Weekend Roundup

There's no shortage of gay events - including the HRC Gala's after-party sponsored by G Philly

Friday, March 23

Saga: The Rock Opera is looking for a few good singers and actors. Written by Philly’s own Erik Ransom, the show is holding auditions at the Plays & Players Theater (4 p.m.) through the weekend in time for the June 27th opening. Please send resumes and headshots to libertineidol@gmail.com in advance.

Sisters is hosting a happy hour vodka tasting with Smirnoff (6 p.m.) and DJ Sandi.

Philly native Maria Bello is one of the guests at Saturday's HRC gala (courtesy of HRC)

The men of Greater Philadelphia Flag Football League strut their stuff during Jock’s swimsuit fashion show (9 p.m.) at Venture Inn with music by Salotta Tea. Tomorrow is also the spring deadline for registering for the league, so sign up tonight!

Saturday, March 24

One of our favorite neighbor bars – Dirty Frank’s – hosts its 16th Annual Chili Cookoff (3 p.m.) with live music by Gas Money and all the chili you can eat.

The Human Rights Campaign 16th Annual Equality Dinner at the Ritz-Carlton is sold out (5 p.m.). The event kicks of with a special VIP reception and a few celebrity guests like Maria Bello and Ross Mathews and outgoing HRC president Joe Solmonese. G Philly is also a proud sponsor of the star-studded, red carpet after-party at Sisters (9 p.m.). We look forward to seeing you there!

Liza Minnelli plays the Borgata (courtesy of Borgata)

Find out all about Women’s Roles in Contemporary Flamenco (5:30 p.m.) during a symposium at the Christ Church Neighborhood House. The event’s part of the first-ever Flamenco Festival.

ICandy celebrates its one-year anniversary (6 p.m.) by unveiling its new lounge during a special VIP party.

GayBINGO is back at the Gershman Y (6 p.m.) with a Rocky Horror Show-inspired “Touch-A, Touch-A Me” theme featuring some of our favorite Bingo-Verifying Divas to benefit the AIDS Fund.

Courtesy of Shut Up & Dance

The Dancers of the Pennsylvania Ballet perform Shut Up & Dance (8 p.m.), a one-night-only performance to benefit MANNA at the Forrest Theatre. The 20th anniversary performance includes a pre-party at the theatre (6 p.m.) and post-party at the Loews Hotel.

One of our favorites – Liza Minnelli – takes the stage at the Borgata (8 p.m.). Look for a few great weekend getaway packages.

NightlifeGay.com’s Pink Pub Crawl is on starting at 9 p.m. at Tavern on Camac. The party moves to Woody’s (10:15 p.m.), Sumo (11:30 p.m.) and ends at Voyeur (12:30 a.m.) with free admission through the morning.

Rainbow Showers and Summer Clearance perform at the Beagle Tavern (10:30 p.m.) in Norristown.

Sunday, March 25

Penn Pride celebrates LGBT sports with an afternoon of games (courtesy of Penn Pride)

The Penn Pride games kick off (11 a.m.) at Hill Field in University City.

The Arch Street Methodist Church celebrates its 150th anniversary (11 a.m.) with Peggy Johnson, a female bishop who supports LGBT rights.

Tattoo Mom’s hosts its spring trunk show (1 p.m.) featuring Wilbur Vintage, Rocker’s Closet, Philly AIDS Thrift and other local independent vendors.

The Media Theater is the site of the Spring Awakening Teen Town Hall Meeting (2 p.m.), a panel discussion about issues facing young people – like gay relationships, sex and abortion – designed for both parents and teens. Dr. Betsy Crane from Widener University talks about human sexuality. The event coincides with the hit musical being performed at the theater this season.

“Over the Rainbow,” anyone? Philadelphia Voices of Pride welcomes new singers during an audition (4 p.m.) at the William Way. The upcoming cabaret features songs from favorite films. Please email pvopcabaret@gmail.com to reserve a time slot.

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