WEEKEND ROUNDUP:
PGMC’s Bachelor Auction, SH!TSHOW and The Devotion Project

Every Friday we round up Philly’s gayest weekend must-dos. Today, we start with the Heart and Soul Bachelor Auction presented by the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus (PGMC).

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Woody’s will host PGMC’s 11th annual Bachelor Auction, themed “heart and soul.” The event promises eight eligible bachelors who will be auctioned off throughout the day to the highest bidder. So bring your wallet, pick your favorite stud and get ready to bid, bid, bid. 

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Valentine’s Day Events in Philadelphia

A roundup of events, parties and classes happening in Philadelphia on Valentine’s Day.

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Every hour on the hour from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Society Hill Dance Academy is welcoming couples to take a class in two of the world most romantic dances: Tango (5 p.m., 7 p.m., 9 p.m.) and Rumba (6 p.m., 8 p.m.). 5 p.m., $40, Society Hill Dance Academy, 409 S. Second St.

Marriage recognition takes center stage in The Equality Forum’s V-Day spectacular, Equality Ball. The party raises awareness and funds for Palladino v. Corbett, a federal lawsuit that asks the state of Pennsylvania to recognize same-sex marriages that were performed in marriage equality states. There will be an open bar and food from local restaurants and catering companies (ZahavAmisFork), and a live band. 7 p.m.–10 p.m., $100, Liberty View Ballroom at the Independence Visitor Center, Sixth and Market streets.

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9 Gay Valentine’s Day Events in Philadelphia

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A roundup of LGBT-centric Valentine’s Day events for those who want to …

TIE THE KNOT (EVENTUALLY): Marriage recognition takes center stage in The Equality Forum’s V-Day spectacular, Equality Ball. The party raises awareness and funds for Palladino v. Corbett, a federal lawsuit initiated by the Equality Forum that asks the state of Pennsylvania to recognize same-sex marriages that were performed in marriage equality states. There will be an open bar and food from local restaurants and catering companies (ZahavAmisFork) and a live band. D. Bruce Hanes and Rev. Frank Schaefer will be honored for their efforts to bring LGBT equality to the state of Pennsylvania.. 7 p.m.–10 p.m., $100, Liberty View Ballroom at the Independence Visitor Center, Sixth and Market streets.

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

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BrainSpunk Theater presents a classic by iconic playwright Arthur Miller (Death of a Salesman, The Crucible). All My Sons opened on Broadway in 1947, and won Miller a Tony and Drama Critics Circle award. It tells the story of the Keller family, in a post-WWII American town. The father, Joe Keller (played by Jaron Battle), is forced to confront dark secrets when his son falls in love with the daughter of his former business partner, who, it warrants mentioning, is in jail. Feb. 22–March 9, $15, Sky Box at the Adrienne Theater, 2030 Sansom St.

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WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Who’s Out at InLiquid?

Every Friday we round up Philly’s gayest weekend must-dos. Today, we’re starting with InLiquid’s see-and-be-seen Silent Auction & Benefit v. 14.

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Philly arts non-profit InLiquid is celebrating 15 years of dedication to the local art community with two night’s of soiree-ing, starting with Friday’s free Young Professionals Party. The night will be hosted by America’s Next Top Model‘s Cory Wade Hindorff, who will be looking fierce in a sure-to-be-killer design by Bela Shehu of NINOBRAND. Mingling, nibbles and cocktails will abound. Fri., Feb. 7, 6 p.m., free, Crane Arts, 1400 N. American St.

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9 Gay Things to Do in Philly This Weekend: Bev is Back, Mileyball, and the Ultimate Gay Super Bowl Party

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Philly drag queen Bev may tout herself as the holier-than-thou “Gayborhood God Warrior,” but when that gal gets to complaining, Lord, you’d believe she was possessed by the Devil himself. To be fair, she has a lot to bitch about — namely just pulling a disappointing second-place win in Drag Wars — so Tabu has invited the queen to host her very own evening of comedy, burlesque and other “bitchy surprises” in “Bev’s Bitchfest: The Bitch is Back.”

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WEEKEND ROUNDUP: The Weird Beard Review, Stimulus’s Winter Wonderland Ball and More

Former G Philly cover boy Gunnar Montana stars in the kickoff of monthly "Weird Beard Revue."

Former G Philly cover boy Gunnar Montana stars in the kickoff of the new monthly show, “Weird Beard Revue.” Photo by Alexander John Photography.

This atrociously cold weather has those of us with clean-shaven faces wishing we’d jumped on the scruff wagon a long time ago. (An all-natural face-warmer? Yes, please!) But if you haven’t had time to grow out your whiskers just yet, you can at least cozy up to some boys who have. Enter our upick of the week, “The Weird Beard Revue.”

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WEEKEND ROUNDUP: The Stairwell Symphony, Sexercise and Songbirds

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Looking for a spiritual awakening of sorts? Let Teena Geist be your guide. She may not be able to bring you to Jesus, but she’ll scare the hell out of you trying.

For the next two weekend’s Geist, the bizarre drag persona of No Face Performance Group founder Mark McCloughan, is hosting “The Stairwell Symphony,” an intimate experience that he explains as, “a living-room ritual for self-knowledge and expansion.” For clarification, he adds that, “Attendees will receive instruction in various techniques for breaking down the false barriers between different planes of consciousness.” Here’s an example of one of Geist’s “guided meditations.”

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WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Barbara Proud’s “First Comes Love” Opens at William Way

Philly couple Harvey Hurdle and Kevin Yoder pose for a photo with their son. Photo by: Barbara Proud

Philly couple Harvey Hurdle and Kevin Yoder pose for a photo with their son. Photo by: Barbara Proud

This Arctic weather insanity has left us just in time for the weekend. Thanks, Polar Vortex! Here’s our weekly roundup of what’s happening in gay Philly over the weekend, kicked off by a must-see exhibit at William Way:

Tonight, Philly’s LGBT community center is hosting the opening reception of “First Comes Love,” a collection of photos by UArts professor Barbara Proud that shines a light on long-lasting gay relationships. Proud says the images — all black-and-white — aim to avoid the typical rainbow-covered representations that are shown in mainstream media to show what being in a queer relationship is all about. The answer? It’s just as beautiful, pure and simple as any other amorous pairing in the world.

Proud was inspired to start the project after Prop 8 was passed. “I decided to use my voice, my art, and my photography to make a statement that would celebrate my [20-year] relationship and the others in the LGBTQ community who were already together for many years.” Proud says she has photographed over 70 couples, an experience she says has been touching and emotional. But the exhibit has already started to have  more far-reaching impacts, too. Proud shared this email she received from a supporter: “I’m from a really small town with absolutely no LGBTQ community whatsoever, and your show was my first real experience with anything related to that world, to my world. Words cannot express how amazing it was to me—in a way, it felt like coming home. I was reminded that there really is such a thing as love, and one day, maybe I’ll be as lucky as any of the folks in your photographs.”

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