Arts & Culture

With a modern-rustic décor, locally sourced menu, urban garden and stage for live music (usually low-key, roots-oriented, jazzy, bluesy outfits), it gets no hipper or hipster when it comes to Northern Liberties eateries than this. And it has as much talent in the kitchen as it does onstage.

HAVANA KNIGHTS: Cuba’s rich musical history comes to life on stage with a genre-spanning performance by the internationally renown Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars performing at the Kimmel Center 8 p.m. Jan. 12 at Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St. For more information or tickets, call 215-893-1999.

Out filmmaker and Temple University film professor Lauren Wolkstein co-directed the fantastic and hypnotic drama “The Strange Ones” with Christopher Radcliff. The film, based on the co-directors’ 2011 short of the same name, is currently on DIRECTV and will be available on iTunes Jan 5.

Out acclaimed composer, vocalist and songwriter Rufus Wainwright will perform a concert backed by the Philly POPS and Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus Jan. 19 at the Kimmel Center. The orchestra will accompany Wainwright through his unique repertoire, which will include highlights from his career.

So, 2017 was a pretty crummy year for the country, so I thought it’d be nice to start 2018 with a hearty laugh. “Come, Rainbows” is a comedy show that features local LGBT comics Rebekah Rickards, Molly Hanulec, Domo Jones, Low Hanging Fruit and Hannibal Lickter (Karen E. Johnson). One of the funny hosts is local standup Dan Vetrano. I spoke to the jokester on Facetime. I’m just sorry his expressions can’t be translated to the page. You’ll just have to see him in person Jan. 7.

This year featured no shortage of fine LGBT films, documentaries and shorts that spoke to queer life in the age of Trump. Here is a roundup of LGBT films that played in (or passed through) Philadelphia in 2017.

We don’t know about you, but we are more than ready for this year to be over. Well, there’s no guarantee that 2018 is going to be any better, but … yeah, adios, good grief and good riddance to 2017. Still, there are a few moments left to wring out the last drops of fun, and Greater Philadelphia is a great place to get it in before we close it out.

DANCE REVOLUTIONARY: International superstar DJ and producer Tiësto drops the bass on Atlantic City when he performs 11 p.m. Dec. 29 at The Borgata Premier Nightclub, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J. For more information or tickets, call 609-317-1000.

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