Phreak N’ Queer Kicks Off Tomorrow

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The third annual Phreak N’ Queer Arts and Music Festival (PNQ) kicks off tomorrow with a 4-day itinerary of radical-minded concerts, art crawls and readings meant to “push the creative boundaries of local LGBTQ artists.”

A new crop of organizers has joined the PNQ team this year, including burlesque artist Shannon Windsor (aka Miss Mary Wanna), performance artist  Ruby L.L. Voyager and Leah Basarab of Gender Edge Collective. Their contribution has resulted in a festival that is even more political, with a wider range of events catering to the all-ages crowd — starting with tomorrow’s festival opening Art Crawl on East Passyunk Ave and a show at the Rotunda called Crash Landing.

Keep reading fore more info on these events, and a full schedule of Phreak N’ Queer weekend haps. 

Thu., Aug. 1

Phreakin’ Art Crawl Local photographer Kelly Burkhardt and the East Passyunk Improvement District teamed up to curate this late-evening art stroll in South Philly. Pop in to neighborhood businesses like Frame Fatale, South Philly Comics and Headhunters Hair Designs to peep new work from local, queer artists Butch Cordora, Messapotamia Lefae, Lance Pawling and more. 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

Trash Landing Once you’ve had your fill of art, head to The Rotunda for Phreak N’ Queer’s official kickoff event. A long, varied list of performers will take the stage, including drag queen/rapper Icon Ebony-Fierce, free-jazz artist Charles Cohen and iconic “drag pariah” Needles Jones. 8 p.m.-midnight, $5, The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St.

Fri., Aug. 2

Phreak N’ Knnnky This “queer cabaret” is strictly for the 21-plus crowd, featuring eclectic Philly performance artists like electronic musician Sebastian, bearded drag queen model Golden Delicious and New York trans dancer niv Acosta. Doors at 9 p.m., shows at 10 p.m. and midnight, $5-$10, XO Lounge, 1437 South St.

Sat., Aug. 3

TROUBLE PNQ organizers are expanding the literary offerings at this year’s festival with this queer writers reading. A variety of writers will share their stories from “Troubling the Line Anthology,” the first-ever anthology of trans and genderqueer poetry. 4 p.m., free, Wooden Shoe Books and Records, 704 South St.

HOMORAMA Old foggies (and under-21ers)need not apply at this LOUD evening of punk, noise, electronic and hip-hop sounds. On the performance slate is Philly grindcore/powerviolence duo +HIRS+, death pop group Shadow Lover and Brookly transcore four piece Penguin. 9 p.m., $10, MilkBoy Philly, 1100 Chestnut St.

Sun., Aug. 4

Grindhouse-A-Go-Go PNG gets a proper, debaucherous send off at this weekly party at the Dolphin. Expect zombified go-go girls and sounds from Philly DJs Robert Drake and John Stanley. 10 p.m., free before midnight, $5 after, The Dolphin Tavern, 1539 S. Broad St.

For more on this year’s Phreak N’ Queer Festival, visit PNQ’s Facebook page.

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