Al Pacino Performing With Philadelphia Orchestra in January

shutterstock_111522257Film 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.

Weekend Roundup: Diabolique Ball, The State of Young Philly, an ’80s-Themed Cabaret and More Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend Shenanigans

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.

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)

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Throwback Thursday: Chris Bartlett Remembers Philly In the Heat of 1990s AIDS Protests

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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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Woman Claiming to Be Michael Phelps’ Intersex Lover Devastated Over Media Coverage

Taylor Lianne Chandler Facebook photo

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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Country Star Ty Herndon Comes Out of the Closet

Move over Steve Grand. Country star TY Herndon is the latest celebrity to come out to People magazine. A snippet from the interview:

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“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:

WATCH: 3 Grandmas Smoke Pot For the First Time

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.”

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