Arts & Culture

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.

Sean (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart), one of the main characters in “BPM,” opening Nov. 3 at the Ritz at the Bourse, is a radical and HIV-positive guy in the French contingent of ACT UP. He is arguably the group’s most charismatic member: passionate, vocal and fearless. He demands more from everyone because his life, along with so many others infected with AIDS, is at stake.

Halloween is upon us again, giving the good people of Philly another opportunity to dress up and stalk the night in search of a spooky good time. No matter what kind of entertainment you are into, you can find a Halloween-themed event in the days leading up to All Hallow’s Eve that will make it worth your time to dig out the makeup and don a costume.

ORCHESTRA MANEUVER IN THE DARK: Hard-rock band Evanescence hits the road with a full orchestra backing its darkly gothic soundscapes 8 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow streets. For more information or tickets, call 610-352-2887.

Openly gay filmmaker Todd Haynes continues to reinvent himself with his ambitious new film, “Wonderstruck.” The compelling drama, which opens in area theaters Oct. 27, including at the Ritz Five, is an adaptation of the young-adult novel of the same name by out author Brian Selznick, who also penned the film’s screenplay.

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