Local gay phogog Rob Lybeck kicks off his monthlong exhibit, “Built Environment,” at Giant Steps Framing and Gallery. Through his stunning photographs of some of the city’s most unique facades and structural embellishments, The Hidden City Philadelphia contributor hopes to “to raise an awareness of the city’s uniqueness as exemplified by its many architectural styles and building details.” Opening reception, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., displayed through Feb., 7, free, Giant Steps Framing and Gallery, 229 S. 20th St.
Now that we’re on the subject of art, The William Way Center has two exhibitions starting tonight: In “Intimately Preserved” artist Emmett Ramstad displays research materials found at LGBTQ archive centers in Philly, San Francisco and Bloomington to “reveal how saving particular objects, arranging them just so, and disposing of other items marks us as both similar to and unique from each other.” Opening reception 6 p.m-8 p.m., displayed through March 29, free, William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce St. “Works from the Center’s Permanent Art Collection” features 100 pieces of art from local “visionaries” that is “rarely seen by the public.” Opening reception, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., displayed through February 22, free, William Way Center’s Main Gallery.
Singer-songwriter and musical-theater actor Cory Wade is performing in Spring Garden. The set will include his most recent pop release, “Turning on the Lights.” 7:30 p.m., free, Tearful Bliss Café, 1043 Spring Garden St.
SAT., JAN. 12
East Passyunk Avenue is hosting its first Second Saturday soiree of 2013. Many of the enclave’s businesses and restaurants will be hosting art and offering specials for the occasion, but be sure to stop by the gay-owned Metro Men’s Clothing (1615 E. Passyunk Ave.) to check out the “Beautiful Disaster” exhibit by local photographer Joseph Fuiman and take advantage of the shop’s 40- to 60-percent off sale on winter coats and sweaters. Times vary according to store, free, various locations on East Passyunk Avenue between Dickinson and Broad streets.
If you’re in the mood for dancing somewhere other than Woody’s, there are three other options to choose from: (1) BANG! Saturdays at Sisters features guests DJs and a performance by the Sisters Sirens. 9 p.m.-2 a.m., free admission with this Facebook ad, Sisters Nightclub, 1320 Chancellor St. (2) FREAK BOUTIqUE promises a performance by Alizé-Beau Hennessy, ”booty beats” by DJs Tay Tay and DNNR, and every drink at the bar benefits Project Safe. 10 p.m.-2 a.m., free, Tabu Lounge, 200 S. 12th St. (3) Stimulus’ new Saturday-night bash, Back to Basics, kicks off tonight with DJ NiiLo and precolumbian. 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Square Peg, 929 Walnut St.
SUN., JAN. 13
Not much in the way of events today, so why not throw an impromptu Golden Globes viewing party. You know it’ll be a rip-roaring gay good time with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as MCs. Could they be the best award-show hosting duo ever?!