On the Gaydar: Sarah Schulman, How the Queers Stole Christmakwanzakah and More

By Raymond Simon
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Icon Ebony Fierce performs at "How the Queers Stole Christmakwanzakah"

Photo by Calvin Woodruff

Beer & Cupcakes

The Bike Stop’s habitués are a naughty bunch, but once a year they reveal their nice side. It happens for just a few hours during the Yuletide season, when these leather daddies allow their lair to be transformed into an X-rated version of Santa’s workshop by the hard-working elves at the Mazzoni Center, which provides health care and other services to the local LGBT community. The goal of this holiday beer bash is raising money to buy winter coats and toys for children affected by HIV/AIDS, most of whom would otherwise receive no Christmas gifts. Last year’s party raised more than $12,000 for roughly 200 young people, but Mazzoni plans to help even more needy kids this year. Everyone is invited to enjoy the kinky holiday hijinks—gay and straight, male and female. All of the money goes toward the cause, so attendees should come expecting to blow a wad of cash on Jell-O shots, homemade cupcakes and gingerbread men with a little something extra between their legs. “Marital aids” and other sexy stocking-stuffers will be raffled off, too. The fun starts early and continues until the kegs are emptied. What happens afterward depends on how bad you’ve been. 

Fri., Dec. 7, 7pm. Free. The Bike Stop, 206 S. Quince St. thebikestop.com

Sarah Schulman: Israel/Palestine & The Queer International

Author and activist Sarah Schulman’s latest book is a provocative argument against Israel’s recent attempt to market itself as a gay tourist destination. In her opinion, Israel’s generous support for LGBT film festivals, for example, is cynically designed to distract people from acknowledging the terrible misery imposed on Palestinians, a phenomenon she labels “pinkwashing.” On one level, Schulman’s book recounts how her decision to boycott an LGBT conference at Tel Aviv University leads to contact with radical queers in Israel and the West Bank, newfound friends and colleagues with whom she eventually organizes a series of teach-ins across America affectionately dubbed “Al-Tour.” On a more profound level, her skepticism regarding power is bracing. Schulman not only upends many of her own unquestioned assumptions, she also clarifies the connection between seemingly innocuous acts, like an effusive travel-section article extolling Tel Aviv’s gay-friendly cafes, and imperialism, racial prejudice and class struggle. Rabbi Linda Holtzman of Philadelphia’s Mishkan Shalom synagogue will join Schulman for this conversation. 

Sat., Dec. 8, 5:30pm. Free. Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St. 215.923.2960. queerbooks.com

How The Queers Stole

Instead of watching A Christmas Story again, check out MixTape’s Yuletide extravaganza, which jumbles every winter holiday into one big, hot mess of a performance. DJ Evil V opens the latest installment of this semi-regular celebration of transgender arts and culture, spinning dance tracks until the room is nice and toasty. The show begins in earnest when hostess Tammy Faymous appears. The hirsute drag queen with the beautiful voice is known for her witty banter, which will come in handy as she struggles to get handsome drag kings and lip-synching divas to share the stage. The entertainment includes Icon Ebony Fierce’s glam-queer take on hip-hop, bent burlesque courtesy of the Liberty City Kings, and fancy footwork from dancer Alizeé Elegance. Between sets, organizers will raffle off steamy DVDs featuring trans porn star and educator Buck Angel. There’s a serious purpose behind the tinsel and Christmas lights: Part of the proceeds go toward defraying the cost of gender-reassignment surgery for a local trans person. Don your elf costume and help raise some Hanukkah gelt! 

Fri., Dec. 14, 9pm. $5. Tabu, 200 S. 12th St. blitztrans.org/mixtape

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