Friday, May 6
Sofia Negron showcases her collection of photos from MANNA‘s Shut Up & Dance at Trust during a special VIP reception and opening party (6-9 p.m.). In 1993, the dancers of the Pennsylvania Ballet first created the annual event – and every year since the dancers have partnered with the local nonprofit to generate funds and awareness to nourish people living with HIV, AIDS and other diseases. Negron is donating 75 percent of the profits from the sale of these works to MANNA. The exhibition runs through the end of May (this year’s Shut Up & Dance is on May 21 at the Forrest Theatre at 8 p.m.).
The Delaware Valley Legacy Funds honors its Heroes during a celebration at Center Hall at the PNC Center (6-9 p.m.) with a VIP reception, special guests and silent auction. Read more about the honorees here.
The leather community and friends get together at the Midtown II on 11th Street for the monthly Philly TNG (7:30-10:30 p.m.).
Miss Philadelphia Gay Pride is crowned at Tabu (8 p.m.-1 a.m.) when Goddess Isis hosts the contenders in a special show to pick who gets to ride in the Gay Pride Parade this June. The contestants are judged on sportswear, talent, evening gowns and a Q&A session. Also look for appearances by the reigning Miss Gay Pride and Gay Black Pride’s Alexis Cartier.
DJs Kit and Klem bring 12 FU to the Dive on E. Passyunk (10 p.m.-2 a.m.). The monthly no-nonsense queer dance party is billed as a “west meets south” event with “a whole lot of debauchery.”
Saturday, May 7
Gay-friendly Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar on E. Passyunk is hosting a Kentucky Derby Party (1-7 p.m.) where ladies and gents are encourage to wear their finest hats. “It’s a Southern party,” says Gail Stolp, the organizer (and a familiar face behind the bar at both Ray’s and Frank’s).
The Liberty City Kings Drag and Burlesque performs Vixens & Vagabonds and a Kinky Cabaret at Tabu (8 p.m.-2 a.m.) featuring some of Philly’s favorite drag and burlesque stars shimmying and shaking their way through a tassle twirling competition and more. The evening is hosted by MC Butch of “In Bed with Butch” TV show fame.
See a drag show by the folks from The Attic during The Hunger Silent Auction at Mariposa Space (8-10 p.m.) to raise funds for Philly Stand Up’s transformative justice allies. DJs Shomi Noise and precolumbian spin tunes with snacks and beverages for sale.
Stir hosts Girl Dance (10 p.m.-2 a.m.) with our favorite tattooed mixologist Angela B. serving up specialty cocktails and DJ Jovi spinning dance favorites.
Join the trans community at Angela’s Laptop Lounge at Blue Pacific in King of Prussia (10 p.m.-2 a.m.) when hostess Angela Gardner mixes dance tracks from the 60s until today.
Sunday, May 8
Catch the Tony Award-winning musical Rent during a production at Barn Playhouse in Norristown (2 p.m.). The show tells the story of a group of artists and musicians struggling on New York’s Lower East Side in the shadow of the early AIDS crisis.
Hankering for some cuisine by an Iron Chef? Check out the Progressive Dinner Food Tour (5 p.m.) starting at Independence Hall. The foodie-fabulous tour visits two of Chef Jose Garces’ eateries before a visit to a gourmet market for coffee and dessert.
The classic Broadway musical 42nd Street comes to Resorts Atlantic City (7 p.m.) which just opened the first-ever gay nightclub – Prohibition – within a casino. Theatre lovers will recognize all the favorites like “Lullaby of Broadway” and “We’re in the Money” before dancing until dawn at the new gay destination down at the shore.
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