A crab house and a piano bar? Just take our money!
A hard-rock band with a trans performer as its lead singer is back on the road and coming to Philadelphia as part of its international Rise of the Underground Tour.
“I just haven’t been able to shake the smartass,” joked Brian Sanders. But he means it.
Sanders was referring both to both his career as one of Philadelphia’s most prominent and popular choreographers and performance artists as well as his attitude in his latest show, “Plunge.”
The world is a little rough right now. Turn on the local news and you’re inundated with senseless shootings, people being victimized and schools in crisis. Turn on the national news and you’re looking at a senseless state of affairs with an administration that would be laughable if it weren’t so deadly. Mother Nature seems to be wrecking havoc with one catastrophe after another and religion is being used to hide child molesters, or as an excuse for not baking us cakes.
Not so long ago, the artistic director of Philly’s queer-centric The Bearded Ladies cabaret and his associate took a trip through Europe, literally and figuratively.
From the past Paris of Le Chat Noir to Berlin’s Weimar nightlife, all while peeking into 21st-century drag, John Jarboe and Sally Ollove came up with “Do You Want A Cookie?”
PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM: The bitch is back for one last go-around when Elton John comes to Philadelphia as part of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour for two nights of career-spanning hits, 8 p.m. Sept. 11-12 at Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. For more information or tickets, call 215-389-9543.
Tangle Movement Arts is Philadelphia’s queer female aerial dance company and the perennial Fringe Arts Festival performers. This month, the stuntwomen will surround audiences with their latest show “In The Forest,” which will turn The Sanctuary at the Rotunda into a wooded wonderland.
Before discussing Fringe Fest 2018 offering “WOLFCRUSH (a queer werewolf play,)” — a torrid tale of lust, cannibalism, bondage, gay werewolf sex and Mariska Hargitay — it is important to know something about its production company, On the Rocks.
Netflix’s “The Comedy Lineup: Part Two” dishes out a second helping of 15-minute sets by an eclectic mix of up-and-coming comedians performing in front of an intimate live audience.
Two of the comedians featured in the Aug. 31 broadcast are Emma Willmann and Kate Willett, both of whom are out.
They might be on opposite sides of the block but, as Porta (1216 Chestnut St.) and Brickwall Tavern (1213 Sansom St.) share a liquor license and you can enter one through the other, we’re reviewing these conjoined restaurants together.
Pageants, princess dresses and sparkly shoes, oh my!
Nope, it’s not the latest Miss America competition; it’s “Close Your Legs, Honey” — one of the two Fringe Arts Festival shows this week’s Portrait, Claris Park, is involved in this year. The show is described as “a new musical about ugly people in a beautiful world.” Park plays an 11-year-old glamazon fighting off pageant-wannabe Honey for supreme glory.
Rebecca Makkai’s masterful novel, “The Great Believers,” opens in 1985 with Yale Tishman attending a memorial service for Nico Marcus — his first real friend in Chicago — who has just died from AIDS. Nico’s younger sister, Fiona, is the protagonist of the book’s alternating chapters, which are set in 2015. She is heading to Paris to look for her daughter, Claire, whom she has not seen in some time.
MADE IN AMERICA: The summer-concert season ends in spectacular fashion with the Made in America Festival, the massive annual two-day concert curated by Jay-Z, returning to Philly this weekend with Nicki Minaj, out R&B singer Janelle Monae (pictured), Post Malone, Meek Mill, Diplo and a slew of other performers taking the stage, Sept. 1-2 at Benjamin Franklin Parkway. For more information, visit www.madeinamericafest.com.