If you watched Bianca Del Rio last season on RuPaul’s Drag Race, you could see that the queen—known for her sharp tongue and reads that would put Barnes and Noble to shame—is as kind as they come. She emanates warmth, she helps young queens in need, and she’s respectful. Case in point? She rang me five minutes before our scheduled phone interview this week. Early?! A drag queen?! Unheard of!
But it seems like that gentleness kind of stops when she struts out on stage, eye lashes batting, hand on hip. There she’s fiery. She’ll cut a bitch. She’ll probably even offend a few Asians. That’s her schtick, and frankly, that’s why we love her. We marvel at her quick wit, and wonder how in the hell she’s so spot-on every time. Perhaps she’ll divulge a few pointers when she brings her latest traveling show, “Rolodex of Hate,” to Philly’s TLA on December 10th.
She explains the show as being “a one-hour standup comedy special where I discuss situations and parts of my life that brought me to where I am today. I discuss who I am as a person, and how I became this little nugget of hate.”
Here are a few other things we chatted about (if you’re here solely for the ticket giveaway, scroll all the way to the bottom):
Last week we had the great pleasure of chatting with music legend and gay icon Melissa Etheridge. She opened up about everything from accidentally becoming a spokesperson for the LGBT community to how she’s taking care of herself post-cancer and connecting with fans when she’s on stage. Expanding on that latter subject, she told us that folks would be smart to bring a change of clothes to her upcoming show at Philly’s Merriam Theater, because, “It’s [going to be] such a hot, smoking, steamy collaboration, people will need to bring a new shirt to wear home because they are going to need it.”
If you don’t have tickets for the show yet, today’s your lucky day. Etheridge was kind enough to give us two pairs of tickets so four of our readers can witness the sweat-inducing performance for themselves. (Sorry, you’ll have to come up with the extra T-shirt on your own.)
Standup dramedian R. Eric Thomas is bringing his smash hit, one-man rom-com, Always the Bridesmaid, back to the stage. Thomas, known for hosting acclaimed storytelling series The Moth and for previous sell-out runs like Will You Accept This Friend Request?, gives his take on dating disasters, love, and the notion of marriage in an age and state where gay people can actually get married now. Delving into the religious and individual views on marriage and what it means to the gay community, Thomas’s show will make you think, yes, but most importantly it’ll make you LOL.
We’ve got two pairs of tickets to giveaway to Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull’s co-headlining show at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Friday, September 26th.
The frequent collaborators just kicked off their fall co-headlining tour in support of their latest works, Sex and Love (Iglesias) and Globalization (Pitbull, release TBD). The tour started off with 15 dates, but later expanded to 24, including the one in Atlantic City. It will conclude on October 28th in Orlando, Florida.
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The Atlantic City show takes place on Friday, September 26th, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets and more information can be found here.
I’m about to make eight local gay people very happy: G Philly has four pairs of club box tickets (valued at $174 each) to see Cher and Cyndi Lauper at the Wells Fargo Center on April 28th, and we’re giving all of them away.
Eighties pop star, gay icon and the karma chameleon himself, Boy George, is coming to Philadelphia‘s TLA on April 18th to promote his latest album, This is What I Do, and we’ve got five pairs of tickets to give away!
The album is a comeback of sorts for the singer-songwriter, who recently announced he’s on track to beating a longtime drug and alcohol addiction. He’s looking great, sounding fabulous, and the new album — the first all-new studio work since 1995’s Cheapness and Beauty — is getting solid reviews. The Guardian actually called it “the comeback of 2013.”
To win tickets to the show, fill in your name and email in the box below. Each day around 5 p.m. I will randomly choose a winner and email them with info on how to pick up their tickets. Entries get wiped out daily, so be sure to submit every day. You can find details about the show here.
We’re celebrating our first week of Ticket by giving away — well look at that — tickets to see Karmin at the TLAon Fri., Jan. 31. The pop duo — consisting of peppy vocalist Amy Heidemann and pianist Nick Noonan — is currently on a tour to promote their first full-length album, Pulses, due out on March 25.The group became famous via a string of amazing cover videos on YouTube, where Heidemann flawlessly imitated everyone from Nicki Minaj to Chris Brown to Lady Gaga. In 2011, they signed with Epic Records, and put out their most popular single, “Brokenhearted.” Most recently they’ve released “Acapella” and “I Want it All,” both from the upcoming album.
It’s FriGay at Sumo Lounge at RAW with DJ Reenie Kane spinning classics in the courtyard.
It’s Phat ‘N All That (10 p.m.) at Tabu where Daina Dane presents 80s and 90s videos and a free old-school hip-hop mix CD giveaway.
Sandy Beach hosts Smashed (11 p.m.) with special guests Salotta Tea, Vanessa Sterling and HrH Mortimer at Venture Inn. We hear Sandy will be singing a ballad or two – a first for the campy cabaret series.