Arts & Culture

Scene in Philly features photographs of events around town by Kelly Burkhardt.

Philadelphia FIGHT will host the Reunion Project Philadelphia, an annual event honoring long-term survivors of HIV/AIDS and providing education for the community as a whole. Established four years ago by Matt Sharp and Jeff Berry, who are both long-term HIV survivors, the event seeks to highlight the strength and resilience of those who lived through the darkest days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Out gay director François Ozon’s exceptional drama, “By the Grace of God,” recounts the church’s recent child abuse scandal in Lyon. The film, which opens Nov. 8 at the Landmark Ritz at the Bourse, chronicles the efforts of several victims of pedophile priest Bernard Preynat (Bernard Verley), bringing the situation to light and demanding accountability from the Catholic church.

Chet Catherine Pancake lives with their partner and child at Black Oak House — also the art gallery Pancake curates. The quaint but roomy West Philadelphia row home is across the street from Malcolm X Park and often adorned with drawings from Pancake’s daughter.

Out gay writer and director Ira Sachs’ new drama, “Frankie,” is lovely but also a pretentious concoction of Europudding. Opening Nov. 8 at the Landmark Ritz at the Bourse, the film is set in in Sintra — a backdrop as beautiful as the international cast of actors. “Frankie”’s elegiac tone suggests Sachs has been listening to melancholic Portuguese fado music.

Are you a business owner? Would you like to start a business? Do you enjoy talking about business? Basically, what I’m trying to say is that the IBA, the Independence Business Alliance has a little something for everyone.

Gender-fluid drag performer and visual artist, Sasha Velour, brings her first one-queen theatre tour, “Smoke & Mirrors,” blending drag, visual art and magic for an evening of fun, 8 p.m. Nov. 12 at Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St. For more information or tickets, call 215-790-5800.

Sasha Velour, who won the crown on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” in Season 9, will present her new show, “Smoke & Mirrors,” on Nov. 12 at the Merriam Theater. The production combines drag, video and magic as the performer lip-syncs to songs, including Whitney Houston’s “So Emotional,” Judy Garland’s “Come Rain or Come Shine” — with real rain no less — and Celine Dion’s “I’m Alive.” She was touched to have her act described as, “being like bringing paintings to life.”

Matthew Lynn is the out gay showrunner for the new series, “The Third,” now available on DVD and VOD. The six-part first season has the married couple Carl (Corey Page) and David (Ryland Shelton) bring Jason (Sean McBride) into their relationship. It’s not just a fling; these three men soon move in together. But as good as their sex is, problems develop, from jealousies to more significant insecurities about being part of a “triad” relationship.

ON & ON IN PHILLY: Neo-soul singer and style innovator Erykah Badu brings her hypnotic live show to Philly when she performs 8 p.m. Nov. 5 at The Met, 858 N. Broad St. For more information or tickets, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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