Archive for July, 2013

Theater Review: Food, Fun, and Fishnets from Philly’s Bearded Ladies Cabaret

July 21, 2013

By Debra Miller
Philadelphia Arts and Culture Correspondent

The terrific team of Dito Van Reigersberg, John Jarboe, and Sarah Gliko serves up a hilarious musical and culinary lesson in gay history with the Bearded Ladies’ original new delicacy, “My Dinner with Dito: A How to be Gay Cabaret.” Tracing the evolution of what it means to be gay through the three decades of their lives and into the future, Van Reigersberg and Jarboe have co-created a smart, touching, and thoroughly entertaining act that is at once socio-political and personal, side-splitting and thought-provoking, and even, at times, unexpectedly heart-wrenching.

Dito Van Reigersberg and John Jarboe star in the Bearded Ladies’ “My Dinner with Dito” (Photo credit: Plate 3 Photography)

Dito Van Reigersberg and John Jarboe star in the Bearded Ladies’ “My Dinner with Dito” (Photo credit: Plate 3 Photography)

Converting the Wilma Theater’s lobby into “the finest restaurant in Philadelphia,” with cabaret table seating, a Styrofoam bento box of small bites and drinks courtesy of London Grill and Paris Wine Bar, and live music (arranged by Heath Allen), the performers reminisce about their experiences and parody such icons of gay culture as Judy Garland, Cher, and “Mommy Dearest,” as they lead the audience through seven themed courses and twelve musical numbers.

The trio possesses powerful voices that hit all the right notes from pop, to show tunes, to semi-operatic, and Gliko, appearing as the waiter, also delights on flute and ukulele. The food servings are cleverly coordinated with the songs and stories, and the direction by K. Elizabeth Stevens is perfectly paced, humorous, and sensitive. Especially moving amidst the hilarity is the deeply confessional segment “Lonely Boy,” which left few dry eyes in the house. And particularly relevant is the well-observed acknowledgment that there is a trade-off between winning the fight for acceptance and equality (“Drag is SO safe now”), and feeling a real sense of nostalgia for the past’s secret camaraderie and excitement of being “different.”

“My Dinner with Dito” is a delicious and satiating treat; you’ll go in expecting it to be funny—which it most emphatically is—but you’ll come away filled with much, much more than just a lot of laughs. The show runs through July 27, at the Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. For information and tickets, call 215.893.9456 or visit

“Advancing Toward Equality” Forum July 22, Harrisburg

July 17, 2013

Harrisburg Hope, the Capital Region Stonewall Democrats, and the LGBT Center of Central PA hosts a forum “Advancing Toward Equality?” Mon., July 22, 6 p.m. at Harrisburg’s Midtown Scholar Bookstore.

The event is a public forum on marriage equality and equal rights. Panelists include Sen. Rob Teplitz, Rep. Patty Kim, and representatives from the Log Cabin Republicans, ACLU, and Equality PA.

The forum will be moderated by Harrisburg Hope founder Alan Kennedy-Shaffer.

York’s LUX Now Open; Official Launch July 25-27 for Pride Weekend

July 13, 2013


Now Open – Official Launch July 25-27
York’s LUX Night Lounge launches a full-scale lgbt nightclub venue July 25. Located at 1327 N. Duke Street, in North York, the region’s newest dance club venue opens in time for the July 27 Central PA Pride Festival, the region’s longest-running and biggest Pride event.

“We open Thursday, July 25 through July 27. On July 25 we feature DJ MadScience from Washington, DC,” Travis McCarty tells Central Voice.

The new establishment is also open Friday, July 26 and Saturday July 27 following the Central PA Pride Festival.

Well-known in the area, McCarty most recently served in both managerial and bartender capacities at Club XS. McCarty is the LUX Entertainment and Public Relations Director and Head Bartender. Stephen Perko Jr. is the owner.

Hours of operation are Thursday through Sunday, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. There is free parking in the club’s lot and nearby on the street. The club can host a capacity of 350 in two large spaces – an enclosed Lounge with barside and other seating and a Dance Area with VIP Seating, table top and lounge areas. The venue nine large screen displays and a 14-foot projection screen in the Dance Area.

LUX owner Stephen Perko and Entertainment & PR Director Travis McCarty

LUX owner Stephen Perko and Entertainment & PR Director Travis McCarty

“We have a total of 4,000 square feet of space for our customers to enjoy,” Perko Jr. says.

Revelers may remember LUX initiated G.A.Y. Night September 2012 “which has been successful ever since,” McCarty says. That special night continues.

The new venue will have three bartenders and two Bottle Service Attendees in service to customers and eight to 10 Security Staff on duty. “Our Weekend Presentation will include DJ’s from all over the US and the region. We’re offering a fun dancing atmosphere,” McCarty says.

McCarty is also planning Drag Shows, Bear and Leather Nights, Ladies Meet and Greets. “We’re also working on live performances from some stars and appearances by Reality TV celebrities. Sunday is Karaoke Night. Info: 717.793.377

LUX Night Lounge





Two Must-See Shows in Phila. Theater

July 12, 2013

By Debra Miller, Philadelphia Arts and Culture Correspondent

If you’re visiting Philadelphia this summer, be sure to catch two must-see shows running in Center City in July and August. From July 17-27, the Wilma Theater, 265 South Broad Street, presents “My Dinner with Dito: A How to be Gay Cabaret,” the latest self-devised offering from experimental cabaret troupe The Bearded Ladies.

Dito Van Reigersberg and John Jarboe star in The Bearded Ladies' "My Dinner with Dito" at the Wilma (Photo credit: Plate 3 Photography)

Dito Van Reigersberg and John Jarboe star in The Bearded Ladies’ “My Dinner with Dito” at the Wilma (Photo credit: Plate 3 Photography)

Featuring special guest star Dito Van Reigersberg (aka the larger-than-life phenomenon Martha Graham Cracker), along with the Beards’ own John Jarboe and music director Heath Allen, the dinner show offers a surreal serving of saucy courses, with drag, table dancing, and iconic ballads by Judy, Liza, Dolly, and more.

James Ijames and Chancellor Dean star in Mauckingbird's "The Importance of Being Earnest" (Photo credit: Jill McCorkel).

James Ijames and Chancellor Dean star in Mauckingbird’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” (Photo credit: Jill McCorkel).

Audience members join the cast in nibbles and drinks courtesy of London Grill and Paris Wine Bar, as they explore and explode the stereotypes of what it means to be gay and offer hilarious explanations of “Why drag?” “Why do so many gay men love musical theater?” and, in full-blown “Mommy Dearest” style, “Why did you adopt me?”

For tickets (Table seating $25; General admission $20), visit, call the Wilma’s box office at 215.546.7824, or pay at the door (if not sold out). All tickets include a bento box of small bites and an open wine bar, in addition to a fabulous show fusing cabaret, theater, and outrageous artistic invention with the politics of gender identity.

From August 7-25, Mauckingbird Theatre Company stages a gender-bent version of Oscar Wilde’s Victorian farce, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” at the Off-Broad Street Theater, 1636 Sansom Street.

Mauckingbird’s Founding Artistic Director Peter Reynolds directs an impressive cast (including Barrymore Award winner James Ijames, Chancellor Dean, Nancy Boykin, Sarah Doherty, and, in her Mauckingbird debut, Managing Director/Co-Founder Lindsay Mauck) in the company’s most ambitious production to date. Acclaimed costume designer Marie Anne Chiment and scenic designer Andrew Laine provide an appropriate look for the upper-class characters and their elegant locales, and, true to its mission, the company takes a “post-gay” focus that looks beyond its same-sex pairings to the witty dialogue, universal emotions, and onerous social etiquette inherent in Wilde’s comedy of manners.

According to Reynolds, “it doesn’t matter to Lady Bracknell if her son wants to marry a man or marry a woman, as long as their class and status are up to her standards.” Tickets ($25 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $15 for students) are available online at or through Mauckingbird’s box office at 215.923.8909.

Building Manager Sought for Historic LGBT Apartments

July 10, 2013

Building Manager Sought for Historic LGBT
John C. Anderson Apartments

PENNROSE – We Bring It All Together
Smart Development. Proven Management. Great Lifestyles.

At Pennrose Management Company, we are pleased to be managing this historic property: It fits in line with our goal of creating exceptional apartment communities. With our superior knowledge and unparalleled dedication, we maximize investments while helping our residents live somewhere truly special. Simply put, we make our communities the bright spots of their neighborhoods. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and 401k along with a quarterly bonus plan.

John C. Anderson Apartments – Residential Property Manager

The Property Manager of this 56 unit, LGBT Friendly senior community located in Downtown Philadelphia will be responsible for providing leadership and direction to associates at assigned properties. Mentors associates and ensures all support corporate mission and understand roles in achieving established goals. Advocates on behalf of associates to enhance individual performance. Provides excellent customer service to residents.

Building Duties:
• Supervises and trains all property associates • Evaluates associates’ performance, including the completion of annual performance reviews.
• Counsels underperforming associates and provides critical feedback to improve performance
• Assists Regional Property Manager in the selection of property associates. Assumes primary responsibility for preliminary interviewing
• Creates positive, welcoming, supportive environment for residents, visitors, and property associates
• Be able to work with and have knowledge of community organizations such as the william way LGBT Community Center & Mazzoni Center
• Prepares and submits timesheets and payroll adjustments • Maintains vacancy information as required by investors, syndicators, and monitoring agencies
• Achieves financial solvency through cost reduction and implementing systems to achieve 0% rent delinquency
• Utilizes selection and retention strategies to maintain 100% occupancy level
• Participates in the preparation of the annual operating budget, and works with Regional Property Manager to maintain budgetary guidelines
• Reviews bids for contract work • Ensures adherence to proper preventive maintenance schedules
• Manages health and safety programs, including training in fire safety, general emergency procedures, and in the use of emergency equipment
• Executes marketing and advertising campaigns for apartment leasing and coordinating leasing events such as open houses, realtor tours, and resident promotional activities
• Assists with the development and implementation of resident services programming
• Maintains knowledge and awareness of corporate in/out migration, property competition, and other market conditions affecting leasing and operations
• Oversees property’s answering service, ensuring superlative customer service, up-to-date calling sequences, and accurate contact information
• Notifies residents of all issues affecting their tenancy • Files court documents for eviction and attends scheduled court hearings as Landlord’s representative
• Oversees security deposit administration including inspecting units to determine resident’s balance or refund, preparing disposition letters, and processing security deposit returns
• Maintains building security measures, ensuring proper incident documentation and notification to management, owners, and insurance carriers
• Maintains familiarity with all procedures and requirements of accounts payable and accounts receivable
• Leads tours of property, showing vacant units and marketing property amenities as needed • Screens, reviews, and approves all applications
• Leads lease orientations and signings, and submits relevant documentation • Enforces lease requirements
• Ensures property’s filing system is maintained and includes tenant, applicant, accounting, and vendor and contract files
• Develops and utilizes sound rent collection procedures, including following up with delinquent accounts
• Delivers rent deposits to bank and submits all related documentation • Monitors landlord-tenant relations and mediates disputes when necessary
• Collaborates with Support Services to provide residents referrals to appropriate agencies
• Utilizes maintenance software program to enter in and track work orders, and regularly reviews maintenance reports
• Inspects apartments for move-in condition (pre-inspection) and turnover status
• Directs administrative and maintenance associates in annual unit inspections and annual recertification of residents
• Prepares and submits quarterly competitive marketing analysis
• Remains current on and compliant with policies and laws affecting the marketing and leasing of the property, including the Company’s leasing agreement, Landlord Tenant code, Fair Housing laws, and other applicable laws
• Submits any and all reports on a timely basis
• Establishes and maintains regular daily office hours, ensuring adequate coverage on weekends and holidays
Possible requirements
• Knowledge of the LGBT community and Washington West neighborhood
• High School Diploma or equivalent
• Certifications in the following: Housing Credit Certified Professional, Certified Occupancy Specialist, Specialist in Housing Credit Management would be a plus
• 2 or more years’ experience in multi-family property management, including direct supervision of others
• Proven Marketing and Leasing experience • Understanding of Low-Income Tax Credit system
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and Outlook • Proficiency in Yardi
• Excellent customer service skills • Ability to perform in a busy, changing, multi-tasking work environment
• Requires ability to physically inspect property (or properties) and individual units
• Requires ability to read, speak, and comprehend the English language
• Requires the ability to travel (between properties, on-call emergencies, training, etc.)

Property Characteristics:
• Lease-up
• Senior
• Tax Credit
• 56 units

The ideal candidate has tax-credit experience and will be an advocate for the well-being and acceptance of sexual and gender minorities.
Apply online at or email with copy to