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.
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.
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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.
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.
It’s been announced on Comic Book Resources that Philly actor – and straight ally – Evan Jonigkeit will appear in X-Men: Days of Future Pasts as The Toad. You may remember him from this fun promo video for Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar.
Local social media company Chatterblast Media produced the video five years ago. They share the story about meeting Jonigkeit here.
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.
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 »
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.
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.