Philly Black Gay Pride (PBGP) gets a soft launch this weekend with A Night in Rio, a pageant show at the Adrienne Theater to find Mr. and Mrs. Black Gay Pride 2014. The rest of the festivities, themed “Love, Laugh, Live,” continue through Sunday, April 27th with a variety of events to celebrate black culture.
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This weekend will see an anniversary celebration and, Philly, this is one shindig you don’t want to miss. Icandy will be pulling out all the stops for its 3rd Anniversary Gala, and, trust me, the lineup of talent lined up for the night will leave you gagging.
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Gay BINGO’s Bingo-Verifying DIvas. Photo by Jeff Holder.
Thanks to the Bingo-Verifying Divas, there’s always a dress-to-impress element to Gay BINGO, but that never holds more true than at AIDS Fund‘s annual Black Tie Gay BINGO fundraiser. Set in the beautiful Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building, folks will dazzle in tuxes and gowns as they sip cocktails, shout “BINGO!” (if they’re lucky), and enjoy a sit-down dinner. In addition to all the revelry, there will be a silent auction that will go toward AIDS Fund‘s grant program that benefits organizations in the Philadelphia region that provide care to those living with HIV and AIDS. Saturday, April 5th, 6:30 p.m., $150, The Crystal Tea Room, 100 Penn Square East.
More weekend events after the jump
Our guide to the best of what’s opening on Philly stages in April.
Sharing your diary can be an embarrassing experience. However, Philly playwright Ellie Brown is doing exactly that in Dear Diary, Bye, except it won’t be her reading the pre-adolescent content of the diary. A 22-year old man will be performing the dialogue of said content. Prepare to have your thoughts about gender identity challenged … as well as your thoughts about the knowledge of 9-year-old girls. April 4-13, $15-$20, Plays and Players Theater, 1714 Delancey Place.
Take a journey with award-winning writer and entertainer Mark Nadler in I’m a Stranger Here Myself, as he guides audiences through the world of underground German cabaret. Utilizing songs written or sung by Jewish and/or gay people, Nadler walks audiences through the history leading up to the eventual rise of Hitler. The New York Times calls it “Compelling! Broadly historical and deeply personal.” April 2-12, $39.50-$55, Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street.
Edgy romantic comedy meets surrealism meets a one-night stand meets a Japanese rope bondage parlor in Midsummer. The play focuses on “divorce lawyer Helena and a small time crook Bob” after a steamy one-night affair. The adventure that ensues leads to many unexpected twists and turns. The play features songs, has been produced worldwide (including England, Canada, and Australia) and was applauded by The Guardian. “Fragile and funny, but never just cute, Midsummer is that rare beast: a romantic comedy that has a good head on its shoulders as well as a huge heart at its centre.” April 9 through 27, $25-$30, Inis Nua Theatre Company, 1636 Sansom Street
Andrew Lloyd Webber presents Sunset Boulevard, a play based on the 1950s film of the same name. Think, “I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille,” if the name alone doesn’t jog any memories. The play stars Tony Award-nominated actress Ann Crumb, leading man Sean Thompson, Elisa Matthews, and the golden-voiced Nicholas Saverine. The story follows a past-her-prime movie star, Norma, who encounters a young, down-on-his luck and out-of-work screenwriter. Norma sees this as her opportunity to get back into the biz. This is golden age Hollywood at its finest, folks. April 16 through May 18, $42 for adults, $35 for seniors, $25 for children, The Media Theatre, 104 East State Street.
Divided into two decades, GayFest! producer Quince Productions' Three Days of Rain tells the story of Walker, Nan, and their old friend Pip. The tale in 1995 starts with Walker and Nan as they attend the reading of their father’s will. The audience is then blasted to the past, 1960, where the same three actors play their parents at the same age. The play reveals the truths and falsities that lie in their children’s views of them, and explores family, the relationship between parents and children, art, love, and more — all with a dash of humor. Three Days of Rain is Quince's first production of 2014. LGBT + Friends Preview, April 9th, runs through April 26, $20-$25, Walnut Street Theatre Studio 5, 825 Walnut Street. —Jayson Flores
Emerging Broadway playwright Sharr White presents Annapurna at Theatre Exile. The play centers on Ulysses, who is surprised to find his wife, Emma, at his trailer door after their 20-year marriage was torn to shreds by “a horrific event that Ulysses can’t remember and Emma can’t forget.” Annapurna examines the ideas of hope and reconciliation. Exile’s Founding Artistic Director Joe Canuso asks, “This idea of reconciliation for love or family — no matter how broken — is still an ideal. Why do we risk our lives to love each other?” The Huffington Post praised Sharr White for "creating two fine and ferociously damaged people caught in the emotional whirlpool of not being able to live with or without each other.” Tear jerker, anyone? April 17-May 11, $10-$50, Theatre Exile Studio X, 1340 S. 13th Street.
Looking for something else? We’ve compiled a good list of local events happening now through June in our Philadelphia Event Listings. Check it out here.
A completely gratuitous photo of a hot man who may or may not be about to get his PrideFit on.
Get physical at this year’s LGBT Health Fair PrideFit. The free health summit promises to keep you in shape with TEDx-esque presentations, food and drink samples, vendors specializing (and sampling) everything from massage to acupuncture, and more. The long list of sponsors includes local LGBT-supportive organizations William Way, Optimal Sports 1315, the Mazzoni Center, MANNA, and Team Philadelphia.
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One of last year’s most popular GayFest! productions, “The Homosexuals.”
On Sunday, Charlie Salon will show some love to Quince Productions, host of GayFest!, Philly’s only LGBT theater festival, at SundayFest.
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Nightlife Gay‘s Bruce Yelk’s new, much-hyped rager, “bi at Sundown,” finally kicks off when the sun slinks below the horizon on Sunday. The party is a bi-weekly affair taking place at Lit Ultra Bar that focuses on international DJ talent, and giving people a not-too-late party option on the Sabbath day. Confused about the “bi” part? Don’t worry, you don’t have to be bisexual to attend. Yelk explains the thought behind the name to Philly Weekly’s Bill Chenevert: ”The ‘bi’ portion is dual pronged. First, the party is bi-weekly, and that seemed to be the easiest way to convey that fact. Plus, I am known to produce several well-known LGBT events, but I wanted this event to be much more inclusive. I think bi works on that front — to let everyone know they are welcome at this event.”
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Walnut Street Theatre presents Arsenic and Old Lace, a classic American comedy about a drama critic’s aunts who go a little bit cuckoo… okay, maybe a lot cuckoo. This presentation will be mark the 75th Anniversary of the production. Hooray for longevity (and crazy old aunts!) March 11 through April 27, $10-$65, Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street.
Theater meets dance meets acrobatics in Cirkopolis by Cirque Eloize. The show’s story follows a battle for individuality against an increasingly monotonous world. According to the show's co-director, “Entering Cirkopolis is all about letting go and allowing yourself to be borne aloft by hope.” Sounds refreshing, huh? March 11 through 16, $25-$75, Kimmel Center, Merriam Theater.
Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel and The Wilma Theater Artistic Director Blank Zizka team up for the world premiere of Don Juan Comes Home From Iraq. The show tells the story of a returning marine’s journey through Philadelphia to find his lost lover, and touches on modern-day experiences of recent veterans who are returning from Iraq or Afghanistan. Look out for a surreal twist. Opens Wednesday, March 19, runs through April 20, $23-$66, The Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad Street.
Arden Theatre Company presents Three Sisters, a story of, you guessed it, three sisters. Olga, Masha (popular name, apparently), and Irina are the three gals in question, all of whom are living in a small Russian town with Andre, their younger brother. Each is forced to face their own battles, including (but not limited to) birthday parties, “an anticipated wedding,” dreams, disappointments, obsession, love, and good old-fashioned lust. March 20 through April 20, $15—$46, F. Otto Haas Stage, 40 North 2nd Street.
Critics are raving about Philadelphia Theatre Company’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best New Play. It is hailed as “deliriously funny” by the New York Times, and “zany and utterly refreshing,” by the Associated Press. The play is a tale of rivalry, regret, and revenge. It tells the story of Vanya and her sisters Sonia and Masha, farmhouse girls who grew up in Bucks County. Masha becomes a movie star, and returns home for a reunion. But she’s not alone. She brings her man named Spike, too, and that's where the plot thickens. March 21 through April 20, $46-$52, Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 South Broad Street.
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From left to right: “30 Rock” star Maulik Pancholy, country singer Steve Grand and club diva Crystal Waters are set to attend/perform at the HRC 2014 Gala Dinner in Philadelphia
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is throwing its annual Philadelphia Region Gala Dinner this weekend, with a pretty impressive lineup of speakers and talent. Philly native and HRC Vice President of Policy and Political Affairs Tom O’Donnell will serve as the speaker for the evening, welcoming Philly State Rep. Brian Sims as special guest. It’s the entertainment that’s got my ears perked up, though.
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Every Friday we round up Philly’s gayest weekend must-dos. Today we start with Sorry I’m Just Human by Sebastian.
Local artist Sebastian‘s latest dance piece, Sorry I’m Just Human, combines the art of movement with the struggles within our community, and when I say “our” community. I mean our community.
The piece was actually created from 200 anonymous surveys he sent people all over the city, surveys in which folks revealed their biggest fears, worries, and insecurities. “When I got the responses I felt [I was collecting people's prayers],” he says. “All these people were sending me all these things that you normally don’t say to anyone, and you wonder if anyone else feels the same.”
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