Film icon Al Pacino will join the Philadelphia Orchestra in January for its 158th Academy of Music Anniversary Concert and Ball. He’ll be joined by Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and special guest, 18-year-old emerging violinist Simone Porter, for this evening that doubles as a celebration of the Academy of Music itself.
But here’s the real question: We all know Pacino’s talented … but what can he offer the Orchestra?
“In the tradition of blending great acting with great orchestral music, Pacino will join Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra, sharing a favorite monologue and more,” reads a press release sent out today.
Makes more sense. Pacino definitely seems excited about it. He shares this sentiment:
“It’s a singular honor for me to perform on the stage of the Academy of Music, in the very place where Rachmaninoff conducted The Philadelphia Orchestra and where this legendary ensemble gave the United States premiere of The Rite of Spring,” Pacino says. “I could not be more thrilled to become part of the legacy of the historic Academy of Music and The Philadelphia Orchestra.”
The event takes place on Saturday, January 24, 2015. Tickets and more information can be found here.
FRIDAY: FUZZY, ARTY, AND FULL OF HANKY PANKY
What does a green plaid hanky stand for in gay hanky code? You’ll have to show up to NSFW Dance Party’s “Hanky Panky” party on Friday to find out. (Shutterstock.com)
- There’s still time to register for Stonewall Philly’s new winter dodgeball and volleyball leagues. Deadline is December 10th.
- Start the night hairy with Happy Bear Happy Hour at Tabu, from 5 to 9 p.m.
- Have you seen Curio’s The Matter of Frank Schaefer yet?
- A day after camping out for LGBT homelessness in Thomas Paine Park, Change Philly Today hosts a mixer at William Way called to raise funds for its cause.
- In BalletX’s Fall Series, take in new, cutting-edge pieces by Matthew Neenan, Jorma Elo and Olivier Wever that explore everything from film noir classics to gun violence. Runs through Sunday.
- The sexy, exotic Diabolique Ball at The Trocadero celebrates sexual revolutions through history—and benefits Philly AIDS Thrift and ActionAIDS.
- It’s time for another Eric Jaffe variety hour. This time his hodgepodge of talents will perform numbers from Broadway.
There’s no telling what you’ll find at Friday’s Diabolique Ball, but expect everything from a blessing to a spanking. (Photo by Red Lite Photos)
Yes, Philadelphia has a furry dance party, and yes, it’s happening this weekend at Tabu. Slip into your plushest animal costume and throw your paws up to the sounds of DJ protocollie and a performance by Cara Kouture. Rawr!
- Stimulus’s Black and White Party brings together folks from the community for a sexy autumnal shebang. Voyeur will be packed with go-go dancers, shot girls, scene-snapping photographers and smokin’ hot lesbians out the yang. DJs Jovi Baby, Precolumbian and Deluxx will be spinning. Wear black and white to jive with the theme.
- Study up on your gay hanky code before hitting up NSFW Dance Party‘s Hanky Panky. Guests are asked to stuff a handkerchief into their back pocket that signifies what they’re looking for that evening. Here’s a pretty detailed chart so you’ll know what color means what.
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The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) joins a string of local Penn hospitals that were named 2014 Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign.
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In typical David Lynch fashion the, the PAFA-trained auteur is keeping mostly mum about the return of Twin Peaks in 2016. (“I’m not talking about Twin Peaks now. Not until 2016.”) He did, however drop a few nuggets in an interview with Agenda magazine. Here’s what we’ve got:
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Wyomissing native Taylor Swift will be getting a special award at this Sunday’s American Music Awards—the first ever Dick Clark Award for Excellence.
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Wow, country music is getting all kinds of gay all of a sudden. When country artist Ty Herndon came out earlier today, it inspired fellow musician Billy Gilman to do the same, but instead of going to People, he released this video on YouTube:
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Outside City Hall in 1990, Chris Bartlett (left) and Dominic Piccirelli (right) hold a stretcher with a body at an ACT UP die-in. ACT UP die-ins were used to highlight the huge numbers of gay men still dying from AIDS due to government inaction. (Photo by David Acosta)
From time to time William Way Executive Director Chris Bartlett and I meet for a rummage through the John J. Wilcox Jr. Archives, a veritable treasure trove of relics from gay Philadelphia’s past. This week we opened a box of photos from one of Philadelphia’s first gay news weeklies, Au Courant, to find a host of photos of Philadelphia in the midst of AIDS protests in the early- to mid-1990s. The above photo from the era, showing a young Bartlett protesting outside City Hall in 1990, hangs in the Archives. It’s one of Bartlett’s prized possessions. (Seriously, you should see him beam when he talks about it.)
Check out some of our favorite snaps from the bunch, with captions by Chris Bartlett.
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Taylor Lianne Chandler Facebook photo
By now you’ve likely read the headlines about Taylor Lianne Chandler, the woman claiming to be Michael Phelps’ intersex lover. The question is which headline have you read? The first one, by Radar Online read “Michael Phelps Sex Scandal: Troubled Olympian’s Girlfriend Was Born A Man!”
Several stories with the same kind of headline followed, until someone was smart enough to figure out that Chandler was born with both set of reproductive organs. She wasn’t born a man. She’s intersex.
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Move over Steve Grand. Country star TY Herndon is the latest celebrity to come out to People magazine. A snippet from the interview:
“During an Anthony Robbins seminar, I realized I had an incredible story that could possibly help someone’s son or daughter or grandchild’s life not be as difficult as mine has been,” he tells PEOPLE. “Maybe they wouldn’t have to go through as much pain and suffering. It’s time to tell my truth.”
That “truth” is about a part of himself he has kept secret for his entire career: “I’m an out, proud and happy gay man,” the Nashville artist revealed to PEOPLE during a sit-down in New York Tuesday.
The revelation was many years in the making for the 51-year-old singer, who first wondered if he was gay when he was about 10 years old and then began coming out to close family members at 20.
“My mother probably knew I was gay before I did. I remember sitting down with her and having the conversation,” recalls Herndon, noting his career path in country worried her. But, ultimately, “she was more concerned about me having a happy life. You have to be able to do that in your own skin, and [my family] has seen me struggle with being gay my whole career.”
I don’t know what’s more surprising—the fact that he’s gay or that he’s 51 years old! He looks great for his age. Read the rest of the People article here. And listen to one of Ty’s most popular tunes below:
Cut Video found three grandmothers in Washington (where marijuana is legal) who had never smoked pot before and persuaded them to do it on camera. What results, naturally, is hilarious. And they get blasted—smoking from a bong, a vaporizer, and sipping on marijuana-infused tea.
Check out the video above for unforgettable quotes like, “I could go iron for days now,” and “I’d do it again … if I could get this bag of chips open.”