Weekend Roundup: Labor Day Edition

Find out what's happening this holiday weekend

Friday, Sept. 2

Courtesy of Napoleon

The 15th annual Live Arts Festival kicks off with more than 180 events in 16 days. Click here for our picks. Brian Sanders’ JUNK is one of the performers again this year. The theatre and dance troupe does “Dancing Dead” in the 444 Lofts basement (5 p.m.).

In New Hope? Check out Fighting AIDS Continuously Together (FACT) Bingo at the Eagle Volunteer Fire Company (6 p.m.).

Ven and Vaida opens “The Absolution Lab,” a Pop Art exhibit by former In Bed with Butch host Butch Cordora (6-9 p.m.) during First Friday in Old City. Click here for an exclusive interview with the artist.

Members of Napoleon open the group exhibition “commonplacing” (6-9 p.m.), featuring work by artists including Joe Boruchow, Nelson Figueroa, Ryan Wilson Paulsen and others.

The Wedding Consultant takes over the Walnut Street Theatre with a new twist on marriage equality (8 p.m.).

South Philly’s Dive hosts 12FU (10 p.m.) with music, cheap drinks and lots of gender bending.

Saturday, Sept. 3

Wilbur: Vintage & Designer Clothing hosts its Hot Summer Blowout Sale (1-4 p.m.) with 10-to-50 percent off fabulous finds in this Fabric Row shop.

Tabu hosts Vixens & Vagabonds Queer & Kinky Cabaret: Back 2 School Special (8 p.m.) featuring ScrewSmart and Liberty City Kings.

Sunday, Sept. 4

Rev. Mark Kiyima


Do you have what it takes to be a Delta man? Delta Phi Upsilon – a gay fraternity for men of color – meets at the William Way Community Center (4-6 p.m.).

Ladies 2000 takes over the Atlantic Sands (5 p.m.) in Rehoboth for the holiday weekend. The women’s party also lands in Asbury Park’s Paradise (5 p.m.) with DJ Kim Dazy from P-Town’s famous Boatslip.

Rev. Mark Kiyima, a gay rights activist from Uganda, speaks at the First Unitarian Church (6 p.m.). He’ll introduce the documentary Homosexuality: The Last African Frontier and discuss the history of repression in his country, as well as the most recent death penalty campaign waged against LGBT people in the African nation.

Fiso Lounge on South Street hosts Kingz 2011, a Labor Day celebration for men of color and their admirers (9 p.m.), with live performances by gay hip-hop artists BoneInTell and Daquan Motley.

ICandy says goodbye to summer with its first annual Labor Day White Party (10 p.m.). No cover for anyone dressed in white.

Monday, Sept. 5

Michelle Handelman presents “Beware the Lily Law” (10 a.m.-5 p.m.), a video projection and monologue commemorating transgender people imprisoned during the 1969 Stonewall riots at Eastern State Penitentiary.

Can’t make it to the shore this weekend? Live vicariously through “From My Point of View,” an exhibition of large-format oil paintings of beach goers by Rochelle Levy at The Galleries at Moore College.

Take a guided tour of the Cape May Designer Show House (7 p.m.) featuring decor and design by the region’s most popular vendors at Osprey Landing.

Bryn Mawr Film Institute hosts “Open Screen Night” (9:15 p.m.) when local filmmakers have a chance to see their short films from DVD on the big screen.

The Live Arts Festival presents “Heavy Metal Dance Fag” (9:30 p.m.), a satirical look at sexual identity, bullying and 80s metal hair told through the story of a tough, blue collar South Philly dockworker with a secret passion at St. Stephen’s Theatre.

Get your opera on during “An Opera a Day” (8 p.m.) during Live Arts. The show features a different one-act opera each night – everything from Menotti to Mozart – with local Philly singers at Trinity Memorial Church.

Planning an LGBT-friendly event? Tell us about it: nmcdonald@phillymag.com