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INTERVIEW: Out Poet Kevin Killian on His Fascination With Kylie, Visiting Whitman, and the “Tsunami of Genitalia” He’s Bringing to Philly

Kevin Killian is a multi-talented writer who uses his novels, poetry, plays, and stories to talk about LGBT issues from the past and the present. I got a chance to interview him before his reading at Temple’s Tyler School of Art on Thursday, January 29th. I highly recommend going to this event if you enjoy a reading that is “queer and weird.”  You can buy copies of his publications here.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHow would you define your style of poetry for someone who isn’t familiar with your work?
I am from the East Coast and grew up listening to the poetry of folks like Frank O’Hara and Amiri Baraka, so I have a conversational, some might say musical rhythm to my poems, even down to the level of the line itself, and when later in life I moved to San Francisco I became bitten by the Jack Spicer bug, the theory of poetry as coming from some force outside the lyric self I had spent the first half of my life trying to get to. So I’m like a two-way street, and the two ways of the street don’t even see each other most of the time, they just drive on by.

LGBT themes play a role in the majority of your work. Why did you decide to stick so closely to that genre?
Maybe that was the priority of my generation, men and women born in the 1950s? Our sexualities were completely, or nearly completely, suppressed by the heteronormative majority. When, here and there, we could say something, we did, and resolved never to shut up about it, come hell or high water. I don’t even know that I’d call them “themes,” but they’re formal qualities perhaps.

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Cast of Bob’s Burgers Coming to Upper Darby on First East Coast Tour

Bob's Burgers

Everyone’s favorite animated TV show about the Belcher Family, Bob’s Burgers, is going on tour once again, finding the cast on the East Coast for the first time. If you haven’t watched the show, it concerns the Belcher family’s reopening of their burger restaurant and the mayhem that ensues. There’s Bob (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin), who is the chef and creator of all the corny names of his burgers, like the “Go Tell it On the Mutton.” He has a loving wife, Linda (John Roberts), who has a passion for dinner theater and a love for secret-telling. Bob and Linda have three hilarious and quirky kids: Tina (Dan Mintz), the awkward teenage girl who’s obsessed with butts and horses; Gene (Eugene Mirman), an enthusiastic middle child who plays the keyboard and is often seen in the burger suit; and Louise (Kristen Schaal), who is always wearing her pink bunny ears—except for that one time—and is known for her pranks and schemes. The cast will be joined at Upper Darby’s Tower Theater by creator and executive producer Loren Bouchard.

Their stop in Upper Darby will comprise standup comedy, an audience Q&A, a live-reading of the script and some of the unique tunes from the show, like Linda’s lullaby she sings when she brushes her little girl’s hair: “Here goes the hair / There goes the hair / Where goes Harry Truman? / He’s dead in the ground. / Dead in the ground. / Dead, dead, dead.”

This is just a taste of what you’ll see at the show, which takes place on Thursday, March 26th, at Tower Theater. More information and tickets can be found here.

Check out the rest of the East Coast stops below: 

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Salt-N-Pepa Performing at CHOP Fundraiser


Friends of CHOP is going ’80s hip-hop for its upcoming Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia benefit, Cheers for CHOP, with organizers tapping rap queens Salt-N-Pepa as headliner.

This performance is a rare treat for Salt-N-Pepa (aka Cheryl James and Sandra Denton) fans; they’ve only made a handful of public appearances together in the past several years. They opened for Public Enemy in 2012 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series in Brooklyn, and last fall they appeared in a Geico commercial singing their signature tune, “Push It.”

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DO THIS: Valentine Card-Making Night at Paper Source



This weekend, I stopped into my local Paper Source on Walnut Street to pick up a few cards, when I noticed one of their quite popular paper workshops going on in the back of the store. I’ve never heard grown adults doing so much “oohing” and “aahing” over glitter and stickers in my life: These people were genuinely having a great time making all kinds of goodies out of stamps, embossing tools, and envelopes. Read more »

10 Things to Do in Philly This Week: Restaurant Week Begins, Storytelling at Shot Tower, Jonathan Biss Performs and More

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Things to Do in Philly in January: Northern Arms, Al Pacino, Future Islands and More

Spotlight of the Month

Northern Arms | Photo by Jauhien Sasnou

Northern Arms | Photo by Jauhien Sasnou

Northern Arms: After 10 years of infighting, battles with addiction, and bandleader Keith Richard Peirce’s self-imposed exile to a remote part of Florida accessible only by boat or small aircraft, this Philadelphia dectet finally managed to release an album last year, and it was nothing short of fantastic, with a beautifully lush and moody sound—equal parts Tom Waits, Sergio Leone soundtracks and David Bowie. So Peirce (center) was quick to return to Fishtown’s storied Miner Street Recordings, where he and the crew began working on their follow-up in November. “The sound will be big but stark,” promises Peirce, 40, pegging late May as the release date. “I see ghost towns, loners and wide-open ranges. A dark West.” Hear songs from both albums at their Art Museum performance this month. January 9th, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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