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Tuesday Entertainment Groove

First up, a little (or a lot) of “Linger” by The Cranberries in tribute to the late Dolores O’Riordan, whom the music world–and beyond–lost yesterday at the gone-too-soon age of 46. 

Then a list of fun events to cheer you up on this pre-snow Tuesday night. Don’t worry, it’s not going to be that bad. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke w/ Sara Sherr While it may be more frozen than Madonna outside, that shouldn’t stop you from heading out to warm up those vocal chords thanks to the fabulous Ms. Sherr and her extensive collection of Sing Your Life Karaoke grooves, which are bound to take over your song butchering pleasure all week long at all of these fabulous Philly locations listed below. 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

Les Miserables You’ve witnessed the long-running Broadway musical in all of its glory and you wish it was you who won the Academy Award instead of Anne Hathaway for the 2012 film version because you belt out ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ so much better than she can. And of course, most importantly…you are Susan Boyle. But now here’s your chance to catch this blockbuster musical while it’s here in Philly…but you better hurry because like the best kind of “Dream,” the critically acclaimed national production is only here for a few more magical moments, so you better grab those tickets…now. Go right here to do it. Tonight-Sunday, January 21st/The Academy of Music @The Kimmel Center/Various showtimes & ticket prices/240 S. Broad St.

Michael Wolff/Fire & Fury  Does this one really need an explanation? Most likely not since you’re already waiting in line at the Free Library to see the much, much, much buzzed about author of that book. 730/Philadelphia Free Library/1901 Vine St. 

West Philadelphia Orchestra Looking to put a true entertainment jolt in your week? Really, who isn’t?), then you must head over to Franky Bradley’s tonight where the WPO will be more than waiting for you with all of that bangin’ brass and then some. 9 pm/1320 Chancellor St.

Equality PA Philly Happy Hour   If you’re in the mood to mingle with the boys and show your love to a wonderful organization (check out Equality Pennsylvania right here), then head over to Tabu tonight for a special happy hour that’s all about the love and of course, being as fabulous as we possibly can. Because, really, there is no other way. Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar/7 pm/200 South 12th St. 

The Humans The critically acclaimed story about a man named Erik Blake whose world–and family–begins to crumble after a weary sleepless night, The Humans is taking over the Walnut Street Theatre Winner beginning this evening for an eight week run that’s guaranteed to be nothing short of spectacular. Hailed by critics as “hilarious and unforgettable,” the show also bagged up twenty (!!) 2016 Best Play Awards, with one including a nice-and-shiny Tony Award. For much more on this incredible play, go right here….and then you know what to do…get those tickets because this is one show you don’t want to miss while it’s here in Philly. Walnut Street Theatre/Tonight-March 4th/Various showtimes &ticket prices/825 Walnut St. 

Also live and ready for your Tuesday night pleasure…….

Future Sound @Johnny Brenda’s Downstairs(8 pm, 1201 N. Frankford Ave)…………Dan Kassel @World Cafe Live(8 pm, 3025 Walnut St.)……..The Missed Munsons @Bourbon & Branch(7 pm, 705 N. 2nd St.)…………..The Shining Free Screening @Tattoed Mom(8 pm, 530 South St.)…….Harry Potter Pub Trivia Books 5 & 6 @Sona Pub & Kitchen(830 pm, 4417 Main St.)………Sing Along w/Dr. Dazzle@12 Steps Down(9 pm, 831 Christian St.)

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Monday Entertainment Groove

First, a little “New Rules” by the fabulous Dua Lipa as we all brace ourselves for the new work week ahead, followed by a list of Philly entertainment events for your Monday night that will give you all of the motivation you need for your post-weekend recharge. 

And of course, Go Eagles!

Let’s do it. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke w/ Sara Sherr   While it may be more frozen than Madonna outside, that shouldn’t stop you from heading out to warm up those vocal chords thanks to the fabulous Ms. Sherr and her extensive collection of Sing Your Life Karaoke grooves, which are bound to take over your song butchering pleasure all week long at all of these fabulous Philly collections listed below. 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

Les Miserables You’ve witnessed the long-running Broadway musical in all of its glory and you wish it was you who won the Academy Award instead of Ms. Hathaway for the film version because you belt out ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ just oh, so well….and most importantly, you are Susan Boyle. But now here’s your chance to catch this blockbuster musical while it’s here in Philly…but you better hurry because like the best kind of “Dream,” the critically acclaimed national production is only here for a short while, so you better grab those tickets…now. And you can go right here to do it.   The Academy of Music @The Kimmel Center/Various showtimes & ticket prices/240 S. Broad St. 

Full Front Street Looking for a delicious weekly Philadelphia Burlesque fix? Then you must head to Victoria Freehouse tonight (and every Monday!) and join your always ridiculously talented hostess, Ms. Veronica Vicious along with a fresh roster of tassels twirlin’ talent, with tonight’s show including the lovely likes of Mustang May Hem, Viktor Devonne, Jesha and Mae Rose. Don’t miss it! Every Monday/9 pm/Victoria Freehouse/10 South Front St. 

Pegsicle   While it may be oh, so cold, ice creator Peter Woolsey is back to warm things up at La Peg tonight by bringing you some of the hottest ice sculptures you’ve ever seen. This time he’s bringing a team of local artists along to craft a what’s sure-to-be stunning temporary ice sculpture garden, all of which will make for one shimmering Monday night event you’ll have to see to believe. The Ice Bar @La Peg/5 pm/140 N. Columbus Blvd 

Fetty Wap  Because when you kickstart your week with “Trap Queen” and “679,” it’s an absolute guarantee you’ll make it until Friday..and in life. Grab those tickets. TLA Philly/8 pm/334 South St. 

Neon Dreams If you’re looking for a more laid back way to jump into the week ahead, then the vibes provided by indie pop trio Neon Dreams will certainly have everything you need. First, get lost in their deep banger “Power” below and then go witness them take over Bourbon & Branch tonight. 8pm/705 N. 2nd St. 

Also on the entertainment decks for your Monday……

Artist’s Night Out @Tabu(6 pm-9 pm, 200 South 12th St.)…………The Big Lonesome @Kung Fu Necktie(8 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)……………….Laughs on Philly@Ortlieb’s(7 pm, 847 N. 3rd St.)…………Early Evening Dinner Jazz w/Pete Gaudioso @Time (530pm-830pm, 1315 Sansom St.)…………Movies Mondays @The Trocadero presents 2017’s It(630 pm, 1003 Arch St.)……..Monkey Club Open Mic Comedy Night(8 pm, 2101 E York St.)

Cover photo courtesy of PC Wall Art 

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15 Pop Culture Moments We Can’t F@cking Wait For in 2018

If there’s one thing that we couldn’t wait for in 2017….it’s for 2018 to finally get here. 

And now that’s it’s arrived, there’s certainly been no shortage of pop culture moments in the first week-and-a-half on a list which already includes Mariah’s hot tea, everyone diving into that now ridiculously infamous book and a Golden Globes ceremony this past Sunday that was nothing short of powerful and of course, filled with lots and lots of Oprah. 

So, although we’re barely into January, it’s safe to say that 2018 is already shaping up to be one incredible pop culture roller coaster ride that will no doubt continue over the next twelve months as American Crime Story, Justin Timberlake, Ocean’s 8, Jurassic World, Lady Gaga, American Idol, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears and the 2018 Winter Olympics are all on the way to give us the thrill of a lifetime over the next twelve months. 

Buckle up, kids. 

American Crime Story:The Gianni Versace Murder   Just a couple of things to say here. One, give Darren Criss every award right now for his sure-to-be thrilling and compelling portrayal of Gianni Versace killer and serial murderer, Andrew Cunanan. Two, Penelope is Donatella. And third, January 17th can’t get here fast enough as we’ll have yet another reason to still to be obsessed with everything Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk serve out. Since, you know, AHS isn’t quite doing it anymore. No shade, just watch this American Crime Story Versace first look and you’ll know exactly why this will be a show that’ll surely get the pop culture job done this year. FX/January 17th 

Schitt’s Creek Look....If you’re not watching and falling in love with this show about the fallen-from-social-heights Rose family, you’re simply not living your life to the fullest. So here’s what you need to do. First, watch all three seasons on Netflix. Next, check your local listings for where and when you can watch the season four premiere on January 24th. Then finally, live your everyday life as if you were the great Catherine O’Hara’s Moira Roise as it’s the only way to be in 2018. Well, that and the rest of the cast including Eugene Levy, his son, Daniel, Annie Murphy and Chris Elliot truly make an incredible (and tad bit underrated) ensemble that’s worth every bit of your streaming time. Check your local listings/February 24th 

Justin Timberlake   Although he’s only given us his brand new (eh..) single “Filthy,” Justin Timberlake is already having quite a year. With a “personal” new album, Man of the Woods, on the way, an upcoming worldwide tour and oh, yeah his much, much anticipated halftime takeover at this year’s Super Bowl (and shout out Ms. P!nk for your upcoming National Anthem slay!), Mr. Timberlake will be certainly be bringing sexy and then some back into our pop cultured lives this year. So, with that being said, we may begin the rumors of an ‘N Sync reunion at the Super Bowl starting right….now. Because that would truly be the icing on the JT 2018 takeover cake.  Man of the Woods/February 2nd/Super Bowl Halftime Show/February 4th 

2018 Winter Olympics  Stunning athletes….gorgeous landscapes…lots and lots of well-deserving medals and of course, a welcome distraction from the rest of this crazy world. Yes, those are all of the elements that’ll make up the 2018 Winter Olympics from Pyeong Chang, South Korea, when they takeover our ski-sloped lives next month. But of course, the best part of it all is getting to know all of the incredible athletes that will be representing Team USA, and this year’s fine display of shimmering American athleticism is no exception as Ted Ligety(Alpine Skiing), Codie Bascue(Bobsled), Becca Hamilton (Curling), Adam Rippon(Figure Skating), Michael Glasder(Ski Jumping), Faye Gulini (Snowboarding) and many, many more (which you can get to know right here) will all be going for the gold–and our Olympic hearts–this year. Check your local listings/February 8th-25th 

90th Annual Academy Awards While the annual Oscars extravaganza is marked as the finale of the awards season, this year’s golden event is already sure to be something to remember as we’ll absolutely get to witness not just some true winners (I, Tonya and Lady Bird for everything), but also some truly powerful speeches along the way (thank you, Ms. Winfrey) due to Hollywood’s fallout from all of those sexual harassment allegations that have displaced and disgraced many in the industry…and of course, all of the political bull shit that we’re forced to wade into every day. And much like we fabulously saw at this year’s Golden Globes, expect the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements to continue their strength through awards season, especially at this year’s Academy Awards. Now, let’s brace ourselves for what’s sure to be a tremendous 2018 Awards season ride. And let’s open the right envelope this time, alright? March 4th/ABC 

American Idol   The time has come…to see if Katy Perry will be worth that not-so-elusive $20 million dollar paycheck when she takes a god damn seat alongside Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan when AI gives us life provided by ABC this spring. And you can all relax..Ryan Seacrest will be back to moderate and promises that nothing has changed with the format of the original program. “It’s different obviously because of these personalities but the show, at its core , works,” Seacrest recently spilled with Variety, also adding, “You’ve got three different faces, you’ve got different contestants, but to change the show drastically in terms of format would be a big mistake.” And there you have it. Who’s ready for the next American Idol? Everyone. March 11th/ABC 

Roseanne   he’s baaaack and already causing quite a bit of controversy ahead of her eagerly anticipated reboot because well, you know. But whatever the political case may be, there’s no denying that we’ll all be watching to see what happens when the entire Connor family enters our 2018 lives. And yes, both Becky’s (and Dan!) will be there, too.  March 27th/ABC 

Avengers:Age of Ultron  What every Marvel Universe fan boy, bro, girl, gay, kid and kween has been waiting for their entire god damn lives. (May 3rd). 

Taylor Swift Reputation Stadium Tour Now, this should be…something. Get those tickets…if you dare…and if you can.  May 8th-Nov 9th 

Ocean’s 8   First up, who cares if Sandra Bullock’s Debbie Ocean is wearing makeup the day she gets paroled from prison..she’s still Sandra fucking Bullock and we’re pretty sure she can do whatever the hell she wants. Second, the hate and the shade toward this all female reboot already..calm down, y’all! From the moment the first look 8 trailer was released at the end of last year, there was (for some unbeknownst reason) instant negative comparisons to 2016’s female led Ghostbusters, which wasn’t exactly a queen at the box office…or with fans. However, unlike that rewiring, this one actually looks like it might be well…good. Bottom line–our funny girls Kristen Wigg, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon we’re just stuck in a wobbly, flimsy film. With that being said, let’s end this discussion and get to more praisin’ of Bullock and her tremendous kick-butt Ocean’s 8 co-stars including Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kalig, Awkwafina and Helena Bonham Carter…because the most fabulous cast of 2018 is right here and respect and attention must be paid..right now. Knock it off. June 8th 

Jurassic World:Fallen Kingdom More buff Chris Pratt plus more dinosaurs plus the fact that it looks as if Ms. Dallas Howard got her request granted for more sensible shoes for another dino romp equals one hell of a pop culture event of 2018 that the whole entire world has been anxiously waiting for. Oh, and did we mention that Jeff Goldblum is back as the legendary Dr. Ian Malcom? In the words of the fiercest velociraptor in all of the Kingdom…yaaaassssssss. June 22nd 

Mamma Mia!:Here We Go Again   “Cher as Grandma.” Or, in other words, the absolute gayest cinematic experience of 2018 is right here. July 20th 

Lady Gaga’s Las Vegas Residency   In what may be one of the smartest moves of her now decade-long career (take a seat, ArtPop), let’s face it…Lady Gaga was tailor-made for a residency on the strip. While there’s little tea to be spilled on the “Bad Romance” diva’s upcoming Vegas adventure, we do know that she’ll indeed be taking over the MGM Grand Arena later this year with a whopping 74 shows while earning just over $100 million for her shimmering time. But now begs the question…who’s next for a Vegas romp since we’ve already been blessed with stage spectacles fro MC, J.Lo, Ricky Martin and of course, Godney. Maybe Janet? Beyoncé? Justin? Only diva time will tell, but in the mean time, we simply can’t fucking wait for the Mother Monster ship to land on the strip this year. 

RiRi’s Next Record Get ready to see #R9 everywhere very, very soon because Rihanna’s ninth studio adventure is certainly one of the most anticipated albums of the year as it’s been reported by many outlets that our Barbadian queen is hard at work, work, work, work to an Anti follow-up. Hmmm…we’re guessing that’ll come out just in time for the release of Ocean’s 8? Either way, the whole entire world will certainly welcome the “Umbrella” diva back with open headphones because we’ve fallen in love with “Wild Thoughts” and “Lemon” and we want more of the same, please, like..right now, RiRi. 

“Baby One More Time” Turns 20  Squeeze into those Catholic school girl uniforms, tie in the pink hair pom-poms and pass all of the Botox like, now, because the legendary Ms. Britney Spears’ still stellar debut single will be celebrating twenty years of straight up owning our TRL-ed lives this year. Although this sure-to-be worldwide pop culture event won’t be taking over our calendars until the fall (Sept 30th, to be exact), ah…f@#k it, let’s start celebrating now because it’s been two decades of Godney, bitch!