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.

Gay Video Gaming Gets a Boost

Known for bestselling titles like Sims, Battlefield and Madden NFL, Electronic Arts (EA) could change the way gamers think about LGBT-themed video games. The video game maker announced it would join next year’s GaymerCon in San Francisco. It’s the first-ever gaming and tech convention for the LGBT community and EA is the first mainstream mover and shaker to sign on.

“EA believes that to be truly innovative, you must be inclusive,” Ginger Maseda, EA’s head of global diversity and inclusion, said in a press statement. “We are proud to be a part of this event.”

GaymerCon has also teamed up with GLAAD for Spirit Day on Oct. 19, which encourages people to wear purple to support LGBT youth. GaymerCon is holding a contest to find out who can make the best video to help raise awareness for the event, as well as issues related to homophobia and bullying. Just share your story in video format to win top prizes, including a new Xbox 360 signed by the Xbox Live staff and free passes to GaymerCon 2013. The videos will be shared online and on Facebook.

Find out more about the contest, how you can submit a video and where to vote for your favorites:

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Religious, Young and Queer?

Courtesy of Crystal Cheatham

Is it okay to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer – and be a Christian? Crystal Cheatham‘s new book IDentity Kit: For Queer Christian Youth, which was recently released as an e-book, is a guide to help discuss this question and others surrounding gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation. Cheatham, a Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter, not only answers tough questions about sexuality, but also addresses religious questions specifically for teen and young LGBT readers.

Cheatham first launched an initiative to help promote the book called The IDK Project this summer – and now she and fellow performer J Mason III are holding workshops and special trainings this month in Philly. While the workshops are targeted toward young adults, the trainings are designed to educate adults and professionals about how to reach young people who may be struggling with sexuality, gender identity and spirituality.

Some of the major topics? How to come out and start a Queer-Straight Alliance at a school – and how to seek out more affirming churches.

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Brian Sims Hosts Victory Fund

Brian Sims addresses the crowd at his headquarters last night (all photos by G Philly)

Last night, 215 South Broad was buzzing with political talk. Brian Sims, the soon-to-be-elected first openly gay legislator in Pennsylvania (he unseated longtime Rep. Babette Josephs in the primary), welcomed members of the Victory Fund to his headquarters for the “Out to Win” event. The Victory Fund, based in Washington D.C., is an organization dedicated to educating and empowering LGBT candidates around the country. Sims himself has been a part of the organization for years. The reception not only helped to celebrate his own victory – he has no opposition this November – but also to inspire LGBT leaders in Philly to consider their own political futures.

Sherrie Cohen, Chris Dietz, Brian Sims and Angela Giampolo

Sims delivered a powerful speech at the event, praising Chris Dietz, an openly gay man who’s also running for the legislature in Central PA, and touting the fund’s value for helping to change the course of LGBT rights in the U.S. He said that the Victory Fund has had a 72 percent success rate electing openly LGBT candidates to office in this country – two times that of the Tea Party. He cited Judge Dan Anders as an example in Philadelphia.

“When we elect each other, we get to go inside,” he said. “And it doesn’t happen accidentally.”

He also encouraged the 60 people in the room to “start paying attention,” noting that Philly has the power to really change the status quo. He also referenced Tammy Baldwin, an openly gay U.S. Representative from Wisconsin, who is currently running for the Senate this election year. Not only is she endorsed by the Victory Fund, but she’s been supported by the first-ever lesbian PAC.

The event was hosted by Harvey Hurdle, Autumn Bayles, Jim Epstein, Tom Hess, Michael Weiss and Angela Giampolo, and sponsored by Mel Heifitz, John Alchin, Kevin Yoder, Arthur Kaplan and Duane Perry.

PHOTOS: QFest Film Festival

Opening night of the 18th Annual QFest kicked off with a pre-party at Cafe Nola. Running till July 23rd, the festival is screening 107 films – including 42 feature films, 13 documentaries, 52 short films, seven world premieres, one North American premiere, two U.S. premieres, 16 East Coast premieres, and 26 Philadelphia premieres.

Here are a few photos from the kickoff:

Pictured left to right: Michael Marsico from Philadelphia Fight, Renee Gilinger of the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District, and Matthew Ray of ChatterBlast Media (all photos by HughE Dillon)

Model and Smirnoff Vodka spokesperson Amber Rose, surrounded by the Smirnoff girls, at the QFest after-party at Table 31.

Heather Coutts of Liberty City KIngs and Kelly Burkhardt of TLA Releasing

From left to right: PR rep Sara Ann Kelly, Randal Mrazik, general manager of Uncle’s and Tavern on Camac, Tara Lessard of Gay Philly Calendar, and WMMR’s Pierre Robert.

Click here for more highlights from QFest on The Philly Post.

What We Love: Diner En Blanc

Imported from oh-so-gay Paris, Dîner en Blanc is coming to Philly this summer. This très chic picnic is one part mystery tour and one part pop-up feast – with not shortage of, as they say, je ne sais quoi. On Thursday (August 23), culinary and culture enthusiasts dressed in white will converge upon a secret location for an evening of dinner, fine wine and much more.

“Philadelphia is a city full of life with a passion and appreciation for food, tradition and culture which makes it a perfect backdrop for Dîner en Blanc,” says Natanya DiBona, the Philadelphia co-chair of the event. “The goal is to spend an extraordinary night – an unconventional picnic – and gather Philadelphians in a beautiful public space to reconnect friends and create new relationships.”

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