On the Gaydar: February LGBT Events

By Brian Goldthorpe
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Big Game Event

To some of us in the gay community, the term Super Bowl means a wonderful new serving dish from Crate & Barrel. But for the gay sports enthusiasts among us—and there are a lot more than you might think—this Sunday’s game is as big a deal as it is for any straight, middle-American suburbanite. Quite frankly, the Super Bowl has enough pageantry and celebrity power to keep everyone interested—regardless of whether you know which teams are playing. To join in on the action, check out the Greater Philadelphia Flag Football League’s (GPFFL) Big Game Event at I-House this year. In addition to watching the game on a huge screen, there will be an open bar, free snacks and a spectacular silent auction. Bonus: Proceeds will benefit local non-profit, Action AIDS.

Sun., Feb. 6, 5:30pm. $40-$65. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. 215.387.5125. actionaids.org/content/superbowl-party

The Smoke, Lilies, and the Jade Arts Initiative Valentine’s Day Party

No policy or advocacy issue has had as deep an impact on the LGBT community as HIV/AIDS. But over the last several years, activists have witnessed their cause lose prominence in the collective gay consciousness thanks to improved treatments and disease management. Unfortunately, these changes have fueled misconceptions about the severity of the disease, leading to a rise in unsafe sex practices and newly diagnosed patients. At this critical juncture, it’s important to lend our support to AIDS awareness organizations that have proven effective in distributing their message in diverse and creative ways. One such organization is The Smoke, Lilies, and the Jade Arts Initiative, a local dance theater company that promotes AIDS awareness through live performances. Zane Booker is SLJ’s artistic director, and one of the most accomplished dancers working in Philadelphia. As Booker explains, “HIV/AIDS is still an incredibly pervasive and troubling problem. We utilize our performances to renew focus and attention on this issue.” If you’re not familiar with SLJ, stop by their Valentine’s Day Party at Haru. SLJ is co-hosting the party with representatives from Philly Black Gay Pride. In addition to celebrating Cupid’s day with one of Haru’s outstanding cocktails, this party is an open call for contestants in a new dance competition. The contest will take place in April during Philly’s annual Black Gay Pride celebration, but this is your chance to ask questions and sign up.

Mon., Feb. 14, 6pm. Haru, 241 Chestnut St. liliesandjade.org

“Sexy Feast”: A Valentine’s Day Cabaret and Dinner

“Is romance dead?” I posed this question to one of my friends last week. His response—“I guess it depends on your Facebook status!” Though funny, his comment is pretty insightful. In the digital age—when it’s easier to get laid than get a date—is there a place for romance? If you ask Karen Gross, one of Philly’s most exciting cabaret-style singers—the answer is a resounding yes! This Valentine’s Day, Karen will express her love for love during Sexy Feast, an exclusive performance featuring an amazing combination of jazz, pop and classic love songs peppered with her trademark comedic dialogue. Karen’s resume includes a feature spot on XPN and numerous sold-out performances of her hit cabaret shot, “Sex & the Single Singer.” More Than Just Ice Cream will be transformed into an elegant cabaret-style club for the evening, and guests will enjoy a delicious three-course dinner and champagne.

Mon., Feb. 14, 8pm. $48. More Than Just Ice Cream, 1119 Locust St. 215.574.0586. sexyfeast.eventbrite.com

Philadelphia Gryphons Kick-Off Party

Gays don’t just like to watch sports, many of us like to play! In fact, increased demand for group sports activities has resulted in local LGBT clubs, leagues and teams for football, softball, soccer, running, swimming, wrestling and other competitive and recreational sports. One of Philly’s most popular and visible LGBT sports clubs is the rugby-playing Gryphons. The Gryphons will kick-off their 2011 campaign in style at Woody’s this month with a party featuring drink specials, raffle prizes and a horde of hot ruggers. It’s a wonderful opportunity to show your support for one of our most notable LGBT sports teams.

Fri., Feb. 25, 6pm. $5. Woody’s Bar, 202 S. 13th St. phillygryphons.org

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