A preview of Philly's upcoming LGBT events.
Are you ready for your close-up? Norma Doesmen certainly is, and she’ll get it no matter what she has to do. This hilarious play pays homage to Broadway and silent films with a campy and satirical edge. Set in a less-than-starlit bungalow on Sunset Boulevard, Doesmen tells the story of Joe Dillis, a down-on-his-luck writer who finds himself drawn to a notoriously sex-crazed and mildly psychotic silent-movie star named Norma. With a little help from her schizophrenic man-servant, Norma seduces and manipulates Joe in an attempt to make her big comeback to the silver screen. The production is filled with big laughs, witty one-liners and outrageous plot twists that will have you jeering and cheering for Norma to make it back into the spotlight.
Society Hill Playhouse,
507 S. Eighth St.
Burn the Floor
Years before Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance turned competitive ballroom dancing into ratings heaven, the ballroom dance performance, Burn The Floor , was entertaining audiences oversees in London. Originally created as a birthday performance for one of Elton John’s birthday parties, the show became a smash hit and began playing internationally before taking a tour on Broadway last year. Twenty rock-hard chiseled champion dancers will be sweating and spinning in an electric-paced marathon of 10 dances that include the Waltz, the Samba and the Jive. The tour features the talents of international dancers from around the globe as well as So You Think You Can Dance alums and a vocal performance from Vonzelle Soloman, from Season 4 of American Idol . If you enjoy hot bodies, sinful gyrations and neck-breaking displays of athleticism, poise, flexibility and raw power, this show is a must-see.
Fri., Nov. 12–Sat., Nov. 13, various times.
Academy of Music,
1420 Locust St.
The U.S. Mr. Gay Competition is a delicious cross between Fame, Toddlers & Tiaras and Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader . The contestants represent 20 cities across the U.S., including one from our very own City of Brotherly Love. The contest begins with an opening reception on Fri., Nov. 12 at Q Lounge with the main competition to follow the next night at Voyeur Nightclub. Contestants must compete in three rounds of competition including swim wear, evening wear and a Q&A for the top five finalists. But this isn’t the typical dog-and-pony show; contestants will also be judged on ability to represent the organization both in vision and purpose and be rated on whether the contestant “inspires and generates a call to action, articulates a plan of action and a means to achieve goal stated.” The judges’ panel includes infamous gossip columnist Michael Musto, celebrity stylist and reality TV star David Evangelista and more. In addition to these judges, Sirius OUT Q radio star, Frank DeCaro and uproarious drag personality Brittany Lynn will be co-hosting the event. Drag diva Navaya Sha and the Philadelphia Freedom Band will headline performances between rounds of competition. All in all, it’s one hotly anticipated night of entertainment, and the only place you can see 20 of the nation’s sexiest guys in their skivvies.
Sat., Nov. 13, 9pm–midnight.
1221 St. James St.
If you’re out on the town the night before Thanksgiving, you’ll likely see 400 pink-clad guys and gals running roughshod through the Gayborhood. No, it’s not a midnight breast cancer walk—it’s the third annual PINK Pub Crawl. Every Thanksgiving eve, Nightlifegay.com hosts a huge bar hop that hits the Gayborhood’s hottest lounges and clubs. The gay bar crawl begins just before 9 p.m. at Q Lounge, and then continues with the PINK Pub Crawl heading east to 12th and Locust streets, making the second stop at Tabu and then to Woody’s before finishing up at Voyeur Nightclub. Admission gets you a free drink at each of the first three stops and free admission to Woody’s and Voyeur. Goodies like T-shirts and free gym memberships will be given out as you sip on signature cocktails and dance away calories in preparation of the next day’s main event. Just don’t promise to be anywhere before noon on Thanksgiving.
Wed., Nov. 24, 8:45pm.
$25 if dressed in pink ($30 without pink).
Q Lounge and Kitchen,
1234 Locust St.
Calendar: March 25-April 1
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