Arts & Culture

This week’s portrait, Wyatt O’Brien Evans, is truly a Renaissance man. He is a writer, journalist, radio personality, entrepreneur, instructor, voice-over artist, public and motivational speaker and even a standup comic.

Perhaps more importantly, he has opened dialogue on a topic often overlooked in our community, intimate partner violence and abuse (IPV/A). Evans has reported and written for outlets including the HuffPost, The Washington Post, Advocate, The Bilerico Project, Baltimore Outloud, Baltimore Gay Life and Washington Blade. He has written an award winning, influential, no-holds barred series, which has been syndicated in numerous venues. 

 

Meet upstate Pennsylvania’s Reading Fightin’ Phils, the minor league offshoot of the Philadelphia Phillies and the most LGBTQ-friendly baseball team in the minors.

While the Philadelphia Phillies have hosted a Gay Community Night since 2003, most minor league teams haven’t embraced the LGBTQ community like the Fightin’ Phils, who will hold their seventh Annual LGBTQ Game Night on Wednesday, August 28 at 6 p.m. against the Bowie Baysox.

 

Director Jack Hazan’s 1973 quasi-documentary about gay artist David Hockney, “A Bigger Splash,” takes its name from the title of one of Hockney’s seminal paintings.

The film depicts the artist’s breakup with Peter Schlesinger, his one-time lover and muse, and the impact that had on him, his work, as well as his coterie of friends.

 

SAY HELLO TO THE NIGHT: If binge-watching the new season of “Stranger Things” this summer has left you wanting more slick ’80s horror-comedy action, you can catch a screening of one of the best vampire flicks (and movie soundtracks) to come out that decade, “The Lost Boys,” 9:45 p.m. Aug. 2 at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville. For more information or tickets call 610-917-1228.

 The ladies of Litchfield are back.

The seventh and final season of Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” was released July 26; as with previous seasons, there are 13 episodes.

Even after eight years as frontman for the iconic Queen, Adam Lambert is still billed as a separate entity — and still feels the need to explain his role.

“I know what some of you may be thinking,” he has told concert crowds on more than one occasion. “I’m just going to call it out: ‘He’s no Freddie.’ No shit! Because there will only be one rock god named Freddie Mercury.”

The Black Star Film Festival offers more than 100 shorts, documentaries and features that depict African-American, African-diaspora, and other communities of color. In addition, the festival, unspooling Aug. 1-4 at various locations in West Philadelphia, offers parties, panels, and pitch sessions plus conversations with artists, filmmakers and more.

At the top of the month, the work of Philly LGBTQ painters Amy Martin and Kelly McQuain were hung on the walls of William Way Community Center. Now, local photographers see a topic-wide last call for snaps for the Center’s upcoming "QUEERLIFEPHL” exhibit.

Cirque du Soleil returns to Philadelphia with a critically acclaimed acrobatic and circus-arts production titled “Amaluna,” a tribute to the work and voice of women. Inspired by Greek and Norse mythology and taking creative cues from Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” and Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” the show takes audiences to a mysterious island governed by goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon.

 Bisexual writer and director Lynn Shelton’s latest feature, “Sword of Trust,” is an affable comedy about two lesbians, Mary (Michaela Watkins) and Cynthia (Jillian Bell), who inherit a valuable, if controversial, object when Cynthia’s grandfather dies.

RE-HEATED: Pop group and boy band, 98 Degrees, is back in choreographed action bringing sugar-coated hits to the stage, performing 8 p.m. July 27 at Sugarhouse Casino’s Event Center, 1001 N. Delaware Ave. For more information or tickets, call 877-477-3715.

Jenna Kuerzi grew up idolizing Johnny Depp.

“Part of why I ever wanted to be an actor was because of actors like him,” said the South Philly-based queer performer, a veteran of more than two-dozen local productions. “He took chances and wasn’t afraid to be weird, and I was drawn to that.”

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