The Best Things to Do, Places to Eat and Adventures to Have This Summer in Philly

Outdoor dining at Morgan's Pier on the Delaware Riverfront | Photo courtesy courtesy Morgan's Pier

Outdoor dining at Morgan’s Pier on the Delaware Riverfront | Photo courtesy courtesy Morgan’s Pier

Does anyone else feel like this year is flying by insanely fast? We’re currently staring down Memorial Day weekend, friends, marking the unofficial start of summer, if you can believe it. As all the rain these past few months has left us feeling ever so robbed of a postcard-perfect spring, we’re pinning all our hopes on what summer has in store for us here in Philly. Read more »

TOP PICKS: 6 Unique LGBTQ Events This Weekend

The Welcoming Committee’s monthly LGBTQ pop-up party is taking place at another unsuspecting bar.

The Welcoming Committee’s monthly LGBTQ pop-up party is taking place at another unsuspecting bar.

FRIDAY EVENTS

Guerrilla Queer Bar Philadelphia
9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Secret mystery location.

The Welcoming Committee is back at it again this First Friday. Be a part of their monthly party crusade, which pops up at typically straight bars and gays out! Tickets can be purchased online, with various special accommodations and offers.

Franky’s Foxes with DJ Chris Urban
9:30 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Franky Bradley’s, 1320 Chancellor Street; over 21

DJ Chris Urban rocks the house with dance music, foxy performers, and fun. Tickets can be purchased online, with various special accommodations and offers.

CUTN PASTE // Emerald City
10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The Bike Stop, 206 South Quince Street; over 21

The Emerald City comes alive with an electric mix of music, dance, and performance that will have you turning up on that yellow brick road. The cover charge is only $5, and this event prides itself on being an all-inclusive social for all LGBTQ identities.

SATURDAY EVENTS

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Community Health
12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Gathers Recreation Center, 2501-19 West Diamond Street; all ages

Philadelphia FIGHT is honoring National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day by having a free event geared toward empowering and aiding individuals, featuring free food, rapid HIV testing, networking, and some impressive giveaways.

Poker Tournament at Stir Benefiting DVLF
4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Stir Lounge, 1705 Chancellor Street; over 21

Q-Poker gets charitable for DVLF with an epic poker tournament at one of the Gayborhood’s favorite bars. There will be free pizza and drink specials with $20 buy-ins, $15 re-buys and $10 add-ons, all benefiting DVLF.

“The Narrow Door” & “Cities I’ve Never Lived In” – Paul Lisicky & Sara Majka
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Big Blue Marble Bookstore, 551 Carpenter Lane; all ages

Two great book readings geared toward LGBTQ audiences are happening at one great event. Stop by and hear from popular authors Paul Lisicky and Sara Majka as they introduce two new books covering the themes of love and relationships through fact, fiction and feminism.

NOTE: If you have weekend LGBTQ events that you would like considered for our top picks, please email us at gphilly@phillymag.com.

TOP PICKS: 4 Unique LGBTQ Events This Weekend

The Attic Youth Center is having its 6th annual "Sweethearts and Red Hots" fundraiser on Friday.

The Attic Youth Center is having its 6th annual “Sweethearts and Red Hots” fundraiser on Friday.

FRIDAY EVENTS

Sweethearts and Red Hots, 2016
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street; all ages

Head over to Philly’s only independent youth center for its annual fundraiser supporting the organization’s multi-enrichment workshops. The evening will be filled with talented youth drag performances and themed social networking. Tickets can be purchased online, with various special accommodations and offers. Read more »

16 Incredible Art Pieces You Can Buy at Inliquid’s Benefit Tomorrow

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One of the works available at auction this weekend. | Lauren McGrath.

InLiquid is one of Philly’s best-kept secrets: The nonprofit organization, based in the Crane Arts building in Kensington, is a hub of art-world resources and a huge support to the local visual art scene. (Insider tip: Did you know you can visit the offices and they’ll show you some 200 pieces and help you figure out what to hang on your wall? Fledgling collectors: Do this.) This weekend, InLiquid hosts its annual benefit, a buzzy event that’s part party and part art auction.

I got the chance to check out the selection yesterday afternoon and curate my favorite pieces. It was incredibly difficult – there are 350 works, ranging from photography to jewelry – but after a few loops around, here are the ones I’m dying to hang on my walls (or slip on my finger – I couldn’t resist a Wonder Woman ring). Click here to bid on my picks directly if you can’t make it to tomorrow’s benefit. The auction ends tomorrow at 10pm. (Get ticket and event information here.)  Read more »

If You Can Never Find Your Foundation Color, Sephora Is About to Solve All Your Problems

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Expert help at navigating the makeup aisle. | Images via black|Up.

For women of color, finding the perfect foundation shade can be a nearly impossible task. True, there’s long-time drugstore brands like Black Radiance and Black Opal, but most upscale lines just don’t offer a wide enough range of textures and colors suited specifically for darker skin tones. It’s not just everyday women who have to struggle — not too long ago, model Nykhor Paul claimed she had to bring her own makeup to runway shows because the backstage makeup artists weren’t supplied with the cosmetics to accommodate her skin color. One word: unacceptable.

Starting tomorrow, Philly’s beauties of color might be getting the answer they’ve been waiting for: Paris-based black|Up Cosmetics is at Sephora’s Center City today through Saturday to introduce the luxury line. The brand has quickly become known for it’s range of paraben-free, professional-quality makeup developed to meet the specific needs of medium to darker complected women with complex undertones. I’m also talking rich jewel-tone eyeshadows and highly pigmented lip colors that actually complement rather than contrast.  Read more »

Your Weekend Fitness Guide: The Rescue Run, Free Barre, Bike MS and More

The Rescue Run 5K | Photo via Facebook

The Rescue Run 5K | Photo via Facebook

The weekend is almost upon us, friends. There’s plenty going on to keep you busy, of course — free barre and yoga, the Rescue Run 5K (puppies!) and even a pop-up tea picnic — but just remember: many of these activities are outdoors, and with the weather forecast as it currently sits (why, Joaquin, whyyyyy), keep an eye on the event websites to see if rain dates go into effect.  Read more »

Outdoor Yoga All Over the Place — And Lots More Fit Fun This Weekend

Rooftop yoga at Le Bok Fin | Photo by Josh Thornton

Rooftop yoga at Le Bok Fin | Photo by Josh Thornton

With the dog days of summer (hopefully?) behind us, fun, outdoor fitness options are really picking up around town. Take this weekend, for example: We’ve got runs, outdoor yoga sessions, and even an opportunity to learn to row on the Schuylkill. Check out our picks for how to stay busy (and then some) below.  Read more »

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