Weekend Roundup

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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LISTEN: Purple Crush’s Lucky Star

Electro-pop duo Purple Crush has recently released a cover of Madonna’s oldie but goodie “Lucky Star.” The band’s also launched a “MadonnaWannaBe” campaign that’s raising money to record even more music from the Material Girl’s songbook – it even coincides with a new tour.

“We are going to reward special contributors with something everyone wants out of an artist – the ability to control them!” the band says. “Yes, you can tell Purple Crush which Madonna song to cover!”

Will it be “Vogue,” “Erotica,” or maybe even “Holiday?”

Most recently, the duo – which look like they’ve stepped out of an American Apparel catalog – has been opening for Leslie and the LYs to promote their new album, “Welcome 2 the Underground,” which is available digitally on Amazon and iTunes.

Click here to download “Lucky Star” for free.

The Gayest Moments of the Closing Ceremony

The closing ceremonies of the Olympics were star-studded, to say the least. Not only did they resurrect Freddie Mercury in a video filmed more than two decades ago at Wembley Stadium, but a few of our favorite 80s and 90s pop stars also made an appearance, including George Michael, the Pet Shop Boys, Spice Girls and Annie Lennox, alongside newer acts like Jessie J.

Some of the gayest moments:

George Michael at the Olympics (courtesy of Facebook)

At 49, an older and grayer George Michael has become a veritable leather daddy. Sporting his signature coiffed facial hair (though a little more hardcore than ever before), the former Wham! man was dressed in head-to-toe leather with a skull belt buckle as he sang “Freedom 90,” a crowd-pleaser with a deeper message, presumably, about coming out. Remember the great video with the cavalcade of supermodels back in the day?

While NBC edited the show (a low point), Michael also sang his newest track – “White Light” – about his near fatal disease last year. And while some in the British press are accusing the singer of using “the greatest party on earth” to promote his new single, we thought it was a great comeback to be in the news for music rather than his usual escapades.

The Pet Shop Boys in designs by Gareth Pugh (courtesy of Facebook)

Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe of the Pet Shop Boys also dazzled with a spot-on rendition of the duo’s “West End Girls.” The electronic twosome showed up in what can only be described as large-scale origami – bird-like contraptions on their heads and on the heads of the guys that guided them along the staging area by avant-garde designer Gareth Pugh.

Of course, Annie Lennox took grandiose staging to a new height with a ghost ship theme for her lesser known hit “Little Bird.” The short-haired chanteuse took a page from Tim Burton as she sailed around the arena with lots of extras. It wasn’t clear who was lipsyncing and who wasn’t at times during the show (except maybe for Russell Brand, whose megaphoned performance of “I am the Walrus” didn’t change an iota when he actually put down the megaphone), but we like to think the former Eurythmics hit-maker was really hitting those notes after all these years.

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LGBT History Month Icons Named

Since 2006, Equality Forum has put the spotlight on 217 LGBT icons who have made important strides in the arts, science, politics and culture. As we get ready for LGBT History Month in October, the Philly-based organization has given us a preview of who’s being honored this year.

“The 217 Icons, including the 31 Icons for 2012, demonstrate the impressive and diverse international impact of the LGBT community,” says Malcolm Lazin, founder of LGBT History Month and executive director of Equality Forum.

Icons are selected for their accomplishments in their field of endeavor, their status as a national hero or their significant contributions to LGBT equality, he says. The icons are chosen based on nominations from organizations and individuals – this year’s co-chairs were Professor George Chauncey, chair of the History & American Studies Department and Yale University, and Sue Rankin, professor of education and LGBT Studies at Penn State University.

And the LGBT History Month 2012 Icons are:

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WATCH: Pink’s New Video

Philly native Pink is getting ready to release a new album Sept. 18 – The Truth About Love. But she’s giving us a taste  of things to come with the brand spanking new video for “Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” an ode to old-school French films that has the pop star doing a little gender-bending. The video even features a steamy lesbian dance scene. Oui!

Check it out:

Listen: Chad D’s “1 Dance”

When Philly native Chad D packed his suitcase (and synthesizer) for Brooklyn, we were sad to see him go. But he never left Philly far behind thanks to his new EP Williamsburgadelphia. The first single “1 Dance” is a playful club song with glimmers of Gaga and even George Michael.

Click here to download the EP for free.

Keep your eye out for this guy – he’s performing later this summer (August 16) at Fluid Nightclub.

Check out the remix:

What We Love: Cher – the Musical

The Cher songbook – with “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves,” “Dark Lady” and “Jesse James” – easily conjure up storied performances. But according to Broadway.com, Cher says she plans to write and star in a Broadway musical about her life. And since the musical diva’s already won an Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Golden Globe, looks as though a Tony could be added to the list (hello, EGOT!).

Cher took to Twitter to share her thoughts about the project, saying she has something in the works. The show is said to feature two women – young Cher and Cher today. It would follow her life through the Sonny and Cher years, her solo career and Believe tour – and will feature some of her biggest hits.

What songs would you like to hear in the show? And who would play Chaz?

Here’s one of our picks:

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