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6 Reasons Why ‘Gremlins’ Is Indeed a Holiday Movie…

Elf…….White Christmas…...Home Alone….National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation..Love, Actually.….Four Christmases……The Simpson’s Christmas Special, and of course, Holiday in Handcuffs starring Melissa Joan Hart and Mario Lopez

By now, you’ve watched each of these holiday classics (plus hundreds more on the Hallmark Channel..literally) let’s say, a few dozen times. 

But there’s one holiday film that you might have overlooked as we all tend to do every year–the 1980s box office smash, Gremlins

While yes, it’s labeled as “comedy horror,” and it was released in the summer (June 10th, 1984, to be exact), but if you dive a tad bit deeper into the wonderfully weird world of the Mogwai and everything that comes with it (those cocoons…what a mess! ), you’ll see that Gremlins is one, um, hell of a holiday movie…..or is it? 

Of course, the debate will continue on for years to come, but these Stripe-worthy six reasons below just might plead the case.

And you still better follow those rules, Billy. 

1.Gizmo for life…..   So, raise your hand if you still sleep with your Gizmo doll from back-in-the-day?  Since that answer is indeed all of us, let’s talk about our dear, sweet, cuddly, spawning friend for a moment. Those ears! Those eyes! That voice! Bright light! Bright light! If only Gizmo was real would he still make the absolute perfect pet for anyone, well, you know minus the whole hatching thing. But either way, if this clip of Billy meeting Gizmo for the first time doesn’t melt your holiday heart, then you truly are a Grinch and a Scrooge all rolled into one. 

2. It’s a message of what happens when you’re naughty during the holidays…..  Kids, let this be a permanent lesson to you during the holidays. If you’re naughty and don’t follow the rules, all kind of sh@t is going to go down. And what are those rules when it comes to a Mogwai? Never get it wet, expose it to light or feed it after midnight. Uh…oh…..and no, Santa definitely doesn’t stop by houses where things are hatching…so, you better follow those rules, kids! Or…this. 

3.This joyful scene, though…..   Because nothin’ says the holidays more like your Mom getting attacked by a Gremlin in a Christmas tree….classic. 

4.Do you hear….that?  Of course, we always tremble with a little fear every time we hear “Do You Hear What I Hear” as it was the holiday groove that was playing in the background when the little buggers we’re terrorizing Mom and we get the infamous “Get out of my kitchen!” line. Now, ask yourself, how many times have you heard this treasured song this time of year and wondered if somehow, somewhere….the pods were in fact…..hatching. 

5.The in-laws are coming….   Picture it…Christmas Eve….the doorbell rings….it’s them. Press play on the irresistible Gremlins theme song and it’s a guarantee that it will coincide with your family’s grand entrance. Kind of like when you play Pink Floyd and The Wizard of Oz together. Let the in-law terror begin! And may you have a little fun with them as well thanks to Gremlins

6.Because holiday movie art is subjective….  See also Die Hard, Batman Returns, and any other joyous film debate that isn’t a debate about, ya know, that other shit around your holiday table this year. Because really, it’s these kind of debates are just too much fun for the whole family! 

Happy holidaze, and may you be able to contain the Gremlin inside you this holiday season! 

 

 

 

 

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Holiday Entertainment Groove

Who’s ready to bump all of this holiday jelly?

Because everything on this list is just so Santa-licious for ya, baby. 

And I personally promise that after this weekend’s calendar, there shall be no more holiday puns, so it’s a gift for everyone!! 

Happy last weekend before Christmas to all, and please be safe out there and have the most fun possible without any drama….that’s what the upcoming season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills  is for. 

Merry, Mary!! 

For your 2018 holiday pleasure……

…….the Philly Christmas Village is back with a giant gift….literally. This year, the beloved Philly tradition returns to a newly renovated LOVE Park (and a big ol’ lit up present right in the middle-of-it-all!) for its 11th season to put us all in the mood for the upcoming delightful madness of the holiday season….yes. Today through Monday, December 24th, be on the lookout for all of the usual holiday sights, sounds, creations, treats (Maker’s Mark plus hot chocolate equals bliss) and of course, lots of eats! Happy holidaze, Philly! Go right here for much more Philly holiday tea.….and don’t forget about the ice skating in front of City Hall and pop up holiday bar, Tinsel! , which is featuring….wait for it….snow globe cocktails this year! Go, Rudolph, go. 

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 has also made its grand return! 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) 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. 

DJ Robert Drake  ‘Twas the day before Christmas and all through the house, nothing was stirring…except for the voice of acclaimed Philly DJ Robert Drake on top his collection of favorite grooves spinning out on WXPN radio! This Sunday night beginning at midnight, join the local beat legend as he once again takes over the controls for his 26th annual Night Before holiday music fest! For much more info so that you don’t miss any treat or beat, check out Mr. Drake’s official Instagram page and then get the whole phamily checked in to all the gloriously festive grooves that are about to reign down upon the whole world! Yes, that’s right…he doesn’t mess around with the holidays, kids! 

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker It’s official, the magnificent curtain at the Kimmel Center’s Academy of Music has officially risen to the holiday tune of the Pennsylvania Ballet’s always glorious take on The Nutcracker! Which of course means the Philly holiday season is officially in full, festive swing! And now the question is…did you get your tickets to those glorious seats yet? If not, tip-toe to the box office and get them now! And for much more tea on this year’s enchanting production, dance your way right over here. (Tonight through Monday, December 31st)

Adventures in the Arctic Elf Trade  So, who’s looking for a few sexy dancing elves this season? Since that answer is indeed all of us, you should waste no time in  getting those tickets to explore the North Pole with the latest round of locally talented goodies served up by Brian Sanders’ JUNK performance arts troupe. With a dash of The Nutcracker and other holiday favorites, this is one show that’s guaranteed to put your candy cane in the upright position as we get ready for the holiday madness. There’s nothing left to say but go right here for more JUNK holiday tea and then…go. (Tonight through Dec 23rd

The Color Purple/Theatre Horizon While we could easily spill Broadway tea all day (we really could) about everything this award owning/life-changing 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… click right here to get lost in it all! Tickets start as low as $45, too!! 

The Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House The rumors are true…..he does exist! But besides that holiday magic….yes, the Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House (aka..The Met) has finally opened its grand doors to the public! While indeed we could go on and on about the building’s extravagant construction process and just what a spectacular entertainment beacon it now truly will be for everyone ((click right here for all of the tea on the big D’s), let’s spill about who else is stopping by for the grand opening celebrations–Charlie Wilson(Saturday), PnB Rock(Dec 28th), Kurt Vile(Dec 29th), John Oliver(Dec 30th-31st), Sarah Brightman(Feb 3rd), Boyz II Men(Feb 16th) and the entire acclaimed cast of Schitt’s Creek(!!!!!) on February 20th…and that’s truly only the beginning. But what it really comes down to is… The Met is now open for business in taking all of your hard-earned holiday green for those tickets…and we simply can’t wait for it all. 

The Grinch/Merriam Theater  Move over, Mariah?? Because it looks like there’s a new(ish) holiday champion this year. Not only is the beloved “tiny-hearted” titular character of Dr. Seuss’ magical holiday story taking, err, earning lots of green at the movie box office ( a little over $200 million ain’t bad), but he’s looking to steal your heart this Philly holiday season! Through next Saturday, Dec 29th, join the traveling national production of How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Merriam Theater  for a night that you and the whole family will never forget! But, like the last can of Who Hash, those tickets will fly away quickly, so don’t you be a Grinch in waiting too long to bag them up when you click right here!

Sing Your Life Karaoke  Whether during the hustle-and-bustle of your week or the sleigh of your holiday weekend, the always lovely Ms. Sara Sherr (treat her right this holiday season, kids) has got your vocal chords covered like a light snow on the ground 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 all holiday season long. Ready, set, sang and be merry! Sun/9-2 Bob and Barbara’s, Thurs/9-2/Milkboy South Street Fri/9-1 Southhouse Saturday/9-1:45 Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap   

Distrkt C:Dirty Santa Philadelphia/Concourse Dance Bar Boys, boys, all types of naughty boys…and there may be a couple of nice ones, too, if that’s your thing. But either way, DJs KRK and Deanne will be spinning them cuts all night to get you fierce, festive and ready for jolly ol’ St. Nick. If there ever was a Sunday night to dance like nobody’s business, it’s certainly this one. Shake that Santa hat right here for more info, and then get ready to shake it this weekend. Did we mention adult film stars Dylan Knight and Seth Santoro will be stopping by? Yas, holiday kween, yas. Ready?  (Sunday/9 pm)

Fabolous/NOTO  Yes, that Fabolous. Now, holla back right here, “Young’n,” and don’t deny yourself those tickets. (Sunday/10 pm

Tabu’s Nondenominatioinal Christmas Show   Feeling a bit nondenominational this year? Or, do you really just want to break away like Ms. Clarkson from the family holiday madness on Christmas night? Either way, Tabu has got you covered as Philly Drag Goddess, Brittany Lynn, along with Miss Tabu her damn self, Zephyra Rivers and YouTube’s favorite “Princess of Hot Topics,” Kyle Ayotte, are packing up their slay with a variety show that’s guaranteed to take you miles away from that one Aunt who asks you why there’s no “special someone” in your life. And as always, there’s no cover, which is all the more reason to get your “ho-ho-ho” on at Tabu this Christmas night! (Tuesday/9pm)

Sunday/December 23rd 

Good Old War@Johnny Brenda’s(8 pm)………..State Property@The Fillmore(8 pm)……….Korine@Ortlieb’s(8 pm)………Miles Chancellor@Kung Fu Necktie(6 pm)……..Alec Stewart@Bourbon & Branch(7 pm)…….Dentana@Saint Lazarus Bar(10 pm)……..Pain @Voltage Lounge(2 pm)

 

 

 

 

 



 

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Weekly Entertainment Groove

Now that we’re getting a touch deeper and deeper like Madge into December…….

….calm down! 

Stop stressin’ because there’s still lots (and lots!!) to do before the big guy slides down the chimney, like…..

The Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House The rumors are true…..he does exist! But besides that holiday magic….yes, the Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House (aka..The Met) has finally opened its grand doors to the public! While indeed we could go on and on about the building’s extravagant construction process and just what a spectacular entertainment beacon it now truly will be for everyone ((click right here for all of the tea on the big D’s), let’s spill about who else is stopping by for the grand opening celebrations. Of course, as you know, John Legend and Bob Dylan stopped by last week, and you’ve also got Jekalyn Karr (tonight!), Weezer (Wednesday), Ween(Thursday), Pentatonix (Sat & Sun)James Bay, Massive Attack, Madea (yes, that Madea), Mariah, the acclaimed cast of Schitt’s Creek(!!!!!), Trevor Noah, Meek Mill and Bill & Hillary Clinton..perhaps you’ve heard of….all of them? But what it really comes down to is…The Met is now open for business in taking all of your hard-earned green for those tickets…and we simply can’t wait for it all. 

The Grinch  Move over, Mariah?? Because it looks like there’s a new(ish) holiday champion this year. Not only is the beloved “tiny-hearted” titular character of Dr. Seuss’ magical holiday story taking, err, earning lots of green at the movie box office ( a little over $200 million ain’t bad), but he’s looking to steal your heart this Philly holiday season! For ten enchanted nights kicking off next Wednesday, December 19th through Dec 29th, the traveling national production of How the Grinch Stole Christmas is taking over the Merriam Theater! So, never mind stressing about what gift to surprise the whole entire family with, because it’s right here…and it’s a guarantee that they’ll love ya forever! But, like the last can of Who Hash, those tickets will fly away quickly, so don’t you be a Grinch in waiting too long to bag them up when you click right here!

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker It’s official, the magnificent curtain at the Kimmel Center’s Academy of Music has officially risen to the holiday tune of the Pennsylvania Ballet’s always glorious take on The Nutcracker! Which of course means the Philly holiday season is officially in full, festive swing! And now the question is…did you get your tickets to those glorious seats yet? If not, tip-toe to the box office and get them now! And for much more tea on this year’s enchanting production, dance your way right over here. (Tonight through Monday, December 31st) 

A Philly Pops Christmas/Verizon Hall @Kimmel Center Get ready….because the Pops are back! And without a doubt, it’s the one thing you must do this season before any festivities begin as it’s a beloved tradition that just exemplifies the true meaning of the holidays…incredible music and talent! So, waste no time in getting those tickets, plus the Pops are currently joined this season by Hamilton:An American Musical‘s star Mandy Gonzalez, so you already know this year’s Pops-stravaganza is going to be extra merry and bright. Shows are going on right now and run through Sat, Dec 22nd…get those tickets!

Charlotte’s Web/Arden Theatre Company Now, what could be better than an ultra-talented cast of teens taking the stage for a fabulous adaptation of everyone’s favorite children’s book? Maybe if puppies and kittens were doing it, but since we know that can’t happen (maybe?), this is the absolute next greatest thing. So, get those tickets and head on over to The Arden Theatre Company (right in the glory of Old City) to get your holiday season started off in the most spectacular way possible. Plus, wait until you see Ms. Charlotte (the amazing, Anaya Strutz) in all of her Cirque-inspired jaw dropping talent! The show runs through January 27th and tickets are going fast, but don’t panic because you can get them right here, right now! 

Matilda:The Musical/Walnut Street Theatre  It’s official…no one in Philly is going to be able to escape the magic of everyone’s beloved children’s books this holiday season…but then again, why would we want to?! Yes, another one of our faves from bedtime has come to life, only this time on the Walnut Street Theatre stage right in the heart of Philly’s Washington Square area. So, grab the kids (don’t forget about 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)

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 this holiday season, kids) has got your vocal chords covered like a light snow on the ground 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 all holiday season long. Ready, set, sang and be merry! Sun/9-2 Bob and Barbara’s, Tues/9-2 12 Steps Down Thurs/9-2/Milkboy South Street Fri/9-1 Southhouse Saturday/9-1:45 Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap   

That Show! A Comedy Cabaret  What happens when you combine standup, sketch comedy, musical numbers and improv, and put all of those elements in one delightfully cray cabaret show? Well, you forget all of your f@#king troubles, of course! This Wednesday night, don’t even think about it and head straight upstairs at Franky Bradley‘s where your lovely and quite hilarious hosts, Christa D’Agger and Nick Reeves, where they’ll no doubt like Gwen be primed and ready to give you an evening of local entertainment you’ll never forget. Sound good? Yes. So, get those tickets right here and then..go.(830 pm

The Aunt Mary Pat Live! Holiday Experience/Tabu   You know what they say…ain’t no holiday party like an AMP holiday party because this bitch doesn’t know how to stop…but then again, why would we ever want her to? If you’re looking to revel in some holiday cheers and jeers (because we’re all goin’ through it right now, hon), chug that six-pack of Zima and head over to Tabu this Thursday night where the always ready Aunt Mary Pat DiSabatino will be waiting for you with jinglin’ balls and a red nose on. Of course, lots of other surprises will ensue(like a visit from AMP’s asshole doorter, Kelly, perhaps?), so don’t you be an asshole and get those tickets..now if they’re not already sold out. And, yes, Santa and Aunt Mary Pat are both watchin to make sure you go. (Thursday/7 pm

One More Time:A Tribute to Daft Punk/NOTO  Does this one really need an explanation? Even your Mom has tickets and is ready to “Get Lucky” and tear up the floor to this event all night long. Are you? If not, put your shiny DP helmet on and go right here.  (Thursday/10 pm

LiPSMACKeRS Holiday Edition/Tabu Since we all know what happens on the floor when you take candy cane coated holiday hits by Mariah, Hillary, Britney, Wham! and of course, Ms. Whitney, there’s no reason for you not to go and twirl it out at Tabu this Fri-sleigh night. No further statements…just lots and lots of dancing and prancing while we put in werk for Santa. (Friday/9 pm) 

Midnight Madness:The Rocky Horror Picture Show/Landmark Ritz Movie Theatre You know what they say….’tis the season to do the “Time Warp” again and again. Get those tickets right here while you still can. (Friday/11:59

And also for your 2018 holiday pleasure……

…….the Philly Christmas Village is back with a giant gift….literally. This year, the beloved Philly tradition returns to a newly renovated LOVE Park (and a big ol’, lit up present right in the middle-of-it-all!) for its 11th season to put us all in the mood for the upcoming delightful madness of the holiday season….yes. Today through Monday, December 24th, be on the lookout for all of the usual holiday sights, sounds, creations, treats, and of course, lots of eats! Happy holidaze, Philly! Go right here for much more Philly holiday tea.….and don’t forget about the ice skating in front of City Hall!! and pop up holiday bar, Tinsel! , which is featuring….wait for it….snow globe cocktails this year! Yes. 

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 has also made its grand return! 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) 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 under the local and legendary entertainment tree for your……

Monday/December 10th 

Martha Graham Cracker@L’Etage(7 pm)……….Christmas Cheer w/DJ Robert Drake@Tinsel(5 pm)…..Die Hard:A Very Special Christmas Time Reading@Tattooed Mom(7 pm)……..Tender Beats @Kung Fu Necktie(8 pm)……….Girl Germs @Johnny Brenda’s Downstairs(8 pm)………Alan Scardapane@Bourbon & Branch(8 pm)…….

Tuesday/December 11th 

Dave Matthews Band@Wells Fargo Center(8 pm)………lil skies@The Fillmore(8 pm)………Every Time I Die@Union Transfer(6 pm)…….West Philadelphia Orchestra@Franky Bradley’s(9 pm)………Bad Santa@The Balcony Bar @The Trocadero(8 pm)

Wednesday/December 12th 

In Flames@TLA(8 pm)………..Jon McLaughlin@World Cafe Live(8 pm)………Magglezzz@The Dolphin Tavern(10 pm)……..Justin Faulkner@South Jazz Club(7 pm)………Det Card Sid@Bourbon & Branch(8 pm)………Haha Charade@The Fire(8 pm)

Thursday/December 13th  

Anything But a Holiday Show @L’Etage(8 pm)……..Eve 6 @The Foundry(8 pm)………..Manchester Orchestra @The Fillmore(Wednesday, too!730 pm)…………DeVotchaKa@Underground Arts(9 pm)……….Ryler Walker@Boot & Saddle(830 pm)…….Erin Costelo@Bourbon & Branch(8 pm)……..Midnight North@Milkboy Philly(8 pm)……….Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela@Tattooed Mom(7 pm)…….Drip-Fed@The Fire(8 pm) 

Friday/Dec 14th 

Lots of fabulous dancing @ Woody’s, Tavern on Camac, Tabu, Voyeur and Franky Bradley’s (10 pm,. Gayborhood)…….Ingrid Michaelson @KeswickTheatre(7 pm)……..Phosphorescent @TLA(9 pm)………..Ozuna@Liacouras Center(8 pm)………Devil Drag @Tabu(930 pm)……….The Noid/Trigger 13@The Tusk(7 pm)………RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars Viewing Party @Boxers PHL(730 pm)………Keely Siblia/Gracie and the Not So Beautifuls @The Wilma(8 pm)……..Young Boy Never Broke Again@The Fillmore(8 pm)……….Darlingside@Union Transfer(7 pm)……..BURNS@NOTO(10 pm)………..Chus & Ceballos@Ocean Resort Casino(10 pm)

For much more December shenanigans in-and-around the town, check out uwishunuVisitPhilly, and of course, Philly Mixtape

Cover photo courtesy of that Philly holiday life, though…..