8 Gay Things to Do in Philly This Week: Drive-In Movie Nights, Warhol Operas, Brave New Voices and More

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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6 Gay Things to Do in Philly This Week: Summer Kamp, Rob Smith Reading, NSFW in the Dark and More

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:

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: G Philly‘s 2014 Gay Pride Guide

Philadelphai gay pride

Ladies, gentlemen, non-binary friends, and everything in between: Philly Pride is officially upon us. And what perfect timing — mere weeks after we became the 19th state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage. (Cue the confetti, rainbows, and music!) This is the time of year when the queer community comes out (pun intended) to celebrate our strength, love, camaraderie, and accomplishments. In short: It’s the thing summer and lifetime memories are made of.

Find our Pride Guide after the jump

PHOTOS: A Very Gay Prom at Tabu

Over the weekend more than 200 Philly LGBTers pulled out their sparkliest threads for the first-annual “A Very Tabu Prom,” hosted by Gayborhood bartender Ashley Coleman and filmmaker Jordan Fraser. Like any prom, there was dancing — with music by DJ JavaScript — a little snacking (courtesy of Thomas Day catering), and the crowning of a king and queen: Lobstar Bisque and Cal Woodruff, respectively. But what set this apart from any other run-of-the-mill prom is that this one was gay, gay, gay. As you’ll see in the photos below, there were drag queens, gay couples, lesbian couples, straight couples, gender-bending couples, the whole damn gamut. It’s what every prom should look like. I think the prom queen summed up the evening best when, during the crowning ceremony, she proclaimed, “this wiped away all of my bad prom memories.” Amen to that, sister.

Check out some snaps from the evening, courtesy of  local photographers Lianne Dunsing and Brendan Coleman, below.

WATCH: Car Stops in the Gayborhood, Gets Twerked All Over

Came across this funny video on Instagram this morning and had to share. Apparently the Gayborhood was popping last night, as is evidenced by this impromptu street party at what looks to be near 13th and Saint James Street. A car gets stopped in the middle of the street, and before you know it passersby just start twerking all over it. The best part is that the passengers put the thing in park to get out to join them. “Only in Philly,” the camera man says. But I’d like to add that being in gay central probably helps, too.

WARNING: NSFW (there’s a bit of profanity up in there.)

Source: yofreshh

Here’s the Latest on the So-Called Fergie Tower

A new rendering of the proposed tower at 1213 Walnut St

A new rendering of the proposed tower, courtesy of Skyscraper Page

Last time we checked in on the tower planned for 12th and Sansom, developer U3 Ventures, working with Ten Arquitectos, had emerged pretty much victorious from a legal mess stemming from neighborhood opposition to their project. Now we’ve gotten word that Goldenberg Group is working on the project as well, and a new architecture firm, Baltimore’s Design Collective, has been brought onboard to provide a new design.

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