WEEKEND ROUNDUP: TOY 2013, Brian Sanders’ JUNK Presents “Snowball,” Santa PAWS and More

In our Fall Guide we called it the party of the season, and finally TOY is upon us. The annual see-and-be-seen holiday event hosted by  Delaware Valley Legacy Fund kicks off Saturday, and, being that it’s a charity event for kids, it’s just the ticket you need to get that warm holiday feeling that only comes from giving. (And maybe a little egg nog, but I digress …)

Taking place at Philly’s iconic Reading Terminal Market, TOY guests are asked to bring one unwrapped toy that will later be distributed to young people between the ages of 2 and 17 at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The party starts once the gifts have been donated, and goes well into the night if you’re in the right mood: Your wristband will grant you access to both Woody’s and Voyeur. We’re sending our very own Alexander Kacala to check it out, so stay tuned to G Philly for a recap and photos. Sat., Dec. 7, 8 p.m.-11 p.m., dvlf.org


G Philly photo intern Ian Ruckus Watson will be selling prints at the Exposure Fall 2013 Sale and Show

Philly Guerrilla Queer Bar is taking over another straight bar this Friday: This time West Philly’s Smokey Joe’s. Too far away? Organizers have teamed up with Uber to offer guests free rides. Just download the app and use the promo code “TWC.”

For you First Friday perusers, Barbarism debuts its two-month exhibition, “Barbs Coming Out: A Queer Cotillion ‘n’ Exhibition

This month’s CUTN PASTE serves as a musical tribute to Aaliyah

Join the Mazzoni Center for beer and cupcakes at Bike Stop to benefit the local HIV-fighting org’s holiday Coat and Toy Drive

The Goddess Isis and Notorious OMG are your Nightmares Before Christmas

Chanukah is officially over, but Spectrum Philly keeps the spirit going at its “Queer Shabbat Thanksgivukkah Spectacular”


Join Shake Shack at Breakaway Bikes for a chilly 40-mile bike ride

LiCK presents Vixens and Vagabonds Queer and Kinky Cabaret: Glitter Balls

Been bad this year? Celebrate with other troublemakers at the Bike Stop’s Naughty BoyMas

Bring your pooches to see Santa Paws at the Palomar today and Sunday

Sketch comedy troupe The WaitStaff continues its three-weekend run of “Breaking Bad Santa Xmas Show 2013”

Tired of Nutcracker fever? Check out Snowball, a new, live fairytale that’s chock full of dance performances and an evil ice queen

The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus presents “Cool Yule”


Headhouse gets in on the holiday festivities with a tree-lighting, window competition and PHAIR market