Dear Sexy Santa,
I’m going to go out on a limb and ask that you bring every gay man and woman in Philadelphia this rainbow tree. It’s been a big year for us LGBTQers, so what better way to recognize it than to end 2013 with one of these bad boys sitting proudly in our living room windows?
The seven-foot beauty is available at Treetopia for (oh look, it’s on sale, Santa) $228. There’s even a mini version for those living in smaller abodes. It’s only three-feet-tall and available for $48.
It will truly be the most fabulous holiday tree in town.
Love, G Philly
P.S. Can we send Daryl Metcalfe and Governor Corbett one, too?
You can groan all you want about how you hate holiday music, but I dare you to sit in a room where Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” is cranking and not get touched — at least a little — by the Christmas spirit. From the opening jingle bells to the reindeer-prancing beats, the song is undoubtedly one of the catchiest holiday tunes to come out of our generation — and a bona-fide greatest hit in Mimi’s catalog (61,342,438 YouTubers agree.)
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Baby, it’s cold outside and you need a drink. Here, with the help of Drink Philly and that ingenious #OpenInPHL hashtag on Twitter, we roundup of some of the Gayborhood bars with snow-day specials, early happy hours and drinks that taste best when there’s a chill in the air.
See our list of best snow-day drink spots after the jump »
(L-R) Brad Hemler, Jivey Rivas, Kristina, Jeb Rehmann, Angela Giampolo and Tim Adams at TOY.
On Saturday, I attended the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund‘s (DVLF) annual holiday charity event, TOY. Taking place along the corridors and alleys of a closed Reading Terminal Market, over 400 showed up to eat, drink and be merry. Or should I say “Mary.” A big chunk of the crowd were LGBTers, who came out in their yuletide finest to support the cause, which, according to DVLF’s Ron Lucente, raised 350 toys that will be distributed to children between the ages of 2 and 17 at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
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Tonight Quince Productions founder Rich Rubin will present the third annual “A Very Quince Holiday Cabaret” at Tabu, an event to raise funds for the theater group’s 2014 season. Thirteen fab singers will congregate in the sports bar’s upstairs lounge to belt out some traditional holiday tunes, everything, Rubin tells me, from “from ‘Santa Baby’ and ‘River’ … to that old Carpenters favorite ‘Merry Christmas, Darling.’” On the performance roster is Quince alumni Carly Bodnar, Tyler Riley, Michael L. Medvidik and G Philly favorite Sean Thompson.
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The SEPTA trains are decorated with candy-cane wrapping paper and the Macy’s Christmas lights are up and running: Holiday season is officially in full-swing, folks! If you, like me, are a perennial last-minute shopper, you will appreciate our brand-spanking new Holiday Gift Guide board on Pinterest. There, you’ll find everything from tiny stocking stuffers to the biggest and best gifts for all the fitness-loving health junkies in your life.
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In our Fall Guide we called it the party of the season, and finally TOY is upon us. The annual see-and-be-seen holiday event hosted by Delaware Valley Legacy Fund kicks off Saturday, and, being that it’s a charity event for kids, it’s just the ticket you need to get that warm holiday feeling that only comes from giving. (And maybe a little egg nog, but I digress …)
Taking place at Philly’s iconic Reading Terminal Market, TOY guests are asked to bring one unwrapped toy that will later be distributed to young people between the ages of 2 and 17 at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The party starts once the gifts have been donated, and goes well into the night if you’re in the right mood: Your wristband will grant you access to both Woody’s and Voyeur. We’re sending our very own Alexander Kacala to check it out, so stay tuned to G Philly for a recap and photos. Sat., Dec. 7, 8 p.m.-11 p.m., dvlf.org.
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Sure, we’re living in a society that has become absolutely dependent on its digital calendar, but until Google comes up with a way to add pretty pictures to its bland grid of days and months, there will always be a need for the old-fashioned wall calendar (or one of those cute desktop flippies, if that’s how you roll.) Now that we’re nearing the end of the year, it’s time to start looking for a replacement for our diminishing 2013 date planners.
To make your search easy — and more gay — I’ve done a little digging to find 10 good LGBT options. I’ve tried to cover all the bases here — from those filled with hot, shirtless gay men and some for the ladies to an awesome trans-focused option that I’m putting on my Christmas list immediately. You can find all the options, including links to where they can be purchased below. Have other good ideas? I’d love to hear them. Leave suggestions in the comments section. Happy holigays!
1. CUB CAMP: Cub Camp — the yearly party for the gay furry set — just released its second annual calendar with hunky, hairy men gallivanting through the woods. Unlike last year’s edition, which featured bears in Toronto, this go-round shines a spotlight on 12 of America’s hottest furry heartthrobs. Extra buying incentive? Sales benefit the Munro Fund for Queer and Trans Youth Living With Cancer. $20.
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Zahav is once again hosting a very Jewish Christmas. On Monday, December 23rd, it will be Vietnamese food and a movie. And this year the food will serve as a menu preview of Tyler Akin’s upcoming restaurant, Stock, a Vietnamese restaurant that Akin (a sous chef at Zahav) is opening at 308 E. Girard Avenue in Fishtown.
The movies are a surprise, but will most likely be R-rated. Price is $55 per person and excludes beverages, tax and gratuity.
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From Monday, December 9 through Monday, December 23, chef Jeremy Nolen will offer a Classic German Christmas Dinner at Brauhaus Schmitz.
Nolen’s modern take on the German tradition will feature a ten-pound roasted goose served family style for eight or more guests. The goose is filled with pretzel, apple and sage stuffing. The goose is just one of the courses of the $60, three-course dinner. The dinner also includes a glass of Glühwein, a mulled red wine that is poured warm and accented with German spices.
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