Weekly Entertainment Groove

Now that we’re getting a touch deeper and deeper like Madge into December…….

….calm down! 

Stop stressin’ because there’s still lots (and lots!!) to do before the big guy slides down the chimney, like…..

The Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House The rumors are true…..he does exist! But besides that holiday magic….yes, the Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House (aka..The Met) has finally opened its grand doors to the public! While indeed we could go on and on about the building’s extravagant construction process and just what a spectacular entertainment beacon it now truly will be for everyone ((click right here for all of the tea on the big D’s), let’s spill about who else is stopping by for the grand opening celebrations. Of course, as you know, John Legend and Bob Dylan stopped by last week, and you’ve also got Jekalyn Karr (tonight!), Weezer (Wednesday), Ween(Thursday), Pentatonix (Sat & Sun)James Bay, Massive Attack, Madea (yes, that Madea), Mariah, the acclaimed cast of Schitt’s Creek(!!!!!), Trevor Noah, Meek Mill and Bill & Hillary Clinton..perhaps you’ve heard of….all 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 for it all. 

The Grinch  Move over, Mariah?? Because 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 ( a little over $200 million ain’t bad), but he’s looking to steal your heart this Philly holiday season! For ten enchanted nights kicking off next Wednesday, December 19th through 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 when you click right here!

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker It’s official, the magnificent curtain at the Kimmel Center’s Academy of Music has officially risen to the holiday tune of the Pennsylvania Ballet’s always glorious take on The Nutcracker! Which of course means the Philly holiday season is officially in full, festive swing! And now the question is…did you get your tickets to those glorious seats yet? If not, tip-toe to the box office and get them now! And for much more tea on this year’s enchanting production, dance your way right over here. (Tonight through Monday, December 31st) 

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 and talent! So, waste no time in getting those tickets, plus the Pops are currently joined this season by Hamilton:An American Musical‘s star Mandy Gonzalez, so you already know this year’s Pops-stravaganza is going to be extra merry and bright. Shows are going on right now and run through Sat, Dec 22nd…get those tickets!

Charlotte’s Web/Arden Theatre Company Now, what could be better than an ultra-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 jaw dropping talent! The show runs through January 27th and tickets are going fast, but don’t panic because you can get them right here, right now! 

Matilda:The Musical/Walnut Street Theatre  It’s official…no one in Philly is going to be able to escape the magic of everyone’s beloved children’s books this holiday season…but then again, why would we want to?! Yes, another one of our faves from bedtime has come to life, only this time on the Walnut Street Theatre stage right in the heart of Philly’s Washington Square area. So, grab the kids (don’t forget about 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)

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   

That Show! A Comedy Cabaret  What happens when you combine standup, sketch comedy, musical numbers and improv, and put all of those elements in one delightfully cray cabaret show? Well, you forget all of your f@#king troubles, of course! This Wednesday night, don’t even think about it and head straight upstairs at Franky Bradley‘s where your lovely and quite hilarious hosts, Christa D’Agger and Nick Reeves, where they’ll no doubt like Gwen be primed and ready to give you an evening of local entertainment you’ll never forget. Sound good? Yes. So, get those tickets right here and then..go.(830 pm

The Aunt Mary Pat Live! Holiday Experience/Tabu   You know what they say…ain’t no holiday party like an AMP holiday party because this bitch doesn’t know how to stop…but then again, why would we ever want her to? If you’re looking to revel in some holiday cheers and jeers (because we’re all goin’ through it right now, hon), chug that six-pack of Zima and head over to Tabu this Thursday night where the always ready Aunt Mary Pat DiSabatino will be waiting for you with jinglin’ balls and a red nose on. Of course, lots of other surprises will ensue(like a visit from AMP’s asshole doorter, Kelly, perhaps?), so don’t you be an asshole and get those if they’re not already sold out. And, yes, Santa and Aunt Mary Pat are both watchin to make sure you go. (Thursday/7 pm

One More Time:A Tribute to Daft Punk/NOTO  Does this one really need an explanation? Even your Mom has tickets and is ready to “Get Lucky” and tear up the floor to this event all night long. Are you? If not, put your shiny DP helmet on and go right here.  (Thursday/10 pm

LiPSMACKeRS Holiday Edition/Tabu Since we all know what happens on the floor when you take candy cane coated holiday hits by Mariah, Hillary, Britney, Wham! and of course, Ms. Whitney, there’s no reason for you not to go and twirl it out at Tabu this Fri-sleigh night. No further statements…just lots and lots of dancing and prancing while we put in werk for Santa. (Friday/9 pm) 

Midnight Madness:The Rocky Horror Picture Show/Landmark Ritz Movie Theatre You know what they say….’tis the season to do the “Time Warp” again and again. Get those tickets right here while you still can. (Friday/11:59

And also 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!! and pop up holiday bar, Tinsel! , which is featuring….wait for it….snow globe cocktails this year! Yes. 

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 under the local and legendary entertainment tree for your……

Monday/December 10th 

Martha Graham Cracker@L’Etage(7 pm)……….Christmas Cheer w/DJ Robert Drake@Tinsel(5 pm)…..Die Hard:A Very Special Christmas Time Reading@Tattooed Mom(7 pm)……..Tender Beats @Kung Fu Necktie(8 pm)……….Girl Germs @Johnny Brenda’s Downstairs(8 pm)………Alan Scardapane@Bourbon & Branch(8 pm)…….

Tuesday/December 11th 

Dave Matthews Band@Wells Fargo Center(8 pm)………lil skies@The Fillmore(8 pm)………Every Time I Die@Union Transfer(6 pm)…….West Philadelphia Orchestra@Franky Bradley’s(9 pm)………Bad Santa@The Balcony Bar @The Trocadero(8 pm)

Wednesday/December 12th 

In Flames@TLA(8 pm)………..Jon McLaughlin@World Cafe Live(8 pm)………Magglezzz@The Dolphin Tavern(10 pm)……..Justin Faulkner@South Jazz Club(7 pm)………Det Card Sid@Bourbon & Branch(8 pm)………Haha Charade@The Fire(8 pm)

Thursday/December 13th  

Anything But a Holiday Show @L’Etage(8 pm)……..Eve 6 @The Foundry(8 pm)………..Manchester Orchestra @The Fillmore(Wednesday, too!730 pm)…………DeVotchaKa@Underground Arts(9 pm)……….Ryler Walker@Boot & Saddle(830 pm)…….Erin Costelo@Bourbon & Branch(8 pm)……..Midnight North@Milkboy Philly(8 pm)……….Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela@Tattooed Mom(7 pm)…….Drip-Fed@The Fire(8 pm) 

Friday/Dec 14th 

Lots of fabulous dancing @ Woody’s, Tavern on Camac, Tabu, Voyeur and Franky Bradley’s (10 pm,. Gayborhood)…….Ingrid Michaelson @KeswickTheatre(7 pm)……..Phosphorescent @TLA(9 pm)………..Ozuna@Liacouras Center(8 pm)………Devil Drag @Tabu(930 pm)……….The Noid/Trigger 13@The Tusk(7 pm)………RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars Viewing Party @Boxers PHL(730 pm)………Keely Siblia/Gracie and the Not So Beautifuls @The Wilma(8 pm)……..Young Boy Never Broke Again@The Fillmore(8 pm)……….Darlingside@Union Transfer(7 pm)……..BURNS@NOTO(10 pm)………..Chus & Ceballos@Ocean Resort Casino(10 pm)

For much more December shenanigans in-and-around the town, check out uwishunuVisitPhilly, and of course, Philly Mixtape

Cover photo courtesy of that Philly holiday life, though…..





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