Arts & Culture

“Deleted Scenes,” unspooling July 15 and 17 at QFest, is the latest compelling and explicit romantic drama from the provocative queer writer/director Todd Verow.

There’s a cute little gay bar hidden off Rittenhouse Square. Formerly the Post, the current Stir, 1705 Chancellor St., is run by business partners Stacey Vey and Holly Johnson and is a friendly little spot worth checking out if you haven’t been there before. One of those responsible for the warm and friendly atmosphere is veteran bartender Angela Bibey, who keeps the drinks flowing and the conversation going during her “Ladies Happy Hour” from 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays.

THEATER Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy The animal-themed show blending circus elements and Broadway theatrics runs through Sept.

The Gayborhood has become home to countless LGBTs over the past several decades — whether they actually lived there or not — and over the next few weeks, the LGBT community will celebrate the neighborhood’s storied history and look to its future.

Former Philadelphian Cheryl Dunye is receiving the Artistic Achievement Award for Directing at this year’s QFest on July 16, where she will also screen her new film, “The Owls.

Kelly McGillis is this year’s recipient of the QFest Icon Award, celebrating a career that includes memorable turns in the locally shot “Witness,” the megahit “Top Gun” and the Oscar-winning drama “The Accused.

QFest, the annual Philadelphia LGBT Film Festival, opens July 8 with screenings of both the lesbian romantic feature “Elena Undone” and the gay comedy “You Can’t Have It All.

OK, I’ll come right out and state that I’m not a big opera fan, but I recently saw the Opera Company of Philadelphia production of “Orphée and Eurydice” and was delighted by the wonderfully imaginative staging, with very contemporary, stark lighting and interesting angles to heighten the dramatic effect.

THEATER Fiddler on the Roof Walnut Street Theatre presents the award-winning musical, through July 18, 825 Walnut St.

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