If you’re looking for a way to stay cool this August, we rounded up 17 hot nightlife events and shows that might not provide the chill you are looking for, but will be fun nonetheless. There’s something for just about everyone, from grooming get togethers to a Pulp Fiction-themed dance party. Enjoy!
Vixens and Vagabonds Queer and Kinky Cabaret’s Roadtrip: Join the burlesque and drag troupe as they say farewell to one of their own members. Saturday, August 1st, 8 pm, $10-12, Tabu, 200 South 12th Street
6 Appeal!: This weekly burlesque show will feature performances by Mika Romantic, Nikki Malicious, and Shia D. Monday, August 3rd, 9 pm, $5, Pennsylvania 6, 114 South 12th Street
Back to the 80s: Tavern on Camac invites you to a time when MTV actually played videos. The evening will feature music from Pet Shop Boys, Madonna, the Go-Gos, and more. Wednesday, August 5th, 9 pm, pay as you go, Tavern On Camac, 243 South Camac Street Read more »
On Thursday night, Cella Luxuria Furniture + Accessories celebrated the opening of their new super-chic showroom, Domus, with a cocktail party where stylish guests enjoyed delish savories by Brulee Catering, Zavino Wine Bar & Pizzeria & decadent sweets by Abbey Biery Cake Design.
Many of the guests were interior design professionals, real estate agents and Center City dwellers looking for home solutions to complete their apartments. Cella Luxuria has five floors of furniture, with the Domus showroom featuring more sleek modern stylized furniture — including the much-desired Calvin Klein furniture line. The Cella Luxuria showroom features reclaimed furniture and accessories, including an oversized chess set made of wood and elements of tools which I hope to find under my Christmas tree this year.
Cella Luxuria is featuring photo artwork by Philadelphia’s Kory Zuccarelli this month. Really talented guy. It was a nice party, they had a full band playing easy listening music while guests looked around and mingled, it was a nice touch.
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Friday, Dec. 7
Butch Cordora celebrates the grand opening of his new gallery - Gallery - on Friday in Old City (courtesy of Cordora)
Do some holiday shopping at Starboard Side Gallery (5 p.m) with vintage gifts, beer and lots of music.
Butch Cordora celebrates the grand opening of his new Gallery (formerly Ven & Vaida). The first 100 people will be treated to holiday gifts (6 p.m.).
Raise some money for the animal victims of Hurricane Sandy at Bonejour (6 p.m.) with proceeds to benefit the Human Society of Atlantic County.
Get to the Bike Stop for beer and cupcakes (7 p.m.) to benefit the Mazzoni Center. Proceeds will help the center provide winter coats and toys for area children impacted by HIV and AIDS.
Explore gender with ScrewSmart during Sexploratorium at Passional (7 p.m.).
It’s the holiday dance for LGBT youth (7 p.m.) at St. Luke and the Epiphany.
The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus performs its annual holiday concert through the weekend at Luthern Church of the Holy Communion (8 p.m.).
Thank Goddess It’s OMG (9 p.m.) is at Tabu with special guests Misty Maven, Navaya Shay, Porcelain, DJ Brandon Robert and host Notorious OMG. The theme? A drag before Christmas, of course.
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Join the HRC at the Field House during Equality Watch 2012. Donate $10 and get a Vote Obama t-shirt and a free drink.
Who will win – Mitt Romney or Barack Obama? While we can’t possibly forecast the results, we can tell you where to go to watch the the drama unfold. Here’s a list of bars, restaurants and venues around town that will be broadcasting the results on Election Night – and hosting a few very special events.
The Blockley: The West Philly club is hosting a Sandy relief event with a free drink to each person who donates 10 cans of food. Also look for voting games and other election hijinks.
Devil’s Alley: Try the Obama Mama or Romney Runner at this Rittenhouse Square restaurant/bar.
Doobies: One of our favorite neighborhood watering holes is featuring full television coverage, dollar dogs and an extended happy hour.
Field House: The HRC is hosting the Equality Watch 2012 election night party upstairs with drink specials through the night. Donate $10 to the HRC and you’ll get a Vote Obama t-shirt and free drink.
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Courtesy of Rhino Bar
We may miss Bump and Q, but now that Mike Stollenwerk’s Fish has moved around the corner (less than 100 feet into a smaller space), a new bar has taken over the corner of 13th and Locust in the heart of the Gayborhood.
Rhino Bar has officially opened today within the Independence Hotel – and it’s touting itself as a gastropub with raw bar. The sleek new space features a menu with “snacks” and “plates” – look for dishes like fried green tomatoes, chile verde and miso-glazed salmon.
In addition to eight beer taps – with lots of craft beers by the bottle – and a liquor list with no shortage of happy hour specials, Rhino also serves root beer floats. In fact, the gastropub will be catering to the late-night crowd with food served until 1 a.m. on weekdays and until 2 a.m. on weekends.
Rhino Bar, 1234 Locust Street, 215-557-4442.
Women's rights icon Gloria Steinem talks feminism at Haverford (courtesy of Facebook)
Friday, Nov. 2
Gloria Steinem visits Haverford College (7:30 p.m.) to discuss “The Progression of Feminism: Where Are We Going?”
Bonerama, a brass funk rock band from New Orleans, performs at Havana in New Hope (8 p.m.).
Tabu’s Thank Goddess It’s OMG (9 p.m.) features The Goddess Isis, Notorious OMG, Anita Manhattan, Mr. Farenheit and Stella D’Oro with DJ Brandon Barlieb.
It’s Cut N Paste (9 p.m.) at The Bike Stop with art installations, monthly performances and music by DJs Precolumbian and Nolita Selector.
Celebrate the music of the B-52s during the Seventh Annual Sex Dwarf Wig Party (9 p.m.) at Fluid with DJs Robert Drake and Marilyn Thomas.
Local poets share their works during a poetry slam at PhilaMOCA (9 p.m.).
Sisters hosts Meangurls (10 p.m.) with DJ Deejay.
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Friday, Oct. 26
Justin Bond plays the William Way on Friday (courtesy of the artist)
William Way hosts the Queer Fear Costume Closet (6:30 p.m.) with great garb from Philly AIDS Thrift.
ArtNUDE Philadelphia is presented by the James Oliver Gallery (7 p.m.) to benefit the Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation. The exhibit features 23 artists with performances by Katie Gould, DJ Mike Lowry and DJ Rich, among others.
The Queer Fear Cabaret features none other than Justin Vivien Bond (7:30 p.m.) with the Bearded Ladies. Check out Bond’s amazing new album here.
Play the Halloween Match Game (7:30 p.m.) at L’Etage with the Real Housewives of South Philly.
The eXtreme Masquerade takes over the Top of the Tower (8 p.m.) with Ballet X and DJ Captain Ridiculous.
Night of the Living Drag Queen comes to life at Rainbow Mountain Resort in East Stroudsburg (8 p.m.) with Scarlett Lettah and friends – and a dance party to follow.
Peter Sterling hosts his Halloween Ball (9 p.m.) at D’Ignazio’s Towne House Bar in Media to benefit the Special Olympics. Look for a special appearance from Brittany Lynn and her Drag Mafia – and a costume contest with oodles of prizes.
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Marga Gomez and Mike Albo (photo by Cate Corbitt)
Funny people Mike Albo and Marga Gomez will be back in Philly (together this time) for a special show at the Painted Bride – Mike & Marga Make Queer Comedy (Nov. 17). Albo’s known for his satire of everything from celebrity culture to gay life and has been compared to David Sedaris, though we’d argue he looks better in a wig. This Brooklyn denizen’s also written a few novels like The Junket and The Underminer: The Best Friend Who Casually Destroys Your Life - and performs with a comedy troupe called Unitard.
And Gomez (some many remember when she performed during Equality Forum back in the day), has been doing stand-up and writing and performing in plays both in New York and San Francisco – and around the country. Fans have also seen her on HBO’s Comic Relief, Showtime’s Latino Laugh Festival, Comedy Central’s Out There and the PBS series In The Life. And like our editor, she’s also been named one of 2012’s “Women We Love” by GO magazine.
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Friday, Sept. 28
The AIDS Library of Philadelphia celebrates its 25th anniversary (4 p.m.) in honor of the library’s co-founders John Cunningham and Heshie Zinman at Philadelphia FIGHT.
The D.C. Federation of College Democrats are showing their support for Obama, Casey and Boockvar (5 p.m.) in Doylestown.
Courtesy of Keswick
P-Town veteran cabaret performer Khris Francis plays The Raven (7:30 p.m.) through the weekend.
Wynonna Judd plays the Keswick (8 p.m.).
Burnt Sugar pays tribute to Miles Davis and James Brown (8 p.m.) at the Painted Bride.
Support William Way’s Indigogo during a Boost Party (8:15 p.m.) at Sisters.
ICandy presents a Back to School party (10 p.m.). Wear your school colors for reduced admission.
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Friday, Sept. 21
Courtesy of Lynn Wilson
The AIDS Walk kicks off with a special presentation in Rittenhouse Square (11 a.m.) documenting the last 30 years of the disease. Read all about it here.
Lynn Wilson exhibits her collages at Gleaner’s Cafe Gallery (5:30 p.m.).
Yikes celebrates its LEED Platinum status during an unveiling ceremony (5:30 p.m.) at their headquarters on East Girard Ave. The owners of the web design firm are featured in the current fall issue of G Philly.
Pancakes 4 Supper benefits the Philly Trans March (6 p.m.) at Sam’s Morning Glory Diner.
Gender EDGE presents “an evening of bleeding ears” (7 p.m.) at the Turnerdome with bands Sex Gender, Hivebent, Heather Holepuncher and Ex by V.
The Voice contestants Tony Vincent and Juliet Simms perform at Parx Casino (8 p.m.).
The Shortbus Sisters go back to school (10 p.m.) at Tabu with drag performances by Satine Harlow, Navaya Shay, Cherry Pop, Misty Maven and Omyra Lynn.
September Stimulus celebrates with the Second Annual Back 2 School party (10 p.m.) at Shampoo. There’s even an under 21 lounge.
DJ Deejay spins BBG vs. KKR at Sisters (10 p.m.).
Saturday, Sept. 22
It’s Family Play Day at the William Way (10 a.m.) with wildlife experts from the Philadelphia Zoo. Join Philadelphia Family Pride for the fun, free and educational event for kids of all ages.
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