Arts & Culture

 The hottest months of the year are back, along with many opportunities to empty your bank account for any form of sonic or entertainment Xanax to sublimate your sense of rage and doom, as well as keep your attention away from the mounting pile of socio-political horror that pours forth like lava from a raging volcano.

If you head to Rehoboth Beach, you’ll find Poodle Beach at the south end of the boardwalk and Gordon’s Pond Beach in Henlopen State Park. Poodle has long been known as the men’s beach, with Gordon’s Pond a hit with the women.

SATUDAY NIGHT’S ALL RIGHT FOR FIGHTERS: The Foo Fighters bring their wildly successful Concrete And Gold Tour to rock the house 7:30 p.m. July 7 at BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J. For more information or tickets, call 856-365-1300.

Out gay writer-director Ofir Raul Graizer’s gentle, absorbing drama, “The Cakemaker,” opening July 6 at the Landmark Ritz at the Bourse, begins with businessman Oren (Roy Miller), a married father from Israel, frequenting the café in Germany where Tomas (Tim Kalkhof) works and bakes. The two men initiate a passionate tryst that ends unexpectedly when Oren is killed in a car accident. This tragedy prompts Tomas to travel to Jerusalem to visits the café owned by Oren’s widow, Anat (Sarah Adler).


The Lightbox Film Center (formerly International House) is screening a new restoration of the late, great Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s eight-hour 1972 miniseries “Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day: A Family Series” all day long July 7. The gay filmmaker, who helped create the wave of New German Cinema, directed a staggering 41 feature films and TV miniseries between 1969-82.

This week’s Portrait has a chronology of places in which he’s lived that sounds like a Beach Boys song. With more than 20 years in the hotel and hospitality industry, Jerry Rice has resided in Miami, Seattle, Arlington and Wilmington and Huntersville, N.C., where he was the “Youngest Dual General Manager in Marriott Brand History.”


At 45 years old and after 20 years in the fashion industry, Saul Lyons was burned out. A friend, noticing his rut, suggested a creative outlet: painting.


Writer and director Andrew Fleming’s “Ideal Home” is like a queer version of “Two and a Half Men,” with the adult men being lovers instead of brothers, and the kid is a 10-year-old who says things that can’t be uttered on network television.

THRILL-ADELPHIA: While the rest of the city is getting its senses overloaded with the bombast of fireworks displays and other celebrations, out English soul singer Sam Smith will be serenading fans when his “The Thrill of It All” Tour descends upon Philadelphia 8 p.m. July 4 at Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. For more information or tickets, call 215-336-3600.

Despite the increasing visibility of LGBT athletes in recent years, a new documentary shows how and why it’s still an uphill battle for openly gay figures in professional sports.

“Alone in the Game,” which premiered on AT&T’s Audience Network June 28, follows a group of LGBTQ athletes from some of the biggest sports franchises, including the NFL, NBA and NCAA, to explore the struggles and hard choices they face from the professional level all the way down to high-school sports. The subjects share their personal stories of trying to compete as openly gay athletes or living as closeted players in fear of what coming out would do to their careers.


As the Fred Rogers documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” is released, Philly’s John Jarboe and the Bearded Ladies are examining another way into the truths and myths of Mister Rogers’ kindness in a nonbinary drag setting with “You Can Never Go Down The Drain” at the Wilma Theater through July 1.

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