In our Fall Guide we called it the party of the season, and finally TOY is upon us. The annual see-and-be-seen holiday event hosted by Delaware Valley Legacy Fund kicks off Saturday, and, being that it’s a charity event for kids, it’s just the ticket you need to get that warm holiday feeling that only comes from giving. (And maybe a little egg nog, but I digress …)
Taking place at Philly’s iconic Reading Terminal Market, TOY guests are asked to bring one unwrapped toy that will later be distributed to young people between the ages of 2 and 17 at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The party starts once the gifts have been donated, and goes well into the night if you’re in the right mood: Your wristband will grant you access to both Woody’s and Voyeur. We’re sending our very own Alexander Kacala to check it out, so stay tuned to G Philly for a recap and photos. Sat., Dec. 7, 8 p.m.-11 p.m., dvlf.org.
Lascivious Jane performs in one of last year’s Queer and Kinky Cabarets. Photo courtesy of Kelly A. Burkhardt.
Pull out your pasties, because tonight Liberty City Kings Drag and Burlesque (LiCK) troupe will celebrate its seventh anniversary with Tricks & Treats. Over the years the troupe, started by the vivacious Lascivious Jane, has grown to become quite an outfit. Now 15 members strong, they’ve become a staple around the Gayborhood and beyond, performing 13 regular shows a year. And that’s not counting the pop-up performances at Pride, OutFest, etc .
After a season of tears, drama, posing, and smizing it all comes down to this: part one America’s Next Top Model‘s finale will be airing tonight at 9 p.m. You don’t have to be alone on this suspenseful night, as Tabu will be hosting an ANTM Finale Party, giving fans of Philadelphia local Cory Wade Hindorff a chance to join together in fierce fuchsia goodness. Best of all, Cory himself will be in attendance!
The Bearded Ladies is back with a free, one-night-only performance of their popular 2012 show “Beards Are For Shaving: A 007 Cabaret.” The group — known for putting their own, queer slant on different pop culture gems — will perform outdoors, at 30th Street Station’s Philadelphia Porch, and offer free adult beverages to those who roll in early.
The free liquor won’t be the only thing you’ll want to sip on, though. The dashing John Jarboe, who plays 007, will have you swooning like a Bond Girl. Don’t believe me? Take a peek at this funny trailer of the show. But don’t let it fool you. The spoof is much more than a presentation of eye candy and giggles: It explores deeper themes, like gender and sexuality, while simultaneously showcasing synchronized dance numbers inspired by classic characters from the Bond series. Keep your fingers crossed for Pussy Galore! Fri., Oct. 18, 5:30 p.m. (show up starting at 4:30 p.m. for those free drinks), free, Philadelphia Porch at 30th Street Station.
Who hasn’t dreamed of becoming queen of the jungle like Katy Perry in the video for “Roar”? Well, grab your vine, Jungle Jane, because you just may get your best chance yet this Saturday when the Philadelphia Zoo holds its fourth annual Pride Day. Joining forces with the William Way Community Center, this is the animal park’s effort to build more of a connection with the city’s LGBT community. Though gays are always welcome, on this day the park will swing — not open, thank you — its gates for a family-friendly afternoon of gay-centric festivities that run the gamut from regular animal-peeping to a host of activities catering to us queer folk, like an arts and crafts fair, a special Zoo on Wheels and a Pride Day scavenger hunt.
Your gussied-up presence is requested at the William Way Center’s annual fundraiser, Indigo Ball . The glittering event includes hors d’oeuvres delivered butler-style, an open bar, four-course dinner and a DJ for all your rug-cutting pleasures. And because no gala would be complete without honorees, there will be special-recognition awards given out to a select few who have made a special impact on the community this year. Who dat, you ask? Among the list of recipients is Philly Dyke March, which will be named as Community Partner of the Year; the Lifetime Achievement Award will go to The Church of Saint Luke and The Epiphany‘s Rev. Rodger Broadley; and Mayor Nutter will be named Humanitarian of the Year .
If you’re feeling extra saucy, stick around for the third-annual IndieGoGo Dance Extravaganza that goes until 2 a.m. Whatever the case, this is one of the hottest LGBT tickets of the year, so you better reserve your spot fast. Sat., Oct. 5, 6 p.m.-10 p.m., and 10 p.m.-2 a.m. for IndieGoGo Dance Extravaganza, $200-$2000, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 118 N. Broad St.
Trans actress Laverne Cox stars in "Musical Chairs."
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 »
This weekend is jam packed with fall festivals, cheesteaky goodness and brunches on brunches, one of which you can share with your pooch. Whether you choose to chow down on some Pepperoni Pizza Soup at Royal Tavern or try one of Shake Shack’s Shacktoberfest additions like the Cheddar Brat Burger, make it a weekend full of three of our favorite F words: fun, food, and fall.