Weekend Roundup

The ultimate LGBT events guide

Friday, Dec. 7

Butch Cordora celebrates the grand opening of his new gallery - Gallery - on Friday in Old City (courtesy of Cordora)

Do some holiday shopping at Starboard Side Gallery (5 p.m) with vintage gifts, beer and lots of music.

Butch Cordora celebrates the grand opening of his new Gallery (formerly Ven & Vaida). The first 100 people will be treated to holiday gifts (6 p.m.).

Raise some money for the animal victims of Hurricane Sandy at Bonejour (6 p.m.) with proceeds to benefit the Human Society of Atlantic County.

Get to the Bike Stop for beer and cupcakes (7 p.m.) to benefit the Mazzoni Center. Proceeds will help the center provide winter coats and toys for area children impacted by HIV and AIDS.

Explore gender with ScrewSmart during Sexploratorium at Passional (7 p.m.).

It’s the holiday dance for LGBT youth (7 p.m.) at St. Luke and the Epiphany.

The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus performs its annual holiday concert through the weekend at Luthern Church of the Holy Communion (8 p.m.).

Thank Goddess It’s OMG (9 p.m.) is at Tabu with special guests Misty Maven, Navaya Shay, Porcelain, DJ Brandon Robert and host Notorious OMG. The theme? A drag before Christmas, of course.

Saturday, Dec. 8

Venture Inn spins all vinyl all night during Nitty Gritty on Saturday

It’s the Second Saturday on East Passyunk Avenue (11 a.m.) with pet photos with Santa, a charity toy drive, the Crafty Balboa Holiday Craft Show and specials at shops and restaurants throughout the neighborhood.

Thinking about fostering or adopting a pet? Visit Whisker Wonderland at the William Way (1 p.m.) where animals will be available from Finding Shelter. Click here to read all about it.

The Bike Stop goes all Mayan with the ‘Til the World Ends Holiday Party (8 p.m.) with the Philadelphians MC.

DJ Scopitone spins vinyl (yes, vinyl) from the ’50s and ’60s during Nitty Gritty (9 p.m.) at the Venture Inn.

Three words: Prince, Michael, Madonna. DJ Diane will be spinning hits by these artists at the Beagle Tavern (9:30 p.m.) in Norristown.

Freak Boutique benefits Collage (10 p.m.) at Tabu with DJs Evil V and Tay Tay – and special guest DJ Aura.

Sunday, Dec. 9

Life's a drag, but not when it benefits The Attic Youth Center at iCandy on Sunday

It’s the 10th Annual Latkepalooza (2 p.m.) at the Gershman Y with some of Philly’s finest chefs whipping up creative versions of the comfort food.

Bring a new unwrapped toy to the Beagle Tavern in Norristown (4 p.m.) for the annual Toys for Tots drive. Miss Thunder Showers is the host.

What can the LGBT community expect after the recent presidential election? Join G Philly Editor Natalie Hope McDonald along with David Rosenblum from the Mazzoni Center. Phil Elliot, a Washington D.C.-based reporter, and Tobias Wolff, an advisor to President Obama, for a panel discussion about the state of gay politics at the William Way (5 p.m.).

Josh Schoenwolf is hosting a Drag Ball to benefit The Attic Youth Center (8 p.m.) at iCandy with almost 20 queens set to strut their stuff, including Milan from RuPaul’s Drag Race, as well as Philly’s own Lisa Lisa, The Goddess Isis, Brittany Lynn, Tammy Faymous, Anita Manhattan and many more.

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