News Briefing

DADT activist to speak at Penn

The University of Pennsylvania will host a discussion next week with Lt. Daniel Choi, who is facing a discharge from the Army after he disclosed earlier this year that he is gay.

The lecture will take place at 5 p.m. Nov. 19 at Penn’s Houston Hall, Hall of Flags, 3417 Spruce St.

The Army began discharge proceedings against Choi, one of only eight in his graduating class at West Point to have majored in Arabic, last spring after he came out on “The Rachel Maddow Show.” Choi has since gone on to press for the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

Dinner and a discussion will follow Choi’s speech.

The event is free.

Men’s chorus set for showstopper

The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus will present its annual fundraising gala at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 in Dorrance Hamilton Hall at the University of the Arts, 320 S. Broad St.

This year’s “Showstoppers!” concert will feature Broadway legend Andrea McArdle, a Philadelphia native who portrayed the original title character in Broadway’s “Annie.”

Tickets to the fundraising event are $100 and include a pre-concert reception. The concert will begin at 8 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at

Women’s choir performs for fall

The Anna Crusis Choir will come together for two performances of its fall concert, “Sing, My Sister, Sing,” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 and 3 p.m. Nov. 15.

Svityana, the Eastern European Women’s Vocal Ensemble, will perform both days. Anna Crusis will also host musician Alix Dobkin for its Saturday performance and Voices of a Different Dream on Sunday.

Both performances will be held at the Unitarian Society of Germantown, 6511 Lincoln Drive. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, with a group rate of $15 each for 10 or more.

Advance tickets can be purchased at or by calling (215) 864-5991.

— Jen Colletta