Weekend Roundup: Sebastian’s Life On the Fringe, Happy Bear Happy Hour, Songbird Concert and More

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A new brand of concert is hitting Philadelphia this weekend: Created and led by local performance artist Sebastian, the raw Life On the Fringe (LOTF) shines a spotlight on the folks living “on the fringe of society.” Dubbed as a “multimedia concert for adults,” LOTF is performance art that seeks to challenge, educate, and empower.

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Weekend Roundup: Bev Offends the Masses, “Proud Exposures” Debuts at William Way, Back 2 Basics Returns and More

GASP: Bev (left) dances with a crucified Jesus.

GASP: Bev (left) flirts with a crucified Jesus.

A new show is coming to Voyeur this Saturday that’s prefaced with a bold warning: “Not for the faint at heart or easily offended!” Bev, one of Philly’s best rising drag personalities, will put on a show fittingly called “We’ll See You In Hell.” No joke is off-limits. Everything is on the table.

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Weekend Roundup: Saint Harridan Pop-Up, Thank Goddess It’s OMG Comes to an End, the Legendary Crystal Ball and More

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There’s an old adage — you know the one — that says “clothes make the man,” and trans clothing designer Saint Harridan here to making the saying true for women and FTM transgender people, too. This innovative company began with the mission of designing clothes that, “fit your body and your gender.”

Shoppers can buy Saint Harridan’s suits and accessories online at any time, but those looking for a more personal shopping experience can head to its three-day pop-up shop in Philly, starting Friday at the Hampton Inn.

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WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Steve Grand to Perform at HRC Philadelphia Region Gala Dinner and More

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From left to right: “30 Rock” star Maulik Pancholy, country singer Steve Grand and club diva Crystal Waters are set to attend/perform at the HRC 2014 Gala Dinner in Philadelphia

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is throwing its annual Philadelphia Region Gala Dinner this weekend, with a pretty impressive lineup of speakers and talent. Philly native and HRC Vice President of Policy and Political Affairs Tom O’Donnell will serve as the speaker for the evening, welcoming Philly State Rep. Brian Sims as special guest. It’s the entertainment that’s got my ears perked up, though.

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WEEKEND ROUNDUP: The Official Gay Oscars-Viewing Extravaganza

1614048_10100924663044784_1838982421_oThe Oscars will be hitting gay TVs all over the world this Sunday, with homo-tastic performances like Idina Menzel singing current gay anthem “Let it Go, a Wizard of Oz tribute starring Liza (with a “Z”), a number by Upper Darby’s own Pink, and, hello, Ellen. In short: These are not the kinds of moments you want to experience at home alone in your PJs. Come to what we’re dubbing the Official Gay Philly Oscars-Viewing Extravaganza.

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5 Ways to Spend the Long Weekend in Philly: PHS Pop-Up Beer Garden Returns, Cupid’s Undie Run and More

Every Friday we round up five of the best ways to spend your weekend in Philly.

Summer’s dreamy Pennsylvania Horticultural Society pop-up beer garden is back for a three-day President’s Day weekend romp. The vacant lot on South Broad Street will be cleared out and blazing with heated tents (thank God!), suds from Yards Brewing Company, nibbles and an LED light forest by Brian Hoffman Design. Fri.-Sun., Feb. 14-16, 4 p.m.-9 p.m., 313 S. Broad St. 

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WEEKEND ROUNDUP:
PGMC’s Bachelor Auction, SH!TSHOW and The Devotion Project

Every Friday we round up Philly’s gayest weekend must-dos. Today, we start with the Heart and Soul Bachelor Auction presented by the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus (PGMC).

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Woody’s will host PGMC’s 11th annual Bachelor Auction, themed “heart and soul.” The event promises eight eligible bachelors who will be auctioned off throughout the day to the highest bidder. So bring your wallet, pick your favorite stud and get ready to bid, bid, bid. 

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9 Gay Things to Do in Philly This Weekend: Bev is Back, Mileyball, and the Ultimate Gay Super Bowl Party

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Philly drag queen Bev may tout herself as the holier-than-thou “Gayborhood God Warrior,” but when that gal gets to complaining, Lord, you’d believe she was possessed by the Devil himself. To be fair, she has a lot to bitch about — namely just pulling a disappointing second-place win in Drag Wars — so Tabu has invited the queen to host her very own evening of comedy, burlesque and other “bitchy surprises” in “Bev’s Bitchfest: The Bitch is Back.”

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WEEKEND ROUNDUP: World AIDS Day Events, New Hope Tree Lighting

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We get it: Sunday is the day of the week tailor-made for lazing around in sweatpants, sans guilt or worry. (For the more fortunate among us, anyway.) But this Sunday marks the 25th observance of World AIDS Day since its Swiss inception in 1988, which should push everyone to not only get out of bed, but stop, think and get serious, too. The proof is in the pudding: This alarming interactive map shows just how pervasive AIDS continues to be, well past the peak of the frenzy-inducing peak of the epidemic.

In other words, it’s kind of a problem.

Thankfully, there’s no shortage of ways to get involved in the region this year. Kicking off the weekend’s AIDS-awareness events, Philly FIGHT and Bishop Ernest McNear will host the fifth annual Prayer Breakfast at the Radisson BLU-Warwick hotel, featuring keep-it-real speeches from four of the region’s religious leaders. Across the river? Pop by brunch at the Camden Area Health Education Center, where your $20 gets you scrambled eggs and the feel-good warm and fuzzies of donating to the center’s educational efforts. Alternatively, if you’re looking to donate to the cause while not leaving your bedroom (and still getting a little something material out of it), take a gander at Margo Manhattan’s specially designed red-ribbon lapel, once donned by Elizabeth Taylor. Funds from each purchase are donated to a charity of the company’s choice for AIDS awareness. Read more »

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