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.
The piece was actually created from 200 anonymous surveys he sent people all over the city, surveys in which folks revealed their biggest fears, worries, and insecurities. “When I got the responses I felt [I was collecting people's prayers],” he says. “All these people were sending me all these things that you normally don’t say to anyone, and you wonder if anyone else feels the same.”
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.
If you are guilty of skipping the gym every Friday night (because, hellooo, it’s the freakin’ weekend), we’ve got the perfect solution for you: Just hit the dance floor instead. Chances are, after dancing like a maniac for a few hours, you’ll have burned even more calories than you would’ve on the treadmill. So go ahead, skip the gym tonight! Just make sure to squeeze in a sweat session on one of these fun Philly dance floors.
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.
Our weekly guide to what to do this weekend in Philadelphia.
The Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium revives the enchanting, rarely performed French classic Ondine. The show, based on an 1811 novella by Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué, debuted on Broadway in 1954 with Audrey Hepburn playing the lead. (Fun fact: She was wearing her Ondine costume the night she won the Best Actress Oscar for Roman Holiday.) Philly puppet arts master Aaron Cromie directs. Opens Fri., Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m., through March 2, Studio 5 of the Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.
Every Friday we round up Philly’s gayest weekend must-dos. Today, we’re starting with InLiquid’s see-and-be-seen Silent Auction & Benefit v. 14.
Philly arts non-profit InLiquid is celebrating 15 years of dedication to the local art community with two night’s of soiree-ing, starting with Friday’s free Young Professionals Party. The night will be hosted by America’s Next Top Model‘s Cory Wade Hindorff, who will be looking fierce in a sure-to-be-killer design by Bela Shehu of NINOBRAND. Mingling, nibbles and cocktails will abound. Fri., Feb. 7, 6 p.m., free, Crane Arts, 1400 N. American St.
5 Must-Dos This Weekend in Philly: An Oscar Movie Marathon, the Brazilian Girls, Olde City Sideshow and More
Every Friday we roundup some things you should do this weekend.
It’s a nice night for The Philadelphia Art Alliance to kick off its second annual Shop on the Square Craft and Design Sale. The event lasts for a full week, but why not get in early to get first dibs at tonight’s opening party hosted by Art Alliance restaurant Le Cheri. The cocktail reception gives eager art buyers an early chance to browse and buy the goods — everything from jewelry and clothing to visual art and accessories — being sold by 40 local artists. Opening party: Fri., Jan. 31, 5:30 p.m. $150; regular sale extends through Sun., Feb. 9, $5, Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th St.
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.”