The recently renamed Whosoever Metropolitan Community Church (WMCC) in West Philly is taking steps to educate folks in the region about Pennsylvania's unfortunate lack of LGBT anti-discrimination laws. In this workshop, speakers will share stories of discrimination, counterbalance those with words of encouragement from faith leaders, and then weigh in on ways we can turn this misfortune around. Speakers include WMCC Pastor and Equality Pennsylvania Faith Action Team Leader Reverend Jeffrey Jordan (pictured, above left), Equality PA Faith Organizer Ammon Ripple, and Sarah Spohn, Equality PA's Southeastern PA organizer. Tuesday, September 2nd, 6:30 p.m., free, Whosoever Metropolitan Community Church, 3637 Chestnut Street.
There are only two weeks to go in Mimi Imfurst's weekly Drag Wars competition at Voyeur. This week the six remaining ladies are putting on a super hero costume ball, wearing threads inspired by male comic book heroes like Superman, Batman, and the Green Lantern, naturally. Thursday, September 4th, Voyeur Nightclub, 1221 Saint James Street.
It’s Romeo and Juliet. But gay. And with Mummers. If you think this sounds like the plot of an episode of Family Guy, you’re wrong. It’s the show Two Street, the newest brainchild of the Philadelphia-based Tribe of Fools, the physical theater company that has won critics over with its previous Fringe festival hits Heavy Metal Dance Fag and Antihero. The troupe, which consists of Terry Brennan, Zachary Chiero, Tim Popp and Peter Smith, welcomes Peter Andrew, Isa St. Clair, and Karina Balfour to the group for the FringeArts Festival take on Shakespeare’s classic tale, updated for queer contemporary audiences. More here. Thursday, September 4th through September 13th, The Church of the Crucifixion, 620 South 8th Street.—Bryan Buttler
A host of Philly drag queens and artists are coming together to toast local drag legend—and self-proclaimed drag pariah—Needles Jones. The occasion aims to honor Jones' contribution to Philly's arts and drag scenes, which comprises Fringe performances, work with Hard Liquor Theater, and six years hosting Monday Night Club. But don't expect sweet sentiment. In true roasting fashion, things are going to be rude, lewd, and just plain crude—just the way Needles likes its. Among those performing will be Icon Ebony-Fierce, PsyddeDelicious, and Aliya Strychnine, among others. Thursday, September 4th, 9 p.m., Connie's Ric Rac, 1132 South 9th Street.