Every hump day, a Philly woman shares her local picks for Woman Crush Wednesday. Today, Communications and Marketing Associate at Child Advocates — and G Philly‘s first Girl at the End of the Bar — Tracy Buccholz.
My name is Tracy Buchholz, and these are my local picks for Woman Crush Wednesday.
Jubi + Ivette
They prove that true love exists. My role model couple is currently planning their wedding. Plus, they are the most fun ever.
This local student isn't just full of good looks. Aside from studying business and marketing, she's a DJ for hire, and has some crazy good taste in EDM. Can't lie, this girl is pretty freaking hilarious, and always good for a laugh.
This Philly girl is finally coming back home to attend med school. So, yeah: a doctor in training and super sweet. Need I say more? #winning
I never get tired of seeing pics of this girl with her dog and family. She's smart as hell, has good taste in music and did I mention she's running the Broad Street Run? If you get lucky enough to have dinner with her, you'll probably end up with a mouthful of sushi and Sriracha (who knew!?) and love every minute of it.
Natalie Hope McDonald
It's hard not to crush on this artist friend. Her work has been showing at Blue Stone Fine Art Gallery, and I'm lucky enough to have one of her incredible pieces hanging in my apartment.
Share your Woman Crush Wednesday!
Here are the rules: (1) Name three to five ladies you’re crushing on (2) You and all women involved must be from Philadelphia (3) Email your crushes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recent Woman Crush Wednesdays
Before Lindsay and her gaggle of mean girls, there was Nellie Oleson, Little House on the Prairie‘s golden-haired living terror. Nellie had an upper hand over those other girls, though, because she didn’t need a gaggle to be mean. She could do bitch just fine all by herself.
This week Alison Arngrim, the actress who so convincingly brought Nellie to life, will storm into Philly to perform her world-traveling one-woman show Confessions of a Prairie Bitch at Voyeur. Being a longtime fan of the show, I jumped at a chance to talk to her. We gabbed some back stage secrets (you’ll never believe who was the real bitch on the set), being hit on by Grizzly Adams, and how she came to amass such a gay following (hint: having a bisexual father who worked for Liberace didn’t hurt.)
Q&A with Alison Arngrim after the jump
Transgender students at Penn now have the option to use a name other than the one on their birth certificate thanks to the university’s newly launched Preferred-Name Initiative. The new plan streamlines a process that was already in place on campus. Previously, students could set up a meeting with Senior Associate Director of the LGBT Center Erin Cross to institute a name change, but the process wasn’t publicized. Therefore, most students would only hear about it through word of mouth. More from The Daily Pennsylvanian:
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Ticket film critic Piers Marchant shares his favorite flicks as he takes them in at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City:
A brutal but thoroughly enthralling prison film from England, directed by David MacKenzie (Young Adam, Spread). It is highlighted by its performances, and none more so than lead Jack O'Connell, who plays an angry, hyper-violent troubled youth with the perfect amount of swag and pathos. The film does lean toward some of the clichés of the genre (Rupert Friend plays the obligatory therapist who sees some hope in the kid), but with this strong showing from O'Connell and company, you don't mind so terribly much.
Chinese director Yi'nan Diao brings us this celebrated jet-black noir from his homeland, which won top prize at last year's Berlin Film Festival, but you will certainly need to be prepared for its tonal peculiarities. The story involves a detective who gets caught up in a baffling case involving body parts being strewn all over the countryside, and the mysterious femme fatale who may or may not have something to do with it, but along the way, there's bouts of strange comic violence, a long-discussed dry cleaning accident, and a lot of ice skating.
An important doc from James Spione about the disturbing trend under the Obama administration to issue forth charges under the Espionage Act against government whistleblowers. (Only 11 Americans have ever been charged under it, and 8 of them have been under the current administration). The film focuses on two of these individuals — one, a former CIA agent who spoke out against the "enhanced interrogation techniques" utilized by field agents, and suffered a complete career derailment as a result; the other, a former high-ranking official at the NSA, who called attention to the illegal wiretapping of Americans, and paid an extremely heavy price. You don't have to be partisan to be appalled at the government's methods of punishing those who speak out against its moral effrontery and reckless disregard of the Constitution.
A moving Georgian film about a young wife having to make hard choices when her husband is sent to jail on a long sentence. Tinatin Kajrishvili's portrait of a complicated woman forced to weigh her competing impulses of caring for her new husband and finding her own physical joy with others never takes the easy or obvious path, and as a result, the film carries a good deal more heft than it might have. The long closing scene, which involves a conjugal visit that is a good deal more sweet and caring than carnal, feels absolutely perfect.
A mostly winning military comedy from Israeli director Talya Lavie about an administration unit of young Israeli female soldiers and their various conflicts and conundrums along the way of their two-year conscription. With its penchant for outrageous characters, long-suffering CO's and slapstick farce, it plays a bit like a '70s Hollywood comedy, with just enough verve and inventiveness to stay interesting. Consider it a kind of Private Ben-Jamon.
Extra reading: Highlights from Tribeca, Part 1: Equal Parts Mad, Creative Genius
Despite a plethora of studies showing that gay moms and dads are just as effective at parenting as their heterosexual counterparts, courts are not considering that in child custody dispute cases. That comes from a new study out of Drexel University that’s led by Emily Haney-Caron, and Kirk Heilbrun, PhD. More from a press release sent out this week:
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ActionAIDS Dining Out for Life ambassadors open up about how HIV/AIDS has affected their lives, and why you should dine out for life on April 24th. Today: Alayna Sands.
My name is … Alayna Sands
What’s your Philly connection?
I grew up in Tucson, Ariz.; however both my parents are from Philadelphia. I moved to Philly about seven years ago, after attending school in Pittsburgh, and it has been home ever since.
What do you do for work?
I work in Human Resources.
The biggest thing I have learned from my experience with HIV/AIDS is …
It has motivated me to be compassionate. You may have HIV/AIDS and consequently endure some additional struggles. Yet you can still choose to live your life with dignity — and there are supportive communities out there who will help you.
Any Dining Out for Life restaurant recommendations?
The Gold Standard. They have good food and a great staff that will take care of you. There’s also Garces Trading Company. I love everything about that place.
In three words, describe the perfect dining out experience …
Family, friends, food!
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Seven super fun, gay things to do in Philly this week:
Philly 2013 Women of the World (WOWPS) Poetry Slam winner Denice Frohman and two-time WOWPS winner Dominique Christina have been traveling the coast with Sister Outsider Poetry, and they're finally making a stop in Philly this week. The show is inspired by the life and work of writer, radical feminist and civil rights activist Audre Lorde. Expect an exploration of "ethnicity, queerness, and everything in between through the expression of spoken word." Tuesday, April 22, 6-7:30 p.m. (ANGER workshop) 8-9 p.m. (performance), free, Room 108 in The ARCH, 3601 Locust Walk.
Tulsa-based gay singer-songwriter Eric Himan is coming to Philly this week to perform with local crooners Jo Stones and Eric Jaffe. The tatted-up musician is a pop singer with country-rock roots, but on the latest album, Gracefully, he taps into his love of R&B for a lineup of soul-stirring ditties. Wednesday, April, 23, 9 p.m., Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar, 200 South 12th Street.
Philly Black Gay Pride (PBGP) continues through the week with activities spread all over the city. On Wednesday, April 23rd, its teaming with Josh Schonewolf's Ratchet Wednesdays for a frat-themed soiree at Tabu (200 S. 12th Street); on Thursday night Heartspoken and PBGP present an open mic and poetry slam, with a grand prize of $75 going to the best MC. That's taking place at 4 Fathers, (319 Market Street.) More more info on these and the weekend's PBGP events, go here.
Author Kelly Cogswell will visit Giovanni's Room this week to read from her badass-sounding memoir, Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger. The book offers a rare glimpse at the Lesbian Avengers, a "direct action group focused on issues vital to lesbian survival and visibility." Giovanni's Room calls it an "uncompromising and ultimately empowering story of creative resistance against hatred and injustice." Thursday, April 24th, 5:30 p.m., Giovanni's Room, 345 South 12th Street.
To raise for this year's hell-raising festivities Philly Dyke March is throwing a karaoke party at Tabu with KJ Sara Sherr of Sing Your Life. Besides crooning your favorite tunes and supporting a Philly institution, this event will be your first opportunity to pick up the new 2014 Philly Dyke March t-shirts. Thursday, April 24, 6 p.m., Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar, 200 South 12th Street.
In case you haven't heard me chirping about it all week, ActionAIDS' annual Dining Out for Life takes place this Thursday. This year you have two chances to give to the local HIV/AIDS organization: In the afternoon, participating food trucks will line up down the 1300 block of Locust in the Gayborhood. Later, you can choose from a list of more than 150 restaurants in the region, and wine and dine till your heart's content. Every restaurant or food truck taking part will donate 33 percent of each check to Dining Out for Life. It's one of my favorite charities of the year, a great chance to splurge on a nice dinner with friends, and not feel the guilt of dipping too far into your wallet — or ordering an extra cocktail. Thursday, April 24th, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (food trucks), various locations.
Where to Dance
If it's dancing you want, point your toes Fishtown-ward for the sixth installment of Mondo Trasho on Wednesday, April 23rd at The Barbary (951 Frankford Avenue.) Icon Ebony-Fierce will perform, and CNNR and Skull†Kid will provide the tunes. Or celebrate your post-Dining Out for Life revelry on Thursday, April 24, at NSFW's second-anniversary bash, Cake 2. That takes place at Medusa Lounge (27 South 21st Street), where DJ TRPRKPR will have things bumping.
For more events happening now through June, check our Philadelphia Event Listings.
Horticultural buffs, rejoice: Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has organized the trip of a lifetime to tour the botanical beauties of North France and Paris. Serving as your guide will be PHS’ marquee Francophile himself, Drew Becher, president of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. “Traveling with PHS,” he explains, “provides a unique opportunity to visit very special gardens throughout the world.” His most anticipated stop: Brittany. “There, we’ll have access to some extraordinary places — including Kerdalo, which was started by Prince Peter Wolkonsky and is now owned by his daughter, Princess Isabelle. It’s a paradise of rustic, authentic landscapes, as well as incredible formal gardens.”
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Screen legend Pam Grier is taking on a new role this spring — as a spokesperson for ActionAIDS‘ annual Dining Out for Life event, which takes place in Philadelphia on April 24th. She called me this week from her home in Colorado to chat about why she decided to team up with DOFL, what it was like working on The L Word, and a new project helmed by Philly Fresh Prince of Bel-Air creator Bennie Richburg.
Q&A after the jump
Rev. Jordan-Pickett (far left) unveils the new church sign with Lay Delegate Renee Williams and Board Vice Moderator Arthur Martin Chester.
On Easter Sunday Metropolitan Community Church of Philadelphia (MCCP)’s Reverend Jeffrey H. Jordan-Pickett revealed that after 43 years, MCC would be changing its name, goals, and ministry plans to better reflect its LGBT-inclusive teachings.
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