Jane Lynch celebrates birthday a day early at Mixto

Jane Lynch, whose credits include "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and "Best in Show," slurped oysters, one of her favorite foods, Friday at XIX at the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue. Lynch, here to receive the Artistic Achievement award from the 14th Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, was a guest of Thom Cardwell, development Director for Philadelphia Film Society, which produces the festival, as were her "Tru Loved" director Stewart Wade, and festival shorts programmer Rob O'Neil. Lynch's co-star in "Tru Loved," Alec Mapa, will be town on Friday to receive the festival's GLBT Entertainer of the Year award. Sunday morning at Mixto (1141 Pine), Lynch was given a chocolate Tastykake with a birthday candle as a surprise from festival interim managing director Mark James for her 48th birthday, which was yesterday. Other guests, including Hollywood photographer Michael Childers and producer Jerome Hellman, here for the 40th anniversary tribute to "Midnight Cowboy" and its late director, John Schlesinger (also a past PIGLFF artistic achievement winner), chimed in, singing birthday wishes to Lynch. She received a gift of personalized note cards from Fabulous Stationery from IMPAX Marketing's Jay Arnold, a host of this year's festival.