A scene from ‘The King and I” at Lincoln Center.
Chances are, if you live in the Philadelphia region, you are debating about whether to hunker down during the upcoming Papal visit (with a ton of liquor, I’m sure) or escape town. If you’re leaning towards the second option, we’ve come up with three gay-friendly destinations within a moderate distance of Philly that would make for an ideal getaway without a lot of hassle. Be warned: Plan your travel accordingly, and check out our Philly Mag Citified report on the “official” word on road closures within the region.
For The Performing Artist In You: There’s nothing like an early Fall weekend at New York City’s Lincoln Center, the one-stop shop for just about every kind of performance you’d desire. During the weekend that the Pope is invading Philly, you can catch the gorgeous Broadway production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I, a whole host of shows at the Metropolitan Opera (Il Trovatore with Anna Netrebko on Friday, Anna Bolena and Turandot on Saturday), a Ray Charles tribute with Bryan Carter, and free exhibits featuring performance portraits. For eats, we recommend The Smith, which is literally smack dab in the center of the Center, and Center Bar, just a few blocks way at the Shops at Columbus Circle. Read more »
From left: The Borgata, a toilet, Harrah’s Atlantic City
A North Carolina man will be sentenced to five years in prison for using counterfeit chips in an Atlantic City poker tournament. Christian Lusardi, who had already been sentenced earlier this year to five years for pirating DVDs, pleaded guilty and accepted the sentence as part of a deal.
Lusardi admitted to cheating in the 2014 Borgata Winter Open Big Stack no-limit hold ’em event. He won $6,814 in the tournament, but suspected he’d been caught with the counterfeit chips. So he did the only logical thing: He flushed the counterfeit chips down the toilet at his room at nearby Harrah’s. Read more »
I don’t know Meghan Trainor’s training experience when it comes to singing, but I’m willing to bet she hasn’t studied any vocal health (more on that later): The pop star has announced that she’s canceling the rest of her North American tour because of another hemorrhaged vocal chord and bronchitis. Read more »
The pool at Immersion Spa.
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of The Water Club at Borgata
: I’ve been going there for a long time because, well, it’s just over an hour away from Philly and it’s a super easy escape from the drudge of city life, especially if I don’t have a ton of time to take a huge vacation. But, Borgata got all the more attractive when they started their LGBT initiative earlier this year, OUT at Borgata
, that aims to not only bring more gay bucks to the entertainment establishment but create an inclusive, affordable, enhanced environment for their LGBT guests. There are a lot of places that are aiming to compete for our dollars, but I can say from experience that Borgata really does an extremely fine job. In short, they deserve our business. Read more »
Margaret Cho at Borgata’s Music Box on Saturday.
Margaret Cho is beyond a force to be reckoned with. Her set this past Saturday at Atlantic City’s Borgata, part of their OUT at Borgata program, was seriously one of the best stand-up acts I’ve ever seen, if for no other reason that Ms. Cho is so openly self-deprecating, so personally vulnerable in her show, that you can’t help but love every minute of her act. Of course, a part of why audiences love her is that she reveals a lot. Even hard-core Cho fans learn something new when they see her live. Here are five things that we found out, for better or worse, about the great Margaret Cho from her Saturday program. Read more »
DJ Alain Jackinsky
We’re giving away eight pairs of tickets to this Friday night’s sexy Sandblast AC kick off party, “Lost at Sea,” at the super stylish MIXX Nightclub at Borgata Resort Casino and Spa in Atlantic City. You’ll be able to dance the night away to beats mixed by DJ Alain Jackinsky while enjoying cocktails and friends. Read more »
Atlantic City has never been more gay.
That’s essentially the point of Sandblast 2015, the annual multi-day beach and pool party that features something for just about everyone in AC. From underwear parties to a women’s white party to lounging at the pool to Margaret Freaking Cho, this year’s line up is a heck of a lot of fun. We’re breaking down the festivities day-by-day for you so you can find the right events for your summer beach experience. Read more »
She’s all about that hemorrhage, ’bout that hemorrhage, ’bout that hemorrhage, no concert… Read more »
The Greater Atlantic City GLBT Alliance, the Schultz-Hill Scholarship Foundation, and Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa announced that the annual Miss’d America Pageant has found a new home, right at Borgata. The event, which will take place on Saturday, September 26 at 8:30 pm, features Carson Kressley as the fabulous host (and a TBA musical guest). Read more »
Shot from last year’s Sand Blast. | Photo by Alexander Kacala
Event producers Brad Hurtado and Bruce Yelk have released the full itinerary for Sand Blast, what they’re billing as the largest mid-Atlantic summer gay and lesbian beach party. The festivities are taking place July 17th through the 19th in Atlantic City for the second year in a row. It comprises three days of beach parties, dancing, entertainment and I’m guessing lots of other things that are too risqué to mention here.
Hurtado reports that 1,100 men and women showed up for last year’s Sand Blast, and they’re expecting even more in 2015. The big news this year is that the main beach party is moving from Saturday to Sunday, and they’ve wrangled Margaret Cho for an evening of comedy and mom jokes at the Borgata, and a lineup of DJs from around the world.
Weekend passes are on sale now, and individual event tickets are up for grabs starting Friday, May 29th. To give you a little taste of what you’re in for, check out the three-day itinerary below. For more information and to buy tickets, go here.
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