Arts & Culture

Throughout October, PGN is celebrating LGBT History Month, so I thought I’d shed a little light on some history that’s recently come to light. “Bandstand Diaries: The Philadelphia Years” is a fun book filled with stories, facts and figures about the groundbreaking show. I’m sure most of you are familiar with the opening song, and our older readers will remember Dick Clark and the cast of regular dancers while millennials will at least know the host’s name from the New Year’s Eve celebration that still bears his name. What many won’t know is that the show had a definite queer bent even before the word was reclaimed.

 

Some people have an unhealthy relationship with celebrity, allowing it to play an outsized role in one’s thoughts and life. In fact, for some gay men and their divas, the obsession can reach extreme levels. In real life, such a scenario can lead to — shall we say —  issues, a topic of classic comedy fodder.

Snap Judgment, the storytelling phenomena created by Glynn Washington and launched on NPR stations, is making the leap from your airwaves to the stage, bringing some of their storytellers to town for a live performance Oct. 15.

LATIN-PALOOZA: Superstar pop singer and heartthrob Enrique Iglesias teams up with rapper Pitbull for a tour that is sure to have Philly dancing 7 p.m. Oct. 13 at Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. For more information or tickets, call 215-389-9543.

Once upon a time, “AIDS” was a word that was feared by all, from the general population to health practitioners to emergency-service providers. Since the first AIDS case was diagnosed in 1981, more than 600,000 Americans have died of AIDS — more than all the U.S. combat deaths since the beginning of World War I.

Songwriters and performers Tom Wilson Weinberg and Andrew Crowley are joining forces again to step on cracks, walk under ladders, open umbrellas indoors and have black cats cross their paths when they present “Cabaret Vérité VI: Friday the Thirteenth.” The latest in their series of cabarets celebrates good songs and good humor, with this edition benefiting William Way LGBT Community Center.

 

Songwriters and performers Tom Wilson Weinberg and Andrew Crowley are joining forces again to step on cracks, walk under ladders, open umbrellas indoors and have black cats cross their paths when present “Cabaret Vérité VI: Friday the Thirteenth.” The latest in their series of cabarets celebrates good songs and good humor, with this edition benefiting William Way LGBT Community Center.

Don’t let the basic name and its location tucked away on a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it corner of the shiny new FMC Tower fool you — Walnut Street Café in University City has a lot going on, both visually and on its stylish New American menu.

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