Weekly Entertainment Groove

There’s literally so much going on local and legendary entertainment wise this week in Philly that we all just need to get to it right….now. 

Go do it all. 

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 has been extended through Sunday, February 3rd! But since we’re (somehow) careening towards the end of January, that date will be here soon, so don’t waste any time in you and the whole family grabbing those tickets! Plus, you’ll be able to see what else the Arden has in store for 2019 (like the just started 74 Seconds to Judgement) and it’s a guarantee that it’s a whole lot of everything and more that you’ll absolutely love. Enjoy the shows! 

The Lightning Thief:The Percy Jackson Musical/Merriam Theater Yes, that same box office owning Percy Jackson (you know, Poseidon‘s son, no big deal) is coming to Philly beginning tomorrow night to steal all of our Broadway hearts in what the Hollywood Reporter calls a “winning adaptation” of the 2010 film of the same name. There’s more info, ticket prices, showtimes and lots of other Percy goodies right here, so grab everyone and get right down to all of the Lightning business.(Tuesday, January 22nd-Sunday, January 27th

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 has been extended through Sunday, February 3rd! But since we’re (somehow) careening towards the end of January, that date will be here soon, so don’t waste any time in you and the whole family grabbing those tickets! Plus, you’ll be able to see what else the Arden has in store for 2019 (like the just started 74 Seconds to Judgement) and it’s a guarantee that it’s a whole lot of everything and more that you’ll absolutely love. Enjoy the shows! 

DVLF Presents:Our Night Out Philly/Tradesman’s The time has come….for the first ONO of the year!! This Wednesday night, strut your business casual self on over to Tradesman‘s on Chestnut  to mix, mingle and rub elbows in pure 2019 style! Plus a couple of cocktails, a few new Gayborhood acquaintances and lots of BBQ’ lovin are all kinds of grand ideas in the middle of our werk week. All that’s left to say is…see you there! Oh, and click it all on up right here for much more fabulous info on this long-running monthly networking event…meaning..go. (6 pm

Wu Tang Clan/Franklin Music Hall  Does this one really need an explanation? And two Wu shows (Thursday & Friday!!) means double your “C.R.E.A.M.” pleasure, so get those tickets and of course….Rest in Peace, Mr. ODB…you’ll always have our all of our money and all of our old school rap hearts. (830 pm)

Do Both:Lighting Talks & Burlesque/RUBA Club There’s no doubt that this is the year for those who can man and woman up to do it all, so if you’re also looking for that kind of ambitious entertainment, than look no further than right…here. This Friday night, join your always yas host, Flrt Vonnegut, as he and local Burlesque performers including Kosha Killawat, Queen of Hearts and Honeytree Evil Eye give you an evening full of it all. Featuring a night of informative TEDx style lectures about life and stuff along with a buffet of some of the most stunning Burlesque performances you’ve ever witnessed. These stunning performers will not only be dishing out a night of tremendous entertainment this side of the East Coast, but serving up truth to the fact that women can be fiercely both sexy and competent adults. And you…need to be there. Peep this right here for ticket info and then werk it on over to the Ruba this Friday night…you won’t be sorry. (9 pm

Guys & Dolls/L’Etage  What you’ve read in US Weekly is absolutely true….the G&D fierceness is coming back in 2019! This Thursday night, get your damn selves over to L’Etage where your host, Ms. Emily Valentine, along with your slaying local drag performers VinChelle, A-Dick Shun and Big Red serve out a show that will indeed get you more right than Ms. J as we set sail into the weekend. Now all you have to do is…go. (8 pm

Underground w/DJ KRK/Voyeur Since pretty much the whole entire Gayborhood will be at this Friday night’s Drag Wars 10 (!!) opening slay-off at Voyeur you should stay and sashay your way down those stairs where the always ready DJ KRK will be waiting for you with all of his Underground beats and business. Because when it comes to the launch of his new weekend kickoff bash, the volume on that dear, sweet music is only going to go all the way up all f@#king year long…..and you won’t want to miss any part of it. Oh, and if you dance it on over to his official website and Soundcloud pages, you’re slip-and-slide on the floor with a couple more of this superstar Philly DJ‘s treats and beats. (Every Friday/10 pm

Bell Bov DeVoe/Xcite Center @Parx Casino  While this Friday night’s BBD show has been sold out for quite some time now, there’s no problem in throwing some cardboard down and doin a little break dancin’ like your “Poison” life depends on it…because it most certainly does. And of course, may all of us never trust any guy or gal with a big butt and a smile. (8 pm

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

Monday/January 21st  

Miss-Cast 8 @Mauckingbird Theatre(7 pm,click here for more info)…….Swing @The Kimmel Center(through February 24th, click here for info and showtimes)…..Open Mic @Punchline Philly(8 pm)…..Tiger Oil @Silk City Bar & Lounge (8 pm)…………The Snakes @Kung Fu Necktie (8 pm)……..Los Acosta Nuevos Exitos @District N9ne(7 pm)……….Karaoke Takeover @Infusion Lounge(9pm)……

Tuesday/January 22nd 

Turn Out Tuesdays@Boxers PHL (730 pm)……Taggart @World Cafe Live:Upstairs(8 pm)……….Camel Bones@The Fire(8 pm)…….Chris Bullock @Bourbon & Branch(8 pm)…….Idle Kyle @Milkboy Philly(730 pm)……….Drag Bingo @Southhouse(8 pm)…..Pat Brennan Quartet@Chris’ Jazz Cafe(7 pm)……

Wednesday/January 23rd 

Still Woozy @Johnny Brenda’s(8 pm)…….Crystal Lake@Voltage Lounge(8 pm)……..Open for Business@The Dolphin Tavern(10 pm)…….So Far Gone:Drake Night@The Fillmore(9 pm)…….The Everything Show @L’Etage(10 pm)……..Wednesday Showtunes@Tavern on Camac(9 pm)…….Heavy Metal Karaoke@Kung Fu Necktie (8 pm

Thursday/January 24th 

No Standing Room:Dancing Zone Only @Warehouse on Watts(10 pm)……….Four Year Strong @The Foundry(7 pm)…….Mick Jenkins@TLA(8 pm)…….Thursday Night Fever:A Disco Party @The Barbary(10 pm)……Kicking Sunrise@Milkboy Philly(8 pm)………WonderLust W/Sean Thomas @Liason Room @Front Street Cafe …….Alex Cameron @Johnny Brenda’s(9 pm)……..Huckleberry Funk @Bourbon & Branch (9 pm)

Friday/January 25th 

Lots of fabulous dancing @Woody’s, Voyeur, Tabu, X Bar, Tavern on Camac and Franky Bradley’s all weekend long(Gayborhood, 10 pm)……Two Year Anniversary Party @Toasted Walnut(6 pm)…….Philadelphia House & Ballroom Exhibition @Philadelphia Museum of Art(5 pm)………Gryffin @TLA(8 pm)……..KC & The Sunshine Band @Hard Rock Hotel Casino & Spa(8 pm)………Brothers Osborne@The Fillmore(8 pm)………Lotus@Union Transfer(8 pm)……..Dirty South @NOTO(10 pm)……..Liz Longley@World Cafe Live(8 pm)……..Justin Jay @Warehouse on Watts(9 pm)……Polyesno@Kung Fu Necktie(9 pm)……..

Cover photo courtesy of Visit Philly 

For much more local and legendary entertainment shenanigans all year-long and beyond, throw some cardboard down and breakdance with Philly Mixtape right here and here


Thanksgiving Week Entertainment Groove

Just a couple of things here…….

Happy Thanksgiving to all! 

Hug one another and please be god damn safe. 

Don’t bring anything up about any of that at the table….just don’t. 

Ready, set, tryptophan. 

Franklin Music Hall So, you’ve most likely been hearing all about this new spot called Franklin Music Hall and have been wondering…just what the hell is it? But, chances are you’ve already been there as it’s the venue formerly known as the Electric Factory. And in celebrating the new brand name, all stops are being pulled and all amps are being plugged in as San Holo (Wednesday) and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke(Friday) will be stopping by, as well as future FMH stage christener’s Joe Perry, Streetlight Manifesto, Adam Conover and Get the Lead Out. But as we all know what it comes to is…just get those f@#king tickets and say hello (again?) to Franklin Music Hall. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke  Whether during the hustle-and-bustle of your week or the slay of your weekend, the always lovely Ms. Sara Sherr (treat her right, kids) has got your vocal chords covered like a fifth grade textbook 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. Ready, set, sang.  Sun/9-2 Bob and Barbara’s, Tues/9-2 12 Steps Down Wed/9-2 Cantina Dos Segundos Fri/9-1 Southhouse Saturday/9-1:45 Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap

Matilda:The Musical/Walnut Street Theatre  It’s official…no one in Philly is going to be able to escape the cherished legacy of Roald Dahl this holiday season…but then again, why would you want to? Yes, another one of the cherished author’s beloved stories has just come to life (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory just ended its two-week run this past weekend), this time on the Walnut Street Theatre stage…all the way through January! So, grab the kids (and grandma, too!) and grab your tickets to once again revel in all of the magical shenanigans that lil’ Ms. Matilda and her classmates will be up to…and chances are, you’ll absolutely live for every moment of it. Fly away right here for much more info. Now-Sunday, January 6th 

The Color Purple While we could easily spill tea all day (we really could) about everything this award owning 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…just breeze it on over right here to get lost in it all Tickets start as low as $45, too!! Go. 

2001:A Space Odyssey/Franklin Institute  In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s science fiction masterpiece, the iconic film will screen as part of a limited engagement (this week only!) at The Franklin Institute’s accompanying IMAX Theater! As if just seeing this classic cinema experience isn’t enough of a pop culture treat within itself, audiences will get to see the movie as it was truly meant to be seen…in 70 mm film…yes. Tickets are just $15 for the general public and $14 for FI members, so suit on up and go right here for all of the Kubrick tea.

Kimmel Center/The Academy of Music Already stressing out about what to get your loved ones for the holidays? First of all, calm down…we’re just hittimg Thanksgiving! Second, if you really want to ease all tensions, you’ll surprise that special someone with tickets to maybe George Balanchine’s The NutcrackerPhilly Pops, Manheim Steamroller, Philadelphia Orchestra, Beautiful:The Carole King Musical, or Napolean Dynamite(!!), all of which are headed to the Kimmel Center and Academy of Music very, very soon! You see, what it all really comes down to this time of year is..get those tickets. Go right here for 

Jessie Reyez/TLA That sass! That hair! That voice! And you’ll get to experience it all when the fabulous (and most chill) sounds of this red-hot diva take a hold of the TLA on Tuesday night. Get those (almost sold out!) tickets while you can. (730 pm) 

Rocky IV/Creed II Double Feature/Philadelphia Film Society   Does this one really need an explanation? Go right here for those tickets. Who’s ready? Everyone. (Tuesday/5 pm)

The Chris Paterno Band/Boot&Saddle  If you’re looking for a truly rockin Thanksgiving Eve while coming together to support some truly stellar local musicians, this is the show for you. Join Mr. Paterno and his merry bandmates along with special guests Lizdelise and Rachel Andie & The V Element as they turn it out for your turkey lovin’ life in true amplified fashion. Don’t miss it! (Wednesday/730 pm

John Legend/Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa First, get those tickets to see the recently minted EGOT king take over the Jersey Shore this Friday night. Then, get down to his 2008 single, “Green Light,” starring Andre 3000 of Outkast, because quite frankly, we just don’t appreciate it enough. (Friday/8 pm)

And the moment that all of us have been waiting for…….the Christmas Village is back!! This year, the beloved Philly tradition returns to a newly renovated LOVE Park for its 11th season to put us all in the mood for the upcoming delightful madness of the holiday season….yes. Kicking off on Thanksgiving Day (this Thursday, November 22, 2018) through Christmas Eve (Monday, December 24, 2018), be on the lookout for all of the usual holiday sights, sounds, creations, treats, and of course, lots of eats! Happy holidaze, Philly! Let’s get ready to Christmas Village it up all season long. Go right here for much more Philly holiday tea.….and don’t forget about the ice skating in front of City Hall!! 

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 is also making it’s grand return this week! 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) starting this Thursday, November 23rd 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. 

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


Thanksgiving Flip Cup Trivia w/Chris Balbi @Boxers PHL(8 pm)………..Candles and Cocktails @The Logan Inn(530 pm)……….Yellow Days @First Unitarian Church(8 pm/sold out)………..The Struts/Spirit Animal @TLA(730 pm/sold out)………..Jack Harlow @Voltage Lounge(8 pm)…………Silver Talon @Kung Fu Necktie(8 pm)………..Forward@Boot & Saddle(8 pm)………Karaoke Takeover @Infusion Lounge(9 pm)


Tony Bennett(!!) @The Academy of Music(730 pm)……….Turn Out Tuesdays @Boxers PHL.…….It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Trivia @Punchline Philly(8 pm)……..Stray from the Path/Silent Planet @The Foundry(7 pm)……….Angel Vivaldi @Voltage Lounge (6 pm)…………Bailen @Johnny Brenda’s (8 pm)………Tengger Calvary @Kung Fu Necktie(8 pm)…………West Philadelphia Orchestra@Franky Bradley‘s(9 pm)……..

Wednesday 11/21 

For your Thanksgiving Eve (be good, y’all) dancing pleasure……you might want to get in lost in the crowds and on the floor @Woody’s, Tabu & Tavern on Camac in the Gayborhood(10 pm)……….DJ Drootrax@Franky Bradley’s(10 pm)……….Laidback Luke@NOTO10 pm)…………Mike Servito @Warehouse on Watts(10 pm)……..11th Anniversary Dance Party @The Barbary(10 pm)……….Cash Cash @Premier AC(10 pm)……..Soul Cruisers Free Concert @Chickie’s and Pete’s South(7 pm)……Thanksgiving Eve @The Field House(9 pm)………Soul Comedy Thanksgiving @Warmdaddy’s(830 pm)……Thanksgiving Eve Dance Party@Toasted Walnut(4 pm)……….Lil Durk @Underground Arts(9 pm)………..Death Above From 1979 @The Foundry(730 pm)………DJ Caution@Silk City Diner & Lounge(10 pm)………..The Dead South @The Trocadero(8 pm)……..Twiddle@The Fillmore(8 pm)………Anthony David@World Cafe Live(8 pm)……..The Dirty Nil @Voltage Lounge(730 pm)……..The McLovins@Milkboy Philly(8 pm)……..Jonathan Toubin @Kung Fu Necktie(10 pm)……..Zahsossa@TLA (7 pm)…….


Happy Thanksgiving!! Be safe and have, like, so much fun at the parade and around the table!! 


VNV Nation @Union Transfer(830 pm)………Pusha T @The Fillmore(8 pm)…………Paula Abdul @Sands Bethlehem Entertainment Center(7 pm)…….Yung Pinch @The Foundry(8 pm)……….Dannic@NOTO(10 pm)………Octave Cat@Johnny Brenda’s(8 pm)……….Max Swan@Milkboy Philly(830 pm)……..The Ill Fated Natives@Bourbon & Branch(8 pm)……..Masie Blu@World Cafe Live(7 pm)……….Josh Lawrence@South Jazz Night Club(930 pm)

For much more local and legendary happenings and shenanigans in and around the town this holiday week, stay tuned to Philly Mixtape.…and you should also check out VisitPhilly, Uwishuknu and Songkick…you won’t be disappointed. 

Cover photo courtesy of Jennifer Aniston