Arts & Culture

We know a lot of you adore summer, and we get it. Picnics, sidewalk dining, outdoor concerts, beaches, sun and warm weather are a lot of people’s jam — one that they spend nine months of the year pining for.

THE BEAT GOES ON: E Street band member, drummer and tireless bandleader Max Weinberg is bringing his four-piece band, Max Weinberg’s Jukebox, to Philly, where he invites the audience to create the night’s set list — which could be anything and everything from the Beatles and the Stones to Springsteen classics and deep cuts, 8 p.m. Aug. 25 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. For more information or tickets, call 215-222-1400.

 Bisexual filmmaker Desiree Akhavan’s sophomore feature, “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” is a sensitive adaptation of Emily M. Danforth’s celebrated novel about the title character (Chloë Grace Moretz) being sent to a gay conversion-therapy program called God’s Promise. After Cameron is caught making out with Coley (Quinn Shephard), her best friend from Bible study, her aunt Ruth (Kerry Butler) sends her away to “straighten” her out.

I had a few relatives visit me last week and when the conversation turned to gay stuff — I don’t even recall what — one of my cousins laughed and said, “Can you ask the community to stop adding letters to the alphabet? It’s hard to keep up!”

 

Whether as a playwright, a performer-actor or a producer with the recently late, great Orbiter 3 company, South Philadelphia’s James Ijames seems incapable of making bad decisions or wrong-headed moves.

STILL PUSHING IT REAL GOOD: Pioneering female hip-hop group Salt N’ Pepa is headlining “I Love the ‘90s” alongside classic rap acts like Coolio, 2 Live Crew, Rob Base and Biz Markie, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J. For more information or tickets, call 609-365-1300.

 “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood” filmmaker Matt Tyrnauer’s affectionate documentary opening Aug. 17 at the Ritz at the Bourse profiles Scott Bowers, a pimp for stars in Hollywood’s Golden Age who wanted same-sex sex. His client list reportedly included Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and many others.

Agnes Martin: The Untroubled Mind/Works from the Daniel W. Dietrich II Collection
Philadelphia Museum of Art presents paintings and drawings exploring the ideas that shaped Martin’s minimalist art, through Oct. 14, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-763-8100.

Ann Travers
The author hosts a reading and discussion of her latest book, “The Trans Generation: How Trans Kids (and Their Parents) Are Creating a Gender Revolution,” 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St.; 215-923-2960.

Biting Wit and Brazen Folly: British Satirical Prints, 1780s–1830s
Philadelphia Museum of Art’s display on the appeal of caricature in Georgian England and the ways in which those images teased and provoked audiences, through Aug. 22, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-763-8100.

Cirque du Soleil’s VOLTA
The new Big Top production by the international acrobatic circus-arts company performs through Aug. 19 at Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave., Oaks; 484-754-3976.

Design in Revolution: A 1960s Odyssey
Philadelphia Museum of Art’s exhibition of pop art and psychedelia from the civil-rights and antiwar movements through Sept. 9, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-763-8100.

Experiments in Motion: Photographs from the Collection
Philadelphia Museum of Art presents a photographic exhibition where artists stop, extend and rearrange time for their own creative ends, through Aug. 19, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-763-8100.

Face to Face: Art by Women
The William Way LGBT Community Center hosts an exhibition of works by queer female artists living in Philadelphia, through Aug. 31, 1315 Spruce St.; 215-732-2220.  

Face to Face: Portraits of Artists
Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition exploring how photographers helped craft the public personas of their creative subjects in this stunning collection of rare photographs from the museum’s collection, through Oct. 14, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-763-8100.

IN THE PUBLIC EYE: Philadelphia’s LGBTQ Community and the Media
The William Way LGBT Community Center hosts an archival and photographic exhibition examining the relationship between the mainstream press and the community, through Aug. 31 in the John J. Wilcox Jr. exhibit space, 1315 Spruce St.; 215-732-2220.  

Josh Blue
The comedian seen on “Last Comic Standing” performs Aug. 16-18 at Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St.; 215-496-9001.

Kevin Nealon
The former SNL cast member performs Aug. 9-11 at Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St.; 215-496-9001.

Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950
Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of American art epitomizing the early 20th century, through Sept. 3, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-763-8100.

Rachel Rose: Wil-o-Wisp/The Future Fields Commission
Philadelphia Museum of Art presents contemporary video installations that ruminate on our image-saturated culture and histories of the past, through Aug. 19, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-763-8100.

Serena J. Bishop
The out author hosts a reading and signing of her latest novel, “Beards,” 6:30-7 p.m. Aug. 11 at Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St.; 215-923-2960.

We (Too) Are Philly Poetry Festival
A free summer poetry festival featuring poets from Philadelphia and beyond, 7 p.m. Aug. 11 at Norris Square Park, 2100 N. Howard St.; https://raquelsalasrivera.com/we-too-are-philly/.

311 & The Offspring: Never-Ending Summer Tour
The alt-rock bands perform 7 p.m. Aug. 10 at Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, 601 N. Columbus Blvd.; 215-922-1011.

Dead Letter Office: A Tribute to R.E.M.
The tribute band performs 8:30 p.m. Aug. 10 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400.

Counting Crows
The alternative-rock band performs 6:30 p.m. Aug. 11 at BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J.; 609-365-1300.

Jason Mraz
The singer performs 8 p.m. Aug. 11 at The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave.; 215-546-7900.

Gladys Knight & The O’Jays
The classic R&B singers perform 8 p.m. Aug. 12
at The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave.; 215-546-7900.

Nancy Wilson of Heart
The rock guitarist performs with her new band 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at Xcite Center in Parx Casino, 2999 Street Road, Bensalem;
888-588-7279.

American Idol Live
Singers from the latest season of the hit TV show perform 7 p.m. Aug. 14 at Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow streets; 610-352-2887.

Pentatonix
The vocal pop group performs 8 p.m. Aug. 14 at BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J.; 609-365-1300.

Breaking Benjamin and Five Finger Death Punch
The hard-rock bands perform 6 p.m. Aug. 15 at BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J.; 609-365-1300.

CAKE and Ben Folds
The alternative rockers perform 7 p.m. Aug. 16 at The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave.; 215-546-7900.

Happy Bear
The bear happy hour runs 5-9 p.m. Aug. 10 at Tabu, 200 S. 12th St.; 215-964-9675.
Mimi Imfurst Presents Drag Diva Brunch
Mimi Imfurst, Bev, Vinchelle, Sutton Fearce and special guests perform 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 11 at Punch Line Philly, 33 E. Laurel St.; 215-606-6555.

Paula’s Drag Kitchen
Paula Deen White’s monthly drag show with her friends, 9 p.m. Aug. 16 at L’Etage, Sixth and Bainbridge streets; 215-592-0656.

La Maison Rose
A burlesque tribute to Aerosmith 10 p.m. Aug. 16 at Franky Bradley’s, 1320 Chancellor St.; 215-735-0735.

Peek-a-Boo Revue: Summer Vacation
The acclaimed Philly burlesque group performs 8 p.m. Aug. 17 at Franky Bradley’s, 1320 Chancellor St.; 215-735-0735.
Chaslyn Sweetwood
The cabaret singer performs 8 p.m. Aug. 10 at The Rrazz Room, 385 W. Bridge St., New Hope; 888-596-1027.

Jennie McNulty
The out comedian performs 8 p.m. Aug. 11 at The Rrazz Room, 385 W. Bridge St., New Hope; 888-596-1027.

North by Northwest
The classic Hitchcock film is screened 1:30 p.m. Aug. 12 and 7:30 p.m. Aug.13 at the Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; 610-917-1228.

    Are you bored with your brunch routine?
    Well, you’re in luck.
    Modern Indian restaurant Veda recently unveiled a new brunch menu that brings some exciting twists to the brunch scene in Center City.  
    But first, we have to talk about the drinks, because what is brunch without a cocktail? The Veda mimosa ($8) adds cranberry juice and sea salt to this brunch staple. Then there’s the Back to the Roots cocktail ($13). We were skeptical at first, because beet juice and gin form the basis of this drink, which we couldn’t imagine being a viable combination. But the honey, ginger and star anise, and the cracked black pepper along the rim of the glass, make for a bold concoction that satisfies.
    Back to the food: The most Western of the brunch fare we tried was the Masala omelet ($9), served with a side of crisp naan bread. It was tasty as vegetable omelets go, but we were slightly disappointed that the dish didn’t have a more pronounced level of Indian spice. It turns out you can ask for a higher level of spice when you order; we just got served the tamest level available, which was still a nice diversion from the ordinary.
    The samosa chaat ($7) offered a more traditional level of spice and flavor, as well as unexpected decadence. The familiar fried potato turnover is drenched in yogurt, tamarind chutney, tomatoes and mint, giving the dish a luxurious texture and complex flavors. We ended up spooning the excess chutney onto our omelet, which made it perfect.
    Veda’s take on shrimp tacos ($9) was another nice surprise. Phulka, a slightly thicker Indian version of a tortilla, played well with the spicy fried shrimp, which had an equally hearty and satisfying hush-puppy-like density to its batter. The cachumber salad and sweet chili aoli that garnish the taco bring a pleasant acidity that pulls everything together.   
    If you have room for dessert, the kulfi with poached blueberries ($7) is a refreshing way to cool down, as the Indian ice-cream dish tempers its sweetness, allowing the fruit to take center stage.  
    If you are looking for something to make your weekend mornings more colorful and flavorful, Veda has plenty of delights to spice up your brunch.

Veda
1920 Chestnut St.
267-519-2001
http://vedaphilly.com
Mon.-Thur.: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. & 5-10 p.m.
Fri.-Sat.: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. & 5-10:30 p.m.
Sun.: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. & 5-9:30 p.m.

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