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Sisters to Re-Open as a Straight Bar

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You may have seen some action happening around Sisters lately. The shuttered lesbian bar on Chancellor Street is being prepped to open as … are you ready for this? A straight bar.

Real estate mogul—and gay rights champion—Mel Heifetz says he sold the building to Lord Chancellor, LLC for $750,000 on November 4th of last year. “It will reopen in a few weeks, totally redone as a straight bar and restaurant, catering to a new clientele,” he told Philadelphia Gay News. “It will welcome gay business, but not be oriented to our community.”

There are few details being released about what the space will look like. PGN suggests that renovation is taking place under the hand of Silk City Diner and N. 3rd owner Mark Bee, whose company, Justaplumber, received a liquor license transfer on the Sisters location from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board in December.

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Opinion: Hey, Gayborhood Drag Queens, It’s Time To Up Your Game

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Three years ago, if you’d told me that I would spend every weekend being called “Fat Butt” by the local drag queens, I would have said, “Uh, no way. I’m afraid of drag queens.”

It wasn’t the “guy in a dress” thing. It was the clown thing. I’m terrified of them. The bright makeup, the colorful costumes, being able to fit seven or eight of them in a single cab—you know, the typical clown fear. And I had a hard time disassociating the two.

However, in the nearly two years I’ve been hanging out in the Gayborhood, I’ve lost my clown-based fear of queens, only to have it replaced by an appreciation for the art. Lately, though, there’s a boredom creeping in. I’m tired of seeing essentially the same show week after week. Similar costumes. The same songs. Between Top 40 radio and weekly drag shows, I’m getting a double dose of the already-repetitive songs the music industry pushes on us.

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WEEKEND ROUNDUP: A New Daytime Dance Party, The Ladies of Songbird, and The Black Slot

Icon's Werkshop host Icon Ebony-Fierce. Photo courtesy of Alexander John Photography.

Icon’s Werkshop host Icon Ebony-Fierce. Photo courtesy of Alexander John Photography.

There’s a new monthly dance party and its name is Icon’s Werkshop. Led by Philly favorite Icon Ebony-Fierce, this happy hour shindig is breaking the mold and bringing dance to daytime, along with burlesque, vendors, and local artists and performers. But wait, that’s not all. In addition to being a dance party, Icon’s Werkshop also doubles as a fundraiser, specifically for the Phreak N Queer music festival.

Ebony-Fierce had this to say about Werkshop: “I wanted to do a midday event for people who work at night, [people who are] tired of late night drag/burlesque shows, or even people who want to day-drink on a summer day to pre-game for Saturday night.”

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Here’s Your Boys of Summer 2014 Lineup

Singer/dancer/model Mike Munich will headline Boys of Summer's Swimsuit Party at Voyeur on August 2nd.

Singer/dancer/model Mike Munich will headline Boys of Summer’s Swimsuit Party at Voyeur on August 2nd.

Steve McCann and PhillyGayCalendar have released the itinerary for this year’s Boys of Summer (BOS) festivities, which, like last year, promises to be a raging, all-weekend affair.

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Meet Your Mr. Gay Philadelphia 2014 Contestants

This Saturday evening, 14 local heartthrobs will hit the stage at the Field House to compete for the title of Mr. Gay Philadelphia 2014. The event — a joint collaboration between prolific Philly party producers Bruce Yelk and Josh Schonewolf — will include performances by Songbird winner Jo Stones, burlesque diva Gemini Rose, drag queen Alexianna Leigh, and of course a showcase of some of the finest men our city has to offer.

The contestants will be put through three rounds — swimsuit (yes!), casual wear, and a Q&A. Yours truly will serve as judge along with Stimulus co-founder Amber Hikes, Delaware Valley Legacy Fund Board President Ron Lucente, Weird Beard Revue drag persona Mistor Fahrenheit and more. Brittany Lynn hosts.

Check out all the contestants — listed in alphabetical order — in the slideshow below.

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Square One Coffee Opens in the Gayborhood

Local bean roasters Square One Coffee finally opened in the Gayborhood’s John C. Anderson Apartments building this weekend. Some other G Philly cohorts and I popped in on Saturday morning to caffeinate for the day and to check out the new digs. The place is gorgeous — with a white subway tile bar, a gorgeous, yellow La Marzocco espresso machine, and sitting space for days.

On the menu you’ve got a nice variety of standard coffee drinks — all made with Square One coffee beans. They do espressos, drip, and slow pour. (One of the drinks we tried, an English Breakfast Latte, was outstanding.) They’ve also got a nice variety of pastries, including cupcakes from Philly Cupcake, and an apple fritter that is particularly delicious.

Check out some photos of  your favorite new Gayborhood coffee shop below:



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