Arts & Culture

DRAG-TASIA: Surrealist and mind-bending drag performer Nina Bo’Nina Brown brings her outrageous style to Philly as part of an evening of show-stopping drag performances, along with Mimi Imfurst, Ron Binary, Vinchelle, Iris Spectre, Champagne and more, 8-11 p.m. June 3 at Voyeur Nightclub, 1221 St. James St. For more information, call 215-735-5772.

There’s a hidden gem right in Old City. The National Liberty Museum may sound like a place where you can learn about the trials and tribulations of our founding fathers — especially since it’s located a stone’s throw from Independence Hall — but, in actuality, it’s a beautiful museum dedicated to teaching a different perspective on liberty and equality. Here, visitors can learn about a heroes like Jackie Robinson, Nelson Mandela, Harvey Milk and young (s)hero Malala Yousafzai through interactive exhibits, contemporary works of art and illustrated stories.

Cabaret Vérité is back with “Laugh and Resist,” the fifth in Tom Wilson Weinberg’s series in which local performers fight the power through politically charged songs, skits and humor. The latest incarnation will run June 3-4 at William Way LGBT Community Center.

WE CAN GO FOR THAT: The Hoagie Nation Festival celebrates the Philly food staple with a concert featuring Hall & Oates, Tears for Fears, G. Love & Special Sauce and more, kicking off 2 p.m. May 27 at Festival Pier, 601 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd. For more information or tickets, call 215-922-1011.

Historically, the Philadelphia Dyke March has fallen the night before Pride here in the city. This year, Philly’s Pride has been moved to June 18 to allow people to head to Washington, D.C., for a national LGBT march. But Dyke March organizers want you to know that they will continue the tradition of marching on the second Saturday in June — and the event will be as moving and magical as ever!

Situated in the lush first-floor confines of the Ritz-Carlton, just steps from City Hall, Aqimero has made some changes to its menu to capitalize on the recently added wood-burning grill.

WE LOVE THE ’80S: Retro new-wave super group Dreamcar, which features everybody from No Doubt who isn’t Gwen Stefani and the singer from goth/punk rockers AFI, gets its neon-lit groove on 8 p.m. May 22 at TLA, 334 South St. For more information or tickets, call 215-922-1011.

With a melted-butter voice and a conversational lyrical style, Lucy Dacus has become the Southern gothic queen of the axis of her hometown of Richmond, Va., and in Nashville, Tenn. (where she recorded her debut, “No Burden,” in one 10-hour session). To go with her intimate, chatty style and weary discussions of love, fiduciary fairness and language, there is the quiet fact that Dacus has emerged as a humble gay icon and a distinguished live performer, the latter of which can be seen at her upcoming local shows, May 20 and 21 at Union Transfer.

If you look up “can-do spirit” in an encyclopedia, you’ll probably find a picture of this week’s profile. Wait, that’s making me sound old. Let me rephrase: If you google “fixer,” you might just find a picture of Wafiyyah Packer. Even as a new mother, Packer makes time to jump into multiple projects, usually behind the scenes. And like James Bond, she always gets the job done.

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