Friday, May 20
The Attic Youth Center votes on Mr. and Miss Attic during a special pageant at the William Way (5-8 p.m.). Contestants will be judged on “glamour, talent, style and swagga.”
Also at the William Way, The Sixth Annual Juried Art Show opens (6-8 p.m.) with an artist reception. This year’s work from 20 local LGBT artists was selected by photographer Zoe Strauss.
Mazzoni Center hosts a new event with quite possibly the best name yet: Elixir: The Cure for the Common Gala (6 p.m.) at the Loews. The annual fundraiser includes a VIP reception and plenty of special guests – including Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Sheryl Lee Ralph. “In their various ways, each of these individuals and organizations have made a measurable impact on the population that we serve,” says Nurit Shein, Mazzoni’s executive director. Elixir also features an exhibition of portraits of LGBT youth by Philly photographer Rachelle Lee Smith.
Shut Up & Dance plays the Forrest Theater (8 p.m.) when dancers from the Pennsylvania Ballet perform one-night-only to benefit MANNA. The event includes a special VIP reception and after-party at Woody’s. Read all about the show here.
Philly’s own Frank Sherlock and other poets read from their works at Chapterhouse Cafe & Gallery (8-9:30 p.m.).
Sisters salutes the armed services (9 p.m.) with $2 drinks and free admission for anyone with a military ID or uniform. Cash prizes will be given for best attire while DJ Goddess spins in the lounge and DJ Singer gets the party started on the upstairs dance floor.
Stimulus celebrates its two-year anniversary with The Second Annual All-White Affair at the TLA (10 p.m.) on South Street. With double the capacity, the event will feature a red carpet, massive dance floor, live performances and favorite DJs Jovii Baby and Kash who welcome DJ Rosie from Baltimore.
Saturday, May 21
PhilaVentures is hosting a two-mile walking tour of the public murals (11:30 a.m.) in Center City starting at the Visitors Center (6th and Market). Jerry Silverman from the Mural Arts Program will be leading the tour of more than 17 murals.
“Always a Bridesmaid” is the theme of GayBINGO! (7 p.m.) at the Gershman Y. Now in its 14th season, the campy monthly event raises money to support the AIDS Fund. Please say hello to the Bingo Verifying Divas Summer Clearance and Anita Manhattan.
Anna Crusis Women’s Choir – the longest-running feminist choir in the country – performs a spring concert “Life Melodies” (8-10 p.m.) at the Arch Street United Methodist Church. They repeat their performance on Sunday (4 p.m.).
Philadelphia Voices of Pride turns five with a celebratory performance of “Oh, the Places We Have Been” (8 p.m.) at St. Luke and the Epiphany. The performers cover several musical favorites, including “My Heart Will Go On,” “I Got Rhythm” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Dragapalooza returns to Voyeur (8 p.m.) with a flamboyant show featuring some of Philly’s favorite female impersonators performing hits from Dreamgirls, Wicked, Chicago and many other Broadway shows. Hosted by Brittany Lynn, the lineup includes Joey Josephs, Brenda Dharling, Alexis Cartier, Navaya Shay, Isis, Mrs. Pinklewinkle, Omyra Lun and Diana Dharling. Read an interview with New York’s own drag diva Jason Cozmo here.
New folk-pop darlings from Seattle – Fleet Foxes – play the Tower Theatre (9 p.m.).
Sunday, May 22
Three bucks gets you a ticket to hipster paradise The Punk Rock Flea Market (10 a.m.-5 p.m.).
The Sapphire Fund hosts a casino brunch at the William Way (1-4 p.m.) with a complimentary bar, food and “pretend” gaming (no money’s actually won or lost) to benefit The Attic Youth Center, Mazzoni Center and the William Way.
Piazza at Schmidt’s hosts the largest adoption event in Philly (noon-4 p.m.) with Citizens for a No-Kill Philadelphia. Stop by to meet some rescue pets in need of a home.
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