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Philly Weekly Entertainment Groove

Let’s get ready to jingle into the first official weekend of December because a festive and oh, so fierce line up of local and legendary activities are taking over your weekend starting right about….now. 

For your holiday pleasure this weekend…..

There’s the always lit Christmas Village (1501 JFK Blvd.) which is delightfully surrounded by ice-skating at City Hall, local-made Philly Holiday Gift Show, 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 Columbus Blvd, 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! Plus, you can skate with Santa this weekend! Go here for more ho, ho, ho action. 

Not that the beloved Philly holiday tradition of the Macy’s Christmas Light Show (1300 Market St.) needs any introduction since you’ve been oh, so patiently waiting for it all year-long, but the stunning lights are now warming your holiday spirit right high atop the Grand Atrium at Macy’s Center City through December 31st beginning from 10 a.m to 8 p.m every two hours! Who’s ready? Everyone…even The Grinch

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. Now, it’s officially the holidays and the perfect time to get those tickets.  Dec 2nd-19th/Kimmel Center/Various dates and showtimes 

For your local and legendary entertainment radars and gaydars……

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

BalletX  While we could go on and on about the ridiculously brilliant conceptualization and loads of talent that’s laced within this stunning dance troupe, it all comes down to three words….get those tickets. If you’re looking for a show that;s guaranteed to lift your spirits this holiday season, it’s right here. Check out the official BalletX site for more. Now through December 10th/Wilma Theater/various ticket prices/265 S. Broad St. 

ANNIE For the love of all things “Tomorrow,” there’s simply no denying that it’s been a hard knock year for all of us, so what better way to relax for a day with 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 get those tickets and Daddy Warbucks, Ms. Hannigan, Sandy 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.

Philly Beauty Ball 2017 The time has come…..for everyone in the City of Brotherly Love to get glammed, gussied and glitzed up for your lip synched lives once again. Yaaas, kids and kweenz,  this Saturday night join the ever so hilarious and fabulous Ms. Bev and the ever so handsome Ryan Wyrofsky (along with fresh and classic beats by DJ Carl Michaels) as they take over Voyeur for this 8th annual local drag-stravaganza. With sponsorship by Stonewall Sports (hey, boys) and a sure-to-be stunning Miss Philly Beauty Ball Contest (9 pm..sharp!), all with proceeds going towards the always incredible Attic Youth Center, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t sashay right to the Gayborhood this weekend. Now, slay Tonight/Voyeur Nightclub/1221 St. James St./7pm-11pm

DJ Chris Urban L’Etage (10 pm, 624 S. 6th St.) for your dancing pleasure tonight and Positano Coast (12pm-4 pm, 212 Walnut St.) for your hangover pleasure this weekend. Any questions? Didn’t think so. Let’s groove. 

Do They Know It’s Sex Dwarf?  Because it’s simply not the holidays without a little SEX….Dwarf, that is. And of course, lots of Bananarama, Culture Club, Human League, Eurthymics, Duran Duran and many, many more, all of which phamed Philly DJ Robert Drake will be spinning out all night long. Oh, and guess what? This truly one-of-a-kind dance par-tay is now on Saturday night, which is all the more reason to rip those Jordache Jeans, spray in that Aqua-Net and get to dancin’…..for your New Wave life. Tonight/10 pm/Club Mousai/1227 Walnut St. 

Honeygasm Sunday  Since you’ve been such nice boys and girls all year (and being a little naughty is certainly okay, too), you’re cordially invited to the last Honeygasm of the year–and it’s going to be everything you’ve ever dreamed of and more. Grab those tassels and head over to Franky Bradley‘s tomorrow night where your always yaaas hostess HoneyTree Evil Eye along with the always studly Flrt Vonnegurt (and beats by Lili St. Queer, of course, kween) serve up a stand up-n-sticky showcase of some of Philly’s best Burlesque conossuirs, with this month’s stunning line up co-starring Otis Peña, Jeshaand the winner of the sixth cycle of Philadelphia’s Burlesque Battle Royale, Ms. Greta Grenade. Ready, set, let’s get soakin’ wet one last time in 2017 this Sunday night, shall we? Yes. Sunday/Franky Bradley’s/$10/1320 Chancellor St. 

Code Red  What happens when you take lots of sickening drag queens from the tri-state area and you put them ALL on one Red-hot Philly stage for one hell of a grand cause? You get the most anticipated Gayborhood, make that, Philly entertainment event of the year, gurrrrl. This Sunday, you MUST chantay, vogue and twerk your way over to the TLA where the always scrumptious Cherry Pop and the always dashing Brandon Robert will be serving up the fifth round of their shimmering spectacle. But besides being a truly drag-licious affair that you will not want to miss, it’s also in honor of World Aids Day (this Friday, December 1st, kids..mark your calendars) in which ALL proceeds from the event will be donated to Aids Fund and Mazzoni, (go here and here..now), two outstanding Philly organizations who’re making incredible strides to support the research and dive into the truth of those pesky rumors that constantly surrounds AIDS and the HIV virus…and it’s all up to us to continue the fight.  Sunday/TLA/7 pm/334 South St. 

Let’s do it. 

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

Saturday/12/2 

The Barr Brothers @Underground Arts(9 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.)…………Morgan Page@ Premier Nightclub (11 pm,)……Beach Slang@TLA (7 pm, 334 South St.)……….Hundredth@Boot & Saddle(730 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)……….Super_Collider@The Fire(10 pm, 412 W. Girard Ave)……….Killiam Shakespeare@Johnny Brenda‘s(9 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)………..Mihali@Milkboy Philly(830 pm, 1100 Chestnut St.)…….Bog League@The Barbary(830 pm, 951 Frankford Ave) 

Sunday/12/3 

Ryan Hurd/Lynch @The Fillmore(7 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)…………Sinful Sundays w/The Godess Isis @Tabu (10 pm, 200 South 12th St.) Allan Rayman @The Foundry(8 pm, 1000 Frankford Ave)…………Narcotic Wasteland@Kung Fu Necktie(8 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)…………Showtunes Sundays @Tavern on Camac(9 pm, 243 S. Camac St.) Monnette Sudler@South(7 pm, 600 N. Broad St.)………..Outside Eyes@Bourbon & Branch(7 pm, 705 N. 2nd St.)………….Pete Hill @The Barbary(8 pm, 951 Frankford Avenue) 

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Philly Weekly Entertainment Groove

Happy (almost) weekend, everybody! 

Now, get out there and do it all…cause there’s quite a lot of it. Enjoy! 

Sing Your Life Karaoke w/ Sara Sherr Now that fall has officially arrived, there’s no better time to head out to belt out your favorite karaoke groove in which the always colorful Ms. Sherr has everything you need for your song butchering/slaying pleasure all week & weekend long. Ready, set sing…for your yoga pants life. 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

My Son the Waiter:A Jewish Tragedy Get ready to laugh your ass off, Philly, because comedian Brad Zimmerman is here and serving up non-stop laughs in his critically acclaimed play! The story of “one man’s struggle to fulfill his dream and ‘make it’ as a comedic actor in New York,” this show has it all, that is, if you like to laugh out loud for ninety minutes straight. Really, who doesn’t in these crazy times? So, don’t delay and grab those tickets now! But you better hurry because this show is only here for a few weeks and this is one fab night out you do not want to miss. Meaning….you, so, go and Mr. Zimmerman will see you there! Tonight-Nov 19th/Various dates & showtimes/Penn’s Landing Playhouse/211 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.

The GLOW If you’re looking for a fun night with the entire family or maybe looking for the perfect place to take a fall date, then prepare your Halloween-ed selves for a lovely stroll through Fairmount Park one of these upcoming nights to experience this one of-a-kind jack o’lantern extravaganza! Complete with top-notch pumpkin carvers, stunning visual art (hey there, Santa’s Christmas Village and Bey and Jay!) and much, much more, it’s an evening full of delightful fright that you’ll never forget anytime soon. But you better hurry up and grab those tickets because time slots are filling quickly, so go right here to grab yours…now. Happy pumpkin spiced trails, Philly!  Various ticket prices and showtimes/5201 Parkside Ave/Fairmount Park 

Philly Fall Concert Guide  What do Katy Perry, St. Vincent, Tegan and Sara, Janet Jackson, Thomas Gold, Michael Bolton, Bruno Mars, Kelela, Imagine Dragons and Zedd all have in common? They’re just some of the many, many ready-to-serve music artists that are coming to take over the Philly stages all fall long. So, if you’re down to spend your hard-earned coin on lots (and lots!) of upcoming concert tickets, waste no time in diving straight into Philly Mixtape’s official Fall Concert Guide and bag ’em all up. 

Wells Fargo Center  Whether Katy Perry tonight or Enrique Iglesias (and Pitbull!) for the start of your weekend tomorrow, the Wells Fargo Center is certainly the perfect place to escape from it all this week. Grab those tickets. 

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum You must not walk, but run to the box office at the Walnut Street Theatre to grab those tickets to take in Stephen Sondheim’s classic Tony Award-winning Best Musical, which has been described as “a nonstop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful, but slow-witted, courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and a bevy of beautiful showgirls. This unforgettable, hysterical musical comedy will have you laughing all the way to the Forum with “something for everyone, a comedy tonight!” All meaning….go. Walnut St. Theatre/tonight-October 22nd/various prices and showtimes

Full Front Street If you’re looking for one of the hottest shows in Philly on a Monday night (and every), you must head to Victoria Freehouse where your hostess with the always absolute, um, nothing on, Ms. Honeytree EvilEye, always has her tassels and so much more ready and waiting for you along with a fresh new roster of Philly Burlesque talent every god damn week.  Go right here for more Full Front Street tea on the daily and then…get ready. Every Monday/9 pm/show at 10/Victoria Freehouse/10 S. Front St.

Johnny Showcase  In what will certainly be the most funked up night of the Philly entertainment week, head over to Franky Bradley’s tonight to experience the joyful noises, vibes and bounces that transform when this raging 10 piece soul ensemble gets together to take over the Philly stages…which they often do frequently. With their mix of tricked out grooves with a funky psychedelic twist, Johnny Showcase and his boys are about to give it to you right tonight. So, don’t mother f@#king miss it. Let’s ride. Thursday/9 pm/Franky Bradley’s/1320 Chancellor St. 

DTF:Daryl & Timaree Fun Hour  Philly’s most f#$king hilarious duo–Daryl Charles and Timaree Leigh–are back at Franky Bradley’s to spill about love, sex and everything else in between! And the fact that this month’s round is on Friday the 13th, well, shit’s about to get weird…in the most delightful way possible, of course. Don’t miss it!  Friday/830 pm/Franky Bradley’s/1320 Chancellor St. 

Pennsylvania Ballet:The Sleeping Beauty  Now, what could be better than seeing this classic fairytale being retold by the talents of the incredible Pennsylvania Ballet? Absolutely nothing. Throw in one of Tchaikovsky’s most exquisite scores and you’ve got yourself one truly enchanted night out. Various dates and showtimes through October 22nd/The Academy of Music/1420 Locust St. 

Red Bull Sound Select:3 Days in Philly Three days….one hot venue….boatloads of talent including Girlpool, Andrea Valle, NoName, St. Beauty and many, many more. And of course, unlimited wiiiings courtesy of Red Bull. This is certainly the spot to be all weekend, so don’t miss your chance to soar and witness the joyous grooves that’ll most definitely be taking over the Underground Arts building starting tonight. For much more info on how to get yours, check this out and then get ready to phly, Philly.  Tonight-Saturday/Various showtimes/Underground Arts/1200 Callowhill St. 

DOOM  What happens when the always on point and spooky drag diva Porcelain takes over the upstairs stage at Tabu and rightfully serves up a cast that includes Ann Artist, Iris Spectre, Pretty Girl and DJ Goddess Isis, all while giving us a Friday the 13th costume appreciation fashion show that’s guaranteed to blow your wig off? There’s only one way to find out..prepare yourself proper and go. Friday/Tabu/10 pm/200 S. 12th St. 

Charley B’s presents 4 AM w/Tara Hendricks  If you haven’t experienced the powerful pipes on Philly’s very own powerhouse vocalist, Ms. Tara Hendricks, then it’s time for you to absolutely do it tomorrow night. So, join the lovely chanteuse along with her merry band mates–Sunny Dee (drums), Rick Tate (reeds), Darien Ebo (percussion) and Derrik Baldwin (keyboards)–as they kick off Charley B’s 2017-2018 entertainment season in only a way that they all know how to do…in sleek, sophisticated soul shattering style. Don’t miss it! Friday/7 pm/Charley B’s/6402 Stranton Avenue 

DJ Chris Urban  There’s absolutely no need to press play on 4 Non Blondes because you know what’s up when it comes to showing your dance music respect to one of Philly’s hottest DJs–L’Etage on Saturday (624 S. 6th St., 9 pm-2am,) and Positano Coast (212 Walnut St., 12pm-4pm) on Sunday for your hangover needs and beyond. Let’s dance…because, well, why the fuck not? Go. 

LiPSMACKERs  Although the whirling talents of DJs Mike Shaffer and Javascript are already enough to get us sashaying over to Tabu this weekend, they’ll be spinning out a buffet full of classic ladiez jamz to make it one diva-licious evening you’ll never forget. And guess what? It’s free! So, go and get your god damn groove on, bish. Saturday/9 pm/Tabu/200 S. 12th St. 

Thursday/10/12 

Against Me!@Union Transfer(830 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)…………Madeintoyo@TLA(8 pm, 334 South St.)………….Girlpool@Underground Arts(8 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.)…………LVL Up@Boot & Saddle(8 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)………..ill.Gates@Coda(10 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)………DJ ESCO@NOTO(10 pm, 1209 Vine St.)………..Deaf Scene@Johnny Brenda’s(9 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)

Friday/10/13

Adventure Club@The Fillmore(9 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)…………Noname@Underground Arts(8 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.)…………TOKiMONSTA@The Foundry(9 pm, 100 Frankford Ave)…….Quinn XCII@Coda(8 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)…………John Talabot@Dolphin Tavern(9 pm, 1539 S. Broad St.)………..Dannic@NOTO(10 pm, 1209 Vine St.)………Thomas Gold @Coda(11 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)……….The Phonies@The Barbary(8 pm, 951 Frankford Ave)

Saturday/10/14 

Cults @Johnny Brenda’s(915 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)…………Ministry@Electric Factory(830 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)………..Blind Pilot@Underground Arts(8 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.)……….Andrew Belle@Milkboy Philly(830 pm, 1100 Chestnut St.)………..Grizfolk@Coda(8 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)………..The Courtneys@Kung Fu Necktie(7 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)…….weaves@Boot&Saddle(830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)

Sunday/10/15

Showtunes Sundays@Tavern on Camac(9 pm, 243 S. Camac St.)………….Magic Giant @The Foundry(29 E. Allen St.)………..GoldLink@Coda(7 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)…………..The Stone Foxes@Johnny Brenda‘s(9 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)……….David Choi @Kung Fu Necktie(6 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)……..

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20 Halloween Events Worth Your Philly Trick-or-Treat Entertainment Pleasure

Since Philly takes Halloween very seriously, hop on those broomsticks right now and take a ride like Mr. Ginuwine’s “Pony” through Philly Mixtape’s updated Halloween weekend events calendar, which is all sorts of ready for your apple bobbin’ entertainment pleasure all witchy weekend long. 

Ready, set, what’s your favorite scary movie? Kazaam, you know, the one where Shaq plays a genie. Go. 

And of course, please click on the links (times may also change) to plan out your Halloween/Uber life…and be safe, kids! 

Sing Your Life Karaoke/All Over Philly Because you know you’re dying to get out there and butcher “Thriller” in the best way that only you know how, join Sing Your Life Karaoke queen Sara Sherr all over Philly during Halloween week, including where you can find her at some new gigs listed below that are more than ready for your trick-or-treat pleasure all candy apple lovin’ season long. Sun, 9-2, Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street Tues, 9-2, 12 Steps Down, 9th and Christian Thurs, 9-2 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. 

Terror Behind the Walls/Eastern State Penitentiary/Now-through Nov 5th. Because you’re finally recovered from last year’s hellish roaming, step back into the scurry shit because the Eastern State Pen is back at it again, bitch. 

Scream Turns Twenty/Netflix Perhaps the scariest thing on this list is the fact that Wes Craven mid ’90s horror masterpiece Scream is just a touch away from its twentieth fucking birthday. First, pass the Botox (right Ms. Cox in Scream 2 and 3?), and then watch….because it’s a god damn classic. 

The B-52’s Halloween Scream/The Fillmore/Sunday If only legendary Philly DJ Robert Drake was opening for the iconic B-52s would this event be the perfect addition to your already action-packed Halloween weekend. Oh, wait, he is, so “Roam” right over here and get those tickets, because on this night, we’re all in the deadbeat club.

Not Your Basic Brunch:Party of the Dead/Pennsylvania 6/Sunday Calling Ms. Houston, Ms. Winehouse, Mr. Bowie, Prince and Iggy Azalea’s music career (what, too soon?), you’re all invited to Pennsylvania 6 Philly this Sunday for a big ol’ Party of the Dead, which will be all wrapped up in that not so elusive “Not Your Basic”Brunch style and flavor. 

Of course, also along for the ride will be boatloads of bubbles and all the Spin City DJz you can’t possibly handle throwing it the fuck down on the main floors. And for this oh, so spooky, wooky round of NYBB, the 3rd floor at Penn 6 will be transformed into the afterlife lounge, which will be complete with all sorts of deep house ditties and a buffet of chilled out vibes where you can rest those tootsies before shimmying back onto the dead dance floor. Get ready, kids, because Penn 6 is about to be all done up into your worst/best nightmare complete with…everything, so call your friends, tell them to get their friends and we can all be freaky friends together this Sunday. Don’t forget to dress up all dead and stuff to win some fab prizes and then come through, yo! 

Jock o Lantern Night/The Bike Stop/Sunday That title pretty much this fuzzy, f@#kable event all sorts of up. Bears, cubs and ghouls….oh, yas, queen. 

Lita Ford/SundaySellersville Theatre Because who wouldn’t want to be kissed oh, so deadly by the legendary Ms. Lita Ford on Halloween? No, no…that wasn’t a question. 

Fright Night!/Bourbon & Branch/Oct 31st Leaving those front porch lights off this year? Then avoid it all and head to B&B where the smooth local sounds of The Billy Brown Band, RFA and Backroom Dreamers will be waiting for you…unlike those kids. 

Halloween/Monday Trick or treat, bitch! Now, beware of candy with razor blades in it and get to work on filling those local and legendary entertainment pillow cases all the way up.