Arts & Culture

Few events in the life of a comedian equal the recording of a debut album. Out stand-up Samantha Ruddy will reach that milestone later this month, and she’s chosen Philadelphia’s Good Good Comedy Theatre for the occasion. Material for the album will be captured during two sets at the Chinatown venue on Oct. 11.

The hypnotic gay romance “End of the Century” is the best film of the year. Opening Oct. 4 at Landmark’s Ritz at the Bourse, it begins when Ocho (Juan Barberini) arrives in Barcelona, eventually hooking up with the irresistible Javi (Ramon Pujol). Their tryst is erotic but becomes more complicated when Javi says, “We’ve met before.” Cut to 20 years earlier when Ocho and Javi (still played by Barberini and Pujol) first meet. A third part of the film considers a possible future for the characters.

Spooky and scary and fun, oh my! That’s how I would describe one of my favorite places, the Eastern State Penitentiary. I love the place year-round because of their support for progressive causes, but at this time of year, the penitentiary really comes alive — by way of the dead. For its annual event, Terror Behind the Walls, ESP hires hundreds of actors to portray a myriad of characters throughout the grounds. I corralled Senior Operations Area Manager Luis Santiago, who took me through a maze of winding corridors until we landed in a quiet space not open to the public to speak about what’s in store for this year’s event.


Acclaimed Philadelphia dance company, Philadanco, performs its most requested ballet, “Genesis,” with alumni guest artist Leslie Odom Jr. joining the ensemble for Saturday’s show, Oct. 5-6 at Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St. For more information or tickets call 215-893-1999.

History shows how evil Roy Cohn really was. Described as “flamboyant” and “ruthless,” Cohn was a lawyer who helped send Julius and Ethel Rosenberg to their deaths; made a name for himself as Chief Counsel for Senator Joseph McCarthy; defended mafia kingpins, and had a protégé in Donald Trump. He even lost the Lionel train empire after taking it over. He never admitted he was a homosexual or that he had contracted AIDS.


Innovative and provocative rapper Tyler, the Creator has been “coming out” as gay or bisexual since his 2017 album, “Scum Fuck Flower Boy,” with the track “I Ain’t Got Time!” and the line “I’ve been kissing white boys since 2004.”

Local theater performers and playwrights are pooling their considerable talents for a 24-hour theater festival to raise funds for Valley Youth House’s Pride program, which provides housing and supportive services for LGBTQ-plus youth in the Lehigh Valley.

Out yoga master and world traveler Johnson Chong planned on writing a short guide about self-empowerment, but the end result of his efforts was a full-length book, “Sage Sapien: From Karma to Dharma,” full of deeply personal anecdotes detailing his journey of spiritual exploration, self-acceptance and liberation.

The chameleon-like Malachi Lily excels across a variety of artistic mediums. The Philadelphia-based nonbinary creator is equally at home as a poet, an illustrator and a curator, whose work interrogates the intersections of race, gender, sexuality and aesthetic expectations. Their curatorial work will be on display at Da Vinci Art Alliance in South Philadelphia, which presents “Temple of Sirius” from Oct. 6-27.

WITCH, PLEASE!: Halloween shows up early when drag duo, The Boulet Brothers, take the drag monsters from their popular OutTV competition show “Dragula” on the road for a frightfully fabulous good time, performing 8 p.m. Oct. 3 at The Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E. Allen St.; 215-309-0150.

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