Our recommendations for the best gay things to do this week in Philly:
The Gayborhood's premiere Ariel the mermaid impersonator, Ariel Versace, is going under the sea and through a cavern of Disney classics for an imaginative show Wednesday at Tabu. She'll be joined by drag queens like Farrah Mascara, Mary D'Knight, Iris Spectre, and Icon Ebony-Fierce, who will take on everyone from Ursula to Cruella Deville to Maleficient, and even a little Raven Simone. That's so Ariel. Wednesday, April 30, call for price, 10 p.m., Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar, 200 South 12th Street.
Philly singer-songwriter (and, I'll admit, one of my long-standing #MCMs) Joshua Thomas will perform a live set in support of his current crowd-sourcing campaign to fund his next EP, The Harboring. Thomas will perform some songs from the anticipated EP, some from his last release, Halfway, and, if his last show at Tin Angel is any indication, maybe a Mariah Carey cover or two. Stay tuned later this week for my Q&A with Thomas, where he talks about the inspiration behind The Harboring, which he describes as "a collection of songs about a collection of men." Sexy! Thursday, May 1st, 6 p.m., Hylo Boutiques, 242 North 3rd Street.
It's hard to believe it's Equality Forum time again, but it is, folks. The annual national LGBT convention's panels and parties don't start till Friday, but Thursday will see the opening of this year's official art exhibit, photographer Lindsay Morris's "You Are You." The works capture the goings-on at a camp for gender-nonconforming youth and their families. The stunning images show young people reveling in an environment where it's okay to question gender. The sense of strength, and wonderment that comes from their experimentations is radiating. This is the 15th annual LGBT art exhibit, which Equality Forum Executive Director Malcolm Lazin tells me is the longest consecutively running LGBT art show in the nation. Go. See. It. Opens Thursday, May 1st, runs through May 4th, free, Avenue Gallery in University of the Arts, 401 South Broad Street.
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