As Philly waits with bated breath over the lineup for this year’s Made in America festival, social media is buzzing with some juicy rumors about who is going to take the stage during what is becoming an annual Labor Day weekend tradition on the Parkway. For those Ms. Carter fans who didn’t get to see Queen B last year, you might be in luck.
I Am Divine, the touching, often zany documentary that profiles the life of performer/drag extraordinaire/cult icon and all-around filthiest person alive Divine (aka Harris Glenn Milstead), played to sold-out audiences at last year’s QFest. So, to celebrate the film’s DVD release we’re honoring the B-movie queen by highlighting her Top 5 best onscreen moments. If you don’t agree with our choices, to paraphrase the words of Divine character Babs Johnson, you’ll stand convicted of assholism!
Grammy Award-winning and international mezzo-soprano star Susan Graham will be making her Kimmel Center recital debut on April 2nd. Graham, known for her interpretations of the Frenchrépertoire (especially Berlioz), has also found much fame performing the works of Mozart and Strauss in almost every major opera house in the world. The American-born singer hails from Midland, Texas, where every 5th of September has been deemed “Susan Graham Day” in her honor. I had the opportunity to ask the down-to-earth diva about her concert in Philadelphia, her upcoming engagements, and what role she’s dying to play.
Dr. Dustin Kidd and I met at the Starbucks at 12th and Walnut to discuss his latest book, Pop Culture Freaks. I asked him here to learn more about the work, which, while examining pop culture from an all-inclusive angle, includes a chapter specifically dedicated to LGBT representation in the media.
There’s a certain irony when Elaine Stritch sings the lyrics of Stephen Sondheim’s “I’m Still Here” from the musical Follies: “Good times and bum times, I’ve seen them all and, my dear, I’m still here.”
Yes, Stritch has, indeed, seen it all — a show business career that has spanned over half a century, Broadway and film credits to boot, a drinking problem, Tony and Emmy Awards, dates with JFK and Marlon Brando, and a vicious case of diabetes. Yet, the emotional and masterfully crafted documentary Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, which plays at Ritz at the Bourse for a limited engagement through March, highlights the one role Stritch hasn’t been able to adequately prepare for: the end of her life.
New Project Will Provide Shelter for Philly’s Homeless LGBT Youth:
All the Ways You Can Help Get it Running
Between 20 and 40 percent of the nation’s annual 1.6 million runaway and homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender according to studies by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Two Philadelphians, Rusty Doll and Lisa Sipes, are trying to lower that number by opening a safe house for LGBT homeless youth, the only such facility in the tri-state area.
Doll says the North Philly shelter, called Change Philly Today, will offer a variety of services, including “crisis beds” for youth that need an emergency place to stay, along with a long-term residency program for those LGBT youth who are permanently displaced from homes. However, his vision doesn’t end there.
I’m always early when I go places, despite the age-old (and rather annoying, might I add) principle that gay men are supposed to be “fashionably late.” So, naturally, I arrived at 8:45 p.m., about fifteen minutes before the start time of March’s Guerrilla Queer Bar at Field House, the sports bar located next to the Reading Terminal Market, a mere two blocks from the Gayborhood. I walked right in, hung my coat on one of the numerous hooks located throughout the restaurant, sat at the bar, ordered a Moscow Mule, and waited.
Five minutes before the event was scheduled to begin, a young female employee of Field House started running around, hanging what appeared to be freshly printed signs adjacent to all of the coat hooks that read “COAT CHECK: $2 per coat.” A line formed outside, where a bouncer began charging the $5 “cover” to get in the door.
The Igloo, a healthy and all-natural frozen dessert emporium, opened its doors to its second location, located in the Gayborhood on the corner of 12th and Walnut streets, on March 1, and given the amazing selection of homemade yogurts and gelatos available, this is one place where you won’t mind the chill.
Owner Isaac Parker opened his first Igloo store on Grays Ferry Avenue several years ago. There, he and his team created a carefully curated collection of wholesome, high-quality frozen desserts which became quite popular with Philly locals, especially the homemade frozen Greek yogurt. The new Gayborhood shop, housed in the former Yogorino location next to Starbucks, continues that tradition, but adds a few fresh twists that are unlike other self-serve yogurt franchises throughout the city.
UPDATE 3/3/2014, 12: 11 p.m.: The answer is yes, there was a shooting at Woody’s, but it took place outside. I just got this from intrepid Philly Mag reporter Victor Fiorillo: ”At 1:40 a.m. [Saturday morning], there was a fight outside Woody’s between two males. An unknown person fired a shot. Shooter described as unknown Hispanic male, approximately 25 years old. There were no arrests. Police do not have any reports of a shooting or other criminal activity inside the club.
A typical late night at Woody’s turned dangerous early Saturday morning when a gun was allegedly pulled and possibly fired at the Philadelphia gay nightclub.