A motley crew of Philly “artists, potheads, activists and other degenerates” are coming together this week to announce their endorsement for Jim Kenney for mayor (take that Inquirer!). Local comedian/writer/web producer/pot activist N.A. Poe has organized an event at Franky Bradley’s to raise funds for Kenney’s campaign and encourage folks that he’s the man for the job as Mayor of Philadelphia.
“My colleagues in activism aren’t necessarily fans of politicians, but we really took a shine to Jim,” Poe says. His work on the marijuana decriminalization bill solidified his commitment to making Philadelphia a progressive, world-class city, and his longtime support of the LGBT community—before it became a political trend—speaks volumes. These factors in particular inspired the counter-culture community in Philly to re-engage the political process and throw an affordable, off-beat fundraiser to support a candidate that understands the needs of [people like us]. We want to break the mold of the stuffy, boring suit-and-tie fundraiser. Although this event is being thrown by undesirables, we encourage anyone that wants to attend to come out and see how the other half lives.”
The set, which took place in the space formerly known as Sisters, comprised a whole range of well-known pop tunes—from a couple Beatles numbers to Prince’s “Darling Nikki.” The real showstoppers, though, were ambitious renditions of Aretha Fraklin’s “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” and Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.” She nailed ‘em both. Her voice was in perfect form that night—soulful, strong and unwavering, even after two-and-a-half hours of hard singing. Her diva status continues to rise.
Celebrate the Golden Globes with the Bingo-Verifying Divas at AIDS Fund’s GayBingo on Saturday night.
This week at Tabu drag queen Ariel Versace hosts Chaos in Wonderland, which, as the name suggests, is an evening of twisted, cross-dressing performances inspired by Alice in Wonderland. The cast includes Satine Harlow, Sutton Fearce and Ladie Geisha.
At William Way, Martha Graham Cracker hosts an LGBT-themed Quizzo Cabaret to benefit Philly’s Friend Select School’s LGBT scholarship and the Attic Youth Center’s efforts to provide safe-space and community-building opportunities for LGBT youth. More info here.
Philly Improv Theater is hosting DTF Darryl and Timaree Fun House, a hilarious sex ed/comedy/game show all rolled up in an hour of laughs and education from Dr. Timaree (sex educator) and comedian Darryl Charles, and guest appearances by R. Eric Thomas and Alex Gross. This is a new spin on getting DTF.
Standup dramedian R. Eric Thomas is bringing his smash hit, one-man rom-com Always the Bridesmaid back to the stage. Thomas, known for hosting acclaimed storytelling series The Moth and for previous sell-out runs like Will You Accept This Friend Request?, gives his take on dating disasters, love, and delves into the religious and individual views on marriage and what it means to the gay community, Thomas’s show will make you think, yes, but most importantly it’ll make you LOL. The event is a double-hearder with cabaret drag diva Martha Graham Cracker, who will take the stage when Thomas closes his set. A not-to-be-missed evening of funnies and song. Tuesday, October 7th, 7:30 p.m. (Thomas), 10 p.m. (Martha), L'Etage, 624 South Sixth Street. —Aubrey Nagle
ACLU-PA will honor some of the biggest LGBT movers and shakers of 2014 at its annual dinner—everyone from plaintiffs in the marriage equality-attaining Whitewood vs. Wolf lawsuit, and the law firm of Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, who co-counseled plaintiffs in the Whitewood vs. Wolf case. A volunteer service award will be presented to local attorney Larry Felzer (pictured above with Brian Sims), who will be honored by the ACLU as an "outstanding ACLU-PA volunteer, LGBT rights advocate, and leading ACLU supporter and fundraiser." The event will be emceed by Michael Coard, community activist, and host at WURD 900AM, and a keynote will be delivered by Director of the ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project, Ben Wizner. Wednesday, October 8th, 6 p.m., $100, National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall East.
Drag stalwart Brittany Lynn is rolling out a new weekly event at Tabu that aims to prove "smart is sexy." This evening of gay Quizzo features five rounds of questions covering everything from entertainment and sports to music and science. There will be free shots given out during speed rounds, and first-place winners get a $75 (!) bar tab. Stick around afterward for an American Horror Story: Freak Show viewing party (more to come.) Wednesday, October 8th, 8 p.m.-10 p.m., free, Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar, 200 South 12th Street.
We've been waiting so long to see what we'll be wearing on Wednesdays this fall. To celebrate the return of the gay-loved television series American Horror Story: Freak Show, two Gayborhood watering holes are kicking off weekly viewing parties so fans can come watch at the bar with family and all the drinks they can muster.
Following Quizzo at Tabu, Circus of the Stars winner Rev. Makensie Moltov will host an AHS viewing party, with the show being presented on the high-def TVs on the first level of the bar. Tabu's drink specials veer more toward the brown-liquor variety: $5 Jameson drinks and $5 Jack Daniels cocktails. Wednesday, October 8th, 10 p.m., free, Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar, 200 South 12th Street.
The little brother to Josh Schonewolf's Miss Everything pageant, Mr. Everything is a new weekly contest looking for the most talented male-identified performer in Philadelphia. There are 15 contestants vying for the prize, including some well-known local performers like Sebastian, Icon Ebony-Fierce, and Kemar Jewel. The winner will get $1,000, a crown, and bragging rights, because who are you in the Gayborhood if you don't have something to brag about? R. Eric Thomas will host the 10-week event, with judges Dr. Timaree, Mistor Fahrenheit, and Amber Hikes eyeing up the competition to figure out who deserves the prize. Wednesday, October 8th, 9 p.m., $8, Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar, 200 South 12th Street.
Grab a blanket and lawn chair and get cozy in Dilworth Park's new front yard. Weekly family-friendly al fresco screenings will give you the chance to enjoy those perfect autumn nights under the stars. This week, Kinky Boots is on the big screen. Pictures in the Park is free of charge. Thursday, October 9th, 7 p.m., Dilworth Park, Broad & Market Streets (West Side of City Hall). —Marquesa Rotuski
Standup dramedian R. Eric Thomas is bringing his smash hit, one-man rom-com, Always the Bridesmaid, back to the stage. Thomas, known for hosting acclaimed storytelling series The Moth and for previous sell-out runs like Will You Accept This Friend Request?, gives his take on dating disasters, love, and the notion of marriage in an age and state where gay people can actually get married now. Delving into the religious and individual views on marriage and what it means to the gay community, Thomas’s show will make you think, yes, but most importantly it’ll make you LOL.
There’s a lot going on this first weekend of fall—from the start of FringeArts to LiCK’s latest Vixens & Vagabonds Queer & Kinky Cabaret to gay night at Six Flags Great Adventure. I round up all the notables below:
Check out the brand new Dilworth Park while getting your post-work drink on. You can rejoice over the start of the weekend with happy-hour specials starting at 5 p.m., plus live entertainment. For a full schedule of weekend events at the park, click here. Friday, September 5th, 5 p.m.- 7 p.m., Dilworth Park, Broad & Market Streets.
Celebrate the start of the 2014 Fringe Festival with a free show from one of Philly's most popular performers, Martha Graham Cracker, joined by members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Martha and the quartet with perform a diverse set of music, including Beatles songs and Prince's "Purple Rain." You won't want to miss this one. Read more about our city's ultimate drag queen here. Friday, September 5th, Doors: 10 p.m. & Show: 11:30 p.m., FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard.
From Be Well Philly: The Philly 10K is coming up this weekend, and we couldn’t be more excited. Whether you’re planning on running or spectating, here’s everything you need to know, from how to get to the starting area to where the Porta Potties will be (important!) to which coffee shops along the course will be open (you’re welcome, spectators!). More here.
Embrace the change of season at Autumn's Colors this weekend, a celebration of fall. On view at Longwood Gardens this Saturday through November 23rd, nature lovers can take in the foliage while enjoying tons of daily activities, including meadow garden walks and hikes, open-air theater fountain shows, the garden railway, and more. A full schedule of events can be found here. Tickets are available online. Saturday, September 6th-November 23rd, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., $8-18, Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA.
Baseball fans, we're looking at you: The Athletic Base Ball Club of Philadelphia will host the 19th Century BaseBall Exhibition & Fair this weekend, a free two-day event at the Navy Yard. Enthusiasts of the sport will have the chance to watch vintage base ball matches–with no gloves and underhand pitches, of course. Local food trucks will set up shop on site selling tasty eats and beverages, and The Franklin Fountain will be scooping out homemade ice-cream. There will be plenty of merchandise vendors, bat makers, and information tables to check out as well. More information can be found here. Saturday, September 6th & Sunday, September 7th, 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., The Navy Yard, 4701 South Broad Street.
From Be Well Philly: All good things must come to an end—including, of course, the free yoga series Urban Yoga Philly, which has been keeping us busy on Saturday mornings since June. Just a quick reminder that September 6th will be the last Urban Yoga Philly class of the season. More here.
From Foobooz: The Great Philadelphia Craft Beer Crawl is this Saturday in Fairmount and it’s a pretty good deal that you might want to hop on if interested.With over 1100 tickets already sold, remaining spaces are limited. The Crawl is from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and supplies you with a custom craft beer mug, complimentary craft beer samples and discounted beer specials for only $20. The Crawl also offers a discounted group rate ($15). Tickets are available here. Saturday, September 6th, 12 p.m.- 6 p.m., $15-20, multiple locations.
Head to the largest riverfront festival in Delaware County this Saturday for a full day of fun, including live music, crafts, food vendors, an antique car show, an iron chef competition, a science fair, petting zoo, and much more. The night will end with a fireworks display over the river. Guests are invited to bring blankets and chairs and set up camp, as activities last all day long. Admission is free. Saturday, September 6th, 12 p.m., Chester Waterfront, Chester, PA.
Throwback to the '50s this weekend with an all-day groove fest. The ninth annual Doo-Wop in the Park features performances from The Excellents, Shirley Alston Reeves (the original singer of the Shirelles), The Happenings, Street Corner 5, and Charlie Thomas' Drifters. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets, and refreshments will be available for purchase. The event is free. Sunday, September 7th, 4 p.m., Mill Street Parking Lot, Bristol, PA.
One of the best parts about the FringeArts festival is arguably the Festival Bar. For the first time in FringeArts history, the bar will take place in its new permanent home—Chef Peter Woolsey’s La Peg, a bar and restaurant in the barely year-old FringeArts building at 140 North Columbus Boulevard. Throughout the course of the three-week festival the bar will host some performances of its own, including the magical, comedic shenanigans of Dennis Diamond and Daryl Hannah of Elephant Room (pictured) and Pig Iron's Night of Cabaret. See the full lineup here.