15 #GayPhilly Instagrams
You Need to See This Week:
The Thank God for Muscle Tees Edition

Every Friday we roundup the best shots from some of Philly’s most celebrated LGBT Instagram hams. This week, I pay homage to the muscle tee.



PHOTOS: Philadelphia Burlesque Battle Royale Crowns a Winner

Last night was the finale of Philadelphia Burlesque Battle Royale, a competition at Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar that was looking for Philly’s very best burlesque performer. After an amusing nine weeks of prancing, dancing and booby-shaking, the competition was narrowed down to one winner: Sinnamon Baybey. Mistor Fahrenheit took home second place, and Holly Ween was the third-place winner. Here are some photos from the finale performance, by Gayborhood photographer Alexander John.



Top 4 Events This Week in Gay Philly: Gunnar Montana Returns With Hybernate, a Beyonce-Themed Ratchet and More

TONIGHT: The Cast of Mamma Mia! is Performing at Tabu

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Gabrielle Mirabella, Georgia Kate Haege, and Carly Sakolove in “Mamma Mia!,” showing now at the Kimmel Center. Photo courtesy of Kevin Thomas Garcia.

The cast of Mamma Mia! is killing two birds while in town performing at the Kimmel Center. Tonight, they’ll make their way to Tabu to perform in the show’s nationwide cabaret series that raises funds for The Trevor Project, the organization dedicated to crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBT teens.

“Cabaret for a Cause: Making Music. Making Memories. Making a Difference.” is 90 minutes of entertainment featuring singers, dancers, impressionists and comedians from the show. In addition to the performance, the cast will auction off some gift baskets, gift certificates and a couple tickets to see Mamma Mia! before it leaves Philly on March 2. Thu., Feb. 27, 11 p.m., $10, Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar, 200 South 12th Street. 

Photos from the show after the jump

6 Gay Things to Do in Philly This Week:
The Debut of Mondo Trasho,
BalletX’s Winter Series and More

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Mondo Trasho: This new twice-monthly party in Fishtown promises “sex-dreamy jamz,” a performance by Pretty Girl and curious-sounding kombucha cocktail specials. Hear a preview of the evening’s soundtrack, recorded live in Serato by CNNR & Skull†Kid, here. Stay tuned to G Philly for a Q&A with party host Corey Griffith. Wed., Feb. 12, 10 p.m., free, The Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave.

5 more gay events after the jump

TONIGHT: Ratchet Benefit for Nick Forte, December QOTA and More

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It’s a particularly busy Wednesday night in gay Philly. Here are a few things you could get into:

The final QOTA of the year also serves as a five-year-anniversary celebration for East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District (EPABID) Executive Director Renee Gilinger. This month’s party kicks off at Adobe Café with lots of holiday-inspired drink specials, like a red margarita ($5), spiced rum holiday punch ($5) or a chocolate martini with whipped cream vodka ($6). 6 p.m., free, Adobe Café, 1919 E. Passyunk Ave.

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Weekend Roundup: Gay Bowl XIV, ‘Born This Way’ Bingo, Gaymer Parties Galore

Tabu will play host to the Gay Bowl XIV kickoff event, featuring gay athletes from around the region. Photo courtesy: ShutterStock

Tabu will play host to the Gay Bowl XIV kickoff event, featuring gay athletes from around the region. Photo courtesy: ShutterStock

While the weather gets colder, this weekend will be heating up: Chiseled abs and killer arms (we hope) will be filling Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar on Sunday when gay athletes from throughout the region hang around for some pre-tourney good will and elbow-jabbing. The event serves as the official kickoff for Gay Bowl XIV.

Based in Philly for its 14th go-around, Gay Bowl serves up a 40-team tournament (28 men’s, 12 women’s) of flag football, with an estimated 650 players coming into the city for the events. The actual tournament will take place Oct. 9-12, 2014, but Tabu will be hosting parties (like this one) intermittently to raise morale and — naturally — money. This weekend will include performances by Songbird competitors Ellie Parx, Stephanie Brown, Robert Anthony and Jo Stones; the best performance of the afternoon will perform the National Anthem at the Gay Bowl. Future events are still in-the-works, but include quirky themes like “Black-tie Flip Cup.” Admittance is $5, with all money put toward hosting next year’s tourney.

1-4 p.m., $5, Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar, 200 S. 12th St. Read more »

BEST OF THE GAYBORHOOD AND BEYOND: Bartender

Photo courtesy of Jenna Stamm.

Photo courtesy of Jenna Stamm.

BARTENDER: Ashley Coleman, Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar

After slinging drinks for nearly four years at the now-shuttered Sisters, this gorgeous ray of sunshine has found a new home around the corner. You’ll usually find her working the upstairs bar, beaming and pouring her delish signature drink, the Ashley Punch, a fruity vodka-and-rum-based version of the Long Island Iced Tea. 200 S. 12th St., 215-964-9675, tabuphilly.com

REVIEW: “Drag Race” Star Alyssa Edwards at Ratchet Wednesdays

Alyssa Edwards poses with Philly drag queen Bev (aka Drew Gaver.) Photo by Alexander John Photography.

Alyssa Edwards poses with Philly drag queen Bev (aka Drew Gaver.) Photo by Alexander John Photography.

This year, a number of Drag Race queens have stepped down in Philly — Alaska, Jinx Monsoon, Manila Luzon — and while they were all great in their own right, none of them could bat an eye lash at the Vanessa Williams of drag herself, Alyssa Edwards, who performed last night at Ratchet Wednesdays at Tabu.

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