Arts & Culture

FX dance-musical series “Pose” is heating up the airwaves and making history by exploring the clashing social scenes of the ballroom culture and affluent high society in 1980s Manhattan. Besides merging high drama, high fashion and high times, the show features the largest cast of transgender actors in starring roles, as well as the largest recurring cast of LGBTQ characters ever for a scripted series.

Doug Greene is a Philadelphia-based installation artist, designer, actor and my new bud. We met last week at an Our Night Out event and I was drawn to his quiet energy and warmth. Greene has done work with Philadelphia faves such as The Bearded Ladies, Quintessence, Brat Productions, Renegade Theatre Company and many others. We met for a chat at another Philly favorite, Writer’s Block Rehab.

 The hottest months of the year are back, along with many opportunities to empty your bank account for any form of sonic or entertainment Xanax to sublimate your sense of rage and doom, as well as keep your attention away from the mounting pile of socio-political horror that pours forth like lava from a raging volcano.

If you head to Rehoboth Beach, you’ll find Poodle Beach at the south end of the boardwalk and Gordon’s Pond Beach in Henlopen State Park. Poodle has long been known as the men’s beach, with Gordon’s Pond a hit with the women.

SATUDAY NIGHT’S ALL RIGHT FOR FIGHTERS: The Foo Fighters bring their wildly successful Concrete And Gold Tour to rock the house 7:30 p.m. July 7 at BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J. For more information or tickets, call 856-365-1300.

Out gay writer-director Ofir Raul Graizer’s gentle, absorbing drama, “The Cakemaker,” opening July 6 at the Landmark Ritz at the Bourse, begins with businessman Oren (Roy Miller), a married father from Israel, frequenting the café in Germany where Tomas (Tim Kalkhof) works and bakes. The two men initiate a passionate tryst that ends unexpectedly when Oren is killed in a car accident. This tragedy prompts Tomas to travel to Jerusalem to visits the café owned by Oren’s widow, Anat (Sarah Adler).


The Lightbox Film Center (formerly International House) is screening a new restoration of the late, great Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s eight-hour 1972 miniseries “Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day: A Family Series” all day long July 7. The gay filmmaker, who helped create the wave of New German Cinema, directed a staggering 41 feature films and TV miniseries between 1969-82.

This week’s Portrait has a chronology of places in which he’s lived that sounds like a Beach Boys song. With more than 20 years in the hotel and hospitality industry, Jerry Rice has resided in Miami, Seattle, Arlington and Wilmington and Huntersville, N.C., where he was the “Youngest Dual General Manager in Marriott Brand History.”


At 45 years old and after 20 years in the fashion industry, Saul Lyons was burned out. A friend, noticing his rut, suggested a creative outlet: painting.


Writer and director Andrew Fleming’s “Ideal Home” is like a queer version of “Two and a Half Men,” with the adult men being lovers instead of brothers, and the kid is a 10-year-old who says things that can’t be uttered on network television.

THRILL-ADELPHIA: While the rest of the city is getting its senses overloaded with the bombast of fireworks displays and other celebrations, out English soul singer Sam Smith will be serenading fans when his “The Thrill of It All” Tour descends upon Philadelphia 8 p.m. July 4 at Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. For more information or tickets, call 215-336-3600.

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