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Weekly Entertainment Groove

So, just how are you going to fit everything on this list onto your already packed pre-holiday schedule? 

There’s only one way to find out….do it. 

Enjoy and happy decorating, everyone! 

2018 Philadelphia Holiday Tree Lighting   So, let’s talk about this year, though. Okay, enough about that….let’s talk about how this Wednesday night is the perfect night to leave those troubles behind and come together for this year’s annual tree lighting at City Hall! With tons of food, festivities and fun, grab the dog, cat, and grandma, too, for a dazzling night in Center City that you’ll never forget. You can also expect Mayor Kenney, Philadelphia Flyers’ Gritty, and the diva sounds of Ms. Vivian Green, which are guaranteed to keep you nice and warm all night long. Oh, yeah, there might be one or a million lights wrapping around this year’s grand holiday tree, which you sort of can’t miss. Know what else you sort of can’t miss? This event. Ready, set, glow it on up right here for much more tea on this Wednesday night’s annual festivities…your inner-Grinch will thank you. (5 pm)

The Color Purple/Theatre Horizon 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!!

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 Thurs/9-2/Milkboy South Street Fri/9-1 Southhouse Saturday/9-1:45 Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap

Open Mic Night w/ the Godess Isis/The Fire   It’s the fourth Monday of the month, and you know what that means…yes, you’re rent is almost due. But besides that, Philly Gayborhood drag legend, Ms. Isis, will have it all fired up at The Fire once again to serve you with the most sickening open mic night this side of the Ben Franklin Bridge. Singing starts at 9, sign ups start at 8, the Goddess will be waiting for you at 7:59. You betta…sang, kween. (Tonight/9 pm-2 am

Signal/Vesper Sporting Club Beats, beats and more beats…oh, yaaas. This Thursday night, fist pump it and then some over to Vesper Sporting Club where DJs John Raffaele and Eskuche (go here for a lil’ sneak peak) will be primed and waiting for you in all of their groove glory. There still be might one or two tables left, so get yours while the gettin’ is good. Then, prepare yourself to let it all go and get ready to dance all night. It’s just that simple. (Thursday/9 pm-2 am

The Internet/The Fillmore Because tonight/any night is the perfect night to lock the bedroom door and get lost in all of the chilled out sounds of this laid back quintet.So, now that you’re feeling nice and zen, get those tickets to see them take over The Fillmore this Thursday night because this is one vibe we could all get into right now. (8 pm

2018 Philadelphia Drag Awards Picture it….this Friday night…..Voyeur Nightclub.….every single of your phavorite Philly drag performers will be serving us lewks (and so, so much more) as they complete without shade in this year’s Drag Awards! While we’re ridiculously anticipating which dude or diva will take home top awards including Drag Queen and King of the Year, what we do know is that you’ll be joined by your hosts and very special guests, Iris Spectre, Vinchelle, Eric Jaffe, Aunt Mary Pat, Bev, and many, many more! But wait…after all of the trophies are served out, you betta walk over to Toasted Walnut and/or Boxers PHL as they’ll both be hosting your official Drag Awards afterparties! Yaaas, it’s like that, Mariah. For much more tea about this week’s big award-stravaganza, sashay it on up right here and then get ready clutch those pearls for an evening to remember, gurrrrl! (Friday/9 pm-2 am)

ABBArama/The Dolphin Tavern  Now, what could be better than an ALL ABBA themed dance party (plus so..much…vinyl) for the start of your weekend?? Actually, don’t answer that, just shimmy and squeeze into your favorite ’70s garb (strongly required..because, why not?) and then get ready to shag a rug like the fabulous dancing kings and queens you were born to be. Go right here for more info..and then go.   (Friday/10 pm-2 am)

Foreigner/Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City  Because we ALL still want to know just what the hell love is. Luckily for everyone, we’ll get one step closer to the truth when everyone’s favorite ’80s rockers dominate the Jersey Shore this Friday night…and that they most certainly will. Get those tickets..now. (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) 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 this week…..

Monday/11/26 

24th Anniversary Party @Fergie’s Pub(7 pm)………..Game Show, Gong Show@Lucky 13 Pub(8pm)…….Gaaaay Trivia w/Chris Balbi@Boxers PHL(8 pm)……….Monday Night Raw @Saint Lazarus Bar(10 pm)………Avi Wisnia@Voltage Lounge(730 pm0)……….Gritty Bake Off!(yes, that Gritty)@The Thirsty Soul(11 pm) 

Tuesday/11/27

Turn Out Tuesdays@Boxers PHL(7 pm)………..Kris Allen@World Cafe Live(8 pm)……..Har Mar Superstar @Johnny Brenda’s(8 pm)…….Wrecks @The Foundry(730 pm)……..West Philadelphia Orchestra@(9 pm)…………Kaonashi@Voltage Lounge(7 pm)………….B. Aquarius@Kung Fu Necktie(7 pm)………..

Wednesday/11/28 

Anime@TLA(8 pm)…………The Paper Kites@Underground Arts(9 pm)………….Oliver Francis@Voltage Lounge(8 pm)…….Draco Rosa@The Foundry(8 pm)………Kulick@Creeps Record Store(9 pm)………A.M. Mills@Kung Fu Necktie(8 pm)…….Garbage Greek@Ortlieb’s(8 pm)……….Shane Dodd@Milkboy Philly(8 pm)

Thursday 11/29 

WHY?@Union Transfer(730 pm)……..Mannheim Steamroller@Sands Bethlehem Event Center(7 pm)………HAERTS@Boot & Saddle(7 pm)…………..K?D@NOTO(10 pm)……..Drug Church@Kung Fu Necktie(9 pm)……….Dana Gould@Helium Comedy Club(8 pm)……..RFA@Underground Arts(7 pm)……..Lao Tizer/Karen Briggs@South Jazz Club(9 pm)…….The Dead Flowers@Underground Arts(9 pm)……..Shizz Lo@Concourse Dance Bar(9 pm)…….

Friday/11/30 

Khruangbin@Union Transfer(8 pm)……………Streetlight Manifesto@Franklin Music Hall(8 pm)……….Michael McDonald@Excite Center @Parx Casino(7 pm)…….Steven Wilson@The Fillmore(8 pm)……..Helio Sequence@Johnny Brenda’s(915 pm)……….LANCO/Travis Denning@TLA(8 pm)……..Grandtheft@NOTO(10 pm)……….Rich Medina@Silk City Diner & Lounge(10 pm)………..Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus@Prince Music Theater(730 pm)………The Last Generation on Film@Kung Fu Necktie(8 pm)……..Bok Nero@Voltage Lounge(10 pm)…….Stargazer Lily @The Grape Room(8 pm)……

Cover photo courtesy of Macy’s and whatever is left of Justin Bieber’s singing career

 

 

 

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Philly Weekly Entertainment Groove

Let’s get ready to jingle into the first official weekend of December because a festive and oh, so fierce line up of local and legendary activities are taking over your weekend starting right about….now. 

For your holiday pleasure this weekend…..

There’s the always lit Christmas Village (1501 JFK Blvd.) which is delightfully surrounded by ice-skating at City Hall, local-made Philly Holiday Gift Show, magnificent carousel, a grand 50 foot tall Christmas tree, but most importantly…lots of fun for every one of all ages…including you!  

The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is also in full skate at Columbus Blvd, and with grub served up from Garces Group and Chickie’s and Pete’s as well as spectacular views of the Ben Franklin Bridge and beyond, it’s sure to warm your holiday spirit all season long! Plus, you can skate with Santa this weekend! Go here for more ho, ho, ho action. 

Not that the beloved Philly holiday tradition of the Macy’s Christmas Light Show (1300 Market St.) needs any introduction since you’ve been oh, so patiently waiting for it all year-long, but the stunning lights are now warming your holiday spirit right high atop the Grand Atrium at Macy’s Center City through December 31st beginning from 10 a.m to 8 p.m every two hours! Who’s ready? Everyone…even The Grinch

A Philly Pops Christmas Merry up for a simply magical evening of pure holiday bliss as Maestro Michael Krajewski takes the reigns to lead the acclaimed POPS for a delightfully festive show featuring vocalist Justin Hopkins, the Philadelphia Boys Choir, the Philly POPS Festival Chorus and the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Gospel Choir. But perhaps the best of it all this year? There’s a POPS style holiday tribute of How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Now, it’s officially the holidays and the perfect time to get those tickets.  Dec 2nd-19th/Kimmel Center/Various dates and showtimes 

For your local and legendary entertainment radars and gaydars……

Sing Your Life Karaoke w/ Sara Sherr Looking to slay your favorite karaoke grooves all holiday season long? Well, you’re in luck because chances are the always musically gift-wrapped Ms. Sherr has everything you need for your song butchering/slaying pleasure at any one of these fab Philly locations listed below! Happy holidaze! Sun, 9-2 Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street Tues, 9-2 12 Steps Down, 9th and Christian Thurs, 10-2 W/N W/N 931 Spring Garden, Fri, 9-1 Southhouse, 2535 S. 13th St. Saturday, 9-1:45 Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap,1301 E Susquehanna Ave

BalletX  While we could go on and on about the ridiculously brilliant conceptualization and loads of talent that’s laced within this stunning dance troupe, it all comes down to three words….get those tickets. If you’re looking for a show that;s guaranteed to lift your spirits this holiday season, it’s right here. Check out the official BalletX site for more. Now through December 10th/Wilma Theater/various ticket prices/265 S. Broad St. 

ANNIE For the love of all things “Tomorrow,” there’s simply no denying that it’s been a hard knock year for all of us, so what better way to relax for a day with the whole family and go see this forever cherished Broadway musical while it’s in town through the Philly holiday season! There’s really nothing else to say here except get those tickets and Daddy Warbucks, Ms. Hannigan, Sandy and everyone’s favorite ginger curled cute, Ms. Annie, will be waiting for you! Tonight-Jan 7th, 2018/Walnut Street Theatre/Various ticket prices & showtimes/825 Walnut St.

Philly Beauty Ball 2017 The time has come…..for everyone in the City of Brotherly Love to get glammed, gussied and glitzed up for your lip synched lives once again. Yaaas, kids and kweenz,  this Saturday night join the ever so hilarious and fabulous Ms. Bev and the ever so handsome Ryan Wyrofsky (along with fresh and classic beats by DJ Carl Michaels) as they take over Voyeur for this 8th annual local drag-stravaganza. With sponsorship by Stonewall Sports (hey, boys) and a sure-to-be stunning Miss Philly Beauty Ball Contest (9 pm..sharp!), all with proceeds going towards the always incredible Attic Youth Center, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t sashay right to the Gayborhood this weekend. Now, slay Tonight/Voyeur Nightclub/1221 St. James St./7pm-11pm

DJ Chris Urban L’Etage (10 pm, 624 S. 6th St.) for your dancing pleasure tonight and Positano Coast (12pm-4 pm, 212 Walnut St.) for your hangover pleasure this weekend. Any questions? Didn’t think so. Let’s groove. 

Do They Know It’s Sex Dwarf?  Because it’s simply not the holidays without a little SEX….Dwarf, that is. And of course, lots of Bananarama, Culture Club, Human League, Eurthymics, Duran Duran and many, many more, all of which phamed Philly DJ Robert Drake will be spinning out all night long. Oh, and guess what? This truly one-of-a-kind dance par-tay is now on Saturday night, which is all the more reason to rip those Jordache Jeans, spray in that Aqua-Net and get to dancin’…..for your New Wave life. Tonight/10 pm/Club Mousai/1227 Walnut St. 

Honeygasm Sunday  Since you’ve been such nice boys and girls all year (and being a little naughty is certainly okay, too), you’re cordially invited to the last Honeygasm of the year–and it’s going to be everything you’ve ever dreamed of and more. Grab those tassels and head over to Franky Bradley‘s tomorrow night where your always yaaas hostess HoneyTree Evil Eye along with the always studly Flrt Vonnegurt (and beats by Lili St. Queer, of course, kween) serve up a stand up-n-sticky showcase of some of Philly’s best Burlesque conossuirs, with this month’s stunning line up co-starring Otis Peña, Jeshaand the winner of the sixth cycle of Philadelphia’s Burlesque Battle Royale, Ms. Greta Grenade. Ready, set, let’s get soakin’ wet one last time in 2017 this Sunday night, shall we? Yes. Sunday/Franky Bradley’s/$10/1320 Chancellor St. 

Code Red  What happens when you take lots of sickening drag queens from the tri-state area and you put them ALL on one Red-hot Philly stage for one hell of a grand cause? You get the most anticipated Gayborhood, make that, Philly entertainment event of the year, gurrrrl. This Sunday, you MUST chantay, vogue and twerk your way over to the TLA where the always scrumptious Cherry Pop and the always dashing Brandon Robert will be serving up the fifth round of their shimmering spectacle. But besides being a truly drag-licious affair that you will not want to miss, it’s also in honor of World Aids Day (this Friday, December 1st, kids..mark your calendars) in which ALL proceeds from the event will be donated to Aids Fund and Mazzoni, (go here and here..now), two outstanding Philly organizations who’re making incredible strides to support the research and dive into the truth of those pesky rumors that constantly surrounds AIDS and the HIV virus…and it’s all up to us to continue the fight.  Sunday/TLA/7 pm/334 South St. 

Let’s do it. 

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

Saturday/12/2 

The Barr Brothers @Underground Arts(9 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.)…………Morgan Page@ Premier Nightclub (11 pm,)……Beach Slang@TLA (7 pm, 334 South St.)……….Hundredth@Boot & Saddle(730 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)……….Super_Collider@The Fire(10 pm, 412 W. Girard Ave)……….Killiam Shakespeare@Johnny Brenda‘s(9 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)………..Mihali@Milkboy Philly(830 pm, 1100 Chestnut St.)…….Bog League@The Barbary(830 pm, 951 Frankford Ave) 

Sunday/12/3 

Ryan Hurd/Lynch @The Fillmore(7 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)…………Sinful Sundays w/The Godess Isis @Tabu (10 pm, 200 South 12th St.) Allan Rayman @The Foundry(8 pm, 1000 Frankford Ave)…………Narcotic Wasteland@Kung Fu Necktie(8 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)…………Showtunes Sundays @Tavern on Camac(9 pm, 243 S. Camac St.) Monnette Sudler@South(7 pm, 600 N. Broad St.)………..Outside Eyes@Bourbon & Branch(7 pm, 705 N. 2nd St.)………….Pete Hill @The Barbary(8 pm, 951 Frankford Avenue) 

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