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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! 

Cover photo courtesy of news.temple.edu 

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20 Philly Events Worth Your Entertainment While This Week & Beyond

While we’re certainly careening towards the end of July in record speed, there’s still plenty of summer left to guide us through those impending dog days. 

This week is no exception as Gwen Stefani, Eve, Kurt Vile, K. Michelle and Philly’s hilarious comedy diva BEV are all set to take over the local stages Also, tomorrow night we will all come together at Philly4Pulse, a historic Orlando fundraiser that will be taking over the gayborhood, and from the glances of the latest details provided by PhillyVoice, this is one event that you and your drag mother certainly don’t want to miss out on. 

Now, spread the love and get to work on these upcoming Philly events that are worth every bit of your local and legendary entertainment while. 

Philly4Pulse/Thursday/All Over the Gayborhood and Beyond Tomorrow night every single one of your favorite rainbow smooched hot spots in the gayborhood (and a few outside…hey there, Charlie Was a Sinner and Stir) will be joining forces for PHILLY4PULSE, an already historic fundraiser that will be constructed as a one night only massive event for the victims and families of the tragic shooting that took place at Pulse Nightclub a month ago last week. 

Kicking things off at 7 pm, you’ll be able to find guest bartenders from City and State government offices all up in the Skittles-hued hood, including Rue Landau, Councilman Squilla, Councilwoman Gym, Congressman Brady, Captain Jack Ryan of the 6th District, Senator Farnese, and Officers from GOAL. In was also recently spilled that Fox 29’s Mike Jerrick and Alex Holley, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Pennsylvania State Representative Brian Sims and Philadelphia’s Director of LGBT Affairs Nellie Fitzpatrick will also lend their prowess in this incredible event that will certainly be one to remember.

But let’s talk about the tremendous local entertainment that’s about to put on quite a few shows that will make us never forget our 49 brothers and sisters we lost in Orlando last month. Along the oh, so gay and fabulous way, Pissi Myles, BEV, Sutton Fearce and many, many more queens will be taking over the Voyeur stage with a dazzling drag show. Valanni’s Noel Zayas and Madison Kennedy Matthews will be fabulously hosting the cabaret kissed ArtPop4Pulse, Woody’s will be serving up a Latin flavored dance party and Franky Bradley’s stunning drag troupe Franky’s Foxes will be whipping up something along with DJ Chris Urban that will make all of your love-filled evening dreams come true and then some. And if that’s not enough local entertainment love for you, it was just announced that Boxers will be hosting a sexy bachelor auction featuring a buffet of fine gayborhood gentlemen, one of whom might be your next summer romance. Guess you’ll never know unless you go, right? 

For much, much, more on this truly one-of-a-kind event, get your rainbow on right here and check out this incredible guide by Brandon Baker of Philly Voice which has everything you need to know about tomorrow night’s fierce activities. 

And the best part? It’s all about love. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke/All Over Philly Now that summer is in full sun-scorched swing, lather up your vocal chords and head out to show your love to the fabulous Ms. Sara Sherr, Philly’s one-and-only Sing Your Life Karaoke queen, who has a collection of grooves that are guaranteed to make all of your song butchering dreams come true. You can catch her on any one of these nights tending to every single one of your musically sunburned needs. Sun, 9-2, Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street Tues, 9-2, 12 Steps Down, 9th and Christian Thurs, 9-2, Sarah’s Place, 1216 N. 29th Street Fri, 9-1 Southhouse, 2535 S. 13th St.

Monarch Philly/All Summer Long By now, you’re well dipped in just about everything Monarch Philly (formerly North Shore Beach Club) has to offer, including their wet-n-wild Industry Tuesday nights, as well as their action packed weekend night swim, which always features a revolving roster of guest DJs from around the Philly club scene. For much more, including all the truth on how you don’t have to break your bank every time you take a dip in their pools, you should absolutely cannonball it up right here.

The Addams Family/Now through August 7th/The Ritz Theatre Production Company What’s creepy, kooky and all things delightfully spooky wooky? That would be the cast of The Ritz’s The Addams Family, and this year they’ve got some Philly love as resident Brittany Marie is literally slaying in the coveted role of oldest child Wednesday. But since this is a limited run, you better hurry up and get those tickets before they snap, snap out of your life forever. 

DJ Chris Urban at L’Etage/Every Saturday Night Celebrate your summer dance floor fire by getting all up in the delicious grooves provided by of one of Philly’s hottest DJs.

Yanni/Tonight/The Kimmel Center Because we always say “yas” to Yanni, especially when he’s only in town for a quick stop. 

Janes Addiction/The Fillmore/Wednesday Because you still hope you get caught stealing one of these days. 

The Chris Paterno Band/Single Release Party/Bourbon & Branch/Thursday Philly’s own Chris Paterno is taking his merry band of musicians to the stage at B&B this week where they will be more than ready to give you a taste of what their new music sounds like off of their hotly anticipated debut set. 

Duran Duran/Nile Rodgers/BB & T Pavilion/Thursday No explanation needed, and if you do need one, you’re certainly not worthy of those tickets. 

Ryan Adams/Kurt Vile & The Violaters/The Shining/BB & T Pavilion/Friday There’s no need to argue that Mr. Vile will be delivering that one-of-a-kind Philly music love, all while his stage companion come together for a night of rock music that’s sure to blow your summer mind. 

Halloween in July/The Barbary/Saturday Mr. Eric Jaffe and his scarily hilarious Haus of Ham will be taking over the The Barbary for some Halloween fun that your ghoul or guy will remember until the day they die. Enough said. 

BEV’s Bitchfest!/Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar/Saturday Ms. BEV is back and bitchier than ever, and this month she’s got RPDR’s Mimi Imfurst, gayborhood singer Dan Callahan and the pettiest bitch in town, Mr. Ricardo Ayala by her fiercely padded side to get the bitchin’ started from the moment you walk in the door. 

Victor Niglio/Coda/Saturday/Let’s just f#$king dance, shall we? 

Chikn’s XXXmas in July/Saturday/L’Etage Because what could be better than a little Naughty St. Nick action in the summer in the form of boylesque, genderfuck, cabaret and drag? Absolutely nothing. 

Gary Clark Jr/Alabama Shakes/BB & T Pavilion/Saturday Giddy on up right here and get those tickets while you still can. 

The Golden Gurlz/Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar/August Because Pissi Myles, Brittany Lynn, Bella Cane and Connor Michalek equals a big ol’ yaaaaas, you sassy golden kween. 

Listen to Music/Every Damn Day of Your Life Because it just works on every angle…always.