First FriGAY: The Male Stripper Exhibit at Bridgette Mayer Gallery

Plus: Prominent P-Town illustrators show their latest works at stadler-Kahn and more!

On the first Friday of every month, I roundup up gay centric art openings. If you have LGBTQ-art tips for future First FriGAY posts, email me at

My favorite YouTube cooking-videographer, Alex Stadler, has invited P-Town illustrators Dermot Meagher and Larry Collins to display their newest works at his Rittenhouse boutique, stadler-Kahn. Stadler, an illustrator in his own right describes the duo: “Dermot’s work captures whimsical moments in pen and ink, often on the backside of invitations he’s turned down. Larry comes at drawing from a classical standpoint, working in charcoal to better understand anatomy.” Another fun fact: Meagher, whose artwork is shown above, is the first openly gay judge in Massachusetts. Through May 29, 6 p.m., free, stadler-Kahn, 1724 Sansom St.

This week, G Philly editor Michael Callahan wrote about Venezuelan photographer Jan Rattia’s latest exhibit, “Tease,” a sexy series of photographs of male strippers. From Michael: “The Latino photographer’s beautiful, often haunting images break through the fantasy and offer a rare window into the lives of an oft-misunderstood group: the mysterious men who make their living disrobing for strangers.” Through June 1, opening reception tonight at 6 p.m., free, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, 709 Walnut St.

Other artsy haps with a gay slant:

Scribe Video Center is debuting its monthlong independent film series with a screening of Janeane from Des Moines, Grace Lee’s political satire that follows a staunch Tea Partier who, after the Iowa caucus, starts to see her life (and a gay husband) crumbling around her. Screenings will be held every Friday through May, with another LGBT offering, Pariah, on May 24.

Philly’s first-ever citywide Jewish Music Festival, a nine-day celebration of Jewish artists, musicians and filmmakers, started Wednesday and closes on Thu., May 9 with a screening of Poli Negri’s 1918 silent film, The Yellow Ticket. The showing will be accompanied by out violinist  and pianist Alicia Svigals and Marilyn Lerner. More information here.

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