DO THIS: William Way’s Indigogo Queer Polar Dance Party at Underground Arts

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A few months ago, in our recurring end-of-the-week column Philanthropy Friday, William Way Development Director Michael Pomante hinted that, after the success of last fall’s IndiGoGo, the Center would be hosting another one at Underground Arts this winter. Well he wasn’t kidding: Plans have been made, DJs have been booked. Indigogo: A Queer Polar Dance Party is, well, a go-go.

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R U Keanu? Point Break Live Comes To Underground Arts

Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, AKA Johnny Utah and Bodhi.

Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, AKA Johnny Utah and Bodhi.

You could be the next Johnny Utah, brah.

If you have ever witnessed the ’90s blockbuster Point Break, you’re familiar with FBI rookie Utah—played by Keanu Reeves—who is forced undercover into the savage world of the L.A. surf community, riding gnarly waves and sparking an intense bromance in an attempt to take down a group of surfers who double as hard-knock bank robbers.

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IndiGoGo a Huge Success, Please Make it a Regular Thing

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William Way Community Center‘s IndiGoGo party was everything I hoped it would be. For the first time, the annual fundraiser brought together 11 Philly party producers who put on a hell of a shindig Saturday night at Underground Arts. The affair took up five (Six? I lost count) rooms within the Loft District venue—each featuring DJs, circus performers, go-go dancers, and there was even one where you could get spanked by porn star Colby Keller.

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INTERVIEW: Rising Pop Star Betty Who Talks Heartbreak, Gay Weddings, and Getting Ratchet For Her Philly Fans

Photo by Alexander Stein.

Photo by Alexander Stein.

Aussie pop diva on the rise Betty Who will surely shake up things when she takes the stage at Underground Arts Saturday (March 22) to perform songs from her much-buzzed-about upcoming EP Slow Dancing. I had the chance to chat with Ms. Who on the phone this week, when we gabbed about everything from looking like Pink and dealing with heartbreak to what it was like having her song used in that Home Depot gay marriage proposal video that went viral.

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DO THIS: The Great Bullshit Debate

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Arm-chair philosophers, master debaters and undergrads who may use the word “performative” a bit too much unite for The Philly Pigeon and Team Sunshine‘s interactive debate, The Society of Civil Discourse. Combining performance with participation, intellectualism with inanity, and debating with dating, think of the event as a variety show you star in, or maybe an impromptu dissertation at speed-dating night.

The “interactive debate/appreciation/bullshitting” event happens in two phases: Phase One begins with a brief induction ceremony, then participants can visit the four facilitated talking stations (and mingle and get drinks.) These free-roaming stations allow guest debaters to wax philosophic on things they love and hate, and meet fellow experts who may or may not have made-up passions. In Phase Two, professional performers and audience members form teams to compete in five rounds of debate, with topics chosen by the audience. This round will include personal testimonies that, again, could or could not be fake, miming, and a rambling of fake statistics.

The event takes place Thursday, March 20th, 7 p.m., at Underground Arts, 1200 Callowill Street. Tickets ($10 advance, $13 at door) are on sale here

 

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