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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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Philly Weekend Entertainment Groove

While the weather outside is frightful once again…..

….the local and legendary events on this weekend’s fierce and festive list will make you feel oh, so delightful. 

Ready, set, eggnog. 

For the kid ages one-to-ninety-two in your life, there’s the always lit Christmas Village (1501 JFK Blvd.) which is delightfully surrounded by ice-skating at City Hall (through February 25th) tons of locally made snacks and goodies, local-made Philly Holiday Gift Show (there’s an ugly Christmas sweater store that you must go to), magnificent carousel, a grand 50 foot tall Christmas tree, but most importantly…lots of fun for every one of all ages…including you!

The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is also in full skate at (101) Columbus Blvd through March 4th, and with grub served up from Garces Group and Chickie’s and Pete’s as well as spectacular views of the Ben Franklin Bridge and waaay beyond, it’s sure to warm your holiday spirit all season long! Go here for more ho, ho, ho action.

Not that the beloved Philly holiday tradition of the Macy’s Christmas Light Show needs any introduction since you’ve seen it forty times already, but for those who haven’t, the stunning lights are now warming your holiday spirit right oh, so high atop the Grand Atrium at Macy’s Center City (1300 Market St.) through December 31st beginning from 10 a.m to 8 p.m every two hours! Let’s twinkle. 

Franklin Square Holiday Festival A fabulous mix of lighted Philadelphia history and simply stunning light show, this beloved Philly tradition (200 N. 6th St.) is sure to illuminate ya damn life all holiday season long. The Electrical Spectacle Light Show hosts free shows every 30 minutes between 4 and 8 p.m. on week nights and 4 and 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. And with 50,000 gleaming lights set on top of a blissful music background with one composition featuring an illuminated kite and key, this is one holiday event that even Mr. Benjamin Franklin himself would approve of. Bring the kids and don’t miss it!

ANNIE For the love of all things Sandy and “Tomorrow,” there’s simply no denying that it’s been a hard knock existence for all of us this year, so what better way to treat the whole family and go see this forever cherished Broadway musical while it’s in town through the Philly holiday season! There’s really nothing else to say here except that Daddy Warbucks, Ms. Hannigan, life and everyone’s favorite ginger curled cute, Ms. Annie, will be waiting for you! Tonight-Jan 7th, 2018/Walnut Street Theatre/Various ticket prices & showtimes/825 Walnut St.

DJ Jimmy DePre Ignore that shitty weather forecast and head over to Tavern on Camac tonight (and tomorrow night, too!) where the always yaaas Mr. DePre will be twirlin those cuts out just for you, bish. And please remember…dance floors are for dancing and not standing there on your phone. Scruff and Grind’r can wait. Tonight & Saturday night/Tavern on Camac/10 pm/243 S. Camac St. 

Lettuce Rejoice:Hedda’s Holiday Spectacular You betta…press play on some J.Hud because for one fabulous night only–the esteemeed Queen of Green herself–Ms. Hedda Lettuce, will be taking over Philly with a holiday spectacular that’s not to be missed, kween! Get ready for a fierce night of holigay cheer while Ms. Hedda’s rendition of some of your holiday favorites will be guaranteed to stuff your stocking! Now, sleigh. Tonight/$25/830 pm/Ruba Club/416 Green St. 

The Hoots and Hellmouth & Johnny Showcase Solstice Spectacle  Now, what could be better than a little Johnny Showcase music action during the holidays? Actually, wait, don’t answer that…just head over to Union Transfer tonight and witness this delightfully cray and eclectic 10 piece ensemble and take over your snow covered life as they celebrate the release of their soon-to-be smash fourth studio set. Read about it all about right here (like, right now) and then…grab those tickets like a kid at Christmas. Tonight/730 pm/Union Transfer/1026 Spring Garden St. 

Kingfisher/Will Brown/Evan Scheerer  Looking to warm things up a bit this weekend? Then head over to the Barbary tomorrow night where the one, two, three punch of these final local music acts will be armed and ready to heat it up for you and to help you forget all about today’s weather drama. Go right here for set times and ticket info and then…go. Saturday/7 pm/The Barbary/951 Frankford Ave 

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Does this one really need an explanation? Never. “Carol of the Bells” for holiday life. Sunday/Wells Fargo Center/730 pm/3601 South Broad St. 

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

Friday……

Municipal Waste@The Trocadero(7 pm, 10003 Arch St.)………Trophy Eyes/Free Throw@The Fillmore(6 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)…………Ofenbach@Coda(8 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)……….The Dan Band@TLA(8 pm, 334 South St.)……Two Friends@NOTO(10 pm, 1209 Vine St.)……….Owel@Voltage Lounge(730 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)……….Muscle Tough@Johnny Brenda’s(9 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)

Saturday…… 

Matisyhau@TLA(9 pm, 334 South St.)…………Converge@Union Transfer(830 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)………..Work Drugs@Boot&Saddle(8 pm, 1131 South Broad St.)…….Plumb@Tower Theatre(730 pm, 69th & Ludlow St.)………Marah@Underground Arts(9 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.)………Chynna@The Foundry(8 pm, 1000 Frankford Ave)……..Jesse Marco@NOTO(10 pm, 1209 Vine St.)…….DJ CYD@Coda(11 pm, 1712 Walnut St.) 

Sunday….

A Very Mary Christmas w/Mimi Imfurst@Ruba Club(7 pm, 416 Green St.)……..Sinful Sundays w/The Goddess Isis@Tabu(9 pm, 200 South 12th St.)……Showtunes Sundays@Tavern on Camac(9 pm, 243 S. Camac St.)……….Carmen Lundy@South(9 pm, 600 N. Broad St.)………Boy Named Banjo@Milkboy Philly(7 pm, 1100 Chestnut St.) 

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Philly Weekly Entertainment Groove

Let’s weekday and be jolly because there is lots to do this week and beyond.

Did someone say The Color Purple is in town? Yes. 

Let’s go. 

There’s the always lit Christmas Village (1501 JFK Blvd.) which is delightfully surrounded by ice-skating at City Hall (through February 25th) tons of locally made snacks and goodies, local-made Philly Holiday Gift Show (there’s an ugly Christmas sweater store that you must go to), magnificent carousel, a grand 50 foot tall Christmas tree, but most importantly…lots of fun for every one of all ages…including you!

The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is also in full skate at (101) Columbus Blvd through March 4th, and with grub served up from Garces Group and Chickie’s and Pete’s as well as spectacular views of the Ben Franklin Bridge and beyond, it’s sure to warm your holiday spirit all season long! Go here for more ho, ho, ho action.

Not that the beloved Philly holiday tradition of the Macy’s Christmas Light Show needs any introduction since you’ve seen it forty times already, but for those who haven’t, the stunning lights are now warming your holiday spirit right oh, so high atop the Grand Atrium at Macy’s Center City (1300 Market St.) through December 31st beginning from 10 a.m to 8 p.m every two hours! Let’s twinkle. 

Franklin Square Holiday Festival A fabulous mix of lighted Philadelphia history and simply stunning light show, this beloved Philly tradition (200 N. 6th St.) is sure to illuminate ya life all holiday season long. The Electrical Spectacle Light Show hosts free shows every 30 minutes between 4 and 8 p.m. on week nights and 4 and 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. And with 50,000 gleaming lights set on top of a blissful music background with one composition featuring an illuminated kite and key, this is one holiday event that even Mr. Benjamin Franklin himself would approve of. Bring the kids and don’t miss it!  

A Philly POPS Christmas Merry up for a simply magical evening of pure holiday bliss as Maestro Michael Krajewski takes the reigns to lead the acclaimed POPS for a delightfully festive show featuring vocalist Justin Hopkins, the Philadelphia Boys Choir, the Philly POPS Festival Chorus and the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Gospel Choir. But perhaps the best of it all this year? There’s a POPS style holiday tribute of How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Get those tickets. Dec 2nd-19th/Kimmel Center/300 S. Broad St.Various dates and showtimes

Pennsylvania Ballet presents The Nutcracker Imagine a Philly holiday season without the PA Ballet’s stunning presentation of  George Balanchine’s legendary entertainment creation? Actually, no, we don’t want to, we just need to grab those tickets because like the holidays themselves, this beloved entertainment affair will be dancing away soon, so don’t miss out and go right here for more holiday tip-toe action. Tonight-December 31st/The Academy of Music/various ticket prices and showtimes/240 S. Broad St.

The Color Purple  It looks like we’ve been very good boys and girls this year because we’re getting a true entertainment gift  (and 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Revival!) when The Color Purple takes over (and that it will) the Forrest Theatre this week for a very special limited engagement. Besides being blessed with an all-star cast (go here to get know all of this talent), the show also stars the incredibly talented Adrianna Hicks, who’s gaining critical acclaim for her bold and stunning portrayal of show heroine, Celie. And guess what? The incredibly lovely Ms. Hicks will be stopping by the Philly Mixtape tea table this week to spill about it all, but before she graces us with her electrifying presence, there’s one thing you must do…get those tickets because this is one spectacular night out to that you absolutely should not miss this week…or ever. Tuesday/Dec 12th-Sunday, Dec 17th/Forrest Theatre/Various showtimes and ticket prices/1114 Walnut St. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke w/ Sara Sherr Looking to slay your favorite karaoke grooves all holiday season long? Well, you’re in luck because chances are the always musically gift-wrapped Ms. Sherr has everything you need for your song butchering/slaying pleasure at any one of these fab Philly locations listed below! Happy holidaze! 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

ANNIE For the love of all things Sandy and “Tomorrow,” there’s simply no denying that it’s been a hard knock year for all of us, so what better way to treat the whole family and go see this forever cherished Broadway musical while it’s in town through the Philly holiday season! There’s really nothing else to say here except that Daddy Warbucks, Ms. Hannigan and everyone’s favorite ginger curled cute, Ms. Annie, will be waiting for you! Tonight-Jan 7th, 2018/Walnut Street Theatre/Various ticket prices & showtimes/825 Walnut St.

Full Front Street   If you think there’s no time left to get your Philly Burlesque fix on before 2017 comes to an end, that’s absolutely not the case as the always yas HoneyTree Evil Eye as well as the stunning Mora Love, the voluptuous Connor Michalchuk and the red-hot Fleur de Soleil (who’s making her FFS debut!) are more than ready to make all of your tassel twirlin’ dreams come true tonight. Every Monday/9 pm/Victoria Freehouse/10 S. Front St. 

Cloud Nine Your hump day is about to get lit like a fireplace this week because DJs Brando Calrissian and Michael Mythix are about to bring the beats and the heat to Tavern on Camac this week just in time to make your holidays oh so Mary and gay. Let’s f@#king dance, shall we? Yas.  Wednesday/9 pm/Tavern on Camac/243 S. Camac St.

Lip Smackers  Since pretty much every track from the late ’90s/early ’00s still rules, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t shimmy over to Tabu this Thursday night and let DJs Mike Shaffer and Javascript put in that millennium werk for you on the floor for this special dance party celebrating those good ol’ TRL-worthy times.  Thursday/Tabu/9 pm/200 South 12th St. 

Fantasia:Christmas After Midnight Yes, that Fantasia of American Idol and The Color Purple fame (perfect timing, eh?) is about to sleigh our holiday lives with what’s sure to be a stunning stop at The Fillmore this Thursday night. Grab those tickets. Thursday/8 pm/The Fillmore/29 E. Allen St. 

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

Monday/December 11th 

John Doe@Boot&Saddle(830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)…………Vesperteen @Voltage Lounge(730 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)…………Dylan Jane and The Clavacles(8 pm, 705 N. 2nd St.)…………..Girl Germs@Johnny Brenda’s Downstairs(8 pm, 1201 N. Frankford Ave)……….Laughs On Philly@Ortlieb‘s(7 pm, 847 N. 3rd St.) 

Tuesday/December 12th 

Angel Olsen @Union Transfer(830 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St., and Wednesday, too!)……………The White Buffalo@The Foundry(8 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)…………….Rolo Tomassi@Voltage Lounge(7 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)…………West Philadelphia Orchestra@Franky Bradley’s(9 pm, 1320 Chancellor St.)…………Sole Pursuit@The Fire(9 pm, 412 W. Girard Avenue) 

Wednesday/December 13th 

Jason Vieaux@World Cafe Live(730 pm, 3025 Walnut St.)…………Rondi Charleston@South(7 pm, 600 N. Broad St.)………..Buffy @The Dolphin Tavern(10 pm, 1539 S. Broad St.)…………Droopies@Kung Fu Necktie(8 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)…………Stab&Grab@Kung Fu Necktie(10 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)………Rich People/Year of the Knife@The Pharmacy(6 pm, 1300 S. 18th St.) 

Thursday/December 14th 

The Dear Hunter @Union Transfer(8 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)………..Neil Hamburger@Johnny Brenda’s(730 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)………Ryan Kinder@The Foundry(8 pm, 1000 Frankford Ave)………..Vincent Ingala@South(7 pm, 600 N. Broad St.)………..Betty Iron Thums@The Barbary(745 pm, 951 Frankford Ave)………..The Stolen@Voltage Lounge(630 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)……….Snaggletooth@Kung Fu Necktie Upstairs(9 pm, 1250 N. Front St.)….Christian Smith@Rumor(11pm, 1500 Sansom St.)

Friday/December 15th 

Michael Bolton@Sugarhouse Casino(9 pm, 1000 Frankford Ave)………..Municipal Waste@The Trocadero(7 pm, 10003 Arch St.)………Trophy Eyes/Free Throw@The Fillmore(6 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)…………Ofenbach@Coda(8 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)……….The Dan Band@TLA(8 pm, 334 South St.)……Two Friends@NOTO(10 pm, 1209 Vine St.)……….Owel@Voltage Lounge(730 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)……….Muscle Tough@Johnny Brenda’s(9 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)