Well 2016 has ripped us all a new one lately-we are saying goodbye to our favorite President since JFK and replacing him with…well…let’s just keep it cute for now…
We said goodbye to countless celebs like music icons Prince and Bowie, our beloved Princess Leia, and sent Postcards from the Edge to everyone’s stagemom Debbie Reynolds.
2016, we cannot take ANYMORE of you! Like I said on the Facebooks, you owe us ALL a puppy AND an apology!
But as one JITBAG of a year closes, a new and fresh one begins-and this one greets us with a lovely reacharound of all new events! Take a look kiddies and drink in all this Gayborhood tea:
Mummers New Year’s Day Parade with the Miss Fancy Brigade-9am, PHL 17 live broadcast, or watch it down Broad street from City Hall to Washington Ave. The ladies of the Miss Fancy Brigade, the only all LGBTQ Mummers Brigade, take to the streets to march for their fifth year with a Storybook theme. What was started in 2012 by yours truly with the help of my gay guru Mark Segal, then Councilman and now Mayor Jim Kenney, the Mummers President Jim Julia, and head of the Fancy Brigades-the infamous Rocco, the queens have officially brought drag back in full force for all the masses to see! Check out all the gals dressed as your favorite storybook characters, Disney Princesses, and of course, evil queens-and give some love to the Mummers LGBT Liason Committee-Lisa Thompson (of Bob & Barbara’s fame), Michael Byrne aka Gay Bingo’s Carlotta Tendant and Chumley Singer-for helping this old broad make the magic happen each New Year’s Day! The girls will be marching in front of a giant storybook with lots of gayborhood characters, volunteers, and story-telling, empowering banners courtesy of all of our participating sponsors!
Why do these ladies get up each year, after entertaining you all until the wee hours the night before-and slap on fresh war paint (well, some of us do) and brave the cold and a long walk in heels? I asked the ones that could read and write and here’s what they had to say…
Karen Vonsay:“This will be my wish to walk as many times possible for bobs@Bobs@Barbara”
Dusty Relix:“I’m marching because our community is resilient, and no matter what, love wins in the end.”
Iris Spectre:“I’m marching for hope and faith in our community and others alike. We are all walking together like we do in life, and with that walk we must band together to make progress!”
Roxy Von Phresh:“The love and pride of Philadelphia becomes tangible, I can wrap myself in it.”
Zsa Zsa St. James:“I’m marching to be a part of this amazing tradition and experiencing it for the first time.”
Navaya Shay:“The first year this brigade marched wasn’t enough for me..so here I am back, four years later, still loving it and keeping up with this Philadelphia tradition!!
This is the fifth year right..lol..time flys”
Aurora Whorealis:“I am marching because I was told there would be fried chicken. J/K!”
(Editor’s note: She wasn’t…)
Martini Madness: “I’m marching to see smiles on the kids faces and to encourage them to be who they are.”
Anthony Michael:“I’m marching for tradition and change! A tradition that is rooted deep in my family and our culture. A tradition that is evolving and changing for the better. To be a part of it this parade is amazing, especially as myself, a drag queen matching for equality and pride! “
Lipstick Mondays-Jan. 2, 9pm @The Raven
Join three “exhausted from marching all day yesterday” qweens (myself, Crystal Electra, and Lipstick Monday’s host Martini Madness) as we serve the people of New Hope two day old drag realness! Bring wheelchairs! 385 W Bridge St, New Hope, 18938; (215) 862-2081
Pigs in a Blanket-Jan. 7th at 9pm @ Tabu! Pissi Myles returns to Philly and brings her gay galpal Sherry Pie to Tabu for a night of HIGH-larious live singing, comedy, and lots of nitrates…We told them there would be tots and they came a-runnin’! NO COVER! 200 S. 12th St.; (215) 964-9675
Drag Mafia at Bourbon & Branch Brunch-Jan. 8th 11:30am @Branch & Bourbon Drag Mafia invades NO LIBS as yours truly hosts Drag Brunch at Branch & Bourbon. Get into the early morning celebrity illusion realness with Navaya Shay (Britney Spears/Madonna), Dusty Relix (Cyndi Lauper), Crystal Electra (PInk, Kelly Clarkson), and Omyra Lynn (Janet Jackson/Beyonce). Seated table service tix-$10, standing room $5 Tickets at bourbonandbranchphilly.com-LIMITED SEATING!!! 705 N. 2nd St;
DRAGONS! Happy Hour-Mondays starting Jan. 9th, 8pm @Tabu Tabu debuts a new happy hour from 8-10pm each Monday for drag queens, drag kings, burlesquers, and performers of all kinds! Lots of drink and food specials-and featuring sales vendors each week (first one has legendary drag designer Morgan Wells with lots of GAY-mayzing dresses to buy!), and a weekly tutorial by one of the gayborhood’s great talents! THIS WEEK-learn the basics to Burlesque by the sexy and saaavy Honeytree EvilEye!
Fish Tank-Jan. 13, 9pm @ Tabu Ariel Versace hosts her monthly show full of fishy queens-this time as a fundraiser-to send her padded self and giant wigs off to compete for Miss Paradise in Asbury on February 19th! 200 S. 12th St.; (215) 964-9675(215) 238-0660
Alyssa Edwards-Jan. 13, 10pm @Icandy Join us on Friday the 13th in welcoming RuPaul’s Dragrace Allstar ALYSSA EDWARDS! Local openers and hosts include our newly crowned Miss ICandy 2017, Jessika Star Givenchy! Meet and greet after the show! 254 S. 12th St. Get those tickets here
Bob & Barbara’s Invades Tabu for Drag Brunch!-Jan. 15, noon @ Tabu Lisa Lisa, host of the legendary Bob & Barbara’s, Karen Vonsay and Crystal Electra host drag brunch at Tabu fro two dee-lish shows starting at noon! NO COVER! Did we mention the new tater tot waffle breakfast sandwhich? See ya there!!!
Drag Me to Landmark-Jan. 20th, 9pm @Landmark Astala Vista hosts her monthly show featuring Decades of Drag from the 1920’s to the future- performed by Iris Spectre, Maria Top Catt, that Brittany Lynn chick, and more! With special guest NYC’s MONET X CHANGE! This show sells out so grab your tickets and check out all the cute college boys in the crowd! www.dragmetolandmark.com 1 Mullica Hill, Glassboro, NJ, 08028; (856) 863-6600
Honey Makes the World Go Round-Jan 20th, 9pm @Tabu Honey Davenport brings her infamous show to Philly befiore it debuts next summer in Fire Island-featuring Dj Clef, Kareem McJagger from NYC, and Sapphira Crystal! Yessss ma’ams get here early for a great seat-NO COVER! 200 S. 12th St.; (215) 964-9675
Mid Atlantic AAG-Jan. 21st, 9pm @ Tabu! Local queen (and Miss’d America contestant fave) Farrah Mascara performs for a fundraising night packed with legendary Pageant queens for their Mid Atlantic AAG pageant! Come on out and support some of the most professional ladies in the biz for a night of pure glam! 200 S. 12th St.; (215) 964-9675
Baked Alaska-Jan. 27, 9pm @Tabu Aurora Whorealis, Zsa Zsa St. James, and Lili St. Queer take their act from the medical dispensiary to the gay hood for their second installment of this “show for stoners”! Let’s hope they remember when to show up-but we have plenty of fried munchies from the Tabu kitchen to lead them to the stage! 200 S. 12th St.; (215) 964-9675
Bev’s Bitchfest-Jan. 28th, 9pm @ Tabu Special guest Joslyn Fox from RPDR hits the Tabu stage with the funny Astala Vista, Tabu fave Aurora Whorealis, the ultra-talented Zsa Zsa St. James, and “the gayborhood’s Tinman” Iris Spectre for Bev’s “Foxy Bitchfest”! Meet and greet tickets available so grab em while you can! 200 S. 12th St.; (215) 964-9675
Lawwwwd this month is more packed than Satine Harlow’s ripped fishnets-lots of new stunts and shows all over! See you kids all out and about! Have a great New Year-and make it GAYYYYYYY!
Love and lashes,