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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.