New Gayborhood sports bar Boxers PHL has been open for a couple weeks, but owners are ready to make it official with a special grand-opening hoopla on Saturday.
In case you haven’t noticed, Gayborhood bar Icandy has been shut down all week, after* an Administrative Law Judge suspended its liquor license for three days on the grounds of an unsatisfactory citation history. Previous violations include two counts of selling “liquor and/or malted beverages to minors,” one for allowing minors into the establishment, and another for the use of a loudspeaker that “could be heard beyond licensee property line.”
The violations occurred between April of 2012 and July of 2013, and fines totaling $3,550 have been paid, but, according to Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) Director of External Affairs Stacy Kriedeman, the bar could lose its license permanently.
Starting Thursday, Icandy will be able to reopen and operate until the PLCB comes to a final decision, Kriedeman says. “An administrative hearing will be scheduled, where a hearing examiner will listen to both sides, gather all the evidence and present the case to the PLCB.” That board will then decide whether or not Icandy can have its liquor license renewed. “If the Board opts not to,” she says, “the licensee will have the ability to appeal.”
Even though it’s just a soft opening at 4 p.m. this afternoon, there will be a grand opening weekend coming up in a few weeks. The happy hour starts at 6 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m. tonight.
And yes, at today’s opening there will still be bartenders donning red shorts and nothing else.
The day has finally come, Boxers, the New York gay bar franchise with locations in Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen, will open its doors this afternoon in the Gayborhood.
Director of Marketing George Maestre tells me that the bar will open at 1330 Walnut Street at 4 p.m. today, but it’s only a soft opening. “We are just opening the doors, and in a couple weeks we will have a grand-opening weekend.”
More from a press release sent out this afternoon:
A fire late Monday afternoon at the Parker Spruce Hotel in the Gayborhood forced the evacuation of at least 54 residents. The one-alarm fire was under control in 10 minutes, but still forced scores of residents to leave.
They were apparently taken away from the scene on SEPTA buses.
— CLynch (@LynchChaz) October 20, 2014
G Philly teammates were out taking in OutFest during three parts of the day. Contributor Bryan Buttler went early, as local organizations were setting up their tents and photographers were wiping off their lenses for a full day of picture-snapping. It was a gorgeous day for a Gayborhood block party.
HIGHLIGHT: We’re all waiting on pins and needles for this weekend’s 24th annual OutFest celebration. The event is one of gay Philly’s best, a reliable afternoon of good times, high spirits and A-plus entertainment from drag queens and LGBT arts groups across the city. The formula has stayed pretty much the same over the years, and it’s worked, but this year we have a little something extra to celebrate: marriage!
Thanks to Pennsylvania’s marriage equality ruling in May, this year’s OutFest will see more married and affianced couples than ever before. And I bet we’ll see a few engagements, too. With that in mind, local wedding expo organizer Bouche Productions is teaming with Wired 96.5 for a complementary Same-Sex Wedding Showcase happening from noon to 4 p.m. at the nearby Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel. They’re inviting lovebirds to stop by before, after or during OutFest to get to know some of the local vendors who are biting at the chomp to help put together a gay wedding.
When I was an undergrad, I took a feminist art history course as a random elective, and I loved it so much that I almost changed my major. When it came to the 1970s segment of the class, we spent a lengthy amount of time discussing performance artists. The piece I will always remember, not because of the physical performance, but because of the debate in our class surrounding it, was Carolee Schneemann‘s 1975 work “Interior Scroll.” In it, Schneemann posed nude while covering herself with mud. Then, she took a scroll out of her vagina and started reading it.
We were all really torn about whether or not to call Schneemann’s work “art.” That’s not really the point here: Call it whatever you want, but she really wasn’t harming anyone by performing the work, and it’s still considered one of the most provocative feminist “artworks” of the 20th century.
That clearly won’t be said about a performance that took place at last week’s Philadelphia Drag Wars competition that’s caused quite a stir. The show, which took place on September 11th, featured a number by drag queen Ariel Versace. Dressed in Muslim garb, Versace entered the stage adorned with bombs. From a balcony, someone threw dolls and shards of paper. The dolls were supposed to represent people jumping from the Twin Towers on 9/11, and the paper? If you watch footage from the day of the attacks, you can clearly see shards of Xerox copies falling from various offices in the World Trade Center.
UPDATE, 10:11 p.m. Are These the Gay Beating Suspects Having Dinner at La Viola?
I just got word from Penn 6 co-owner Tim Adams that his business partners, the folks who run Penn 6, City Tap House, and Field House, want to offer a $10,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to the arrest of the people who attacked the two gay men last week in Center City.