LGBTQ Event of the Week: AIDS Law Project’s “Boo at Bahdeebahdu”

The AIDS Law Project presents their 3rd annual "Boo at Bahdeebahdu."

The AIDS Law Project presents the third-annual “Boo at Bahdeebahdu.”

For its frightful theme and extravagant philanthropy, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is the AIDS Law Project’s “Boo at Bahdeebahdu”. The lavish costume charity party has two parts: a three-course dinner by David Hall of Joshua’s Catering followed by a spooky dance party. Proceeds from this event will support the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, which cites itself as having “risen to the defense of 41,000 Pennsylvanians with HIV/AIDS and educated more than 35,000 others on AIDS-related legal issues.” Expect a night filled with celebrity guest appearances and performances by Brian Sanders’ JUNK, John Jarboe and Heath Allen of The Bearded Ladies, Gunnar Montana, Miss Finesse Ross and DJ Sharyn Stone. The event begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, October 28th, at Bahdeebahdu, 1522 North American Street. Tickets Read more »

Bicycle Coalition Is Throwing a Birthday Party for the Spruce and Pine Street Bike Lanes

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Spruce and Pine Street bike lanes, happy birthday to you!

Yes, it’s true, the Spruce and Pine Street bike lanes are turning six years old. (They grow up so fast.) According to PennDOT, since the routes opened the city has seen a 24 percent drop in crashes on those streets. Now that’s something to celebrate. Read more »

Mondo Trasho Brings a Shot of Queer Pittsburgh Nightlife to Fishtown

corey griffith mondo trasho

Photo by Mario Manzoni.

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.

Q&A with Corey after the jump

PHOTOS: The Attic Youth Center
20th Anniversary Gala

Tami Sortman, Carrie Jacob, and Scott Barnes present an award to Ingrid Abrams for her longtime service to the Attic Youth Center.

(L-R) Tami Sortman, Carrie Jacobs and Scott Barnes present an award to Ingrid Abrams for her longtime service to the Attic Youth Center.

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:

Highlights and a gallery of photos after the jump »

Raise the Bar

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.

Weekend Roundup

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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Simon Doonan Does Halloween

Doonan and Ravenswood present the ultimate Poe-inspired party (photo courtesy of Ravenswood).

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:

Doonan as the Queen (photos courtesy of Simon Doonan)

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.

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Weekend Roundup

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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Weekend Roundup

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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