FringeArts Announces Festival Bar Entertainment

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One of the best parts about the FringeArts festival is arguably the Festival Bar. I mean come on, with 120-plus shows, you need a place where you can pop a squat, order a cocktail and let your mind rest from taking in all that art—and trust me, some of that stuff can get pretty intense. Plus, it’s nice to have a place to congregate with other theater-goers, to get feedback about what shows you should see, and which ones you should miss.

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, starting with a bang with the Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret on September 5th. That show will feature the hairy, leggy drag queen (pictured) backed for the first time by members of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Should be quite the show.

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Martha Graham Cracker Heads to Poland

Martha Graham Cracker’s world domination tour continues. It all started last year in New York, where she got rave reviews (and multiple invite-backs) performing at Joe’s Pub. This spring she turned the honky tonks on their heads in Austin, Texas. And now she’s making her biggest leap yet—across the proverbial pond and then some to sing in Lublin, Poland’s experimental arts festival “Confrontations” in October.

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5 Things to Do in Philly This Week: Philly Tech Week Picks, Cinedelphia Film Festival Debuts, and More



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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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