Dragapalooza: Broadway Divas
Historians cite the 1969 Stonewall Riots in N.Y.C. as a crucial turning point in the gay community’s evolution from invisibility to a global sociopolitical movement. Iconic photos from Stonewall show several “drag queens” protesting in lockstep with gay men and women of every age and race. Though much has changed in the past 42 years, drag culture persisted as a form of performance entertainment and self-expression that’s indivisible from the LGBT community. In Philly, excitement about drag performance is at an all-time high. An immensely talented bunch of new performers are pushing the experienced veterans to raise their game. This month, you’ll have an opportunity to see Philly’s best queens go for broke at Dragapalooza: Broadway Divas—an uproarious celebration of the Great White Way’s music and choreography featuring 18 numbers from Broadway’s best shows, including Dreamgirls, Wicked, Rent, Chicago, Hair, Little Shop of Horrors and more. Local drag icon Brittany Lynn—who fires barbs like a ninja throws punches—will be hosting. Expect performances by veterans Joey Josephs, Alexis Cartier, Brenda Dharling and Jason Cozmo, as well as newbies Diana Dharling, Isis, Navaya Shay, Cherry Pop, Mrs. Periwinkle and Omyra Lynn. This is not your run-of-the-mill drag show. Every step of every number is expertly choreographed by Jason Josephs (aka, Diana Dharling). These queens are sure to pack the house and leave the audience begging for more.
Sat., March 12, 9pm. $25-$50. Voyeur Nightclub, 1221 St. James St. 215.735.5772. nightlifegay.com
15th Annual Human Rights Campaign Dinner Gala
If you ask a sample of 10 gay people what they think of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), you’re likely to get 10 different responses, ranging from unbridled appreciation to utter disdain. As one of the largest LGBT advocacy organizations, HRC is visible, mobilized, and no matter whether you agree with their policy priorities or not—they know how to throw a party. This month’s HRC’s gala will be hosted by reality TV star and style guru Carson Kressley with a live performance by Niki Harris, and will feature dinner, drinks and one of Philly’s best silent auctions. Proceeds support HRC’s efforts to secure equal rights for every member of LGBT community.
Sat., March 19, 6:30pm. Hyatt Regency Philadelphia, 201 S. Columbus Blvd. 800.494.8497. philadelphia.hrc.org
Spring PINK Pub Crawl
At the tail end of a harsh winter, you can literally feel the excitement building from river to river. For the third consecutive year, gay Philadelphians are set to ring in spring with the PINK Pub Crawl. On March 26—the first official Saturday night of spring—hundreds will hop from bar to bar in celebration of warm weather and new possibilities. The PINK Pub Crawl is a traditional bar hop that takes you on a tour of Philly’s hottest gay clubs and lounges. As opposed to many LGBT events, which cater to gay men or lesbians, the PINK Pub Crawl appeals equally to both groups. If you’re new to Philly, or just new to the Gayborhood, the Crawl is a perfect opportunity to meet new people. It all starts at 9 p.m. at Rittenhouse Square’s Stir Lounge before heading across Broad Street for the second stop at iCandy. Formerly 12th Air Command, iCandy has been renovated from top to bottom. The tailend takes a tour of Woody’s before heading to the final stop, Voyeur Nightclub around midnight. Admission is $25 and gets you a free drink at each of the first three stops. Tickets are only available at the door. Dancers will be on site at every stop with giveaways like gift certificates, drink tickets and passes to the 2011 Philadelphia Mr. Gay Competition on April 16.
Sat., March 26, $25-$35. 9pm: Stir Lounge, 1705 Chancellor St. 215.732.2700; 10:30pm: iCandy, 254 S. 12th St. 267.324.3500; 11:30pm: Woody’s, 202 S. 13th St. 215.545.1893; 12:30am: Voyeur Nightclub, 1221 St. James St. 215.735.5772. pinkpubcrawl.com
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PW's 2015 Philly Spring Guide