In our Fall Guide we called it the party of the season, and finally TOY is upon us. The annual see-and-be-seen holiday event hosted by Delaware Valley Legacy Fund kicks off Saturday, and, being that it’s a charity event for kids, it’s just the ticket you need to get that warm holiday feeling that only comes from giving. (And maybe a little egg nog, but I digress …)
Taking place at Philly’s iconic Reading Terminal Market, TOY guests are asked to bring one unwrapped toy that will later be distributed to young people between the ages of 2 and 17 at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The party starts once the gifts have been donated, and goes well into the night if you’re in the right mood: Your wristband will grant you access to both Woody’s and Voyeur. We’re sending our very own Alexander Kacala to check it out, so stay tuned to G Philly for a recap and photos. Sat., Dec. 7, 8 p.m.-11 p.m., dvlf.org.
We get it: Sunday is the day of the week tailor-made for lazing around in sweatpants, sans guilt or worry. (For the more fortunate among us, anyway.) But this Sunday marks the 25th observance of World AIDS Day since its Swiss inception in 1988, which should push everyone to not only get out of bed, but stop, think and get serious, too. The proof is in the pudding: This alarming interactive map shows just how pervasive AIDS continues to be, well past the peak of the frenzy-inducing peak of the epidemic.
In other words, it’s kind of a problem.
Thankfully, there’s no shortage of ways to get involved in the region this year. Kicking off the weekend’s AIDS-awareness events, Philly FIGHT and Bishop Ernest McNear will host the fifth annual Prayer Breakfast at the Radisson BLU-Warwick hotel, featuring keep-it-real speeches from four of the region’s religious leaders. Across the river? Pop by brunch at the Camden Area Health Education Center, where your $20 gets you scrambled eggs and the feel-good warm and fuzzies of donating to the center’s educational efforts. Alternatively, if you’re looking to donate to the cause while not leaving your bedroom (and still getting a little something material out of it), take a gander at Margo Manhattan’s specially designed red-ribbon lapel, once donned by Elizabeth Taylor. Funds from each purchase are donated to a charity of the company’s choice for AIDS awareness. Read more »
Screenwriter, film director, producer, and Philadelphia native M. Night Shyamalan takes on the education problems in Philadelphia after publishing his first book, I Got Schooled: The Unlikely Story of How a Moonlighting Movie Maker Learned the Five Key Steps to Closing America’s Education Gap.
Shyamalan who has provided scholarships for students through foundation work, was inspired to get more involved with education after experiences visiting inner city schools. He argues that no inner city education system for low-income kids is working, and presents the five things that he learned, that if applied together, would provide for a stronger public education.
A master of storytelling, Shyamalan weaves together complex topics, while also providing the tools for his audience to conduct his or her own research.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who declined to defend PA’s Marriage Equality Ban, champions a progressive movement towards LGBT and educational equality in Pennsylvania.
Kane broaches the latter topic from a law enforcement standpoint, equating the opposition to LGBT equality with an individual taking the liberty of another. She then moves to remind folks about the alarming inequalities based on race and gender that have existed in our society in the not so distant past.
Declaring that all men, women, and persons are created equal, she emphasizes that the time for equality is now, for both the educational system and the LGBT community.
Lauren Boggi, cheerleader-turned founder and CEO of Lithe Method, brings her energy to the stage, introducing audiences to the “guiding light” of branding by utilizing her own journey with Lithe.
Boggi challenges the audience to answer the question, “Why,” while asserting that many companies only focus on successfully answering the question, “How.” She stands powerfully behind the idea of “sticking to brand,” and emphasizes the importance of a vision which defines the products and services of a company, and not vice-versa.
To bring it all back home, she encourages building a strong team that will uphold a company’s brand and vision.
Tabu will play host to the Gay Bowl XIV kickoff event, featuring gay athletes from around the region. Photo courtesy: ShutterStock
While the weather gets colder, this weekend will be heating up: Chiseled abs and killer arms (we hope) will be filling Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar on Sunday when gay athletes from throughout the region hang around for some pre-tourney good will and elbow-jabbing. The event serves as the official kickoff for Gay Bowl XIV.
Based in Philly for its 14th go-around, Gay Bowl serves up a 40-team tournament (28 men’s, 12 women’s) of flag football, with an estimated 650 players coming into the city for the events. The actual tournament will take place Oct. 9-12, 2014, but Tabu will be hosting parties (like this one) intermittently to raise morale and — naturally — money. This weekend will include performances by Songbird competitors Ellie Parx, Stephanie Brown, Robert Anthony and Jo Stones; the best performance of the afternoon will perform the National Anthem at the Gay Bowl. Future events are still in-the-works, but include quirky themes like “Black-tie Flip Cup.” Admittance is $5, with all money put toward hosting next year’s tourney.
1-4 p.m., $5, Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar, 200 S. 12th St. Read more »
Lascivious Jane performs in one of last year’s Queer and Kinky Cabarets. Photo courtesy of Kelly A. Burkhardt.
Pull out your pasties, because tonight Liberty City Kings Drag and Burlesque (LiCK) troupe will celebrate its seventh anniversary with Tricks & Treats. Over the years the troupe, started by the vivacious Lascivious Jane, has grown to become quite an outfit. Now 15 members strong, they’ve become a staple around the Gayborhood and beyond, performing 13 regular shows a year. And that’s not counting the pop-up performances at Pride, OutFest, etc .
After a season of tears, drama, posing, and smizing it all comes down to this: part one America’s Next Top Model‘s finale will be airing tonight at 9 p.m. You don’t have to be alone on this suspenseful night, as Tabu will be hosting an ANTM Finale Party, giving fans of Philadelphia local Cory Wade Hindorff a chance to join together in fierce fuchsia goodness. Best of all, Cory himself will be in attendance!
We’re rounding up the reasons Philly Mag readers should not miss ThinkFest, our week-long event connecting the brightest minds and most innovative ideas in Philadelphia.
Data and technology have been, and remain, crucial parts of Philadelphia government. As the city’s chief data officer, there are few as informed and educated on this topic as Mark Headd, who will be taking part in a panel discussion with Michelle Lee of Textizen, Michelle Schmitt of Maneto Mapping and Analysis, and Christopher Wink of Technically Philly entitled, “The Open Data Revolution: How It’s Transforming Philadelphia.”