As curtains begin to rise on summer showcases, Philly’s LGBTQ performers are living for the applause. Here are five acts giving us the most inventive LGBTQ entertainment in the city. Read more »
For its intentional inclusiveness and diverse music, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is Femme Noir This time around, DJ Aura
and DJ Dame Luz will be spinning on the 1s and 2s for “a dance party & a celebration of black women & femmes but also femmes & women of color.” Queer black drag performer Icon Ebony Fierce will be there to strut their stuff and make this an empowering night to remember. The event kicks off at 10 p.m. on Friday, March 17th, at Win Win Coffee Bar, 931 Spring Garden Street. Entry is free between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m., $5 at the door afterwards.
Other events to check out this weekend:
Vogue: A Celebration of Dance: Dance Party: 10:30 p.m. at Club Mousai, 1227 Walnut Street.
The Eric Jaffe Show!: 7:30 p.m. at Tavern on Camac, 243 South Camac Street.
Obsessed: Beyonce (Beyonce Dance Party All Night): 9 p.m. at Toasted Walnut, 1316 Walnut Street.
NOTE: If you have weekend LGBTQ events that you would like considered for our top picks, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For its eclectic taste in diverse music genres and its ambition in turning such passion into one big Gayborhood showstopper, SuperDope House Party is this week’s LGBTQ Event of the Week. “I am so excited to bring SuperDope House Party back into the scene,” said event producer Stro Kyle. “This event represents everything I stand for — being all-inclusive, judgement-free, celebrating of queer rebel lives, and bringing to the forefront those who feel left in the shadow of mainstream Philly LGBTQ culture.” Read more »
“I’m like everything sprinkled all on top of one chocolate cake, one big old chocolate cake.”
That’s how Philadelphia performer Icon Ebony Fierce describes himself in a new video from the popular “I’m From Driftwood” series. The full film, titled “Defying ‘What’s Blackness and What’s Femininity and What’s Masculinity,'” is below, but we found this line from Icon’s transcript particularly inspiring:
“I don’t have to fit into a standard of gender, I don’t have to fit into a standard of what’s blackness and what’s masculinity and what’s femininity and what’s being gay and what’s being queer. For anybody out there who wants to express themselves as far as performance, if you’re going to do it, just own it. I’m not just gay, I’m not just male.”
If you haven’t seen Gemini Rose or Icon Ebony Fierce perform, you should have your gay and Philly cards taken away. Gemini Rose is like something out of Paris in the 1930s, a showgirl who’s blindingly gorgeous, dripping with sex and ever the provocateur in her risqué, barely clad performances. Icon Ebony Fierce is, like his name suggests, the epitome of an icon. He may be young, but his presence is like that of an African goddess: proud, captivating and ferocious. They’re two of the city’s most dynamic performance artists and when paired together, well, you just know
boners something spectacular’s going to happen.
While most of you will be making your way to Rehoboth or some other nearby gay beach mecca over the weekend, there is still plenty to do for those of us holding it down in town—especially if you’re a fan of drag. I round up some of your best options below.
Bev has assembled quite the lineup for her fifth go-round of Bitchfest. Taking the stage will be live-singing drag diva Cleo Phatra, and burlesque stalwarts Sinnamon and Gemini Rose, among others.
If you like your drag a little more campy, Sandy Beach is hosting a cabaret evening of her own. Her monthly La Cage Aux Beach stars Gay Bingo’s Summer Clearance and Thunder Showers, and Liza impersonator extraordinaire Gio Michaels.
Icon Ebony-Fierce is celebrating her big 2-5 at the Superdope South Philly House Party. She just so happens to share her birthday with Michael Jackson, so come ready to dance to some MJ.
Mauckingbird Theatre Company is performing a staged reading of Lillian Helman’s 1931 play The Children’s Hour, about two woman teachers at an all-girl boarding school who were accused of being lovers. (There’s a performance Sunday, too).
Weekend Roundup: Freak Boutique Says Ta-Ta For Now, Pulse’s Lesbian Bar Fundraiser, Big Gay Boat Party, and More
We’ve seen a lot of long-running parties and performers take a final bow lately. Rudy Flesher recently announced that he’d be hanging up Notorious OMG’s corset, no longer performing with The Goddess Isis in Thank Goddess It’s OMG, or with the Liberty City Kings. (He is keeping those nails, though). And in May, Mimi Imfurst announced that her long-running drag show Dollhouse Revue would go black after five years.
Now, as summer comes to a slow close, Icon Ebony-Fierce is gearing up to host her last Freak Boutique at Tabu. The event, which was created by local DJs Evelyn Manlove (evil v) and Lars Kallich (Tay Tay) a little over three years ago, claims to be the city’s only no-cover benefit show. The concept is that it takes proceeds from money made at the bar and donates it to local LGBT charities, like the William Way, The Attic Youth Center, and Mazzoni.
There’s a new monthly dance party and its name is . Led by Philly favorite , this happy hour shindig is breaking the mold and bringing dance to daytime, along with burlesque, vendors, and local artists and performers. But wait, that’s not all. In addition to being a dance party, Icon’s Werkshop also doubles as a fundraiser, specifically for the .
Ebony-Fierce had this to say about Werkshop: “I wanted to do a midday event for people who work at night, [people who are] tired of late night drag/burlesque shows, or even people who want to day-drink on a summer day to pre-game for Saturday night.”
In partnership with Philadelphia Black Gay Pride, every day throughout the month of February we will spotlight an influential black mover and shaker in the city.
Fittingly, we end our monthlong series of highlighting local black, gay icons with a literal Icon: Drag artist and rapper Icon Ebony-Fierce. Ms. Ebony-Fierce has been featured numerous times on G Philly. We love her as a game-changing local drag queen with a, well, fierce, social-political mission to promote individuality and equality. One of her most impressive moves, if you ask us, is organizing the Freak Boutique, a party that benefits a different non-profit each month by generating funds through drink sales. She also hosts the monthly, all-inclusive Neon GNDRFCK Ball for the ”afroFuturist, raver, burner, space gal, queer alien” inside all of us.
B-Boy Blues: The award-winning stage adaptation of James Earl Hardy’s novel B-Boy Blues gets its Philly debut at Painted Bride Art Center. The first-of-its-kind gay, hip-hop love story chronicles the lives of queer black men in New York City. The Philly Gay News does a nice writeup about it here. The event — a must-see one-night-only affair — is being produced with the help of Philadelphia Black Gay Pride. Tuesday, February 25, 7 p.m., Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street.