Arts & Culture

According to RainbowRumpus.org (a fabulous LGBTQ site for kids), in southern China during the late Qing Dynasty, two unrelated women could join together in an oath of sisterhood known as the Golden Orchid Society. The society comprised women who took an oath to the goddess Guan Yin (believed to be transgender) to never have sexual relations with men. Women chose to join the society for lots of different reasons, one of which was a desire to marry a woman. Once married, the women lived together and cared for each other and their families. In a journal written in 1937, a traveler described “two women [who] dwell together, always existing as if they were one woman. They are as close as a stalk of grain coming through a stone.” The Golden Orchid Society is, alas, long gone, but there is a new group for queer Asian and Pacific Islander women, trans and gender-nonconforming folks. This week we spoke to Alison Lin, one of the founders of HotPot!

Given the steady stream of customers from across the spectrum of age, culture and social status that keeps the tables packed all through the bohemian confines of Honey’s, 800 N.

Philadelphia is full of gems.

One jewel in our midst is the incomparable Zane Booker. Founder and artistic director of the Smoke, Lilies and Jade Arts Initiative, Booker has been a principal dancer with Philadanco, toured extensively in Europe and has appeared as a guest artist with major ballet companies around the world, including the new National Theater of Tokyo, Les Ballet De Monte Carlo, the Opera of Monte Carlo and Rhythmek. A teacher and choreographer, Booker is currently a master lecturer at University of the Arts and Howard University and an artist-in-residence with Philadanco.

I recently read about a videographer on his way to a movie set who got into trouble on a plane because he kept talking about the people he was going to be “shooting” that day. With that in mind, I asked photographer Karen Cornell, proprietor of “Eye Shoot You,” if she had any second thoughts about her company name during these days of hyper-vigilance.

OK, so since the Eagles are out, you’re probably looking for something to make the Super Bowl a little more interesting. How about watching the game with a bunch of hot jocks? The Greater Philadelphia Flag Football League is having a Big Game Party at the International House, with two-thirds of all the proceeds going to ActionAIDS. This week, PGN spoke to GPFFL commissioner Wayne Knaub.