Sure, the night before Thanksgiving's ideal for holiday meal prep, but who wants to chill with a dead bird on one of the biggest party nights in town? Toss that baster aside and find something to be thankful for at one of these gay, all-about-the-boogie soirees. Your granny can handle the stuffing.
El Dia de Accion de Gracias
The newly formed Raices Latino Pride Philadelphia (RLPP), a group dedicated to building a stronger Latino LGBTQ presence locally, is kicking off a series of monthly mixers with this diverse networking fête. Get your salsa on in a class led by Celeste Polanco or catch performances by singer-songwriter Myrna Elena, poet Louie Ortiz and the Asereco Dancers (pictured). 9 p.m., $5, 3G Lounge, 300 W. Girard Ave., 267-324-3816, raiceslatinopride.com.
Dance Your Ass Off Scene Party
DJ Goddess and Drew G will tag-team the turntables at this monster-size lesbian dance party that organizer Tracy Buchholz says will benefit Sink or Swim, a new local nonprofit that helps fund medical expenses for uninsured Philadelphians. Take a break from the dancefloor for local dancer/hula-hoop expert Madeleine Belle. Word on the street, ladies, is that she's got a body that won't quit. 9 p.m., $8, Voyeur Nightclub, 1221 St. James St., 215-735-5772, facebook.com/TLBTBProductions.
For a twist on the international paint party DayGlow, the crew at iCandy is outfitting its space with black lights so partygoers can get all fluorescent. DJ Domenic Romeo will man the dancefloor while bartenders offer specials on ultraviolet-friendly tonic drinks. And if you're game, assistant manager Mike Probe says drag queens will be on hand to douse you in UV body paint. Dooooo it! 10 p.m., $5, iCandy, 254 S. 12th St., 267-324-3500, clubicandy.com.