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Martha Graham Cracker to Make Her Southern Debut

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New York City critics — and Bill Murray — raved when Martha Graham Cracker made her Big Apple debut last year at Joe’s Pub, but that was kind of easy. New York loves its drag queens — even the ultra tall, very hairy variety. Martha likes a challenge, and that’s why she’s accepted an offer to head [way] below the Mason Dixon to put on her first-ever show in the South.

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7 Gay Things to Do in Philly This Week:
B-Boy Blues, Glamsino Royale,
an NSFW Dance Party and More

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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.

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TONIGHT: New Weekly Women’s Party Starts at Vanity Nightclub

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Gayborhood lesbian bar Sister’s closed last August, taking with it Philly’s only bar dedicated solely to women who love women. There have been a few female-centric, one-off parties have popped up since — like LickR — and of course we love our Stimulus and Pulse events, but the void is still strongly felt. Maybe this new soiree at Vanity Nightclub will help. Hosted by EDM Nocturnal Philly Radio and Voices Music PeopleTongue Tied Thursdays is a new “women’s and LGBTQ” dance party that will go down every single week. Music at tonight’s launch event will be spun by DJs Steal Yo Girl and Messi Messina. And in the vein of Sister’s, there will be shot girls and go-go dancers. 9 p.m., $5, Vanity Nightclub, 2102 Market St. 

ALSO …

Across town, another lady will be lighting up the night with her signature torch songs and maybe a martini or six. Martha Graham Cracker hits L’etage for her first cabaret of the year. This time around she’ll be joined by ”8-piece absurdist soul outfit” Johnny Showcase. Should be a snazzy good time. 8 p.m., $15, L’etage, 624 S. Sixth St. 

It Happened Last Night: Philly Drag Queens Got Out of Drag

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On Wednesday night, the First Person Arts Festival presented Dear Sir or Madam at the Christ Church Neighborhood House. The evening featured drag queen Martha Graham Cracker* interviewing the male alter egos of drag queens Brittany Lynn and Icon Ebony-Fierce and the twenty-something female alter ego of septuagenarian drag king Stanley Epps. Below, some photos and revelations from the event. Read more »

ThinkFest’s Drag Queen Panel Stirs Drama [UPDATED]

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On Tuesday, I posted about Philly Mag’s gayest ThinkFest panel, Philly’s Emerging Drag Queen Culture, which will see drag titans Brittany Lynn and Martha Graham Cracker coming together with Bearded Ladies founder John Jarboe to discuss the evolution of Philly’s drag scene. I found it hard to contain my excitement about this first-time pairing between Brittany and Martha, but some of the readers didn’t agree. The post generated a lot of comments from folks none too happy about the three panelists chosen to speak.

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WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Ghost Ships, Bearlesquers, Gay Bingo and More

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We mentioned this in our Big Gay Halloween Guide, but as the first of two All Hallow’s Eve-themed balls being held this year, we thought it warranted another mention: Peter Sterling will unroll a 50-foot “dead carpet” along the Avenue of the Arts for his third-annual Halloween Ball. Originally started in the suburbs, this is the first year the party will be held in Philadelphia, and Sterling promises to turn up the glam-meets-terror factor for the event’s first romp in the big city. To start, he has enlisted the help of Drag Mafia maven Brittany Lynn as host, and a troupe will perform the dance sequence in MJ’s “Thriller” video. Plus there will be music, drinks and costume contests galore. Don’t be afraid to turn up the flare! Fri., Oct. 25, 9 p.m., $40. For more information and ticket links, go here.

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