Arts & Culture

GOING DEEPER: British R&B singer and actress Lisa Stansfield is going back around the world — not looking for her baby, but promoting her latest album, “Deeper.” She performs 8 p.m. Oct. 17 at Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave. For information and tickets, call 215-572-7650.

Ashley Phillips brings her voice and guitar stylings to International House’s Ibrahim Theater for the 2018-19 season of “International Journeys,” a collection of artistic performances that reflect the theme “Origin Stories.”

A pop-art rendering of a Crisco can and a sign that reads “TOO CUTE TO BE BINARY” are just two of more than 500 pieces of illustrated artwork on display at William Way LGBT Community Center.

The art exhibit, called ICONS, is an illustrative installation by artist and LGBT-issues journalist Natalie Hope McDonald.

 

Over the last few years, the number of places you can get poke bowls in Philly has surged. And why shouldn’t it? The native Hawaiian dish of diced raw fish piled high with various fruits, veggies and crunchy, spicy or sweet toppings is definitely a healthy, exotic and fresh alternative to a lot of the other fast-casual options for people on the go in the city.

 

For more than 30 years, Gengoroh Tagame, the celebrated gay Japanese manga artist, created bara-themed erotica: manga made for gay men by a gay man, stylized by bear-ish characters engaged in BDSM. 

In 2014, his work took a sharp turn to focus on family life.

Bisexual fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez achieved fame in the late 1960s and early ’70s with his vivid images of prominent models, including Jessica Lange, Grace Jones, Tina Chow Jane Forth, Donna Jordan and Jerry Hall, whom he discovered. And he kept company with The New York Times style section’s Bill Cunningham and designer Karl Lagerfeld.

 

Kathy Griffin is back from celebrity exile.

The comedian and dish queen has been in virtual timeout since that satirical depiction of her holding the severed, bloody head of President Trump, which drew the fiery and somewhat-hypocritical wrath of the political establishment, media and entertainment industry last year. In the quick and decisive aftermath, venues and networks cut ties and canceled upcoming gigs.

These days, we could all use a good belly laugh. Add a little music to it — even better. Throw in a few pumpkins and you have “The Halloween Comedy Show Gates” with impresario Joe Gates.

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