WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Gay July 4th BBQ, GI Jane Sleepover Party, Tennis Fundraiser, and Red, White, and OOOOH!

Help raise funds for The Philadelphia Open, a LGBT tennis event, on Sunday!

Help raise funds for The Philadelphia Open, a LGBT tennis event, on Sunday!

Is there any better (gay) way to celebrate America this weekend than with a classic burlesque? Red, White, and OOOOH is the July 5th show by the Liberty City Kings Drag & Burlesque, and it’s serving everything classic about America. Think apple pie, baseball, and Marilyn Monroe… with a little bit of kink.

What makes this show even more special is that this is one of the last chances to see the incomparable Notorious OMG before he sashays out of the spotlight. Once the show is over, you can dance the night away with the award-winning cast. Bonus: If you come dressed in kink, you get a small discount for entry. Hey: it’s hard out there!  Every dollar counts! If you’re not looking for fireworks this weekend, head to this kinky show at Tabu instead. July 5-6, 8:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m., $10 (in drag/kink/costume) or $12 (regular admission), Tabu.


  • U Bar will be hosting The Big, Gay 4th of July BBQ with delicious food, and specialty cocktails that will make this holiday one to remember.
  • It’s the first Friday of the month, which means it’s time for another Venture Inn Sleepover Party. The theme for this one is G.I. Jane. Think military wear (or PJs if you want), push ups, and arm wrestling contests.
  • Tabu’s 4th of July celebration is a bit hairier than the others. Don’t miss Red, White, and Bear, the dance party with the fuzziest boys around.


  • Vixens & Vagabonds Queer & Kinky Cabaret is just in time with Red, White, & OOOOH (see above for more information).


PHOTOS: A Very Gay Prom at Tabu

Over the weekend more than 200 Philly LGBTers pulled out their sparkliest threads for the first-annual “A Very Tabu Prom,” hosted by Gayborhood bartender Ashley Coleman and filmmaker Jordan Fraser. Like any prom, there was dancing — with music by DJ JavaScript — a little snacking (courtesy of Thomas Day catering), and the crowning of a king and queen: Lobstar Bisque and Cal Woodruff, respectively. But what set this apart from any other run-of-the-mill prom is that this one was gay, gay, gay. As you’ll see in the photos below, there were drag queens, gay couples, lesbian couples, straight couples, gender-bending couples, the whole damn gamut. It’s what every prom should look like. I think the prom queen summed up the evening best when, during the crowning ceremony, she proclaimed, “this wiped away all of my bad prom memories.” Amen to that, sister.

Check out some snaps from the evening, courtesy of  local photographers Lianne Dunsing and Brendan Coleman, below.

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Runway of Love, Straight & Butch, Drag Kings, and A Very Tabu Prom

Patrick Kelly Crop

The work of a true fashion legend will be debuting at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love is a fashion exhibit with a slew of inspirations and influences. The late Patrick Kelly, who died of AIDS in January 1990, is an unforgettable African-American designer that challenged the norm and brought new, edgy flair to the fashion world.

His goal was simple: he once said, “I want my clothes to make you smile.” His early work gained the attention of French Elle which featured him in February 1985. He pulled inspiration from his African American and Southern roots, his knowledge of fashion and art history, and the club and gay scenes of New York and Paris.

This is world class art, and definitely the kind of see-and-be-seen event to close off the month. Speaking of world class, one of Philly’s fiercest queens, Brittany Lynn, will be on the red carpet, so try not to show up looking busted. If you want a sneak peek, check out the preview of the exhibit. Click here to get your (free) ticket. Friday, May 30, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Free, Philadelphia Museum of Art



DO THIS: “A Very Tabu Prom” Promises Queens, Kings, and Fun

A Very Tabu Prom

A Very Tabu Prom

It’s the prom that you always dreamed of, but without all of that awkward adolescent acne, braces and slow dancing.

Intrigued? Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar hopes so. They will be hosting an upscale-style adult prom on May 31, 2014 starting at 8PM. Appropriately dubbed A Very Tabu Prom, guests are encouraged to come wearing their best black-tie regalia for a good cause—a portion of the proceeds will benefit The Attic Youth Center, Philadelphia’s premier LGBTQ adolescence resource center.

“It’s going to be a glamorous night for the entire community to mingle and make memories,” said event producer Ashley Coleman. The event will include dancing, libations, and light hor d’oeuvres, and what prom would be complete without some royalty? Guests will have the chance to vote for their favorite Gaybohood prom king and queen who will receive fabulous prizes. And speaking of “kings,” the prom is the official after party for the Philly Drag King Competition.

Another good thing about this prom is the itty-bitty price: only $8 if you purchase tickets ahead of time and $12 at the door.

And while I can’t promise that there won’t be any Carrie-style reenactments, let’s face it: at a gay prom, if a queen’s dress was stained, they’d do a lot worse than Carrie ever did in the Steven King film!

Tabu is located at 200 S. 12th Street, Philadelphia. To purchase tickets, click here.

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Altar Boyz, Glitter & Grits, and Joshua Thomas at the Tin Angel

The cast of "Altar Boyz" at 11th Hour Theatre Company.

The cast of “Altar Boyz” at 11th Hour Theatre Company.

Altar Boyz is a sinfully funny comedy about a Christian boy band and it’s five members—Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan, and Abraham. The kicker? One member is gay and he has a big crush on the lead singer. It has been hailed as “high-octane entertainment” by Talkin’ Broadway. Will these good boys, and the one gay one, be able to resist the temptations that come along with fame and fortune?

The play has a little bit of everything – music, comedy, dancing, and most importantly, a touching story. It’s sure to hit home because we’ve all been there when it comes to an unrequited crush. Catch it before it closes on June 1. Visit 11th Hour Theatre Company’s website for more information and to buy tickets. Friday, May 23, 8:00 p.m., $31, The Arts Bank Center at the University of the Arts. Read more »

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.

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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

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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

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