Academy of Natural Sciences to Host First-Ever All-Nighter for Adults

Guests will sleep in Dinosaur Hall during the Academy of Natural Sciences first Overnight for Adults.

Guests will sleep in Dinosaur Hall during the Academy of Natural Sciences first Overnight for Adults.

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (ANSP) just announced it will host its very first adult overnighter next spring—a chance to slip on your favorite PJs (okay, you might want to buy a fresh pair) and frolic around the Academy with other kids-at-heart.

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Animatronic Snowmen, Cartoon Penguins, the PA Ballet and More at Comcast’s 2014 Holiday Show

Comcast Center Holiday Spectacular in 2013 | Photo by Joseph Kaczmarek

Comcast Center Holiday Spectacular in 2013 | Photo by Joseph Kaczmarek

The flame in our jack-o-lanterns is still going strong, and we haven’t even begun to think about what we’re serving for Thanksgiving, but local businesses are already announcing plans for the holidays to give eager elves the chance to get the ball rolling on their [insert your winter holiday of choice] plans.

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Q&HEYYY: Bev On the Art of Tucking, Her Homegirl Jesus and, Her Dream Philly Drag Queen Girl Group

Photo by David Ayllon

Photo by David Ayllon

My name is … Bev: Philadelphia’s Premiere Christian Drag Queen. Bev was the “mommest” name I could think of.

Jesus … is my homegirl, my baby daddy, the reason for the season, and a biscuit who will on occasion sop you up if you let him.

Drag is … embracing your creativity, and the ability to get away with murder.

Tucking is … just a good set of Spanx and three pairs of tights.

Before I go on stage … I try to get feel for the attitude of the audience—and have a cocktail to loosen up.

If I could start over with a new drag name it would be … Sarah Belle Palsey.

If I could only do one song for the rest of my life … it would be my “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia/Julia Sugarbaker” mix.

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SandBlast Returning to Atlantic City in 2015


This summer, the annual homo-tastic weekend beach party Sand Blast made some waves when it announced that it would move from Asbury Park, where it was held for the last 12 years, to the shores of Atlantic City. Organizers are reporting that 1,100 men and women showed up for the inaugural romp in AC, and dropped around $850,000 at local businesses. It’s no wonder, then, that Atlantic City is happy to welcome them back in 2015.

Next year’s event will take place July 17th to 20th, promising four days and nights of beach activities, dancing, pool parties, and many of its recurring events, like the Lost At Sea Kickoff Party, the main Sand Blast Beach Party on Saturday and the Drag Race & Hand Bag Toss, which was hosted by our very own Brittany Lynn in 2014

This is the next thing in a string of events showing that Atlantic City is clamoring for LGBT visitors. Earlier this summer, for instance, out Mayor Don Guardian announced the re-dedication of a gay beach at Park Place and the Boardwalk.

We were there for 2014 Sand Blast and had, well, a blast. Check out our photos from the party below for inspiration. Tickets for 2015 will be available soon, and can be purchased here.

GIVEAWAY: Win Tickets to See Melissa Etheridge at Merriam Theater On November 4th

Melissa Ethridge

Last week we had the great pleasure of chatting with music legend and gay icon Melissa Etheridge. She opened up about everything from accidentally becoming a spokesperson for the LGBT community to how she’s taking care of herself post-cancer and connecting with fans when she’s on stage. Expanding on that latter subject, she told us that folks would be smart to bring a change of clothes to her upcoming show at Philly’s Merriam Theater, because, “It’s [going to be] such a hot, smoking, steamy collaboration, people will need to bring a new shirt to wear home because they are going to need it.”

If you don’t have tickets for the show yet, today’s your lucky day. Etheridge was kind enough to give us two pairs of tickets so four of our readers can witness the sweat-inducing performance for themselves. (Sorry, you’ll have to come up with the extra T-shirt on your own.)

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IN THE WINGS: A Conversation With Rapture, Blister, Burn Star Krista Apple-Hodge

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 11.32.44 AMMy name is … Krista Apple-Hodge, hyphenated (from Apple) since I married fellow actor Dan Hodge in 2012. We’ve decided that an “Apple-Hodge” sounds like a Colonial American dessert. We’re taking recipe ideas …

I am … incredibly shy, for someone who gets up in front of other people for a living. That’s why I started acting. It was the only thing, in high school, that could get me talking in public.

I grew up … in Springfield, Ohio. Proverbial home of The Simpsons; actual home of a Frank Lloyd Wright house that almost didn’t survive.

How would you describe Rapture, Blister, Burn in one sentence? “A bunch of wily women and one unfortunate man test the limits of feminism and idealism, and things go poorly for everyone.”

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Funeral Date Set for Gloria Casarez, Campaign Asks Businesses to Bring Out Rainbow Flags For the Occassion

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 9.46.53 AMGloria Casarez, the first director of the  Mayor’s Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Affairs who passed away Sunday night at the age of 42, will be laid to rest following a public funeral service on Friday, October 24th, at 10:30 a.m. It will take place at the Arch Street United Methodist Church at 55 North Broad Street.

The community has been celebrating Gloria’s legacy all week long—from the flag-lowering at City Hall on Monday to an outpouring of personal stories shared on Facebook. In another attempt to honor the civil rights leader friends, like Philadelphia Gay Tourism Caucus’s Tami Sortman, have started a campaign to all but drape the city in rainbows during her funeral. The “Show Your True Colors for Gloria” initiative calls on folks in the community and businesses to “display rainbow flags in windows of stores, bars, restaurants, offices, shops and homes,” says Sortman. “We want Philly to look like the rainbow for Gloria’s funeral.”

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9 Gay Things to Do in Philadelphia This Week: Crushes and Mountains, a Pre-Halloween Mixer at Tavern, Century 21 Opens, and More

PHOTOS: Community Gathers at City Hall Rainbow Flag-Lowering in Honor of Gloria Casarez

This afternoon Mayor Michael Nutter hosted an emotional flag-lowering ceremony at City Hall to honor his administration’s Director of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Affairs, Gloria Casarez. Casarez passed away on Sunday after a long battle with cancer.

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