If you’re not at Bear Week in Provincetown or Sand Blast Weekend in Asbury Park, then you must be in Philly enjoying all the glamour and excitement of QFest!
Philly’s premiere gay and lesbian film festival keeps getting bigger and better. This year’s schedule is jam-packed with amazing events, special guests and sizzling after-parties.
Are you ready for your close-up, Ms. Desmond?
The party people at Stimulus are taking the plunge!
Join them from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. July 20 as they head back to the North Shore Beach Club at the Piazza at Schmidt’s, 1031 Germantown Ave. in Northern Liberties. In addition to the hot go-go dancers, shot girls and DJs you’ve come to know and love, Stimulus is doing double duty tonight as the QFest “Black and Blues and Other Hues” after-party. Cover charge is only $10 before 11 p.m. or $15 after. How often do you get a chance to hang by the pool and meet amazing film directors in freakin’ Philadelphia? What is this, Hollywood?
Project Go-Go Boy
Don’t miss the premiere QFest men’s event from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. on July 21 at ICandy, 254 S. 12th St. Dan Contarino is bringing The Cocky Boys’ “Project Go-Go Boy” with him! Jake Bass and Max Ryder will be live and in person with some very special surprise guests in tow. How often do you get a chance to hang by the bar and meet amazing porn stars in freakin’ Philadelphia? What is this, West Hollywood?
Celebrity Women’s All Star Gala
Don’t forget about the ladies of QFest! Join them from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. on July 21 at Sisters, 1320 Chancellor St. It’s the after-party for “A Perfect Ending” and you’ll get a chance to mix and mingle and maybe even meet the film’s director, producers and lead actor. Free cover with your QFest badges or ticket stubs! How often do you get a chance ... all right, all right, I beat that one to death already, I know.
Libertine Ball — red alert!
We interrupt this column for an important announcement! No, seriously, there’s been a big change to Libertine Ball.
The Ball will not be at Shampoo Nightclub as planned. The event has been moved to the Starlight Ballroom, 460 N. Ninth St., just two short blocks from the original location, but the time and date are the same, from 9 p.m.-midnight July 21.
Don’t let the new location scare you: It’s still a great chance to put your own personal Big Bang Theory to the test. Libertine is the annual summer fetish ball produced by Passional Boutique and Sexploratorium that raises money for local charities. This year’s theme is Intergalactic Asylum, so if you’re into hot fan boys and fan girls done up like replicants and cylons from “Blade Runner” and “Battlestar Galactica,” then this is your kind of party.
But the ball is only part of the fun. They have a whole weekend of events planned for you, including a meet-n-greet, a pool party (rubber gear encouraged!), a shopping excursion, a brunch and of course the ball itself, which will feature performances, charity auctions, games, play spaces and demonstrations. Tickets are available at the door.
If you know anyone who’s going, make sure they know about the change in venue.
When the Bears Come Marching In
After you catch “Bear City 2: The Proposal” at QFest, cool off and hang out with the bears from 11 p.m.-2 a.m. at The Bike Stop, 206 S. Quince St., which is sure to be hopping long after the official closing-night party winds down at the Sugar House Casino earlier in the evening.
The party will be hosted by Thom Caggiano and the Liberty Bears, and will feature none other than DJ Barney, so you know it’s going to be hot. You can even check your clothes if you’re a bear who dares to go bare!
Bask in the eleganza of divas from yesterday and today from 6:30-9 p.m. July 29 at the South Philly Diamond Club, 2026 S. Hutchinson St. Yes I’m talking about Judy, Barbra, Cher and Liza, but I’m also talking about Rihanna and Nicki, children! Your host, Lisa Lisa from Bob & Barbara’s, will have the Herculean task of keeping Brittany Lynn, Joey Josephs and Serena Starr in line as they perform all your favorites.
Tickets are only $15, which includes two drink tickets or unlimited non-alcoholic beverages for us non-drinkers. And it’s for a great cause — to raise money for the Marie Poochie Storti Scholarship Fund, which helps local high-school seniors afford college. n
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