Archive: August, 2012
Thursday, August 30
Mo Money No Problems Silk City 435 Spring Garden St. 10 pm $5 guys after 11 pm
METZ Kung Fu Necktie 1250 N Front St. 8 pm $10
Factory Girls Revue The Barbary 951 Frankford Ave. 9 pm $5 after 11 pm
Syrrah The Fire412 West Girard Ave. 8:30 pm$7 Tickets
Testify The Trestle Inn 11th and Callowhill 10 pm No Cover
Deep DishMedusa Lounge17th and Sansom10 pm
Friday, August 31
Dutty Chutney Presents: Big Freedia Silk City 435 Spring Garden St. 10 pm $10 adv. $13 dos
OddCake Presents: The Original Hipster – A Where’s Waldo Costume Dance Party PYT 1050 N Hancock St. 9 pm $10 with costume, $12 without costume
Endless Bummer Johnny Brenda’s 1201 N Frankford Ave. 6 pm No Cover
Goodie The Barbary 951 Frankford Ave. 9 pm $5
Friday, August 31
Bodyrock Kung Fu Necktie 1250 N Front St. 9 pm $5
The Aviation Orange The Fire 412 West Girard Ave. 8:30 pm
Work Drugs Johnny Brenda’s 1201 N Frankford Ave. 9:15 pm Tickets
Daisy Age The Trestle Inn 11th and Callowhill 10 pm No Cover
Phreq of the Week and owner of Aoki Boutique, Alina Alter is hosting an event for Fashion's Night Out on Thursday, September 6th at her store. Alina was recently featured in our Made in America festival fashion guide along with Dominique Negron from Couture Vulture who will be hosting a trunk show of her new collection that evening. Plus, the Ilsa Loves Rick for Aoki Jewelry Collection is set to debut. If that's not enough, champagne and a DJ will definitely get the party vibe going. All are invited to attend!
Aoki Philadelphia, PA 19103
The WHYY Connections Festival offers 4 days of free family fun, concerts, film screenings, visual art presentations, and more. Yo La Tengo, Frank Turner, Maps & Atlases, Fabian Akilles, and The Lawsuits are set to perform on Saturday, September 8th from 4-10pm at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing. Also at the Great Plaza, The Philadelphia Doo-Wop Festival featuring Fred Parris & The Five Satins, Charlie Gracie, The Del-Satins, and more will be on Sunday, September 9th from 12-6pm. Screenings of WHYY's Friday Arts and The Barnes Collection plus lots of kid-friendly events as part of the Y Kids Club Presents: Sid the Science Kid at Coast Day will also be taking place. For more information about the festival and a schedule of events, look here. Don't forget to like them on Facebook!
The Great Plaza at Penn's Landing
We're no stranger to Joe Boruchow's rad installations. Well now he's got a new message for you. What do you think?
Romney Sucks!- A malarial tribute.
Summer's end is quickly approaching. You already know what the only remedy for those end of summer blues is: fishbowls on fishbowls on fishbowls! The Bottom Power DJs are bringing you back to Bamboo Bar for one more summertime banger. Special guests DJs Ed Blammo and Jay Yo, from Locals + Only, will be bringing you an official pool party freakout. On Sunday, September 2nd, it's time for one last FISHBOWL. Get ready for Bottom Power.
Here are five excellent tracks that sum up the essence of Bottom Power.
Psychemagik,"Carnaval De Trancoso"
When we went to meet with our newest Phreq of the Week, he strolled in wearing all black, rockstar shades and platform heels that would make even the most confident person in the room drop their jaw. Alexander Kacala is a star. He sat down with us to talk drag, Philly and of course, his other half; Tammy Faymous.
Phrequency: How did Tammy Faymous come to be?
Alex: I originally started doing drag as an Amy Winehouse impersonator, for fun, as a joke. I was doing it sporadically and I was always dressing up for drag parties but I would secretly go to Bob and Barbara’s and I had really wanted to be doing it on that level. It’s kind of daunting. Drag can be very overwhelming if you’re an outsider so I was nervous about the whole thing.
I was also professionally performing in musical theater but I wasn’t really getting recognized. I was auditioning a lot and I wasn’t getting cast and if I was cast I was always in the chorus. So I thought that doing drag would be a good opportunity to perform professionally. I’d be doing what I want to do and all of the opportunities are my own. I’d be giving myself a chance instead of waiting for somebody else to give me one, because in musical theater, you’re always auditioning and you’re always trying to fit a cookie cutter role that somebody creates for you. I’m very feminine and flamboyant and I felt like I wasn’t able to mold myself into what people wanted me to be . I realized that I could create who I want to be and just be that.
Emily Doofnoggle of QREAM saw me at the Barbary last year, and she told me she was doing a drag show and looking for people to be in it, so I told her I would do it. That was my first professional gig as Tammy Faymous.
The name came from “The Eyes of Tammy Faye Bakker”, which is a documentary. She was this evangelist from the late 80s, and her and her husband created this Jesus Amusement Park and they also created a channel for Evangelist Christianity which she sang on. She was very ecocentric, she was kooky and she wore a lot of make up but she was also a huge advocate for the gays. At the same time it turned out that she and her husband had laundered all of this money, so it turned out to be a huge scandal and then they were essentially black listed from the world. She then had a talk show and ended up being the first person to publically interview a person with AIDS on television. At the end of the movie my friend and I were crying hysterically, and my friend ended up saying, “Tammy Faymous would be an amazing drag name”, and I put it in my phone, and months later I ended up using it! People love it.
P: It's a rad name! What is your best performing moment?
A: Well I’ve definitely have some bad ones! I performed at the Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret and had a terrible performance. It was really daunting. That same night, I had a performance at Bob and Barbara’s and I felt like that was my chance to redeem myself. I was going to sing “I Hate Myself for Loving You” by Joan Jett, and I forgot my CD! So I ran back to Fishtown to get the CD, I hand the DJ the CD and I get up there. When the song started I realized it wasn't the song that I gave them! It was actually “Wig in a box” from Hedwig, and I’m just like “oh my god, this song is going to be horrible. It’s a long song, it starts off as a ballad, and nobody in here is the type of crowd that will sing along with this.” I decide to just do it, and for some reason some people actually did know it, and the people who didn’t know it absolutely LOVED it. The host of the show even came up to me afterwards to tell me that it was amazing. That was definitely one of my best moments because I went into it feeling so low and it turned out so great.
Photo Credit: Marie Alyse Rodriguez - Taken at Factory Girls
P: Can you tell us some of the places that you've performed?
A: Definitely a wide variety of places, including: Milkboy, The Trocadero Theatre, Barbary, Kung Fu Neck Tie, The Dollhouse Review at Voyeur, Prohibition Bar in Atlantic City, World Cafe Live, L'Etage with Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret, Bob and Barbara's.
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Tomorrow night marks the official launch party for New York and Philadelphia based brand, Live 2 Be Free. The line, created by Marketing and branding staple Set Free, “stands for the fight against anything that is trying to control, conform and capture any part of the human natural way of life.” You can check out pieces from the line and the L2BF blog here.
As for the launch party, you can expect a soundtrack created by Philadelphia’s own Don Cannon, a celebrity DJ and producer who’s production credits include artists such as Outkast, Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy and more. Alongside Cannon will be Set Free as your host for the evening. Not only did Set Free start L2BF, he is also known for his And 1 mixtapes and has worked with companies such as Mitchell & Ness, Ubiq, Nike, Vans and Nixon. His connection to music, sports, and fashion is what led to the creation of Live 2 Be Free.
The festivities will include a tastemakers pre-party from 8-10pm followed by a general admission party from 10pm-2am, all going down at Silk City. The event, geared towards bringing together all of the top influential personalities in our city for a night of fashion, music, and drinks, is sponsored by Stoli, Vitamin Water and Vans.