The Bearded Ladies Bringing Hoedowns to PHS Beer Gardens in July

Bearded Ladies Cabaret

Local cabaret troupe the Bearded Ladies are about to set out on a mini tour around the city to bring their song-and-dance shenanigans to some of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS)’s beer gardens. There will be 14 performances from July 1st to July 19th, all split between two beer garden locales: 1438 South Street and 829 Wharton Street.

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WATCH: First-Ever Drag Show at National Constitution Center

John Jarboe Drag

Yesterday evening, the National Constitution Center held a grand opening celebration for the opening of its first LGBT exhibit, “Speaking Out for Equality.” The event drew a crowd of about 600—everyone from State Representative Brian Sims, who looked dashing in his rainbow suspenders; Philly Pride’s Franny Price with purple hair a blazin’; and even the out owner of Geno’s Steaks Geno Vento.

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A Sneak Peek at Opera Philadelphia’s 2015-16 Season

Isabel Leonard.

Isabel Leonard.

Opera Philadelphia announces their 2015-16 season today, and we’ve got a first-hand preview of the divas and divos they are bringing to town to belt their brains out. Opera enthusiasts will recognize many a famous name as they peruse the upcoming talent that will take to the stage to perform classic tunes from Verdi and Donizetti, plus a few new arias they’ve never heard of before in works making their East Coast or world premieres. You’ll even note some very well-known Philly-bred artists will be making their company debuts. Read more »

Man Crush Monday: Natalie Hope McDonald

Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. This week, G Philly matriarch, local journalist and fine artist Natalie Hope McDonald. 

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WATCH: The New York Times Captures Philly’s Bastille Day Celebration On Tape

John Jarboe Bastille Day

Yesterday we shared photos from this weekend’s 20th annual Bastille Day celebration at Eastern State Penitentiary, but The New York Times showed us up by putting together a whole video of the day. Check out the video below to see NYT’s interpretation of our “spirited and unconventional re-enactment.” Lots of local folks show up, including ESP’s Sean Kelley, Bearded Ladies Cabaret‘s John Jarboe, and London Grill‘s Terry McNally, who donned a powdery wig and pink silk dress to portray Marie Antoinette.

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3 Philly LGBT Groups Win Knight Arts Grants

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The Knight Foundation just announced that 19 local arts organizations and artists will receive sizable funding for future artistic endeavors, and three on the list are LGBT groups, receiving a total of $140,000. The purpose of the grants is to fund local artistic outfits that present the “best ideas that inspire, inform, connect and create a sense of belonging in the city’s 365 neighborhoods.”

See the list of LGBT winners below

Two Philly LGBT Theater Troupes Receive Big Arts Grants

bearded ladies brat

The Bearded Ladies founder John Jarboe (left) and Jess Conda of Brat Productions. Both groups just received big grants that will help fund 2014 projects.

Christmas came early (late?) for a few arty Philly folks last night, when the Cultural Alliance doled out $90,000 in grants to 62 arts groups in the Greater Philadelphia region. Among the lucky recipients was two LGBT projects: Brat Productions and drag cabaret outfit The Bearded Ladies Cabaret. The grants — provided by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts‘ Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) — are given to arts groups that conduct activities for the benefit of the public, especially those that are school-, senior-, or community-based.

Find out what the groups have planned for the money after the jump

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