Arts & Culture

Troy Cook, an out, Philly-area baritone with a warm piercing voice and a playful personal manner will appear (again) in La Bohème. Cook will play “Marcello” for this third time, only this time, soprano Ashley Marie Robillard will be his “Musetta.”

“I have loved each opportunity to play him, equally,” said Cook. “Every time, it just gets better.”

Pride [noun]: confidence and self-respect as expressed by members of a group, typically one that has been socially marginalized, on the basis of their shared identity, culture and experience.

We have a lot of Pride in the greater Philadelphia area. There’s Philly Pride of course, South Jersey Pride (nearby Asbury Park) and I recently read that Doylestown will be hosting its first Pride Festival this year.

“Her Smell” is an excruciating and compelling look at the downward spiral of troubled rock star, Becky Something (Elisabeth Moss). As the lead singer in the (fictional) all-female alt-rock band, Something She, Becky may have hit records to her name, but she alienates everyone around her with her outrageous and bad behavior. 

Becky is intense and deliberately unlikable.

Philadelphia’s Inis Nua Theatre, along with its performance stage at The Drake, is renowned for its singular outlook and inventive takes on contemporary theater from Great Britain, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Playwright Inua Ellams’s tale of two twin brothers — born on Nigerian Independence Day and separated at birth — focuses on Black Britain and its people. 

SONIC WAR ‘HORSES’: Punk-rock icon, singer-songwriter and activist Patti Smith lands in Philly to shake things up with an evening of songs spanning her legendary career, 8 p.m. April 29 at The Met, 858 N. Broad St. For more information or tickets, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This is proving to be the year for up-and-coming queer artists are ready to take things to the next level, challenging the mainstream’s views of image and sexuality along the way. 

Grayson, a nonbinary singer-songwriter, model and stylist, recently released “Cherry Pits,” a dreamy, sparse and hypnotic electro-pop song from their upcoming EP, “Head to Head.” 

P!NK

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It’s kind of strange that P!nk is dropping a new album in the middle of the world tour for her last album (“Beautiful Trauma”). Then again, P!nk has always played by her own pop rulebook, so we guess this is fitting. 

With its arsenal of bourbon selections, live blues music and Southern-comfort food, The Twisted Tail is the kind of place where one might choose to end the night.

But the weekend brunch menu makes a compelling case for starting the day there.

In Michael Engler’s feature film debut, two completely different women leave Kansas for New York City, creating a bond that fosters personal transformations. 

Out director Engler has helmed episodes of some of the best-loved TV series in recent years including “Downton Abbey,” “Empire,” “30 Rock,” “Sex and the City” and “Six Feet Under.” His first venture into film is “The Chaperone,” a 1920s coming-of-middle-age story with a queer twist. 

Longtime M*A*S*H fans will recognize the headline, but for those too young or too old and forgetful, it was the title of the final two-hour episode that wrapped up the series in 1983. This farewell won’t be nearly as dramatic, funny or heart-wrenching, but it is my personal farewell after 11 “seasons” at PGN.

I pondered what the final Scene in Philly should look like. For instance, which bars to shoot in, who should be included, should it be the usual suspects from executive-director positions or just random people like in past Scenes? How could I be fair to an entire community and yet celebrate this special last Scene?

Before this job, I wasn’t truly involved in the LGBTQ community. I’d volunteered at a couple of nonprofits, attended a few block parties, went to a few films at festivals, some readings at Giovanni’s Room and an occasional bar party.

What an education I have gotten since then.

The Pulitzer Prize awards were announced on April 15 by the Columbia School of Journalism. Winning for biography was The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey C. Stewart. Stewart is chair of the Black Studies Department at the University of California at Santa Barbara and author of several major works.

The Pulitzer committee cited Stewart for creating "a panoramic view of the personal trials and artistic triumphs of the father of the Harlem Renaissance and the movement he inspired."

Stewart’s biography previously won the National Book Award for NonFiction. His massive work — 1,000 pages — published by Oxford University Press, details the life of black, gay intellectual, Alain Leroy Locke.

Members of the Pennsylvania Ballet and additional local dance companies raised $157,000 (and counting) for the nonprofit organization that delivers meals to those with life-threatening illnesses.

The PA Ballet’s iconic annual event ­­— in its 27th year — took the stage of the Forrest Theatre on April 13.

The performers again put on an eclectic and anticipated show, all for the benefit of MANNA (Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance), whose nearly 7,000 volunteers provide often-lifesaving nourishment to more than 1,200 clients faced with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other debilitating illnesses.

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