As of publish time, there is only 35 hours left to donate to Makella Craelius and Puppett's Indiegogo campaign to "preserve and expand the legacy of LGBTQ bookstores that have fallen by the wayside." You may remember these ladies as the ones who claimed to "almost save Giovanni's Room." Since they left the stories LGBT bookstore, where they were working as volunteers, they've hosted a variety of readings, and book sales at the William Way Community Center. If you'd like to see their work persist and help them find a space to call their own, feel free to donate. Right now they're miles away from their $11,828 goal. The contest ends at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday night. For links to their donation page, go here.
From G Philly: Philly’s only LGBT theater festival, GayFest!, kicks off on August 5th. Now in its fourth year, GayFest! producer Rich Rubin says the theme of the season is new meets old. There are a handful of Philadelphia premieres—Next Fall, Some Are People, and You Know My Name—playing alongside old-school favorites. The Haunted Host, for instance, celebrates 50 years on the stage. “It is considered by many to be America’s first full-length gay play,” says Rubin. “I’m excited about combining the new and cutting-edge work with historic work. More than ever, there’s a real range of tone and style in the festival.” So get out there and support our city’s sole LGBT film festival. For a preview of what's opening this week at the festival, go here.
The top 13 contestants in the new Gayborhood competition to find Philly's best comedian will lay their standup routines aside tonight for an evening of live singing. It'll be worth going just to hear Needles Jones croon a ditty. Wednesday, August 6th, 9 p.m., Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar, 200 South 12th Street.
Tavern On Camac's weekly film series continues with two films just bursting with team spirit (and hilariousness): Bring It On and But I'm a Cheerleader. Perfect options for the week Team Philadelphia's heading to the Gay Games in Ohio, huh? Wednesday, August 6th, 9 p.m., Tavern On Camac.
Young folks from the Attic Youth Center have been working all summer on a project that "encourages non-violent communication, particularly as it applies to social media platforms." They've put in 20 hours a week for six weeks to come up with ways to inspire positive communication across our favorite social media platforms. Their creations have manifested in the forms of art projects, plays, and poetry—all of which will be shared at this project-culminating expo. Stop by to see what the kids come up with, let some of their ideas soak in, and grab some nibbles from Giorgio On Pine while you're at it. Thursday, August 7th, 5 p.m., William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street.
Women who work is the theme of this week's Drag Wars competition, and the runway is inspired by "1950s housewife realness." I'm guessing there will be a few Rosie Riveters and Betty Drapers in the house. Thursday, August 7th, 10 p.m., Voyeur Nightclub, 1221 Saint James Street.