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Weekend Entertainment Groove

Take a pause from watching the world-shattering new Ariana Grande video, “7 Rings” for a moment (but, please…carry on as much as you want after) as…….

Carole King, Cash Cash, R3hab, Charlotte’s Web, Romeo +Juliet, Jesse McCartney, Mr. Eric Jaffe, Sing Your Life Karaoke, City Girls, tons of block rockin’ beats and a fierce flock of some of Philly’s finest drag queens are aiming to heat things up before that frost bite hits us all this upcoming Martin Luther King Monday. 

Let’s be proud and please…party responsibly. Go. 

Beautiful:The Carole King Musical/Academy of Music Oh, the days when the legendary Carole King’s Billboard chart defying 1971 record, Tapestryruled the world. Oh, wait, it all certainly still most does. In fact, you can ask anyone who’s witnessed any of the performances from the glorious two-week run of the Tony Award snatching musical and they’ll tell you that the preceding statement is absolutely true. And you, too, can experience the magic that will forever be laced in this heart warming show as this weekend kicks off the final weekend of stellar performances at the Academy of MusicWe could say much more here, but chances are, you got “I Feel the Earth Move” stuck in your head the second you saw the name Carole King and got your tickets five minutes ago. And if you haven’t..go..your 2019 self will thank you very, very much. (Today-Sunday, January 20th)

Sing Your Life Karaoke  New year, new you? Well, take your newly reinvented self over to any of these phabulous Philly locations listed below where the always lovely Sara Sherr will be waiting for you with her always warming Sing Your Life Karaoke collection. There’s really nothing left to do now but sing, sing, saaang it out all year long! C’mon, you know you want to. 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

Charlotte’s Web/Arden Theatre Company The rumors are true….the Arden’s critically acclaimed production of E.B. White‘s still delightful children’s book has been extended through Sunday, February 3rd! But since we’re (somehow) already past the middle of January, that date will be here soon, so don’t waste any time in you and the whole family grabbing those tickets! Plus, you’ll be able to see what else the Arden has in store for 2019 (like the just started 74 Seconds to Judgement) and it’s a guarantee that its a whole lot of everything and more that you’ll absolutely love. Enjoy the shows! 

Romeo + Juliet/The Wilma Theatre  Romeo, oh, Romeo…have you checked out the fine actor who’s playing Romeo in Shakespeare’s classic love tragedy during its run at the Wilma. His name is Matteo Scammel and he’s ridiculously talented and handsome. And, the fine young actress who’s playing Juliet? Her name is Taysha Marie Canales and together, they’re double the reason to grab those tickets and click right here to dive into every this truly one-of-a-kind retelling has to offer. In the name of Claire and Leo, what are you waiting for? Go. (Tonight-February 9th

The Eric Jaffe Show/Tavern on Camac  It’s January now, so you know there’s at least a dozen 2019 balloon lewks on the way because he’s baaaack. Just go to Tavern on Camac tonight and see for yourself! But first, go here for all of the dish and all of the tea on tonight’s event and this tremendous local talent. And as forever and always…no cover, bish! (730 pm

Nitty Gritty:6 Year Anniversary Party/Tabu   Grab those dancing shoes and get ready to clutch your pearls because it’s already been 6 (!!) years since (hey) Mr. DJ David Atlas served the City of Brotherly Love with the first ever Nitty Gritty music affair. Of course, to celebrate he’s throwing a big ass party at Tabu for your Saturday night! And with an eclectic floor mix of ’50s, ’60s, Motown and more, you’re no doubt going to be twistin’ and shoutin’ under the disco ball all night long. Ready, set, be there. (10 pm )

Jesse McCartney/The Fillmore Still siiiiigh as f@#k after all of these years. Get those tickets, and of course, Summerland and “Beautiful Soul” 4 Lyfe. (Tonight/8 pm)

Cash Cash/Franklin Music Hall We’re just a couple of hours away from this New Jersey based trio’s ownership of FMC tonight, which means it’s time to get those fists ready to pump, those feet ready to jump, and of course, live it up like it’s our motha f$$kin’ birthday everyday. And this Katy Perry remix, tho..life.  Get those tickets.  (830 pm

R3hab/Haven Nightclub AC Although it’s about to be mighty frosty out there later in the holiday weekend, international beat maestro R3hab is looking to heat things up when he takes over the Jersey Shore tonight. So, stop thinking about that dreaded forecast and hit the floor like #summerscomin….because the heat is certainly real when this superstar DJ is rewerkin’ us. (10 pm

Bounce Sunday Funday Atlantic City Pop-Up/HQ2AC Beachclub After R3hab is done givin’ it to ya, go back to your room, rest for twenty minutes…then get ready to do it all over again! Yes, Kings and Queens of Brunch, Philly & NYC’s “Not Your Basic” Brunch has teamed with HQ2ACfor a par-tay that’s guaranteed to put the “Funday” in your “Sunday!” Oh, and DJ Ernesto, DJ Ghost and DJ Big Ben will be on the tables serving out those beats to match perfectly with all of that bubbly that will be flowin’ around the floor. And like the event’s page-on-the -‘Book states–“No work Monday, so NO excuses!” So, there’s really nothing else to say except see you there, kids! 

Drag & Dine/Front Street Cafe In the mood for a delectable dish while getting entertained by even more delectable servings of Philly drag life? Then you must strut-like-Sheena over to Liaison Room at Front Street Cafe this Sunday night for a fancy dinner show filled with stunning looks and performances by some of Philadelphia‘s most fiercest drag queens! For much more info, sashay over to the official event page–and menu!!–right here and these lovely gals will see you tomorrow night! (Entry/6 pm/Show/7 pm

City Girls/NOTO  First, watch the Girls hot-to-eyeballs video for “Twerk” all weekend (like you ever stopped since its release this past Thursday) then get those tickets to witness them own NOTO this Sunday and then, well, get ready, gurrrl. (10 pm

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

Saturday/January 19th   

Lots of fabulous dancing @Woody’s, Voyeur, Franky Bradley’s, X Bar and Tabu (Gayborhood, 10 pm)……Alabama @Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City(8 pm)………..The Wood Brothers@Union Transfer(8 pm)…….Rob Thomas @Borgata Hotel & Casino(7 pm)………Party Favor@The Crystal Tea Room(7 pm)…….The Makeout@Voltage Lounge(5 pm)…….Jaguar Wright@South Jazz Club(7 pm)…….Hedwig & The Angry Inch @Connie’s Ric Rac(8 pm)……The Rectors @The Barbary(8 pm) 

Kimmel Center Presents DRUMLINE:Live @ Merriam Theater (tickets here, 8 pm)……Silent Party Philly @Haute Restaurant & Lounge (tickets going quick here! (930 pm)……….Winterfest Brewfest @BlueCross River Rink(1 pm)……..Survivor Sundays:Drag Quizzo @Mad Rex(11 am)…….Queer Sundays @Saint Lazrus Bar(10 pm)…….gnash @The Foundry(730 pm)…….Sunday Funday w/Secret Service @Field House.…The Amity Affliction@Frankford Music Hall(7 pm)……

Cover photo courtesy of Visit Philly 

For much, much more local and legendary entertainment shenanigans around this here town, check in with Philly Mixtape here, here and here all year-long and beyond. 

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