Philly Weekly Entertainment Groove

Let’s weekday and be jolly because there is lots to do this week and beyond.

Did someone say The Color Purple is in town? Yes. 

Let’s go. 

There’s the always lit Christmas Village (1501 JFK Blvd.) which is delightfully surrounded by ice-skating at City Hall (through February 25th) tons of locally made snacks and goodies, local-made Philly Holiday Gift Show (there’s an ugly Christmas sweater store that you must go to), magnificent carousel, a grand 50 foot tall Christmas tree, but most importantly…lots of fun for every one of all ages…including you!

The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is also in full skate at (101) Columbus Blvd through March 4th, and with grub served up from Garces Group and Chickie’s and Pete’s as well as spectacular views of the Ben Franklin Bridge and beyond, it’s sure to warm your holiday spirit all season long! Go here for more ho, ho, ho action.

Not that the beloved Philly holiday tradition of the Macy’s Christmas Light Show needs any introduction since you’ve seen it forty times already, but for those who haven’t, the stunning lights are now warming your holiday spirit right oh, so high atop the Grand Atrium at Macy’s Center City (1300 Market St.) through December 31st beginning from 10 a.m to 8 p.m every two hours! Let’s twinkle. 

Franklin Square Holiday Festival A fabulous mix of lighted Philadelphia history and simply stunning light show, this beloved Philly tradition (200 N. 6th St.) is sure to illuminate ya life all holiday season long. The Electrical Spectacle Light Show hosts free shows every 30 minutes between 4 and 8 p.m. on week nights and 4 and 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. And with 50,000 gleaming lights set on top of a blissful music background with one composition featuring an illuminated kite and key, this is one holiday event that even Mr. Benjamin Franklin himself would approve of. Bring the kids and don’t miss it!  

A Philly POPS Christmas Merry up for a simply magical evening of pure holiday bliss as Maestro Michael Krajewski takes the reigns to lead the acclaimed POPS for a delightfully festive show featuring vocalist Justin Hopkins, the Philadelphia Boys Choir, the Philly POPS Festival Chorus and the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Gospel Choir. But perhaps the best of it all this year? There’s a POPS style holiday tribute of How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Get those tickets. Dec 2nd-19th/Kimmel Center/300 S. Broad St.Various dates and showtimes

Pennsylvania Ballet presents The Nutcracker Imagine a Philly holiday season without the PA Ballet’s stunning presentation of  George Balanchine’s legendary entertainment creation? Actually, no, we don’t want to, we just need to grab those tickets because like the holidays themselves, this beloved entertainment affair will be dancing away soon, so don’t miss out and go right here for more holiday tip-toe action. Tonight-December 31st/The Academy of Music/various ticket prices and showtimes/240 S. Broad St.

The Color Purple  It looks like we’ve been very good boys and girls this year because we’re getting a true entertainment gift  (and 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Revival!) when The Color Purple takes over (and that it will) the Forrest Theatre this week for a very special limited engagement. Besides being blessed with an all-star cast (go here to get know all of this talent), the show also stars the incredibly talented Adrianna Hicks, who’s gaining critical acclaim for her bold and stunning portrayal of show heroine, Celie. And guess what? The incredibly lovely Ms. Hicks will be stopping by the Philly Mixtape tea table this week to spill about it all, but before she graces us with her electrifying presence, there’s one thing you must do…get those tickets because this is one spectacular night out to that you absolutely should not miss this week…or ever. Tuesday/Dec 12th-Sunday, Dec 17th/Forrest Theatre/Various showtimes and ticket prices/1114 Walnut St. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke w/ Sara Sherr Looking to slay your favorite karaoke grooves all holiday season long? Well, you’re in luck because chances are the always musically gift-wrapped Ms. Sherr has everything you need for your song butchering/slaying pleasure at any one of these fab Philly locations listed below! Happy holidaze! Sun, 9-2 Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street Tues, 9-2 12 Steps Down, 9th and Christian Thurs, 10-2 W/N W/N 931 Spring Garden, Fri, 9-1 Southhouse, 2535 S. 13th St. Saturday, 9-1:45 Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap,1301 E Susquehanna Ave

ANNIE For the love of all things Sandy and “Tomorrow,” there’s simply no denying that it’s been a hard knock year for all of us, so what better way to treat the whole family and go see this forever cherished Broadway musical while it’s in town through the Philly holiday season! There’s really nothing else to say here except that Daddy Warbucks, Ms. Hannigan and everyone’s favorite ginger curled cute, Ms. Annie, will be waiting for you! Tonight-Jan 7th, 2018/Walnut Street Theatre/Various ticket prices & showtimes/825 Walnut St.

Full Front Street   If you think there’s no time left to get your Philly Burlesque fix on before 2017 comes to an end, that’s absolutely not the case as the always yas HoneyTree Evil Eye as well as the stunning Mora Love, the voluptuous Connor Michalchuk and the red-hot Fleur de Soleil (who’s making her FFS debut!) are more than ready to make all of your tassel twirlin’ dreams come true tonight. Every Monday/9 pm/Victoria Freehouse/10 S. Front St. 

Cloud Nine Your hump day is about to get lit like a fireplace this week because DJs Brando Calrissian and Michael Mythix are about to bring the beats and the heat to Tavern on Camac this week just in time to make your holidays oh so Mary and gay. Let’s f@#king dance, shall we? Yas.  Wednesday/9 pm/Tavern on Camac/243 S. Camac St.

Lip Smackers  Since pretty much every track from the late ’90s/early ’00s still rules, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t shimmy over to Tabu this Thursday night and let DJs Mike Shaffer and Javascript put in that millennium werk for you on the floor for this special dance party celebrating those good ol’ TRL-worthy times.  Thursday/Tabu/9 pm/200 South 12th St. 

Fantasia:Christmas After Midnight Yes, that Fantasia of American Idol and The Color Purple fame (perfect timing, eh?) is about to sleigh our holiday lives with what’s sure to be a stunning stop at The Fillmore this Thursday night. Grab those tickets. Thursday/8 pm/The Fillmore/29 E. Allen St. 

Also on the local and legendary entertainment decks for your…….

Monday/December 11th 

John Doe@Boot&Saddle(830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)…………Vesperteen @Voltage Lounge(730 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)…………Dylan Jane and The Clavacles(8 pm, 705 N. 2nd St.)…………..Girl Germs@Johnny Brenda’s Downstairs(8 pm, 1201 N. Frankford Ave)……….Laughs On Philly@Ortlieb‘s(7 pm, 847 N. 3rd St.) 

Tuesday/December 12th 

Angel Olsen @Union Transfer(830 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St., and Wednesday, too!)……………The White Buffalo@The Foundry(8 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)…………….Rolo Tomassi@Voltage Lounge(7 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)…………West Philadelphia Orchestra@Franky Bradley’s(9 pm, 1320 Chancellor St.)…………Sole Pursuit@The Fire(9 pm, 412 W. Girard Avenue) 

Wednesday/December 13th 

Jason Vieaux@World Cafe Live(730 pm, 3025 Walnut St.)…………Rondi Charleston@South(7 pm, 600 N. Broad St.)………..Buffy @The Dolphin Tavern(10 pm, 1539 S. Broad St.)…………Droopies@Kung Fu Necktie(8 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)…………Stab&Grab@Kung Fu Necktie(10 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)………Rich People/Year of the Knife@The Pharmacy(6 pm, 1300 S. 18th St.) 

Thursday/December 14th 

The Dear Hunter @Union Transfer(8 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)………..Neil Hamburger@Johnny Brenda’s(730 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)………Ryan Kinder@The Foundry(8 pm, 1000 Frankford Ave)………..Vincent Ingala@South(7 pm, 600 N. Broad St.)………..Betty Iron Thums@The Barbary(745 pm, 951 Frankford Ave)………..The Stolen@Voltage Lounge(630 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)……….Snaggletooth@Kung Fu Necktie Upstairs(9 pm, 1250 N. Front St.)….Christian Smith@Rumor(11pm, 1500 Sansom St.)

Friday/December 15th 

Michael Bolton@Sugarhouse Casino(9 pm, 1000 Frankford Ave)………..Municipal Waste@The Trocadero(7 pm, 10003 Arch St.)………Trophy Eyes/Free Throw@The Fillmore(6 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)…………Ofenbach@Coda(8 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)……….The Dan Band@TLA(8 pm, 334 South St.)……Two Friends@NOTO(10 pm, 1209 Vine St.)……….Owel@Voltage Lounge(730 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)……….Muscle Tough@Johnny Brenda’s(9 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave) 










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