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.
PHILADELPHIA BURLESQUE BATTLE ROYALE: We’ve reached round six of this 10-week competition to find Philly’s fiercest burlesquer, and this week’s theme is “Classical and Comedy.” The final four contestants, the Amazing Brettzo, Miss Ty, Holly Ween and Mistor Fahrenheit will square (shimmy?) off, and there will be a performance by Philth. Tue., Feb. 18, 9 p.m., $8, Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar, 200 S. 12th St.
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The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess: Tony Award-winning revival The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess makes its Philadelphia debut at the Kimmel Center tonight, with a 23-piece orchestra and a re-invigorated run. Southern-fried love triangles with a side of scandal may be at the heart of pop culture (see: True Blood), but few rival this theater classic for longevity and Gershwin-penned operatic drama. Tue., Feb 18 – Feb 23, 7:30 p.m., Academy of Music, $20-$100, 240 S. Broad St.
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BrainSpunk Theater presents a classic by iconic playwright Arthur Miller (Death of a Salesman, The Crucible). All My Sons opened on Broadway in 1947, and won Miller a Tony and Drama Critics Circle award. It tells the story of the Keller family, in a post-WWII American town. The father, Joe Keller (played by Jaron Battle), is forced to confront dark secrets when his son falls in love with the daughter of his former business partner, who, it warrants mentioning, is in jail. Feb. 22–March 9, $15, Sky Box at the Adrienne Theater, 2030 Sansom St.
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Peter Gaffney’s Gesualdo, in Heaven opens with a discounted preview on Thursday.
Underground Cinema: In its brand new film series, Underground Arts screens rarely seen flicks with a “full movie-theater experience.” (That means mounds of popcorn and a full-service bar.) On the reels for the first edition is Maori Boy Genius, This Way of Life and The Dumpsta Collection, a doc rife with 17 years of “filth” from Philly’s Dumpsta Players. Tue., Feb. 11, 6 p.m., free, Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St.
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