Philly out singer-songwriter Aiden James just dropped a new video on us, a late Christmas present, if you will. “Snapshot” is from his latest album, Trouble With This, which debuted at No. 28 on the iTunes Top 100 chart when it was released in 2012.
To make the video, James took advantage of the recent snow storm in Winnipeg by stepping out to make a li’l video that illustrates the song’s message about cherishing your favorite moments in time. James doesn’t appear in the video once, instead he is presumably the camera man, filming a day in the life with the man he loves. The effect is nostalgia-inducing all the way, evoking those moments when you watch old home movies of people who are no longer in your life.
Toronto-based comic artist Elisha Lim and novelist Vivek Shraya are coming through Philadelphia on their "Crushes and Mountains" tour, an opportunity for the artists to excerpts from their latest works. Lim's first graphic novel, 100 Crushes, is a retrospective of five year's worth of queer zines and travel stories. Shraya's She of the Mountains follows a protagonist who is struggling to come to terms with what everyone else is telling him his sexuality is. The two have teamed up because each work "pushes against the norms of gender, sexuality and faith—even norms common within the LGBT/queer community." Should be an enlightening evening. Wednesday, October 22nd, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., free, Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street.
Gay men will likely be standing in line for the opening of Century 21, the New York City-based retailer of high-high-end men's, women's and children's clothing, accessories, shoes. It's your chance to snag threads by everyone from Gucci to Marc Jacobs to Yves Saint Laurent at ridiculously discounted prices. This is the stores' first opening outside New York City, housed in a 100,000-square-foot space in the old Strawbridge building. Our sister blog Shoppisthas the scoop on other upcoming store openings if you're curious. Thursday, October 23rd, Century 21, 821 Market Street.
MANNA will serve as host for this pre-Halloween OurNightOut, which finds the networking mixer in the heart of the Gayborhood at Tavern on Camac. All three floors of the newly renovated club will be open for guests to mingle, pass out cards and, if you're sticking to the Halloween theme, pass out some candy corns or two. If candy's not you're thing, Tavern is offering a special $20 open vodka bar, or you can have the option of enjoying extended happy hour prices on beer, wine and cocktails. All proceeds benefit Delaware Valley Legacy Fund. Halloween costumes optional. Thursday, October 23rd, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., free, Tavern On Camac, 243 South Camac Street.
HIGHLIGHT: We’re all waiting on pins and needles for this weekend’s 24th annual OutFest celebration. The event is one of gay Philly’s best, a reliable afternoon of good times, high spirits and A-plus entertainment from drag queens and LGBT arts groups across the city. The formula has stayed pretty much the same over the years, and it’s worked, but this year we have a little something extra to celebrate: marriage!
Thanks to Pennsylvania’s marriage equality ruling in May, this year’s OutFest will see more married and affianced couples than ever before. And I bet we’ll see a few engagements, too. With that in mind, local wedding expo organizer Bouche Productions is teaming with Wired 96.5 for a complementary Same-Sex Wedding Showcase happening from noon to 4 p.m. at the nearby Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel. They’re inviting lovebirds to stop by before, after or during OutFest to get to know some of the local vendors who are biting at the chomp to help put together a gay wedding.
Philly singer-songwriter Aiden James joins Kelly, Mary J., Leona and a handful of other divas belting holiday tunes this year with the release of “Winter in Los Angeles.” James has spent a lot of time performing in L.A. in 2013. The song catches up with him over the yuletide season in that city, where “there is a sort of veneer of the holidays,” he says, explaining his thought process behind writing the dreamy track. “I found [the holidays in L.A.] mirror the dynamic we can have with each other — a disguise to cover someone or something’s true nature with an attractive appearance.”