Arts & Culture

 It was a historic year for LGBTQ people on TV, with a record number of out lesbian, gay and trans actors, along with several out nonbinary actors.


Classic R&B singer, Taylor Dayne, rings in the New Year belting out her hits when she performs 10:30 p.m. Dec. 31 at Resorts Casino, 1133 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ. For more information or tickets, call 609-340-6300.

Todd Ellison, the out gay music director of the Philly POPS, will be conducting “Hamlisch: With Love,” Jan. 17-20 at Verizon Hall. The show is a tribute to Ellison’s mentor, who he described in a recent phone interview as being someone “Instrumental in my life — no pun intended.”


It’s been a decade — International Women’s Day 2009, to be exact — since the final episode of “The L Word” aired. Over six seasons, the groundbreaking series was the first ever to center lesbian and bisexual women.


In 2019, the phrase “cancel culture” is probably a distant second to “fake news” as one of the most thrown about sayings in the popular lexicon.

“Big Little Lies” actress talks #GayTwitter fans, “Little Women” queerness and embracing the other.

SHE’S AN OPEN “BOOK”: R&B singer and actress, Fantasia, brings her Sketchbook Tour to the area for an evening of her hits when she performs, 8 p.m. Dec. 27 at the Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa Event Center, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J. For more information or tickets, call 609-317-1000.

Things are happening at the Pennsylvania Ballet this year. The biggest change is the sparkling new Christmas tree that’s sure to earn gasps from the audience. The tree received a $100,000 makeover and a modern lighting design. Another new addition is dancer Garritt McCabe, a talented young man with a quick wit and the gift of gab.


Andrew Betz began performing community theater in the South Jersey suburbs as a youngster. The passion he formed there set him on a course to become a professional actor. The out actor, who currently resides in New York, has appeared in several Philadelphia-area productions — many of them at Mt. Airy’s Quintessence Theatre. This holiday season, he plays The Scarecrow in an inventive new adaptation of “The Wizard of Oz.”


It's down to the holiday wire, and we can't blame you if December went by so fast that you are up against a wall in the gift buying department. We're here to help if you still need something fast and foolproof.

HOLIDAY HUMOR: Comedians Jess Salomon and Eman El-Husseini are The El-Salomons, comedy’s favorite Jewish-Muslim-Palestinian-Lesbian married couple.  This year they are celebrating the holidays with their “The El-Salomons Save Christmas” show, where they tell jokes and stories inspired by the politics of their relationship with observational humor about love in general, 8 p.m. Dec. 14 at Franky Bradley’s, 1320 Chancellor St. For more information or tickets, call 215-735-0735.

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