I loved seeing all the veterans, but it really came down to the new girls: Phi Phi O’Hara and Sharon Needles. If I had to pick just one, I’d go with Sharon. She dressed up as a female hooker version of Freddy Krueger complete with rhinestone-studded finger knives and performed “Sweet Dreams” by Eurythmics.
The moment of bliss came as Annie Lennox sang the line, “Hold your head up, keep your head up,” at which point Sharon did what any self-respecting goth queen would do: She opened up a hatbox, took out a severed head and — wait for it — held it up. Genius!
Do you think the captain of a leather club and a rising drag superstar could have a baby together? I. Love. Her.
Bears in boxers
The Liberty Bears are back with a Valentine Boxers Ball, 9 p.m. Feb. 4 on the third floor of The Bike Stop, 206 S. Quince St. There will be a sexy bear and boy contest and DJ Barney Philly will be spinning the tunes, all for just a $5 cover. If you want to learn more about the Bears, get there early for the club meeting in the basement at 7 p.m.
For more information, see www.libertybears.net.
Parties for “The Big Game”
Ever wonder why 99 percent of ads refer to it as “The Big Game”? Is it like the Bloody Mary legend? If you say it three times fast will a GoDaddy girl appear and smother you with her breasts or something? Screw the copyright lawyers: Super Bowl, Super Bowl, Super Bowl!
(Gasp! She appeared! I can’t breathe!)
OK, fine then. Don’t miss “The Big Game,” the commercials or the Madonna halftime show (this game is so butch). You can catch all the fun starting at 6 p.m. Feb. 5 at ICandy, 254 S. 12th St. They’ll have drink specials, prizes and freebies, a buffet and trivia hosted by Salotta Tee.
Or you can watch it on a huge screen at The Big Game Event II, hosted by the Greater Philadelphia Flag Football League, 6 p.m. Feb. 5 at the International House, 3701 Chestnut St. They’ll have hot food, an open bar, a silent auction, raffles and a VIP reception, and you get to watch the game on a humongous screen in the 350-seat Ibrahim Theater.
Tickets to The Big Game Event II are $40 in advance, $50 at the door, $65 for VIP (includes private reception at 5 p.m. with special food and cocktails), or $125 for a Host Committee ticket (includes all of the above plus acknowledgement in event materials). All proceeds benefit GPFFL and ActionAIDS, which are both 501(c)(3) nonprofits, to help you get your tax deduction on, girl.
Tattoo Convention After Party
The Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention is in town from Feb. 10-12, and it has moved back to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Thank God! That hotel space they were using had gotten way too small. Not that I’m complaining about pressing flesh with all those hot tattooed men and women.
This means the third unofficial after-party will be held from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Feb. 10 at The Bike Stop, 206 S. Quince St. They’ll have drink specials, a kick-ass playlist, a complimentary photo booth to help you remember you were there and a very liberal dress code to help you show off your tattoos.
See www.villainarts.com for more info on the convention, and find The Bike Stop on Facebook for more about the after-party.
I ♥ Gear Party and Operation Tea Room
Philadelphians MC has been raising money for charity for 38 years. This year, the group has decided to do something different by selecting one beneficiary to receive the funds from every event for the entire year.
This year the recipient is “Operation Tea Room,” which will raise money to cover the renovation and upgrade of one of the second-floor restrooms at the William Way Community Center.
You can help Philadelphians MC in this noble cause by attending the I ♥ Gear Party at 9 p.m. Feb. 11 on the third floor of The Bike Stop. There’s a dress code, which means a T-shirt and jeans will get you in, but you’re strongly encouraged to wear your favorite sport, motocross, military, leather, uniform, latex or rubber gear.
Suggested donation of $5 gets you in, with music provided by New York City DJ Dave Huge, who was recently announced as a judge for the International Mr. Leather contest in May. There will also be lots of inappropriate collectible buttons available and of course yellow Jell-O shots.
Won’t you help Philadelphians MC ensure that future LGBT generations have a warm, safe place to go to the bathroom? They can’t spell FLUSH without U.
Questions, comments or wondering how much caffeine he was drinking while writing the column this week? It was a lot, trust me. Contact Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org.