Every Friday, G Philly resident DJ Patrick DeMarco mixes a roundup of tunes to take you into the weekend. This week, we kick it off with an upbeat, inspirational selection of pop, club and deep-house anthems dedicated to our friends in Beantown. Turn it up! READ MORE
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Plus: CutN Paste scissors through The Bike Stop and ICandy unveils its new pub at its second-anniversary party.
FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: This month’s edition of sweat-sexy dance party Cutn Paste is expanding to take over the top two floors of The Bike Stop. Curated by Bare Roots/Teeth River and hosted by the aptly named Icon Ebony-Fierce, the inspired bash gets musical treatment from DJs Nolita Selector and Precolumbian. 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $5, The Bike Stop, 206 S. Quince St. READ MORE
Our new columnist, Twink St. Pine, solves your love conundrums.
Chirl, when it comes to bisexuality I am with Woody Allen: Pick a side! It’s tough enough walking through Valanni worrying about who’s staring at your man, now you’re going to put yourself through it at Parc, too? An “open” relationship is one thing; competing against a dating pool with different plumbing is something else entirely. Hold your ground. If it’s meant to be, he’ll stick with the home team.
I’m a drag queen dating a fantastic guy, but he’s really butch, and I’m afraid if I tell him I do drag he won’t be sexually attracted to me anymore. Should I fess up? READ MORE
You ask. We tell.
I’ve been having problems with my partner’s friends lately. It seems that whenever we spend any time with them, there’s drama. So I’ve made a promise to myself this season to try and avoid it. But now I’m getting criticized by both my boyfriend and his friends. How can I keep the peace without completely losing my mind? I’m really being put to the test with all the parties this month. Help?
Unfortunately, just because you fell for your boyfriend doesn’t mean you’ll fall for all of his friends. Have you tried talking with him about some of your concerns? Rather than simply boycotting the party circuit this season, try making compromises. Let him know that you’ll go to a few events if you can opt out of others. It’ll be up to the both of you to decide which ones will be less, well, drama-filled. Another way to avoid the conflict is by putting down the sauce. Literally. Sometimes animosity and drinking can cause more conflicts than we care to admit. But if you keep your sobriety – and cool – you may find that you’re able to navigate your partner’s friends more successfully without the added headaches. Also try focusing more on common ground than the frustrations – and go into each event with a positive attitude (as hard as that may be). You may find that it sets the mood for others. Good luck!
Find out what to expect for the LGBT community in the next four years
Mark your calendars because the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association is hosting the LGBT Political Panel – What’s Next? on Sunday, Dec. 9 (5 – 7:00 p.m.) at the William Way LGBT Community Center. A distinguished panel has been assembled to talk about November’s progressive electoral victories and what the LGBT community can expect in the next four years.
• David Rosenblum, Mazzoni Center Legal Services Dept.
• Natalie Hope McDonald, editor of G Philly
• Phil Elliott, Washington, D.C.-based reporter who covered the Republican presidential field for The Associated Press
• Tobias Wolff, Penn law professor and advisor to Barack Obama on LGBT issues
The event is free and open to the public, and includes a happy hour to follow.
The ultimate LGBT events guide
InLiquid goes to the William Way this weekend (5 p.m.) with original fine art for holiday gift giving.
The Red Ribbon Awards (5 p.m.) will be given out at City Hall when Jose Benitez, Dr. Amy Nunn, Kevin Burns, Hasima Mannon and Pastor Arlene Mills are honored.
Philadelphia FIGHT is celebrating more than 20 years during the We Remember Gala (6 p.m.) at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia.
The Trestle Inn hosts the Why We Love Philly party (6 p.m.) with IndyHall, Young Involved Philadelphians and Philly Love Notes.
Find out all about the Anatomy of Pleasure with ScrewSmart (7 p.m.) at Passional.
Into leather guys? Best get to the Leather/Blue Collar Weekend at Rainbow Mountain Resort (8 p.m.) in East Stroudsburg where there’s a best dressed contest, karaoke and dance party. Even the hot tub is open.
Or you could audition to be the next Sisters Siren (9 p.m.). The lesbian nightclub is looking for a few good women who are flirty and can dance.
Channel your inner American Idol during karaoke at the Beagle Tavern (9:30 p.m.) in Norristown.
It’s the fourth annual Black and White Affair (10 p.m.) and the birthday bash for Stimulus hosts Morgan and Amber at Voyeur.
Grab your kicks and get moving
‘Tis the city for overeating, drinking, you name it. That’s why we wanted to remind you about Frontrunners International, an LGBT running network with more than 1,000 clubs around the world. Philly’s own chapter has been going strong since (get this) 1983, and meets every Saturday morning (9:30 a.m.) in front of Lloyd Hall at the southern end of Boathouse Row.
While most of the members run about five miles on average, still others walk and run shorter distances. New members, novices and longtime runners are always welcome – it’s a great way to get fit, make new friends and enjoy weekend brunch at a nearby restaurant each weekend.
Want to sign up? Visit the William Way on Monday (6:45 p.m.) to arrange for a weekly run. Or email email@example.com for details.
These are a few of our favorite things this season
Do It: Not So Strictly Ballroom
Learn how to dance like a star at the Society Hill Dance Academy (409 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia, 215-574-3574; 4401 Cresson Street, Manayunk, 215-482-1611). The studio offers gay-friendly open ballroom and Latin dance lessons in both Society Hill and Manayunk for couples—and if you’re shy, you can even book a private class for you and your partner. Because with a little help with those two left feet, you could easily outdo Carson Kressley—or Chaz.
Fix It: The Right Call
Does your iPhone screen have more cracks showing than the scene at Club Body Center? Or if you’ve dropped it more times than you can count, fear not the two-year contract and skip the long lines at the Apple Store. The tech geniuses at Philly iPhone Repair (1358 South Street, Philadelphia, 215-385-5242) will have your trusty smartphone back to its bad self in no time. You can even scope out pricing online (starting at $50) to find out if a quick fix trumps an upgrade.
Read It: Masterpiece Theatre
The Wilma Theatre revisited Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play this season. And now the 20th-anniversary edition of Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes ($16.95) not only brings us face to face with the early years of AIDS, but explores everything from identity and sexuality to monogamy and government. Kushner offers a fresh new foreword aboutwhat it means three decades after the disease was first given a name.
Black Friday and beyond
Friday, Nov. 23
Comcast kicks off its Holiday Spectacular (10 a.m.) with a short film in the lobby of the Comcast Center.
Get into the holiday spirit at Longwood Gardens (3:30 p.m.) where the light displays, illuminated fountains and Christmas decorations are back. Also look for live musical performances through the weekend.
The Ethical Society hosts the Handmade in Philadelphia Holiday Exhibition and Sale (5 p.m.) with works by local artists like Wynn Bauer and Ann Roantree.
Check out Philly’s longest (and gayest) running country dance party at Woody’s (7 p.m.) with DJ Cowboy Cliff.
Sharron Husbands gets her fashion on during a Couture Benefit Show (10 p.m.) at the Rainbow Mountain Resort in East Stroudsburg for Relay for Life.
Tonight's drink-a-thon kicks off at ICandy
Bruce Yelk is ringing in the holiday season with his famous Pink Pub Crawl around the Gayborhood tonight ($25). Starting at 9 p.m., oh-so-gay imbibers wearing pink (it’s $5 more if you aren’t wearing his signature color), kick off the evening at ICandy, before making the rounds at Tabu (10:15 p.m.), Woody’s (11:30 p.m.) and Voyeur (12:30 p.m.).
Ending the crawl at Voyeur also means getting free admission to one of the busiest party nights of the years at this, Philly’s gayest after-hours club – where they’ll be spinning music until dawn. Drew G is on the main floor with Proper Panda in the Ruby Lounge.
The Thanksgiving Eve event is also being hosted by the new DNA cover model Rob Goddard, who was voted as Mr. Gay Canada last year.