Cutn Paste, the monthly dance party at Bike Stop, is paying homage to Azealia Banks and her music with a “heavy metal/metallic/shiny/reflective”-themed evening. Tigga Calore is coming from New York to perform along with Philly’s own DJs Precolumbian and Nolita Selector. Wondering why they’re throwing a party after Banks made all those homophobic remarks? They explain here.
A handful of Philly’s “hairiest and witchiest” drag queens are hosting a First Friday event at Danger Salon—a good option if you’re looking to head out of the Gayborhood for the night.
There’s no better way to give back than dancing to Beyoncé remixes, and The Welcoming Committee and Philly AIDS Thrift are teaming up to provide that opportunity at this week’s straight bar takeover / fundraiser at Urban Saloon.
Bearlesque hits Tabu on Friday night.
To celebrate 19 years of sex toy-selling and teaching local kink-wannabes about the wilder side of sex, PASSIONAL & Sexploratorium is hosting a party and sale on Friday.
Opera Philadelphia presents a chilling tale of one of literature’s greatest—and gayest—scribes in Oscar. The show opens this week.
Philadelphia Theatre Company presents one of the latest works by out playwright Terrence McNally, Mother and Sons. The Tony-nominated show concerns a mother who, on the 20th anniversary of her son’s death, decides to visit his ex-parter Cal.
The weekend is officially upon us, friends! We can almost taste the freedom.
If you’re about to head into the days ahead without a plan of attack, allow us to offer some suggestions. See, last weekend, we posted a guide for how to use your Sunday wisely to set yourself up for a great week ahead. So while you’re fresh off the high of an awesome week, we thought we’d gin up a companion piece for your weekend. To wit: Our advice for five ways to have the best weekend ever.
We’re not talking about specific things to do. (For this weekend’s events, check out our guide here.) We’re talking about measures you can take and advice you can heed to create for yourself a few relaxing, yet productive days off. And while you don’t have to hit all these points in one fell swoop, working one or two or three of these tips into your weekend will help you maximize your off-time.
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.
Do you like the idea of camping—cozy fire pits, ghost stories, S’mores—but don’t really love pitching tents or dousing yourself in bug spray? We have a solution: Outdoorsy Weekend at The Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway takes place October 3rd to October 5th, offering plenty of camping-inspired activities for all ages.
The Office‘s Craig Robinson aka warehouse foreman Darryl Philbin is performing a special one-night-only engagement at Helium Comedy Club this weekend.
The actor/standup comedian/musician, who’s starred in Hot Tub Time Machine, Pineapple Express, and Knocked Up, will put on a show that blends his joke-telling with music—à la his side-gig band The Nasty Delicious. Check out a video of him on the piano below.
Craig Robinson is performing two shows at Helium Comedy Club on Sunday, August 24th, at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. For more information and tickets, go here.
The Mad Decent Block Party returns this Friday, in all its bass-thumping, fist-pumping glory. The daylong dance party—held at Festival Pier at Penn's Landing—features DJs and artists well known in the EDM scene, including Dillon Francis, Dirty South Joe, DJ Snake, Flosstradamus, and of course, Diplo, the creator of the whole bash. Regularly priced tickets are now sold out, but those interested can still snag (slightly pricier) passes here. If you're still in full rage mode post-bash, Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) is hosting the after-party, where Francis and Swizzymack will spin encore sets, along with Noah Breakfast. Friday, August 8th, 3 p.m., Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd. & Spring Garden Street.
From Foobooz: Our neighbors, the Pennsylvania Dutch, are bringing it to the big city for a three-day festival that started Thursday. And by “it” we mean Amish-style pork sausage sandwiches, apple dumplings, donuts, funnel cake, hand-churned ice cream and basically all of your favorite Lancaster County culinary delights. The festivities take place at Reading Terminal Market and continue into the weekend until Saturday, August 9th when the celebration moves outside to Arch Street in true county fair style. More here.
Rescheduled from last weekend: You had us at bacon. The 2nd annual Bacon Festival hits The Oval on Friday, for a celebration of all things bacon (Kevin, and the food). Food trucks will be offering tons of bacon-themed creations (bacon maple pancake cupcakes!!), including samplings of Godshall's maple bacon, turkey bacon, and chicken bacon. There will be bacon-related fun all night in the form of recipe demonstrations, games, and contests. Oh, and a bacon space capsule will be launching into "space," courtesy of the Franklin Institute. Yup. The festival will end with a screening of the Kevin Bacon classic Apollo 13 at 9 p.m. Friday, August 8th, 5 p.m., The Oval, 2601 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
From G Philly: Philly’s only LGBT theater festival, GayFest!, kicks off on August 5th. Now in its fourth year, GayFest! producer Rich Rubin says the theme of the season is new meets old. There are a handful of Philadelphia premieres—Next Fall, Some Are People, and You Know My Name—playing alongside old-school favorites. The Haunted Host, for instance, celebrates 50 years on the stage. “It is considered by many to be America’s first full-length gay play,” says Rubin. “I’m excited about combining the new and cutting-edge work with historic work. More than ever, there’s a real range of tone and style in the festival.” So get out there and support our city’s sole LGBT film festival. For a preview of what's opening this week at the festival, go here.
August is peach month, and Linvilla Orchards is celebrating the delectable fruit with its annual Peach Festival. You can pick your own bushel of juicy peaches—and other fruits and vegetables in-season—while enjoying a full lineup of family-friendly activities, including musical performances, homemade jam preparations, art activities, hayrides, pony rides, face painting, hula-hoop contests, and much more. Admission is free, so go scoop up some delicious produce while entertaining the little ones. Saturday, August 9th, 8 a.m., Linvilla Orchards, 598 Linvill Road, Media, PA.
Eastern State Penitentiary housed some big name crooks throughout the years, but did you know they had a four-legged inmate? On Saturday and Sunday, in addition to regular tours, the Penitentiary will host the family-friendly event Pets in Prison, a focus on furry friends. You'll learn about Pep the Dog, Eastern State's very own pup prisoner, as well as stories of inmate's pets, guard dog tales, and the important part that pets still play in prison life today. Animal-themed activities will take place throughout the day, and New Leash On Life USA (a prison dog training program that helps with the rehabilitation of inmates) will be on-site. Guests will have the chance to meet trained pups–and even take home adoptable pets. Tickets are available online. For more information, click here. Saturday, August 9th & Sunday, August 10th, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue.
Rembrandt's Restaurant and Bar will host Rock the Block this Saturday, an all-day live music and craft fair. Aspen Street will be in full block party mode, with craft vendors lining the block and live entertainment from bands including Mumblr, The World At Large, A Day without Love, and the Rock to the Future House Band. Proceeds will benefit Rock to the Future, a program that promotes free music education for Philly youth. Saturday, August 9th, 11 a.m., Rembrandt's, 741 N. 23rd Street.
You can revel in our city's local music scene this weekend at the second Kensington Picnic, a free all-day concert featuring several Philly-based bands. There will be a variety of musical stylings from The Strapping Fieldhands, Birds of Maya, Laura Baird, Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler, Spacin', Hohlraum, Fursaxa and Randall of Nazareth. Guests are invited to bring chairs, blankets, and food to grill: the picnic starts at noon and the live tunes (beginning at 2 p.m.) will go until sundown. Saturday, August 9th, 12 p.m., Liberty Vintage Motorcycles yard, 2212 Sepviva Street.
Over the past week 180 musical theater students have been participating in the Broadway Dreams Foundation's Summer Intensive at the Kimmel. The weeklong training session paired them with Broadway professionals—actors, directors, choreographers—who they've worked with to produce a show, Take It to the Limit, this Saturday. The production is basically a big ol' revue of some of Broadway's current smashes, including Tony winners Kinky Boots, Dreamgirls, and Crazy For You. Star gazers will be interested to know that Ginna Le Vine, great-niece of Grace Kelly, will strap on a pair of roller skates to perform in the disco-tastic Xanadu. Proceeds from the performance will benefit Broadway Dreams Foundation's goal to foster kids of all socio-economic backgrounds who have dreams of being on Broadway. Saturday, August 9th, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., $25-$128, Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street. —Josh Middleton
Traditional Sunday mass isn't for everyone. Cue the Gospel Brunch at Fishtown favorite Johnny Brenda's. DJ DNA—who hosted WRDV-FM's "The Gospel Train" and "Roots of Rhythm & Blues" programs for over 20 years—will be spinning soulful classics from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. while you munch away those hunger pains. Pancakes with a side of Sam Cooke will certainly make up for any Saturday night sins. Sunday, August 10th, 11 a.m., Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave.
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Marriage Equality remains a controversial topic for folks on both sides of the issue. Because the battle is so heated, people rarely take time to actually hear arguments from the other side. Filmmaker Becca Roth set out, along with her girlfriend, to open a dialogue between both parties in this political and social war. The result? One: A Story of Love and Equality.
Your Friday night just got really good. The Awesome Fest is hosting a free outdoor performance by Macaulay Culkin's (yes, you read that correctly) cover band, The Pizza Underground–plus a giant pizza party–at The Oval. Culkin's band parodies The Velvet Underground, with pizza-themed songs and lyrics. The on-site beer garden will be open, and there will be performances from Ang and the Damn Band and Modern Colour, too, all followed by a screening of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And did I mention the pizza? Awesome Fest, we love you. More information is available here. Friday, July 18th, 7 p.m., The Oval, Benjamin Franklin Parkway & 24th Street.
This Friday, The Mann Center is screening Gladiator like you've never seen it before. The five-time Academy Award-winning film will be played on a giant screen, with the epic score performed live by The Philadelphia Orchestra, right alongside the film. Gladiator Live is part of the Movie Nights at The Mann series this summer, which brings classic films to life with the sounds of the orchestra highlighting each story. You won't want to miss this. Tickets are available for purchase online.Friday, July 18th, 8 p.m., $14.50-$85, The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Avenue.
Did you know that July is National Hot Dog Month? What better way to celebrate the summertime BBQ staple than a cook-off with unique hot dog creations from over 20 popular restaurants and food trucks? That's right–this Saturday, The South Street Headhouse District and Hot Diggity! are hosting the 3rd Annual Dog Days of Summer Hot Dog Cook-Off. The cook-off will feature hot dogs and sausages created by top restaurants around the region, including Alla Spina, Brauhaus Schmitz, Headhouse Oyster & Crab Co., Twisted Tail, and many more. A panel of judges–from media, chefs, and celebrities (plus our very own Ticket editor, Josh Middleton!)–will rank the competition, awarding three prizes for the best dogs, with $1,000 for first place. In addition to samples of all the delicious hot dogs, attendees will enjoy live tunes from local band Black Stars, cold drafts from Victory Brewing Company and 5 O'Clock Brew Co., small batch pop from Mom Pops, and an opportunity to vote for the "fan favorite" dog. VIP tickets, which include early admission before the crowd (at 12 p.m.) as well as 20 food and drink tickets, are available for purchase online. General admission begins at 1 p.m. and is free, with pay-as-you-go food tickets available 4/$10 or 15/$30. All funds raised will support the preservation of the historic Headhouse Square Shambles. Come hungry! For more information, click here. Saturday, July 19th, 1 p.m., South Street Headhouse District.
From Be Well Philly: This Saturday, the folks at Pop Up Yoga Philly are hosting a $10 donation class outdoors at the Porch at 30th Street Station. Instructor Kate Goodyear—yup, the same gal doing the free classes up in Norristown—will lead, and funds raised from the event will go to the family of a 12-year-old boy who just had brain surgery on July 8th. Be sure to bring your own mat and water. RSVP over on Facebook.Saturday, July 12th, 4-5 p.m., The Porch, 30th Street Station.
Lions and tigers and beers, oh my! The Philadelphia Zoo is hosting its sixth annual Summer Ale Festival this Saturday. The adults-only soiree will have more than 40 regional craft beers to sample (with favorites from Yards, Troegs, Dogfish Head, and more), delicious eats from some of the best local food trucks (The Cow and the Curd and Mac Mart Cart, amongst others), plus live entertainment all evening long. All this among a cast of very exotic characters. Tickets can be purchased online in advance only, and include a souvenir tasting cup, free Zoo parking, and a free shuttle from 30th Street Station. More information is available here. Cheers! Saturday, July 19th, 6:30-10 p.m., $25-$90, Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave.
From 7 Shows To See In Philly This Week:After years of setbacks and personal issues Queens of the Stone Age have released its first album in years: ...Like Clockwork. The riff-heavy rock group has had a strong following since its formation almost two decades ago, and they have not lost their touch. These guys are capable of getting loud, and the open-air venue at the Mann should enhance the experience. Sunday, July 20th, 7:30p.m., The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue.
From Foobooz: Forget sugar and spice because you’ve changed is hosting a Smoke & Spiced Pop-Up Bar on Friday from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Prime Stache in Old City. The event will feature a speciality cocktail menu of five smoky and five spiced creations for you to enjoy. And if you’re looking for that extra kick? Burned wood and peppers will be on site for you to add to your drink. Cocktails are $11, but for an extra $1 you can get a customized or spiced drink. More here.
0's music devotees, this festival is all you. 95.7 BEN FM presents Replay America: The Ultimate 80's Music Festival, a showcase of the very best of 80's music, including stars The Go-Go's, Patty Smyth and Scandal, Martha Davis and The Motels, and Naked Eyes featuring Pete Byrne. Legwarmers are optional, but encouraged. Tickets are available for purchase here. Friday, July 11th, 6:30 p.m., $25-150, The Plaza at PPL Park, 1 Stadium Drive, Chester, PA.
Peddler's Village is devoting its weekend to all things blueberry, and you're invited. July is National Blueberry Month, and to celebrate, the Village is hosting a weekend full of delicious blueberry treats and live bluegrass and country tunes. There will be all sorts of blueberry-centric eats to sample–from blueberry pie to blueberry margaritas–and plenty of live entertainment and children's activities. Admission to the festival is free, but VIP packages (with preferred parking and air-conditioned dining areas) will also be available. For a full schedule of entertainment throughout the festival, click here. Saturday, July 12th & Sunday, July 13th, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Peddler's Village, Routes 202 & 263, Bucks County, PA.
This weekend is Phoenixville's Blobfest, the 15th annual celebration of the 1958 cult film, The Blob.The Colonial Theatre will be screening the movie throughout the weekend, along with King Kong vs. Godzilla, The Giant Spider, and Mothra. On Saturday from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., you can head to the all-Blob street fair, with tons of family-friendly fun, including live music, food, contests, vendors, special guests, and more. Fans are also invited to the nearby Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant before and after screenings for Blob-themed food and drink specials, like the Cherry Blob, their award-winning Belgian-style tripel beer. A full schedule of Blobfest events is available here. Saturday, July 12th & Sunday, July 13th, The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge Street, Phoenixville, PA.
Spend your Saturday afternoon jamming for a great cause: Cliveden, a historic mansion on Germantown Avenue, is hosting an afternoon of live jazz tunes this weekend. The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble will headline the festival, along with several other local jazz musicians. Guests are invited to bring chairs and blankets and relax on the beautiful grounds of Cliveden while enjoying the music. There will be food, arts and crafts vendors, a spoken word poetry performance, and free tours of the Cliveden exhibit and museum. Partners with Bebashi–whose core initiatives include HIV/AIDS awareness, breast health, and hunger relief–the festival will help raise funds for health awareness while paying tribute to Philadelphia's rich jazz history. Saturday, July 12th, 5 p.m., $20 for adults, $10 for children, Cliveden, 6401 Germantown Avenue.
This Saturday, Eastern State Penitentiary is teaming up with experimental cabaret troupe The Bearded Ladies for an exciting demonstration of the French Revolution: an hourlong spectacle filled with song, dance, and of course, beheadings. The annual Bastille Day festival features a re-enactment of the storming of the Bastille, with appearances by Benjamin Franklin, Joan of Arc, Napoleon, Marie Antoinette, and a life-size French baguette. Oh, and 2,000 Tastykakes will be flung from the prison's towers. The theatrical performance–which will take place along Fairmount Avenue–is free and open to the public, and afterward local Fairmount restaurants will be bustling with French-themed entertainment as well as food and drink specials. The Penitentiary will also re-open for special twilight hours at a discounted admission price ($10 for adults, $5 for students, seniors, and kids). VIP tickets to the show are available for a donation fee, and include seating, beer, refreshments, and revolution goodie bags. More information about the festival can be found here. Saturday, July 12th, 5:30 p.m., The Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue.
Mount Airy is hosting two more al fresco movie nights this weekend. Moonlight Movies will screen Despicable Me 2 on Friday evening at Lovett Library Park, with delicious eats available before the movie (6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.) from popular food trucks Mucho Bueno and Curbside Creamery. On Saturday, you can head to the Trolley Car Diner for The Incredibles. Screenings are free, so bring family and friends (and some lawn chairs) and catch a movie under the stars. A schedule of upcoming films and food trucks is available here. Friday, July 11th, 8:30 p.m., Lovett Library Park, 6945 Germantown Avenue & Saturday, July 12th, 8:30 p.m., Trolley Car Diner, 7619 Germantown Avenue.
The Antemortem Society and the Gentlemen of the Athletic Base Ball Club of Philadelphia want you to join them for an evening of trivia amongst the tombstones. Players can enjoy pub snacks and beer while engaging in a game of quizzo with a bit of a vintage twist, with categories focusing on 19th century sports, brew, and culture. Gather a team of your most knowledgeable friends–there will be a prize for the winners. Tickets are available here. Saturday, July 12th, 6 p.m., Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Avenue.
Head to the shores of Fairmount Park this weekend for Invisible River, a fantastic public performance that includes aerial dance, music, and sculpture installations, spanning 2.5 miles along the Schuylkill River. Invisible River creates immersive live performances along the waterway, with a unique mix of dance, circus arts, nature, music, and theater, all while advocating for the health of the Schuylkill River. The public is welcome to watch the show for free from the shore, or purchase tickets to watch performances right on the water–in the seat of a dragon boat, kayak, or row boat–while traveling the river in a moving flotilla of 65 boats. Tickets for boat seating must be purchased in advance online. For more information and directions to the event, click here. Saturday, July 12th & Sunday, July 13th, 6:15 p.m. for ticket holders, show begins at 7 p.m., Fairmount Park.
The Awesome Fest presents the Philadelphia premiere of Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty this Saturday night at Liberty Lands Park. Director and producer Greg Olliver spent two years following Winter–the blues legend who played Woodstock, dated Janis Joplin, and jammed with Jimi Hendrix. His documentary, which was featured at SXSW this year, is an intimate portrait of the Texas musician's life: rock & roll debauchery and the consequences that followed. The outdoor screening is free and open to the public. Saturday, July 12th, 9 p.m., Liberty Lands Park, 926 N. American Street.
Looking for a good show? Natalie Merchant’s performance Friday night at Keswick Theater is among our live-music picks for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night. See them all here.