Arts & Culture

A FUNKY FAREWELL: Funk icon and pioneer, George Clinton, pilots the mothership that is Parliament Funkadelic into Philly one last time with his farewell tour, 8 p.m. June 6 at Franklin Music Hall, 421 N. Seventh St. For more information or tickets, call 215-627-1332.

It’s almost summertime — when the livin’ is easy.

It’s that time of year when many of us slow down, hit the beach or poolside and, if we’re lucky, forget our troubles and chase our cares away.

Two Philadelphia-based gay and lesbian choruses are lending their voices to the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall and the Gay Rights Movement.

ANNA Crusis Women’s Choir and the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus will perform the Philly premiere of “Quiet No More,” a choral-music suite co-commissioned by the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles.

When Philly Loves Beer commences its 10-day Philly Beer Week on May 31 at South Philly’s 2300 Arena, one guy who’ll stand closest to The Hammer of Glory — longtime totem that ceremoniously taps the opening keg — is Brandon Szeker.

Out gay filmmaker Frédéric Tcheng has been making documentaries about fashion for more than decade. He had written, directed and/or edited “Valentino: The Last Emperor,” “Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel” and “Dior and I.” Tcheng’s latest film, “Halston,” opening June 7 at the Landmark Ritz at the Bourse, presents the American designer as told through film clips, archival footage and interviews with friends, enemies, and family members.

Musician and songwriter Tyler James Bellinger has it all.

He fronts a band, KNGDAVD, that has nearly 5-million plays on Spotify. He has a single, “Blood on Our Hands,” featured in Guinness’ 200th-anniversary commercials and trailers for the film “The Public.” Another single, “You Never Know,” was featured in Marvel’s “Cloak and Dagger,” and “Say My Name” was prepared for Netflix’s “Lucifer.”

The Independence Business Association is a great source for organizations and companies in the greater Philadelphia area. I was perusing IBA’s website when one company jumped out at me, “Out in Tech.”

One look at their website and I wanted to find out more.

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.

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