Philly rock band Wonder and Fury wanted a few queens for their latest music video, “Talk Talk Talk,’ so they called up Tabu to see if they could bring their cameras to one of the bar’s signature Sunday Drag Brunches in November. Of course, the queens were more than happy to oblige.
The video spans a whole afternoon of drag-brunching—from going backstage where the ladies are caking their faces with makeup to showing performance clips on Tabu’s tiny upstairs stage. Some of the gals who make an appearance are Brittany Lynn and her drag daughter Robyn, Crystal Electra and Maria TopCat.
“Talk Talk Talk” is from Wonder & Fury’s eponymous first EP, which you can listen to and buy here. See the video below:
A handful of film students at Temple University are set to screen a new documentary that takes a look at what it’s like to be a drag queen in Philadelphia.
The boy versions of three of the Gayborhood’s best known queens, Brittany Lynn, Pissi Myles and Ariel Versace, are the subjects of Beneath the Makeup, which will screen this weekend at Tabu. In the work, producer James Stankunas tells me, the performers “educate and expose what really happens when the makeup comes off.”
“The overarching message,” he says, “is that drag queens live normal lives despite the shaved eyebrows and nights on the town in glitz and glamour … It was rather surprising to find out how different Philadelphia is from New York and other cities when it comes to the drag scene. Bryan Neel (Ariel Versace) points out that New York has more ‘fierce fishiness’ while Philadelphia is known for being more arty, comedic and borderline avant garde.”
Organizer Brittany Lynn says getting that many drag queens together was no easy feat. She started with over 100, but that number whittled down throughout the rehearsal process. “I got some of the craziest excuses,” she tells me. “Two queens called the night of the show to say they were in South Philly and couldn’t make it because it would take them two hours to walk to the Troc.”
Miss Fancy Brigade pauses near Broad and Washington. Photo courtesy of Wang Newton.
For the third year, Philly drag queens will return to the New Year’s Day Mummer’s Parade. The Mummers LGBT Liaison Committee announced today that the Miss Fancy Brigade, led by Philly drag queen Brittany Lynn, will once again kick-off the parade, leading subsequent brigades along the new route. Instead of beginning in South Philly, the parade will kick off at City Hall, with judging taking place at 15th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard. From there, the brigades will march south along Broad Street to end at Washington Avenue.
That’s exactly what The Bronzed Bee was hoping guests would say as they showed up to U Bar in their ugliest holiday sweaters for its first My Big Gay Tacky Sweater Party. On hand were the fabulously feisty Brittany Lynn, the ever popular (and ever big mouthed) Bev, and America’s Next Top Model alum Cory Wade Hindorff, who all doubled as the event’s judges. Their task: to decide who wore the tackiest holiday sweater. There was plenty of laughter, cocktails, and holiday cheer, all for a good cause. (Guests brought donations for Toys for Tots.)
We were there to take part in the fun and capture some of the great moments of the super gay event. It was the only time when being the worst dressed was awarded this holiday season!
Cory Wade Hindorff rocking his very special sweater!
Even the bartenders got in the spirit!
Josh Middleton with judges Brittany Lynn and Bev.
Billy Cavallo (and his abs) and Bev
Brittany thought that was funny.
A sampling of the toys collected for Toys for Tots.
That looks festive.
Brittany Lynn and Bev with a party guest.
The G Philly crew with Cory and Brittany.
Bev has made her decision for who is the tackiest dressed girl!
We’re almost a week away from Night of 100 Queens, an evening when nearly every man in a wig and heels in the Greater Philadelphia region will cram onto the Trocadero stage to break the Guinness World Record for “Largest Drag Queen Show.”
As if Thanksgiving Eve doesn’t produce enough madness, Nightlife Gay went and booked *NSYNC legend and kinda-sorta gay icon Lance Bass for its annual Pink Pub Crawl. And sure, Lance wasn’t around for much more than an eye-lash bat and a “Hi…Bye,” but it was more than enough to throw a sea of gays (and a few blood-pressure-heightened groupies) into full-on Swoon Mode.
Oh, and Brittany Lynn showed up with inflatable breasts.
See the night in photos below:
Greg Henselman and Taylor G. (who are newly engaged!) cozy up at Tabu.
Ang Bocca at Tabu.
Tim Adams takes a big bite out of Brittany Lynn's bazoongas.
Brittany Lynn, Lance Bass, and Nightlife Gay's Bruce Yelk.
*NSYNC super fans Brynne-Eva Zeff and Megan Ahles at Field House.
Her latest feat is to break multiple world records at The Trocadero in Night of 100 Qweens. At press time, she’s assembled 104 drag queens to hit the stage at The Troc in the attempt to surpass the Guinness World Records title holder in “Largest Drag Queen Show” (current record is 39), and two other non-Guinness records “Most Drag Queens Performing at the Same Time,” and, why not, “World’s Largest Drag Queen Selfie.”
Standup dramedian R. Eric Thomas is bringing his smash hit, one-man rom-com Always the Bridesmaid back to the stage. Thomas, known for hosting acclaimed storytelling series The Moth and for previous sell-out runs like Will You Accept This Friend Request?, gives his take on dating disasters, love, and delves into the religious and individual views on marriage and what it means to the gay community, Thomas’s show will make you think, yes, but most importantly it’ll make you LOL. The event is a double-hearder with cabaret drag diva Martha Graham Cracker, who will take the stage when Thomas closes his set. A not-to-be-missed evening of funnies and song. Tuesday, October 7th, 7:30 p.m. (Thomas), 10 p.m. (Martha), L'Etage, 624 South Sixth Street. —Aubrey Nagle
ACLU-PA will honor some of the biggest LGBT movers and shakers of 2014 at its annual dinner—everyone from plaintiffs in the marriage equality-attaining Whitewood vs. Wolf lawsuit, and the law firm of Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, who co-counseled plaintiffs in the Whitewood vs. Wolf case. A volunteer service award will be presented to local attorney Larry Felzer (pictured above with Brian Sims), who will be honored by the ACLU as an "outstanding ACLU-PA volunteer, LGBT rights advocate, and leading ACLU supporter and fundraiser." The event will be emceed by Michael Coard, community activist, and host at WURD 900AM, and a keynote will be delivered by Director of the ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project, Ben Wizner. Wednesday, October 8th, 6 p.m., $100, National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall East.
Drag stalwart Brittany Lynn is rolling out a new weekly event at Tabu that aims to prove "smart is sexy." This evening of gay Quizzo features five rounds of questions covering everything from entertainment and sports to music and science. There will be free shots given out during speed rounds, and first-place winners get a $75 (!) bar tab. Stick around afterward for an American Horror Story: Freak Show viewing party (more to come.) Wednesday, October 8th, 8 p.m.-10 p.m., free, Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar, 200 South 12th Street.
We've been waiting so long to see what we'll be wearing on Wednesdays this fall. To celebrate the return of the gay-loved television series American Horror Story: Freak Show, two Gayborhood watering holes are kicking off weekly viewing parties so fans can come watch at the bar with family and all the drinks they can muster.
Following Quizzo at Tabu, Circus of the Stars winner Rev. Makensie Moltov will host an AHS viewing party, with the show being presented on the high-def TVs on the first level of the bar. Tabu's drink specials veer more toward the brown-liquor variety: $5 Jameson drinks and $5 Jack Daniels cocktails. Wednesday, October 8th, 10 p.m., free, Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar, 200 South 12th Street.
The little brother to Josh Schonewolf's Miss Everything pageant, Mr. Everything is a new weekly contest looking for the most talented male-identified performer in Philadelphia. There are 15 contestants vying for the prize, including some well-known local performers like Sebastian, Icon Ebony-Fierce, and Kemar Jewel. The winner will get $1,000, a crown, and bragging rights, because who are you in the Gayborhood if you don't have something to brag about? R. Eric Thomas will host the 10-week event, with judges Dr. Timaree, Mistor Fahrenheit, and Amber Hikes eyeing up the competition to figure out who deserves the prize. Wednesday, October 8th, 9 p.m., $8, Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar, 200 South 12th Street.
Grab a blanket and lawn chair and get cozy in Dilworth Park's new front yard. Weekly family-friendly al fresco screenings will give you the chance to enjoy those perfect autumn nights under the stars. This week, Kinky Boots is on the big screen. Pictures in the Park is free of charge. Thursday, October 9th, 7 p.m., Dilworth Park, Broad & Market Streets (West Side of City Hall). —Marquesa Rotuski