Philly drag amazon Martha Graham Cracker just posted an update on her Facebook page that this Sunday’s ”The Martha Graham Cracker Not Very Christmasy Christmas Party” at L’etage will double as a fundraiser for Nick Forte, the 27-year-old man who was severely beaten in the Gayborhood on Nov. 10.
Tonight Quince Productions founder Rich Rubin will present the third annual “A Very Quince Holiday Cabaret” at Tabu, an event to raise funds for the theater group’s 2014 season. Thirteen fab singers will congregate in the sports bar’s upstairs lounge to belt out some traditional holiday tunes, everything, Rubin tells me, from “from ‘Santa Baby’ and ‘River’ … to that old Carpenters favorite ‘Merry Christmas, Darling.’” On the performance roster is Quince alumni Carly Bodnar, Tyler Riley, Michael L. Medvidik and G Philly favorite Sean Thompson.
In our Fall Guide we called it the party of the season, and finally TOY is upon us. The annual see-and-be-seen holiday event hosted by Delaware Valley Legacy Fund kicks off Saturday, and, being that it’s a charity event for kids, it’s just the ticket you need to get that warm holiday feeling that only comes from giving. (And maybe a little egg nog, but I digress …)
Taking place at Philly’s iconic Reading Terminal Market, TOY guests are asked to bring one unwrapped toy that will later be distributed to young people between the ages of 2 and 17 at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The party starts once the gifts have been donated, and goes well into the night if you’re in the right mood: Your wristband will grant you access to both Woody’s and Voyeur. We’re sending our very own Alexander Kacala to check it out, so stay tuned to G Philly for a recap and photos. Sat., Dec. 7, 8 p.m.-11 p.m., dvlf.org.
G Philly pal — and Philly Mag society photographer — HughE Dillon sent along some photos of Wednesday night’s FIGHT for Life Gala. The event, hosted by local HIV/AIDS org Philadelphia FIGHT, was a fundraiser that also served as an opportunity to honor former Governor Ed Rendell for “his career-long support of people living with HIV/AIDS and the LGBT Community.”
You can see a clip of his acceptance speech here, and check out the slideshow of photos from the evening below.
Nope, you didn’t read the headline wrong. Shake Shack Center City, the über-popular burger and milkshake joint, is teaming up with Breakaway Bikes on Saturday for a 40-mile out-and-back bike ride to Ambler. Actually, it’s not that far-fetched, when you consider that Shake Shack Philly’s Shack Track and Field running club has become so popular, it’s now being replicated in other cities across the country.
Anyway. The ride starts at Breakaway at 8:30 a.m. You’ll be back in the city around 11, ending at Shake Shack, where you’ll celebrate with burgers, fries and Victory beer floats. And if you’re not up for the ride, no worries—you should still bring your wheels to Shake Shack between 11 and 1 because Breakaway will be doing free bike checks, and one lucky raffle winner will receive a basket stuffed with goodies from Shake Shack, Breakaway Bikes and Victory Beer.
Guys, as of this very second, we’re just 37 days out from Christmas Day. Can you believe it? If you’re anything like me, you’ve done absolutely no holiday shopping. Like, zilch.
I’ve got an idea for how you can scratch at least a few people off your list: Join me at our first ever Be Well Philly Holiday Party at Philadelphia Runner on Wednesday, December 11th. Part end-of-year celebration, part shopping spree, we’re shutting down PR’s Center City store from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for an exclusive free event full of discounts, freebies, festive snacks and drinks (champagne and holiday cocktails, anyone?) just for Be Well Philly readers.
Our friends at Pure Sweets will be sending delicious organic, gluten-free sweet treats for you to try (let’s all start praying their amazing Pistachio Espresso Cookie is in the mix), and honeygrow will provide yummy refreshments. Plus, Philadelphia Runner’s awesome staff will be on hand to fit you for shoes, show you cool gear and offer great gift ideas for everyone on your list. Cool, huh?
Pull out your pasties, because tonight Liberty City Kings Drag and Burlesque (LiCK) troupe will celebrate its seventh anniversary with Tricks & Treats. Over the years the troupe, started by the vivacious Lascivious Jane, has grown to become quite an outfit. Now 15 members strong, they’ve become a staple around the Gayborhood and beyond, performing 13 regular shows a year. And that’s not counting the pop-up performances at Pride, OutFest, etc .
G Philly‘s Best of the Gayborhood 2013 choice for Best Comedian, Alejandro Morales, is joining some of our other favorite local funny people for the first iteration of his Cutie Pie Comedy Club at The Venture Inn. The event is another of Morales’s attempts to bring a regular comedy gig to the Gayborhood, and we’re crossing our fingers this one sticks.
After a season of tears, drama, posing, and smizing it all comes down to this: part one America’s Next Top Model‘s finale will be airing tonight at 9 p.m. You don’t have to be alone on this suspenseful night, as Tabu will be hosting an ANTM Finale Party, giving fans of Philadelphia local Cory Wade Hindorff a chance to join together in fierce fuchsia goodness. Best of all, Cory himself will be in attendance!