On the Gaydar: January LGBT Events

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Brittany Lynn

Photo by Michael Alan Goldberg

Half & Half Drag Show

With so many run-of-the-mill dance parties in this city to choose from, it’s about damn time someone added more drag queens to the equation. On the main floor, DJ John Gill will be spinning a mix of club and radio faves with a drag performance every hour. On the second floor, Showgirl Arena, host and DJ, the “Vaginally Challenged” Brittany Lynn will be joined by four fabulous ladies for a show every half-hour starring Miss Pinklewinkle, Aida Snatchwell, Diana Dharling and Tammy Faymous. In addition to a slew of drink specials (including Raven’s delicious champagne and Pop Rocks and root beer barrels for just $5), shot girls will be providing complimentary body shots throughout the evening. (Nicole Finkbiner)

Fri/6, 10pm. $5. Raven Lounge, 1718 Sansom St. 215.840.3577. ravenlounge.com

Radical Faeries

Though it’s hard to define who the Radical Faeries are, it’s clear they have been an instrumental group in advancing LGBT liberation in the city. The group was founded in the ’70s as a movement seeking to redefine queer identity through spirituality. This month, the Philadelphia Faeries host Faerie groups from around the country in a gathering of music, dance, visual arts and conversation. As part of the gathering, the William Way Center is opening an exhibit exploring the broader history of the Faeries. The exhibit attempts to show how a community has embraced their differences from the non-LGBT world through practices that include heart circles, where everyone is allowed to speak freely about their thoughts without fear of judgment. During the opening, many of the active members of the city’s Faeries will be in attendance to showcase their talents, passions and personal legacies. (Kyle Bella)

Thurs/12, 6pm. William Way, 1315 Spruce St. waygay.com

January Arouse: DJ Battle and Equality PA Fundraiser

Known for hosting some of the largest and most diverse monthly LGBT parties in the Northeast, Stimulus Philly is pulling out all the stops for their first Arouse party of 2012. Besides taking over a stunning new venue in University City with two huge bars, two dance floors and great drink specials, they’ll be hosting a DJ battle open to anyone who thinks they’ve got the skills to impress. This month’s installment will also help raise money for Equality PA and their continuing efforts to achieve equality for LGBT Pennsylvanians through education, policy and legislative action. (N.F.)

Sat/14, 10pm. $7-$10. Landmark Americana, 3333 Market St. 215.222.4500. landmarkamericana.com


As always, this quarterly showcase will feature a variety of queer and transgender performance artists and help a member of the GncGVTG community supplement the cost of their much-needed gender reassignment surgery. This particular installment will benefit Gender Reel’s very own Sam Richman, a female-to-male transperson and will also be the last MixTape held at the beloved South Philly music venue before relocating to its new home at the Troc’s Balcony Bar in April. (N.F.)

Fri/27, 9pm. $5-$10. Tritone, 1508 South St. 215.545.0475. genderreelfest.com

Vixens & Vagabonds Queer & Kinky Cabaret

The Liberty City Kings (LiCK), Philadelphia’s proud queer drag and burlesque troupe, holds its bimonthly cabaret and dance party at Tabu this month. In homage to glitter and Occupy Wall Street, LiCK hopes to present a glitter resistance through a series of sexy, scintillating and often-raunchy acts that explore the intersections of drag and burlesque. Though politics and pleasure are often seen as being distant, LiCK hopes to bring the two together in a series of performance and dance aerobics that explode expectations without all of the weighty pretense and uncomfortable moments you’d expect. Drag or kink outfits are encouraged (and get you a discount off the cover charge). And since LiCK doesn’t want to be the only ones getting naked, DJ Evil V will be spinning tracks and encouraging you to shimmy and shake the night away. So bring yourself, bring your lover(s), bring your kink and get ready to be part of the glitter resistance. (K.B.)

Sat/7, 8pm. $8-$10. Tabu, 200 S. 12th St. tabuphilly.com

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1. Rich Rubin said... on Mar 26, 2012 at 12:56PM

“Also, Quince Productions opens its run of the hit comedy "Vanities" with a special GLBT preview, with post-show reception, Wednesday April 4 at 7pm, Walnut Street Theatre Studio 5. Be the first to see this tale of three young women as they move from high school cheerleaders to college sorority sisters to young adults. All the gay theatergoers will be out on April 4 - meet a few of them (as well as the stars) at a wine/snacks reception after the show. www.quinceproductions.com for tickets (only $20).”


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