PHOTO: Union Picketers Set Up Outside Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s Barbuzzo

If you’ve strolled down 13th Street today, you might have noticed this glaring sign outside Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s restaurant Barbuzzo. To find out what’s going on, I reached out to the ladies’ PR rep, who told me they have no comment. The sign pretty much explains it all, but a Midtown Village insider tells me that the union is picketing them because Safran and Turney never use union work, and that it may stem from renovations taking place right now at Lolita.

I’ll keep an ear out for any more updates.

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WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Dueling Drag Brunches, Get Your Hair Did For Charity and More

SPOTLIGHT: What sounds better: helping others or helping yourself? It can be a tough question to answer, but what if I said you could do both at the same time? City of Hope is a nationally recognized cancer research hospital, which, for the tenth year, has made it on U.S. News & World Report‘s list of the top cancer care facilities in the U.S.. Though the facility is located in Duarte, Cali.,  it is reaching out to metropolises around the country — including Philadelphia — in an event called “HopeCuts,” a charitable opportunity that benefits its work to battle cancer, HIV/AIDS and diabetes.

It kicks off this Sunday and all you have to do to take part is get your hair did in one of Philadelphia’s 13 participating salons. The events and promotions in each salon will vary, but regardless, 100 percent of the proceeds will go to City of Hope. Guests will enjoy specially priced services, entertainment, refreshments, raffle prizes and more. You’ll look good, enjoy a fabulous salon trip and help a worthy cause. For more information and for a list of participating salons in Philly, go here. Sun., Sept. 15, various times. Read more »

The Big Gay Fall Events Guide to Philadelphia

DO DROP IN: Brian Sanders’ JUNK will be back with a new work at the Fringe this year.

SEPTEMBER

It may have a new name and a soon-to-be home on the waterfront, but the FringeArts Festival (September 5-22) still brings the best in gritty, offbeat and creative performance art in the city. This year’s don’t-misses: the premiere of the dementedly twisted Basement (September 13-15, 19-21), from choreographer (and G Philly summer cover boy) Gunnar Montana at the Asian Arts Initiative. (Nudity has been promised.) Speaking of which, chock-full of sexy boys and girls, Hush Now Sweet High Heels and Oak (September 6-20) is the new work of much-beloved Philadelphia dance company Brian Sanders’s JUNK, and is making its world premiere at the 23rd Street Armory. (Think an overtly sexual Cirque du Soleil show.) After getting all hot and cultured, brush up on your Brecht and grab a drink at the Festival Bar to flirt with the elusive artsy gays who rarely venture out onto the streets of the Gayborhood. (Stay tuned to G Philly for more gay Fringe coverage.)  Read more »

TONIGHT: Gay Singer-Songwriter Eric Himan Comes to Tin Angel

Tulsa-based gay singer-songwriter Eric Himan is coming to Philly tonight to promote his latest album, Gracefully. The tatted-up musician is a pop singer with country-rock roots, but on the latest album he taps into his love of R&B for a lineup of soul-stirring ditties. The touching “Waiting for Thunder” is inspired by Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old Pakistani student who was gunned down by Taliban soldiers for promoting girls’ education; sultry backup singers Tylisha Oliver and Tina Phillips (aka The Soultre Singers) join him on the Latin-fied “Red Hot Tears” (video below); and the title track is an homage to his grandmother, who passed away just as he was beginning to raise funds for the album.  Read more »

How To Spend a Long Weekend in Gay Boston

The iconic DeLuca's market on Charles Street, recently reopened after a devastating 2010 fire.

Philadelphia and Boston have a lot in common: Both are sprawling East Coast cities with unpar­alleled historical roots, boast a beefy population of Ivy League heartthrobs, and are situated a mere hop, skip and a swish away from two of the gayest beaches in the nation. There is one time of year, however, when Beantown has a slight edge on us: autumn. Even with the best of New England at its doorstep, Boston, with its enchanting tree-lined streets and parks, holds its own as a primo destination for queens wishing to go leaf-peeping without straying too far from the comforts (and gay-friendliness) of a modern city.  Read more »

EATING OUT: Queer As Food

Looking for pearls at Oyster House.

OYSTER HOUSE Fisherman’s stew doesn’t sound like a dish you’re likely to be angling for while the weather is still warm, but the bright version at this Sansom Street institution—which Sam Mink’s revitalization has made essential once more—is as refreshing as lemonade. Mussels, squid rings, white fish and exceptionally fresh scallops swim in a saffron-tinted broth that’s advertised as spicy, but is even more striking thanks to a lemony sweetness that might just remind you of the limoncello you’ve got stashed in the freezer back home. Not that you’ll need it: The punches and cocktails here are among the city’s best. And alongside classic Philly catches like shad and bluefish are chef-ly flourishes—think minted calamari with pine nuts and Israeli couscous, or a next-level Nicoise featuring artichokes and crispy shallots—that keep Oyster House as fresh as its titular bivalves. 1516 Sansom St., 215-567-7683, oysterhousephilly.comRead more »

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Drag Queens Re-Create ‘Match Game’

WEEKEND SPOTLIGHT: If you love watching re-runs of the 1970s gameshow Match Game, you should probably scoot your toosh to Voyeur on Friday night. Brittany Lynn and a slew of Gayborhood gadabouts are re-creating the show — dressed as original cast members — to raise money for local hunger-fighting nonprofit Metropolitan Area Neighborhood  Nutrition Alliance (MANNA). Lynn says she’s taking on the role of host Gene Rayburn while Carl Michaels, Drew Gaver, Bill Makemson and Meg Rider will play Charles Nelson Reilly, Anita Bryant, Brett Somers and Kay Ballard, respectively. MANNA members will step up as contestants. Fri., Aug. 16, 9 p.m., Voyeur, 1221 Saint James St.  Read more »

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