Arts & Culture

When Nathan Manske and his compatriots began their road trip on Sept. 4, 2010, they didn’t know exactly what to expect. They only knew there were people to meet and stories to record.

When the 50-state tour wrapped up on Jan, 10, 2011, the work that would become the “I’m From Driftwood 50-state Story Tour” had only just begun.

Offering dozens of belly laughs,  “Booksmart” is an absolutely hilarious high-school comedy, opening May 24 in area theaters.

The feature directorial debut of actor Olivia Wilde, the film focuses on two best friends on the day before they graduate high school. Molly (Beanie Feldstein) is the valedictorian who remedies graffiti on the bathroom wall. Her best friend is Amy (Kaitlyn Dever), who came out two years ago but has still never kissed a girl.

PRETTY SHREWD IN PINK: Walnut Street Theatre is presenting “Legally Blonde: The Musical,” based on the hit-comedy movie and novel about a SoCal sorority girl who takes on the establishment and defies expectations as a law student, through July 14, 825 Walnut St. For more information or tickets call, 215-574-3550.

It is hard to imagine Paula Vogel’s “Indecent” set to music. The tale of Jewish playwright Sholem Asch’s controversial Broadway debut, “God of Vengeance” and the illicit lesbian love affair contained within is so fraught with angst that crowding the play with music is risky.

Much is to celebrate when it comes to Walt Whitman —  naturalist, poet, activist, journalist, humanist, transcendentalist, realist, the father of free verse and one of America’s first LGBTQ icons.

Though the Whitman at 200 program started at the beginning of 2019, the month of May is central to the celebration, as Whitman’s birthday is May 31.

During the early-morning hours of June 28, 1969, LGBTQ people threw bottles, coins and debris at police outside the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village.

SEXx Interactive, a local collective of activists and artists, has organized an event that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the riots: “Stonewall: Roots. Rage. Revolution.”

Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.      

— Lao Tzu

In honor of the Stonewall 50 celebration, the William Way LGBT Community Center is presenting a dual exhibition that focuses on the photographic documentation of the history of the LGBTQ movement, both locally and nationally.

Presented in conjunction with the John J. Wilcox Jr. Archives, the dual exhibits pull together literally thousands of images from the Stonewall Riots in 1969 to the present day with images of presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. Both exhibits are the work of historian Gabriel Martinez.

Broadway has made more than a few solo vocal stars  — Idina Menzel, Robert Goulet, Leslie Odom Jr., and Barbra Streisand to name a few.

Ben Platt, however, is a different animal: one who purrs, not roars. He doesn’t bellow or bolt for the rafters with each clarion call.

Philly singer Martha Stuckey, has launched a local concert series created by womxn, performed by womxn and celebrating womxn musicians.

Called “The Thank You Next Show,” the May 18 concert is billed as an “all womxn single release and tribute” and will feature performances by Stuckey, Sophie Coran and out performer MG Vasio from The Lez Wedding Band. 

Stuckey said she was inspired to produce the concert series after witnessing a fair amount of sexist attitudes in the music scene while she was with her last band.

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