Out former congressman Barney Frank comes to the Free Library to discuss his new memoir, Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage. In the book, Frank opens up about his two of his greatest attractions: politics and men. He writes about how "he resolved to make a career out of the first attraction and to keep the second a secret.Now, fifty years later, his sexual orientation is widely accepted, while his belief in government is embattled." Buy your tickets here. Monday, March 23rd, 7:30pm, $32, Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street.
State Representative Brian Sims is holding a town hall meeting for his constituents, where he encourages questions about anything from what projects he's working on to how he handles the stressors of local politics. No question is off the table—except of course it’s about his new boyfriend—so come prepared to grill him about all the things he's doing to improve our lives in Philadelphia. Wednesday, March 25th, 6:30pm, free, Trinity Center for Urban Life, South 22nd and Spruce streets.
Now that Miss Everything 2 has wrapped up, it’s time to find her counterpart in Mr. Everything, Josh Schonewolf’s competition to find Philly’s best male-identified performer. Sixteen contestants give it all they got for the title and cash prize of $1,000. R. Eric Thomas returns as MC along with judges Amber Hikes (Stimulus), Mistor Fahrenheit, and Dr. Timaree (DTF). Wednesday, March 25th, 9pm, free, Tabu Lounge, 200 South 12th Street.
To celebrate their sixth year queering up Passyunk Avenue, QOTA is going back to where it all started: Paradiso. There will be a special of $6 special cocktails, $6 wine by the glass, and $6 bar appetizers. Thursday, March 26th, 6pm, free, Paradiso Restaurant, 1627 East Passyunk Avenue.
Stonewall Philly hosts this team-building mixer for free agents, captains, and new and existing players on Boxers PHL's private second floor lounge. Come out to "fill in the blank spaces on your team" or just get to know the other ladies and gents you'll be competing against. Thursday, March 26th, 6pm, free, Boxers PHL, 1330 Walnut Street.
Spend an evening with a true LGBT icon. Larry Kramer is an LGBT and HIV/AIDS activist, co-founder of Gay Men's Health Crisis, author, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, and playwright. He's most well known for his played turned HBO movie The Normal Heart. Click here to purchase tickets. Thursday, March 26th, 7:30pm, $10, Hall of Flags - Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce Street.
Celebrate the arrival of spring with Stimulus. DJ Deluxx and DJ Shye will be spinning on the main floor, and there will be drink specials galore. Friday, March 27th, 10pm, $10 before midnight, Voyeur Nightclub, 1221 Saint James Street.
We debuted the trailer in February, now it's finally here. Pussé Parlor is a burlesque and drag show dreamed up by Icon Ebony Fierce and Gemini Rose. Expect sex-positive and gender-bending performances by some of Philly's best burlesque acts. Buy your tickets here. Friday, March 27th, 10pm, $10-$38, Vox Populi, 319 North 11th Street.
OPAL (Out Philadelphia Athletic League) is hosting a fun night of bowling, where you can meet different representatives from different sports groups and see if you want to join the team. Buy your tickets here before the price goes up. Saturday, March 28th, 6pm, $20-$25, Saint Monica Lanes, 1601 West Shunk Street.
City of Hope's annual fantasy hair design contest/fundraiser, this year with the theme of "nature." Brittany Lynn's Drag Mafia and Haus of Ham will be there to perform in, we can only imagine, their most extravagant wigs. Saturday, March 28th, 7pm, $10, Icandy, 254 South 12th Street.
Ash Events is hosting a high-scale cabaret and black-tie evening. There will be sword-swallowing, a feminist chorus, live singers, pole-dancing, burlesque and more. Buy your tickets here. Saturday, March 28th, 8pm, $10-$15, Tabu Lounge, 200 South 12th Street.
This month, Sleepover. The Party. pays homage to The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. Paint a wicket smile on your face and get ready for a sexy evening of burlesque and boylesque entertainment provided by Esmeralda May and Brettzo. Saturday, March 28th, 10pm, free, Venture Inn, 255 South Camac Street.
Peek-a-Boo Revue’s Scott Johnston’s monthly burlesque party will roll out the rainbow carpet to host an evening of entertainment by many of the performers that used to grace the stages, poles and bar tops at Sisters. The evening's performance lineup was curated by Dr. Timaree, who, under the moniker HoneyTree Evil Eye, founded Sisters house dance troupe the Sisters Sirens. Among those she's bringing back will be Peek-a-Boo Revue’s Ginger Leigh, who used to perform with the Sisters Sirens; pole dance artist—and Sisters Sirens co-founder—Sara, and performance artist Qhoiyn B Allure. The evening will be MC'd by Christa D'Agger and—are you ready for this—legendary Sisters DJ Trish will provide tunes in between acts. Sunday, March 29th, 7pm, $10, Franky Bradley's, 1320 Chancellor Street. —Josh Middleton