphia-based playwright and dramaturg Jacqueline Goldfinger that her newest play, “Click,” was going to be produced, she knew whose sound would make it whole.

“I immediately thought of Pax to create the music and soundscape, as their deep knowledge of both traditional theater music and other forms — including opera, cabaret and chorale — have been enormously important in creating the complex on-and-offline worlds of the play,” Goldfinger said.

Pax is Pax Ressler, the non-binary Philadelphia theater multi-hyphenate whose compositional soundscapes surround and infest “Click” like a virus and move like a tech-savvy monolith.

It’s been a while since we’ve gotten a significant amount of music or art to consume from Amanda Palmer. Now she’s back in action with a new album, “There Will Be No Intermission,” and an international tour and book release.

The bisexual singer-songwriter, author and performance artist made a name for herself as half of the gothic/punk cabaret duo The Dresden Dolls before pursuing a solo career.

FOLK WISDOM: Iconic out folk-rock duo The Indigo Girls return to the area for a trip through their storied catalog of songs, March 28 and 29 at Scottish Rite Auditorium, 315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood, N.J. For more information or tickets, call 856-858-1000.

Good sex is always good sex, but it takes a special person to turn bad sex into something amazing. And that’s where out New York comedian and podcaster Natalie Wall comes in.

Wall is the creator and producer of “Awkward Sex … and the City,” a podcast that showcases comedians and other assorted guests sharing hilarious, revealing and/or cringe-worthy stories of their sexual exploits.

 Philadelphia’s annual LGBTQ film festival is days away — and one of the highlights features a very Philly story.

In the short film “Going Forward,” screening 7 p.m. March 25 (opening night) at the Kimmel’s Perelman Theater, local filmmaker Tim Harris follows Pennsylvania State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta on Election Day 2018 as he becomes the first openly gay person of color to be elected to state office.

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