There’s a new monthly dance party and its name is . Led by Philly favorite , 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 .
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.”
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.
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.
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:
Ladies, gentlemen, non-binary friends, and everything in between: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.
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.)
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.