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Philly Event Spotlight:Pride Weekend 2017

Remember…….

It’s not about ending friendships over colors on a flag…….it’s not about competing with your clique to be the biggest drunk mess and/or whore this weekend (and get the f#$k off those apps, guys..you can do it)……it’s not about plotting out which queen to throw shade at and it’s sure as fuck not about boycotting Pride as that’s the worst idea any of us can follow through with right now. 

It’s about unity, love, togetherness and having not just respect for ourselves, but for others. It’s that simple. 

So, let’s Pride and rainbow it the f#$k up…as it’s the only way to be. Let’s go, kween.

Sing Your Life Karaoke w/Sara Sherr What’s your favorite karaoke slay? Perhaps a little Ms. Whitney “I Wanna Dance With Somebody?” Or, maybe a lil Deb Cox “Absolutely Not” always explodes your glitter bomb. Whatever your song butchering/slaying truth, chances are the fabulous Sara Sherr has them all in her always scorching Sing Your Life Karaoke collection, which will be serving your vocal chords all Pride weekend long and beyond at any one of these fabulous Philly locations listed below. Fri, 9-1 Southhouse, 2535 S. 13th St. Saturday, 9-1:45 Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap,1301 E Susquehanna Ave Sun, 9-2 Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street

Saturday Night Fever:The Musical Since you know you’ve sissy-ed that “Staying Alive” walk to perfection, gurl, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t boogie oogie oogie over to the box office at the Walnut Street Theatre this weekend and grab those tickets for Saturday Night Fever, the smash musical based off of the John Travota disco game changer, which also coincides with the fortieth (!!!) anniversary of the classically funkdafied ’70s dance flick. Of course, in order to truly prepare for this bedazzled spectacle, play, like, every Bee-Gee’s record ever as you grab those tickets right here, right now. Walnut Street Theatre, MainStage, Now-July 16th, $20 – $95, 810 Walnut Street

Glister As if you needed anymore clarification of the many, many glittery talents of Mr. Eric Jaffe, for the next few weeks at L’Etage he’s about to strike again along with a tremendously talented cast as they serve up their own version (and that it will be kids) of the classic story of the Merchant of Venice. Fresh from the event’s Facebook page (which you check out here for all the info, tickets and future dates)…”Featuring original music by Anna Michael and Travis Braue-Fischbach, GLISTER will transport you to a sexy, glitter-fueled world where the Banker always wins. Join the Banker and his tribe of Sad American Clowns in this rock and roll cabaret performance, but come prepared to tip because these clowns work for cash and an empty hat can stop the show.” Go. Various dates through June, L’Etage, 624 S. 6th St.

DJ Jimmy DePre  And werk, and slay and serve and werk…and may you forever respect the DJ, especially Tavern on Camac’s resident gay groove supplier, Mr. DePre, as he’ll be spinning it out on both Friday & Saturday (10 pm) and Pride Sunday (630-9) for your yaaaaaaas Rainbow Kween pleasure. So, respect and then dance, bish….dance. Tavern on Camac, 243 S. Camac. St. 

DJ Carl Michaels Not that you’re not already planning to take over Voyeur all Pride Weekend long, rest, er, dance assured you’ll be in good hands as the best in the Gayborhood beat business, Mr. Carl Michaels, will be throwing it down on Friday and Sunday, with DJs Ghost, Tripp and Low Budget serving out for Voyeur’s Pride Carnival Festival on Saturday night, which you can check out right here. And then shut the f#$k up and dance. Voyeur after hours, all weekend, 1221 St. James Place 

DJ Chris Urban  Don’t you dare pull up that pre-nup because you already know the terms and conditions on how Mr. Urban is gonna give it to ya all Pride Weekend long…..L’Etage on Saturday night (10 pm, 624 S. 6th St.) and Positano Coast on Sunday (12pm-4pm, 212 Walnut St.). 

Drag Me to Landmark:Cartoons in June Remember Saturday mornings when you were a little kween eating, like, a whole box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch and watching cartoons until your eyes fell out? Those were certainly the daze, weren’t they? Well, lucky for us, we’re all going to be able to take a break from this adulting shit and join Astala Vista, Anita Manhatten, Ariel Versace, Mizz Vinchelle and many, many more incredible local queens right across the bridge at Landmark Americana this Friday night as they get ready to serve us with Saturday cartoon face, fierce, hip pads and lots and lots of werk. So, get ready to experience a stellar night of pulsating performances inspired by some of your favorite animated such as Spongebob, Little Mermaid, Harley Quinn, The Big Comfy Couch! And BYOC (Bring Your Own Cereal) because these queens ain’t sharin.’ Now, sissy that Saturday cartoon walk and…go. Tonight, 9 pm, Landmark Americana-Glassboro1 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, New Jersey 08028

Philly LGBT Pride Kick-Off Party 2017 The time has come….for all of us to put aside the shade, resentments and stop fighting over the fucking flag and come together as one (emphasis on together) and kick off Philly Pride Weekend in true glittered up style. So, head on over to 12th and Locust Streets tonight (aka—the G Hood) where there will be Philly queens as far as the eye can werk, as well as drink specials (and please…respect ya damn selves) and lots of lots of gay grooves to put you on the floor like Ms. J.Lo. And you better werk for those $10 discounted Pride wristbands which you’ll be able to bag up at the Pride par-tay. Let’s do it. The Gayborhood, Tonight, 6 pm-10 pm

Friday Night Beats:Pride Edition Since you’re already planning to take over every Gayborhood bar after the Pride kickoff block party this Friday (and remember, kids….it’s not about being the biggest drunk mess/whore this weekend), why not one, two, step like CiCi over to Tabu where DJs Sharyn Stone, Jackie G and Brando Calrissian (who’s also this event’s beat maestro) will be armed and fabulously spinning out grooves in music genres ranging from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, Ariana, slay, serve, werk and beyond. Now, walk over to Tabu this Friday and then…dance for your rainbow filled lives…because we must. Friday, 10 pm, Tabu, 200 South 12th St.

Writer’s Block Rehab Pride Kick off Party So, like, there’s cute little spot over at 1342 Cypress Street that has fun little words and letters on the walls along with a supa dupa fly upstairs area….and if you haven’t unwound at Writer’s Block Rehab yet…this weekend is the time as they’re kicking off the season in true rainbow style with a fundraiser for the always fabulous William Way Center, in which they’ll be lots of booze and beats to get you into the Pride Weekend mood. So, just like, go. Yas. Today, 12pm-7pm, 1342 Cypress Street 

Philadelphia Pride Parade and Festival Calling all Philly Pride kings, kweens, guys, gals, unicorns and glitter tossers…this year’s Pride Parade is fast approaching and we need to be ready to strut because quite frankly, we’ve fucking got it like that.  So, head over to the Gayborhood this Sunday at 11 am where the parade will kick off at 13th and Locust streets at 11:30 a.m. From there, the parade (which will feature lots and lots of phine Philly fighters, performers and pretty much every drag queen from the tri-state area), the parade will march down Locust Street, turn on Seventh Street and continue down Market Street to the judging (ahem..none of that) area near the Liberty Bell. 

From there, the parade with continue down Market, turn at Front Street and end at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, where the festival will be served out, Although the parade won’t chantay into Penn’s Landing until 1 p.m., festivalgoers can head in as early as noon to score spots near the stage where Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt will headline as “Nancy and Beth,” in which we can’t fucking wait because Will & Grace is coming back soon and we’re beyoooooond ready. You’ll also be able to grab your Philly Pride Wristbands, which are $15 (which you can get discounted at tonight’s block party) and are needed to enter the festival, but the parade is free to attend….for all. Meaning you, so go, because Pride and togetherness is what it’s all about this weekend…nothing else. Sunday, 11 am, you know where 

Pride Run Philly presented by DMHFund Although she won’t be running down the street in her wig and heels (although us gals can dream) join anti-exercise enthusiast and all around Kourtside Killer Drag Kween, Ms. Pissi Myles, this Sunday at UBar as she kicks off this year’s Pride Run Philly in fiercely padded style! And since she has the ability to hit high notes that only certain kind of dogs can hear, you betta believe that her rendition of our National Anthem is not to be missed. The run will take off around U Bar with a 1.5-mile stride down the historic Pride Parade Route, and since it’s supposed to be hot-and-sticky on Sunday, there’s bound to be maybe one-or-two shirtless boys for you to feast on. Ya know, if you’re into that sort-of-thing. But perhaps the best part of this werked out event is that proceeds will go towards funding key programs at the always on track William Way Center, which has made some truly incredible strides for our fellow LGBTQ members and their families. Registration is closed, but there’s no reason why you can’t…go. Ready, set, run for your lip synched life, kweens and kings. Sunday, 11 am, follow the queens 

Pride After Party at Valanni   Celebrate the end of Philly Pride Weekend in true sassy style and sissy that walk on over to Valanni where current RuPaul’s Drag Race slayer, Ms. Aja, will be stopping by to shantay…for your gay lives. This shimmering event is free and kicks off at 6 pm (with a special performance you do not want to miss at 7), but there are meet and greet tickets available, which you can snatch like a cheap wig right here. Now, walk over to Valanni on Sunday and Ms. Aja and the rest of the crew will see you there! Sunday, 4 pm, Valanni, 1229 Spruce St. 

#LastCallForPride w/ Willam Belli After Valanni, gather what’s left of your rainbow and your as everyone’s favorite fishy drag diva, Ariel Versace, and Philly Drag Mafia sorceress and resident Pride Month local drag tea table tosser, Ms. Brittany Lynn, will be on hand to help phierce Philly kween, Willam Belli, pop his Philly Pride cherry!  This is another fabulous no cover Pride event (as they ALL should be), but there are tickets for a special meet-and-greet starting at 10 pm (chantay right here..now) with….the rest of it…kicking off at the close of Philly Pride 2017, 11:59 pm. See you there, kids and kweenz!! And as always…get over it. Sunday, 10 pm, ICandy, 254 South 12th St. 

Bradley’s Bucks:A George Michael Tribute  Since you know you’re going to still be feeling all of that glitter on Monday, why not head over to Franky Bradley’s as the studly and talented gentlemen of FB’s all male, all woke dance troupe, Bradley’s Bucks, get ready to serve you what’s sure to be an electrifying tribute to the late, and oh so fucking great, Mr. George Michael. And while we know we’re going to have to brace ourselves for their danced up takes on “I Want Your Sex,” “Faith” and “Father Figure,” can we please get a little “Monkey” up in the place? Please? Well, lucky for us we’ll get to find out not once, but twice as the boys will be dominating with a pair of shows to trot you through straight into next weekend. And as usual, the always fucking hilarious Christa D’Agger will be there to calm your harmones, ladies. And for more Franky Bradley’s goings on during Philly Pride Weekend 2017, groove it on out right here.  Franky Bradley’s, 1320 Chancellor St., Monday, Industry Special, 9 pm, Thursday, 830 pm 

Also on the decks for your Pride Friday.……   Gay grooves all weekend @ Woody’s & GLOBAR (202 S. 13th St.)…..FUN HOME @ Forrest Theatre (tonight-Sunday, various showtimes, 1114 Walnut St.)……… Sigur Rós @Mann Center for Performing Arts (8 pm, 5201 Parkside Avenue)…… Day Wave & Blonder @TheFoundry (9 pm, 1000 Frankford Avenue)…….. Golden Tassel Jawns 2017 @Ruba (go here for more tassels tea, 9 pm, 414 Green St.)……..Tera Melos and CHON @Union Transfer (730 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)…….The Juan McLean @CodaPhilly (11 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)………… Pride Saturday……  Deftones @Festival Pier (630 pm, Columbus Blvd. & Spring Garden St.)……..   Michael Franti & Spearhead @Electric Factory (730 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)……. Florida Georgia Line, Nelly @BB&T Pavilion…. Mutlu @Boot & Saddle (730 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)…..Los Colognes @Milkboy Philly  (830 pm, 1100 Chestnut St.)…… Pride Sunday….. Alvarez Kings @CodaPhilly (7 pm, 1712 Walnut St.) U2 @Lincoln Financial Field (6 pm, One NovaCare Way)…….. Lizzo @TheFoundry (8 pm, 29 East Allen St.)…… Blood Handsome @TheGrapeRoom (7pm, 105 Grape St.) 

 

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Pride Groove of the Day/Lady Gaga/”Born This Way”

“It doesn’t matter if you love him, or capital H-I-M
Just put your paws up ’cause you were born this way, baby

My mama told me when I was young
We are all born superstars

She rolled my hair and put my lipstick on
In the glass of her boudoir

“There’s nothing wrong with loving who you are”
She said, “‘Cause he made you perfect, babe”
“So hold your head up girl and you’ll go far,
Listen to me when I say”

I’m beautiful in my way
‘Cause God makes no mistakes
I’m on the right track, baby I was born this way

Don’t hide yourself in regret
Just love yourself and you’re set
I’m on the right track, baby
I was born this way (Born this way)

Oh there ain’t no other way
Baby I was born this way
Baby I was born this way
Oh there ain’t no other way
Baby I was born this way
Right track baby I was born this way

Don’t be a drag, just be a queen
Don’t be a drag, just be a queen
Don’t be a drag, just be a queen
Don’t be don’t be don’t be

Give yourself prudence
And love your friends
So we can rejoice your truth

In the religion of the insecure
I must be myself, respect my youth

A different lover is not a sin
Believe capital H-I-M (hey hey hey)
I love my life I love this record and
Mi amore vole fe, yah

I’m beautiful in my way
‘Cause God makes no mistakes
I’m on the right track, baby
I was born this way

Don’t hide yourself in regret
Just love yourself and you’re set
I’m on the right track, baby
I was born this way

Oh there ain’t no other way
Baby I was born this way
Baby I was born this way
Oh there ain’t no other way
Baby I was born this way
Right track, baby I was born this way

Don’t be a drag, just be a queen
Whether you’re broke or evergreen
You’re black, white, beige, chola descent
You’re Lebanese, you’re Orient
Whether life’s disabilities
Left you outcast, bullied, or teased
Rejoice and love yourself today
‘Cause baby you were born this way

No matter gay, straight, or bi
Lesbian, transgendered life
I’m on the right track baby
I was born to survive
No matter black, white or beige
Chola or orient made
I’m on the right track baby
I was born to be brave

I’m beautiful in my way
‘Cause God makes no mistakes
I’m on the right track, baby I was born this way

Don’t hide yourself in regret
Just love yourself and you’re set
I’m on the right track, baby
I was born this way yeah

Oh there ain’t no other way
Baby I was born this way
Baby I was born this way (Born this way)
Oh there ain’t no other way
Baby I was born this way
Right track, baby I was born this way

I was born this way hey
I was born this way hey
I’m on the right track baby
I was born this way hey

I was born this way hey
I was born this way hey
I’m on the right track baby
I was born this way hey

Same D.N.A. but born this way
Same D.N.A. but born this way”

Get the point? Good. Let’s dance. 

“Born This Way” lyrics courtesy of Google Play Music 

 

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Philly Weekday Entertainment Groove

Let’s weekday and spread lots of glitter all across the City of Brotherly Love this week, shall we? Yas, Philly Pride Kween, yaaaas.

Let’s rainbow

Sing Your Life Karaoke What’s your favorite karaoke song? Perhaps a little Ms. Alannah Myles’ “Black Velvet?” Or, maybe a lil Barenaked Ladies “One Week” truth is right up your vocal chords’ alley? Whatever the song butchering/slaying truth, chances are the fabulous Sara Sherr has them all in her always scorching Sing Your Life Karaoke collection, which will be serving your vocal chords all Pride week long and beyond at any one of these fabulous Philly locations listed below. Sun, 9-2 Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street Tues, 9-2 12 Steps Down, 9th and Christian Thurs, 9-2 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

Jerry’s Girls Grab those tickets for a magical evening this week (and during the weekend, too!) that’s guaranteed to be jam-packed with the still delightful music of Jerry Herman and some of Broadway’s best musicals, including Hello Dolly!, Mame, Mack and Mabel, Dear World and La Cage Aux Folles. What it all comes down to is…go, you fabulous Broadway kween, you. Enough said. Now-July 2nd, Walnut Street Theatre, Independence Studio on 3, various showtimes and ticket prices 825 Walnut St.

Saturday Night Fever:The Musical Since you know you’ve got that “Staying Alive” walk more than mastered, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t boogie oogie oogie over to the box office at the Walnut Street Theatre and grab those tickets for Saturday Night Fever, the smash musical based off of the John Travota disco game changer, which also coincides with the fortieth (!!!) anniversary of the classically funkdafied ’70s dance flick. Of course, in order to truly prepare for this bedazzled spectacle, play, like, every Bee-Gee’s record ever as you grab those tickets right here, right now. Walnut Street Theatre, MainStage, May 16 – July 16th, $20 – $95, 810 Walnut Street 

FUN HOME Because what could be better than going to see a Tony Award grabbing musical starring a bunch of tremendously talented child actors (and some adults, too), in which the New York Times raved, “FUN HOME is extraordinary, a rare beauty that pumps fresh air into Broadway.” Actually, wait, don’t answer that, just go get those tickets right here because this extraordinary early summer night out in Philly will only be dazzling our senses until this Sunday. Various showtimes & ticket prices,Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA

Shut Up & Sing! Because a night of karaoke and carrying on at Woody’s alongside sexy ‘n sassy Philly drag divas Ms. Vinchelle and Ms. Sutton Fearce is just what you need for the start of your long, hard werk week. Every Monday, Woody’s, 202 S. 13th St. 7-9

Glister As if you needed anymore clarification of the many, many glittery talents of Mr. Eric Jaffe, for the next few weeks at L’Etage he’s about to strike again along with a tremendously talented cast as they serve up their own version (and that it will be kids) of the classic story of the Merchant of Venice. Fresh from the event’s Facebook page (which you check out here for all the info, tickets and future dates)…”Featuring original music by Anna Michael and Travis Braue-Fischbach, GLISTER will transport you to a sexy, glitter-fueled world where the Banker always wins. Join the Banker and his tribe of Sad American Clowns in this rock and roll cabaret performance, but come prepared to tip because these clowns work for cash and an empty hat can stop the show.” Go. Various dates through June, L’Etage, 624 S. 6th St.  

Nitty Gritty: Jersey Boys + Philly Girls – 60s Dance Party!  If you live for that vinyl life (really, who doesn’t?) and love getting down to the classic thunder provided by Frankie Valli, Patti Labelle, Dee Dee Sharp and many, many more, then you must groove it on over to the Dolphin Tavern on Thursday where your esteemed DJ for the evening, Mr. David Atlas, will be waiting for you with…all of it. Go. Thursday, 10 pm, The Dolphin Tavern, 1539 S. Broad St. 

Carrie Underwood  Although this concert is only for American Airlines MasterCard holders and not available for media coverage (Philly Mixtape done tried it), it’s still Carrie f#$king Underwood at The Fillmore. And for that we say…more big names in smaller(ish) Philly venues, like, right now…please. Only for those who are lucky enough to witness this, 29 East Allen St. 

Our Night Out  Just in time to get you all rainbow-ed up for this weekend’s Pride festivities, Join OurNightOut-Philly at the always woke Uptown Beer Garden on Thursday night where you’ll be able to enjoy a chef’s selection of food and drink specials as well as lots of delicious vibes. But since space is limited, you betta werk to register before Thursday or be left out of the glitter. Meaning, go right here, right now to get yours and then…go.  Thursday, Uptown Beer Garden, 6pm, 1735 JFK Blvd, Donation$5 online, $10 at the door. 

DJ Jimmy DePre Whether it’s at Stir on Thursday (10 pm, 1705 Chancellor St.) or Tavern on Camac (10 pm, 243 South Camac St.) on both Friday & Saturday, that’s three chances to hear Mr. DePre spin out this killer remix of Ms. Grande’s “Everyday,” in which you know he will because he’s always got that good shit for your dancing feet. 

Drag Me to Landmark:Cartoons in June  Remember Saturday mornings when you were a little kween eating, like, a whole box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch and watching cartoons until your eyes fell out? Those were certainly the daze, weren’t they? Well, lucky for us, we’re all going to be able to take a break from this adulting shit and join Astala Vista, Anita Manhatten, Ariel Versace, Mizz Vinchelle and many, many more incredible local queens right across the bridge at Landmark Americana this Friday night as they get ready to serve us with Saturday cartoon face, fierce, hip pads and lots and lots of werk. So, get ready to experience a stellar night of pulsating performances inspired by some of your favorite animated such as Spongebob, Little Mermaid, Harley Quinn, The Big Comfy Couch! And BYOC (Bring Your Own Cereal) because these queens ain’t sharin.’ Now, sissy that Saturday cartoon walk and…go. Friday, 9 pm, Landmark Americana-Glassboro1 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, New Jersey 08028

Philly LGBT Pride Kick-Off Party 2017  The time has come….for all of us to put aside the shade, resentments and figuring out who were blocking this week (for some of you…all of the above comes as an art form, so, like, stop…seriously) and come together as one (emphasis on together) and kick off Philly Pride Weekend in true glittered up style. So, head on over to 12th and Locust Streets on Friday (aka—the G Hood) where there will be Philly queens as far as the eye can werk, as well as drink specials (and please…respect ya damn selves) and lots of lots of gay grooves to put you on the floor like Ms. J.Lo. And you better werk for those $10 discounted Pride wristbands which you’ll be able to bag up at the Pride par-tay. Let’s do it. The Gayborhood, Friday, 6 pm-10 pm 

Friday Night Beats:Pride Edition  Since you’re already planning to take over every Gayborhood bar after the Pride kickoff block party this Friday (and remember, kids….it’s not about being the biggest drunk mess/whore this weekend), why not one, two step like CiCi over to Tabu where DJs Sharyn Stone, Jackie G and Brando Calrissian (who’s also this event’s beat maestro) will be armed and fabulously spinning out grooves in music genres ranging from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, Ariana, slay, serve, werk and beyond. Now, walk over to Tabu this Friday and then…dance for your rainbow filled lives…because we must. Friday, 10 pm, Tabu, 200 South 12th St. 

Jaytech/Maor Levi  Again….the message is simple….just keep on dancing. And when it doubt….just keep fucking dancing some more, especially when it comes to these two powerhouse DJs who’ll no doubt own Rumor this Friday night. Rumor, 10 pm, 1500 Sansom St. 

Also on the decks for your Pride Tuesday.……… Freddie Gibbs and Remy Banks @The Foundry(8 pm, 1000 Frankford Avenue)……. Rad & Kel @Bourbon & Branch (7 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)……. Avi Wisnia @ World Cafe Live (8 pm, 3025 Walnut St.)…..The Good Mess @Voltage Lounge (7 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)…….. Vanderlyle @Kung Fu Necktie (8 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)……. Pride Wednesday …… Sorority Noise @Union Transfer (730 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)……. Dean @The Barbary  (8 pm, 951 Frankford Avenue)…….  Sera Cahoone @Milkboy Philly (7 pm, 1100 Chestnut St.)……….   Joe Kenney @Bob & Barbara’s (7 pm, 1509 South St.)…….   Pride Thursday.….    Sevyn Streeter/DJ Diamond Kuts  @Festival Pier (6 pm, Columbus Blvd & Spring Garden St.)……. Barns Courtney @The Foundry (8 pm, 1000 Frankford Avenue)……..   Meg Mac @Underground Arts (9 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.)…….   Jerry Folk @Coda (10 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)……. Pride Friday…….Sigur Rós @Mann Center (8 pm, 5201 Parkside Avenue)…… Day Wave/Blonder @The Foundry (9 pm, 1000 Frankford Avenue)….. Elvis Costello & The Imposters @ Tower Theatre (8 pm, 69th & Ludlow Street……

For much, much more Pride Week in Philly goings on…….peep this.