Weekend Roundup

Three days of LGBT fun

Friday, March 18

With summer just around the corner, the guys from the Greater Philadelphia Flag Football League are showing off skimpy swimwear at this month’s Jocks at Tabu (9 p.m.). Rub elbows with the hunky players for a chance to win a free swimsuit from Metro Men. Even if you aren’t one of the two lucky winners, just stop by the retailer anytime and mention “Jocks” for a 20 percent discount.

Courtesy of Chazz Rockwell

Internationally famous DJ Chazz Rockwell mixes up the music on the main floor at Voyeur (9-3 a.m.).

“The Ball,” Vol. 5, featuring Gang and Shawn Ryan, take gender bending to a new level at hipster hangout Kung Fu Necktie (10 p.m.) with house, glam and vogue sounds.

Saturday, March 19

The Philadelphia Gryphons gay rugby team hit the field at G.W Pepper Middle School (12-3 p.m.) in a fierce round robin tournament.

A Penny for Your Thoughts (3-6 p.m.) wants to know what’s on the minds of lesbian, bisexual and questioning women at the William Way. The ladies will be taking on myths and workshopping their way through the afternoon with frank talk about gender and sexuality.

The 15th Annual HRC Dinner is at the Hyatt Regency (6:30 p.m.) with an evening of fundraising, fun and a silent auction. Tickets are still available online.

The First Annual Phreak ‘N Queer Arts Festival happens in Philly Aug. 4-7, featuring bands, DJs, visual and performance artists, filmmakers and poets in venues around the city. That why the producers are raising money this weekend at Tritone (9 p.m.). Hosted by Alejandro Morales of Camp Tabu fame, the evening will spotlight Manscape by Eric Van Osten, Rainbow Destroyer and DJs Kevin and Seth from Finger Banger.

Courtesy of Stimulus

Don’t feel guilty about painting the town this month. Stimulus (10 p.m.), the party that gets all the girls to Marathon Grill, is hosting a volunteer fair. “Many of you want to get more involved in our community, lend a helping hand to gay youth, seniors, the environment and your community,” says Morgan Levine, Stimulus co-producer. While enjoying all the usual drinks and dancing on the sapphic scene, guests will also mingle with the good people from AIDS Fund, William Way, Delaware Valley Legacy Fund, Sapphire Fund and many others. “It’s not just a party,” says Levine. “It’s a revolution.”

Sunday, March 20

Jennifer Knapp (photo by Fairlight Hubbard)

World Cafe Live is home to Give Take Make, an idea and materials swap (12-3 p.m.). The afternoon of cheap beer, live music and creativity invites local artists to exchange art and other materials – anything from paper and paints to bottle caps and sparkles – in the name of creative reinvention on the cheap.

Philly Ambassadors of the Trevor Project host the Spring Awakening Social & Volunteer Fair at the Sofitel (5-8 p.m.) in an effort to raise awareness and save young LGBT lives. Money raised benefits programs in the Philly community.

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Jennifer Knapp performs at Sisters for one night only (7 p.m.). The folk-rocker is back on the scene with a new album, Letting Go. She’s toured the world with artists such as Jars of Clay and was featured twice on the Lilith Fair Tour. Knapp has received critical acclaim from critics at The Los Angeles Times, who called her “a rising star,” and People, who described her as “an uncommonly literate songwriter.”