Last night Tabu played host to the Paper Dress Competition, a contest (that was not presented by Josh Schonewolf, oddly enough) that benefitted locally based cancer- and HIV-fighting organization City of Hope.
The event was similar to one of those unconventional challenges on Project Runway. Contestants were tasked to create two looks—formal wear and “fun wear”— out of any kind of paper material. Then they paraded the looks up and down a makeshift runway in front of a panel of judges that included HughE Dillon. Of course HughE wouldn’t be HughE if his camera wasn’t in tow, so he whipped it out and took some photos of the evening. Check them out in the slideshow below.
In April word got around that QFest—Philly’s only LGBT film festival—would be cancelled this year, but organizers hinted that something new may be coming our way in the fall. Today I’m getting word on just what that something new will be.
In a video released today, QFest head Thom Cardwell announced that he is launching qFLIX Philadelphia, a weeklong festival that will focus not on traditional film, but on new media. More from the group’s mission statement:
Our vision is to preserve the tradition of the exhibition of American and international lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and queer independent film in the Philadelphia region. qFLIX Philadelphia presents this film festival for, by, and about our community. We produce this festival for the education, entertainment, and enjoyment of past, present and future generations. …
Film as an international language allows qFLIX Philadelphia to foster, support, and give access to independent filmmakers and to encourage and nurture younger ones in the art of filmmaking. Queer film inspires the imagination and encourages the journey of discovery and acceptance by both the ever-growing region’s LGBTQ and the mainstream communities.
Cardwell is getting help from Michael Busza, writer and producer of the Emmy-winning local gay web series One of the Guys. In the video, Busza explains the kinds of things you can expect to see at the festival. “New media is a new form of entertainment that is web-based. We’re talking about webisodes, web cam series. things posted directly to YouTube, things that are posted on Facebook. Anything that isn’t traditional television or traditional film.”
The complete schedule hasn’t launched yet, but Busza says they will be premiering new episodes of One of the Guys (finally!), and a brand new show called Tainted Dreams—“things that haven’t been accessible online yet.” True to QFest form, there will also be panels with new media filmmakers.
The festival is scheduled to take place at the Kimmel Center September 18-22. To get folks interested, organizers have released the below video starring drag queen Brittany Lynn, who will also serve as qFLIX’s events coordinator. It features the leggy queen strolling around the Gayborhood, dancing with locals in bars and on the streets. (She even runs into G Philly at U Bar!) The video also serves as a means to crowdsource extra funding for the festival. To donate, you can go here. And for more information on the festival: here.
7 Gay Things to Do in Philly This Week: Drag Tag Sale, Something New From BalletX, Where to Gay Dance, and More
Atlantic City is going to get a little gayer this weekend when Philly drag queen Brittany Lynn debuts her new weekly show at Trump Taj Mahal, This will be Ms. Lynn’s first time hosting a regular show in AC since . Since then AC has been regaining some of its gay power, first with the recent , and a string of LGBT events, like Sandblast Weekend, hosted throughout the summer and fall.
The work of a true fashion legend will be debuting at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love is a fashion exhibit with a slew of inspirations and influences. The late Patrick Kelly, who died of AIDS in January 1990, is an unforgettable African-American designer that challenged the norm and brought new, edgy flair to the fashion world.
His goal was simple: he once said, “I want my clothes to make you smile.” His early work gained the attention of French Elle which featured him in February 1985. He pulled inspiration from his African American and Southern roots, his knowledge of fashion and art history, and the club and gay scenes of New York and Paris.
This is world class art, and definitely the kind of see-and-be-seen event to close off the month. Speaking of world class, one of Philly’s fiercest queens, Brittany Lynn, will be on the red carpet, so try not to show up looking busted. If you want a sneak peek, check out the preview of the exhibit. Click here to get your (free) ticket. Friday, May 30, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Free, Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Catch Altar Boyz before they sashay away.
- Ritu Comes Home tells the story of an affluent gay couple and the third-world child they supported who grows up and shows up at their doorstep.
- 90’s Parties are always in (especially with DJ Deejay).
- The Calamari Sisters’ Big Fat Italian Wedding brings music and comedy to Penn’s Landing.
- The Ritz at the Bourse will be screening Straight & Butch, a tale of models and lots and lots of nakedness.
- The Weird Beard Revue keeps things furry at L’etage.
- Rock the Boat for some fantastic causes – the boat party includes live entertainment, dancing, drink specials, and a raffle
- It’s the prom you’ve always dreamed of: A Very Tabu Prom will be a night to remember. A portion of the proceeds will go to The Attic Youth Center.
- Drag Queens aren’t the only sickening ones in Philly. Don’t miss the 19th Annual Mr. Philly Drag King Competition.
- The latest Qventure will take participants vertical – rock climbing to be specific.
The Mummers Parade got one of the fiercest kickoffs in its 114-year history yesterday when the Miss Fancy Brigade lined up to sashay down Broad Street. Mother of the pack Brittany Lynn (aka Ian Morrison) stood front and center, flanked by 10 drag queens and — for the first time — kings. Among them were RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Mimi Imfurst, Satine Harlow, Miss Pinklewinkle, Wang Newton and Liberty City Kings Drag and Burlesque founder Lascivious Jane.
Last New Year’s Brittany Lynn and her Drag Mafia made history when they brought drag back to the annual Mummers parade. For the first time since the mid-1980s queens were marching in the lineup down Broad Street and performing in the subsequent Fancy Brigade Finale at the Convention Center. In a press conference today at the Mummers Museum, Lynn – the matriarch of the Mummers LGBT Liaison Committee — announced that she and the ladies will be returning for the 2014 festivities and bringing along a few exciting twists.