Arts & Culture

Wife-husband restaurateurs and chefs Bridget Foy and Paul Rodriguez have bounced back from the fire that destroyed Foy’s namesake restaurant on South Street in 2017 with the recently opened Cry Baby Pasta. And you just might weep if you can’t get a reservation.

The cozy and elegant space was packed on a Wednesday night and we soon found out why. The menu is simple and concise — but the menu items are executed to perfection.

If you step into the stylish and casually refined confines of West Philly’s CO-OP for brunch, there’s a pretty good chance that any diet is going out the window.

Sure, there’s a significant portion of the brunch menu that keeps it light (parfaits, fruit bowls, veggie bowls, salads), but they just can’t compete with the classic comfort foods — which are made even more appetizing here.

When it became clear to Philadelphia-based playwright and dramaturg Jacqueline Goldfinger that her newest play, “Click,” was going to be produced, she knew whose sound would make it whole.

“I immediately thought of Pax to create the music and soundscape, as their deep knowledge of both traditional theater music and other forms — including opera, cabaret and chorale — have been enormously important in creating the complex on-and-offline worlds of the play,” Goldfinger said.

Pax is Pax Ressler, the non-binary Philadelphia theater multi-hyphenate whose compositional soundscapes surround and infest “Click” like a virus and move like a tech-savvy monolith.

It’s been a while since we’ve gotten a significant amount of music or art to consume from Amanda Palmer. Now she’s back in action with a new album, “There Will Be No Intermission,” and an international tour and book release.

The bisexual singer-songwriter, author and performance artist made a name for herself as half of the gothic/punk cabaret duo The Dresden Dolls before pursuing a solo career.

FOLK WISDOM: Iconic out folk-rock duo The Indigo Girls return to the area for a trip through their storied catalog of songs, March 28 and 29 at Scottish Rite Auditorium, 315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood, N.J. For more information or tickets, call 856-858-1000.

Good sex is always good sex, but it takes a special person to turn bad sex into something amazing. And that’s where out New York comedian and podcaster Natalie Wall comes in.

Wall is the creator and producer of “Awkward Sex … and the City,” a podcast that showcases comedians and other assorted guests sharing hilarious, revealing and/or cringe-worthy stories of their sexual exploits.

 Philadelphia’s annual LGBTQ film festival is days away — and one of the highlights features a very Philly story.

In the short film “Going Forward,” screening 7 p.m. March 25 (opening night) at the Kimmel’s Perelman Theater, local filmmaker Tim Harris follows Pennsylvania State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta on Election Day 2018 as he becomes the first openly gay person of color to be elected to state office.

Thomas Mallon is not only an icon of the journalistic arts-and-trade and a one-time titan of Republican thought (“I staggered out of bed on the morning of Nov. 9, 2016, went online to the D.C. Board of Elections site, left the Republican Party and changed my registration to Independent”). He also is a famously out gentleman who in his  newest book, “Landfall,” gnashes into the George W. Bush presidency and the woes of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina with brio and smarts.

Because I’ve spent a considerable amount of time in Canada, I can tell you there’s a lot of comedic talent in our neighbor to the north.

One of those comedians is Kyle Brownrigg, who is fearless and openly gay with a devastatingly funny and razor-sharp sense of deadpan delivery. And he just released his debut live comedy album “Unmedicated: The New Fragrance.”

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