Arts & Culture

 Transgender filmmaker Kimberly Reed wrote, produced and directed — and even did the cinematography for — the gripping documentary “Dark Money,” opening July 20 at the Ritz at the Bourse. The film explores the timely subject of campaign-finance reform — or, as the film’s title suggests, those undisclosed corporate contributions that, by influencing elections, “buy” votes and change laws to achieve a specific agenda.

SHE’S A RAINBOW: Pop singer Kesha (pictured) teams up with rapper Macklemore for co-headlining tour ‘Rainbow’ that is set to get Philly jumping and dancing 7 p.m. July 25 at BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J. For more information or tickets, call 609-365-1300. Photo: Olivia Bee

Actor, director, author and activist George Takei is several sorts of icon rolled into one man. Along with being an avidly out proponent of LGBTQ rights, he is a vital member of the original “Star Trek” series enterprise, a social-media overlord (a Facebook force with over 10-million followers, to say nothing of an active Twitter feed) and a fighter for the rights of all immigrant cultures, as he and his family were forced into U.S.-run Japanese concentration camps during World War II. Now, he’s also an app crafter with House of Cats, a play on “House of Cards” and an augmented-reality app which gives players a role on the world’s political stage.

 

Ardmore Restaurant Week, which is actually a two-week-long foodie event, is back and dishing out prix-fixe menus through July 29. This picturesque piece of the Main Line is packed with a diverse array of shops and restaurants, 16 of which are participating in restaurant week and offering three-course dinners for $15, $25 or $35.

This is the time of year when it’s so hot that “go soak your head” is not an insult but a good idea. As president of the LGBT+ swim club The Fins Aquatic Club, Arthur Zeng suggests you come soak not just your head but the rest of you as well.

For the last six-and-a-half months, La Fusion Lounge in the back of Dung Phat Plaza at 11th and Washington has played host to the era-appropriate ’80s look and feel of “NEON: A Boylesque Experience.” The Miami-vibe location was an exceptional live venue for NEON’s colorfully playful nights of male-identifying burlesque — always a mix of trans, gay and drag performers — put together by Adam I. and Josh Schonewolf.

SOUL-SEARCHING CIRCUS: Out dancer, aerialist and Toronto native Joey Arrigo plays the main character, Waz, in “Volta,” the new touring production from Cirque du Soleil. “We pushed the boundaries of where we’re going to take our storyline,” Arrigo said of the show. “Volta tries to take a storyline that is in the present day and relatable to anybody watching. What we really wanted to stress was a message of self-acceptance and self-love.” Catch “Volta” through Aug. 5 at Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave., Oaks. For more information visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/volta. Photo: Patrice Lamoureux

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