Getting (Coat) Checked: Is Philly’s Guerrilla Queer Bar One Big Marketing Ploy?

coat check guerilla queer barI’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.

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Was There a Shooting at Woody’s? [UPDATED]

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.

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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.

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PHOTOS: Philadelphia’s Burlesque Battle Royale Kicks Off at Tabu

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.

TONIGHT: Let Your Freak Flag Fly at The Neon GNDRFCK Ball

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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. 

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TONIGHT: Philadelphia’s Burlesque Battle Royale Kicks Off at Tabu

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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. 

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