Arts & Culture

With the release of the latest two films this year from Marvel Studios, “Captain Marvel” and “Avengers: Endgame” — both of which rapidly entered the rarified billion-dollar-plus box-office club — it’s clear that superheroes don’t go out of style.

While it’s true that Icon Ebony-Fierce — a 1990s-obsessed, wildly artistic mother figure in the LGBT community who identifies with they/them pronouns —  has made a name for themselves as a member of the city’s ever-evolving drag and queer performance scene, the driving passion behind their work has been activism.

THE LULLABIES OF BROADWAY: Tony Award-winning stage and screen legend Patti LuPone, backed by Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus, will perform classic show tunes in “Don’t Monkey with Broadway,” 3 p.m. June 9 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 300 S. Broad St. For more information or tickets, call 215-893-1999. 

Delightfully dark, funny and campy, crime drama “Claws” is back for a third season this summer. It follows the exploits of a group of women in Palmetto, Fla., who work at a nail salon — a front for laundering money for a pain clinic that is illegally selling painkillers.

Out singers who have made a splash on televised talent shows are among the headliners of this year’s Philly Pride.

Brian Justin Crum (“America’s Got Talent”), David Hernandez (“American Idol”) and Philly native Vincint (“The Four”) are preparing to have Pride spectators dancing at the main stage throughout the day.

Comedians are no strangers to the main stage at Philly Pride, and this year is no exception as Ian Harvie and Fortune Feimster are among the headline acts.

Actor and comedian Harvie, who has appeared on the TV show “Transparent” and toured the world as an opening act for Margaret Cho, is the first transman to perform at Philly Pride. 

One moment in “Rocketman,” director Dexter Fletcher’s jukebox musical biopic of Elton John, provides goosebumps. John (Taron Edgerton) and his lyricist Bernie Taupin (Jamie Bell), are trying to find their first hit song. He’s played strains of “Daniel,” and “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues,” for record executive Dick James (Stephen Graham), but James wants something upbeat. Then Elton John is seen performing “Your Song,” and it is absolutely magical. The soulful rendition of this beautiful, heartfelt ballad conveys exactly what it is about John and his music that connects with his legion of fans. The scene is so stirring it might even induce tears.

A FUNKY FAREWELL: Funk icon and pioneer, George Clinton, pilots the mothership that is Parliament Funkadelic into Philly one last time with his farewell tour, 8 p.m. June 6 at Franklin Music Hall, 421 N. Seventh St. For more information or tickets, call 215-627-1332.

It’s almost summertime — when the livin’ is easy.

It’s that time of year when many of us slow down, hit the beach or poolside and, if we’re lucky, forget our troubles and chase our cares away.

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