Five years ago Dr. Patrick Barrett began hosting a soiree in his apartment, where he’d ask guests to come in drag. He dubbed the party The Philly Beauty Ball, and it was apparently such a riot that it’s become become one of the year’s most-anticipated events. It’s a chance for those among us who are curious about drag but don’t want to glue on lashes and tuck our junk on a regular basis to see what we look like in a wig and a little rouge. But most importantly it’s a fun way to take part in the community and raise money for a good, local LGBT cause.
Author: Tavis Smiley
Book: Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year
Description: “A revealing and dramatic chronicle of the twelve months leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.”
Date: September 18th
8 Things To Do This Week In Philly: Battle of the Burger, David Lynch Film Screenings, What to See at FringeArts, and More
There’s a lot going on this first weekend of fall—from the start of FringeArts to LiCK’s latest Vixens & Vagabonds Queer & Kinky Cabaret to gay night at Six Flags Great Adventure. I round up all the notables below:
- The 2014 FringeArts festival kicks off with a performance by Martha Graham Cracker with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
- Here’s a guide to all the LGBT-centric shows playing this weekend at the FringeArts Festival, including a performance by the infinitely fascinating (and a little frightening) Christeene to Tribe of Fools’ gay-slanted take on Romeo and Juliet.
- Meet the 2014 Jonathan Lax Scholarship honorees, chosen because of their work to advance LGBT rights in our region.
- Celebrate back-to-school time with The Welcoming Committee’s latest Philly Guerrilla Queer Bar.
- It’s Bearlesque time again. As always, BYOBear.
- This month’s Sleepover. The Party is Sixteen Candles-themed. Break out your Molly Ringwald drag.
- CUTN PASTE gets down with a 2 Kewl 4 Skewl PJ Party featuring Bunny Michael.
- Bridgette Mayer gallery hosts a fundraising benefit for BalletX.
Every year, we wonder if the event previously known as the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe is going to lose its mojo. But based on this year’s lineup, which includes everything from an interactive public art installation floating on the Delaware River (WetLand) to Two Street, a gay version of Romeo and Juliet as told through the lens of South Philadelphia and the Mummers to one of the most unusual walking tours you’ll ever join (Experiment #39) and a few dozen other shows, and the fact that the FringeArts venue is now fully open, complete with brasserie, outdoor performance plaza and 240-seat theater, it seems the mojo is stronger than ever. Various locations, September 5th to 21st.
Diehard carnivores, rejoice: Philadelphia magazine’s second annual Battle of the Burger is almost here.
Battle of the Burger began with an online voting competition where the public cast votes for their favorite burger from over 50 restaurants. Now, the top 20 finalists will move on to battle it out at the main event, where one restaurant’s masterpiece will be crowned the best in Philly.