Tuesday, September 23, 2014

23rd Annual Miss'd America returns to Atlantic City on Sunday

Atlantic City's annual tradition continues on Sunday with the Miss'd America Pageant. This year's event will be hosted by Carson Kressley and will be held at Harrah's Resort.  For tickets click here.

The event was created as a spoof of the world-famous Miss America Pageant to raise funds for a local charity. It took place annually on the night after the famous beauty pageant when held in Atlantic City.

Proceeds from the 2014 Miss’d America Pageant will be equally divided between the Greater Atlantic City GLBT Alliance and the Schultz-Hill Scholarship Foundation and then split among various charities. Since its inception, the pageant has donated over $225,000.00. For more information on either organization, visit acglbt.org or schultz-hill.org.     


2013 Highlight Reel:

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Queer New York International Arts Festival runs through Sept. 27

The Queer New York International Arts Festival returns for a third year with performances by artists from around the world. Broadening the traditional concept of “queer” (in) art, QNYI challenges perceptions about what queer is — and can be. During the Festival’s intensely paced twelve days, New York audiences will have the opportunity to experience a range of performances that challenge heteronorms and the status quo on various levels, by artists who are probing contents and contexts of different performing art formats and redefining the margins of their expressive forms.

All Queer New York International Arts Festival performances at the Abrons Arts Center are FREE to the public with a $10 - 15 suggested donation per ticket. By donating, you are supporting a new generation of bold and international performance artists aggressively challenging traditional representations of 'queer' in art.

Click here for the complete schedule.

Kelly Osbourne featured in Good Girl Freak Out video

Kelly Osbourne is featured in Double Duchess's (Krylon Superstar and davO) just sent me their amaaazing new video Good Girl Freak Out - directed by JB Ghuman Jr. Check it out.


Buy it on itunes here.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

2014 Dallas Pride : Sunday, September 21

Dallas Pride is already underway but the big festival and parade are on Sunday.  Click here for the week's full schedule of events.
Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Turtle Creek Blvd. between Lemmon Ave. and Hall St.

Parade Route down Cedar Springs Road
The parade travels down Cedar Springs Road from Wycliff Avenue to Turtle Creek Blvd. The entries will turn left on Turtle Creek and proceed to Lee Park.

2014 Grand Marshals
Rev. Carol West, Senior Pastor - Celebration Community Church
Rafael McDonnell, Resource Center - Communications & Advocacy Manager, Member - Dallas Bears


MAIN STAGE SCHEDULE
  • 12:00 PM - DJ Ryan Tiffin
  • 2:30 PM - Mi Diva Loca
  • 4:30 PM - Chaz Marie (Set # 1)
  • 5:30 PM - Voice of Pride Winners
  • 6:00 PM - Parade Entry Awards
  • 6:05 PM - Chaz Marie (Set # 2)
Location
Lee Park is located on Turtle Creek Blvd between Lemmon Avenue and Hall St., just one block Nortwest of Cedar Springs Road.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Xelle releases Sweat

The new Xelle video for Sweat is out and features cameos by Bianca Del Rio and Sherry Vine....check it out.

Erasure's Andy Bell to join Tony Moran at SUPERSTAR

Erasure's lead singer Andy Bell will join Tony Moran on September 26 at the Borgata's Mixx Nightclub for a brief DJ set.  The superstar singer will make his way over to the nightclub immediately following the Erasure Concert.

Tickets for the after party are only available at the door the night of the event.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Philadelphia sees 6% more moving in than out

United Van Lines today announced its Summer Long-Distance Moving Trends Study, indicating that Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Atlanta are the most popular moving destinations.

Based on United's summer moving volume data, the most popular metro areas for U.S. families to move to this peak season were:

1. Chicago, Il
2. Washington, D.C.
3. Atlanta, Ga.
4. Boston, MA
5. Los Angeles, CA
6. Dallas, TX
7. Pheonix, AZ
8. New York, NY
9. Minneapolis, MN
10. San Diego, CA
11. Houston, TX
12. Philadelphia, PA (6% rise)

The data also revealed the top metro areas families were moving from this peak moving season:

1. Washington, D.C.
2. Dallas, Texas
3. Atlanta, Ga.
4. Houston, Texas
5. Phoenix, Ariz.
6. Chicago, IL
7. Seattle, WA
8. LA, CA
9. Denver, CO
10. San Jose, CA
11. Portland, OR
12. Charlotte, NC

A survey of United Van Lines customers moving to the top destination cities revealed that most (71.6 percent) moved for a new job or corporate transfer. Approximately 13 percent moved because of retirement and nearly 10 percent moved for health or other personal reasons.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Las Vegas to Host International Gay New Year's Event

Las Vegas, recently voted Favorite American Destination by OutTraveler Magazine, is set to host a new gay New Year's event called Evolve. The 3-day experience will bring men from more than 30 countries, on six continents, to the city that provides non-stop fun, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The MGM Grand Hotel & Casino will serve as the host for the event which begins on December 30, 2014 – January 1, 2015. The 3 days includes offers to shows, receptions, parties, dining, shopping, tours and more.

“I am so excited, as this will be the first time in my 30 year Las Vegas career that I will be performing for an all gay audience. Finally, I can do pop-culture jokes that everyone will get! This night is going to be one Big Party!” says Frank Marino, headliner of the Divas Las Vegas. Celebrating the 25,000th show this year, Frank Marino’s Divas is one of the most spectacular production shows in the city, and is just one of the many events included in the Evolve Vegas NYE experience.

To check out the complete line-up, which includes a special Zumanity performance, visit: evolvevegasnye.com.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Philadelphia to Host 1st Queer Jazz Festival

Philadelphia is gearing up for OutBeat: America’s First Queer Jazz Festival on September 18-21. The four-day festival will serve as the finale for the William Way Community Center’s annual music series and highlight the intersections between sexual orientation, gender identity, and jazz history and culture.
OutBeat will feature a vibrant and eclectic mix of world-renowned jazz musicians brought together to educate and entertain audiences with once-in-a-lifetime performances, panel discussions, and master classes.

Schedule:

THURSDAY, September 18 
  • 5-6pm  The New York Times’ Nate Chinen in conversation with Fred Hersch (Free) @ William Way LGBT Community Center
  • 6-8pm  OutBeat Kickoff Reception featuring Dena Underwood ($100) @ Mark Segal Ballroom

FRIDAY, September 19

  • 3pm “From Strayhorn to Cecil: Jazz Innovation in America” featuring David Hajdu, John Szwedand Orrin Evans in conversation withJazztimes’ John Murph (Free) @ University of the Arts’ Arts Bank
  • 5pm VIP Reception (Free with VIP Ticket) @ Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • 5:45pm Fred Hersch Trio ($23.50 – $38.50) @ Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • 8:30pm Philadelphia Jazz Project presents “Lush Life: Philadelphia Celebrates Billy Strayhorn” ($25 – $35) @ Suzanne Roberts Theatre
SATURDAY, September 20
  • 5pm Pre-Concert Discussion with Bill Stewart, Patricia Barber, and William Way’s Chris Bartlett moderated by JazzTimes’ John Murph (Free) @ Painted Bride Art Center
  • 7pm Bill Stewart Quartet ($25 – $40) @ Painted Bride Art Center
  • 8pm Terri Lyne Carrington’s Money Jungle  ($25 – $35) @ Chris’ Jazz Cafe
SUNDAY, September 21

OutBeat Festival Finale @ Union TransferFestival Begins at 1pm ($40 – $70)

  • Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project
  • Andy Bey
  • Patricia Barber Quartet
  • Andrew D’Angelo’s Gay Disco Trio
  • Jennifer Leitham Trio
  • Mike McGinnis Splang-a-lang Trio +1 performs the music of Drew Paralic, Cole Porter, and Billy Strayhorn
  • Dena DeRose Trio
  • David Coss Quartet
  • Ben Flint and the Diesel Puppies
  • Monnette Sudler
  • Weez the Peeples
  • TreZure Empire
For tickets and more information visit: outbeatjazzfestival.com.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Broadway to dim lights in Joan River's honor

The Broadway League, after receiving criticism for their initial decision not to dim Broadway to pay tribute to the late Joan Rivers, has reverse its decision and will honor Joan tonight 6:45PM.  VICTORY!!!!

“Joan Rivers loved Broadway and we loved her. Due to the outpouring of love and respect for Joan Rivers from our community and from her friends and fans worldwide, the marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in her memory," said Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of the Broadway League in a statement.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Giovanni's Room to reopen on September 12th

Philly AIDS Thrift recently acquired Giovanni's Room, the nations' oldest gay book store, which closed back in May.  The new Giovanni's Room is slated to open this coming Friday, September 12th as the below announcement was made on Philly AIDS Thrift's Facebook page.

PhillyAIDSThrift@Giovanni's Room OPENS for SNEAK PEEKS this coming Friday, September 12th at 11am. We're jumping right in with a full 7 DAYS A WEEK schedule and here it is:

Monday to Thursday: 11am to 8pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am to 9pm
Sunday: 11am to 7pm

We'll be open longer hours than Giovanni's Room was in its final years, we want to be there for you when you need us! We're about 70% stocked and 75% done with our renovations and freshening up, and we'll get all the rest of the way there in the month leading up to our Grand Opening on Outfest Weekend, October 10th to 12th. So c'mon in and dig the work-in-progress vibe. We're pretty sure you're going to like how much we've already gotten done.

So tell all your friends. And make some new friends and tell them too. Giovanni's Back and Philly AIDS Thrift's Got Him!

"Such Good People" to open new qFLIX Festival

qFLIX, Philadelphia's brand new LGBT film festival, is set to kick-off on Thursday, September 18th and running through September 22.  The festival will open with a screening of "Such Good People" starring: Michael Urie and Scott Wolf.   Check out the teaser below.


"Such Good People" is screwball comedy about a couple who discover a secret room filled with cash while house-sitting for celebrity philanthropists who die under mysterious circumstances overseas. This sets off a cat and mouse game for a million dollars in cash, which might belong to the homeowners' friends or the orphans of Bhutan.

For more information on qFLIX visit:  qflixphilly.com

Friday, September 5, 2014

Philadelphia's Naked Bike Ride on Saturday

Philadelphia's naked bike ride returns this Saturday, September 6.  The ride will begin in Northern Liberties at Beach Street between Columbia Avenue and Columbus Blvd (lot next to Penn Treaty Park).

Schedule:

2:30pm-4:30pm: Pre-ride activities Meet at the empty lot next to Penn Treaty Park. Bring cash for swag, body painting services, water, donations, mechanical team, and Little Baby’s ice cream. Get painted, prepped and meet people.

~4:30pm: Start cleaning starting location, packing up equipment.

~5pm: Ride takes off.

7-7:30pm: Approximate time of arrival at the ending point.

Approximate length of route: 10 miles.

Philadelphia's Dilworth Park Opens

The long awaited opening of Dilworth Park next to Philadelphia's City Hall took place yesterday. All the work is not completed but most of the park was ready for the ribbon cutting to go off as planned. Check out a few photos from J. Fazio and a video of the press conference lead by Center City District's Paul Levy.

Philadelphia's Gay Men's Chorus Performed:

Thursday, September 4, 2014

RIP Joan Rivers - Dies at 81

Its a sad day....my favorite comedian has passed.  Rest in peace Joan.



“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother.

Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers we have received from around the world. They have been heard and appreciated.

My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”

Melissa Rivers

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Attention All Shoppers: Uniqlo, Norstrom Rack and Century 21 Open Soon in Philly

For all those shopaholics out there in Philadelphia you are going to be in heaven this fall as there is a slew of new store openings.  Check out the opening dates for the following retailers:

Uniqlo - October 3
Norstrom Rack - October 24
Century 21 -  End of October
Timberland - End of October

6th Annual NLGJA Convening To Be Held In Philadelphia

The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association has selected Philadelphia to host its LGBT Media Journalists Convening, sponsored by the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund, in 2015. The group consisting of a approximately 100 bloggers, writers, and editors will attend the forum beginning on Friday, March 13 to Sunday, March 15, 2015. The goal of the forum is to strengthen the capacity of LGBT members of the media and blogosphere to more deeply understand and more effectively communicate critical issues facing the LGBT community, as well as assist in increasing the presence and diversity of LGBT bloggers in the national blogging community.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Drag Queens Out at Convention Center - Still March in Mummer's Parade

For the past two years, a brigade of local drag queens led by Ms. Brittany Lynn have marched in the Philadelphia's Mummer's Day Parade.  After strutting down Broad Street, the group would perform in between the Fancy Brigades's set changes at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  For the 2015 parade, the group will kick-off the parade as it struts down Broad Street in the opposite direction - north to south.  However, they will not perform at the convention center.   This is actually good news as it will allow Ms. Brittany Lynn time to perform at every venue in the Gayborhood on New Year's Day as she goes for a Guinness Book of World Record on the "Most Gay Bar Performances In One Day."

Gay Days at Six Flags returns on Saturday

Gay Day at Six Flags - Great Adventure, NJ returns this Saturday!  Get your tickets now....info below.

Saturday September 6, 2014
Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson NJ
The largest LGBT private party in the Nation.
Invite your family, invite your friends … the park is ours :)

Main Stage DJs:

Hector Fonseca / Grind / Steve Sidewalk / Jared Conner

Performing Live
Zelma Davis (C+C Music Factory)
G-POW
Natascha Bessez


Benefits the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund, NY LGBT Center and the ASPCA
***10:30AM-8:00PM YOUR TICKET GRANTS EARLY ADMISSION INTO THE PARK
***8PM PARK CLOSES TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND OPENS FOR THE LGBT COMMUNITY, FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

Not All Doom & Gloom In AC

Atlantic City's Mayor Don Guardian gives the rundown on what is happening all over the country with gambling.  Unfortunately, Atlantic City was a one trick pony with everything built around gambling which the public is seeing play out this summer. With the opening of casinos in the neighboring states of  Pennsylvania and Delaware the limited number of gamblers were spread around and away from AC.  The city now need to develop other things like the BEACH!!!  It is a shore town and everyone seems to have forgotten that in their predictions of Atlantic City's demise.  I predict Atlantic City will be one of the busiest destinations 7 months out of the year when this all shakes out......and that won't take very long.  I have been in Atlantic City three weekends this summer and it has been packed every weekend.  In addition, the successful casinos are courting the LGBT community like never before and we all know if there is anyway to bring a town back it is to invite the gays in!


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tony Moran to Headline Erasure After-Party at Mixx


Superstar DJ/Producer Tony Moran will serve up the beats at Erasure's after-party in Atlantic City.  The event will immediately follow Erasure's concert at the Borgata Hotel and Casino in the Mixx Nightclub. This event will kick-off a series of Bruce Yelk's SUPERSTAR events.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Final Post - Thank you!

For the last 20 some years I have been front and center in Philadelphia's gay nightlife scene. I have managed nightclubs, tended bar, hosted, planned and executed over 200 events, penned stories, blogged daily for much of that time. I have met some of the nicest and dearest people along the way.

In addition to all those activities in my personal life, I have of course worked at Visit Philadelphia running it's gay campaign, executing events and pitching stories to press for the past 12 years.

Nightlifegay.com has not always been a blog. It started out as simply as a place to find information on my upcoming events. The blogging began as a way to drive traffic to my events. However, as anyone who has tried their hand at it know it takes time.  With that said, this will be my final blog post on Nightlifegay.com.

What does that mean for my events? I will most likely produce a few here and there but I am still figuring that out.

With that said - Thank you for your support!

Bruce

Lou Cutler Wins Mr. Gay Philadelphia 2014

Congratulations go out to Lou Cutler who the Mr. Gay Philadelphia title Saturday night at the Field House. Lou is the first transgender person to ever win a Mr. Gay event.