Come to G Philly‘s LGBT
Flower Show Party

lgbt flower show partyI spend so much of my time writing about other people’s events (I’m looking at you, Schonewolf!) that I thought I’d take a minute to chatter about one of our own.

I’m excited to announce that G Philly has once again been asked to host the LGBT Party at the Philadelphia Flower Show. Our afternoon soiree takes place opening weekend, so it’ll be a great chance to mingle with the gays and get an early peep of the show, which, this year, is themed “Art-iculture.” Here’s what we have planned for the day:

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To Do: Race to Anyplace Indoor-Cycling Challenge



It’s baaaaack. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s second annual Race to Anyplace indoor cycling spin-a-thon is happening on April 5th. Last year, LLS raised $42,000 for critical blood-cancer research from this event; this year, their goal is $60K.

Here’s how it works: Team members of 12 or more will each complete at least one 15-minute, all-out spinning heat during the six-hour day; individuals can also take part, completing up to two 15-minute segments. Teams will compete—for prizes, of course—to cover as much mileage as they can over the course of the event, while individuals will go head-to-head for best heat time. Winners will be announced after 3 p.m. when the race ends.

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PHOTOS: Philadelphia’s Burlesque Battle Royale Kicks Off at Tabu

Gayborhood paparazzo — and G Philly‘s 2013 pick for Favorite Instgramer — Alexander John shares some shots from last night’s kickoff of Burlesque Battle Royale, a 10-week competition to find Philly’s numero uno burlesque performer.

To Do Tonight: Yoga and Community Acupuncture at Nava Yoga Center

navaI love that yoga and acupuncture, together, are becoming a thing here. The two just seem to go so well together (both promote self care, good health, deep relaxation), I’m happy to see that local studios are finding ways to bring them together.

Starting tonight, the Navy Yard’s Nava Yoga Center will host monthly community acupuncture sessions with Owen McPeake, a practitioner from Flat Rock Health in Manayunk and the Vincera Institute. On the second Wednesday of the month, following the studio’s heated Slow Flow class from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., students can stick around (or you can drop in, even if you didn’t take the class) to lie in a comfortable, supported savasana while Owen works his magic. The goal is to help you replenish and restore your energy, something that’s vitally important as we move into a busy holiday season.

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To Do: Yoga-Puncture at Mama’s Wellness Joint

LargeLogoI love a good health-and-fitness mash-up event. The latest? Yoga-puncture (that’s yoga and acupuncture, folks) at Mama’s Wellness Joint.

On November 16th, the Washington Square West yoga studio will host a two-hour session focused on detoxing and de-stressing before the holiday season. Philly yoga instructor Liana Cameris will start the workshop by leading a rejuvinating Vinyasa flow. Then, licensed acupuncturist Caroline Grace Ashurst will take over with an aromatherapy-infused ear acupuncture treatment, which helps promote blood flow and detox. Neat, right? Learn more and sign up here. (Click the Workshops tab.)

$45 until November 9th, $55 after; November 16th from 2 to 4 p.m.; Mama’s Wellness Joint, 1100 Pine Street, Philadelphia.

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To Do: Bike Ride and Yoga Class with the Bicycle Coalition This Weekend

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I love a good two-for-one deal, which is totally what the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia’s Pedal and Flow event this weekend is: a two-for-one workout, with an easy six-mile bike ride around town followed by an all-levels outdoor yoga class at Washington Square. Fun, right? You’ll need to bring your own mat and bike, of course, but the event is pay what you wish. No RSVP or sign up required, but email with questions.

Pay what you wish, October 5th at 11 a.m., meet at Washington Square at 6th and Walnut.

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More Pink Beer: Yards Releases Pink Raspberry Beer for Breast Cancer Month

pynkI never imagined I’d be writing a post to update an earlier post about, of all things, pink beer, but here we are, folks. Yards is the latest local brewer to get in on the pink-beer-for-a-cause game with its just-released raspberry tart ale called PYNK.

Like the Saison de Rose from Bucks County’s Free Will Brewing Co., a dollar from the sale of each case of pink Yards beer will go to support breast cancer research. Funds from the Yards beer will go to the Tyanna Foundation, while Free Will’s goes to Penn Medicine’s Rena Rowen Breast Cancer Center.

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To Do: Free Classes at Flywheel Bryn Mawr on Sunday


Main Liners! I hope you’re paying attention: This Sunday, October 6th, Flywheel indoor cycling studio in Bryn Mawr is hosting an open house. Translation? They’re offering free classes all day long.

Instructors will lead four 45-minute classes at 8:30, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., and 4 p.m. You can sign up and reserve your bike on the website, or give the studio a call (610-572-7161) to let them know you’re coming.

FREE, October 6th from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Flywheel Sports, 711 West Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr. 

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Raise the Bar

Graffiti Cocktail Shaker ($24.50) Shake things up with an urban-inspired cocktail shaker by William Kellogg, who designed the whimsical piece in a creative collaboration between Philadelphia University and Kikkerland Design. You’ll never look at that dirty martini the same way again.

Vintage Madonna Marble Coasters ($50) These black-and-white collectibles showcase early photos of the Material Girl. Have a little kitschy fun at your next party—or mount them to a wall to create that shrine to her “Madgesty” that you’ve always wanted.

Tile Tea Towel ($9) Don’t cry over spilled gin—clean it up with a chic new tea towel. Or dress up your tabletop with a little touch of gray for weekend brunch. West Elm, 1330 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, 215-731-0184.

Hangover Cures ($10) Explore home remedies by author Ben Reed on how to get up and go the morning after. The book refutes hangover myths and lists creative cures from around the world—with a whole chapter devoted to the ever-popular Bloody Mary. Crate and Barrel, 160 North Gulph Road, King of Prussia, 610-354-9600.

Orrefores Street Barware ($80 per pair) Elegant and edgy, this tumbler comes from a set inspired by the Manhattan street grid. The combination of crystal and hand-cut design makes them a standout for brisk nights warming up with a favorite reserve. Bloomingdale’s, 160 North Gulph Road, King of Prussia, 610-337-6300.

Camille Paglia at the Free Library

If you missed Camille Paglia’s lecture at the Free Library about her new book, Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars, you’re in luck. The library has posted audio from the event in which the UArts prof and controversial author reads from her book and discusses a passionate tour of images in art from ancient times until today.

In the book, Paglia analyzes more than two dozen seminal images from Western art – everything from the ancient tomb of Queen Nefertari to George Lucas’ planet duel in Revenge of the Sith. She’s always found novel ways of arguing about pop culture’s resonance while comparing the seemingly incomparable – paintings, movies, architecture and music. And while she vibrantly praises some of the most important works of art (or at least the ones she believes merits inclusion) she also paints a rather somber portrait of the current status of the avant garde, saying that it’s anything but alive and well.

Click here to listen.

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