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Holiday Entertainment Groove

Who’s ready to bump all of this holiday jelly?

Because everything on this list is just so Santa-licious for ya, baby. 

And I personally promise that after this weekend’s calendar, there shall be no more holiday puns, so it’s a gift for everyone!! 

Happy last weekend before Christmas to all, and please be safe out there and have the most fun possible without any drama….that’s what the upcoming season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills  is for. 

Merry, Mary!! 

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 (Maker’s Mark plus hot chocolate equals bliss) 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! Go, Rudolph, go. 

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. 

DJ Robert Drake  ‘Twas the day before Christmas and all through the house, nothing was stirring…except for the voice of acclaimed Philly DJ Robert Drake on top his collection of favorite grooves spinning out on WXPN radio! This Sunday night beginning at midnight, join the local beat legend as he once again takes over the controls for his 26th annual Night Before holiday music fest! For much more info so that you don’t miss any treat or beat, check out Mr. Drake’s official Instagram page and then get the whole phamily checked in to all the gloriously festive grooves that are about to reign down upon the whole world! Yes, that’s right…he doesn’t mess around with the holidays, kids! 

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)

Adventures in the Arctic Elf Trade  So, who’s looking for a few sexy dancing elves this season? Since that answer is indeed all of us, you should waste no time in  getting those tickets to explore the North Pole with the latest round of locally talented goodies served up by Brian Sanders’ JUNK performance arts troupe. With a dash of The Nutcracker and other holiday favorites, this is one show that’s guaranteed to put your candy cane in the upright position as we get ready for the holiday madness. There’s nothing left to say but go right here for more JUNK holiday tea and then…go. (Tonight through Dec 23rd

The Color Purple/Theatre Horizon While we could easily spill Broadway tea all day (we really could) about everything this award owning/life-changing show has to offer, you just have to revel in it for yourself as its rightfully taken over the Theatre Horizon all the way through Sunday, December 23rd! Plus, when you get those tickets (some dates are already sold out…so you better hurry!!), you’ll get to see what other critically acclaimed productions are headed to the Theatre’s esteemed way, like, well… click right here to get lost in it all! Tickets start as low as $45, too!! 

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–Charlie Wilson(Saturday), PnB Rock(Dec 28th), Kurt Vile(Dec 29th), John Oliver(Dec 30th-31st), Sarah Brightman(Feb 3rd), Boyz II Men(Feb 16th) and the entire acclaimed cast of Schitt’s Creek(!!!!!) on February 20th…and that’s truly only the beginning. But what it really comes down to is… The Met is now open for business in taking all of your hard-earned holiday green for those tickets…and we simply can’t wait for it all. 

The Grinch/Merriam Theater  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! Through next Saturday, Dec 29th, join the traveling national production of How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Merriam Theater  for a night that you and the whole family will never forget! 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!

Sing Your Life Karaoke  Whether during the hustle-and-bustle of your week or the sleigh of your holiday 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, Thurs/9-2/Milkboy South Street Fri/9-1 Southhouse Saturday/9-1:45 Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap   

Distrkt C:Dirty Santa Philadelphia/Concourse Dance Bar Boys, boys, all types of naughty boys…and there may be a couple of nice ones, too, if that’s your thing. But either way, DJs KRK and Deanne will be spinning them cuts all night to get you fierce, festive and ready for jolly ol’ St. Nick. If there ever was a Sunday night to dance like nobody’s business, it’s certainly this one. Shake that Santa hat right here for more info, and then get ready to shake it this weekend. Did we mention adult film stars Dylan Knight and Seth Santoro will be stopping by? Yas, holiday kween, yas. Ready?  (Sunday/9 pm)

Fabolous/NOTO  Yes, that Fabolous. Now, holla back right here, “Young’n,” and don’t deny yourself those tickets. (Sunday/10 pm

Tabu’s Nondenominatioinal Christmas Show   Feeling a bit nondenominational this year? Or, do you really just want to break away like Ms. Clarkson from the family holiday madness on Christmas night? Either way, Tabu has got you covered as Philly Drag Goddess, Brittany Lynn, along with Miss Tabu her damn self, Zephyra Rivers and YouTube’s favorite “Princess of Hot Topics,” Kyle Ayotte, are packing up their slay with a variety show that’s guaranteed to take you miles away from that one Aunt who asks you why there’s no “special someone” in your life. And as always, there’s no cover, which is all the more reason to get your “ho-ho-ho” on at Tabu this Christmas night! (Tuesday/9pm)

Sunday/December 23rd 

Good Old War@Johnny Brenda’s(8 pm)………..State Property@The Fillmore(8 pm)……….Korine@Ortlieb’s(8 pm)………Miles Chancellor@Kung Fu Necktie(6 pm)……..Alec Stewart@Bourbon & Branch(7 pm)…….Dentana@Saint Lazarus Bar(10 pm)……..Pain @Voltage Lounge(2 pm)

 

 

 

 

 



 

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Weekend Entertainment Groove

Just when you were about to cancel summer out……

……there’s al of this to do this weekend. 

Let’s do it. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke  What better way to turn those end-of-summer frowns upside down other than to go out and sang your little heart out courtesy of the fabulous Ms. Sara Sherr and her always yas-worthy Sing Your Life Karaoke collection, which is serving Philly for the rest of the summer(and every season!) at all of these fabulous locations listed below. Fri/9-1 Southhouse, 2535 S. 13th St.Sat/9-1:45 Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap,1301 E Susquehanna Ave Sun/9-2 Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street Tues/9-2 12 Steps Down, 9th and Christian Thurs/9-2 Milkboy South Street/401 South St.

2 Live Crew/Coolio/Biz Markie/Salt-N-Pepa  No explanation needed. Get those tickets because it’s certainly going to be a live one across the river tonight.  BB & T Pavilion/730 pm 

Electric Light Orchestra Tell you once more to get out the door and get those tickets while rockin’ the f@ck out to “Don’t Bring Me Down” all weekend long.  Tonight/Wells Fargo Center/730 pm 

Philly’s Foxes Fourth Friday  So, who’s looking to get a lil’ Fox-ed up this weekend? Since that would be everyone, you should have no problem sashaying over to Franky Bradley’s tonight to see what Maria TopCatt, Sapphira Cristal, Zsa Zsa St. James and Iris Spectre–more fabulously known as Philly’s Foxes–have cookin’ down in their foxholes just for you. And as always, the thunderous DJ Chris Urban will be serving up those foxy grooves all night long, as well as at L’Etage (10 pm) tomorrow night and Positano Coast on Sunday (12 pm-4 pm) for your hangover pleasure. Let’s slay. Tonight/Franky Bradley’s/830 pm 

The 2018 Miss Boxed Wine Pageant  It’s baaaack……and your host Bev is more wasted than ever! Yes, that’s right, kids and kweens, everyone’s favorite Franzia-worthy contest is sloshing back once again, so werk it on over to Tabu this very evening see which local queen (Miss Troy? Eric Jaffe? Kitty Skittlepump?) has what it takes to be Bev’s bish and earn her rightful spot in the next Bitchfest! And of course, your love and respect as well. Don’t miss it!  Tabu/9 pm 

Keely Siblia/Rover Rover/Impuritan   If you’re looking to check out an explosive array of local talent to kickstart your last full weekend of August, look no further than struttin’ on over to The Barbary tonight. And oh, yeah…may you always support your fabulous local music artists. 730 pm 

Stevie Wonder  What happens when you have not one, but two nights of all of those hits taking over the Jersey Shore this weekend? The best ending to summer you ever thought possible. Get those tickets…if you still can. Saturday & Sunday/Event Center @ Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa 

Smokey Robinson  And another one….got tickets?  Saturday/8 pm/Mann Center

Jason Aldean/Lauren Alaina  If you haven’t sailed on over to the BB & T Pavilion yet this summer, there’s still quite a bit of fun going on across the river, like this dynamic pairing right here who will show you just that tomorrow night. Giddy up for those tickets. (730 pm) 

Pride Night in Manayunk  If you haven’t gotten a chance to spend a lovely evening in Manayunk yet this summer, this weekend is certainly the one to do it…and you might want to throw some glitter while you’re at it! This Sunday, strut it on over to La Roca in the ‘Yunk, where they’ll be throwing a Pride bash packed with fabulous cocktails, beats, treats and of course, lots and lots of love! Check it on up right here for tickets and then get ready to be free as f@#k…we’ve earned it. 11 pm  

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

Friday….

Lots of fabulous dancing @Woody’s & @Tavern on Camac all weekend long………Donovan Frankenreiter@TLA(8 pm)…………..Espers@Union Transfer(830 pm)…………CID@NOTO(10 pm)………….American Wrestlers@Kung Fu Necktie(730 pm)….lots of incredible local entertainment @Time Philadelphia all week&weekend long………Betamaxx @District N9ne(9 pm)…….Shane Henderson/June Divided @Boot & Saddle(730 pm)………….Noel Scales@Underground Arts (9 pm)………..Dave P @The Dolphin Tavern(10 pm) 

Saturday….

Breathe Carolina @ Bungalow Beach(1 pm)…………..Adventure Club @ Ocean Resort Casino(12 pm)………..American Trappist@Boot & Saddle(8 pm)……….Sebastian Olzanski@Voltage Lounge(230 pm)…………..Here Lies Man@Kung Fu Necktie(7 pm)……..Station/Resillient@Dockside Bar@Dave & Buster’s(3 pm)……….Max Weinberg@World Cafe Live (8 pm)……….Joanna Pascale @South Jazz Club(9 pm)………DJ Scene@NOTO(10 pm)………..Lester@Underground Arts(9 pm)……….Holy Trinity @The Dolphin Tavern(9 pm)

Sunday…..

Shinedown/Godsmack @ BB & T Pavilion(7 pm)……..Toby Keith/Trace Adkins @Hard Rock Hotel Casino & Spa Atlantic City(8 pm)…….Megan Davies @The Foundry(8 pm)……Showtunes Sundays@Tavern on Camac (9 pm)………Chill Moody @Silk City Diner(8 pm)…….Incite/Aethere@Kung Fu Necktie(8 pm)……….Full Bush @Bourbon & Branch(8 pm)…….Sinful Sundays w/The Godess Isis @ Tabu(10 pm)………..Deep Creep @Johnny Brenda’s Downstairs (8 pm)

Since we’re all in this music and entertainment life together, be sure to also check out Uwishunu and Visit Philly to see what other kind of shenanigans you can get into before we say “bye” to summer. 

 

 

 

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10 Reasons to Fly Away with Cirque’s ‘Volta’ Before It Flies Out of Philly

Oh, August……

While indeed it’s a month filled with those classic dog days of summer, it’s also a month full of dread as you know in the back in your mind that it’s time to get the kids back to school and get back to….that routine-kind-of-life.

So, how about we don’t worry about all of that just yet? Yes. 

Cirque Du Soleil’s spectacular production of Volta (their 41st Cirque spinoff) is still gliding over at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center and is looking to help you (yes, you) break up those end-of-summer doldrums until it flies from Philly to Seattle next Sunday, August 19th. 

Since its debut this past July 12th, Volta has dazzled audiences from all across the tri-state area, so if you haven’t gotten a chance to witness everything this immaculate show has to offer(and it’s a whole lot, folks), you should absolutely do it now. 

And just in case you need further convincing, here’s 10 reasons why you should fly away with ‘Volta‘ Before it flies out of Philly next weekend. 

1.It’s under the Big Top!!   Just like the circus….but better. Take a look at this Big Top behind-the-scenes action when Volta took over the Old Port of Montreal for its opening last year. Amazing…to say the least. 

2.It’s fun for the whole entire family….   Well, you might not be able to bring the family cat, dog or goldfish, but grab grandma and grandpa, call the aunts and uncles, gather up the cousins…because there’s still some family packages available! Plus, Volta is a pure stress reliever before the craziness another school year begins. Now you know you definitely want those tickets. 

3.Let’s talk about this ridiculously limber cast……   Rope skipping, precision walking, roller skating, unicyclying, ballet dancing, baton twirling, bungee stunts, contemporary dancing, trampowall-ing, shape diving…..and all of that’s just in the first five minutes! Curious for more? Watch this stunning clip below and then get ready. 

4.Oh, wait, someone actually hangs from their hair!!   Just watch the video and prepare to be amazed…and maybe say, ouch??!! By the way, her name is Danila Bim and you need to show her your love right now because she is truly something else. 

5.It’s story will move you to pieces……  A big top residing show centered around extreme sports, Volta tells the gripping, freeing and oh, so wildly entertaining story about a popular game show host named Waz, who becomes blinded by fame and fortune–both in the literal and biblical sense. After he meets a high-flying group of free spirits at his lowest moments in life, they encourage Waz to spread his wings and fly so he can begin his journey by taking a trip back in time to find his true self. If the story line sounds familiar, it’s because most of us are still trying to find our true selves every day…especially these days. While we may not be able to figure out the whole truth within it all, Volta will no doubt help us get a tad bit closer to it while providing a most entertaining escape…so in a word…go. 

6. Because we could all use some top-notch entertainment in our lives right now…   Hey, if there’s one thing that we can all agree on right now, it’s that it’s a crazy world for all of us! And if there’s one thing that Volta has proven to do (besides, well, everything), it’s that it truly has the aerial ability to take you to another place and make you forget about everything else that’s going on. Now, what could be better than that? Absolutely nothing. Well….maybe another incredible clip. 

7.Did we mention the talented cast?  While we don’t have time at this very moment to get to know all of this tremendous Volta ensemble, you can take all the time in the colorful world to get to know each of them right here by diving into the official Volta website…which we must say…is a party within itself. Go ahead…you know you want to. 

8.Tickets start as low as $49…..   However, seats are limited, so if you want those tickets at this ultra-low price, you better trapeze it up right here, right now to grab them. 

9.This Instinct article will also hit you in all of the right places…..   Since ‘Volta’s’ powerful theme is “find your free,” this wonderful Instinct Magazine feature written by Philly author Devin Randall certainly takes that theme and runs with it while tugging you at every single heartstring. Join Mr. Randall has he chats with two incredible gay couples who work full-time in the ‘Volta’ universe as they discuss the challenges they’ve faced, what it means to work in a show of this caliber, and of course, they break all kinds of mugs about what love is like behind the Volta curtain. It’s a great read and one you won’t forget anytime soon. Check it out right here. Oh, and you just might want to grab a Kleenex. 

10.Do you really need another reason?    Absolutely not. So, go ahead and grab those tickets now before Volta flies (literally) out of the tri-state area next Sunday! Ready, set, find your free…and that you certainly will when it comes to this show. 

Cover photo courtesy of Cirque Du Soleil Volta