The acclaimed rock musical “Rent” will make another run through the area.
Kaki King Junior Rounder Records
Openly gay and absolutely brilliant guitar player King continues to amaze on her latest album, “Junior,” which finds her pushing further into the sonic extremes she’s established on previous albums.
If you’re looking to be primped and pampered like a movie star or even a president — George H. W. Bush once personally called down for a massage — Ettore Spa in the Marriott Hotel is the place to go. The spa is run by Gary and Ettore Mastroddi, one of the city’s most famous sets of gay twins. I stopped by to speak to Ettore (aka Eddie) about life as a twin and what’s new in the beauty biz.
Theater August: Osage County Academy Award-winner Estelle Parsons stars as Violet Weston, a pill-popping, deeply unsettled woman dealing with the disappearance of her alcoholic husband and her extended family in this dark comedy, through May 2 at Forrest Theater, 1114 Walnut St.
FRIDAY Who Do You Think You Are This week, the show produced by out actor Dan Bucatinsky looks into the family history of Susan Sarandon.
“Five women go out to celebrate an engagement and they go out to a karaoke bar,” described out actress Alexandra Rush as the premise of her current theater gig.
In 1991, Sally Jesse Raphael broke the mold with her program theme “Breaking the Stereotype: Lesbians Who Don’t Look Like Lesbians.” This was way before “The L Word” lesbian-chic era and about the time the phrase “lipstick lesbian” emerged. At the time, politics dictated that femmes weren’t supposed to get along, but upon meeting Robin Durand, a fellow Taurus and lipstick lesbian, we got along immediately. If you haven’t met Durand, she is a bodacious blonde with a powerhouse of a voice. I’ve been treated once or twice to her tear-the-house-down version of “I Will Survive.” What I didn’t know was that she comes from show biz lineage. A quick Google search of her family taught me that: During the 1950s and ’60s, her father, Tom Durand, was one of the main personalities on the popular radio station WTTM. He was the first voice heard on WTTM back in 1942, saying “testing, testing ...” before the station officially signed on, and he anchored the morning program for many years assisted by his wife Billie. The two were local celebrities for many years.
THEATER August: Osage County Academy Award-winner Estelle Parsons stars as Violet Weston, a pill-popping, deeply unsettled woman dealing with the disappearance of her alcoholic husband and her extended family in this dark comedy, April 27-May 2 at Forrest Theater, 1114 Walnut St.
Philadelphia author, activist and director Kati “Jazzy” Gray-Sadler will debut her new play, “Shrink Rap,” on April 25.
With the weather getting nicer outside, we wanted to see what was on the spring menus of the city’s better-known establishments.