Weekend Roundup: Night of 1000 Fire Crotches, the Jingle Belles, TOY and Other Gay Holiday To-Dos

FRIDAY: a nod to gingers and Dolly Parton

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Weekend Roundup: Diabolique Ball, The State of Young Philly, an ’80s-Themed Cabaret and More Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend Shenanigans


What does a green plaid hanky stand for in gay hanky code? You'll have to show up to NSFW Dance Party's "Hanky Panky" party on Friday to find out.

What does a green plaid hanky stand for in gay hanky code? You’ll have to show up to NSFW Dance Party’s “Hanky Panky” party on Friday to find out. (Shutterstock.com)

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WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Stonewall Kickball’s End-Of-Season Shebang, an Open Bar at Boxers PHL, Tara Hendricks at World Cafe Live and More


  • Dr. Timaree and Daryll host their monthly sex-ed game DTF on Friday night.

    Sex educators/funny people Dr. Timaree and Daryl host their monthly sex-ed game “DTF” on Friday night. Bring boobs, I mean booze.

    Philly singer-songwriter Joshua Thomas returns to the Tin Angel on his mini tour to promote his latest EP, The Harboring. This time he’ll be joined by show openers Cape Wrath and Jennifer Pague of Vita and the Woolf. A romantic evening of fabulous, locally made music awaits.

  • Short Stack and Christian Alsis join Dr. Timaree for the monthly sex-ed game show DTF: Daryl and Timaree Fun Hour. (Psst: It’s BYOB)
  • You’ve seen her on Fashion Police and even Hello Ross!, but now world-famous, always-naughty drag queen Jackie Beat is ready to tackle her next feat: a solo show in Philadelphia! The bawdy queen will make her Philly debut Friday night at Voyeur in her solo comedy show And the Beat Goes On. In it, she will talk about working in the drag business for the past 25 years, and remind all you heifers that she was the Queen of Shade before Bianco Del Rio ever thought about gluing on those wonky lashes.
  • Believe it or not Liberty City Kings Drag and Burlesque matriarch Lascivious Jane turns 40 this week, and she’s celebrating with her Mama’s House all-female cabaret. She’ll be joined by burlesquers Luci Rising, Jezabelle von Jane, and Reggie Bügmüncher. Stick around when the show’s over for the dance party, and to wish Miz Jane a happy birthday.

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Weekend Roundup: Take a Gay Ghost Tour, Halloween Drag at Voyeur, Circus of the Stars and More


  • Eric Jaffe hosts a Gayborhood cabaret on Friday night.

    Eric Jaffe hosts a Gayborhood cabaret on Friday night.

    Qventures is taking guests on a ghost tour through Old City. The guided walk promises a 90-minute candle-lit stroll through graveyards, haunted houses and dark alleys that ends at City Tavern for some drinks. First person to have a ghost pinch them in the butt wins!

  • World Ukelele Champion—and amazing froyo slinger at Igloo Frozen Yogurt—Eric Jaffe is hosting the Gayborhood’s only all-live-singing cabaret at Tavern On Camac. His guests this evening include vocalist and America’s Next Top Model‘s Cory Wade, Drag Wars 4 winner Pissi Myles and Songbird Cycle 1 winner Jo Stones. Not too shabby huh?
  • Tabu is hosting talent competition Circus of the Stars. Judges, like the high-larious Brittany Lynn, will award $100 to the evenings best performer, a cast of characters that includes magicians, comedians, singers, and maybe a meep or two.
  • If you’re wanting to get your dance on later, head to Voyeur to hear electro-pop princess Anna Lunoe. Get there early for an opening set by Factory Girls DJs Katie K Rex, Suga Shay, and Yolo Ono. Listen before you go: “Breathe.”

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Weekend Roundup: Same-Sex Wedding Expo, Aiden James, Pissi Myles, OutFest, and More

Radisson Blu LGBT 10-12HIGHLIGHT: We’re all waiting on pins and needles for this weekend’s 24th annual OutFest celebration. The event is one of gay Philly’s best, a reliable afternoon of good times, high spirits and A-plus entertainment from drag queens and LGBT arts groups across the city. The formula has stayed pretty much the same over the years, and it’s worked, but this year we have a little something extra to celebrate: marriage!

Thanks to Pennsylvania’s marriage equality ruling in May, this year’s OutFest will see more married and affianced couples than ever before. And I bet we’ll see a few engagements, too. With that in mind, local wedding expo organizer Bouche Productions is teaming with Wired 96.5 for a complementary Same-Sex Wedding Showcase happening from noon to 4 p.m. at the nearby Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel. They’re inviting lovebirds to stop by before, after or during OutFest to get to know some of the local vendors who are biting at the chomp to help put together a gay wedding.

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Gay Things to Do This Weekend: Gender Reel Film Festival, “Dash” Comic Debut, Philly Beauty Ball, and Lots More

FRIDAY is all about dancing

  • cutn pasteKick off your weekend shenanigans at the hairiest happy hour in town: Happy Bear at Tabu. This week, the men of Wolfstryker Leather are showing up.
  • Later, move upstairs for Bearlesque.
  • If smooth-and-sexy is more your style, Dr. Timaree and Sara Kelly will be hosting Sleepover. The Party. at Venture Inn. This month’s theme is SCREAM!
  • Nolita Selector and Precolumbian are spinning at CUTN PASTE. Smear on your black lipstick to fit the “teen goth” theme.

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Weekend Roundup: “First Comes Love,” “The Gran Varones” Debuts, Bruce Yelk Gets Back in the Nightlife Game, and More


Anna and Eli in Barbara Proud's new book featuring longterm LGBT couples, First Comes Love.

Anna and Eli in Barbara Proud’s new book featuring longterm LGBT couples, “First Comes Love.”

Wilmington photographer Barbara Proud brings back an expanded version of her Kickstarted photo exhibitFirst Comes Love,” a collection of touching black-and-whites that feature longterm LGBTQ couples in our area. This time, however, she’s launching the “First Comes Love” book, all the images in bound form that will look fabulous on your coffee table. Check out some of the images in the slideshow above. 6 p.m., exhibit runs through October 30th, Hamilton and Aaronson Galleries, University of the Arts, 320 South Broad Street. 

Opera Philadelphia presents The Barber of Seville, starring out baritone Jonathan Beyer as Figaro. He told us in an interview this afternoon that he’s playing the character as “mildly gay.” Catch a free screening of the performance at Opera on the Mall Saturday at 7 p.m. September 26th to October 5th, Academy of Music, 240 South Broad Street. 

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Weekend Roundup: Cutie Pie Comedy, Wedding Expo, Back 2 Basics, More

Don't miss the Out in the Park Rainbow Picnic in New Jersey.

Don’t miss the Out in the Park Rainbow Picnic in New Jersey.

It may be the start of Fall, but it’s a hot weekend of great gay happenings in Philly. Check out our picks for some of the must-do weekend events!

Weekend Roundup: The Gayest Ways to Spend the First Weekend of Fall

There’s a lot going on this first weekend of fall—from the start of FringeArts to LiCK’s latest Vixens & Vagabonds Queer & Kinky Cabaret to gay night at Six Flags Great Adventure. I round up all the notables below:


Drag performance artist Christeene performs Saturday at the FringeArts building.

Drag performance artist Christeene performs Saturday at the FringeArts building.

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Labor Day Weekend Roundup: Gay Ways to Say Ta-Ta to Summer

While most of you will be making your way to Rehoboth or some other nearby gay beach mecca over the weekend, there is still plenty to do for those of us holding it down in town—especially if you’re a fan of drag. I round up some of your best options below.


Bev's Bitchfest is taking place Friday night.

Bev’s Bitchfest is taking place Friday night.

Bev has assembled quite the lineup for her fifth go-round of Bitchfest. Taking the stage will be live-singing drag diva Cleo Phatra, and burlesque stalwarts Sinnamon and Gemini Rose, among others.

If you like your drag a little more campy, Sandy Beach is hosting a cabaret evening of her own. Her monthly La Cage Aux Beach stars Gay Bingo’s Summer Clearance and Thunder Showers, and Liza impersonator extraordinaire Gio Michaels.


Icon Ebony-Fierce is celebrating her big 2-5 at the Superdope South Philly House Party. She just so happens to share her birthday with Michael Jackson, so come ready to dance to some MJ.

Mauckingbird Theatre Company is performing a staged reading of Lillian Helman’s 1931 play The Children’s Hour, about two woman teachers at an all-girl boarding school who were accused of being lovers. (There’s a performance Sunday, too).

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