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Weekend Entertainment Groove

Happy love lovin’ weekend!! 

Now, it’s time to lock the door (put on some Boyz II Men, perhaps?) and make that list of local and legendary entertainment shenanigans to get into for your Valentine’s weekend right about…now. 

Philly Theatre Week What do Bristol Riverside Theatre‘s ‘On Golden Pond,” Bucks County Playhouse‘s ‘Buddy:The Buddy Holly Story,’ Philadelphia Theatre Company‘s “Bridges of Madison County’ and Philly Improv Theatre‘s ‘Thank You, Places’ all have in common? Besides each of them being fabulous shows and incredible local entertainment venues, they’re just a tiny-yet-gigantic part of Philly Theatre Week, which is happening right this very second through this Sunday, Feb 17th! With 81 organizations hosting 100 events and over 315 (!!) performances, this is a can’t miss arts festival for the local arts (support ’em) lover in every single one of us. But perhaps the most splendid part of it all? Tickets for each show and event are all (emphasis on all) specially priced at three very accessible levels of free, $15 or $30! Okay, now we’re all ready. So, to grab as many tickets as you possibly can for this truly spectacular event (plus see the full festival layout!!), check all of this out right here, right now…and then go and get your local theater life on..you’ll certainly be glad you did.

74 Seconds….To Judgement/Arden Theatre Company There’s shows, and then there’s...this show.. a poignant, powerful 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 as well), it’s a must see for ALL of us in these divided times. It’s taken over The Arden now until 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 Baxter, right here!) you won’t be disappointed…go. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke Hey, Philly karaoke 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

Boyz 11 Men/The Met Tonight…….Philly’s very own legendary baby makin’ crooners are taking over The Met with their bedroom ready love makin’ rhythms and sensual serenades. Do we really need to say anything else here? Get those last remaining tickets..and you better believe it’s time to start rehearsing your Stephanie Tanner inspired “motownphilly” choreography and get it down, to a “T.” Right, Michelle and everyone in the tr-state area who’s so ready for all of this tonight? Always. Let’s get down on bended knees for the Boyz…because they’re comin.’ (8 pm

Erykah Badu/Busta Rhymes/Boardwalk Hall While we could go on & on about how these two music legends are going to pulverize the Jersey Shore tonight, we just have to put our fingers where they can click to get…those…tickets. And when it comes to this called late ’90s hip hop and R&B life…may be always try to make it with three dollars and six times. Go. (8 pm

Kim Waters/South Jazz Club While this weekend is indeed all about the lovahs and gettin’ in betwixt ‘dem sheets, it’s also about the grown-and-sexy smooth music lovers and having a sax-ed up good time, which is what the incredible saxophonist Kim Waters will be serving out when he blows out South Jazz Club tonight (and tomorrow night!) for your Valentine’s weekend pleasure….and that it certainly will be. Let’s get sax-y. (7 pm

DJ Chris Urban First, spill some tea with this superstar Philly DJ right here, then dance the night away alongside of him at L’Etage tonight(10 pm), and for your hangover pleasure on Sunday-into-Monday! at Positano Coast(12 pm). Ready? Because Mr. Urban will be. And away..we slay. 

The Eric Jaffe Show/Tavern on Camac The time has come…..for Mr. Jaffe to make us gag with another fabulous lewk during another round of his monthly show at Tavern on Camac. But besides the gagging and yaas-ing that will most definitely be occuring when you see..all of it, he’s bringing the incredible and dazzling cast of Jakeya, Kareem Anthony, Katie Mae, Hannah Parke and Joey Gallagher along for the local talent love ride…and what a ride it shall be to properly kick off your love-filled weekend. And then of course, afterwards we dance, bish! Ding! (730 pm

Sunday Tea:Philly’s Queer Day Party/Midtown  If you’re more obsessed than Mariah with this whole love thang (really, who isn’t?), then you’re going to want to dive right into this most fabulous Sunday Funday soiree. Tomorrow, shake your groove thing over to The Midtown(formerly Penn 6) for an all-inclusive (meaning..you) LGBTQ dance party where not only the endless supply of bubbly will make you feel like Ari in the “7 Rings” video, but the vibes will just be full of this love stuff..which is the best part of it all. So, get over your shit and head over to The Midtown tomorrow for a gay ol’ time.…we ALL deserve it. (3 pm-7 pm

Not Your Basic Brunch/Fresh Brunch of PA/Tradesman’s Now here’s a little throwback story of how NYBB is going to serve it out for your holiday weekend. Tomorrow, join DJ’s Ernesto Di Siro, Menace Cartel and Salvatore Carollo as they’ll no doubt be throwin’ down tons of phat beats to go with those bubbles. So, put on your best ’90s attire, grab both Aunt Viv’s and the rest of your Sunday Funday gang and get ready to live your freshest life on the floor…because there simply is no other way. (2 pm-8 pm

Two Friends/NOTO  First, press play on latest these shiny beat bros’ latest feel good fire “Take it Off” below. Then go see if they’ll make you take it all off when they take over the NOTO main stage for what will most likely be the start of your holiday Monday hangover. Let’s par-tay for the Prez’s, shall we? Always. 

Also for your life lovin’ self on…..

Saturday/February 16th 

A Story of Tenors@Walnut Street Theatre(through March 15th)…….Lots of fabulous dancing @Woody’s, Tavern on Camac, X Bar and Voyeur(10 pm, Gayborhood)……..Action Bronson@Franklin Music Hall(830 pm)………Dorothy@TLA(8 pm)……….Laidback Luke@Ocean Resort Casino(10 pm)……..Daughters@Union Transfer(830 pm)

Sunday/February 17th 

Robert DeLong@The Fillmore(8 pm)………..Survivor Sundays:Drag Queen Brunch @Mad Rex(11 am)……..Showtunes Sundays@Tavern on Camac(9 pm)………The Thrifty Disco w/Manik, del & Rana Ransom @Philly Aids Thrift(10 pm)……….Marvel:A Murder Mystery@Evil Genius Beer Company(6 pm)……..Mike Stud@TLA(10 pm).

For an endless cupboard’s worth of local and legendary entertainment truth, shatter a mug or twelve right here and here with Philly Mixtape

Cover photo courtesy of Visit Philly 

 

 

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Weekend Entertainment Groove

Before we plop down all of our money tomorrow night on a bet to see how many Grammys Cardi B will snatch from her respective four nominations (all of them?), there’s…..all of this to do…right now. 

So, let’s do it….

…….and happy Philly Theatre Week! Go. 

61st Annual Grammy Awards Cardi B and Kendrick L for…it all. Actually, no further statements because that’s most likely what’s going to happen when music’s biggest night takes over the Staples Center tomorrow night at 8 pm. Oh, and hey Ms. Alicia “A” Keys as your host with performances on the way from Ms. B, Dua Lipa, St. Vincent, Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Diana Ross, Travis Scott, Jennifer Lopez, Smokey Robinson, Ne-Yo and Dolly Parton(!!!) We’re, like, so ready. 

Philly Theatre Week What do Bristol Riverside Theatre‘s ‘On Golden Pond,” Bucks County Playhouse‘s ‘Buddy:The Buddy Holly Story,’ Philadelphia Theatre Company‘s “Bridges of Madison County’ and Philly Improv Theatre‘s ‘Thank You, Places’ all have in common? Besides each of them being fabulous shows and incredible local entertainment venues, they’re just a tiny-yet-gigantic part of Philly Theatre Week, which is happening right this very second through next Sunday, Feb 17th! With 81 organizations hosting 100 events and over 315 (!!) performances, this is a can’t miss arts festival for the local arts (support ’em) lover in every single one of us. But perhaps the most splendid part of it all? Tickets for each show and event are all (emphasis on all) specially priced at three very accessible levels of free, $15 or $30! Okay, now we’re all ready. So, to grab as many tickets as you possibly can for this truly spectacular event (plus see the full festival layout!!), check all of this out right here, right now…and then go and get your local theater life on..you’ll certainly be glad you did. 

Romeo + Juliet/The Wilma Theater Romeo, oh, Romeo…have you checked out the fine actor who’s playing Romeo in Shakespeare’s classic love tragedy tale during its run at the Wilma?? His name is Matteo Scammel and he’s oh, so ridiculously talented and handsome. And, the fine young actress who’s playing Juliet? Her name is Taysha Marie Canales and together, they’re double the reason to grab those tickets and click right here to dive into every this truly one-of-a-kind retelling has to offer. In the name of Claire and Leo….what are you waiting for? Today’s the last day of shows! Go. (Tonight-February 9th

74 Seconds….To Judgement/Arden Theatre Company There’s shows, and then there’s...this show.. a poignant, powerful 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, it’s a must see for ALL of us in these divided times. It’s taken over The Arden until March 3rd, and now it’s undoubtedly time to let this gripping show take over your life…right now. Seriously..go see it…you won’t be disappointed.

Sing Your Life Karaoke Hey, Philly karaoke kids and kweens…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 at any…or all…..of these phabulous Philly locations listed below…..and then get ready to sing as if your name is Reese Witherspoon..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

DJ Chris Urban First, spill some tea with this superstar Philly DJ right here, then dance the night away alongside of him at L’Etage tonight(10 pm), and for your hangover pleasure on Sunday at Positano Coast(12 pm). Ready? Because Mr. Urban will be. Now, dance. 

Gin Blossoms/Xcite Center @Parx Casino Because “Hey Jealousy,” “Found Out About You” and “Until I Fall Away” for the rest of our mid ’90s lives. And if you want to relive your Gin Blossoms’ owned New Miserable Experience all over again, grab those tickets to see them take a hold of Parx Casino tonight. Let’s light rock. (7 pm

Amateur Drag Night/L’Etage  Do you have what it takes to be Philly’s next aspiring drag superstar?? Well, you may not, but the lovely queens who’ll be sashaying all over the L’Etage stage this weekend will certainly be werkin’ it for that title and a $100 cash prize! Tomorrow night, Join your host, the hilarious Bev, as she, along with guest judges Zsa Zsa St. James and Emily Valentine, will slay together to judge the ladies on lewks, lip synchs, and of course, who’ll put the most love into our local drag lives! While you may not be the winner of this fierce competition, there’s no reason not to go support and see just what kind of drag shenanigans will be taking place. For more info (and to meet the gals!!), check this out right here and then check ya damn life at L’Etage on Sunday night...and may you always and respect a hard-working queen..and each other. (7 pm

Glitter High, Drag Out/Tattooed Mom  From fabulous drag queens to fabulous drag kings…the time has come to support them all. Tomorrow night, join your esteemed hosts Baked Pizza (aka Leaf Crunington) and Philly drag king Nile Raven as they dish out Tattooed Mom‘s first ever drag king show! And with a handsomely talented cast that includes Buster V. Giner, Lola Strange, Major Curl, Frankie Magnum and Henio Bullfrog, this is one show you will not want to miss for the close of your weekend and start of your werk week……and may you always and respect a hard-working king….and each other. (8 pm

Also for your……

Saturday/February 9th 

Lots of fabulous dancing @Woody’s, Tavern on Camac, X Bar and Voyeur (Gayborhood, 10 pm)……….John Maus@Union Transfer (730 pm)……..Space Jesus@The Fillmore(8 pm)…………Jimmy Gnecco@Milkboy Philly(730 pm)……..Keiko Matsui@South Jazz Club(9 pm)……..Welles@Johnny Brenda’s(9 pm)………Warbly Jets@Kung Fu Necktie(8 pm)……..DJ Scene@NOTO(10 pm)………Dark Dirty Techno@Ruba Club(11 pm)………DJ Deejay@Silk City Lounge(10 pm)………Galentine’s Brunch @City Tap House Logan Square(11 am-3 pm)…….

Sunday/February 10th 

Showtunes Sundays@Tavern on Camac(9 pm)……..Pink Floyd’s The Wall Live Extravagnaza@The Fillmore(8 pm)………..Rasputina@Johnny Brenda’s(8 pm)……..Spear of Destiny@Kung Fu Necktie(9 pm)……Eyelids@Boot & Saddle(8 pm)……Mega Mongo@The Trocadero(7 pm)…….Rebecca Zimmerman@The Fire(7 pm)

For many more local and legendary entertainment happenings every weekend (and week, too!), put your Philly Mixtape freakum dress on right here and here and let’s hit the town! 

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Super Bowl Weekend Entertainment Groove

Are you ready for some……sixty degree temps?  

No, you’re not hallucinating…..well, maybe a little bit because it is February. Although most of us found polar bears digging through our trash all week-long, indeed those above average temps are on the way and things are about to warm up…finally. 

Know what else warm things all the way up? A hearty to do list of things and thangs to do for your Saturday night and Super Bowl Sunday pleasure. 

Happy weekend! And may Mizz Brady and the New England Patriots get smacked down for the championship title for the second year in a row. 

Super Bowl LIII How many Philadelphians are going to be watching the moment our beloved Philadelphia Eagles turned Tom Brady into a little bitch, errr, won their very first Super Bowl Championship last year? Everyone. In case anyone cares, there’s a football game on, 45 Go Daddy commercials on the way, some fabulous movie trailers and a Maroon 5 sized halftime show. Hey, as long as it’s not Justin Timberlake…those halftime performances are a bish, aren’t they. JT? Check your football-ed life right here for more Super Bowl festivities around the town tomorrow. Play sports!! 

G.Love & Special Sauce/The Fillmore   We’re just a few phenomenal Philly hours away from the  City of Brotherly Love‘s very own Mr. G. Love’s takeover of The Fillmore…..and now begs the question…..did you snatch up one or all of those remaining tickets yet?? And who can believe it’s been 25 years already? No one because that dear, sweet local rock music keeps us ALL young and sauced up. Get ’em. (Tonight/8 pm

Sing Your Life Karaoke Hey, Philly karaoke kids and kweens…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 at any…or all…..of these phabulous Philly locations listed below…..and then get ready to sing as if your name is Reese Witherspoon..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

Romeo + Juliet/The Wilma Theater Romeo, oh, Romeo…have you checked out the fine actor who’s playing Romeo in Shakespeare’s classic love tragedy tale during its run at the Wilma?? His name is Matteo Scammel and he’s oh, so ridiculously talented and handsome. And, the fine young actress who’s playing Juliet? Her name is Taysha Marie Canales and together, they’re double the reason to grab those tickets and click right here to dive into every this truly one-of-a-kind retelling has to offer. In the name of Claire and Leo, what are you waiting for? Go. (Tonight-February 9th

Charlotte’s Web/Arden Theatre Company The rumors are true….the Arden’s critically acclaimed production of E.B. White‘s still delightful children’s book is wrapping up its run……tomorrow. So, don’t waste any time in you and the whole family grabbing the rest of those tickets! Plus, you’ll be able to see what else the Arden has in store for 2019 (Hear about 74 Seconds to Judgement? You should), and it’s a guarantee that it’s a whole lot of everything and more that you’ll absolutely love. Enjoy the shows! 

Jagged Edge/112/Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City In the mood to make some babies down at the Jersey Shore this weekend? Then this is absolutely the show for you. Now, get those tickets, lock the bedroom and get bus-ay just like it’s 1995 all over again..yes. 

DJ Chris Urban First, spill some tea with this superstar Philly DJ right here, then dance the night away alongside of him at L’Etage tonight(10 pm), and for your hangover pleasure on Sunday at Positano Coast(12 pm)…and he shall see you on the floor like J.Lo. 

The Fun Dolls Present:Candy Shop/L’Etage Who’s ready for a gorgeous gaggle of some of the flyest and oh, so most loveliest dancing dolls you’ve ever hit the Philly floor with? If you answered yaaaas to that question (really, who wouldn’t??) head over L’Etage tonight where the always slaying, Ms, Natalie Flynn, will be serving the city with a fierce crop of dancing divas who are more than ready to make you werk for your Willy Wonka Gobstoppers. Shimmy it up right here for more info, and then you betta…go and may you always support local dance artists…always. (7 pm) 

FEUD:The Drag Show/TABU  If you thought Bette & Joan’s FEUD was catty as f@ck, wait until the claws are sharpened for this one, kids and kweens. Tonight, 4 of Philly’s most slaying queens–Bev, Iris Spectre, Ariel Versace and Miss Troy–will trade places (and maybe faces??) to perform each other’s biggest numbers….and without a doubt there’ll be more shade thrown than the mighty oak can dish out. Of course, it will be an evening full of splendid local drag, big ass wigs and plenty of spilled tea all over the place! And may you always tip a feudin’ queen, bitch. Werk, ladies. (9 pm

Honeygasm/Franky Bradley’s Who’s ready to have that ass squeezed by sexy Cupid….aka Flrt Vonnegut…..just in time for Valentine’s Day? Tomorrow night, sploosh it on over to Franky Bradley’s where your tassels twirlin’ hosts, Honeytree Evil Eye and of course, Mr. Flrt, as they serve up some Burlesque variety lovin’ that you may not be able to handle…and that’s the best part of it all.  And with a cast that includes bellydance babe Challes L’ozile, boylesque babe Bear Trap, and Nerdlesque winner, June Bug, this is a can’t miss for all of the entertainment lovahs out there. Tickets are right here...go. (7 pm

Sarah Brightman/The Met  The Hymn goddess is about to descend upon Philly this Sunday night ….slap on a halo right here and get the rest of those tickets…now. (7 pm

Also spinning on the local and legendary entertainment turntables for your……

Saturday/February 2nd

A Comedy of Tenors @Walnut Street Theatre(through March 3rd)………..Lots of fabulous dancing @Woody’s, Tavern on Camac, X Bar and Voyeur (Gayborhood, 10 pm)……Bruce Bruce@Punchline Philly(10 pm)……..Philadelphia Auto Show@Convention Center(and Sunday, too)…….Steven Universe Drag Show @The Victoria Freehouse(10 pm)………..Brasstracks@Johnny Brenda’s(7 pm)……..Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle@Keswick Theatre(7 pm)………Cautious Clay @The Foundry(9 pm)……..Steve Gunn@Union Transfer(7 pm)……..3LAU @Hard Rock & Casino Atlantic City (10 pm)…………6 Underground:’90s Alternative Dance Party @Kung Fu Necktie(1030 pm)………Carter Cruise@NOTO(10 pm) 

Super Bowl Sunday/February 3rd    

Showtunes Sundays @Tavern on Camac (9 pm)………. QT Noir Arts Festival @The Rotunda(12 pm)……..’60s Sunshine Pop w/DJ Jay Scwatrz @Johnny Brenda’s(12 noon)…….2019 Chinese New Year Festival@Cottman Avenue & Frankford Avenue(1230 pm)……..Emarosa@Voltage Lounge(6 pm)…….Jai Blizz@Hard Rock Cafe Philly(8 pm)……..

For many, many more super sized shenanigans coming this your way this year and beyond, own the field with Philly Mixtape right here and here

Ridiculously adorable cover photo courtesy of 6abc Philadelphia