DO THIS: Don Your Amateur Drag at The Beauty Ball

Photo by Alexander John.

Photo by Alexander John.

Five years ago Dr. Patrick Barrett began hosting a soiree in his apartment, where he’d ask guests to come in drag. He dubbed the party The Philly Beauty Ball, and it was apparently such a riot that it’s become become one of the year’s most-anticipated events. It’s a chance for those among us who are curious about drag but don’t want to glue on lashes and tuck our junk on a regular basis to see what we look like in a wig and a little rouge. But most importantly it’s a fun way to take part in the community and raise money for a good, local LGBT cause.

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Was There a Shooting at Woody’s? [UPDATED]

UPDATE 3/3/2014, 12: 11 p.m.: The answer is yes, there was a shooting at Woody’s, but it took place outside. I just got this from intrepid Philly Mag reporter Victor Fiorillo: “At 1:40 a.m. [Saturday morning], there was a fight outside Woody’s between two males. An unknown person fired a shot. Shooter described as unknown Hispanic male, approximately 25 years old. There were no arrests. Police do not have any reports of a shooting or other criminal activity inside the club.

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A typical late night at Woody’s turned dangerous early Saturday morning when a gun was allegedly pulled and possibly fired at the Philadelphia gay nightclub.

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Meet Mr. SEXO 2013 Gabriel Martino

syfr gavriel mr sexo 2013 galaeiLast night was supposed to be a regular evening for Gabriel Martino (aka Syfr Gavriel). He and some friends went to Woody’s Latin Night, where GALAEI and PhillyGayCalendar just so happened to be hosting the first-ever Mr. SEXO contest. Martino’s friends talked him into competing and a few hours later he walked away with the title. “I’m still in some shock about last night,” he wrote on his Facebook wall, explaining to friends that he was chosen out of a crop of 10 contestants.

The contest was seeking a man who could represent GALAEI‘s sex-positive message, and Executive Director Elicia Gonzales says Martino hit the nail on the head. “I think the crowd chose him as winner, because he is hot, outgoing, fun, confident and not cocky,” she says.

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That Didn’t Last Long: Paesano’s Out at Woody’s


Well that didn’t last long. The Paesano’s within Woody’s has closed. Announced through its Facebook page, no details were given as to why the less than two-month-old venture went kaput. Paesano’s promises to continue to deliver to “nearly every neighborhood” in the city.

Peter McAndrews continues to serve up Paesano’s Italian Style sandwiches from his Girard Avenue and Italian Market locations. He also is vending from within the Memories Lounge in Margate. McAndrews will also be serving his meatloaf parmesan (pictured above) and four other sandwiches this season at Lincoln Financial Field.

Paesano’s Italian Style [Facebook]

Photo via the Philadelphia Eagles

Paesano’s Opening at Woody’s

mcandrews-at-cookMichael Klein is reporting that Peter McAndrews is looking to expand his Paesano’s sandwich shop chain. Paesano’s has locations in Fishtown, the Italian Market and recently opened a location within Margare’s Memories night club. Next, McAndrews is taking the cohabiting concept to Woody’s Bar at 13th and Walnut.

Also on tap for McAndrews, a Paesano’s at Lincoln Financial Field.

McAndrews also owns Modo Mio, Monsu and La Porta. His Popolino in Northern Liberties is closed for the summer.

Paesano’s in expansion mode [The Insider]
Paesano’s [Official Site]

Did You Update Your Status Today?

Paul Blore and Marquise Lee – one of our featured couples in G Philly magazine’s summer issue – created a video for Philadelphia FIGHT in honor of National HIV Testing Day today. Some of our usual haunts are represented – like 13th Street Pizza and Woody’s.

There’s also an important message about knowing your HIV status. Philadelphia FIGHT encourages anyone who is sexually active to get an HIV test every six months. Click here to find out where you can get your free test today.

And check out the video:

SiriusXM: Live from Woody’s

The hosts of Six Pack - Ben Harvey and Dave Rubin - are in Philly this weekend for Equality Forum (courtesy of SiriusXM).

SiriusXM’s Six Pack Radio Show is in town tomorrow through Monday to cover this year’s Equality Forum. Hosted by DJ Ben Harvey, a Swarthmore native with Y100 roots, and comedian Dave Rubin, the show will broadcast live from Woody’s (202 S. 13th St.) on Saturday between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. with a few special guests.

The weekly show’s featured many famous guests since it first launched three years ago – everyone from Congressman Barney Frank and Lt. Dan Choi to Andy Cohen and Bruce Vilanch. With the focus on Equality Forum this weekend, expect a dose of politics, hot topics and new music. Harvey’s own career has included stints at here! TV. His work has also appeared in The Advocate.

Fans are encouraged to stop by Woody’s for the show. You can also listen on SiriusXM, subscribe via iTunes or download the podcast or smartphone app by clicking here.

Woody’s Getting Serious About Beer

Philadelphia’s best known gay bar is getting serious about beer. Renovations to Woody’s will add 32 tap lines to the 13th Street institution. The Institute’s Heather DeRussey will be managing the bar’s beer program and coordinating beer events. The taps will be dedicated to mostly craft brands with an emphasis on local beers. DeRussey promises she will be adding more complex and off-the-wall beer over time.

Woody’s [Official Site]

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