Today, in honor of our three-day-weekend, a look at some of the week’s fiercest trios.
While most of you will be making your way to Rehoboth or some other nearby gay beach mecca over the weekend, there is still plenty to do for those of us holding it down in town—especially if you’re a fan of drag. I round up some of your best options below.
Bev’s Bitchfest is taking place Friday night.
Bev has assembled quite the lineup for her fifth go-round of Bitchfest. Taking the stage will be live-singing drag diva Cleo Phatra, and burlesque stalwarts Sinnamon and Gemini Rose, among others.
If you like your drag a little more campy, Sandy Beach is hosting a cabaret evening of her own. Her monthly La Cage Aux Beach stars Gay Bingo’s Summer Clearance and Thunder Showers, and Liza impersonator extraordinaire Gio Michaels.
Icon Ebony-Fierce is celebrating her big 2-5 at the Superdope South Philly House Party. She just so happens to share her birthday with Michael Jackson, so come ready to dance to some MJ.
Mauckingbird Theatre Company is performing a staged reading of Lillian Helman’s 1931 play The Children’s Hour, about two woman teachers at an all-girl boarding school who were accused of being lovers. (There’s a performance Sunday, too).
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Amazon Instant Video just rolled out a host of pilots, asking viewers to watch and vote on what they want to see become a regular series on the site. Among them is Red Oaks, a comedy co-written by Haverford Township’s Joe Gangemi.
The Steven Soderbergh-produced series is set in a New Jersey suburb in the 1980s. It’s a coming-of-age tale about David Meyers (played by Craig Roberts), a recent college grad who’s working at a country club during his last summer before he has to face the world as a real-life grown up. Paul Reiser and Jennifer Grey also star.
The series has gotten all kinds of praise from media outlets calling it the best of Amazon Instant Video’s new lineup of comedies. I recently caught up with Gangemi, who took some time to answer some questions despite being barraged by phone calls from friends congratulating him on his debut. He was born in Wilmington and studied at Swarthmore. He now lives with his family in Haverford Township. This is his first pilot to get an order, though he’s written film screenplays, including Wind Chill and the upcoming Stonehearst Asylum, and authored two novels, including the Philly-set Inamorata.
Check out our interview and a behind-the-scenes look at the series below.
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Jay Z, Kanye West and Frank Ocean are being sued over a song they collaborated on that got it’s name from Jay Z’s Philly-derived Labor Day weekend Made in America Festival. The song in question is, you guessed it, “Made in America.” More from AV Club:
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On September 20th the section of Spring Garden between 9th and 10th streets will be transformed into a vibrant commercial corridor that offers a small taste of a proposed project that seeks to turn Spring Garden into a greener, more-pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare.
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YouTube user “rat king” has put together this funny supercut video of all the mentions of the phrase “goddamn it!” in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. But is he sure he got all of them?
“If you’re here to tell me I missed one, I will jam you into next week,” he says in the video description.
I’ll take your word for it. Check out the video above.
Over the past month former Sisters manager Denise Cohen has been working to raise funds for a new Gayborhood lesbian bar. She was seeking to crowdsource donations from Indiegogo, but it didn’t quite seem to pan out. The campaign ended on August 23rd, and she was only able to generate $7,275 of her lofty $50,000 goal. That’s a mere 15 percent.
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Robert Indiana, the Maine-based pop artist who designed the “LOVE” sculpture that’s made our John F. Kennedy Plaza so famous, is being honored in a worldwide exhibit in conjunction with his 86th birthday on September 13th.
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Every hump day, a Philly woman (or man) shares her local picks for Woman Crush Wednesday. Today, co-president of the Spruce Foundation, activist, entertainer and mainstay on our Man Crush Monday column Rudy Flesher.
My name is Rudy, and these are my picks for Woman Crush Wednesday.
When she's not empowering youth at The Attic Youth Center she's kicking ass and taking names for Girls Justice League. Does it hurt that she's a total babe and has a dog that looks like an Ewok extra from Return of the Jedi? No, no it does not.
I met her as one third of Screw Smart, but she's a fierce lady in her own right, as well. She has a honking laugh that can cheer the despondent and wake the dead, and a smile that beams pure joy across a city block. One day I will win her heart by getting in good with a curator at the Mütter Museum and taking on her a behind-the-scenes tour of rare dental disease specimens. So weird, so Philadelphia, so her!
Some queens have drag mothers, but I'm genderfuck royalty and I have a Glitter Mama. Maybe that makes this all a bit Freudian, but she makes my list! Without her I would have never shaken in Philly, shimmied in New York, or done a spoken-word burlesque striptease and prayer in Cambridge. True story! Whenever she's on stage, you should be in the audience!
My first memory of Ms. Lobstar Bisque is her pulling me aside at a bumping Stimulus party to sing a soaring opera aria right into my ear as though it were a private concert. Whether she's singing with the Anna Crusis Women's Choir or working a burlesque stage, she brings talent, joy, and a hell of a set of pipes to every stage she graces.
I don't know if I want to read Ashley's tarot, date her, or rein reincarnate as her in another life. It's no secret that if I rang in at a zero on the Kinsey scale I'd be a boob man, but the first thing I noticed about Ashley was her hair styled in a retro victory roll and pinned with a stylish fascinator. She's an award-winning bartender for a reason—you can't walk away from her bar without a warm heart and a big smile!
What can be said about Amber that hasn't already been written in sonnets, and Woman Crush Wednesdays of yore? Among the very best things about my tenure as a Board member at William Way has been the opportunity to become friends with Amber, not to mention us discussing our mutual crush on Pennsylvania history-maker and former Board colleague Judge Ann Butchart. Our mutual love for brilliant, trail-blazing women in smart suits keeps us close. (Hillary 2016!)
Mistor Fahrenheit and Lili St. Queer
I don't have any drag daughters—we can probably all agree that one The Notorious OMG was enough for the Gayborhood. However, both of these brilliant performers gave their first show on my stage, and that is one of the proudest points of my cabaret career. The only thing cuter than them as individuals is them as a couple and I cannot wait to toast their marriage.
Share your Woman Crush Wednesday!
Here are the rules: (1) Name five to 10 ladies you’re crushing on (2) You and all women involved must be from Philadelphia (3) Email your crushes to email@example.com.
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Spruce Street Harbor Park | Photo by Matt Stanley
If you were in mourning about the very imminent demise of Spruce Street Harbor Park, you can dry your tears—at least for a little while longer. Looks like the waterfront summer pop-up just got a life-extension. Foobooz has the scoop:
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