Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Bachelor Auction Raises over $5,500 for AIDS Law Project

More than 200 people packed into Boxer's PHL recently for a bachelor auction. The event raised more than $5,500 for the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania. Below are a few photos of the event from Patrick Hagerty.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Madonna's Rebel Heart Tour Hits Philadelphia on September 24th

Madonna released her Rebel Heart tour dates for North America. The tour will stop in Philadelphia on Thursday, September 24th which happens to be 2 days before the Pope arrives in Philadelphia. However, the World Meeting of Families (which the Pope is attending) begins on September 22nd. So, book your hotel room now if you are planning on making the Madonna concert an overnight event.


Date / City / Venue
Aug. 29 - Miami, FL - American Airlines Arena - On Sale Mar. 9
Sept. 2 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena - On Sale Mar. 16
Sept. 5 - San Juan, PR - Coliseo de Puerto Rico - On sale Mar. 21
Sept. 9 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre - On Sale Mar. 14
Sept. 12 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center - On Sale Mar. 16
Sept. 16 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden - On Sale Mar. 9
Sept. 19 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center - On Sale Mar. 9
Sept. 24 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center - On Sale Mar. 16

Sept. 26 - Boston, MA - TD Garden - On Sale Mar. 16
Sept. 28 - Chicago, IL - United Center - On Sale Mar. 9

Oct. 1 - Detroit, MI - Joe Louis Arena - On Sale Mar. 23
Oct. 3 - Atlantic City, NJ - Boardwalk Hall - On Sale Mar. 16
Oct. 5 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre - On Sale Mar. 9
Oct. 8 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center - On Sale Mar. 16
Oct. 11 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place - On Sale Mar. 9
Oct. 14 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena - On Sale Mar. 9
Oct. 17 - Portland, OR - MODA Center - On Sale Mar. 23
Oct. 19 - San Jose, CA - SAP Center at San Jose - On Sale Mar. 9
Oct. 22 - Glendale, AZ - Gila River Arena - On Sale Mar. 23
Oct. 24 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena - On Sale Mar. 16
Oct. 27 - Los Angeles, CA Forum - On Sale Mar. 16

Thursday, February 26, 2015

National Constitution Center Gears Up for Gay Exhibit

The National Constitution Center is gearing up for Speaking Out for Equality which is a new exhibit it will debut in June.  The exhibit is timed to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the Gay Rights Movement Celebration in Philadelphia.  The celebration culminates in a week of events around July 4th which will include a commemorative program, concert, block party, panel discussions and various other exhibits throughout the city.

Madonna's fall at Brit Awards


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Philly's Patti LaBelle Named to "Dancing with the Stars Cast"

Philly's own Patti LaBelle will join the 20th edition of Dancing with the Stars on ABC this season.  LaBelle will be joined by OUT football player Michael Sams, U.S. army vet and amputee Noah Galloway, Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec, Olympic gold gymnast Nastia Liukin, Glee actor and singer Riker Lynch, model Charlotte McKinney, LMFAO’s RedFooHunger Games star Willow Shields, actress Suzanne Somers, and Demi Moore’s daughter Rumer Willis. A 12th star will be announced at a later date.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Lady Gaga Kills Sound of Music Performance at Oscars


Oscars 2015 Award Winners:

Best Picture: "Birdman"

Best Actress: Julianne Moore, "Still Alice"

Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything"

Best Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, "Birdman"

Best Original Screenplay: Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo, "Birdman"

Best Adapted Screenplay: Graham Moore, "The Imitation Game"

Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash"

Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood"

Best Original Song: "Glory" from "Selma" - Music and lyrics by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn

Best Original Score: Alexandre Desplat, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"

Best Costume Design: Milena Canonero, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"

Best Sound Mixing: "Whiplash"

Best Sound Editing: "American Sniper"

Best Sound Effects: "Interstellar"

Best Production Design: "The Grand Budapest Hotel" - Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock

Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, "Birdman"

Best Film Editing: Tom Cross, "Whiplash"

Best Foreign Language Film: "Ida" (Poland), PaweĊ‚ Pawlikowski, director

Best Live Action Short Film: "The Phone Call," Mat Kirkby, director, and James Lucas, writer

Best Documentary Short Subject: "Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1," Perry Film

Best Documentary Feature: "CitizenFour," Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky

Best Animated Short Film: "Feast," Patrick Osborne, director, and Kristina Reed, producer

Friday, February 20, 2015

Madonna Tops Dance Chart Record 44th Time

The Queen of Pop, Madonna is making Billboard chart history with her 44th No. 1 son on Dance Chart for "Living for Love." The only other artist on any chart with as many #1 records it George Strait, who's logged 44 No. 1s on Hot Country Songs. It's fitting history for the artists also known, respectively, and reverently, as the Queen of Pop and the King of Country.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tavern on Camac to Celebrate 11 Years

When: Wednesday, February 18th and Thursday, February 19th
Where: Tavern on Camac - 243 S. Camac Street - Philadelphia, PA 19107

We purchased the bar back in February 2004! WOW!! Come out and help us celebrate 11 years together.

To honor this milestone we are throwing a party. We are going to party like it's 2004 with $5 cocktails and $3 beers all day long. Plus since you all need something to knosh on while drinking, we will have free food from 6pm-9pm each day. It's such a big celebration that we need two days; so join us Wednesday and Thursday for the festivities.

Come find out why we have been around so many years and are still going strong. We love our customers and look forward to another 11 years to come!

Stephen and Dennis

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Philadelphia is having a moment - Wins Democratic National Convention bid

Philadelphia will host yet another mega event in the coming two years.  The Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz named Philadelphia as the location for the DNC's National Convention, in 2016.  This event joins the Pope, Tall Ships, Mural Art's Open Source Exhibit, PMA's Impressionist Exhibit (only stop in US) and the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Gay Rights movement on July 4th as big national events the city will host.  

Philadelphia hosted the Republican National Convention in 2000 but has not hosted the Democratic National Convention since 1948.

Forbes:  "The City of Brotherly Love is having a moment" 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Tracy Young Announces Final Club Tour

DJ Tracy Young made a surprise announcement yesterday that makes me a little sad.  Tracy announced she is booking her final club tour as a DJ. Moving forward, she will turn her focus to special events, remix projects, celebrity events and television. 

I have made the decision to make this my final club tour. Genesis will continue and I am planning to launch the Genesis brand globally. I will be performing for special events, unique parties, DJing private events, and television. I want to thank all my fans who are also friends. I would never have made it this far without the support of so many and the love that I have been given over the years. This is the new beginning and next chapter in the book of Tracy Young.

With Regards,

Tracy Young

Tracy Young is most known for her work with Madonna for the past two decades. She was selected by Madonna to DJ her wedding reception to Guy Richie in Scotland and has remixed more than a dozen of Madonna's singles including "Music" in which Billboard Magazine named an "Emotional Masterpiece".

Tracy and her works have been featured on MTV, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, The A-List, Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Grammy Awards, The Emmy Awards, Sundance, BVLGARI, and Lincoln Automotive to name a few. Tracy is the Official Remixer for Beyonce, Britney Spears, Madonna, Cher, Katy Perry to name a few…

Tracy’s club tour has taken her to over 30 countries, on nearly every continent. She has performed for over millions of fans over her career and DJ’d the World’s biggest nightclubs.

Spring Pink Pub Crawl includes all bars on Camac as 3rd stop

For the first time ever, crawlers on the Pink Pub Crawl will have the option to decide their own route.  On Saturday, March 21st the Spring Pink Pub Crawl returns to Philadelphia and will kick-off at Stir Lounge at 9PM.  Crawlers redeem their drink ticket up till 10:30PM at the Rittenhouse bar before heading down to Boxer's PHL at 1330 Walnut Street.  Boxer's will honor their drink ticket beginning at 10:15 PM allowing a little overlap between Stir and Boxers which will to ease a crawlers ability to get a drink at the bar.  Then at 11:30 PM the crawl heads over to Camac Street where each participant can decide to redeem their drink ticket at UBar, Tavern or Camac or the Venture Inn.  Then at 12:30 AM the crawl heads to its final stop at Voyeur Nightclub.

The crawl will return to its $20 (in pink) original pricing structure for the first time in 5 years.  Crawls not in pink will still be charged $30.  Your Pink Pub Crawl ticket gets you 1 drink at Stir, 1 drink at Boxers, 1 drink on Camac Street and admission to Voyeur.  The Spring Pink Pub Crawl is valued at $40.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 Feb. 7 2015 Countdown

Philadelphia to host 70 gay journalists March 13-15

The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association will host its LGBT Media Journalists Convening, sponsored by the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund, March 13-15, 2015 in Philadelphia. The group consisting of a approximately 70 bloggers, writers, and editors from around the country. 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.

Friday, March 13 - Comcast to host cocktail reception

Saturday, March 14 (day) - Conference

Saturday, March 14 (night) - Stop by the John C. Anderson senior housing project, night party (bar TBD)

Sunday, March 15 - Brunch at the Free Library of Philadelphia & the Oscar Wilde Exhibit at the Rosenbach

Photo of Chicago Windy City Times' publisher Tracy Baim in Philadelphia in 2013

Monday, February 9, 2015

Mimi Imfurst's drag version of "Into the Woods"

Mimi Imfurst debuted her drag version of "Into the Wood's" last night at Voyeur Nightclub in Philadelphia.  The show will run again this Sunday, February 15th at 8pm.


    Photos by: Brandon Robert
    TICKETS ARE $10.00 and available at the door.
    Voyeur Nightclub - 1221 St. James Street, Philadelphia

    THE BAKER: Andrew Deitch (The Lady Miss Kittyn)
    BAKER'S WIFE: Pissi Myles
    THE WITCH: Mimi Imfurst
    LITTLE RED: Cleo Phatra
    THE WOLF: Josh Schoenwolf
    GRANDMOTHER: Mistor Fahrenheit
    JACK: Kevin Vincent
    JACK'S MOTHER: Drew Bev Gaver
    CINDERELLA: Chachi Divine
    CINDERELLA'S MOTHER: Aeryanah Von Moi
    STEP MOTHER: Aida Snatchwell
    EVIL STEP SISTERS: Maria Top Catt & Jenna Tall
    CINDERELLA'S FATHER: Joey Santorum
    THE NARRATOR: Eric Jaffe
    MYSTERIOUS MAN: Dinah Sore
    CINDERELLA'S PRINCE: Steve Cisowski
    REPUNZEL'S PRINCE: Tommy Delgado
    THE STEWARD: Anastasia Versace
    MILKY WHITE: Farrah Mascaraa

Winter Fun in Philadelphia

Nice little video from Visit Philadelphia featuring both the Blue Cross River Rink at Winterfest and the New ice skating rink at Dilworth Park.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Dan Savage brings amateur porn festival to Philadelphia

Dan Savage is bringing his amateur porn film festival - Hump! - to Philadelphia on February 21st. Since 2005 the HUMP! Film Festival has challenged ordinary people from all over the Pacific Northwest to become temporary, weekend porn stars-by making their very own five-minute dirty movies for a chance to win big cash prizes! And they did not disappoint! The resulting short films run the gamut of sexual styles: straight, gay, lesbian, transgender... every color in the sexual rainbow. HUMP! films are funny, thought-provoking, sad, artistic, outrageous, and almost overwhelmingly sexy-because they're real. And they're real because they were created and performed by sex-positive people, just like YOU.

Union Transfer 1026 Spring Garden Street - Philadelphia
Times:  6 pm, 8:15 pm & 10:30 pm!
Buy tickets at humptour.com

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

ActionAIDS' Glamsino Royale returns February 19

Philadelphia's ActionAIDS and Kimpton's Hotel Palomar are teaming up again for their 3rd Annual "Glamsino Royale: Havanna Nights."  So,  grab a fedora, channel the smooth, sultry essence of Cuba, and escape for one night to the broad palms and summery sounds of Havana. The Hotel Palomar will transform its top floors to become a colorful, vibrant Latin paradise to celebrate in the theme.  Proceeds will go to ActionAIDS which provides local HIV and AIDS services in the Philadelphia area.

Date: February 19 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Hotel Palomar - 117 S. 17th Street - Philadelphia
Click Here For Tickets

Trailer released for "Magic Mike XXL"

Magic Mike XXL is scheduled to be released in theaters on July 1st.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

IndiGoGo Returns to Philly's Underground Arts on February 21

IndiGoGo, William Way Community Center's dance event, returns to the Underground Arts in Philadelphia's Northern Liberties neighborhood on February 21st.  The event features just about every Philadelphia DJ known to the gay community as well as some of Philadelphia's notable gay promoters. A formula which was very successful last time around in July.

February's theme: "A Polar Dance Party" seems appropriate for the chilly weather associated with this time of year.  The event promises to transport you to the Arctic Circle (I prefer Miami but sounds fun!) and touts appearances by:  HoneyTree EvilEye, Cirque Manikk, Mr. Everything, MISS Everything, & The Aviary.

Event Details:
Saturday, February 21st, 10PM @ Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill Street)
FEATURING 8+ DJs on 3 Dance Floors,
Nolita Selector(Cutn Paste)
DJ Jovi Baby(Stimulus Philly)
DJ Javascript(Adrenaline)
DJ Katie K Rex (Factory Girls)
TRPRKPR & DJ Sharyn Stone(NSFW Dance Party)
DJ Carl Michaels(Philly’s HOUSE Staple)
DJ Mike Shaffer(Aka DJ CNNR)

$10 Advanced Tix (Skip Line! http://bit.ly/IndigogoPolarTix)
$10 At Door Before 11PM /w FB RSVP
$20 At Door After 11PM

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Turkish Pop Diva Reyhan Karaca shoots new Sobe video in Philadelphia

Reyhan Karaca, who is a pop big diva in Turkey, just released her new video of "Sobe."  The video is full of great shots of Philadelphia's City Hall and South Broad Street as well as a few from NYC. Unfortunately, there is not an English version but the beat for the song is upbeat and fun. Below is a translation Isaac Angel sent to me....

Life's half made of pain and lies
The other half hope and love
Our paths are always seperate
But the ending is the same

That famous sorrow that is in our faith is weak
When that arrow strikes at our hearts
Each lover's like a child
Afraid of the dark
Don't play with us, it's unfair
And leave us alone

Just Go! Go! Go! Go!....

I've got a feeling that tomorrow's gona be great
Come out from wherever you're hiding and seek for me
I've got a feeling that sun will shine again

Come out (love) from wherever you're hiding and find me

Follow Reyhan on Twitter here.

Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 Songs

Boxers PHL to host Superbowl Party

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

"Love Train" to celebrate PA gay marriage with actual wedding

Mural Arts celebrates the five-year anniversary of its landmark Love Letter project and marriage equality in Pennsylvania with the final iteration of LOVE TRAIN.

For the first time ever, Mural Arts’ popular Valentine’s Day event will feature a same-sex marriage during a Love Letter tour. This special version of one of the Mural Arts Program’s bestselling tours will feature a privately chartered, slow-speed, guided ride amidst the 50 Love Letter rooftop murals along the Market-Frankford SEPTA line in West Philadelphia, painted by world-renowned street artist Stephen “ESPO” Powers and crew—great for Love Letter newcomers and repeat riders alike. The Honorable Daniel J. Anders, Philadelphia’s first openly gay male judge, will wed a lucky same-sex couple aboard the SEPTA train during this one-of-a-kind ride.

To book your ticket to witness this landmark moment in Philadelphia’s LGBTQ history click here or call 215-925-3633. Space is limited and tickets are nontransferable.

ITINERARY for February 8

11:30 am – Check in at SEPTA Headquarters, 1234 Market Street - All ticketed guests must check in with Mural Arts staff before riding the Love Train! Guides will escort guests to the “El” platform for boarding.

12:00 - 1:30 pm – Love Train 2015 - Experience Love Letter from the Market-Frankford El, one of the most popular and talked-about projects in Mural Arts history, and be there as our happy couple is wed, in a ceremony performed by Judge Daniel J. Anders.

1:30 - 3:00 pm – Reception at Loews Philadelphia Hotel - Toast to the newlyweds and enjoy a catered reception from project partners Loews Philadelphia Hotel and Cakes by Maryellen. Love Letter books will be available for purchase and signings from artist Stephen Powers.

Winter Party Returns March 4-9

Winter Party Festival
returns to Miami on March 4-9, 2015. The six-day celebration first kicked-off back in 1994 and will celebrate twenty one years this March. The annual event benefits the National LGBTQ Task Force.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Equality Forum Cancelled for 2015

Philadelphia's Equality Forum, the multi-day symposium, parites and special event including its business dinner and SundayOut taking place the first weekend in May, has been cancelled for 2015. Well, it actually was never planned as the organization decided to put its efforts this year on celebrating the 50th anniversary of the gay rights movement. That's right, 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the entire movement and it began here in Philadelphia!

The movement started back on July 4, 1665 when gay activists from New York, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia protested for equality in front of Independence Hall. It was the first time that activists from more than one city openly identified as gay and called for equality. That first protest was repeated every July 4th from 1965 to 1969 and were called “Annual Reminders.” They were spearheaded by Washington’s Frank Kameny and Philadelphia’s Barbara Gittings who are now recognized as the father and mother of the gay rights movement.

Of course, Stonewall then happened and this group went on to help organize the very 1st Gay Pride Parade which took place in NYC.

For more information on the upcoming 50th celebration visit equalityforum.com.