A thoughtful roundup of five of the week’s best gay to-dos.
Pussy Division, a group of Philadelphia feminist activists, and local artist collective Vox Populi (VP) are teaming up for an event that piggybacks off VP's current exhibition, "Alien She." Five speakers, including GALAEI's Elicia Gonzales, Faan Mail's Nuala Cabral, and Preeti Pathak of PAVE, will discuss "the lasting impact of Riot Grrrl on artists and cultural producers working today." Ethel Cee moderates. Wednesday, April 16th, 7 p.m., free, William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street.
This year, Philly's Dumpsta Players' (DP) annual PromTrash fiasco will serve as the penultimate event in this month's Philadelphia Queer Media Activism Series. Like always, the group is on the lookout for Philly's trashiest prom queen, but this year things get a Broadway musical twist. Here's a synopsis, told only the way DP can tell it: "Cheery Hell High's drama teacher, Mr. Blob Claymation, is working the kids up into a frenzy as this prom is guaranteed to be an extravaganza. From A Chorus Line to Bye, Bye Birdie the kids promise a show you will not soon forget." Did I mention this was DP's 150th show?! Proceeds will benefit Philly's The Rotunda. Wednesday, April 16th, 10 p.m., $1.99, Bob and Barbara's, 1509 South Street.
Billy Cavallo's #VentureVariety show is seeing a pretty great lineup this week: The Short Bus Sisters (aka Navaya Shay, Satine Harlow, and Cherry Pop), and comedic drag legend Brittany Lynn are all scheduled to perform. If that's not enough to get you there, maybe the fact that Cavallo hosts in his undies will do the trick. Wednesday, April 16th, 11 p.m. Venture Inn, 255 South Camac Street.
Yours truly will be a guest this week on Butch Cordora's weekly LGBT-centric radio show, Straight and Butch, on G-Town Radio. We'll be talking about all things gay Philly in the first hour, then turn our attention to some current pop culture haps. No Kardashian, Knowles or Efron is safe! Should be a fun night. Tune in here at 6 p.m. Thursday. Thursday, April 17th, 6 p.m.-7 p.m., G-Town Radio.
Wild child Ann Artist (pictured), and Pussy Von Weinermuff will the second go-round of Dolphin Tavern's new queer dance party Sissy Hop. DJs Scopitone and Nolita Selector will play a 45 rpm vinyl set showcasing everything from Motown hits to garage to surf. Thursday, April 17th, 10 p.m. Dolphin Tavern, 1539 South Street.
Hungering for more? Check out Philly Mag Ticket’s well-curated list of local events happening now through June.
Philly visual artist Butch Cordora is a few weeks into his latest project, a radio show on G-town Radio named after one of his recent — and most risqué — exhibitions, “Straight and Butch.” The hourlong show, co-anchored by gal pal and Philly real estate agent Desire, is basically the radio version of In Bed With Butch, his decade-long TV show that ran on Philly’s DUTV and WYBE. So expect catty gab, snappy commentary on LGBT issues and a colorful lineup of local guests.
So far he’s had on Jim Koury, owner, editor and publisher of Diversity Rules, and Philly-born star of Survivor: Borneo and Survivor: Blood vs. Water Gervase Peterson. Next up, on Thu., Dec. 26, he’ll welcome host of Philly’s longest running drag show, Miss Lisa Lisa. Then in the next few months he’ll speak with designer, stylist and performance artist ZONK, Pretty Poison lead singer Jade Starling and Nightlife Gay‘s Bruce Yelk, who will share details about his new bi-weekly, starts-at-sundown bash “Bi.”
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