TONIGHT: Sing Karaoke for Philly Queer Media

pqm logo largeThe Philly Queer Media Activism Series doesn’t kickoff till March, but Philly KJ Sara Sherr is ready to raise awareness — and funds — for it with a karaoke bash tonight at Tabu.

Philly Queer Media founder Cathy Hannabach tells me that the series will run March 20 – April 22 in venues across Philadelphia. “It showcases work by media artists at the crossroads of queer political activism and queer media production, particularly work that foregrounds the intersections of race, class, disability, citizenship, sexuality, and gender identity/expression. Its goal is not just to increase the exposure and accessibility of queer and trans* media makers, but also to build community and foster conversations around oppression and activism.”

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3 Ways to Celebrate
Martin Luther King Day in Philly

This photo — trom the Jack T. Franklin Photography Collection of the African American Museum in Philadelphia — shows Rev. King posing with the Philadelphia delegation of the Montgomery Civil Rights March in 1965.

This photo — from Philly’s African American Museum — shows Rev. King posing with the Philadelphia delegation of the Montgomery Civil Rights March in 1965.

Our daily roundup of what’s happening today in Philly. This go round, we’ve got three of the city’s best MLK Day Celebrations.

Eastern State Penitentiary (ESP) wraps up its weekend-long Martin Luther King celebrations with an afternoon of readings, MLK-centric prison tours and a chance to create some art. Today at, 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. professional actors will present a live reading of King’s famous Letter From Birmingham Jail followed by a Q&A with a civil rights scholar. If you’re bringing kids along, or if you’re in a particularly crafty mood, Art Sanctuary will set up stations for guests to create works in response to the text. There will also be guided tours of the museum, with an emphasis on how the civil rights movement affected inmates at ESP, and how they reacted when they heard the news of MLK’s assassination. 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., readings are free but reservations are required, $10-$14 for tours, Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave., easternstate.org.

More MLK Day happenings after the jump

TONIGHT: William Way Throws a Holiday Bash in Latin and More

thursdayWilliam Way’s trying something a little different this holiday season with its first annual Holiday Extravaganza and Latin Carol Eve.  It’s an evening of seasonal song and spoken word all in Latin. Philly comedic storyteller R. Eric Thomas will serve as host. To get in on the spirit of the occasion, he promises to perform a monologue in Latin. Translations will be available, but something tells me he’ll be hilarious even if you don’t know what he’s saying. The musical portion of the evening is a parade of yuletide favorites, like “Musicus Parvulus” (“Little Drummer Boy”), “Avia Renone Calcebatur” (“Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer”) and “Silentio Noctis” (you guessed it: “Silent Night”). 6 p.m., free, William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce St.

Two more Thursday events after the jump »