Arts & Culture

“Rebels on Pointe,” screening 7 p.m. Dec. 29 at the International House of Philadelphia’s Lightbox Film Center, is director Bobbi Jo Hart’s crowd-pleasing documentary on Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, the all-male drag-comedy ballet company. Hart takes viewers on stage, behind the scenes and around the world with the gay men in the Trocks (as the dancers are called). She focuses on a handful of company members with inspiring stories, such as Robert Carter, who was particularly proud (and teary-eyed) that he could earn enough money dancing to bring his parents to see him perform in New York.


Another trip to the bustling main drag of Manayunk found us taking in the newly opened SOMO, a spacious and attractive American bar and restaurant competing for the area’s foot traffic.

IT’S A HARD-KNOCK LIFE: The classic rags-to-riches musical “Annie,” where the titular character charms and sings her way out of an orphanage and into the penthouse returns to Philly as part of is national revival tour through Jan. 7 at Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St. For more information or tickets, call 215-574-3550.

We’re in the home stretch of holiday shopping!

If you’re still looking for that perfect gift for your special someone (or if you’re gifting to yourself!), you’re in luck, as a number of talented authors and artists have some new releases this holiday season. Here are just a few of the standouts to help stuff your stocking:

Philadelphia tourists and current citizens can take a guided tour of the city with the help of a handy guidebook. “Walking Philadelphia: 30 Walking Tours Exploring Art, Architecture, History, and Little-Known Gems” takes readers through the city’s diverse neighborhoods while showcasing information about the buildings and history.

Writer/director Guillermo Del Toro’s spectacular new film, “The Shape of Water,” opens Dec. 15 at the Ritz Five. It’s a fabulous fantasy about outsiders that queer audiences will absolutely embrace.

SANTA FUNK IS COMING TO TOWN: Holidelic, the uproarious holiday show and concert rooted in the flashy traditions of ’70s and ’80s funk, is the brainchild of out Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, producer, actor and dancer Everett Bradley. Enjoy all the funky fun when the revue rolls through town 8 p.m. Dec. 15 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. For more information or tickets, call 215-222-1400.

It snowed last weekend, and I was like Pee-Wee Herman, shouting “It’s sno-ho-hoing!” on the phone to family and friends. (If you haven’t seen his special, it’s the gayest Christmas has ever been. I’m talking Grace Jones in a breastplate singing “The Little Drummer Boy.” But I digress … ) I love to see my backyard blanketed in white and hear kids outside giggling as they slide about. I invited some neighbors over and we kicked back and watched the snow fall outside my front door as we sipped mulled wine. Unfortunately, for many LGBT young people, the snow and cold are not such happy occasions. It is a taste of tough times to come as they seek shelter and warmth as the weather dips down.

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