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.