Arts & Culture

 When soprano Patricia Racette — opera sensation, gay woman, activist, enthusiast — approaches “Ne Quittez Pas: A Reimagined La Voix Humaine” for O18, she does it with the same relish she had with the most famous roles in her career, including Violetta in “La Traviata,” Mimì and Musetta in “La Bohème” and Cio-Cio San in “Madama Butterfly.”

Young but legendary countertenor and LGBTQ icon Anthony Roth Costanzo has graced Opera Philadelphia in the recent past, first in “Phaedra” as Artemis, then in “Written on Skin” and its modern tale of lust, violence, purity and deceit in the dual role of First Angel and Boy.

You may have heard about it — local clubs being called out for discriminating against people of color in the Gayborhood. A community divided, up in arms, and a group formed to try to get a handle on the situation. The year was not 2013 — it was 1981, and the organization was called Black and White Men Together (BWMT).

 Out and outspoken comedian, actor and award-winning writer, Wanda Sykes, is back on the road doing what she does best: delivering blisteringly funny and socially conscious humor — and sparing no one, including family, the razor sharp wit of her insightful and uncensored observations.

The first scene of “Lizzie” opening Sept. 21at the Landmark Ritz Five takes place on Aug. 4, 1892, with the title character (Chlöe Sevigny) screaming in horror as she discovers the dead body of her mother, Abby (out actress Fiona Shaw).

THE LULLABIES OF BROADWAY: The annual Miss’D America Pageant returns to the Borgata with TV personality Carson Kressley hosting this year’s event celebrating the Great White Way, with lavish sets and performance numbers from some of Broadway’s classic and latest shows, 8 and 11 p.m. Sept. 22, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J. For more information or tickets, call 609-317-1000.

 When superstar mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe sings tenor in male drag (“that’s Blythely Oratonio to you”) for Opera Fest 2018, it will be more than just an auspicious meeting of the minds, wigs and muse, scriptwriter John Jarboe.

In choreographer Trajal Harrell, modern dance has its most poignant historian, funniest class clown and most sensual essayer of cultures and expressions outside his own era.

Along with creating the post-vogue classic series “Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church” for the 2014 Fringe Festival, Harrell — who spends most of his time in France — is also famous for the messed-up version of the hoochie-coochie, as presented in his new Fringe work, “Caen Amour.”

When multidisciplinary choreographer John Bernd succumbed to AIDS in 1988, he didn’t go quietly. Long a lion of Manhattan’s influential experimental dance scene, Bernd’s freeing poignancy of movement and depth of dramatic/thematic eclat created a worthwhile legacy.

All you divas and fashionistas, gather ’round! It’s almost time for Philly Fashion Week, when designers convene in our fair city to get a jump on the hottest trends and coolest fashions. Beautiful models will present exquisite garments alongside luxury products and world-class entertainment.

 

Out gay author Dale Peck’s debut novel “Martin and John,” came out 25 years ago and helped establish him as a writer of note. Meanwhile, his latest novel, “Night Soil,” has just been published and it’s a testament to Peck’s literary talents.

ARE YOU READY FOR ‘THIS’?: Childish Gambino, the rapper/DJ alter ego of comedian and actor Donald Glover, hits the road for his This Is America Tour, which lands in Philly 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. For more information or tickets, call 215-389-9543.

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