Mac’s Tavern co-owner Ben Haney (far right) taking on his next opponent. Philly Vanity Fair editor Michael Callahan (center) makes sure everyone’s following the rules, dammit!
On Friday a slew of Philly beer-loving do-gooders gathered for a friendly Flip Cup Championship that raised funds for both the Gay Bowl Committee and National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The event was organized by Penn 6 and Field House rep Tim Adams, who wrote on Facebook that, ”Two-hundred people packed the Upstairs Loft [of Field House] and we were able to write Gay Bowl and MS Society checks rounding up at $2,000 each.” That’s a lot of cup-flipping.
After the jump, some photos of the rowdy occasion from our pal HughE Dillon, and photographer Jenna Herman..
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The stars of the evening, the Bingo-Verifying Divas.
On Saturday AIDS Fund hosted the 15th annual Black-Tie Gay Bingo, an annual springtime event that raises money for the nonprofit’s mission to provide monetary aid to regional HIV/AIDS organizations. Gays, drag queens, allies and shirtless waiters packed the Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building for a night of cocktail-ing, Bingo-ing, dancing, and mingling. The much-loved Bingo-Verifying Divas did one number, Lady Gaga’s “Applause,” awards were handed out to locals working to bring HIV awareness to Philadelphia, and the whole shebang ended with a fantastic dance party. Check out some photos from local paparazzo HughE Dillon after the jump.
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On Saturday, local hunger-fighting org MANNA hosted Shut Up and Dance, its stylish, one-night-only benefit performance by the Pennsylvania Ballet. Check out photos from the evening, and the after-party at Pennsylvania 6, below.
Laura Burkhardt, John Wind and Meg Rider
Adrianna, Olivia Bonitatobus, Candice Lauren and Sam Shoap.
Trish Houck showing off this year's Shut Up and Dance tees.
Jessica Muller and Becca Stoneberger
Philly drag queen Brittany Lynn
Rick, Levi, Garvin and Walter
Barbara Katz-Chobart and Mike Chobart celebrate their 18th Shut Up and Dance performance.
Al Drulis, Scott Silber, Rich Brion and David Resende
Kate Marlys and Amanda White
Jake Goski, Tom Denmoor, Roy and Chuck
Mark Bradford, Ryan Jameson, Evan Weiner, Chris Mullins and Bill Gehrman
Rowan Zulek, Michaela Majoun, MANNA's Rob Saxon and Sue Daugherty
Sarah Cooper Bobersky and Matt Vlahos
Eric Cameron, Ballet X dancer Jesse Sani and Eamonn Hussey
Matt O'Neill and Ian Morrison
Dan Wachtel, doorman at Penn 6
Looking upcoming events in town? Check out our Philadelphia Event Listings page for a rundown of local goings-on through May.
Shortly before his death in August of 2012, legendary American conductor and composer Marvin Hamlisch was supposed to take over The Philly POPS. That never came to be, but this past weekend the POPS paid homage to his legacy in a show featuring three of his favorite singers: Donna McKechnie, Jodi Benson, and Doug LaBrecque. The trio summoned his memory by singing some of his most memorable tunes from The Way We Were, They’re Playing Our Song, A Chorus Line, and other shows. Guest conductor Lawrence Blank was in charge of all the songs except the final number, “One,” from A Chorus Line. That was conducted by Don Pippin, who led the original cast in the 1975 A Chorus Line on Broadway.
Jodi Benson, Lawrence Blank, Don Pippin, Doug LaBrecque, and Donna McKechnie.
Doug LaBrecque, Philly Pops President Frank Giordano, Terre Blair Hamlisch, Jodi Benson, Don Pippin (holding a Marvin Hamlisch baton after receiving it from Mrs. Hamlisch), John Such, guest conductor Lawrence Blank.
The much anticipated new bi-weekly party “bi at Sundown,” produced by Nightlife Gay‘s Bruce Yelk and George Lopez — kicked off last night at, you guessed it, sundown, at Lit Ultrabar. Philly DJ Robbie Tronco and L.A.’s The Perry Twins manned the turntables as the crowd jammed the dancefloor. Guests who arrived at 7:04PM were treated to an open bar for the first hour. Spotted in the crowd was Brittany Lynn, Atlantic City Alliance‘s Jeff Guaracino and boyfriend Todd McKee, and Wayne Bowman, Penn 6‘s Tim Adams and PhillyGayCalendar‘s Matt O’Neill. Yelk is going for the metrosexual crowd, and I spotted a few of them in the mix, as well as some lovely ladies. The next “bi at Sundown” party is on March 30th, with one of Madonna’s favorite spinsters’ Tracy Young. Check out some photos from the evening below.
Party organizers Bruce Yelk and George Lopez.
On Monday, March 10th, Rocky Director John G. Avildsen received the City of Philadelphia Special Citation in celebration of the release of “The Rocky Heavyweight Collection” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Here are a few snapshots — including the Director of Rocky and the President of the Art Museum doing the Rocky Pose on the Art Museum Steps. Unprecedented!
EXTRA READING: The People Want Rocky: Why Did it Take the Art Museum and the City’s Tourism Folks So Long to Understand That?
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) held it’s annual Philadelphia Region Gala Dinner on Saturday. Philly native and HRC Vice President of Policy and Political Affairs Tom O’Donnell served as the speaker for the evening, welcoming Philly State Rep. Brian Sims as special guest. Other notable honorees and performers that evening included 30 Rock star Maulik Pancholy, who received the 2014 Visibility Award, out country singer Steve Grand, and ’90s pop diva Crystal Waters. The evening began with a cocktail party, and an impressive silent auction featuring everything from dinner at a Stephen Star restaurant to signed footballs and trips abroad. Then guests enjoyed dinner and the program in Millennium Hall, followed by an after-party at Voyeur.
Andrew Goodman, Brian Sims and John Tran
Paul Steinke, general manager of Reading Terminal Market, Steve “All American Boy” Grand and Tony Forte
Maulik Pancholy, Grita Pancholy (mom) and Suna Pancholy
Noe Bernal, Bob Thornton, Jt Christensen and Art Varela
Thom Cardwell and Jason Donnelly
Alexander Kacala and Jonathan Edmonds
Lisa Zerdes, Anna Garrett, Amanda Morton, Jenny Frazer and Leona Thomas
Ian M. Crumm and CBS 3's Jim Donovan.
John Lucas fixes Mark Purpura’s bowtie.
Tom Wall and Scott Conking
Joe Guglielmi, Jamie Guglielmi and Greg Redden
Patrick Murphy, MSNBC and Jenni Murphy
Co-Chairs Marvin Rocha and Katherine Sprissler-Klein
Audrey Wagner and William Tuttle
HughE Dillon shares photos from our LGBT Flower Show Party. Thanks to all who came out to support G Philly and the Flower Show. It was a fab affair!
Ryan Eberwine, Michael Flynn, Michael Liddick, and Jerry Mumford
Kelley Mansfield and Nick Pytel
Tom Longo and Bryan Hoffman of Hoffman Design Group, which won honorable mention in the PHS Window & Lobby Display contest this year.
G Philly editor Josh Middleton and PHS President Drew Becher
Paul and Christine Wareikis try some of East Passyunk’s Ms. Goody Cupcakes' spirited treats.
Drew Becher with Celebrity Cruise dames Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland and Cher
Project Runway All-Stars Winner Mondo Guerra being interviewed by Philly Mag Shoppist editor Emily Goulet.
Jim Miller and David Schwartz
John Cucci and Pierce White
Matt Klahre and Vlahos PR's Matt Vlahos
Evan Schapiro and Alexander Kacala
Rose Mayfield, Sandy Toney and Charita Amazola
Edward Odonnell of Samuels and Son Seafood, Lindsay Daniels, Lizzy Afable and Amanda Hagenbuch, all of Luke’s Lobster.
Margie Renzi, Marjilyn Murray, and Gina DeGiovanni
Sergio G. Martinez and Michael O’Flaherty
Patrick Hagerty, Joe Cannella, Steve Gantzos, Douglas Famy, Bryan Eberwine and George Craig, who won a Best Dressed award for his hat.
Sean McKoy and PHL17's Antoine Johnson
The Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus
Noah Hoffman, Kirsten Griffith and Marty Griffith
The Philadelphia Flower Show is happening now through March 9. More info here.
The third annual Oscar Viewing Party took place at the Ritz-Carlton on March 2nd. Guests donned their finest gowns and suits (some even wore black tie) to enjoy a pre-party before the screening of the famed awards show. They enjoyed a complimentary happy hour featuring Peroni beer and Casamigos Tequila cocktails, as well as light bites and desserts from the 10 Arts bistro.
Photos after the jump
ActionAIDS of Philadelphia hosted “Glamsino Royal” last night at the Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar, conjuring up the essence of Agent 007 with a night of glitz, glamour and good fortune.
More photos after the jump