Looking for the Leather Lookout column? Well, you found it!
“Leather Lookout” got lipo and a makeover during spring break and has been rechristened “Barcrawlr. ” From now on, I’ll be filling you in twice a month on all the upcoming must-see events at all the bars around town.
Will I still be covering leather events? Of course! Whenever there’s a special event coming up that you won’t want to miss, you’ll see it listed right here, no matter what or where it is. So let’s get started!
Jocks at Tabu
Starting at 8 p.m. April 15, Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar, 200 S. 12th St., will be packed with hot football players and their friends. Seriously, I could just end this section right here. What more do you need to know?
OK, how about you can see them there every month? Jocks is a monthly party at Tabu Lounge hosted by GPFFL, the Greater Philadelphia Flag Football League — last month they had almost 200 people! A $5 cover charge gets you your first beer or well drink, with part of the proceeds going to support the league. See how easy it is to be an athletic supporter? Your mom will be so proud!
This month, they’re hosting a book-launch party for “It Gets Better,” which is already a New York Times best-seller. The book was compiled from submissions to Dan Savage’s project to provide hope for LGBT and other bullied teens, and features GPFFL players. The league’s YouTube video, which was filmed by Boy 9 Productions, has been viewed more than 7,400 times.
The league has four teams sponsored by Uncles, ICandy, Tabu and Tavern on Camac, plus a traveling team named Revolution, comprised of players from each of the four teams. They have a spring season and a fall season, and are part of a nationwide league that sponsors tournaments and championships in different cities every year.
If you’re interested in playing, you have until April 30, otherwise you’re going to have to wait until fall. You don’t need much in the way of special equipment, and all ages, genders, skill levels and orientations are welcome to play.
Philadelphia Mr. Gay
If that doesn’t quench your thirst for hot guys, you can catch the fifth annual Philadelphia Mr. Gay contest starting at 9 p.m. April 16 at Voyeur Nightclub, 1221 St. James St.
Local bars such as Tabu, Woody’s, Voyeur and Venture Inn held preliminary competitions over the past few weeks, but you don’t need to have won a preliminary to enter on Saturday. Contestants will be judged on evening/club wear and swimwear, then the top finalists will advance to a Q&A session to determine the winner.
The winner of the Philadelphia Mr. Gay contest will receive a $250 basket from Ettoré Salon and Spa, a three-month membership to 12th Street Gym and dinner for two at La Fourno Trattoria restaurant. The winner will also compete in the U.S. National Mr. Gay contest, and the winner of that title will compete in the International Mr. Gay contest with men from around the world.
Philadelphia Mr. Gay will be hosted by Frank DeCaro and Brittany Lynn. Entertainment will be provided by Navaya Shay, Aeryanah Von Moi and the fabulous Dragapalooza Divas.
This year’s judging panel will be Village Voice columnist Michael Musto; Paper Magazine columnist Mickey Boardman; former NCAA football captain and current chair of GALLOP Brian Sims; legendary marketer and promoter Noel Zayas; JimmyStyle’s Jimmy Contreras; and winner of “Project Runway” season one Jay McCarroll.
God, I love roller derby! Ever since I had crushes on Annie Lennox and Grace Jones in high school, there’s been something about a girl who looks like she can beat the crap out of me that really butters my muffin. Most gay guys love strong divas, right? I just like mine in ripped stockings and covered with tattoos … and on roller skates!
So on April 22, I’ll be at Sisters, 1320 Chancellor St., to catch the Penn Jersey She Devils and special guests the Liberty City Kings for “Devils in Disguise.” They’ll have drink specials, Jell-o shots and a night full of kick-ass ladies performing as bad-ass dudes. Party starts at 9 p.m. and admission is only $7, so get out there and support your local roller girls. Or else!
Questions, comments or news about upcoming events? Contact Jim at [email protected].