On the Gaydar: Preview of Upcoming LGBT Events

By Brian Goldthorpe
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Camp Tabu

Back for its third monthly installment, Camp Tabu is a huge celebration of standup comedy, jam-packed with Philly’s most outspoken gay and lesbian comics who do whatever it takes (within reason, and within the law) to put a smile on your face. The hysterical Christine Meehan and Alejandro Morales share hosting duties, serving up dynamic dialogue between performances from the local gay comedy scene. Jess Carpenter, Rae Drew, Carolyn Busa, Tim Stevens, and Jaime Fountaine’s alter ego, “Beverly Winthrop,” will be bringing enough witty one-liners, sarcastic storytelling and self-deprecating sentiments to get you through this holiday season.

Fri., Dec. 10, 9pm. $5, includes one drink. Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar, 200 S. 12th St. 215.964.9675. tabuphilly.com

Babes of Toyland GayBINGO!

Anything with the words “gay,” “toys” and “bingo” in the title basically guarantees a good time. Back with a campy and clever theme for the holiday edition, your grandma’s BINGO card is still in use, but that’s about as traditional as it gets. The games are refereed by the “Bingo Verifying Divas”—an outrageous bunch of drag queens on roller skates who play it up between sets with contests, pop IQ tests and general nonsense. The event benefits nonprofit organization, the AIDS Fund, which has raised more than $2 million for people in the area living with AIDS since GayBINGO’s inception 14 years ago. Prizes range from $100 to a $1,000 jackpot.

Sat., Dec. 11, 7pm. $20-$25. Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad St. 215.731.9255. aidsfundphilly.org/gaybingo/

December Arouse

Possibly more than at any other moment in history, now is the time to get involved with organizations that provide support and programs for gay youth. In Philadelphia, the Attic Youth Center is leading the way—creating new opportunities for gay youth “to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe and supporting community.” This month, you’ll have the opportunity to get familiar with the Attic’s staff and volunteers during Arouse, a monthly party organized by Stimulus Philly the second Saturday of each month. Stimulus partners with a different LGBT service organization each month and donates part of the proceeds. Guest DJs will be spinning house, hip-hop, salsa, reggae, and everything in between. Delicious specialty shots will be served by the gorgeous Aroused shot crew along with $3 Miller Light and Coors Light, and $4 well drinks.

Sat., Dec. 11, 10pm. $5-$10. MarBar, 200 S. 40th St. 215.222.0800. stimulusphilly.com

Werq Wednesdays with Mimi Imhurst

The lovely ladies of Philly are always ready to Werq it, girl. Outrageous NYC superstar Mimi Imfurst hosts an outrageous night of standup, sitdown, singing, dancing and wig-whipping performances each week for (and sometimes with) lucky members of the audience. Drag has definitely been gaining steam around here with the help of a few notable queens, like the incredible Brittany Lynn and Lisa Lisa. In the last few months, several new performers, including Navaya Shay and Cherry Pop have burst onto the scene with standout routines at the U.S. Mr. Gay Competition and the Gayborhood Games. Come out and watch them do their thing and be sure to see what the Ultimate Diva thinks of our Lady Mimi when she competes on Season 3 of RuPaul’s Drag Race on the LOGO Network, starting this January.

Wed., Dec. 15, 9pm. Through Dec. 29. Q Lounge + Kitchen, 1234 Locust St. 215.732.1800. qphilly.com

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