Arts & Culture

The tagline for the Hanover Area Historic Society Newsletter reads “Pride in the Past — Faith in the Future.” 

It has nothing to do with being gay, but it kind of sums up how I’m feeling after speaking with this week’s profile, a dynamic young man determined to make a difference in the world. In explaining why Dashiell Sears was the recipient of a scholarship award, HAHS stated, “Sears was very active in student council, chairing and organizing annual blood drives, homecoming and Halloween parties. He was a writer for the student newspaper, The Chariot, and this past year he was a member of the first BrainBusters Quiz Bowl team from Hanover.” Now a Temple student, Sears has gone from Brain Busters to becoming this year’s Mr. Gay Philadelphia, wowing the judges in the talent portion of the competition with his gymnastic skills.

Self-taught Chicano artist Ralfka Gonzalez, known for his depictions of Mexican dichos or proverbs, was born in San Antonio, Texas, in 1958 and now lives and works in Oakland, Calif.

Philadelphia has been without a theater festival celebrating gay talent and audiences ever since the annual Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival, which took place from 2003-09, closed shop.

If you’re gay and live in Philadelphia, you’ve probably gotten a giggle or two from the slogan, “Get Your History Straight and Your Nightlife Gay,” an award-winning marketing campaign developed by Jeff Guaracino and his colleagues at the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation.

According to the 2010 Census, the borough of New Hope has a total area of 1.4 square miles. Yet this marvelous little town has been host to some amazing entertainment and a cavalcade of stars over the years. One of the people responsible for putting New Hope on the map for music lovers is Bob Egan. Piano player extraordinaire and the man behind Bob Egan’s Supper Club, he began his career at the famed Odette’s. He took a moment between rehearsals to speak with us.