Every hump day, a Philly woman (or man) shares her local picks for Woman Crush Wednesday. Today, co-president of the Spruce Foundation, activist, entertainer and mainstay on our Man Crush Monday column Rudy Flesher.
My name is Rudy, and these are my picks for Woman Crush Wednesday.
When she's not empowering youth at The Attic Youth Center she's kicking ass and taking names for Girls Justice League. Does it hurt that she's a total babe and has a dog that looks like an Ewok extra from Return of the Jedi? No, no it does not.
I met her as one third of Screw Smart, but she's a fierce lady in her own right, as well. She has a honking laugh that can cheer the despondent and wake the dead, and a smile that beams pure joy across a city block. One day I will win her heart by getting in good with a curator at the Mütter Museum and taking on her a behind-the-scenes tour of rare dental disease specimens. So weird, so Philadelphia, so her!
Some queens have drag mothers, but I'm genderfuck royalty and I have a Glitter Mama. Maybe that makes this all a bit Freudian, but she makes my list! Without her I would have never shaken in Philly, shimmied in New York, or done a spoken-word burlesque striptease and prayer in Cambridge. True story! Whenever she's on stage, you should be in the audience!
My first memory of Ms. Lobstar Bisque is her pulling me aside at a bumping Stimulus party to sing a soaring opera aria right into my ear as though it were a private concert. Whether she's singing with the Anna Crusis Women's Choir or working a burlesque stage, she brings talent, joy, and a hell of a set of pipes to every stage she graces.
I don't know if I want to read Ashley's tarot, date her, or rein reincarnate as her in another life. It's no secret that if I rang in at a zero on the Kinsey scale I'd be a boob man, but the first thing I noticed about Ashley was her hair styled in a retro victory roll and pinned with a stylish fascinator. She's an award-winning bartender for a reason—you can't walk away from her bar without a warm heart and a big smile!
What can be said about Amber that hasn't already been written in sonnets, and Woman Crush Wednesdays of yore? Among the very best things about my tenure as a Board member at William Way has been the opportunity to become friends with Amber, not to mention us discussing our mutual crush on Pennsylvania history-maker and former Board colleague Judge Ann Butchart. Our mutual love for brilliant, trail-blazing women in smart suits keeps us close. (Hillary 2016!)
Mistor Fahrenheit and Lili St. Queer
I don't have any drag daughters—we can probably all agree that one The Notorious OMG was enough for the Gayborhood. However, both of these brilliant performers gave their first show on my stage, and that is one of the proudest points of my cabaret career. The only thing cuter than them as individuals is them as a couple and I cannot wait to toast their marriage.
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It’s no surprise, now that same-sex marriage is legal in Pennsylvania, that state wedding vendors are clamoring to make our wedding dreams come true. Expect to see tons of LGBT wedding expos popping up very soon—the first of which is happening this weekend in Bucks County. The Rainbow Wedding Network PA LGBT Wedding Expo will see booths from 30 wedding vendors—purveyors of everything from food to flowers to dresses.
There will be candy, too. I know that, because G Philly will be in the house to meet local brides- and grooms-to-be. Stop by and say hello in the midst of getting your wedding-planning on. Sunday, August 9th, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sheraton Bucks County Hotel, 400 North Oxford Valley Road, Langhorne.
Say it ain’t so, DJ Niilo. The beloved Gayborhood DJ gets a send-off this weekend at Back 2 Basics.
Looking for a Saturday afternoon outing? Head to Passyunk Avenue’s Second Saturday, where local business, including gay-owned Metro Men’s Clothing, will spill out into the street with deals, entertainment, food, and sips.
- Philly’s Best Lesbian Night Out, Stimulus, is throwing a special Back 2 Basics to say farewell to beloved local turntablist DJ Niilo, who’s heading out of town soon. Tear.
- Get down to the real Nitty Gritty at Venture Inn.
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Philly party producer (and G Philly contributor) Josh Schonewolf and Liberty City Kings Drag and Burlesque Artistic Director Lascivious Jane are teaming up for Philadelpha’s Burlesque Battle Royale, a live competition to find Philly’s fiercest burlesque performer. Kicking off tonight, eleven showboys and girls will compete over the next 10 weeks, vying for the top prize, which Schonewolf tells me is $750, a showcase at RUBA Room and a gift certificate to Passional. Among those competing is Holly Ween, Gemini Rose and, all the way from NYC, Victor Devonne. Peek-a-Boo Revue‘s Joey Martini will join Schonewolf and Lascivious Jane at the judges’ table. 9 p.m., $8, Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar, 200 S. 12th St.
More after the jump
Now that we’ve stuck a big ol’ fork in Christmas it’s time to turn our sights on the dawning of 2014. Here, we round up seven of the most-fun-sounding gay ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in Philadelphia — from a tassel-twirling bash at Tabu to Nightlife Gay’s very first Pub Crawl of 2014. Happy New Year!
NEW YEAR’S EVE
Liberty City Kings Drag and Burlesque will bring in the New Year at Tabu with sparkle and lots of skin. Photo by Maggie Lee.
Tabu is going burlesque for its NYE festivities, bringing in “genderfuck royals” Notorious OMG and the Liberty City Kings Drag and Burlesque troupe to bring in 2014 with sparkles, shimmies and, at least in OMG’s case, some of the tightest tuck jobs this side of the Interior Illusions Lounge. The soirée is geared to satisfy all your typical NYE cravings: sit-down dinner at 7 p.m., LiCK performance at 9 p.m. and dancing from midnight till close. 7 p.m.-2 a.m., $17-$75, Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar, 200 S. 12th St.
Six more NYE and New Year’s Day parties after the jump