Portraits

The circus is in town! As some of you know, I used to work with a bunch of clowns; literally, I was the co-host of “Bozo the Clown” for three years on TV57 here in Philly, so I know my way around a big top. Last week, I had the pleasure of seeing the amazing show put on by the UniverSoul Circus. I have to say, I haven’t smiled as wide, laughed as much or been entertained like that in a long time. The show is nonstop, energetic, family-friendly and fun. UniverSoul has a roster of talented performers from all over the world woven into a seamless show that doesn’t let up for hours. I haven’t seen this much bang for the buck in a while. Step right up and get your tickets now, folks!

One of the premises of this column is that everyone has a story to tell. Recently I was chatting with the bartender at Toasted Walnut and was surprised to find that she is actually a Grammy-credited music engineer, who’s working at the bar as she works on growing her own record label.

When Stephan Hengst and Patrick Decker lived in the small town of PoughKeepsie, N.Y., they looked around and noticed that, though there were a number of LGBT folks around, they didn’t really have a place to congregate. That led them to found Big Gay Hudson Valley, which provided community, entertainment, engagement and fun for the region. Luckily for us, they’ve recently relocated and are now bringing those community-building skills to Philadelphia.

Throughout October, PGN is celebrating LGBT History Month, so I thought I’d shed a little light on some history that’s recently come to light. “Bandstand Diaries: The Philadelphia Years” is a fun book filled with stories, facts and figures about the groundbreaking show. I’m sure most of you are familiar with the opening song, and our older readers will remember Dick Clark and the cast of regular dancers while millennials will at least know the host’s name from the New Year’s Eve celebration that still bears his name. What many won’t know is that the show had a definite queer bent even before the word was reclaimed.

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