Arts & Culture

Many of you know, or have heard of, Stephen Glassman. As the chair of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, he has been a staunch defender of civil rights for our community and all others facing discrimination. He’s also an accomplished architect, previously serving for five years as civic-design commissioner in Baltimore. He’s an Ivy League graduate and the first openly gay individual ever to receive an appointment subject to Senate confirmation to a Pennsylvania board or commission. All common knowledge. But did you know he also played a potential love interest for Dr. Frasier Crane on the TV hit “Frasier”?

THEATER Annie The Kimmel Center hosts the classic musical about a gold-digging orphan, through Feb.

We all know the term “Friend of Dorothy” (if you don’t, shame on you. Learn your gay history!), but this week’s interview isn’t just a friend of Dorothy — he is Dorothy. Well, not Dorothy Parker, but the gal who played the other Dorothy, the venerable LGBT icon Judy Garland. Since 1991, Tommy Femia has appeared as Ms. Garland in almost every New York City nightclub (including an ongoing 20-year run at Don’t Tell Mama), to Tim McLoone’s Supper Club in Asbury Park to multiple venues across the nation. His credits include “The Montel Williams Show,” “The Facts of Life,” “One Day at a Time,” two off-Broadway shows, Drama Desk Award-winners “Whoop-Dee-Doo!” “I Will Come Back!” and “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” and he’s served as emcee at the celebrated revue La Cage Aux Folles. The six-time winner of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs Award for Outstanding Impersonation is currently in our part of the world to rehearse for his latest show, “Norma Doesmen,” opening in March at the Abingdon Theatre in New York.

Prolific out filmmaker David DeCoteau has two movies out on DVD this month — “The Pit and the Pendulum,” his latest queer re-imagining/adaptation of an Edgar Allan Poe story (after “The Raven” and “The House of Usher”), and “Brotherhood V: Alumni,” the newest installment of another series he helms.

THEATER Any Given Monday Theatre Exile presents a world premiere by Bruce Graham about political correctness, religious faith, class discrimination, social injustice and how one man defines right and wrong, through Feb.

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