Arts & Culture

We’re still in the midst of the holidays, but maybe it’s time to start thinking about eating healthier (if that’s your thing) to mitigate the damage done by an endless parade of turkey legs, gingerbread and spiked eggnog. Luckily, eatery chain Bryn + Dane’s (834 Chestnut St.) is here to make eating healthy quick, easy and fun.

Garry O’Connor knows out gay actor and activist Sir Ian McKellen from their days attending Cambridge, back in 1958. However, while O’Connor’s friendship with McKellen might suggest he would be a fine biographer of the gay icon, the author’s new book, “Ian McKellen: A Biography,” is mostly a lazy hagiography.


Out gay actor Ben Whishaw co-stars in the canny sci-fi drama “Little Joe,” opening Dec. 6 at the Landmark Ritz at the Bourse. Set in the biotechnology world, the film follows Alice (Emily Beecham) and her colleague Chris (Whishaw), who have genetically engineered a special breed of plant. Nicknamed “Little Joe,” the plant promotes happiness if it receives love. Alice and Chris are optimistic that their project will make people’s lives better.

In the queer-tinged “Knives and Skin,” the disappearance of 15-year-old Carolyn Harper (Raven Whitley) sends shockwaves throughout the community. Moreover, although Carolyn’s body is seen periodically throughout writer and director Jennifer Reeder’s mystifying film, the emphasis is less about what happened to Carolyn, and more the strange behavior of Carolyn’s friends, family members and her friends’ family members.

MERRY ‘X’-MAS: Pop icon, Madonna, brings her intimate Madame X World Tour, featuring most songs from her new album and a handful of her hits, to Philly for a string of shows, Dec. 7, 8 and 11 at The Met, 858 N. Broad St. For more information or tickets, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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