Arts & Culture

Knock on wood, Philadelphia has escaped the threat of a storm-filled winter, but that doesn’t mean we’re not still jonesing for a taste of spring. Enter the Philadelphia Flower Show, our annual gift to the world,where Philly gets to show off its softer side. This week’s Portrait is expat Carrie Preston, landscape designer extraordinaire who will be exhibiting at this year’s show. She spoke to me from her current home in Holland — also the theme for the show.

Pioneering out rock band Boys’ Entrance is releasing a double album this month entitled “Tunnelvision.” The queer rock opera set in the 1980s during the AIDS epidemic centers on openly gay rocker Tim and his tumultuous relationship with a closeted fan, Troy, which quickly spirals into a roller coaster of break-ups and make-ups, drugs, alien encounters and one of the men becoming a rent boy.

In theater circles in the U.K. and U.S., Tim Levy is a living legend.

After having hit after hit on New York City’s Great White Way with Brit imports, the producer at London’s acclaimed National Theatre opened an American branch of the company, creating a direct pipeline where he could oversee touring American productions of English stage sensations, and returning such favor with U.S.-to-U.K. shows. Levy’s newest event is “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” which rolls out at the Academy of Music starting Feb. 28, at the tail end of the Free Library’s One Book One Philadelphia program.

COME ON, GET SAPPY: Emmy and Tony Award-winning out actor Alan Cumming performs a concert featuring songs by Billy Joel, Stephen Sondheim, Rufus Wainwright, Miley Cyrus and more 8 p.m. Feb. 19 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St. For more information or tickets, call 215-790-5847.

Last month I had the opportunity to go to the Sundance Film Festival. Très cool. The festival takes place in Park City, Utah, surrounded by beautiful snow-covered mountains. Over the four days that I was there with the crew from The Women’s Film Festival, we got to see some great films, attend workshops, jam in the music café and try our hand at virtual reality. It was also a chance to get up close and personal with actors and accomplished filmmakers like this week’s profile, Nadia Hallgren.

Maripat Donovan is a funny woman.

Along with co-writing and staging “Late Nite Catechism,” one of the longest-running one-woman shows, and sequels such as “’Til Death Do Us Part,” the out author and actor has deeply motivated opinions about the holy order, the papacy and cheesesteaks.

After finishing the last vestiges of costume fitting, Stephanie Blythe — one of the opera world’s finest singers and recitalists, to say nothing of her reach into contemporary popera — is ready to discuss putting on the pants of Tancredi. The title character of Rossini’s work is a love-struck young solider exiled from his troops during World War I, and in love with a woman sentenced to die for a crime she did not commit.

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, you might want to consider the sharable nature of dim sum for your romantic night out.Philly restaurateur and chef Jane Guo has expanded upon her influence with the recently opened Dim Sum House by Jane G, 3939 Chestnut St. The venue offers a robust menu of dim sum and other familiar and traditional Asian dishes.

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