Arts & Culture

With summer winding down, opportunities for being outdoors are waning. If you want to spend time in the sun (and shade), there’s no better place to do it than recently opened Piazza Pod Park, 1075 Germantown Ave., which brings open-air culinary excitement to Northern Liberties.

Totally, irrefutably, in-your-face queer: It’s what makes the eighth season of MTV’s reality series “Are You the One?” groundbreaking — and utterly fabulous.

When someone’s mission is radical healing and brilliant growth, it’s time to take notes.

Briyana D. Clarel’s The Starfruit Project moved to Philadelphia in 2018 from Austin, Texas and crafts LGBTQ-focused writing workshops, blog hubs and performance classes centering on queer and trans people of color.

When Broadway Dreams brings its one-night-only “Philadelphia Dreamer” musical revue to Chestnut Street’s Mandell Theatre this weekend, it will do so with the force of stars from the Great White Way.

Wallis Bird is ready to break big in the U.S. The out singer-songwriter has released five albums in Europe, but her latest record, “Woman” (out Sept. 27 on AntiFragile Music) marks her stateside debut. She sets off on her first tour in the States later this month and will appear locally as part of the Philadelphia Folk Festival (Aug. 15-18).

Weird. Wild. Fascinating. Upsetting. These words and many more describe the world of David Lynch, the mastermind behind “Eraserhead,” “Blue Velvet” and “Twin Peaks.” Lynch’s aesthetic has proven irresistible for artists — like Michael Osinski, local out director and founder of The Antitode, a collective of artists creating productions that “blend contemporary pop culture with classic plots to create a new way of telling stories.”

What do opera superstar Stephanie Blythe, international performance artist Justin Vivian Bond and local drag-scene staple Martha Graham Cracker have in common? This September, all three — and many more — will appear as part of Late Night Snacks, a pop-up cabaret venue in South Philly that will offer nightly entertainment from Sept. 7-29.


This summer, outspoken women are telling listeners exactly what they think

Lyrically rich, new albums from Bones UK, Inna and K. Flay are musically sound too and sure to keep you moving during these hot summer months.

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