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Philly Pride Weekend Entertainment Groove

Happy Pride Weekend, Philly! 

However you paint the rainbow over the next few days, be sure to do it with love, kindness, respect and as a remembrance of all of those who fought to give us the glitter covered life we breathe today…because we truly wouldn’t be here without them. 

And of course, may you never ask the DJ anything this weekend……they’ve got it all under control. 

So, let’s celebrate, shall we? Yas. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke  Barbara, Celine, Whitney, Ariana, Bey. Yas, Pride kween, the fabulous Sara Sherr has them all in her always shimmering Sing Your Life Karaoke collection, so go sing your little heart out this weekend you fabulous diva-in-training, you. Fri/9-1 Southhouse, 2535 S. 13th St.Sat/9-1:45 Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap,1301 E Susquehanna Ave Sun/9-2 Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street Tues/9-2 12 Steps Down, 9th and Christian Thurs/9-2 Milkboy South Street/401 South St.

Mamma Mia! Since there’s still quite some time until the gayest movie sequel ever made descends into our worlds  (now until July 20th is, like, forever in Cher and Meryl time) why not go see the critically acclaimed national production of the original to help pass the grueling seconds along while it’s in Philly this summer? Yes. Just a word to your bell bottoms…tickets are going quick–because as we all know this show is life within itself–so don’t delay and shimmy on over to them right here and right now. Ready, set, “Fernando.” Tonight-through July 15th/various showtimes/ticket prices/Walnut Street Theater/825 Walnut St.

Photo Pop Pride Party If you check yourself right here, you’ll notice that Toasted Walnut is the Pride place to be this weekend. So, to properly kick things off, Philly Drag Mafia Mother and Academy Award Winning Actress, Brittany Lynn, is taking over tonight…so, you better be ready, kween. So, join Ms. Lynn as she’ll be sipping tea and serving out beads, boas and instructions on how to have a respectful Pride weekend. But perhaps the best part of tonight’s fab shindig is that $1 from every ticket sold will be donated to the Leeway Foundation, which supports women and trans artists, as well as cultural producers working in communities to make it better for all of us. Werk. Now, sashay over to Toasted Walnut tonight, kids!, and go right here for those ticketsTonight/6 pm/Toasted Walnut Bar & Kitchen/1315 Walnut St. 

Jay Rock/Sir/Ab-Soul/SZA/ScHoolboy Q/Lance Skiiiwalker/Kendrick Lamar That lineup, though. Hurry up and get those tickets right here..if you still can. Tonight/730 pm/BB & T Pavilion/1 Harbour Blvd.

Please Touch Pride  Philadelphia Family Pride is also hosting a fun event this weekend….and it’s fun for the whole pham!! Because, hey, it’s never too soon to teach the kids about all of this love stuff. So, at 9AM, bring all of yours and meet in front of the Torch and Please Touch will be waking you up with a morning full of special crafts, special musical performance by the Pop Ups and what breakfast wouldn’t be complete without a little Drag Queen Story Time. For more info on this sure-to-br beloved event, you should email adam@phillyfamilypride.org and he’ll tell you what to do next. Have fun, kids!  Saturday/9 am 

Proud AF/The B2B Pre-Pride Party and Drag King Show  First….an outstanding showing of Philly’s hottest Drag Kings including Molasses Jones, Mo’Betta & Gavin Carpenter, all while the ATL’s very own and very hilarious Kia Comedy owns the Tabu stage…and ya damn life. And then? We dance like nobody’s f@#king business and leave ALL drama behind. So, do it and then..let’s werk.  Saturday/9 pm/Tabu/200 South 12th St. 

Big Gay Boat Party The time has come…to once again celebrate your love with not just the grandest event (or, according to Brittany Lynn, the gaaayyyest) of Pride weekend….but of the summer. Yes, kids and kweens, the oh, so Big Gay Boat Party is about to set sail once again, so grab Gilligan and your gaggle of gays and get ready for a night of beats, eats, boys and lots and lots of dancing on the deck of the Moshulu!!  All with your VIP Pre Party hosted by the dynamic duo of Amber Hikes and Brian Sims to properly kickstart...it all. Now, what could be better than that? Absolutely nothing. So, go on gurl, and get your tickets and more info right here, right now.…and then…let’s dance. Also…a big shout out to Toasted Walnut and Philly Gay Calendar for putting this one together for the weekend! Slay. Saturday/10 pm/The Deck/401 S. Columbus Blvd. 

Philly Pride Run 5K & 1.5 Mile There’s only one thing that would make this run for love that much more fabulous….if East Coast slaying drag goddess Pissi Myles would be there to sing the National Anthem. Oh, wait…..yaaaaas she is. Now the question is….will she dare to run in those heels? It really would make a fun You Tube video, wouldn’t it? But there’s only one to find out…go and show your love this Sunday, bitch, and get ready to stride for your unicorn filled life and Ms. Myles will see you there! And of course, a big shout out to William Way Center for all that you do for the community. Keep on. Sunday/9 am/William Way LGBT Community Center/1315 Spruce St. 

IBA Pride Brunch If you’re looking to mix a lil’ business with brunch this weekend, this event is just for you as Cuba Libre over on 2nd & Market will be hosting a shiny afternoon filled with munchies and a fab cash bar, all while you get to know the Philadelphia Independent Business Alliance. So, after the parade, put on those power lunch worthy white Keds and go mingle it up…you never know who you’re going to meet at one of these things…just sayin.’ Plus, it’s free, so bring some friends! Sunday/1 pm-5 pm/Cuba Libre/10 S. 2nd St. 

Philly Loves Bowie night @Hedwig & The Angry Inch If there’s one event that’s guaranteed to close out Pride weekend in a most fablous way, it’s this one right here, kids and kweens. This Sunday night, join the always yas-worthy Ms. Mimi Imfurst as she not only slays another spectacular Hedwig romp for the city of Philadelphia, but she’ll be pouring out the love as proceeds from Sunday’s ticket sales will go into the PHILLY LOVES BOWIE WEEK FUNDwhich magnificently helps out our little brothers and sisters at CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF PHILADELPHIA. In a word…don’t miss any of it for one second. For more love-filled info, check this out right here.  Sunday/7 pm/Ruba Club/416 Green St. 

Philly Pride Presents  Hard to believe, but it’s been thirty years since Philly began serving up its annual Pride festivities. So, you know this year is made to be extra special…so let’s do it. Of course, the mother of all events will once again be served up by Philly Pride Presents, who have all of this weekend’s details lined up right here, including details on tomorrow’s annual Philly Dyke March, where you can get your best spot for this Sunday’s sure-to-be fabulous Pride parade, and how you can get up close and personal with this year’s Pride headliner, the always fabulous, Ms. Margaret Cho. Check it all out and don’t miss a sassy second of any of it this weekend! Happy Pride, Philly! 

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

Friday…..

Lots of fabulous dancing @Woody’s(202 S. 13th St.)  & @Tavern on Camac (243 S. Camac St.)all Pride Weekend Long…………..Parquet Courts @Union Transfer (830 pm/1024 Spring Garden St.)………..The Wonder Years @The Fillmore (730 pm/29 East Allen St.)………..Shwayze @The Trocadero(8 pm/1003 Arch St.)……….Vicetone@NOTO(10 pm/1209 Vine St.)………..Too Many Zooz@The Foundry(9 pm/1000 Frankford Ave)……….Walter Beasley@South(10 pm/600 N. Broad St.)………..Bent Knee @Boot & Saddle(730 pm/1131 S. Broad St.)……….West Philadelphia Orchestra@Johnny Brenda’s(9 pm/1201 Frankford Ave)……….Control Freak @The Dolphin Tavern(9 pm/1539 S. Broad St.)……….Darla@Bourbon & Branch(730 pm/705 N. 2nd St.) 

Saturday…..

Kenny Chesney@Lincoln Financial Field(5 pm/One Nova Care Way)……………Horse Feathers@Boot & Saddle(830 pm/1131 S. Broad St.)…………Combichrist@The Trocadero(8 pm/1003 Arch St.)………….Hot Snakes@Union Transfer(9 pm/1024 Spring Garden St.)…………Skating Polly@Kung Fu Necktie(730 pm/1248 N. Front St.)………..Logan Henderson@The Foundry(8 pm/1000 Frankford Ave)………….DJ Scene@NOTO(10 pm/1209 Vine St.)………Sold& Dull Knoves@Ortlieb’s(8 pm/847 N. 3rd St.)………Thomas Blondet@The Barbary(10 pm/951 Frankford Ave)……..Pat Finnerty@Johnny Brenda’s(830 pm/1201 Frankford Ave) 

Sunday…….

Big Gay Brunch @Amis (10 am/412 S. 13th St.)………………Sunday TEA:The Pride Edition @Cibo(4 pm/1227 Walnut St.)…………Sinful Sundays w/The Goddess Isis @Tabu(9 pm/200 S. 12th St.)……….Showtunes Sundays@Tavern On Camac (9 pm/243 S. Camac St.)…….DJ SOJO @Vesper Dayclub(11 am/1031 Germantown Ave)………….Congenital Heart Walk@Philadelphia Zoo(830 am/3400 W. Girard Ave)…………

Cover photo courtesy of Philadelphia Magazine 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pride Tea w/ Sandra Bernhard

An actress, author, a fabulous singer and a straight up comedy legend, there isn’t a person in this world who doesn’t know the name…Sandra Bernhard.

First gaining fast attention in the late 1970s with her stand-up comedy routines, Ms. Bernhard would truly skyrocket to fame thanks to her iconic portrayal as kidnapper Masha in Martin Scorcese’s, The King of Comedy. The critically acclaimed role would not only begin to cement Bernhard’s place in Hollywood comedy history, but it would lead her to the recurring role of Nancy on Roseanne (sigh..), for which Bernhard would go on to play the first openly gay character on network television. 

A true LGBTQ icon in her own right, Sandra hasn’t stopped in her crusade to ensure that we are all treated equally, but most importantly that we respect our damn selves along the way. And just in time for Philly Pride Week, Ms, Bernhard will be taking to the TLA stage tomorrow night for a fun stop on her Sandemonium tour, which has been garnering some truly fabulous reviews thanks to the always on point–and certainly on time–comedy stylings of this truly legendary comedy diva. 

But before she lets loose for Philly(get those tickets right here), Ms. Bernhard stopped by Philly Mixtape for a delectable spot of Pride tea where she broke mugs about, well, it all because you show she is, kids and we love it. 

Take a sip alongside the incredible Sandra Bernhard below. 

Kicking off our little spill, how are you these days? Everything’s great! Very, very busy. Very productive. Lot of good things happening and sort of working around the times we’re living in……which can tend to be a little bit–ya know–draining and exhausting politically. I’m always trying to lift up the work I do with good entertainment. [I’ve been doing] a lot on my radio show, Sandyland on Sirius XM on radio Andy(Andy Cohen’s network) interviewing people and having really smart conversations. [That’s] also been a great platform for me to talk about whatever’s going on in my life day-to-day. It’s been a really good incubator to come up with new material for my live shows. So, it’s all happening! And of course, I’m very excited to come back to Philadelphia, I haven’t been back in a while. It’s a great classic American city! 

You’ve also been getting back to acting quite a bit as well. Break some mugs for everyone about your latest venture….I’m [in] Ryan Murphy’s new show Pose. It’s more of a dramatic role, I’m playing a nurse in the AIDS ward in the ’80s, which is the time frame [the show] takes place in. I’m really excited about this. It’s a time I can really relate to. I lost a lot of friends back during the AIDS crisis. It’s supposed to be a recurring role, so hopefully I’ll be back! 

Taking a serious sip for a moment, there’s so much sensitivity these days when it comes ro crossing lines with politics and comedy. How do you personally find the ways to balance it all out? I think there’s a happy medium in a way to balance it all out, which is what I’ve been able to do. It helps you stay fresh and imaginative so you’re not just falling back on the same thing you always fall back on. It kind of forces you to go into new areas of your imagination. It’s a good thing because you have to keep recreating your work as the years go by. 

It’s true what they say…reinvention is the key to life. Absolutely. It keeps it interesting. 

So, here we are, right in the kick off of Pride month! What words of wisdom would you say to all of those fabulous kids out there who are just finding their true selves and are ready to celebrate? I think the most important thing is to stay educated and go to college and experience everything that anybody would experience and not limit and define yourself to your sexuality. I think that’s what’s kept my life interesting is that I stayed open and got to spend time and meet people from all different walks of life and cultures. I think that when everything’s defined by your religion, gender or sexual preference, you sometimes cut off a lot of experiences that can really enrich you and help [you] become a more complete person. That’s always my best advice is to just keep things very open and throw yourself into a lot of conversations and different ways of seeing the world. 

Moving on to your fabulous stage show. How would you personally best describe it? My work is always very personal so [the show] is like taking a little road trip with Sandy through my day-to-day life! Some things are sort of fictionalized and I just kind of bounce all over the place. It’s kind of hard to describe because my shows are never like one idea. It’s very stream of consciousness–I go from one kind of thought and woven insights [mixed in with] music and songs that are very eclectic. It’s fast paced and at times its introspective. You get to know me and see the world through my lens. 

So, let’s talk music. Who’s rockin’ your world these days? A lot of the stuff that I’m listening to was recommended to me by my daughter who’s a sophomore in college. I don’t really listen to albums anymore because the way of listening to music is so different–I just pick up a song here and there–Childish Gambino, Fleet Foxes. I certainly try to stay on top of it! There’s a thousand new performers and so many great songs out there. 

I guess it certainly helps having a teenage daughter around! It is good because otherwise I end up listening to a lot of stuff I’ve been listening to for years. It’s kinda cool because she likes a lot of that stuff too, so we go back-and-forth. It’s a nice bonding experience. 

One last sip…what does the word “pride” mean to you? It’s having your own identity and being clear who you are as an individual. I think it’s always great to have the support of the crowd behind you and be part of a group. But I also think that you also have to break away and walk through life and navigate your way around wherever you are. Be able to stand on your own. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 Must Have Grooves For Your Summer 2018 Playlists

Happy (almost) summer, kids! 

While the next few months are all about feeling fabulous, heading down the beach, bitching about sunburns and pining over short-lived flings, what’s most important during the summer months is to make sure those sun-kissed playlists are stockpiled high with lots and lots of delicious grooves. 

Which is why you should absolutely stay tuned to Philly Mixtape all summer long as there’s bound to be multiple servings of some of the hottest tracks this side of slay….and it all begins right now for your Memorial Day Weekend

So, lather up the Banana Boat and dive into ten must have additions to your pulsating playlists featuring smokin’ hot remixes of Ariana Grande and Dua Lipa, sizzling sonnets from Pia Mia, Camila Cabello, Pharell Williams and Gorgon City, and one Janet classic that seemingly gets better with age. 

With that being said….here we go now…get busy

Happy summer streaming! 

Ariana Grande/”No Tears Left to Cry”(DJ Linuxis Remix)  Sigh….how many more f#$king days until Sweetener owns our lives? But in the meantime, hey summer…we see you. 

Pia Mia/”Ocean Drive”  Whether cruisin’ down Ocean Drive in Miami or Broad Street right here in Philly….turn this shit up. 

Camila Cabello/”She Loves Control”  Dear Mizz Cabello, please release this deliciousness as your third radio single, like, right now. 

Gorgon City/Kamille/Ghosted/”Go Deep”    You know what they say….the deeper, the better. We’re talking about that beat here…get your mind out of the gutter and..dance. 

Allie X/”Vintage”  One for the start of your summer romance…….

Cardi B/Khelani/”Ring” ……and one for the end of it. 

Calvin Harris/Dua Lipa/”One Kiss”(Jauz Remix)     Obsessed with the original and its accompanying video? (btw…yas, Ms. Lipa, yas) Then you’ll absolutely want to dive into every synthed-up smooch of this fiery rewerk. 

Camilla Cabello/Pharell Williams/”Sangria Wine”   There’s a one-hundred percent chance your drunk uncle is going to attempt to “Wine” it up at a wedding this summer. Ay dios mio, indeed. 

Janet/”Throb”    Because summer life just isn’t complete without this janet. banger, um, throbbing in the background.