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Weekly Entertainment Groove

Never mind fighting for that parking space at the mall or trying to figure out just what to get that bratty kid on your list….

….the Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House is now open for all of our local and legendary entertainment business! 

Plus, we’ve also got to figure out just how we’re going to do everything else on this week’s list…there’s only way one to find out….guide that sleigh into it all. 

Go. 

The Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House  Yes, the rumors are true…..there’s only twenty-two shopping days left until Christmas! Eeek! But besides that drama….yes, the Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House (aka..The Met) is opening its doors tonight, with the one, the only, Mr. Bob Dylan being the one to christen the brand spankin’ new Philly venue. While we could go on and on about the building’s long construction process and just what a spectacular entertainment beacon it now truly will be (go right here for all of the tea on the big D’s), let’s just see who else is stopping by for the grand opening celebrations…John Legend (tomorrow!), Mariah, the acclaimed cast of Schitt’s Creek(!!!!!), Trevor Noah, Meek Mill and Bill & Hillary Clinton..perhaps you’ve heard of them? But what it really comes down to is…The Met is now open for business in taking all of your hard earned green for those tickets…and we simply can’t wait. 

The Grinch  Move over, Mariah?? Yes, it looks like there’s a new(ish) holiday champion this year. Not only is the beloved “tiny-hearted” titular character of Dr. Seuss’ magical holiday story taking, err, earning lots of green at the movie box office, but he’s looking to steal your heart this Philly holiday season! For ten enchanted nights (Dec 19th-Dec 29th) the traveling national production of ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas‘ is taking over the Merriam Theater! So, never mind stressing about what gift to surprise the whole entire family with, because it’s right here…and it’s a guarantee that they’ll love ya forever! But, like the last can of Who Hash, those tickets will fly away quickly, so don’t you be a Grinch in waiting too long to bag them up right here!

Matilda:The Musical/Walnut Street Theatre  It’s official…no one in Philly is going to be able to escape the cherished legacy of Roald Dahl this holiday season…but then again, why would you want to? Yes, another one of the cherished author’s beloved stories has just come to life (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory just ended its two-week run last month), this time on the Walnut Street Theatre stage…all the way through January! So, grab the kids (and grandma, too!) and grab your tickets to once again revel in all of the magical shenanigans that lil’ Ms. Matilda and her classmates will be up to…and chances are, you’ll absolutely live for every moment of it. Fly away right here for much more info. Now-Sunday, January 6th 

Charlotte’s Web Now, what could be better than a talented cast of teens taking the stage for a fabulous adaptation of everyone’s favorite children’s book? Maybe if puppies and kittens were doing it, but since we know that can’t happen (maybe?), this is the absolute next greatest thing. So, get those tickets and head on over to The Arden Theatre Company (right in the glory of Old City) to get your holiday season started off in the most spectacular way possible. Plus, wait until you see Ms. Charlotte (the amazing, Anaya Strutz) in all of her Cirque-inspired action. The show runs through January 27th and tickets are going fast, but don’t panic because you can get them right here, right now! 

A Philly Pops Christmas/Verizon Hall @Kimmel Center Get ready….because the Pops are back! And without a doubt, it’s the one thing you must do this season before any festivities begin as it’s a beloved tradition that just exemplifies the true meaning of the holidays…incredible music! So, waste no time in getting those tickets, plus the Pops will be joined this season by Hamilton:An American Musical‘s star Mandy Gonzalez, so you already know this year’s holiday-stravaganza is going to be extra merry and bright. Shows are going on right now and run through Sat, Dec 22nd…get those tickets! 

Sing Your Life Karaoke  Whether during the hustle-and-bustle of your week or the slay of your weekend, the always lovely Ms. Sara Sherr (treat her right this holiday season, kids) has got your vocal chords covered like a light snow on the ground thanks to her always on-point Sing Your Life Karaoke collection. And as always, it’ll be rightfully serving Philly at each of these fabulous locations listed below all holiday season long. Ready, set, sang and be merry! Sun/9-2 Bob and Barbara’s, Tues/9-2 12 Steps Down Thurs/9-2/Milkboy South Street Fri/9-1 Southhouse Saturday/9-1:45 Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap   

SLEIGH/Valanni Social Get ready to sleigh like you have never slayed before, kids, kweens, guys and gurrrls. Yes, Valanni Social’s annual Toys for Tots fundraiser is making its grand return this Thursday night (you betta bring that one unwrapped toy for the kids)and this year, it’s looking to be extra merry and oh, so, gay! Perhaps it’s also lookin’ to add a pinch of delightful cray-ziness, too, as reigning Delco goddess, Aunt Mary Pat, will be your hostess for the evening! All while special guests, Elf-on-a-Shelf(aka..Ms. Bev) and Mr Alexander John, whom will be serving…it all, will be stopping by to add to the fun. So, come one, come all and bring those holiday flavored vibes….it’s really just that simple. Sounds, fabulous, right? Go…and get those tickets right here. (Thursday/9 pm-2 am

Bob & Barbara’s Thursdays Because we must always pay our respects to Philadelphia’s longest running drag show, especially when local goddesses Donna Ria, Sandy Beach and Hennestacia Beach are at the helm this week. And you betta tip a hard-working queen and always show your Brotherly and Sisterly love to your gracious host, Ms. Lisa Lisa. The fun kicks off every Thursday at 9 pm….you know the place. 

Mumford & Sons/Wells Fargo Center You know what they say…it’s not a hoedown unless it’s a Mumford style holiday hoedown, so giddy on up right here for those tickets while you still can. Plus, there’s a guarantee that you’ll really make someone’s day if you give them the Mumford experience as an early Christmas present. (Friday/730 pm

And for your 2018 holiday pleasure……

…….the Philly Christmas Village is back with a giant gift….literally. This year, the beloved Philly tradition returns to a newly renovated LOVE Park (and a big ol’, lit up present right in the middle-of-it-all!) for its 11th season to put us all in the mood for the upcoming delightful madness of the holiday season….yes. Today through Monday, December 24th, be on the lookout for all of the usual holiday sights, sounds, creations, treats, and of course, lots of eats! Happy holidaze, Philly! Go right here for much more Philly holiday tea.….and don’t forget about the ice skating in front of City Hall!! 

Oh, yes, there’s just one more glistening thing we must mention…..and as usual, it’s superb for all of us kids one-to-ninety-two…..the Macy’s Christmas Light Show has also made its grand return! All you and the phamily have to do is show up at the Grand Court atrium at Macy’s Center City (look for the big ol’ Wannamaker Organ) kicking off at 10 a.m. every two hours until 8 pm through Monday, December 31st! It’s just that easy to get lost in the lights and the magic of the 2018 holiday season. For much more hot and piping Macy’s tea (wait until you see this year’s third floor theme), check your bags right here. 

Also on the local and legendary holiday entertainment tree for your….

Monday/December 3rd  

Chanukah@Boathouse Row(6 pm)……..Spotlight Cabaret@The Drake Theatre(7 pm)………Arlie@Johnny Brenda’s(8 pm)…………Plattenbau@Kung Fu Necktie(9 pm)………The Philadelphia Moth Storyslam @World Cafe Live(730 pm)……..Trivia w/Chris Balbi@Boxers PhL 

Tuesday/December 4th    

Cloud Nothings @ Union Transfer(730 pm)……….Dayne Jordan@Bourbon & Branch(8 pm)……..West Philadelphia Orchestra@Franky Bradley’s(9 pm)………Ted Bowne@The Foundry(8 pm)……….Parker Gispert@Boot & Saddle(8 pm)……….Mum’s the Word @Kung Fu Necktie(8 pm)…….Eric Rachmany@The Fillmore……Penn Club Holiday Party@City Tap House Logan Square(630 pm)……….

Wednesday/December 5th 

Donny & Marie Holiday Tour @Sands Bethlehem Entertainment Center(7 pm)………(Sold out!!) Q102 Jingle Ball @Wells Fargo Center(7 pm)……….mewithoutyou@TLA(8 pm)……….Wild Child@Union Transfer(8 pm)…………….Marissa Nadler@Boot & Saddle(730 pm)……..Helena Deland@Johnny Brenda’s(8 pm)………Dentana@The Dolphin Tavern(10 pm)……..

Thursday/December 6th  

QOTA Under the Trees@East Passyunk Avenue(6 pm)……….Johnny Showcase @Franky Bradley’s(9 pm)………Paula’s Drag Kitchen @L’Etage(8 pm)………..Nicky Romero@NOTO(midnight)…………Amber Run@The Foundry(8 pm)…………Rick Springfiekd@Xcite Center@Parx Casino(7 pm)………Blackberry Smoke@The Fillmore(730 pm)……..Polo & Pan @Union Transfer(830 pm)……..Exmag@Milkboy Philly(8 pm)……..Donald Robinson@South Jazz Club(7 pm)…….Siv Disa@Bourbon & Branch(8 pm)……..

Friday/December 7th 

Lots of fabulous dancing @Woody’s, Tavern on Camac, Tabu and Voyeur(10 pm, Gayborhood)……….RuPauls’s Drag Race Holi-slay Spectacular@Boxers PHL(8 pm)…..Jazz at the Library Bar@Rittennhouse Hotel(930 pm)…….Rhythm of the Night @The Dolphin Tavern(10 pm)………Rufus Wainwright@Keswick Theatre(8 pm)……Jewel@Sands Bethlehem Entertainment Center(8 pm)……..Bangarang @Liason Room(10 pm)……..Old 97’s @TLA(9 pm)………..The Ballroom Thieves@Johnny Brenda’s(7 pm)………4B@NOTO(10 pm)………Marah@Underground Arts(9 pm)……….Cave@Kung Fu Necktie(730 pm)

 

Cover photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House 

 

 

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