Arts & Culture

SWEAT AND SEQUINS: The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret starts off the summer season with a drag-cabaret bang with a show featuring special guests Molly Pope and Ernest Stuart 8 p.m. June 12 at FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd. For more information or tickets, call 215-413-1318.

Simpatico Theatre charges into spring and summer with the Philadelphia premiere of “HIR,” through June 25 at The Drake.

The dark comedy/drama written by out playwright Taylor Mac is about a woman, Paige, who is forging a new path for herself and her children. She breaks free from her abusive husband as one of her sons is dealing with being discharged from active duty and the other is in the process of transitioning gender. 

Broadway Philadelphia is bringing Tony Award-winning musical “Fun Home” to town next week at Forrest Theatre.

Based on the best-selling and critically lauded graphic memoir by cartoonist Alison Bechdel (“Dykes to Watch Out For”), “Fun Home” is centered on three different stages of the author’s life. The protagonist relives and tries to unravel the layers of her strained relationship with her late father, who was emotionally distant, sometimes abusive and secretly closeted.

DRAG-TASIA: Surrealist and mind-bending drag performer Nina Bo’Nina Brown brings her outrageous style to Philly as part of an evening of show-stopping drag performances, along with Mimi Imfurst, Ron Binary, Vinchelle, Iris Spectre, Champagne and more, 8-11 p.m. June 3 at Voyeur Nightclub, 1221 St. James St. For more information, call 215-735-5772.

There’s a hidden gem right in Old City. The National Liberty Museum may sound like a place where you can learn about the trials and tribulations of our founding fathers — especially since it’s located a stone’s throw from Independence Hall — but, in actuality, it’s a beautiful museum dedicated to teaching a different perspective on liberty and equality. Here, visitors can learn about a heroes like Jackie Robinson, Nelson Mandela, Harvey Milk and young (s)hero Malala Yousafzai through interactive exhibits, contemporary works of art and illustrated stories.

Cabaret Vérité is back with “Laugh and Resist,” the fifth in Tom Wilson Weinberg’s series in which local performers fight the power through politically charged songs, skits and humor. The latest incarnation will run June 3-4 at William Way LGBT Community Center.

WE CAN GO FOR THAT: The Hoagie Nation Festival celebrates the Philly food staple with a concert featuring Hall & Oates, Tears for Fears, G. Love & Special Sauce and more, kicking off 2 p.m. May 27 at Festival Pier, 601 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd. For more information or tickets, call 215-922-1011.

Historically, the Philadelphia Dyke March has fallen the night before Pride here in the city. This year, Philly’s Pride has been moved to June 18 to allow people to head to Washington, D.C., for a national LGBT march. But Dyke March organizers want you to know that they will continue the tradition of marching on the second Saturday in June — and the event will be as moving and magical as ever!

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