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stadler-kahn owner Alex Stadler is back for what has become a tradition of sharing family recipes during the holidays. This time he’s whipping up his cousin Cecilia’s cranberry orange nut bread and, for those of you in need of liquid holiday spirit, Saint Cecilia’s Punch. Check him out in the video above.
stadler-kahn is one of G Philly‘s 2013 picks for Best Gift Store. It’s a great place for any last-minute knickknacks you need to pick up before tomorrow. Check out the store’s new website to get a peek at some of the goods. Stadler’s one-of-a-kind collection of scarves — hand-knitted out of Italian merino wool — are especially fab and covet-worthy.
It’s a week before Christmas and all through the house, not a holiday movie is playing because you didn’t know such a thing existed. Until now. I scoured the web to round up 10 films that are either totally gay or have prominent gay characters. I even found one starring Miss Richfield 1981.
This weekend Fire & Ice is hosting Winter Wonderland: Drag Brunch, a snappy Saturday affair that seems to have it all: great food, drinks, a fab drag show, that dreamboat who won Most Original Stoli Guy, and the opportunity to do something nice for Philly’s LGBTQ youth.
It’s a particularly busy Wednesday night in gay Philly. Here are a few things you could get into:
The final QOTA of the year also serves as a five-year-anniversary celebration for East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District (EPABID) Executive Director Renee Gilinger. This month’s party kicks off at Adobe Café with lots of holiday-inspired drink specials, like a red margarita ($5), spiced rum holiday punch ($5) or a chocolate martini with whipped cream vodka ($6). 6 p.m., free, Adobe Café, 1919 E. Passyunk Ave.
Philly singer-songwriter Aiden James joins Kelly, Mary J., Leona and a handful of other divas belting holiday tunes this year with the release of “Winter in Los Angeles.” James has spent a lot of time performing in L.A. in 2013. The song catches up with him over the yuletide season in that city, where “there is a sort of veneer of the holidays,” he says, explaining his thought process behind writing the dreamy track. “I found [the holidays in L.A.] mirror the dynamic we can have with each other — a disguise to cover someone or something’s true nature with an attractive appearance.”
Snow blanketed New England this weekend, but that didn’t deter the scantily clad runners taking part in Boston‘s 14th annual Santa Speedo Run on Saturday. The annual event raises funds for The Play Ball! Foundation, an org that works to ”create and expand team sports opportunities for middle school age urban youth who are at a pivotal time of physical and emotional development,” and, as you can imagine, it’s gay, gay, gay. Here are a few of the homo-est photos I found searching various tags on Instagram. Enjoy!
I should preface this story by saying that my aunt is the queen of amazing Christmas gifts. Like, you might as well call her Mrs. Claus. That said, everyone has their off days. To wit: One dreadful Christmas Day, she gifted my mother a scale. And not just any scale—one of those enormous black and white doctor’s office scales that call to mind blood being drawn and heart-pressure being measured. Needless to say, upon spotting the present, there was a collective cringe. My mother didn’t even try to fake a smile, and the ill-fated gift sat in my aunt’s basement forever, gigantic red holiday bow untouched.
Philadelphia FIGHT‘s Institute for Community Justice — which works “to reduce not only the number of people in prison living with HIV, but also the lasting effects of mass imprisonment on communities most affected” — is teaming with Eastern State Penitentiary (ESP) for its annual toy drive benefitting children of incarcerated or recently released parents. Now through Dec. 15, any visitor to ESP who donates a new toy or children’s book that’s still in its original package will receive a second admission free of charge. Don’t feel like a stroll through the prison? Folks can make donations during regular business hours even if they don’t plan on taking the tour.