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Philly Event Spotlight:Code Red

What happens when you take forty ridiculously fucking fierce and sickening drag queens from Philly and the surrounding tri-state area and serve them ALL up on one Red-hot Philly stage for one hell of a grand cause?

You get the most anticipated and absolutely incredible gay entertainment event of the year, gurrrrl.

Tomorrow night, you MUST chantay, vogue, twerk, walk and death drop your way over to the TLA (7 pm, 334 South St.) where the always scrumptious Cherry Pop and the always dashing Brandon Robert will be serving up the fifth anniversary gala their shimmering annual affair, Code Red

Besides being a truly drag-licious evening that you definitely do want to miss (by the way…may you always support local drag…werk, ladies) this annual event is also in proud honor of World Aids Day(which was yesterday, December 1st, but it’s basically everyday), in which ALL proceeds from the event will be donated to Philly Aids Fund and Mazzoni Center, two outstanding Philly organizations who’re making incredible strides to support the research and dive into the truth of those pesky rumors that constantly surrounds AIDS and the HIV virus…and it’s all up to us to continue the fight and spread…that…knowledge, kween. 

Also along for this love-filled local entertainment ride will be RuPaul’s Drag Race scene stealing divas Mimi Imfurst and Ongina, local dance extraordinaires Gunnar Montana and Kelly Trevlyn, and the ever so fucking fierce Candi Stratton who’s about to bring it with her always yaaas Cher impersonation.

Your hostess for the evening, Ms. Cherry Pop, will also be slaying the TLA stage for a few numbers, but before she and Mr. Brandon guide Philadelphia into the Code Red night, Cherry stopped by Philly Mixtape for a touch of tea, spilling about what this event means not just for the community but for all of us, and also shares her wisdom for those who are just simply ready to get 2017 over with..which indeed is..everyone. 

For your tickets for Code Red, shimmy on over here right now and then werk your way to the TLA tomorrow night because this about-to-be spectacular event is what it’s all about, kids. 

Let’s spill. 

Kicking off our little spill, what does doing this event each year mean to you personally? I’m so excited that our event gets bigger each year. The community is really reacting to Code Red in a positive way. The attendance keeps rising and so does the money raised. We are seeing great impact on Breaking the Silence surrounding HiV and more people are getting tested and know their status.

Why is Code Red important for not just the gay community, but for god damn everybody in Philly and beyond? This event is not just for the LGBT, it’s for everyone, because HIV has no bias. It effects everyone. The show has a lot of information about hiv prevention and treatment options available in the community which everyone can use to better their sexual health. 

One last order of business…..20 fucking 17. What are some ways that you’ve personally made it through the fire these past twelve months? And what words of encouragement would you say for everyone to just keep pushing’ on as we close out this fucking year2017 May have been rough for a lot of people. A lot of drama in politics, the media, in our community… my advice to anyone who may feel down or stressed, come to Code Red and unwind and have fun. The event is full of laughter, and that’s what the doctor always orders! It’s the best medicine.

Slay. 

And for much, much more Code Red tea, sashay here right now...and then…go. 

*Cover photo courtesy of Mr. Mikel Pop*

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Rewerk Wednesday/Morgan Page

“You do your body werk…”

Yes, that’s exactly what we all do whenever the hard pumping beats provided by renowned American house DJ Morgan Page get to bumpin’ and grindin’ on the floor….

…..and this Saturday night he’s about to serve up all of it with a takeover at Premier Nightclub in Atlantic City

Born and raised in Vermont, Grammy Award nominated Morgan Page kickstarted his life into the world of electronic music at the oh, so young age of 12. (Don’t we all?) A few years down the road, his mixes caught the ears of disc jockeys at local radio stations around the area and soon Page would really make a name for himself after grabbing a key slot on the University of Vermont’s top station. Oh, yeah, he was also still in high school at the time. Yes. 

It was from that career jump where Page really expanded his thirst for knowledge in the dance music universe (there’s just so much!), and it wasn’t long before he took an internship at the Plastic City dance label. And from there, well, the rest is pure strobe-lit history. Besides releasing a buffet of 12′ inch singles beginning in 2000 and still going strong today (his latest E.P., Breaking Borders, just came out a few days ago), he would also release close to a dozen albums over the next almost two decades that would serve out hit-after-hit including “Fight For You” co-starring Lissie, “Call My Name” with Tyler James and this year’s “Other Girl” featuring Rayla and “Fight My Way” with Moses Keenan. Play them all. 

But perhaps Page’s most shining piece of floor art is his throbbing and pumping rewerk of “Body Work,” a groovy 2012 number he dished out with everyone’s favorite twin sister music duo, Tegan and Sara. And although any of Page’s above listed accomplishments and club burners are certainly a good enough reason to be curious as to hear what he’s going to throw down this weekend in AC, there’s just something (okay, everything) about this remix that will make you put in that werk, hunty. 

Hey, there’s a reason why Morgan Page held down a three-year residency in Las Vegas…and it’s all going to be on display at Premier Nightclub on Saturday night. Get those tickets and then let’s fucking dance...because we must. 

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Philly Weekly Entertainment Groove

Let’s get ready to jingle into the first official weekend of December because a festive and oh, so fierce line up of local and legendary activities are taking over your weekend starting right about….now. 

For your holiday pleasure this weekend…..

There’s the always lit Christmas Village (1501 JFK Blvd.) which is delightfully surrounded by ice-skating at City Hall, local-made Philly Holiday Gift Show, magnificent carousel, a grand 50 foot tall Christmas tree, but most importantly…lots of fun for every one of all ages…including you!  

The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is also in full skate at Columbus Blvd, and with grub served up from Garces Group and Chickie’s and Pete’s as well as spectacular views of the Ben Franklin Bridge and beyond, it’s sure to warm your holiday spirit all season long! Plus, you can skate with Santa this weekend! Go here for more ho, ho, ho action. 

Not that the beloved Philly holiday tradition of the Macy’s Christmas Light Show (1300 Market St.) needs any introduction since you’ve been oh, so patiently waiting for it all year-long, but the stunning lights are now warming your holiday spirit right high atop the Grand Atrium at Macy’s Center City through December 31st beginning from 10 a.m to 8 p.m every two hours! Who’s ready? Everyone…even The Grinch

A Philly Pops Christmas Merry up for a simply magical evening of pure holiday bliss as Maestro Michael Krajewski takes the reigns to lead the acclaimed POPS for a delightfully festive show featuring vocalist Justin Hopkins, the Philadelphia Boys Choir, the Philly POPS Festival Chorus and the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Gospel Choir. But perhaps the best of it all this year? There’s a POPS style holiday tribute of How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Now, it’s officially the holidays and the perfect time to get those tickets.  Dec 2nd-19th/Kimmel Center/Various dates and showtimes 

For your local and legendary entertainment radars and gaydars……

Sing Your Life Karaoke w/ Sara Sherr Looking to slay your favorite karaoke grooves all holiday season long? Well, you’re in luck because chances are the always musically gift-wrapped Ms. Sherr has everything you need for your song butchering/slaying pleasure at any one of these fab Philly locations listed below! Happy holidaze! Sun, 9-2 Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street Tues, 9-2 12 Steps Down, 9th and Christian Thurs, 10-2 W/N W/N 931 Spring Garden, Fri, 9-1 Southhouse, 2535 S. 13th St. Saturday, 9-1:45 Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap,1301 E Susquehanna Ave

BalletX  While we could go on and on about the ridiculously brilliant conceptualization and loads of talent that’s laced within this stunning dance troupe, it all comes down to three words….get those tickets. If you’re looking for a show that;s guaranteed to lift your spirits this holiday season, it’s right here. Check out the official BalletX site for more. Now through December 10th/Wilma Theater/various ticket prices/265 S. Broad St. 

ANNIE For the love of all things “Tomorrow,” there’s simply no denying that it’s been a hard knock year for all of us, so what better way to relax for a day with the whole family and go see this forever cherished Broadway musical while it’s in town through the Philly holiday season! There’s really nothing else to say here except get those tickets and Daddy Warbucks, Ms. Hannigan, Sandy and everyone’s favorite ginger curled cute, Ms. Annie, will be waiting for you! Tonight-Jan 7th, 2018/Walnut Street Theatre/Various ticket prices & showtimes/825 Walnut St.

Philly Beauty Ball 2017 The time has come…..for everyone in the City of Brotherly Love to get glammed, gussied and glitzed up for your lip synched lives once again. Yaaas, kids and kweenz,  this Saturday night join the ever so hilarious and fabulous Ms. Bev and the ever so handsome Ryan Wyrofsky (along with fresh and classic beats by DJ Carl Michaels) as they take over Voyeur for this 8th annual local drag-stravaganza. With sponsorship by Stonewall Sports (hey, boys) and a sure-to-be stunning Miss Philly Beauty Ball Contest (9 pm..sharp!), all with proceeds going towards the always incredible Attic Youth Center, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t sashay right to the Gayborhood this weekend. Now, slay Tonight/Voyeur Nightclub/1221 St. James St./7pm-11pm

DJ Chris Urban L’Etage (10 pm, 624 S. 6th St.) for your dancing pleasure tonight and Positano Coast (12pm-4 pm, 212 Walnut St.) for your hangover pleasure this weekend. Any questions? Didn’t think so. Let’s groove. 

Do They Know It’s Sex Dwarf?  Because it’s simply not the holidays without a little SEX….Dwarf, that is. And of course, lots of Bananarama, Culture Club, Human League, Eurthymics, Duran Duran and many, many more, all of which phamed Philly DJ Robert Drake will be spinning out all night long. Oh, and guess what? This truly one-of-a-kind dance par-tay is now on Saturday night, which is all the more reason to rip those Jordache Jeans, spray in that Aqua-Net and get to dancin’…..for your New Wave life. Tonight/10 pm/Club Mousai/1227 Walnut St. 

Honeygasm Sunday  Since you’ve been such nice boys and girls all year (and being a little naughty is certainly okay, too), you’re cordially invited to the last Honeygasm of the year–and it’s going to be everything you’ve ever dreamed of and more. Grab those tassels and head over to Franky Bradley‘s tomorrow night where your always yaaas hostess HoneyTree Evil Eye along with the always studly Flrt Vonnegurt (and beats by Lili St. Queer, of course, kween) serve up a stand up-n-sticky showcase of some of Philly’s best Burlesque conossuirs, with this month’s stunning line up co-starring Otis Peña, Jeshaand the winner of the sixth cycle of Philadelphia’s Burlesque Battle Royale, Ms. Greta Grenade. Ready, set, let’s get soakin’ wet one last time in 2017 this Sunday night, shall we? Yes. Sunday/Franky Bradley’s/$10/1320 Chancellor St. 

Code Red  What happens when you take lots of sickening drag queens from the tri-state area and you put them ALL on one Red-hot Philly stage for one hell of a grand cause? You get the most anticipated Gayborhood, make that, Philly entertainment event of the year, gurrrrl. This Sunday, you MUST chantay, vogue and twerk your way over to the TLA where the always scrumptious Cherry Pop and the always dashing Brandon Robert will be serving up the fifth round of their shimmering spectacle. But besides being a truly drag-licious affair that you will not want to miss, it’s also in honor of World Aids Day (this Friday, December 1st, kids..mark your calendars) in which ALL proceeds from the event will be donated to Aids Fund and Mazzoni, (go here and here..now), two outstanding Philly organizations who’re making incredible strides to support the research and dive into the truth of those pesky rumors that constantly surrounds AIDS and the HIV virus…and it’s all up to us to continue the fight.  Sunday/TLA/7 pm/334 South St. 

Let’s do it. 

Also on the local and legendary entertainment decks for your……….

Saturday/12/2 

The Barr Brothers @Underground Arts(9 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.)…………Morgan Page@ Premier Nightclub (11 pm,)……Beach Slang@TLA (7 pm, 334 South St.)……….Hundredth@Boot & Saddle(730 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)……….Super_Collider@The Fire(10 pm, 412 W. Girard Ave)……….Killiam Shakespeare@Johnny Brenda‘s(9 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)………..Mihali@Milkboy Philly(830 pm, 1100 Chestnut St.)…….Bog League@The Barbary(830 pm, 951 Frankford Ave) 

Sunday/12/3 

Ryan Hurd/Lynch @The Fillmore(7 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)…………Sinful Sundays w/The Godess Isis @Tabu (10 pm, 200 South 12th St.) Allan Rayman @The Foundry(8 pm, 1000 Frankford Ave)…………Narcotic Wasteland@Kung Fu Necktie(8 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)…………Showtunes Sundays @Tavern on Camac(9 pm, 243 S. Camac St.) Monnette Sudler@South(7 pm, 600 N. Broad St.)………..Outside Eyes@Bourbon & Branch(7 pm, 705 N. 2nd St.)………….Pete Hill @The Barbary(8 pm, 951 Frankford Avenue) 

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Cover photo courtesy of VisitPhilly.com