WEEKEND ROUNDUP: G Philly‘s 2014 Gay Pride Guide

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Ladies, gentlemen, non-binary friends, and everything in between: Philly Pride is officially upon us. And what perfect timing — mere weeks after we became the 19th state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage. (Cue the confetti, rainbows, and music!) This is the time of year when the queer community comes out (pun intended) to celebrate our strength, love, camaraderie, and accomplishments. In short: It’s the thing summer and lifetime memories are made of.

Find our Pride Guide after the jump

June Theater Guide: Colin Quinn, Paula Deen Meets Rodney King and Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll

Our guide to the best of what’s opening on Philly stages in June.

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Runway of Love, Straight & Butch, Drag Kings, and A Very Tabu Prom

Patrick Kelly Crop

The work of a true fashion legend will be debuting at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love is a fashion exhibit with a slew of inspirations and influences. The late Patrick Kelly, who died of AIDS in January 1990, is an unforgettable African-American designer that challenged the norm and brought new, edgy flair to the fashion world.

His goal was simple: he once said, “I want my clothes to make you smile.” His early work gained the attention of French Elle which featured him in February 1985. He pulled inspiration from his African American and Southern roots, his knowledge of fashion and art history, and the club and gay scenes of New York and Paris.

This is world class art, and definitely the kind of see-and-be-seen event to close off the month. Speaking of world class, one of Philly’s fiercest queens, Brittany Lynn, will be on the red carpet, so try not to show up looking busted. If you want a sneak peek, check out the preview of the exhibit. Click here to get your (free) ticket. Friday, May 30, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Free, Philadelphia Museum of Art



WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Altar Boyz, Glitter & Grits, and Joshua Thomas at the Tin Angel

The cast of "Altar Boyz" at 11th Hour Theatre Company.

The cast of “Altar Boyz” at 11th Hour Theatre Company.

Altar Boyz is a sinfully funny comedy about a Christian boy band and it’s five members—Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan, and Abraham. The kicker? One member is gay and he has a big crush on the lead singer. It has been hailed as “high-octane entertainment” by Talkin’ Broadway. Will these good boys, and the one gay one, be able to resist the temptations that come along with fame and fortune?

The play has a little bit of everything – music, comedy, dancing, and most importantly, a touching story. It’s sure to hit home because we’ve all been there when it comes to an unrequited crush. Catch it before it closes on June 1. Visit 11th Hour Theatre Company’s website for more information and to buy tickets. Friday, May 23, 8:00 p.m., $31, The Arts Bank Center at the University of the Arts. Read more »

PHOTOS: Mazzoni Center’s 2014 Elixir Gala

On Saturday, members and supporters of the Mazzoni Center took over the Wells Fargo Bank and Museum for its fourth-annual Elixir Gala. The sold-out party, with the theme “Out Is the New In,” included a well-stocked open bar, delicious food, and a silent auction with prizes ranging from laser hair removal to GayBINGO tickets to a seven-night luxury trip to the Caribbean. When the mingling portion of the evening subsided, Master of Ceremonies Jim Donovan took the stage to announce this year’s 2014 Elixir Honorees. (But first a few photos from the evening, from Freedom G Photography’s Tara Lessard.)

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Weekend Roundup: Get PrEPped at ICandy, Stimulus Turns 5, Elixir Gala and More

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If information is power, get ready to power-up Sunday at an informative PrEP Panel at Icandy. PrEP, if you don’t know, is a daily pill that has been approved by the FDA as an effective HIV-prevention method — even as effective, some argue, as consistent and proper condom usage. Besides general information about the drug, the hour-long session will cover an array of other topics relating to PrEP. Event organizer Josh Kruger explains:

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May Theater Guide: What’s Opening On Stages This Month in Philadelphia

Our guide to what’s happening on Philly stages in May.

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.

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Gay Bingo, Burlesque Turns 1, and the Big Gay Boat Party Kickoff

you dont have to be gay bingo

In Philadelphia, two types of people play Bingo: the elderly and the gays. Now the two, and more, can come together in the latest installment of game. “You Don’t Have To Be … GAY BINGO” is a night of drag queen fun, performances, prizes, a 50/50 raffle, food for purchase, and, of course, Bingo. Pearl E. Gates and Syboll will host the event, which will take place at the Evangelical Luterhan Church of the Atonement (so you can pray for luck.) The best part? All proceeds go to the Attic Youth Center.

More weekend events after the jump

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