Arts & Culture

FRIDAY Far from Heaven Dennis Quaid is extraordinary as a closeted gay man in 1950s suburbia in Todd Haynes’ powerful drama.

There may be no equality for lesbians and gay men in America: Witness the Obama administration’s utterly unnecessary support for the Defense of Marriage Act in a legal brief filed last week, after he wooed lesbian and gay voters by pledging to overturn what he called “an abhorrent statute” while campaigning, not to mention his shape-shifting on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

According to the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, nearly 13,000 servicemembers have been discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” — the military’s ban on openly gay members — since 1993, and strong evidence suggests that countless others have made the choice not to join the military or have left military service rather than serve under the discriminatory law.

THEATER Avenue X Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival Theater presents an all a-cappella musical set in Brooklyn circa 1963, in which two young men want nothing more than to sing at the Legendary Fox Theater, through June 21, 2111 Sansom St.

FRIDAY

It’s My Party

One of the first films to address AIDS spotlights a gay man who throws himself a final bash.

“Everyone can afford an interior designer.” So says Joseph M. Matthews 3d, model, business owner and all-around good guy. “Most people have the idea that you have to be rich to use an interior designer. They think that unless you make over $200,000 a year, you have to do it all yourself.” But according to the owner of Matthews Interior Design, working with a designer might actually save you money, as he can get items for cost, not to mention the benefit of working with a design professional. A board member of the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund, Matthews is also the chair for “Toy,” the annual holiday toy drive that raises funds for DVLF and collects toys for kids living with HIV. Mark your calendars early for this event, Dec. 4 at the Marketplace Design Center.

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