There’s pretty much nothing gayer than Rehoboth Beach at Halloween.
For the past 20 years, the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival has turned the coastal area into Aspen or Soho or Cannes (OK, not quite) for a showing of dozens of independent films across days of screenings.
With football season in full swing and basketball season starting up, it’s a good time to be a sports bar in Philadelphia. The new breed of sports bars isn’t your parents’ watering holes with a TV in the corner. A lot of the latest additions to the scene are trying to step up their game.
Yassss! Another film festival is happening here in town, right this minute. This weekend the 27th Philadelphia Film Festival is drawing to a close, but there are still a number of amazing films to see before the curtain falls. Oct. 26 is the premiere of “Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know me,” a thoughtful and thorough tribute to Philadelphia’s own Teddy Pendergrass. I became involved with the film when the director, Olivia Lichtenstein, contacted me about a former Portrait, Tenika Watson. As a result, the lovely Ms. Watson is among those interviewed for the film.
Jakes Shears, best known as the lead singer for the internationally renowned and openly gay pop-glam group Scissor Sisters, is on the road after releasing his debut eponymous solo album and autobiography, “Boys Keep Swinging.”
SAY IT LOUD: America’s Favorite “dragapella” beauty-shop quartet, The Kinsey Sicks, performs its politically charged new show, “Things You Shouldn’t Say,” which goes in hard on Donald Trump and brings some comedic light to these dark times, 8 p.m. Oct. 27 at The Rrazz Room, 385 W. Bridge St., New Hope. For more information or tickets, call 888-596-1027.
“Studio 54,” opening Nov. 2 at the Ritz at the Bourse, documents the rise and fall of the storied nightclub as seen through the eyes of co-owner Ian Schrager, among others. In an almost-confessional tone, Schrager explains how he and the late, gay Steve Rubell met in college, created an exclusive club before going to prison and then undergoing a reinvention.
In 2007, with his film career at a standstill, openly gay actor and writer Rupert Everett felt exiled from the industry. In the metaphorical gutter, looking up at the stars, he found inspiration in the final years of Oscar Wilde, another artist who publicly hit rock bottom.
Out indie musician and Philly native Christine Havrilla is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her album, “Some Other Thing,” with a special hometown performance Oct. 20 at World Cafe Live.
“We demand that the time is now for our city and world to be more inspired, to intentionally listen to the voices of the folks who have been traditionally kept out from mainstream spaces. We must continue to cultivate a culture of access, advocacy, and appreciation for the arts. Art is a tool for empathy and collaboration. We believe that if we create more affirmative and identifiable experiences in theatrical spaces ,more people will engage in the process of their own liberation.”
So states the mission of the Power Street Theatre Company, a theatrical organization founded by this week’s Portrait, Gabriela Sanchez.
Bourbon Street is set to invade South Street in grand and boisterous fashion when out rapper, designer and TV personality Big Freedia teams up with funk/R&B group Tank and The Bangas for a tour that comes through Philly Oct. 20.
SONGS IN THE KEY OF MESHELL: The out, eclectic neo-soul singer-songwriter recently put out a stellar album of covers, “Ventriloquism,” and is swinging through the area to perform 8 p.m. Oct. 21 at The Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del. For more information or tickets, call 202-730-3331.
The avant-garde alternative rockers of Garbage are on the road celebrating the 20th anniversary of their sophomore album, “Version 2.0,” as part of a tour that swings through Philadelphia and Atlantic City.