Arts & Culture

As Center City watering holes go, Good Dog Bar has more than enough charm and personality to match its upbeat, cozy-pub atmosphere, decorated with numerous heartwarming photos of man’s best friend. Meanwhile, the menu deftly bounces between high-minded small plates and surefire comfort food.

CRÈME OF THE DRAG CROP: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” all-star and alum BenDeLaCreme is bringing her hit Off-Broadway show “Inferno A Go-Go” to Philadelphia to heat up your holiday weekend with singing, dancing and comedy, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at The Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St. For more information and tickets, call 215-922-6888.

A comedic legend will be telling tales in New Hope this holiday weekend.

And, with decades of showbiz experience, he has plenty of funny fodder.

The Emmy-winning Bruce Vilanch has starred in hit Broadway plays, written jokes for televised awards shows, been a Hollywood Square and rubbed elbows with countless A-list stars and gay icons. His audience at Cock ’n Bull can expect entertaining anecdotes — if not celebrity dirt.     

Do you have someone on your gift list who already seems to have everything? Chances are, you could find something they don’t have — or never even heard of — at ILLExotics, a new specialty store in South Philadelphia.

How about a beautiful Oophaga pumilio? Or a dramatic-looking Hemitheconyx caudicinctus? The otherworldly axolotyl? Or choose a Monstera deliciosa, which sounds like something from a Harry Potter movie but is actually a lovely piece of fauna. The rest are, respectively, an exotic dart frog, an African fat-tail gecko and a salamander known as the Mexican walking fish.

Chris Urban, half of the ILLExotics duo, is a man of many trades. In addition to opening the business with partner Franco Franchina, Urban moonlights as a bartender, DJ, choreographer, dancer and teacher.

The holidays are back and ready to run through your finances and your sanity like a stampede of wild reindeer with razor-blade antlers and spiked hooves. And if you like getting caught up in stampedes, mini-riots and melees, by all means head to the malls, shopping centers and big-box stores to elbow and claw your way further into debt, financial ruin or hoarder status.

When Judy Bridges transitioned at her job in a manufacturing plant, the response was eye-opening in that no one batted an eye. Since then, Judy has joined the board of Live Open — an LGBT employee-resource group at Saint-Gobain, a company that “encourages employees and supporters of the LGBTQ community to be fully open and honest about who they are as individuals.”

LAUGH ’TIL IT HURTS: Out performer and raconteur Tom Wilson Weinberg returns with another edition of “Cabaret Vérité VIII: Truth Be Told,” an evening of songs, comedy and resistance featuring appearances by Cookie DiOrio, Andrew Boyask, Messapotamia Lefae, John Jarboe, Amber Hikes, Mr. Maryruth Stine, Chris Bartlett and Meg Rider, 8 p.m. Nov. 17 at The William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St. For more information, call 215-732-2220.

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