A Sneak Peek at Opera Philadelphia’s 2015-16 Season

Isabel Leonard.

Isabel Leonard.

Opera Philadelphia announces their 2015-16 season today, and we’ve got a first-hand preview of the divas and divos they are bringing to town to belt their brains out. Opera enthusiasts will recognize many a famous name as they peruse the upcoming talent that will take to the stage to perform classic tunes from Verdi and Donizetti, plus a few new arias they’ve never heard of before in works making their East Coast or world premieres. You’ll even note some very well-known Philly-bred artists will be making their company debuts. Read more »

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WATCH: The New York Times Captures Philly’s Bastille Day Celebration On Tape

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Yesterday we shared photos from this weekend’s 20th annual Bastille Day celebration at Eastern State Penitentiary, but The New York Times showed us up by putting together a whole video of the day. Check out the video below to see NYT’s interpretation of our “spirited and unconventional re-enactment.” Lots of local folks show up, including ESP’s Sean Kelley, Bearded Ladies Cabaret‘s John Jarboe, and London Grill‘s Terry McNally, who donned a powdery wig and pink silk dress to portray Marie Antoinette.

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3 Philly LGBT Groups Win Knight Arts Grants

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The Knight Foundation just announced that 19 local arts organizations and artists will receive sizable funding for future artistic endeavors, and three on the list are LGBT groups, receiving a total of $140,000. The purpose of the grants is to fund local artistic outfits that present the “best ideas that inspire, inform, connect and create a sense of belonging in the city’s 365 neighborhoods.”

See the list of LGBT winners below

Two Philly LGBT Theater Troupes Receive Big Arts Grants

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The Bearded Ladies founder John Jarboe (left) and Jess Conda of Brat Productions. Both groups just received big grants that will help fund 2014 projects.

Christmas came early (late?) for a few arty Philly folks last night, when the Cultural Alliance doled out $90,000 in grants to 62 arts groups in the Greater Philadelphia region. Among the lucky recipients was two LGBT projects: Brat Productions and drag cabaret outfit The Bearded Ladies Cabaret. The grants — provided by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts‘ Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) — are given to arts groups that conduct activities for the benefit of the public, especially those that are school-, senior-, or community-based.

Find out what the groups have planned for the money after the jump

Theatre Exile Debuts “Cock”

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John Jarboe

Bearded Ladies founder John Jarboe is taking a hiatus from the cabaret scene to co-star in Theatre Exile‘s latest, Cock, an intense, Oliver-winning drama written by Mike Bartlett that kicks off the company’s 17th season.

In it, Jarboe plays a man named M who finds out his boyfriend, John, has been sleeping around with a woman named W. Suddenly, caught in somewhat of a cockfight (hence the name), M and W light into John to make a decision between the two of them, but he doesn’t feel like he should have to. Claws come out. M, who Jarboe likens to a housewife from a 1950s movie, uses his expert manipulation tactics, enlisting his persuasive father, F,  to help him get back his man. W is sarcastic and vile, belittling John’s manhood by calling him names like “half-ass” when she doesn’t get her way.

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