Come out, go out: Five Pride Month events not to be missed

By Nicole Finkbiner
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We know this Pride Month’s opening weekend is going to be out of control—in the best way possible—but get ready to paint the town every color of the rainbow. Here are five can’t-miss ways to get your celebration on.

PGMC Pride Drag Revue

Back by popular demand, the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus is ushering in Pride Weekend with their usual song and splendor, with a little drag in between. The informal cabaret will feature a sampling of the group’s vast repertoire—classic rock, current Top 40, Broadway’s biggest numbers, etc.—guaranteeing to satisfy every musical palate in the audience. All of the event’s proceeds will go directly back to PGMC, helping their singing brothers cover the costs of membership dues, concert tuxedos and the group’s trip to a performance in Portland next year. With this year marking the 25th anniversary of Philly Pride, attendees are being asked to come dressed in their snazziest and/or sexiest silver attire, with pockets full of green for the various drink specials and raffle tickets. Thurs., June 6, 8pm. $10. iCandy, 254 S. 12th St.

William Way Homecoming

Showcasing and celebrating all the insanely talented individuals that make Philly’s LGBT community as vibrant as it is, William Way Community Center’s annual homecoming has become one of Pride Weekend’s premiere events. While guests feast on a Mediterranean buffet dinner and cocktails, a brilliantly diverse lineup of entertainers will take the stage: everyone from choreographer/dancer Meg Foley to the badass babes of the Philly Roller Girls—and perhaps the biggest star of the night: RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Three runner-up Manila Luzon. Emceeing the event is the dazzling duo Miss Mary Wanna and the Notorious OMG. Sat., June 8, 6pm. $50. William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce St.

Big Gay Wedding Weekend

You are cordially invited to join the staff of Sisters Nightclub for two back-to-back bashes benefiting the Marriage Equality March in Harrisburg slated for June 22. It kicks off Friday with the “Bachelor & Bachelorette Party,” featuring dancers and drink specials, all leading up to the “Wedding & Reception” on Saturday. Since Pennsylvania is one of 38 states where same sex couples can’t be legally united, guests can come and get “formally attached” for the night with keepsake rings and a certificate. Of course, what’s a wedding without complimentary champagne and delicious cake? Really, the only difference between this wedding and an actual wedding is that instead of ending with “I Dos,” it’ll end with one big collective “F-U.” Fri.-Sat., June 14-15, 9pm. $8. Sisters Nightclub, 1320 Chancellor St. 215.735.0735.

HISphoria: TRANS and DYSPHORIC Documentary Screening

Making its Philly premiere, this unflinchingly candid documentary tells the story of Christian Axavier Lovehall, a Philadelphia man of trans experience who shares his daily struggles with gender dysphoria and his emotional turmoil about being pre-op. While one might not need to watch a film to understand the incredible courage it takes to endure day-to-day life suffering from such an all-consuming affliction, it’s important that people have a better understanding of the rarely documented and under-studied symptoms related to gender dysphoria and the misconceptions about trans-specific surgery. Open to all ages, the screening will serve as a fundraiser, helping Lovehall pay for his “top surgery.” Wed., June 19, 7pm. $10. William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce St.

Cazwell Live

Sure to be the sweatiest summer party this side of the Atlantic City Expressway, rapper and songwriter Cazwell is bringing his impeccably chiseled torso, glaring blue eyes and infectious hits to Tabu for an intimate, one-night-only performance. Describing his style as “if Biggie Smalls ate Donna Summer for breakfast,” the young artist first made a name for himself in the New York club scene and has since managed to win over mainstream audiences, thanks to the videos for his 2010 singles “I Seen Beyoncé at Burger King” and “Ice Cream Truck.” No word on whether he’ll be bringing any popsicles (maybe if the audience plays really nice), but you can count on hearing these hits live, accompanied by the electric beats of DJ’s Xavier B. and Javascript. Hosted by Tammy Fabulous, the show will feature an opening set from Philly’s own sensual sensation JNATHEN. Tickets are likely to sell out fast, and for an extra $15 bucks, you can get up close and personal with the rapper during a VIP meet-and-greet, as well as a one-hour open bar. Sat., June 29, 9pm. $15-$30. Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar, 200 S. 12th St. 215.964.9675.

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1. David B said... on Jun 6, 2013 at 10:19AM

“Ooh, don’t forget about a couple other gay choral concerts too this weekend in the region!

“Game Over” Concert, The Philadelphia Voices of Pride (LGBT chorus). A darkly humorous look at the afterlife. Sat. June 8, 8 pm, $25/$12.50 students, Trinity Center for Urban Life, 2212 Spruce St.

“Sharing Our Song” Concert, The Rainbow Chorale of DE (LGBT chorus). Broadway tunes, pop hits, and special surprises. Fri. June 7, 7 pm, $25, Arden Gild House, Arden DE.

“South Pacific: A Three-Hour Tour,” Lehigh Valley Gay Men’s Chorus. Parody of the classic. Sat. June 8, 8 pm @ Stratus Restaurant, Allentown PA and Sun. June 9, 5:30 pm @ Allentown Brew Works. $15”

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2. Anonymous said... on Jun 6, 2013 at 02:09PM

“Tammy Faymous. Not Tammy Fabulous.”


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