Arts & Culture

Out gay Canadian writer/director Keith Behrman’s sophomore feature, “Giant Little Ones,” is an ambitious, over-stuffed drama about queer teen sexuality.

The film introduces Franky (Josh Wiggins) and Ballas (Darren Mann), two handsome 16-year-olds who have been best friends forever.

Thomas Mallon is not only an icon of the journalistic arts-and-trade and a one-time titan of Republican thought (“I staggered out of bed on the morning of Nov. 9, 2016, went online to the D.C. Board of Elections site, left the Republican Party and changed my registration to Independent”). He also is a famously out gentleman who in his  newest book, “Landfall,” gnashes into the George W. Bush presidency and the woes of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina with brio and smarts.

Because I’ve spent a considerable amount of time in Canada, I can tell you there’s a lot of comedic talent in our neighbor to the north.

One of those comedians is Kyle Brownrigg, who is fearless and openly gay with a devastatingly funny and razor-sharp sense of deadpan delivery. And he just released his debut live comedy album “Unmedicated: The New Fragrance.”

In June 1969, a small group of social misfits, outcasts and pariahs had had enough.

The watering hole in which they were socializing among themselves, not hurting anyone, was being raided by the police — yet again. Out of frustration and anger, some of these people fought back. The watering hole was New York’s Stonewall Inn, and the resultant altercation escalated into a three-day riot that sparked the modern gay-rights movement.

And who was in the forefront of the Stonewall Riots, manning the barricades, fighting tear gas with mockery and chorus lines, standing up to police in riot gear?

Drag queens.

When Philadelphia Theatre Company premieres “How to Catch Creation” March 22, playwright Christina Anderson’s work will be a debut of another sort for the Broad Street troupe.

PTC and its producing artistic director, Paige Price, are the first in the United States to make an annual pledge to produce at least one work per season from The Kilroys list — started in 2017 to identify new and under-produced plays exclusively by female, trans and nonbinary writers, such as Anderson.

GLAM FOR A CAUSE: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” alum Roxxxy Andrews headlines “Love, Lipstick and Lashes,” a drag show benefiting the American Cancer Society. The show features performers from the Delmarva region, 7 p.m. March 16 at The Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del. For more information or tickets, call 202-730-3331.

Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying at the scary, dysfunctional and outright stupid state of American politics these days. Luckily for us, a new podcast is trying to find the humor in the maelstrom.

“Let’s Get Civical,” hosted by New York City-based comedian Lizzie Stewart and gay political strategist Arden Walentowski, is equal parts civics class and comedy show. The duo is making it its mission to break down all the political action into easily understandable morsels.

Philadelphia has a long history with film. Long before Hollywood, there was the Lubinville Studio on 20th Street (1911), Thomas Edison opened the first film company across the Delaware River, and the steadicam was invented in this area. In addition, several classics were filmed in Philly. With the Women’s Film Festival through March 23 and the upcoming qFLIX, Philly’s film culture continues.

Philadelphia’s LGBTQ film festival will screen more than 100 features, documentaries and shorts during its weeklong run March 25-31. Among this year’s qFLIX offerings are several local-interest titles, as well as appearances by filmmakers.

One of the opening films is the world premiere of Philly-set-and-shot romance “From Zero to I Love You.” This glossy drama, written and directed by Doug Spearman, has the married-with-kids Jack Dickinson (Scott Bailey) unexpectedly falling for Pete Logsdon (Darryl Stephens). Their relationship, which includes sex on the down low, comes to an expected head when Pete wants Jack to leave his wife, Karla (Keili Lefkovitz).

 It’s been a tough week for the millions of fans of Michael Jackson, an iconic figure in American music, often referred to as “The King of Pop.” A month after the six-hour Lifetime documentary “Surviving R Kelly” resulted in R&B singer R Kelly being arrest on sexual assault charges and held on $1 million bail, HBO has aired a 236-minute documentary, “Leaving Neverland.”

CRACKING IT UP: Out cabaret singer and Philly superstar Martha Graham Cracker performs a special BYOB show, “Lashed But Not Unleashed,” an evening of original songs delivered with her usual over-the-top flair, March 14-16 at The Kimmel Center’s SEI Innovation Studio, 300 S. Broad St. For more information or tickets, call 215-893-1999. Photo: Gustavo Garcia

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