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.

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THE ONE: Artist Sarah Kaizar On “Mars Show”

"We've been here before, but it's new every time" by Sarah Kaizar.

“We’ve done this before, but it’s new every time” by Sarah Kaizar.

Local artist and Tyler School of Art grad Sarah Kaizar is showing her latest works in a solo exhibit called “Mars Show,” open now through November 30th at 3rd Street Gallery. We chatted with her about the show’s subject—mental health care and the Mars rover experiments—and its signature piece, “We’ve done this before, but it’s new every time” (above).

How and when did you create “We’ve done this before, but it’s new every time”? I’ve been working on this project on and off since August 2013. This piece is drawn with a mix of materials (pencil, ink, paint, tape, chalk, conté crayon, powdered graphite … ) on layers of vellum and acrylic resin. I have never worked this way before, so the drawing had a few false starts; you can actually see that process in the piece because of the translucency of the materials.

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