Philly artist and radio personality Butch Cordora is kicking of a new weekly free-roll poker night at Boxers PHL. Called "Bluffin' With Butch," the event comes with drink and food specials and the chance to win gift certificates to spend at the Gayborhood's newest gay bar. Find it all going down on the second floor. Tuesday, December 2nd, 8 p.m., free, Boxers PHL, 1336 Walnut Street.
The final evening of the 12-week second cycle of Burlesque Battle Royale is upon us, and we're down to four contestants: Mary Vice, Bella Rouge, Quorra Vahn Tassels and Lilith Noir. Who will shimmy away with the $1,000 prize? Well, you’ll just have to head over to Tabu on Tuesday night to find out. Tuesday, December 2nd, Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar, 200 South 12th Street.
Tribe of Fools theater troupe's bi-monthly karaoke night is getting festive this week with a holiday- and anti-holiday-theme. Singers can win prizes for most- and least-festive holiday tunes, and enjoy $5 drink specials at the bar. The affair is a teaser for their upcoming holiday burlesque "The Revenge of Horny Rudolph" on December 13th. Tuesday, December 2nd, 10 p.m., free, Quig's Pub, 1714 Delancey Street.
Out Philly singer-songwriter Joshua Thomas will open for Cherry Hill native Toby Lightman Wednesday night at World Café Live. Lightman is on tour to promote her latest album, Every Kind of People, and Thomas is currently doing the rounds singing tunes from his new EP, The Harboring. Wednesday, December 3rd, 7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show), $15-$18, World Café Live, 3025 Walnut Street.
It's the first Friday of the month, which means The Welcoming Committee is invading another Philly bar with all kinds of queerness. The venue won't be announced till Thursday, but organizer Mary Pitek tells me that it will be somewhere in Old City. Go here to keep track of all the deets. Friday, December 5th, 9 p.m., location TBA.
If you’ve lived in Philly for a while, you know that TOY, Delaware Valley Legacy Fund (DVLF)’s annual holiday fundraiser for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and ActionAIDS, is not only one of the go-to events of the season but of the year. And the eighth annual gathering is happening this Saturday in Old City. DVLF’s Samantha Giusti tells me the space will be transformed into a winter wonderland as guests mingle, nibble, sip and boogie to the sounds of DJ Carl Michaels. Remember to bring one unwrapped toy that will be given to a child at CHOP. Saturday, December 6th, 7 p.m., $75, Fire & Ice, 312 Market Street.
A night of cabaret full of holiday songs done the Quince way, featuring Quince alumni and their wild renditions of seasonal tunes. Monday, December 8th, 6 p.m., $15-25, Tabu Lounge, 200 South 12th Street. —Aubrey Nagle