Arts & Culture

Quince Productions has been reliable for presenting a steady string of quality dance productions and LGBT plays, but this summer it’s changing things up a bit by organizing a weekend overflowing with cabaret performances.

Theater Grey Gardens Philadelphia Theatre Company presents the eccentric lives of the reclusive Little Edie Beale and her mother, Edith Bouvier Beale, the cousin and aunt of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, respectively, through June 28 at Suzanne Roberts Theater, 480 S.

The Bike Stop has been the “heart of the leather community for over 18 years.” At one time I found the place a little intimidating, but now if I want to stop by and have a quick beer or get a bear hug from Rick upstairs, I no longer feel like I’m invading the boys’ club. It’s still a male-centric, non-frilly spot (The Pit Stop in the basement has a sign that reads “No Sneakers — No Cologne”), as it should be, but now it feels like a place where I could hang with my big brothers and feel safe. (Not that my actual big brother is into leather ... at least not that I know of.)

The best TV reporters bring us more than the news — they bring us perspective, draw us into their stories, make us part of what they report on, be it major news or human interest.

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.

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