On the Gaydar: Febuary LGBT Events

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See Timaree Schmit at the Burlesque Showcase

The Marriage Equality Cabaret

Paying tribute to the golden age of variety shows like Ed Sullivan’s Toast of the Town, Five Minute Follies gives solo performers of all varieties—singers, dancers, comics, magicians, clowns, sideshow acts, etc.—the chance to sharpen their craft for a good cause. The catch: They have only five minutes to entertain the crowd. This cabaret features entertainment from the Bearded Ladies, the Lords of Liechtenstein, comedians Jess Carpenter and Robb Coles and singers Nathan Nolen Edwards and Crystal Cheatham. Door proceeds go to Freedom to Marry, a national coalition committed to winning and keeping the freedom to marry for same-gender couples. (Nicole Finkbiner)

Sat/4, 8pm. $15. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St. therotunda.org

2012 National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

It’s no secret that HIV/AIDS continues to be a serious national health concern. But what is often ignored is the fact that despite making up only 14 percent of the national population, black individuals account for 44 percent of new infections. In light of this health crisis, Safe Guards LGBT Resource Center, Circle of Care and Drexel University have teamed up to host the National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) to provide a series of guest speakers, panel discussions and performances that help tackle an array of problems affecting black communities. The theme for 2012, “I’m My Brother’s/Sister’s Keeper: Fight HIV/AIDS,” is a nod to the program’s mission to not only educate about HIV/AIDS and provide testing, but to nurture advocates and build community support for education and treatment efforts. With the recent cuts to HIV/AIDS programming for organizations working within black and Latino communities in Philadelphia, organizers want to help mobilize the community to respond to the current increase of HIV infections among African-Americans. Though easy answers are difficult to find, NBHAAD hopes that through empowerment and affirmation, the negative impacts of HIV/AIDS can be reduced in black communities. (Kyle Bella)

Sat/7, 6-9 pm. University of Pennsylvania, 120 Claudia Cohen Hall, 249 S. 36th St. facebook.com/events/230690000339942

Burlesque Showcase

If the mid-winter chill is giving you the blahs, head over to Sisters for an evening of sultry burlesque. The nightclub’s regular showcase of hoofers, comediennes and plain old exhibitionists has been on hiatus since Halloween, so this first show of 2012 is an opportunity for performers to show off their titillating new routines. Diva-in-chief Notorious OMG keeps things rolling as familiar faces like Timaree Schmit—who not only organizes these festive get-togethers but also shimmies and shakes for the audience’s delight—and newbies like Holly Heartbreaker take the stage. In addition, the lithe ladies of Awakenings Pole Fitness return for their third visit. A crowd favorite, their jaw-dropping routines combine athleticism, grace and a significant dose of eroticism. Kiki Berlin of the sadly defunct Hellcat Girls makes her debut tonight. But the highlight of the evening may just be Cleveland’s Blaze. This handsome stud is sure to sex things up and leave no doubt about who wears the pants. (Raymond Simon)

Fri/24, 11pm. $6. Sisters, 1320 Chancellor St. sistersnightclub.com

Pearl Necklace

February is of course the month when we all celebrate love. But while most of us might do it with chocolates, love letters and sappy ballads, the burly, baby-faced, barrel-chested, bearded balladeers of Brotherly Love—the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus’ select ensemble—is celebrating with a night of sexually explicit song and dance. This adult-themed cabaret concert will feature funny faves like “Every Sperm is Sacred” from Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life , racy numbers made famous by the puppets of Avenue Q and a slew of other salacious songs, chock full of gay subtext. (N.F.)

Sat/25, 8pm. $20. Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St. 215.569.9700. princemusictheater.org

PW is the proud sponsor of Equality Forum. Look for our coverage in the May 2 issue. Contact Amy Stoller for more information: astoller@philadelphiaweekly.com

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1. Victor Fiorillo said... on Feb 1, 2012 at 12:17PM

“I would add to that Martha Undressed, the intimate, unplugged version of the Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret, starring Pig Iron Theatre Company co-founder Dito van Reigersberg. Thursday, February 2nd at Sofitel's Chez Colette, 17th and Sansom Streets. 8pm showtime. 21 . $10 advance tickets are available via http://www.theatreconfetti.com.”

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2. Phila. Gay Men's Chorus said... on Feb 4, 2012 at 05:37PM

“Hope you can make it to the Pearl Necklace Cabaret. For info and tickets, please visit PGMC's website, pgmc.org or call 215-731-9230. Also, note the start time is 9 pm. It should be a blast!”

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3. Rich Rubin said... on Feb 9, 2012 at 04:57PM

“There's also Quince Productions' "Overexposed: A Slightly Awkward Peep Show," playing this weekend (Feb 10-12) in the Laurie Beechman Cabaret at the Arts Bank. Take a gay man, a straight woman, and a gay man who was raised by lesbians, whose only sibling is gay, and whose namesake is a gay porn star, and you get a wild evening of very theatrical and remarkably revealing storytelling. www.quinceproductions.com for tickets (only $15).”

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