Apparently, there’s something about spring that makes the city feel extra philanthropic. Throughout the month of May Philly will see all kinds of charity events — from those supporting the local arts and disease research to poverty. Because soirees of this kind require a little planning ahead, Ticket has rounded up seven of the season’s not-to-be-missed charity events that’ll fit any giving budget.
It is a great day to be out and about in Philadelphia, as the temperature is currently, uh, 79? Seventy nine! That sounds wrong. Let’s check another site: Um, 75 degrees! Okay, I guess I’m finally convinced. It’s actually that warm today.
Although we’re expected to get storms tonight, the good people at Phillywx say we’re in for a stretch of nice days!
In what is an act of excellent timing, The Porch at 30th Street Station releases its spring programming lineup on this glorious first day of spring. There’s a whole itinerary of music and theater goings-on, including live dance by MM2 Modern Dance Company, a Clay Studio pop-up and more.
Friday, May 11
See the new exhibit Collage at the Latvian Society (starting at 9 a.m.) with works by artists from around the country. The event continues through the weekend.
Watch the documentary Brother Outsider about out civil rights hero Bayard Rustin with a performance by A Voice 4 All People (6 p.m.) at the African-American Museum of Philadelphia.
Come to the cabaret (7:30 p.m.) at the Mt. Airy Garage with performances by Michael Richard Kelly and the Tamer Tewfik Trio.
Tony Enos performs live (9 p.m.) at South Philly Bar & Grill to benefit the Beacon Light Fund.
Camp Tabu is back (9 p.m.) with a night of humor starring Chip Chantry, Latice, Aaron Hertzog, Mike Logan, T.J. Hurley and Natalie with tag-team hosts Alejandro Morales and R. Eric Thomas.
Friday, April 27
MANNA hosts a “Meals That Matter” tailgate party (5 p.m.) on 23rd and Ranstead with members of the Philadelphia Eagles, Eagles Cheerleaders and Swoop. A full menu will be offered, along with a Chopped-style cook-off with the pros. All proceeds benefit MANNA.
Martha Graham Cracker plays “Art After 5” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (5 p.m.). Click here for our exclusive art chat with the gender-bending vocal powerhouse.
Philadelphia Black Gay Pride‘s family reunion (6 p.m) is at the Crowne Plaza on City Avenue with Power 99 personality Muthaknows. Special guests also include Akil Patterson, an openly gay wrestler, comedian Sam “Sampson” McCormick and the new Mr. and Miss Philadelphia Black Gay Pride with an award for the most LGBT-friendly politician of the year. The Evolution Ball follows (7:30 p.m.).
Nathan Walk helped out Bruce Yelk of NightlifeGay.com with a new video for the spring PINK Pub Crawl on March 24. Turns out there’s a whole lot of gay events going on that night – including the crawl, Shut Up & Dance, the HRC Greater Philadelphia Gala and – last but definitely not least – Liza plays the Borgata in Atlantic City. What’s a gay girl (or guy) to do?
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