Philly-by-way-of-Pittsburgh party producer Corey Griffith is bringing a new queer night, “Mondo Trasho,” to Fishtown’s Barbary, where every other Wednesday, starting Feb. 12, gays can escape the Gayborhood to throw down in the 19125. I got a chance to chat with Corey (who, full disclosure, is a personal friend) about how the party came about, and why he thinks Philly’s homo nightlife needs a dose of trashy Pittsburgh fun.
On Saturday, more than 600 leaders and members of the Philadelphia LGBT community gathered at the Crystal Tea Room for The Attic Youth Center (AYC) 20th Anniversary Gala. Organizers did an extraordinary job putting together a sold-out night that included moving performances by AYC youth, an award ceremony, live auction, dinner and dancing. Here are some of the biggest highlights:
Graffiti Cocktail Shaker ($24.50) Shake things up with an urban-inspired cocktail shaker by William Kellogg, who designed the whimsical piece in a creative collaboration between Philadelphia University and Kikkerland Design. You’ll never look at that dirty martini the same way again.
Vintage Madonna Marble Coasters ($50) These black-and-white collectibles showcase early photos of the Material Girl. Have a little kitschy fun at your next party—or mount them to a wall to create that shrine to her “Madgesty” that you’ve always wanted.
Tile Tea Towel ($9) Don’t cry over spilled gin—clean it up with a chic new tea towel. Or dress up your tabletop with a little touch of gray for weekend brunch. West Elm, 1330 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, 215-731-0184.
Hangover Cures ($10) Explore home remedies by author Ben Reed on how to get up and go the morning after. The book refutes hangover myths and lists creative cures from around the world—with a whole chapter devoted to the ever-popular Bloody Mary. Crate and Barrel, 160 North Gulph Road, King of Prussia, 610-354-9600.
Orrefores Street Barware ($80 per pair) Elegant and edgy, this tumbler comes from a set inspired by the Manhattan street grid. The combination of crystal and hand-cut design makes them a standout for brisk nights warming up with a favorite reserve. Bloomingdale’s, 160 North Gulph Road, King of Prussia, 610-337-6300.
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.
With Halloween, perhaps the gayest holiday of the year, just around the corner, we wanted to share some creative inspiration from Simon Doonan. The gadfly and former window dresser for Barney’s New York (also Jonathan Adler’s longtime squeeze) teamed up with Ravenswood Winery to channel the spirit of Edgar Allan Poe this season. And as many of us may know, Poe spent many years in Philadelphia penning his masterpieces, so these how-to tips for the ultimate Poe party could never be lost on our gay denizens, right?
Here are Doonan’s Do’s and Don’ts for the ultimate Edgar Allen Poe-themed party:
Do enjoy it. Halloween is definitely my favorite holiday beacuse it is all about self-expression and fun … and some quality hooch. Nobody dreads Halloween. People always feel good about Halloween. It’s a great time to express your personal style and your sense of fun.
Do impersonate. What better time to pay homage to your heroes and anti-heroes? I’m talking Ziggy Stardust, Winston Churchill, Kermit or Kim Kardashian, and yes, Mr. Gothic himself, the late great Edgar Allan Poe.
Do let it rip. Halloween is a great time for a little hedonism, by which I mean knock back the Ravenswood (how Poe-tastic is that Raven-embellished label?) and have a good time! A really, really good time.
Do look stylish. Halloween is also the perfect opportunity to step up your fashion quotient: higher heels, daring chapeaux, tighter frocks … and that’s just the men.
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.
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.
Friday, Sept. 21
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
Friday, August 24
Raw Ladi Boi Jell-O Wrestling (yes, Jell-O wrestling) benefits Philly Gay Calendar and Southern Jersey GLBTQ Pride (5:30 p.m.) at the William Way. There’s an open bar and music by DJs Carl Michaels and Mary Mac.
Check out Crawl Space: The Attic Experience (6 p.m.) during the closing reception at William Way.
Join DJ Robert Drake for The End of Summer Pool Party (9 p.m.) at North Shore Beach Club. He’s spinning lots of new wave.
DJ Deejay spins MMP (10 p.m.) at the Barbary, named as the Best Nightclub this year by Philadelphia magazine.
Friday, August 3
Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Art After 5 features Siren Baroque, an all-women’s chamber ensemble from New York (5 p.m.).
Wiz Khalifa plays the Susquehanna Bank Center (5:30 p.m.).
The Philly Dyke March is calling all same-sex couples to the Chick-fil-A on Columbus Blvd. for a kiss-in (8 p.m.) to protest the chain’s opposition to gay rights and marriage equality.
BlackStar Film Festival presents Restless City (8 p.m.) at the International House. The film tells the story of a young man struggling on the fringes of New York City.
Sex Dwarf celebrates its ninth anniversary (9 p.m.) at Fluid Nightclub with non-stop New Wave. Guests are encouraged to wear red and black for a chance to win free tickets to a screening of Mommie Dearest on Aug. 11.
Thank Goddess It’s OMG! (9 p.m.) is at Tabu featuring The Goddess Isis, Anita Manhattan, Lil’ Steph and Stella D’Oro.
Friday, July 27
Check out Brecht in Poland: Poster Designs for the Threepenny Opera (11 a.m.) at Drexel University’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery.
Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Art After 5 (5 p.m.) features a live performance by jazz musician Joanna Pascale.
Stop by Brewerytown for the Food Truck Roundup (5 p.m.) with delicacies from 15 popular trucks. The event also includes live music, art and a pop-up farmer’s market.
Join Brian Sims for an LGBT Bar Crawl for Obama (6 p.m.). The event kicks off at Woody’s and heads to Knock, ICandy, Venture Inn, Tavern on Camac, Westbury and Sisters and includes voter registration.
Check out DJ Robert Drake’s The Land of the Lost (7 p.m.) on WXPN with a live performance by Crash Course in Science.
Flo Rida plays Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City (7 p.m.).