Arts & Culture

“Elizabeth Blue” is a heartfelt and compelling film about how the title character (Anna Schafer) and her fiancé Grant (Ryan Vincent) cope with her schizophrenia. The film, which opens Sept. 22 at the Prince Theater's Black Box, is directed and cowritten by Vincent Sabella and produced by his husband, Joe Dain. It is based on the couple’s real-life experiences with Sabella’s schizophrenia.

ENCORE: Out singer, actor and “Glee” star Alex Newell makes a return trip to New Hope to perform 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at The Rrazz Room, 385 W. Bridge St., New Hope. For more information or tickets, call 888-596-1027.

Sing with me! “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!” OK, as much as I love the holidays, I do tend to cringe at seeing Christmas displays before I’ve had a chance to celebrate Halloween, but this holiday tradition is such a great event, we want to get the word out as soon as possible.

When viewers last saw Will Horton, one of several gay characters on the iconic daytime drama "Days of Our Lives", he was brutally murdered, strangled to death by a serial killer. Many were shocked not only by Will's untimely demise, but by the brutality of his death. At the time, Will was portrayed by Guy Wilson, a likable actor who never quite clicked with viewers — this may have contributed to the character's tragic end.

(UN)DRESSED TO KILL: International burlesque star and sex symbol Dita Von Teese brings her latest burlesque revue, “The Art of the Teese,” to Philadelphia to heat up these final days of summer 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at The Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E. Allen St. For more information or tickets, call 215-625-3681.

Local queer filmmaker Glenn Holsten’s new documentary “I Am” lovingly chronicles the experiences of six students from St. Katherine’s Special Education Day School in Radnor with eight dancers from the Second Company of the Pennsylvania Ballet. The 40-minute short film, which will screen at Prince Music Theatre Sept. 19, shows how the students and dancers created a performance choreographed by Pennsylvania Ballet’s Jessica Kilpatrick.

It would be an understatement to say that David B. Devan, the bow-tied general director and president of Opera Philadelphia, is over the moon about O17, the organization’s debut festival. With seven “operatic happenings” staged Sept. 14-23 in six venues, this is not only a genius marketing opportunity that brings international press to our city, it is also rich with innovation: operas in unique spaces (“The Wake World,” “War Stories”), those that copy a movie-going experience (“The Magic Flute”) and those relevant to Philly (“Elizabeth Cree,” “We Shall Not Be Moved”).

GOING UP SWINGING: Catch queer-focused Tangle Movement Arts’ all-new performance of aerial dance and vertical drama “Life Lines,” in which the acrobats in the nine-woman cast and Philly-based acoustic trio Guide Birds collaborate to tell three women’s stories of rebuilding after sudden changes through Sept. 9 at Neighborhood House, 20 N. American St. For more information, call 215-266-6215 or visit  Photo: Michael Ermilio

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