Denise Cohen—who managed Sisters for 17 years—has started an Indiegogo account to fund a new lesbian bar in Philadelphia. The project is quite ambitious—and mysterious as all get out.
I’m always early when I go places, despite the age-old (and rather annoying, might I add) principle that gay men are supposed to be “fashionably late.” So, naturally, I arrived at 8:45 p.m., about fifteen minutes before the start time of March’s Guerrilla Queer Bar at Field House, the sports bar located next to the Reading Terminal Market, a mere two blocks from the Gayborhood. I walked right in, hung my coat on one of the numerous hooks located throughout the restaurant, sat at the bar, ordered a Moscow Mule, and waited.
Five minutes before the event was scheduled to begin, a young female employee of Field House started running around, hanging what appeared to be freshly printed signs adjacent to all of the coat hooks that read “COAT CHECK: $2 per coat.” A line formed outside, where a bouncer began charging the $5 “cover” to get in the door.
UPDATE 3/3/2014, 12: 11 p.m.: The answer is yes, there was a shooting at Woody’s, but it took place outside. I just got this from intrepid Philly Mag reporter Victor Fiorillo: “At 1:40 a.m. [Saturday morning], there was a fight outside Woody’s between two males. An unknown person fired a shot. Shooter described as unknown Hispanic male, approximately 25 years old. There were no arrests. Police do not have any reports of a shooting or other criminal activity inside the club.
A typical late night at Woody’s turned dangerous early Saturday morning when a gun was allegedly pulled and possibly fired at the Philadelphia gay nightclub.
In January everyone’s favorite gay piano bar, Tavern On Camac (TOC), went black for what was supposed to be a two-month renovation on the downstairs piano bar and lounge, but new plans to renovate the upstairs dancefloor, the Ascend Lounge, are delaying the original early-March re-opening date.
It’s been two weeks since demolition began on the piano bar in Tavern on Camac, and Director of Communications Randal Mrazik tells me things are moving right along, well, sort of. “It’s a 200-year-old building. We have to do a little more work than we thought.”
It’s been announced on Comic Book Resources that Philly actor – and straight ally – Evan Jonigkeit will appear in X-Men: Days of Future Pasts as The Toad. You may remember him from this fun promo video for Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar.
Local social media company Chatterblast Media produced the video five years ago. They share the story about meeting Jonigkeit here.
Gayborhood paparazzo — and G Philly‘s 2013 pick for Favorite Instgramer — Alexander John shares some shots from last night’s kickoff of Burlesque Battle Royale, a 10-week competition to find Philly’s numero uno burlesque performer.
Things will be getting a little freakier than usual at Tabu tonight, when Icon Ebony-Fierce and a host of other gender-fucking club kids take over the space for the Neon GNDRFCK Ball. Ebony-Fierce says the party is for the “afroFuturist, raver, burner, space gal, queer alien” in all of us, a great chance to throw on your sickest threads and dance like a freakazoid. Some of Philly’s scariest drag acts (Pretty Girl, Ann Artist and Luci Rising, to name a few) will perform to set the mood right. A few $2 cups of “Alien Juice” should also do the trick. 9 p.m. $5, Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar, 200 S. 12th St.
Philly party producer (and G Philly contributor) Josh Schonewolf and Liberty City Kings Drag and Burlesque Artistic Director Lascivious Jane are teaming up for Philadelpha’s Burlesque Battle Royale, a live competition to find Philly’s fiercest burlesque performer. Kicking off tonight, eleven showboys and girls will compete over the next 10 weeks, vying for the top prize, which Schonewolf tells me is $750, a showcase at RUBA Room and a gift certificate to Passional. Among those competing is Holly Ween, Gemini Rose and, all the way from NYC, Victor Devonne. Peek-a-Boo Revue‘s Joey Martini will join Schonewolf and Lascivious Jane at the judges’ table. 9 p.m., $8, Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar, 200 S. 12th St.