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.
The 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.
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.
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.
9 Gay Things to Do in Philly This Weekend: Bev is Back, Mileyball, and the Ultimate Gay Super Bowl Party
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.”
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 »
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 »
Heads up, artsy queens. The newly formed Artsong Repertory Theater Company — a group you should add to your keep-an-eye-on list — is debuting this weekend with Dial L For Liebeslieder, a stylish crime drama that seeks to bring obscure forms of classical music to the masses.
Musical Chairs will be played in the Kimmel Center this weekend — but I’m not talking about that scary old party game where you get knocked out of a chair by someone with a bigger butt than you. I’m talking about the film Musical Chairs, which concerns two New Yorkers named Mia and Armando who fall in love through ballroom dancing. But when an accident leaves Mia paralyzed from her waist down, the two must learn to continue their passion for dancing in wheelchairs. Read more »