Weekend Roundup: Freak Boutique Says Ta-Ta For Now, Pulse’s Lesbian Bar Fundraiser, Big Gay Boat Party, and More
We’ve seen a lot of long-running parties and performers take a final bow lately. Rudy Flesher recently announced that he’d be hanging up Notorious OMG’s corset, no longer performing with The Goddess Isis in Thank Goddess It’s OMG, or with the Liberty City Kings. (He is keeping those nails, though). And in May, Mimi Imfurst announced that her long-running drag show Dollhouse Revue would go black after five years.
Now, as summer comes to a slow close, Icon Ebony-Fierce is gearing up to host her last Freak Boutique at Tabu. The event, which was created by local DJs Evelyn Manlove (evil v) and Lars Kallich (Tay Tay) a little over three years ago, claims to be the city’s only no-cover benefit show. The concept is that it takes proceeds from money made at the bar and donates it to local LGBT charities, like the William Way, The Attic Youth Center, and Mazzoni.
Gay Star News (GSN) has come up with what it’s calling the “Definitive Ranking of Madonna’s Top 55 Songs.” It’s quite an ambitious—and risky—undertaking, ciphering through and judging the catalog of one of the most gay-loved icons ever. It’s bound to ruffle a few feathers.
Not surprisingly, the top 10—which was voted on by readers—mostly comprises songs from the ’80s and early-’90s. “Hung Up” is the one exception; it comes in at No. 5. The top slot goes to “Vogue,” which made headlines this week after the passing of Lauren Bacall.
The list was compiled in honor of Madonna’s 56th birthday, which happens tomorrow, the 16th of August. Here, I’ve listed GSN’s top 15 below. To see the rest, click on over to its site here.
Reports from Gay Games in Cleveland and Akron are pouring in, and Team Philadelphia continues to haul in the medals—golds, silvers, bronzes, you name it. Here’s a recap of today’s winners, reported to me from Team Philadelphia Chair Bob Szwajkos and GO! Athletes Executive Director Anna Aagenes.
Team Philadelphia is now a triple winner in softball. City of Brotherly Love Softball League (CBLSL)’s Honeybadgers (pictured) took gold this afternoon at Firestone Park in Akron. I told you yesterday that CBLSL’s men’s team, and the Fairmount Fillies also took gold in their respective tournaments.
Anna Aagenes continues to kick ass in track and field. She won first place in today’s 800m—in her age group (18-29) and overall. She also won gold in yesterday’s 5K.
The Ritz Five in Old City is one of 300-some-odd theaters to screen PAFA grad David Lynch’s latest film, Unstaged, for one night only on September 10th.
I’m From Driftwood just released its latest video—this time featuring William Way board member Mandeep Jangi. The video offers a fascinating peek into being Sikh, and being forced to adhere to traditions that can sometimes be suffocating. Jangi makes an interesting connection between making the decision to cut his long hair—something that’s frowned upon in the Sikh culture—and how that lead him to gaining the courage he needed to come out of the closet:
The Internet collectively squealed last week when 6ABC weatherman Adam Joseph announced on his Facebook page that he and his partner, Karl, welcomed their new son, Jacob. Well, the preciousness is far from over. Today, Joseph shared a selfie of him and baby Jacob—the first shots to show the two of them together since last week’s big announcement.
The little man’s already growing like a weed, sporting a cute onesie that reads “I just did nine months on the inside.”
Team Philadelphia is having a hell of a day at the Gay Games in Cleveland. This morning we reported that track and field runner Anna Aagenes took home gold in the age 18-29 women’s 5K, and now I’m getting word that two more teams have scored that most precious of medals.