Philly AIDS Thrift re-opened the doors to Giovanni’s Room last Friday, debuting a new space that, much like its store in Queen Village, will sell secondhand goods—everything from records and clothing to jewelry. We’re thrilled that the storied bookstore is alive and well again, but we can’t help but mourn the lack of queer reads. As we reporter earlier this week, there is a shelf full of children’s books and some miscellaneous works in the store, but not a ton of the LGBT persuasion.
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Former Real Housewives of New Jersey castmate Greg Bennett tweeted this photo that he claims — because of similarities in clothing — includes some of the alleged suspects in the hate crime that happened on Thursday in Center City.
Bennett did not want to confirm who sent him the picture, but from the image it appears it was taken at La Viola West at 252 South 16th Street, not far from where the attack happened at 16th and Chancellor streets. We reached out to management, which confirmed they had a large party on the night of the attack; they could not, however, confirm whether the photo was taken that night. They also said they do not know who made the reservation, as they tear up their reservation list each night. They say they have not heard from police.
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UPDATE, 10:11 p.m. Are These the Gay Beating Suspects Having Dinner at La Viola?
I just got word from Penn 6 co-owner Tim Adams that his business partners, the folks who run Penn 6, City Tap House, and Field House, want to offer a $10,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to the arrest of the people who attacked the two gay men last week in Center City.
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Foobooz has the scoop on Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s plans for their space at 13th and Locust streets, the location formerly known as Bump and Q. Unlike Little Nonna’s, which was inspired by Marcie’s Italian grandmother, the new space gets new life courtesy of Turney’s heritage.
From Turney’s Instagram: “This is #Bud&Marilyn’s restaurant opening day photo in 1950.”
The restaurant will be called Bud & Marilyn’s in honor of Turney’s grandparents who ran a restaurant in Wisconsin for forty years. Turney’s Instagram feed contains several clues for what’s planned. There’s a photo of what her grand parents’ restaurant looked like back on its opening day in 1950 (right), the epitome of mid-Century diner. Her Instagram avatar also shows what could very well be a rendering of what’s planned for Bud & Marilyn’s. This all jives with what we’ve heard whispered for the concept, something like throwback American or classic American-diner.
So I guess this pretty much squashes my suspicion that they were working with former Sisters manager Denise Cohen to open a lesbian bar.
The 26- and 28-year-old gay couple who were attacked in Center City last Thursday have been released from the hospital, but are suffering “serious visible injuries.” The photo below shows the extent to one of the victim’s eye. More from Queerty:
Speaking with the media last night, both victims say they have been released from the hospital with serious visible injuries. One victim, speaking through a contraption that will have his jaw wired shut for the next two months, says he suffered multiple facial fractures and several orbital fractures.
“I thought he was dead,” his boyfriend said, describing how assailants “threw his head onto the ground.” …
The victims have been able to identify their attackers via video footage that was captured on the night of the attack. So far no arrests have been made, but Officer Christine O’Brien tells me PPD will release a new surveillance video to the public later today. “I haven’t seen it yet, but it’s good video that’s hopefully going to aid in figuring out who the attackers are.”
Stay tuned to G Philly for updates.
Courtney Lapresi caught a lot of flack on MasterChef this season for what her competitors deemed a questionable background as a stripper at Delilah’s and later an aerial dancer at The Golden Nugget in Atlantic City. But last night on the show’s finale, the Philly chef proved she’s got more than, as one contestant put it, “boobs out on a pole.”
There were breasts involved in the finale, however: a sumac duck breast. That was part of the final meal that also included crispy pig’s ear and cherry meringue that wowed judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich, and Graham Elliot, and earned her the top prize.
She walks away from the show with a whopping $250,000 and a cookbook deal. Many congrats!
Philly videographer Mike Cessario just wrapped on the pilot of a proposed documentary series that follows local electronic dance music (EDM) pioneer and Actual Records founder Aaron Ruxbin.
Cessario tells me he decided to shoot a film that focuses on Ruxbin because of the DJs unlikely story. He was a Drexel University business grad who “ditched the cubicle to create a grimey underground dance music empire in Philadelphia,” he says. “EDM has exploded and DJs are the new rockstars, but I want to show the less-glamorous side of the business—the side that actually powers 90 percent of [the Philly EDM scene].”
These days, Cessario says, Ruxbin basically lives out of his car while putting on sold-out shows at TLA and, for a little side money, a strip club called Purple Orchid. All that’s captured in pilot, with commentary by local MC Buddy Leezle and DJ Jack Deezl.
Cessario hopes this short film will attract investors who may be interested in backing a more-blown-out documentary. If not, this could be the only episode we’ll see. “This will remain a conceptual pilot for a series until we find more support. If we don’t, it will die and go to the pilot graveyard.”
Check it out above.
With the approach of fall it’s time to make like a squirrel and start stockpiling an arsenal of entertainment to keep us satiated during what everyone is saying is going to be a long, brutal winter. On the gay-movie front there’s a handful of great new additions on Netflix instant streaming. I’ve rounded up some of the best that have popped up lately, including Tom Ford’s sensational A Single Man, the sexy
Check out my picks below, with trailers to boot.
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Today a federal appeals court ruled to uphold a New Jersey Law that bans therapists from performing gay conversion therapy in minors.
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Photo by Alexander John.
Five years ago Dr. Patrick Barrett began hosting a soiree in his apartment, where he’d ask guests to come in drag. He dubbed the party The Philly Beauty Ball, and it was apparently such a riot that it’s become become one of the year’s most-anticipated events. It’s a chance for those among us who are curious about drag but don’t want to glue on lashes and tuck our junk on a regular basis to see what we look like in a wig and a little rouge. But most importantly it’s a fun way to take part in the community and raise money for a good, local LGBT cause.
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