Arts & Culture

All right, Halloween is over. The days are getting shorter and colder, and most of you are staring down that barrel of a lot of evenings and weekends spent with friends and family who want to grub, gossip and giggle.

FACE THE (RHYTHM) NATION: Armed with over 30 years of pop and dance hits, singing icon Janet Jackson brings her State of the World Tour to the area twice this week, performing 8 p.m. Nov. 10 at Boardwalk Hall, 2301 Boardwalk in Atlantic City, and 8 p.m. Nov. 13 at Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. For more information or tickets, call 215-389-9543.

One of the premises of this column is that everyone has a story to tell. Recently I was chatting with the bartender at Toasted Walnut and was surprised to find that she is actually a Grammy-credited music engineer, who’s working at the bar as she works on growing her own record label.

Alec Secareanu makes an indelible impression as Gheorghe, a strapping Romanian farmhand in the fantastic gay romantic drama “God’s Own Country,” opening Nov. 11 at Ritz at the Bourse. Out writer/director Francis Lee’s striking film is set mostly on a Yorkshire farm where Johnny (Josh O’Connor) ekes out a hardscrabble life with his ailing father (Ian Hart) and his grandmother (Gemma Jones).

STORMING THE GATES: Alternative/experimental rock singer-songwriter Tori Amos brings her Native Invader Tour to Philly for a spellbinding evening of music 8 p.m. Nov. 4 at Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow streets. For more information or tickets, call 610-352-2887.

When Stephan Hengst and Patrick Decker lived in the small town of PoughKeepsie, N.Y., they looked around and noticed that, though there were a number of LGBT folks around, they didn’t really have a place to congregate. That led them to found Big Gay Hudson Valley, which provided community, entertainment, engagement and fun for the region. Luckily for us, they’ve recently relocated and are now bringing those community-building skills to Philadelphia.

Halloween might be over, but there are still some macabre thrills to be had in Philly as the new touring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” swoops into town through Nov. 12 at the Academy of Music.

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