Arts & Culture

MATTERS OF THE HEART: Koresh Dance Company will present the world premiere of “Matters of the Heart” and “Inner Sun,” choreographed by company founder and director Ronen Koresh, April 26-29, at the Suzanne Roberts Theater, 480 S. Broad Street. Pictured is Micah Geyer from “Inner Sun.” Performances on April 26 and 27 feature post-show conversations with the artists. For ticket information, call 215-751-0959, or visit Photo: Frank Bicking

Childhood: a time, for many of us, of innocence and simplicity.

But life moves on. Experience tends to knock the innocence out of us. The older we get, the more complicated life becomes. Such is the premise of “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead,” a play being presented later this month by a new theater company, Raw Street Productions, at its home space in South Philadelphia.

Out gay writer-director Andrew Haigh brings an engaging, sensitive and moving drama in his adaptation of Willy Vlautin’s novel, “Lean on Pete.” The film, which opens at the Landmark Ritz Five on April 20, tells the story of Charley (Charlie Plummer), a teenager who cares for the title Quarter Horse one summer.

 WXPN’s “Kids Corner” is made up of three distinct but equal voices. There are the children who contribute to the process as interactive listeners and interlocutors as the music and conversation revolve around them. There is program host and creator Kathy O’Connell, who makes childrens’ concerns her own. Then there is O’Connell’s producer and co-conspirator, Robert Drake. Known too as a man who DJs new-wave records, live and on the radio, and co-creates events such as “Zombie Prom Night” and “Bowie Week,” Drake is his own brand.

 Have you ever had one of those weekends or evenings where you want to enjoy a feel-good musical and your significant other wants to take in something a little more socially conscious about people resisting fascists, Nazis and other assorted agents of oppression and evil?

Well, guess what? You can both have it your way when Broadway Philadelphia presents a new production of “The Sound of Music” April 24-28 at Merriam Theater.

Old City’s 12 Gates Art Gallery is giving Philadelphia an eye-opening look at the works of three Pakistani queer artists this month.

Titled “Unruly Politics,” the exhibition borrows its name from a work of art by Indian queer activist Akshay Khanna and examines notions of queerness, sexual identity, the accompanying political expectations and what that means in this day and age. The exhibition features works by artist, performer and drag queen Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, artist and writer Aziz Sohail and artist and educator Abdullah Qureshi.

Between this weekend’s Philadelphia Young Playwrights’ Mouthful Monologue Festival (April 13 at the Louis Bluver Theatre at The Drake) and the recent launch of season two of its “Mouthful” podcast, PYP founder-curator Mitchell Bloom makes it his life’s work to provide a platform for the words of those younger than he.

“Unchained: A Revolution of Love” is the theme for this year’s Philly Black Pride. Running April 26-29 with a kick-off parade on the 25th, PBP is a celebration for LGBTQ people of color and their allies. Throughout the year, PBP works to create multicultural opportunities that educate, inspire, improve and celebrate the experiences of LGBTQ individuals through programs, policy, advocacy, partnerships and relationship building.

Now it’s time to educate and celebrate, and this year’s Pride weekend is chock full of things to do. We spoke to Antar Bush, coordinator of the first-ever Black Pride Parade. 

SCARY-GOOD CABARET: It’s not getting chased through the woods by a psychopath, but it’ll have to do for thrills and excitement when Tom Wilson Weinberg (left) and Andrew Crowley (right) resurrect their cabaret show “Cabaret Vérité VII: Friday the Thirteenth, Part II,” featuring humor, songs and special guests Simone Allender, Jason Boyask and Mr. Maryruth Stine, 8-9:30 p.m. April 13 at William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St. For more information, call 215-732-2220.
Photo: Kevin Broad

 Ousted members of the Village People plan to keep the disco party rolling

The Village People, the 1970s group that epitomized the disco movement, brought the house down when they headlined Philly Pride in 2014.

Fast-forward to now, and none of the members who performed on that stage is in the group anymore.

What happened?

 Philadelphia-based animator Nick LeDonne keeps his work personal — a quality that has won over audiences and peers in his young career.

His 2016 short film, “Hanging,” portrays his experience attempting suicide after he’d suffered multiple personal traumas. The piece was screened at more than 70 international film festivals and won at least a dozen awards.

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