Arts & Culture


Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History

By Blair Imani; illustrations by Monique Le

Foreword by Tegan and Sara

When I cofounded Tiny Satchel Press in 2010, I was doing acquisitions for a publisher who did not see what I saw — a deep need for diverse books for middle-grade kids. I wanted books that told stories for girls, LGBT youth, kids of color and ethnic minorities. I wanted books for disabled kids and kids on the fringes of poverty. I wanted stories that had yet to be told widely.

Raise your hand if you’ve been to William Way LGBT Community Center. All those with hands down, please pass your gay cards to the front.

But seriously, if you haven’t been to the center, you’re missing out on a lot. Founded in 1974 as the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Philadelphia, William Way has morphed and moved and grown throughout the years. (Some of you older radicals may remember when it was known as Penguin Place.) It has been at 1315 Spruce St. since 1997 and offers something for everyone in the community.

A new LGBT-themed film company is screening is first feature-film release this month in Bucks County.

Moving Forward Pictures is screening “American Hate Crime,” a drama with a lot of twists, about a group of bullies who use social-media apps to lure and attack gay people.

GOING DEEPER: British R&B singer and actress Lisa Stansfield is going back around the world — not looking for her baby, but promoting her latest album, “Deeper.” She performs 8 p.m. Oct. 17 at Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave. For information and tickets, call 215-572-7650.

Ashley Phillips brings her voice and guitar stylings to International House’s Ibrahim Theater for the 2018-19 season of “International Journeys,” a collection of artistic performances that reflect the theme “Origin Stories.”

A pop-art rendering of a Crisco can and a sign that reads “TOO CUTE TO BE BINARY” are just two of more than 500 pieces of illustrated artwork on display at William Way LGBT Community Center.

The art exhibit, called ICONS, is an illustrative installation by artist and LGBT-issues journalist Natalie Hope McDonald.


Over the last few years, the number of places you can get poke bowls in Philly has surged. And why shouldn’t it? The native Hawaiian dish of diced raw fish piled high with various fruits, veggies and crunchy, spicy or sweet toppings is definitely a healthy, exotic and fresh alternative to a lot of the other fast-casual options for people on the go in the city.


For more than 30 years, Gengoroh Tagame, the celebrated gay Japanese manga artist, created bara-themed erotica: manga made for gay men by a gay man, stylized by bear-ish characters engaged in BDSM. 

In 2014, his work took a sharp turn to focus on family life.

Bisexual fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez achieved fame in the late 1960s and early ’70s with his vivid images of prominent models, including Jessica Lange, Grace Jones, Tina Chow Jane Forth, Donna Jordan and Jerry Hall, whom he discovered. And he kept company with The New York Times style section’s Bill Cunningham and designer Karl Lagerfeld.

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