The Month of Gay

By Brian Goldthorpe
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Miss Richfield 1981, Asians, Homos, and Jews…Oh My

Miss Richfield 1981 is arguably the world’s most outrageous, outspoken and out-of-the-box drag performer. After months of strutting her stuff in Provincetown, Mass., Miss R is coming to town with her new show, Asians, Homos, and Jews…Oh My. The beauty queen-turned-entertainer combines social commentary, musical numbers and games as she campaigns to be the new Czar of Tolerance in the Obama administration. Crowd participation is a guarantee, and watch out—she goes for the jugular, poking fun at stereotypes and commonly held perceptions, but most importantly personal appearance.

Thurs., Oct. 7–Sat., Oct. 9, 8pm.
Society Hill Playhouse,
507 S. Eighth St.
215.923.0210.
societyhillplayhouse.org

OUTfest Block Party

The gays are taking it to the streets this Sunday in an empowering stand about being “out and proud” in public. In celebration of National Coming Out Month, the Gayborhood will be packed to the gills with gays, lesbians, bisexuals and every variety in between participating in events like the penis-shaped bagel-eating contest and high-heel-athon. Local drag superstar Brittany Lynn, the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus and gay personalities Chumley & Carlota will be taking the stage for special performances. Live music, dancing, food, shopping, mini-golf and OutFest/ OutProud Awards will be given out.

Sun., Oct. 10, noon-6pm.
Gayborhood,
Locust and 13th sts.
phillypride.org

AIDS Walk Philly

According to the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Philadelphians are being infected with HIV at a rate more than 50 percent higher than residents of New York City. In an effort to take a step in the right direction, AIDS Walk will focus much-needed attention on the importance of getting tested and engaging in safe sex. The 8-mile walk, which starts and ends at the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, will help raise much-needed funds for health-care services and other life-saving programs. Panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt, which dedicates a panel to a person who has lost his/her life due to AIDS, will be on display. Proceeds will support organizations providing HIV/AIDS awareness and provide care services for the 30,000 people in the Delaware Valley living with HIV/AIDS.

Sun., Oct. 17, 9am.
Eakins Oval,
Philadelphia Musuem of Art,
26th St. and the Ben Franklin Pkwy.
aidswalkphilly.org

Carrie

This October, Brat Productions presents a gender-bending comedy interpretation of Stephen King’s famed 1974 novel. Carrie is one of the original camp horror stories—a genre best characterized by outrageous drama and quotable one-liners—the two elements you need to become a gay fave. The new show, starring local drag performer Erik Ransom in the title role, will feature puppets, flying knives, electric shocks, a car crash and a burning high school—all the elements of an unforgettable prom night. Playwright Erik Jackson has preserved the drama of the original, but added new and hilarious twists for the stage version. Following its sold-out off-Broadway run last year, Carrie makes its Philadelphia theater debut tomorrow night with a new, local cast.

Thurs., Oct. 7, 8-10pm.
$15-$29.
Underground Arts Theater at the Wolf Building,
340 N. 12th St.
215.627.2577.
bratproductions.org

Super Heroes Night

“It’s a bird … it’s a plane … it’s a spandex wonderland!” Comic-book characters have been the subject of many a gay fantasy. Maybe it’s the Lycra costumes, the super powers, the ambiguously gay duos or perhaps just the fight for justice. Whatever the reasons, on Oct. 23 the Bike Stop, Philly’s self-described leather bar, will swap chaps for capes for Super Heroes Night. Guests are encouraged to don their gayest superhero apparel for a night of fun and fantasy. Drink specials, no cover and “special surprises” are sure to make it an evening of escapism.

Sat., Oct. 23, 10pm-2am.
The Bike Stop,
206 S. Quince St.
thebikestop.com

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