22 #GayPhilly Dîner en Blanc Photos You Should See This Week

Last night nearly 3,500 piled onto the Avenue of the Arts for the third go-round of Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that LGBTers made up a pretty hefty chunk of that population, donning their whitest threads for a gay evening of dining, dancing, and picture-posing.

HughE Dillon was kind enough to share some shots of the #GayPhilly crowd who came out last night, plus I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites from Instagram. Check them out in the slideshow below.



PHOTOS: Paper Dresses Work the Runway at Tabu

Last night Tabu played host to the Paper Dress Competition, a contest (that was not presented by Josh Schonewolf, oddly enough) that benefitted locally based cancer- and HIV-fighting organization City of Hope.

The event was similar to one of those unconventional challenges on Project Runway. Contestants were tasked to create two looks—formal wear and “fun wear”— out of any kind of paper material. Then they paraded the looks up and down a makeshift runway in front of a panel of judges that included HughE Dillon. Of course HughE wouldn’t be HughE if his camera wasn’t in tow, so he whipped it out and took some photos of the evening. Check them out in the slideshow below.



 

PHOTOS: Squealing Tweens Take Over the City to See One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer

One Direction Concert FansThat screaming you hear all over town is from the 50,000 tweens who have invaded Philadelphia to see English-Irish boy band One Direction (1D), who are in town for their “Where We Are” tour with Australian opening act 5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS).

The first show was last night at Lincoln Financial Field, and there’s another tonight. Consequently, hundreds of googly eyed gals (some with their mothers in tow) are camping out at nearly every 4-star hotel in the city for a chance to glimpse 1D members Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson.

Photos from the show after the jump

THIS WEEKEND: The Giver‘s Brenton Thwaites and Odeya Rush at Cherry Hill Mall

Fans of all ages were invited to immerse themselves in the world of new book-to-film sci-fi flick The Giver, at a special event at the Cherry Hill Mall Friday. Guests took part in various activity stations, like spin art, hair-chalking, nail-painting, a candy bar, photo booth and contests by Wired 96.5.

After about an hour the film’s young stars Brenton Thwaites and Odeya Rush showed up to participate in a Q&A and meet-and-greet, where fans were able to get photos with the actors. During the Q&A, Thwaites and Rush admitted they hadn’t read the book before being cast, which brought groans from the fans—some of whom told me they read it twice.



The Giver opens nationwide on Friday, August 15, and is based on Lois Lowry’s beloved young-adult novel of the same name, which was the winner the 1994 Newbery Medal and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide. The film also stars, Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep and Taylor Swift. Check out the trailer below.

PHOTOS: Boys of Summer Pool Party at North Shore Beach Club

Friday night about 100 muscle-y souls braved the rain to enjoy PhillyGayCalendar’s Boys of Summer 2014 kickoff pool party at North Shore Beach Club. The affair was the first in a weekend long parade of parties that raised money for the long-running LGBT events calendar. The following day there was a car wash on Camac Street (a video soon to come), followed by the big party at Voyeur nightclub and, on Sunday, an afternoon BBQ to close out the annual event. I’ve got photos of the pool party below.



Winners Announced in Dog Days of Summer Cook-Off

On Saturday afternoon South Street hosted its third annual Dog Days of Summer Cook-Off, an afternoon of hot dog-eating and beer drinking under the historic Headhouse Market building. By all accounts it was the best-attended Dog Days of Summer event so far. Folks were standing in lines 20- to 30-deep to munch on wieners served up by local joints like Hot DiggityBrauhaus Schmitz, Serrano, and more.



At the same time, there were a few contests going on—one for the local restaurants serving hot dogs that afternoon, and a topping contest for Philly amateur cooks. Here’s the list of wieners, I mean winners:

Best Dogs

1st Place: Chef Michael Stollenwerk of Headhouse Crab & Oyster
Hot Dog: “The Sea Dog” with Sabrett’s hot dog, spicy pepper relish, crab salad, split-top bun, and a splash of Old Bay.

2nd Place: Chef Nick Mezzina of Misconduct Tavern
Hot Dog: “Sriracha Pork Dog” with sweet Sichuan chilli.

3rd Place: Chef Keith Garabedien of Hot Diggity
Hot Dog: “Corn Salsa Dog” with fire-roasted corn, 1732 meats, paprika-bacon salsa, radish tortillas and cilantro.

Amateur Toppings Winners

1st Place: Lily Vamberi
Hot Dog: “Dickmom Dog” with Elixr Coffee BBQ sauce, Kenzinger battered onion strings, roasted long hot relish.

2nd Place: Brant Williams
Hot Dog: “Pho-natic Dog” with pho beef bullion paste, mung bean sprouts, cilantro, Thai basil, thinly sliced jalapenos, lime hoisin.

3rd Place: Gabrierl Raab
Hot Dog: “Tova Dog” with amba Sauce, pickled vegetables, falafel crunch

Peoples Choice

Chefs Ricardo Rodriguez & Anthony Santiti Jr of Bistro Romano
Hot Dog: “Scala Duck Ragu” with grilled romaine, shaved parmigiano-reggiano, pancetta.

PHOTOS: Crowds Pack Eastern State Penitentiary for Bastille Day

On Saturday Fairmount celebrated the 20th Annual Bastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary. The event commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the Storming of the Bastille on the 14 July 1789. The Bearded Ladies Cabaret Company performed an artistic interpretation of the story, with founder John Jarboe playing French cabaret great Edith Piaf. Terry McNally, co-owner of the nearby London Grill reprised her role as Marie Antoinette, telling the citizens from the roof of the “Bastille,” “Let them eat Tastykake!”

This year I wanted to do something a little different and photograph the event from the performance stage as well as from behind the scenes, which my partner Mike Toub photographed. Check out our shots below to find out why Marie Antoinette’s head was spared at this year’s celebration.



Update on Two Big Projects at 15th and Chestnut

The latest available rendering of Brook Lenfest's proposed dual-hotel tower, via this recent Center City District report

The latest available rendering of Brook Lenfest’s proposed dual-hotel tower, via this recent Center City District report

We’re seeing progress on two major projects that’ll radically change the intersection of 15th and Chestnut: Brook Lenfest’s long-discussed W and Element hotel tower right behind the Residences at the Ritz Carlton, and, right across 15th Street, Alterra Property Group and the Scully Company’s conversion of 150,000 square feet of class B office space into 180 apartments, with a small amount of office and retail space. (That latter project was mentioned in an Inquirer story a few days ago.)

Earlier today, we noticed that the parking lot on the hotel site was closed (temporarily, a sign said). Philly Chit Chat’s HughE Dillon explains:

This week they are beginning to test the soil in anticipation for the building as well as the extensive underground parking lot they’re building.  Last week officials from the project went around to the surrounding buildings, including the new Alterra project, and took photos of them inside an out – “The Before Photos”, just in case vibrations from the drilling and building the W causes any cracks in the neighboring buildings.

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PHOTOS: Philly LGBT Business Leaders Honored at IBA Luncheon

Philly LGBT business leaders gathered for a lovely luncheon yesterday at the Sofitel. The annual event — hosted by Independence Business Alliance (IBA) — serves as a networking soiree, a chance to spotlight what LGBT entrepreneurs are doing in Philadelphia, and an award ceremony honoring one local business with a $5,000 grant. I reported yesterday that this year’s honoree was Roger Harman and Vincent Whittacre from Gold Standard Cafe in West Philly. (More on their exciting plans for the grant money here.)

Big-namers like Mayor Nutter, and state representatives Brian Sims and Mike O’Brien were in the house, but I was most impressed by the range of businesses represented at the event. I chatted with everyone from Michael Kelly-Cataldi, owner of Kelly-Cataldi Home in Glendside, to allies Antoinette Johnson and Tyler Westnedge from At Media, and Chris Bradie, who’s responsible for opening new businesses at the University of Pennsylvania. Another thriving LGBT businessman, Mr. HughE Dillon, was there taking snapshots of the whole affair. Check out more of the afternoon’s attendees (and support their businesses!) in the slideshow below.



PHOTOS: Equality Forum’s SundayOUT at the Piazza

Whether you’re a fan of the Equality Forum or not (and some people really aren’t), yesterday’s closing party, SundayOUT at the Piazza, brought out lots of shining LGBT faces for an afternoon of performance by DJ Cassidy and the Fuego Dance Company, and, of course, lots of gay revelry. HughE Dillon shares some shots from the NoLibs bash below.



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