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Weekday Entertainment Groove

Holy…..Schitt’s Creek

Yaaaaaaas, the cast of one of T.V’s best comedies in decades is just days away from owning our “Ew David” lives with a take over of The Met this Wednesday night, and in the name of Moira Roses‘s incredible wig collection……we just can’t f@#king wait. 

Oh, yeah, there’s also lots of other fabulous ways to dive straight into the local and legendary truth that’s about to take a hold of Philly this week (right, Matt Nathanson, The Knocks, Philadelphia Funk Authority and Dillon Francis?), which means it’s time to jump off the plan making diving board right about…..now. 

Schitts’s Creek:Up Close & Personal/The Met Two Moira Rose filled evenings from tonight…no further statements. Who’s ready for the hilarious, lovable, legendary, incredibly talented, genius cast of Schitt’s Creek to take over Philly this week? Everyone. Which means the the time is right now to stop acting like a disgruntled pelican and grab those tickets. In the name of one of the best comedies on television, what are you waiting for? Go. (8 pm

74 Seconds….To Judgement/Arden Theatre Company There’s shows, and then there’s...this show.. a poignant, raw, real story about a jury of 6 who have been in pure deadlock for a week straight as they undoubtably struggle to decide what is ‘justifiable homicide’ in a headline grabbing murder trial. As relevant as it is pure pearl clutching (and big shout out to red-hot Philly playwright Kash Goins for this story as well), it’s a must see for ALL of us in these divided times. It’s taken over The Arden tonight until Sunday, March 10th, and now it’s undoubtedly time to let this gripping show take over your life…right now. Seriously..go see it (and meet one of the show’s leading ladies, Ms. Kala Moses Baxterright here!) you won’t be disappointed. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke Hey, Philly karaoke friends and lovers…the time has come..for all of us to belt out the hits for our window shattering lives! All you have to do is join the most fabulous Sara Sherr and her Sing Your Life Karaoke collection at any…or all…..of these phabulous Philly locations listed below…..and then get ready to sing as if your name is Barbra…it’s not, but try those vocals out anyway….it’s just that simple. Let’s crack some vases. Sun/9-2@Bob & Barbara’s……Tues/9-2@12 Steps Down……Thursday/9-2 @Milkboy Philly South St…Fri/9-1@Southhouse….Saturday/9-145@ Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap

The Knocks/TLA Do you desire to live your best music life, like, right now? First, listen to anything and everything from Ben “B-Roc” Rutner and James “JPatt” Patterson–aka NYC’s The Knocks–including their latest fire, New York Narcotic. Then, get lost in their dreamy clip for “Dreaming” and try not to be smitten with the chilled out vibes you feel inside as you knock on those keys to get those tickets to see this most fine-tuned music pairing bang on the TLA stage this Wednesday night. Enjoy..because you most certainly will when it comes to these groovy guys. (8 pm

Allison Wonderland/Dillon Francis/Liacouras Center If you’re ready to pump some fists and build some beats (really, who isn’t at all times, right, Mom?), then this groove filled gathering served up by two of dance music‘s most fiery acts is just what you’re glow stick livin’ and lovin’ self will be all sorts of ready for. Hit the floor for those tickets right here and then prepare to bring all of that energy over to the Liacouras Center this Thursday night…you’re gonna need it. (8 pm

Philadelphia Funk Authority w/ Rachel Kline/World Cafe Live So, there’s this show on Friday night that we all must show our love and support to for a couple of incredible reasons. First, gettin’ down to the vibes that will be indefinitely served up by PFA is always a grand idea for the start of your weekend. Second, you’ll be magnificently introduced to their incredible lead singer, Ms. Rachel Kline. Not only does this red-hot and rising local vocal superstar contain the beauty of Ariana-meets-Camila(so not kidding), but she’s got a voice that is that voice….and it will take over your entire music soul. And while you click on those keys to get those tickets to the show, check out Ms. Kline’s Instagram for a mountain moving clip or five and witness her slay your life. And if you have a string of pearls, it’s best to put them on now because they will be clutched when it comes to everything this talented and gorgeous Philly gal has to offer all of us. Don’t miss any of it!! (8 pm

Bev Beats:A RuPaul’s Drag Race Party/Toasted Walnut Calling every Philly RPDR phan (ahem, the entire Gayborhood) this Friday night, you betta chantay, sashay and just fucking strut on over to Toasted Walnut where the most fabulous and hilarious Ms. Bev will be spinnin’ out them classic Drag Race performances and jams that you can’t liiiiiive without. On the slay will be death drop worthy sets from Willam, Manilla, Adore and a big ol’ tuck’s worth of others fabulous Ru approved gals! Plus, how many times will we get to witness BEV the DJ? Once in a gay lifetime. (10 pm

Underground w/DJ KRK/Voyeur Speaking of Philly DJs, if there’s one local beat master out there who knows how to inch us closer to tank top rockin’ status thanks to his certified caliente collection of tribal beats and treats, it’s DJ KRK, who’s no doubt going to make all of us work it like Missy downstairs on the floor at Voyeur this Friday with another fiery round of his monthly Underground slay. It’s a feel good soiree for the dancing daddy, king and queen in all of us that’s not to be missed..so don’t! (Every Friday/10 pm

Also on the local and legendary entertainment turntables for your……

Monday/February 18th 

A Story of Tenors@Walnut Street Theatre(through March 15th)……The Bridges of Madison County@Philadelphia Theatre Company(through March 3rd)……Disturbed@Wells Fargo Center(730 pm)…….Adult Mom @PhilaMOCA(7 pm)………Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind@Balcony Bar @The Trocadero(8 pm)……Monday Night Raw@St. Lazarus Bar(10 pm)…..Tigerbeats:Indie Dance Party@The Barbary (10 pm

Tuesday/February 19th

Vince Staples@The Fillmore(8 pm)……Marty Friedman@Voltage Lounge(8 pm)………Superbody@Everybody Hits(9 pm)…..IBA WiB Networking Reception @SPiN(530 pm)……Club United@The Barbary(10 pm)…….Drag Bingo @Southhouse(8 pm)…….Chiddy Bang@The Foundry(8 pm)

Wednesday/February 20th 

The Everything Show Finale @L’Etage(8 pm)………February QOTA@Garage(6 pm)……..SlayHer:Philly’s Only All Metal Drag Show@Tattooed Mom(8 pm)……..The Soul Factory Season 2 @TABU(930 pm)……Switchfoot@The Fillmore(7 pm)……….Julia Holter@Underground Arts(9 pm)……..Jacob Banks@Union Transfer(8 pm)…….Empress Of@Boot & Saddle(7 pm)……Warhawks@Ortlieb‘s(8 pm)

Thursday/February 21st   

Quinn XCII @The Fillmore(8 pm)……Alan Walker@TLA(10 pm)……..Houndmouth@Union Transfer(730 pm)………Parcels@Boot&Saddle(8 pm)…….Karl Blau@Kung Fu Necktie(8 pm)………Donna Missal@Johnny Brenda’s(8 pm)………Marielle Kraft@World Cafe Live(8 pm)…….Mark Lanky@Ortlieb’s(8 pm)….Mark McDermott@The Locks@Sona(8 pm)…….

Friday/February 22nd 

Lots of fabulous dancing @Woody’s, Tavern on Camac, X Bar & Tabu(10 pm, Gayborhood)……..Guys & Dolls@L’Etage(8 pm)…..Death Becomes Her Screening @South Street Cinema(8 pm)……..Matt Nathanson@TLA(8 pm)……….James Blake@The Fillmore(830 pm)……Excision @The Met(8 pm)……..Madeintoyo@The Foundry(8 pm)…….Gang of Four@Underground Arts(9 pm)……..Paul van Dyk@Ocean Resort Casino(10 pm)………Ummet Ozcan@NOTO(10 pm)…..Mad World:New Wave Dance Party@The Barbary(10 pm)

For much more fun stuff like this and tons more, point those headphones over to Philly Mixtape right here and here

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Weekend Entertainment Groove

Happy love lovin’ weekend!! 

Now, it’s time to lock the door (put on some Boyz II Men, perhaps?) and make that list of local and legendary entertainment shenanigans to get into for your Valentine’s weekend right about…now. 

Philly Theatre Week What do Bristol Riverside Theatre‘s ‘On Golden Pond,” Bucks County Playhouse‘s ‘Buddy:The Buddy Holly Story,’ Philadelphia Theatre Company‘s “Bridges of Madison County’ and Philly Improv Theatre‘s ‘Thank You, Places’ all have in common? Besides each of them being fabulous shows and incredible local entertainment venues, they’re just a tiny-yet-gigantic part of Philly Theatre Week, which is happening right this very second through this Sunday, Feb 17th! With 81 organizations hosting 100 events and over 315 (!!) performances, this is a can’t miss arts festival for the local arts (support ’em) lover in every single one of us. But perhaps the most splendid part of it all? Tickets for each show and event are all (emphasis on all) specially priced at three very accessible levels of free, $15 or $30! Okay, now we’re all ready. So, to grab as many tickets as you possibly can for this truly spectacular event (plus see the full festival layout!!), check all of this out right here, right now…and then go and get your local theater life on..you’ll certainly be glad you did.

74 Seconds….To Judgement/Arden Theatre Company There’s shows, and then there’s...this show.. a poignant, powerful story about a jury of 6 who have been in pure deadlock for a week straight as they undoubtably struggle to decide what is ‘justifiable homicide’ in a headline grabbing murder trial. As relevant as it is pure pearl clutching (and big shout out to red-hot Philly playwright Kash Goins as well), it’s a must see for ALL of us in these divided times. It’s taken over The Arden now until March 10th, and now it’s undoubtedly time to let this gripping show take over your life…right now. Seriously..go see it (and meet one of the show’s leading ladies, Ms. Kala Moses Baxter, right here!) you won’t be disappointed…go. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke Hey, Philly karaoke lovers…the time has come..for all of us to belt out the hits for our window shattering lives! All you have to do is join the most fabulous Sara Sherr and her Sing Your Life Karaoke collection at any…or all…..of these phabulous Philly locations listed below…..and then get ready to sing as if your name is Barbra…it’s not, but try those vocals out anyway….it’s just that simple. Let’s crack some vases. Sun/9-2@Bob & Barbara’s……Tues/9-2@12 Steps Down……Thursday/9-2 @Milkboy Philly South St…Fri/9-1@Southhouse….Saturday/9-145@ Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap

Boyz 11 Men/The Met Tonight…….Philly’s very own legendary baby makin’ crooners are taking over The Met with their bedroom ready love makin’ rhythms and sensual serenades. Do we really need to say anything else here? Get those last remaining tickets..and you better believe it’s time to start rehearsing your Stephanie Tanner inspired “motownphilly” choreography and get it down, to a “T.” Right, Michelle and everyone in the tr-state area who’s so ready for all of this tonight? Always. Let’s get down on bended knees for the Boyz…because they’re comin.’ (8 pm

Erykah Badu/Busta Rhymes/Boardwalk Hall While we could go on & on about how these two music legends are going to pulverize the Jersey Shore tonight, we just have to put our fingers where they can click to get…those…tickets. And when it comes to this called late ’90s hip hop and R&B life…may be always try to make it with three dollars and six times. Go. (8 pm

Kim Waters/South Jazz Club While this weekend is indeed all about the lovahs and gettin’ in betwixt ‘dem sheets, it’s also about the grown-and-sexy smooth music lovers and having a sax-ed up good time, which is what the incredible saxophonist Kim Waters will be serving out when he blows out South Jazz Club tonight (and tomorrow night!) for your Valentine’s weekend pleasure….and that it certainly will be. Let’s get sax-y. (7 pm

DJ Chris Urban First, spill some tea with this superstar Philly DJ right here, then dance the night away alongside of him at L’Etage tonight(10 pm), and for your hangover pleasure on Sunday-into-Monday! at Positano Coast(12 pm). Ready? Because Mr. Urban will be. And away..we slay. 

The Eric Jaffe Show/Tavern on Camac The time has come…..for Mr. Jaffe to make us gag with another fabulous lewk during another round of his monthly show at Tavern on Camac. But besides the gagging and yaas-ing that will most definitely be occuring when you see..all of it, he’s bringing the incredible and dazzling cast of Jakeya, Kareem Anthony, Katie Mae, Hannah Parke and Joey Gallagher along for the local talent love ride…and what a ride it shall be to properly kick off your love-filled weekend. And then of course, afterwards we dance, bish! Ding! (730 pm

Sunday Tea:Philly’s Queer Day Party/Midtown  If you’re more obsessed than Mariah with this whole love thang (really, who isn’t?), then you’re going to want to dive right into this most fabulous Sunday Funday soiree. Tomorrow, shake your groove thing over to The Midtown(formerly Penn 6) for an all-inclusive (meaning..you) LGBTQ dance party where not only the endless supply of bubbly will make you feel like Ari in the “7 Rings” video, but the vibes will just be full of this love stuff..which is the best part of it all. So, get over your shit and head over to The Midtown tomorrow for a gay ol’ time.…we ALL deserve it. (3 pm-7 pm

Not Your Basic Brunch/Fresh Brunch of PA/Tradesman’s Now here’s a little throwback story of how NYBB is going to serve it out for your holiday weekend. Tomorrow, join DJ’s Ernesto Di Siro, Menace Cartel and Salvatore Carollo as they’ll no doubt be throwin’ down tons of phat beats to go with those bubbles. So, put on your best ’90s attire, grab both Aunt Viv’s and the rest of your Sunday Funday gang and get ready to live your freshest life on the floor…because there simply is no other way. (2 pm-8 pm

Two Friends/NOTO  First, press play on latest these shiny beat bros’ latest feel good fire “Take it Off” below. Then go see if they’ll make you take it all off when they take over the NOTO main stage for what will most likely be the start of your holiday Monday hangover. Let’s par-tay for the Prez’s, shall we? Always. 

Also for your life lovin’ self on…..

Saturday/February 16th 

A Story of Tenors@Walnut Street Theatre(through March 15th)…….Lots of fabulous dancing @Woody’s, Tavern on Camac, X Bar and Voyeur(10 pm, Gayborhood)……..Action Bronson@Franklin Music Hall(830 pm)………Dorothy@TLA(8 pm)……….Laidback Luke@Ocean Resort Casino(10 pm)……..Daughters@Union Transfer(830 pm)

Sunday/February 17th 

Robert DeLong@The Fillmore(8 pm)………..Survivor Sundays:Drag Queen Brunch @Mad Rex(11 am)……..Showtunes Sundays@Tavern on Camac(9 pm)………The Thrifty Disco w/Manik, del & Rana Ransom @Philly Aids Thrift(10 pm)……….Marvel:A Murder Mystery@Evil Genius Beer Company(6 pm)……..Mike Stud@TLA(10 pm).

For an endless cupboard’s worth of local and legendary entertainment truth, shatter a mug or twelve right here and here with Philly Mixtape

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Forgot About Friday/Stella Soleil

“You don’t have to act like a star
Tryin’ moves in the back your car
Don’t you know that we can go far
‘Cause tonight you gonna get my…” 

Smooch, smooch! 

Observed life lessons by delightfully cray diva Stella Soleil from her 2001 (sort of) hit single, “Kiss, Kiss,” where ever her waaay forgotten about music sass lies these days. 

Now, here’s a true Forgot About Friday for you…and just in time for Valentine’s Day! Pucker up! 

Greek-American pop diva Ms. Stella Soleil (real name…Stella Katsoudas, also goes by the moniker, Sister Soleil)took an early interest in high-powered beats and sauce-y rhythms (and Nine Inch Nails!) while getting her music groove on in Chicago during the late ’90s. Of course, the smoochin‘ chanteuese’s one-of-a-kind vocals gained everyone’s attention very quickly, so she spent time recording demos while also studying professional dance in both New York and Los Angeles. 

And if you remember the Hype Williams(!!) directed “Kiss Kiss,” you know this gal’s got those moves. 

Stella’s big break came after a sold out performance at Chicago’s Metro club in 1998, and from that shining spotlight, Universal signed the spunky songstress as Sister Soleifor her 1998 debut record, Soularium. Lead single “Torch” was a moderate hit, but it was the lip gloss worthy anthem “Kiss Kiss” that we all puckered up to three years later with follow-up record, Dirty Little Secret

The Middle Eastern inspired (and, like, really fun!) pop groove danced across global music charts across the globe, reaching the top 20 in many countries and inside the top 40 on the Bilboard Hot 100. And after, well, all FAF truth, Ms. Stella and her funky was gently placed into the world one-hit wonder category and never heard from again. 

Actually, wait, that’s not true. While she didn’t release a follow-up record, the Chap Stick rockin’ songstress still plays shows under her Sister Soleil stage name where she is no doubt still makin’ all of us men put in that work for a kiss, kiss.

Thank you, Ms. Stella Soleil, for not just a delicious music memory, but for one lip smackin‘ pop gem of a tune…and we shall never forget it. 

For more smooched up music memories like this and so much more, get that lip gloss poppin’ and pucker up to Philly Mixtape right here and here

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