To Do: Pure Barre Lifted Seat Workshop Next Monday

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If you’re looking to give your tush a little extra oomph, look no further than this special Pure Barre workshop: The Lifted Seat  Workshop is a 75-minute workout which will focus on lifting tightening and toning your tush.

The workshop is on June 23rd, and it’s happening at all Pure Barre’s Philly locations. The class starts at 7:05 p.m. and costs $35. You can sign up in person or online here prior to the class.

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To Do: Kombucha Brewing Workshop at Greensgrow Farms

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If you’ve ever found yourself thinking, “Man, with all the money I’ve spent on kombucha, I could’ve bought a house! Oh, how I wish I knew how to make this bubbly beverage myself,”  while piling bottles upon bottles of kombucha into your shopping cart, then this workshop is tailor-made for you: On May 3rd, Greensgrow Farms is hosting a kombucha fermentation workshop with Philly’s very own fermentation enthusiast, Amanda Feifer of Phickle.

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Weekend Roundup

Friday, May 11

See the new exhibit Collage at the Latvian Society (starting at 9 a.m.) with works by artists from around the country. The event continues through the weekend.

Watch the documentary Brother Outsider about out civil rights hero Bayard Rustin with a performance by A Voice 4 All People (6 p.m.) at the African-American Museum of Philadelphia.

Courtesy of Tony Enos

Come to the cabaret (7:30 p.m.) at the Mt. Airy Garage with performances by Michael Richard Kelly and the Tamer Tewfik Trio.

Tony Enos performs live (9 p.m.) at South Philly Bar & Grill to benefit the Beacon Light Fund.

Camp Tabu is back (9 p.m.) with a night of humor starring Chip Chantry, Latice, Aaron Hertzog, Mike Logan, T.J. Hurley and Natalie with tag-team hosts Alejandro Morales and R. Eric Thomas.

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William Way Honors Bayard Rustin

Bayard Rustin once said that “to be afraid is to behave as if the truth were not true.” As the right-hand man to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during the height of the modern-day civil rights movement in the 1960s, the West Chester native became instrumental in changing the course of history for both African-Americans and gay people in this country. As an openly gay man himself, daring to live honestly during a time of fierce homophobia and racism in U.S. history, Rustin has become an LGBT rights hero in recent years.

This month, the William Way, along with the Heritage Philadelphia Program of the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, is honoring Rustin who would be turning 100 years old this year.

Rustin is perhaps best remembered as the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, one of the largest nonviolent protests ever held in the United States. Thanks to that historic event and many others throughout the tumultuous decade, he helped shape King’s message into that of an international statement about peace and nonviolence.

Both events are free and open to the public.

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Weekend Roundup

Friday, May 4

Equality Forum continues today with the National Legal Panel (4 p.m.) and National Politics Panel (5:30 p.m.) at the National Constitution Center.

Guys Night Out goes on a gallery crawl in Old City (5:30 p.m.). The walking tour sets out from the William Way just in time for First Friday festivities.

Out filmmaker Kelly A. Burkhardt opens “Atomic Age” at Ven & Vaida (6 p.m.). Click here to read our exclusive interview with the artist.

See Tom Jacobson’s play The Twentieth Century Way (7:30 p.m.) at Plays & Players Theatre through the weekend (there’s a matinee Saturday at 2 p.m.).

Tabu hosts a drag show (8 p.m.) for Equality Forum with special guest Osher Sabag, a performer from Israel.

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Weekend Roundup

Friday, April 27

Martha Graham Cracker (photo by Amy Hartranft)

MANNA hosts a “Meals That Matter” tailgate party (5 p.m.) on 23rd and Ranstead with members of the Philadelphia Eagles, Eagles Cheerleaders and Swoop. A full menu will be offered, along with a Chopped-style cook-off with the pros. All proceeds benefit MANNA.

Martha Graham Cracker plays “Art After 5” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (5 p.m.). Click here for our exclusive art chat with the gender-bending vocal powerhouse.

Philadelphia Black Gay Pride‘s family reunion (6 p.m) is at the Crowne Plaza on City Avenue with Power 99 personality Muthaknows. Special guests also include Akil Patterson, an openly gay wrestler, comedian Sam “Sampson” McCormick and the new Mr. and Miss Philadelphia Black Gay Pride with an award for the most LGBT-friendly politician of the year. The Evolution Ball follows (7:30 p.m.).

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William Way to Launch SAGEWorks

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The William Way Community Center will be launching a new program for those 40 and older starting with a reception next week (April 23). SAGEWorks will officially become part of the center’s senior programming. The work-readiness program is designed specifically for LGBT professionals who need or want to return to the work place.

“Through this program, the center becomes a certified site for the AARP Foundation’s WorkSearch program,” says Ed Miller, senior programs coordinator at the William Way, “a set of online tools that let individuals ‘virtually’ explore new careers, assess and improve work skills, identify training programs and find meaningful employment.”

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Weekend Roundup

Friday, April 13

GALAEI’s Third Annual DARLA Ceremony (5 p.m.) at City Hall gives the David Acosta Revolutionary Award to someone who works to improve the lives of Philly’s Latino LGBT community.

The Crimson Moon in Wilmington, Del., hosts a Titanic Party (6 p.m.) with DJ Zip.

Noted trans icon Buck Angel is at Aphrodite Gallery (6 p.m.) to talk about transmasculine sex with a Q&A to follow.

Greensgrow Farms is going Whole Hog (6 p.m.) with a feast and live rockabilly show.

Lassos and Lariats weekend kicks off at Woody’s (7 p.m.) with a night of country dancing to benefit the Attic Youth Center and William Way.

Camp Tabu has the laughs (9 p.m.) upstairs at Tabu thanks to guest host Erin Mulville and a showcase featuring Dan Vetrano, Sarah M., Rae Drew and Nate Johnson.

X.O. Lounge hosts the Traffic Light Party (10:30 a.m.). Show up in the color that best describes you as taken (red), single (green) or maybe (yellow).

Saturday, April 14

Greater Philadelphia Flag Football League (GPFFL) hosts open play at Columbus Square Park (9 p.m.). All skill levels are welcome.

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What We Love: Outside the Frame

Deen tells the story of coming out as transgender to his Muslim family (photo by Joseph Moran)

Deen is a Brooklyn-based performance artist who, like Cher or Madonna, is known on a first name basis. These days, audiences can find him in Philly performing in his one-man show Draw the Circle at InterAct Theatre (2030 Sansom St.). What makes his story so unique might have been the part about when he came out to his parents as a lesbian at 19. But the heart of this story explores what it meant later, coming out as a transgender man in a Muslim family.

Tim Miller takes on gay marriage in America (courtesy of InterAct)

In the show – which runs now through April 8, Deen plays a diverse cast of characters – including his mother, father and partner as part of a four-week festival called “Outside the Frame: Voices from the Other America.” Deen’s among several experimental performance artists who explore complex and compelling stories about sex, gender, race and society.

Also included in the festival (which runs through April 22) is Tim Miller, a gay performer whose workshop was recently canceled at Villanova University over concerns that he would conflict with the Catholic Church’s stance on homosexuality and gay marriage. He opens his newest play – Lay of the Land – (April 12), a witty look at the “state of the queer union,” which follows his adventures to 45 states and counting.

Miller is also hosting a week-long performance workshop (starting April 9) that will guide participants for several days in using personal memory to create an original piece for the stage.

For more information about the festival, click here.

Variety Show for Way Gay U

R. Eric Thomas will share the secrets to storytelling during a new workshop at Way Gay U. He's also showing off his skills during a variety show kicking off the spring semester next week at Tabu (courtesy of R. Eric Thomas).

To help kick off new one-day and eight-week adult-enrichment classes being offered at William Way’s “Way Gay U” this season, the center is hosting a free variety show (March 14) at Tabu touting some of the new classes led this year by local performers.

“Eight of the classes are brand new and are instructed by some of Philadelphia’s better-known queer talent,” says Paul Blore, a spokesperson from William Way. “The campaign is meant to bring more visibility to Way Gay U, a program that we’ve been offering for years, but of which many people may still be unaware.”

A series of videos is being introduced to tout the classes, while the variety show – billed as “Gay is the New Geek” – showcases a few skill sets students can expect to learn from the workshops starting later this month.

“The series of videos is meant to drive home the point that the courses are for our community, taught by people of our community,” says Blore, “and that they cover a broad range of subject matter – including skills to help land a job, to help in a relationship (whether as a parent, or as a lover), to help stay fit (while keeping it fun), and to help tap into a creative outlet.”

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