The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is throwing its annual Philadelphia Region Gala Dinner this weekend, with a pretty impressive lineup of speakers and talent. Philly native and HRC Vice President of Policy and Political Affairs Tom O’Donnell will serve as the speaker for the evening, welcoming Philly State Rep. Brian Sims as special guest. It’s the entertainment that’s got my ears perked up, though.
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The Oscars will be hitting gay TVs all over the world this Sunday, with homo-tastic performances like Idina Menzel singing current gay anthem “Let it Go,“ a Wizard of Oz tribute starring Liza (with a “Z”), a number by Upper Darby’s own Pink, and, hello, Ellen. In short: These are not the kinds of moments you want to experience at home alone in your PJs. Come to what we’re dubbing the Official Gay Philly Oscars-Viewing Extravaganza.
The cast of Mamma Mia! is killing two birds while in town performing at the Kimmel Center. Tonight, they’ll make their way to Tabu to perform in the show’s nationwide cabaret series that raises funds for The Trevor Project, the organization dedicated to crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBT teens.
“Cabaret for a Cause: Making Music. Making Memories. Making a Difference.” is 90 minutes of entertainment featuring singers, dancers, impressionists and comedians from the show. In addition to the performance, the cast will auction off some gift baskets, gift certificates and a couple tickets to see Mamma Mia! before it leaves Philly on March 2. Thu., Feb. 27, 11 p.m., $10, Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar, 200 South 12th Street.
The piece was actually created from 200 anonymous surveys he sent people all over the city, surveys in which folks revealed their biggest fears, worries, and insecurities. “When I got the responses I felt [I was collecting people's prayers],” he says. “All these people were sending me all these things that you normally don’t say to anyone, and you wonder if anyone else feels the same.”
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MUSIC: Stand-Up: Funniest. Songs. Ever.
1 p.m., First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut Street
BURLESQUE: Lil’ Steph Presents Sin Cities
9 p.m., Ruba Ballroom, 416 Green Street
MUSIC: Celebrating Cecil
8 p.m., The Painted Bride, 230 Vine Street
DANCE: SCUBA + Artists as Activists
6:30 p.m., PhillyCAM. 699 Ramstead Street
LGBT: Giovanni’s Room 40th Anniversary Program
7:30 p.m., William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street
FILM: Lance Bangs’ Breadcrumb Trail
7:30 p.m., PhilaMOCA, 531 North 12th St.
ART: Korean Film Series
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
THEATER: You for Me for You
7 p.m., Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street
LECTURE: Conversation with Achim Borchidt-Hume and Kaja Silverman
6 p.m., Slought, 40th and Lancaster Avenue
BOOK: One Book, One Philadelphia Finale
7:30 p.m., Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street
VARIETY: Interactive Debate
7 p.m., Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street
FAMILY: 2nd ConKerr Cancer PJ Party
6 p.m., Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic
ART: James E Brewton, “The ‘Lost’ Paintings”
6 p.m., Slought, 40th and Lancaster Avenue
CHARITY: MANNA Shut Up and Dance
6 p.m., Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut Street
DANCE: Tere O’Connor’s BLEED
7 p.m., FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
LECTURE: TedX Philadelphia
Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 North Broad Street
MUSIC: 5,000 Women Festival
8 p.m., $20, Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1906 Rittenhouse Square
COMEDY: The Magnificent
ART: Tim Graham Gallery “Fourth Dimensionalism” Show
Leonard Pearlstein Galleries, 3401 Filbert Street
THEATER: Dear Diary, Bye
8 p.m., Plays and Players’ Theater, 1714 Delancey Place
FILM: Viva Video VHS Screening
8 p.m., Viva Video, 16 West Lancaster Avenue
EXHIBIT: Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello
Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street
STORYTELLING: RISK! First Person Arts Festival
8 p.m., Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street
MUSIC: Boy George
9 p.m., TLA, 334 South street
CONCERT: Matt Pond, PA
8 p.m. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street
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Maniac Films Presents A Dark Place Inside Premiere: For a background check on Philadelphia-based director/writer/producer Mike O’Mahony, look no further than the titles of his previous work. If Sloppy the Psychotic doesn’t sound like your idea of a Friday night flick, maybe skip tonight’s premiere of his newest film, A Dark Place Inside. For those who do enjoy a good grindhouse gore-fest (and can hold down a beer even as the on-screen heads roll), stow away “good taste” for a night of no-brow thrills. Fri., Feb 21, 7 p.m., PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St.
Drexel Welcome to Campus: Presented by Drexel and Swim Pony, Welcome to Campus: Not Your Average Campus Tour dramatizes the already fairly dramatic going-ons of your typical college student. The student-performed, interactive theater performance stages a campus tour where the realities of college/adolescent life, and not just the highlights of the meal plans and study-abroad programs, are at the forefront. Catch the show in its first weekend run and maybe re-think letting your daughter take that semester in Barcelona. Fri., Feb. 21, 7 p.m., URBN Annex Black Box Theater, 3401 Filbert St.
The Unflinching Eye: The Works of the Tiberino Family Circle: In honor of Black History Month, the African American Museum in Philadelphia is featuring a slew of special programming celebrating the black community of Philadelphia. This Saturday, join the Tiberinos, Philadelphia’s first family of African American art as they offer insight into their own works. An intimate look into black history as it’s situated in Philadelphia’s narrative and a poignant display of art and the urban experience. Sat., Feb. 22, 1 p.m., African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St.
4th Annual Party for the Market: The last time you were at Reading Terminal may have been at the request of an out-of-towner, but admit it, you were just as thrilled with that pork sandwich as your Aunt Sally. Show your support for a Philadelphia institution this Saturday for Reading Terminal Market‘s “Party for the Market,” where a ticket gets you food, drinks, dancing and live entertainment. Proceeds go to the preservation of the historic market and will fund upcoming arts and nutritional programming. Sat., Feb., 22, 7:30 p.m., Reading Terminal Market, 5 N. 12th St.
Salsa on Ice: Things are heating up for Blue Cross RiverRink’s final weeks. This Saturday, join DeeJay Jonathan for an eclectic set of latin grooves to fumble around on skates to. And after embarrassing yourself to meringue rhythms, you can warm up in the Waterfront Winterfest lodge with craft beer and warm beverages. Ole! Sat., Feb 22., 3 p.m., Blue Cross RiverRink at Pen’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard and Market Street.
PHILADELPHIA BURLESQUE BATTLE ROYALE: We’ve reached round six of this 10-week competition to find Philly’s fiercest burlesquer, and this week’s theme is “Classical and Comedy.” The final four contestants, the Amazing Brettzo, Miss Ty, Holly Ween and Mistor Fahrenheit will square (shimmy?) off, and there will be a performance by Philth. Tue., Feb. 18, 9 p.m., $8, Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar, 200 S. 12th St.