HIGHLIGHT: 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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FRIDAY is all about dancing
- Kick 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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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 exhibit “First 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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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!
The Cutie Pie Comedy Club: We're Back
Alejandro Morales hosts a gang of slide-splitting comedic geniuses is the return of the Cutie Pie Comedy Club at Venture Inn. Although Joan Rivers won't be coming back from the dead to make an appearance, you're sure to see Caitlin Feeney, Kate Banford, Sidney Gantt, Alex Pearlman and Matt McCusker. (Friday 9/12, 10:00PM, Venture Inn, 255 S Camac St, Philadelphia)
Giovanni's Room Re-Opening
Friday is the much-anticipated re-opening of what is arguably the nation's most famous gay bookstore, Giovanni's Room. Now operated by Philadelphia AIDS Thrift, the store will now carry secondhand clothing, furniture, and jewelry. Read our article about the opening here, and stop by this weekend if you're in the hood. (All weekend, 11:30AM on Fri/Sat, 1:00PM on Sun, 345 S. 12th St, Philadelphia)
Back 2 Basics: DJ Showcase Round 1
Stimulus Philly presents their ever popular queer dance party Back 2 Basics this Saturday at Tabu, featuring guest DJs pumping the best jams for a hot night of entertainment. Expect to hear DJ Trish and DJ ShyE spinning Top 40, hip-hop, Latin, old school jams, reggae, dancehall, and mashups, and there's always a boatload of sick drink specials. (Saturday 9/13, 10:00PM, Tabu, 200 S 12th St, Philadelphia)
Two Tux Weddings Presents LGBT Wedding Expo
Thinking about walking down the isle? Two Tux Weddings presents its first annual LGBT Wedding Expo at the Morris House Hotel. Stop by to get a complementary pomegranate champagne while browsing the numerous gay-friendly vendors. Also, stick around to hear Angela Giampolo give a presentation on the legal ins-and-outs of tying the knot. (Sunday 9/14, 1:00PM, Morris House Hotel, 231 S 8th St, Philadelphia)
If you're looking to get your hair fried, dyed, and laid to the side, Sunday is a great day to do it; it's the Philadelphia-area celebration of HopeCuts, where stylists will donate 100% of their daily proceeds to fight HIV/AIDS and cancer. There's an entire list of salons in the region that are taking part in this event, so reach out to them to see what specials and offers they are running on this special day. (Sunday 9/14, 10:00AM, Various Locations)
Out in the Park Rainbow Pride Picnic
An afternoon of performances and fun await guests at the South Jersey Rock the Rainbow Pride Picnic. Guests at Cooper River Park can expect to see Kalil Valentino, Rob de Anthony, Icon Ebony-Fierce, and DJ Jeminii, amongst others. There's even a voguing contest. Now, that's a gay picnic! (Sunday 9/14, 12:00PM, Cooper River Park, 1301 North Park Dr, Pennsauken)
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:
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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 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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Steven Fales stars in “Confessions of a Mormon Boy.”
Quince Productions‘ LGBT theater festival GayFest! may be entering its last few days, but, lucky for you, there are still several opportunities to catch a handful of its best productions before the lights go down.
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Freak Boutique masterminds DJ evil v, Icon Ebony Fierce, and DJ Tay Tay.
We’ve seen a lot of long-running parties and performers take a final bow lately. Rudy Flesher recently announced that he’d be hanging up Notorious OMG’s corset, no longer performing with The Goddess Isis in Thank Goddess It’s OMG, or with the Liberty City Kings. (He is keeping those nails, though). And in May, Mimi Imfurst announced that her long-running drag show Dollhouse Revue would go black after five years.
Now, as summer comes to a slow close, Icon Ebony-Fierce is gearing up to host her last Freak Boutique at Tabu. The event, which was created by local DJs Evelyn Manlove (evil v) and Lars Kallich (Tay Tay) a little over three years ago, claims to be the city’s only no-cover benefit show. The concept is that it takes proceeds from money made at the bar and donates it to local LGBT charities, like the William Way, The Attic Youth Center, and Mazzoni.
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It’s no surprise, now that same-sex marriage is legal in Pennsylvania, that state wedding vendors are clamoring to make our wedding dreams come true. Expect to see tons of LGBT wedding expos popping up very soon—the first of which is happening this weekend in Bucks County. The Rainbow Wedding Network PA LGBT Wedding Expo will see booths from 30 wedding vendors—purveyors of everything from food to flowers to dresses.
There will be candy, too. I know that, because G Philly will be in the house to meet local brides- and grooms-to-be. Stop by and say hello in the midst of getting your wedding-planning on. Sunday, August 9th, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sheraton Bucks County Hotel, 400 North Oxford Valley Road, Langhorne.
Say it ain’t so, DJ Niilo. The beloved Gayborhood DJ gets a send-off this weekend at Back 2 Basics.
Looking for a Saturday afternoon outing? Head to Passyunk Avenue’s Second Saturday, where local business, including gay-owned Metro Men’s Clothing, will spill out into the street with deals, entertainment, food, and sips.
- Philly’s Best Lesbian Night Out, Stimulus, is throwing a special Back 2 Basics to say farewell to beloved local turntablist DJ Niilo, who’s heading out of town soon. Tear.
- Get down to the real Nitty Gritty at Venture Inn.
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