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Weekday Entertainment Groove

The time is absolutely right now to let our hair down and party like it’s the last full week of local and legendary entertainment events in winter….oh, wait…’tis. 

Go. 

Pennsylvania Ballet Presents:Giselle/Academy of Music In what will probably be the most stunning and extraordinary show of the week, join the always incredible (and extremely hard-working!) PA Ballet as they hop out an incredible evening of dance and delightful spring like vibes that we can only dream of as March gets its weather business in gear. So, grab the kids, grab everybody…this is one local dance-stravaganza not to be missed if we really want to be in that groundbreaking floral mood…which we most certainly do this time of year. So, go..and may all of us forever and always support local arts..because we must for the future. Now, dance right here for more glorious info on this spectacular Philly show. (through this Sunday, March 17th

Sing Your Life Karaoke Hey, spring fling karaoke kweens and kids….friends and lovers…the time has come….for all of us to belt out the hits for our think spring singin’ lives! All you have to do is join the most fabulous Sara Sherr (and respect, y’all) and her always jam-packed Sing Your Life Karaoke collection at any…or all…..of these phabulous Philly locations listed below…..and then get ready to sing as if your name is Barbra…it’s not, but try those vocals out anyway….it’s just that simple. Let’s crack some vases. Sun/9-2@Bob & Barbara’s……Tues/9-2@12 Steps Down……Thursday/9-2 @Milkboy Philly South St…Fri/9-1@Southhouse….Saturday/9-145@ Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap

Lords of Acid/TLA Yes, the rabid 90s pop culture rumors are true..we’re just a couple of hours away from these legendary rock misfits’ impending takeover of the TLA tonight! So, if you want to rock out for the rest of those tickets right now…..first, grab that trademark Lords of Acid t-shirt from Hot Topic out of your closet(you know you still flaunt it) and then…go. (630 pm

Ella Mai/The Fillmore In just two(!!) English Breakfast tea sipping evenings from tonight, this recent Best New Artist Grammy nominee and sassy, sauce-y UK songstress will be taking over The Fillmore for an evening that’s guaranteed to put the “baby” in your “makin.” So, if you want whatever may be left of those soon-to-be groove-filled tickets to get down with Ms. Ella’s beats, get “Boo’ed Up” with your boo and grab them..now. (8 pm

So You Think You’re a Headliner/Franky Bradley’s This hump day evening, join your esteemed hostess (and DJ!!), legendary Gayborhood drag diva Fanci Dismount Stratton, as she serves up a new talent competition showcasing a buffet of talented local entertainers who’ll be dishing out drag, burlesque, live vocalists, Cosplay and lots more! These fierce guys, gals, kids and kweens will not only be judged for their performance abilities, but for their hosting skills as well. It also doesn’t hurt (well, maybe a little) that a fabulous panel of judges including live singing drag superstar, The Goddess Isis, burlesque diva Miss V, and stunning drag artist Aloe Vera will be mentoring along the way, so don’t miss a moment of it! Now, go here for tickets and then…go. (9 pm

Cosmic Gate/NOTO If you’re looking to get a bit spaced out and plugged in as we head into St. Patrick’s Day (really, who isn’t it before those basic Irish crowds arrive..eek!!) weekend, then this amplified event this Thursday night from one of dance music’s most iconic duos is just the explosive show for…all of us. Hit the floor right here for those tickets and also be sure to ice and train those fists because thy will be pumped all night long when it comes to these guys. (10 pm

Tritonal/Disco Fries/Franklin Music Hall While the beats and treats served up at this show won’t be nearly as insane as the ones heaved out from Cosmic Gate the night before, but if you’re looking to pump those fists and build those beats in a more lighter (but just as fun!!) way, waste no time in grabbing that access to dive into the floor of yes life that these two fine-tuned music acts will be dishing out this Friday night. Ready, set, party like it’s almost spring…oh, wait, ’tis. (830 pm

Also for your almost spring local and legendary entertainment pleasure on…..

Monday/March 11th Virtual Swing @Kimmel Center(through March 24th, 12 pm, 5 pm)…….The Gem of the Ocean @Arden Theatre Company(through March 31st) Tigerbeats Indie Dance Party@The Barbary(10 pm)…….Dan Mangan@Johnny Brenda’s(8 pm)……..Irish Quizzo w/JDT@The Bourse Philly(6 pm)……Girl Germs@Johnny Brenda’s Downstairs(8 pm)

Tuesday/March 12th Trippie Redd@TLA(almost sold out!, 8 pm)…….Acid Bird w/DJ Rory Connell@Johnny Brenda’s(8 pm)……Last Minute Comedy Showcase @Silk City Diner & Lounge(830 pm)……..Drag Bingo@Southhouse(8 pm)…….Smallpools@Union Transfer(830 pm)……Mother Mother@The Foundry(8 pm)……West Philadelphia Orchestra@Franky Bradley’s(9 pm)…….

Wednesday/March 13th Garrick Ohlsson@Perelman Theater(730 pm)…….Songbird Opening Night@L’Etage(8 pm)………..Hump Day Hoe Down@Tavern on Camac(8 pm)…..We Three@World Cafe Live(8 pm)…….L……Reignforest@The Barbary(10 pm)…..Yoke Lore@The Foundry(8 pm)……A Fragile Tomorrow@Bourbon & Branch(7 pm) 

Thursday/March 14th  Martha Graham Cracker in Lashed But Not Leashed @SEI Innovation Studio(sold out, 8 pm)…….Whiskey Myers@TLA(8 pm)……..Masked Intruder@The Foundry(8 pm)……..Mark Morton@Underground Arts(830 pm)……..Andy Frasco&The U.N.@Johnny Brenda’s(830 pm)…….Rabbits to Riches@Boot&Saddle(7 pm)……..Jersey Corn Pickers@Kung Fu Necktie(8 pm)…….Mary Ann Redmond@South Jazz Club(9 pm)…..The 21Soul Sessions@World Cafe Live(7 pm)…….RuPaul’s Drag Race Viewing Party w/Eric Jaffe@Destination Dogs(8 pm)…….AS If Presents Whatevs@TABU(10 pm)…….DJ Chris Wilson@Johnny Brenda’s(8 pm).

Friday/March 15th  Philly Drag Wars (upstairs) followed by DJ KRK‘s Underground downstairs@Voyeur(730 pm, 10 pm)………Teenage Fanclub@Union Transfer(730 pm)………Shaun Frank@Franklin Music Hall(730 pm)……..All That ’90s Party @Voltage Lounge(930 pm)……….foxtrot/the get down@Milkboy Philly(830 pm)……..PENTHAUS@TABU(10 pm)……..Moneybagg Yo @TLA(8 pm)………Chantate Cann @South Jazz Club(7 pm)……Secret Dance Party@Connie’s Ric Rac(10 pm)……Joe Grushecky@World Cafe Live(8 pm)………DJ Rocdaspot@Johnny Brenda’s(10 pm)…….Miami Vice Tropical Night@The Barbary(10 pm) 

To think spring grooves along with Philly Mixtape, shimmy, shimmy right here and here 

Cover photo courtesy of Philadelphia Magazine

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Weekday Entertainment Groove

This week for the entire city of Philadelphia and the tri-state area…it all comes down to one word….RENT

Plus, there’s all delightful kinds (truth) of local and legendary entertainment events to stock up on for your first full week of March right about…now. 

And might we also say, Rest in Peace Mr. Luke Perry…all of us ’90s kids are truly in mourning right now. Your bad ass gentlemen vibes and legendary sideburns will truly, truly be missed forever. 

RENT 20th Anniversary Tour/Merriam Theater So, there’s this Tony Award owning, life changing legendary Broadway extravaganza called RENT...anyone ever hear of it? Of course…we ALL have as the dearly departed Jonathan Larson‘s universe altering show is not just one of the most iconic theater events that ever took over the Great White Way, but the fact that every single show for the 20th anniversary national tour takeover this week at the Merriam Theater has been completely sold out for months now..so, yeah, we’re all aware and more than ready. However, for those who may not have been able to grab those tickets for this week’s round of shows, there’s some good news…it’s coming back to the Merriam this October 8th-10th and there’s still tickets left!! So, after you’ve picked up your “Seasons of Love” lovin’ self up off of the floor, head to the Kimmel Center’s website and sing it out for those tickets…now. 

But wait there’s more…..so, you really, really want to revel in this legendary show and kick it with this incredible touring cast this week, right? Well, it just so happens that..you can. After you’ve picked yourself up off of the floor again, make those plans now as the incredibly talented cast will be taking part in Cabaret for a Cause at the Arts Bank Theatre at the University of Arts this Thursday night, March 7th, where you’ll not only be able to revel in all of these fine actors and actresses’ talents and then some, but your ticket will get you in a raffle to win a pair of tickets to the closing night of RENT this Sunday, March 10th. Also, being that these crazily talented kids are all about the “Love,” all proceeds will be donated to the incredible David Jenkins Memorial Scholarship Fund, which you can learn more about right here. With that being said, the 20th anniversary tour of RENT is taking over Philly this week and it should be our duty to be ready for all of the historic Broadway magic that will be taking over the city. 

Philadelphia Flower Show Presents:Flower Power Florals…..for spring?? Always when it comes to the groundbreaking and riveting Philly Flower Show, which is delighting our senses at the Convention Center right this very second until this Sunday, March 10th! So, if you’re ready to get to sniffin’ and a smellin’ all of those groovy #thinkspring scents that are always bouquet-ed into Philly’s annual flower-stravanganza, now is the time to get those tickets and get to strollin through it all! Don’t miss any of it!! (Today until Sunday, March 10th)

Sing Your Life Karaoke Hey, spring fling karaoke kweens and kids….friends and lovers…the time has come….for all of us to belt out the hits for our spring singin’ lives! All you have to do is join the most fabulous Sara Sherr (respect, y’all) and her Sing Your Life Karaoke collection at any…or all…..of these phabulous Philly locations listed below…..and then get ready to sing as if your name is Barbra…it’s not, but try those vocals out anyway….it’s just that simple. Let’s crack some vases. Sun/9-2@Bob & Barbara’s……Tues/9-2@12 Steps Down……Thursday/9-2 @Milkboy Philly South St…Fri/9-1@Southhouse….Saturday/9-145@ Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap

Miss Amateur L’Etage Pageant  Haay, we all have to begin that locally slaying journey somewhere, and for a calvary of fierce and fabulous red-hot and rising local drag queens, that somewhere will be at L’Etage this Tuesday night! Join your host, Ms. Bev, along with guest judges Miss Amateur L’Etage 2018, Timothy Antwon Toler as well as this year’s Miss L’Etage 2019 kween herself Emily Valentine and runner up Kurt David behind the judging tables as they judge the likes and lewks of Robyn Bonacci, Matt Yee, Adam Montgomery Topher Lee Carmelo D’Angelo to see which queen has what it tucks to snatch that wig…for it all. It’s a sizzling competition that’s not to be missed…so don’t!! (Tuesday/8 pm)

Got Philly Live Music Vibes? There’s simply no denying that it’s a tough world out there for us all right now, and better way to say “thank u, next” to the ughs of life other than with a plethora of live music vibes for your grueling werk week ahead? And this upcoming week is indeed the perfect one to snatch a variety pack of tickets to everything as the laid back (and almost sold out!) light rock vibes of Dean Lewis and Jack Gray (730 pm) will be on display at The Foundry on Tuesday night, “Sue Me” songstress and Disney darling Sabrina Carpenter (7 pm) will certainly be cheering us with her perky stage presence at the TLA on Wednesday, and if you’re looking to go just a touch deeper into that live music life, eccentric beat serving duo BoomBox (7 pm) will certainly have it all with their impending takeover of Union Transfer this Thursday night. So, there you have it. Now, it’s turn to catch those Philly live music vibes all..week..long..go. 

That Gayborhood Friday Night Life, Though….. So..many…things and thangs to do in Philly’s Gayborhood for the start of your second weekend of March….all of Fri-slay night to do it all. Kicking things off, sashay on over to Voyeur for ’80s night of Drag Wars (730 pm) where you’re bound to see a buffet of talented local drag queens and some fiercely krimped wigs…..a crateful of handsome DJs will have all of your dance music desires met with DJ KRK and a brand new serving of his Underground fire will take you there and beyond downstairs at 10 pm at Voyeur after DW…..…..DJs Javascript, Mike Shaffer and Jake Charles will be giving it to us ’90s/’00s diva style with another Chap Stick worthy round of their LiPSMACKeRS dance floor shenanigans @Tabu (10 pm)……and Mr. DJ Chris Urban will certainly have us workin’ it like Missy when he takes over the upstairs at Tavern on Camac (10 pm) for another one of his trademark bump-that-rump on the floor romps. Let’s also not leave out all of the boys, bros, dudes and daddies you’re bound to meet (and look up from those phones guys…seriously) at Bike Stop, U Bar, X Bar and Knock, which are all the more reasons for all of us to get over our shit and just get out there and have some fun because quite frankly, we deserve it. Happy last Friday night like Katy, kids and kweens!! 

Lil’ Kim/Ocean Resort Casino Because when the legendary Queen Bee herself rolls down to the Jersey Shore, it is our absolute priority to get those tickets, gather up our entourage and roll right down right the f@#k with her. “Not Tonight,” “Lady Marmalade,” “Magic Stick,” “No Time” and literally everything this true rap diva legend has ever served any of us…for life. (Friday/10 pm

Dannic/NOTO Whether on a crunchy club banger, sticky deep house groove or quirky refiring of the classic “Toca’s Miracle” alongside DJ legend Fedde Le Grand, there’s simply no ditty denying that this powerhouse of a Dutch DJ will certainly be giving it to all of us when he takes over NOTO this Friday night. Fist pump it up right here for tickets. (10 pm

Also to put on that MUST do list for your first full week of March in Philly……

Tuesday/3/5

Bon of Osiris@TLA(630 pm)………Ann Teak’s Drag Show@Tattooed Mom(8 pm)……….Cass McCombs@World Cafe Live(8 pm)………Smile Empty Soul@Voltage Lounge(6 pm)……..Hot Flash Heat Wave@Everybody Hits(8 pm)…….iamjakehill@Balcony Bar @The Trocadero(730 pm)

Wednesday/3/6      

Gavin James@The Foundry(8 pm)……..Hump Day Hoe Down@Tavern on Camac(8 pm)……….Open Mic Night@Connie’s Ric Rac w/Jeremy Adam(7 pm)…….Madeline Peyroux@World Cafe Live(8 pm)……Uncle Acid&The Deadbeats@Union Transfer(8 pm)……..Nina Nesbitt@Voltage Lounge(8 pm)…….Mike Krol@Boot & Saddle(830 pm)…….Rachel Andie@Bourbon & Branch   (8 pm)

Thursday 3/7 

Yannick @Verizon Hall@Kimmel Center(730 pm) …………….Gender Blender @TABU(10 pm)…….Terminally Chill Dance Party@The Barbary(10 pm)…….Hippie Sabotage@TLA(8 pm)…….Jay Critch@The Foundry(8 pm)…….Psychadelic Porn Crumpets@Kung Fu Necktie(730 pm)……..Matt Kerekes@Everybody Hits(8 pm)………American Pleasure Club@Underground Arts(9 pm)……..SayMyName@NOTO(10 pm)……..Divinity Roxx@South Jazz Club(7 pm)……Sir Babygirl@Boot&Saddle(730 pm) 

Friday 3/8 

Cameron Catastrophe’s Collection of Curiosities @2ndstory Philly (9 pm)….Throwbacks@The Dolphin Tavern(10 pm)…..Creedence Clearwater Revival @Xcite Center@Parx Casino(7 pm)……..Nothing More/Of Mice and Men @The Fillmore(630 pm)………JJ Grey & Mofro @Union Transfer(7 pm)……..Morbid Angel@TLA(7 pm)……..Her’s@Johnny Brenda’s(9 pm)…….Bob Weir@The Met(730 pm)…….

For much, much more local and legendary entertainment shenanigans to get into this month and beyond, celebrate life and pop some bottles with Philly Mixtape right here and here

RENT cover photo courtesy of Kimmel Center

 

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Weekday Entertainment Groove

Whether you’re in the mood to support local drag (as you should..hey, Ms. Martha Graham Cracker), catch some Citizen Cope vibes, dance your ass off to the grooves dished out by some fiery DJs, or get your Mariah Carey-oke on, this (and every) week’s list of entertaining Philly activities has a little something for the local and legendary entertainment lover in all of us

Meaning you, so in a word…go. 

Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret/L’Etage Tonight is certainly that night where Philly entertainment legend Martha Graham Cracker is going to make all of us feel alright well into the week ahead and beyond as she dishes out another dose of her delightfully cray shenanigans! So, if you’re looking for something to do this evening that slays “thank u, next” to those Monday night doldrums, plus witness a spectacular spectacle that you’ll definitely tell all of your friends about, this is the night out for you. Don’t miss any of it! Ms. Martha is waiting just for you..and may ALL of us forever respect a hard-working queen. Tickets are $20 right here, $30 at the door, show steps off at 7 pm!

74 Seconds….To Judgement/Arden Theatre Company There’s shows, and then there’s...this show.. a poignant, raw, real story about a jury of 6 who have been in pure deadlock for a week straight as they undoubtably struggle to decide what is ‘justifiable homicide’ in a headline grabbing murder trial. As relevant as it is pure pearl clutching (and big shout out to red-hot Philly playwright Kash Goins for this story as well), it’s a must see for ALL of us in these divided times. It’s taken over The Arden tonight until Sunday, March 10th, and now it’s undoubtedly time to let this gripping show take over your life…right now. Seriously..go see it (and meet one of the show’s leading ladies, Ms. Kala Moses Baxterright here!) you won’t be disappointed. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke Hey, Philly karaoke friends and lovers…the time has come..for all of us to belt out the hits for our window shattering lives! All you have to do is join the most fabulous Sara Sherr and her Sing Your Life Karaoke collection at any…or all…..of these phabulous Philly locations listed below…..and then get ready to sing as if your name is Barbra…it’s not, but try those vocals out anyway….it’s just that simple. Let’s crack some vases. Sun/9-2@Bob & Barbara’s……Tues/9-2@12 Steps Down……Thursday/9-2 @Milkboy Philly South St…Fri/9-1@Southhouse….Saturday/9-145@ Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap

Wanda Sykes/Punchline Philly Although her soon-to-be side-splitting affairs in Philly this Tuesday and hump day evening have been sold out for quite some time now (doors open at 730 pm for those blessed ones with tickets), there’s no reason why we can’t watch this hilarious clip from one of Ms. Sykes’ legendary comedy specials…..and wonder why she received no awards love for her supporting turn in Monster-in-Law Law alongside Ms. Fonda and Ms. Lo. Seriously..just watch and try not to die laughing. Love you, boo! 

Citizen Cope/Franklin Music Hall Since there’s no denying that the forever chill and laid back music vibes by perhaps one of the greatest indie music acts of all time will always get us from “Z” back to “A” at any given moment in this bonkers life, you should absolutely de-stress from your week by going to this show to completely ebb and flow into a most zen-filled March. “Let the Drummer Kick,” anyone? Always. Get those tickets. (830 pm

Morgan Page/NOTO Because no matter what we go through in life, you just have to keep putting that mind, soul, spirit and body to work as it’s the only way to get shit done, right? Yes. First, get down with this insanely motivating Tegan & Sara owned remix of “Body Work” below, then get those tickets to see globally renowned DJ Morgan Page take over NOTO this Friday for your first weekend of March pulsating pleasure. Let’s get physical on the dance floor. (10 pm

Cabaret Sauvignon/Franky Bradley’s Is there anything she magnificently can’t do? Of course, that magnificent she we’re reading tea leaves about here is fabulous local drag connoisseur, Ms. Lili St. Queer. When she’s not DJ’ing, tickin’ those keys as if her name is Alicia, or snatching all of the parts and wigs in another slaying round of her one-woman cabaret show this Friday night, she’s just an all around groovy gal who deserves all of your attention and love..right now. And you can begin by getting those tickets to her soon-to-be spectacular spectacle right here. Don’t miss it! (7 pm

That Local DJ Love, Though…Whether you sashay up the stairs to get your funkdafied freak on alongside DJ Chris Urban at Franky Bradley’s……or strut downstairs at Voyeur to get your Underground life on thanks to DJ KRK and his weekly dance floor gay-thering, both of these handsome ditty daddys will have you thinkin’ spring in no time thanks to the ignited fires they’ll be backdrafting out this Friday night in the Gayborhood. Ya ready? Yes. And remember…shade is never allowed on the dance floor, so leave all of the drama at home before you head out cut a rug..as it’s the only way to be under the strobes. Let’s fucking dance. (10 pm

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

Monday/February 25th 

Open Mic Night w/The Goddess Isis@The Fire(8 pm)……..A Comedy of Tenors @Walnut Street Theatre(through March 15th, get tickets here)……….Lennon Stella@TLA(Sold out, 730 pm)……..Shing02@Johnny Brenda’s(8 pm)……….Jabair@Kung Fu Necktie(10 pm)………A Space Odyssey@The Balcony Bar@The Trocadero(8 pm) 

Tuesday/February 26th 

Jacquees@TLA(sold out, 8 pm)……….Tattooed Momedy@Tattooed Mom(8 pm)……..Ty Segall/White Fence@Union Transfer(730 pm)………Tedeschi Trucks Band@The Met(730 pm)………Gaby Moreno@World Cafe Live(8 pm)………Ed Schrader’s Music Beat@Johnny Brenda’s(8 pm)

Wednesday/February 27th   

Our Night Out Philly @Toasted Walnut(6 pm)………Soul Factory Season 2 @TABU(9 pm)……..Drake Night@The Filmore(9 pm)…….Agitated!@Franky Bradley‘s(8 pm)………Chelsea Cutler@TLA(sold out, 8 pm)……Watsky@Union Transfer(730 pm)……..Yemen Blues@World Cafe Live(8 pm)…….Melissa Laveaux@Kung Fu Necktie(9 pm)……..Twen @Boot & Saddle(7 pm) 

Thursday/Feb 28th

2019 Mouthful Monologue Festival@Philadelphia Young Playwrights(through March 9th…check this out)……..Women’s Film Festival @Positano Coast(6 pm)…….Wet & Kilo Kish@Underground Arts(8 pm)…….Deerhoof/Soul Glo @Union Transfer(730 pm)………Aaaron Watson/Pat Greene@TLA(8 pm)…….Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience @World Cafe Live(8 pm)…….Rebecca Loebe@The Locks at Sona(630 pm)………Marlo@NOTO(10 pm)

Friday/March 1st 

Lots of fabulous dancing @Tabu, Voyeur, X Bar, Woody‘s & Franky Bradley‘s(10 pm, Gayborhood)………ClymaXXX:Onyx Invasion@Boxers PHL(10 pm)…….Gender Queery:Trans and Nonbinary Drag Show @Stir Lounge(8 pm)……Deerhunter @Union Transfer(8 pm)…….The Cat Empire@TLA(8 pm)………Within Temptation@The Fillmore(7 pm)……..EMO Night w/DJ Deejay@Kung Fu Necktie(10 pm)……Swing Gala @The Moshulu Ballroom(8 pm)…….The Prince & Michael Jackson Experience @Voltage Lounge(930 pm)……….Cold Cave @Underground Arts(9 pm)

For many more wig snatching activities around the town this week and beyond, get that Philly Mixtape lewk right here and here 

Cover photo courtesy of NOTO Philadelphia