Arts & Culture

Besides the sight of unruly children forced back into the iron physical and psychological grip of the educational system where they will remain tethered for the next eight months, the only thing in September that we are even happier to see is the return of Philly Fringe/Live Arts Festival.

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.