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Weekend Entertainment Groove

Hey there, first weekend of spring. 

Let’s do it…all. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke   Now, what could be better to celebrate the first official weekend of spring than belting out your favorite tune? Absolutely nothing. So, join Sing Your Life Karaoke goddess Sara Sherr all weekend (and week!) at any one of these fabulous Philly locations listed below and sing your little heart out.  Sun/9-2 Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street Tues/9-2 12 Steps Down, 9th and Christian Thurs/9-2 Milkboy South Street/401 South St. Fri/9-1 Southhouse, 2535 S. 13th St. Saturday/9-1:45 Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap,1301 E Susquehanna Ave

Noises Off! A critically acclaimed show about a dress rehearsal gone awry, this Broadway darling has strutted into Philly for a fabulous spring run! But since this is the one that everyone will be buzzing about as we hop into April, get those good seats now and find out why The New York Times hails Noises Off as a show that “voyages to the outer limits of hilarity!” Go right here for much more fabulous info now!! Tonight through April 29th/Walnut Street Theatre/825 Walnut St. 

Rain:A Tribute to the Beatles A show that truly needs no explanation as anything and everything from the Fab Four still has the power to draw in audiences from across the globe. However, this year is extra special as the Beatles’ iconic record, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, is celebrating fifty years of captivating our lives. So, to commemorate this truly golden occasion, members of the critically acclaimed stage show have incorporated the entire album in their standout act……and they’re taking it to the beloved Academy of Music stage tonight for a limited engagement! But it’s only here until Sunday and this is one Philly run that you and the whole family don’t want to miss. For much more singing in the Rain, Philly Mixtape caught up with the incredible Steve Landes, who has effortlessly slipped into the role of John Lennon and is spilling all about it all right here. But first…get those tickets and Paul, George, John and Ringo will see you there!! Tonight through Sunday, March 25th/The Academy of Music/240 S. Broad St. 

qFLIX Philadelphia  Since there’s just so many rainbow-kissed cinema goodies in this year’s festival, you might as well go see them all while they’re still owning our lives until this Sunday. Go right here to learn more about this year’s supreme showings. Todrick Hall’s Behind the Curtain, anybody? Yas. Tonight-Sunday 

Demi Lovato/DJ Khaled  The time has come…for you to take your fave Demi grooves out of the shower (“Give Your Heart a Break” 4 lyfe, tho) and front-and-center at Wells Fargo Center, where she’ll no doubt be slaying alongside DJ Khaled tonight. Get those tickets while you can. 7 pm/Wells Fargo Center/3601 S. Broad St.

The Fifth Annual Red & White Ball   Because it’s never too late to get all dolled and gussied up and head to the hottest event of the Philly social season.  Not to mention, over the course of the past four years, this event has raised over 2 million dollars for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Now, that’s something worth getting all dressed up for. Saturday/6 pm/Philadelphia Marriott Downtown/1201 Market St./Get tickets 

NUMiNOUS Spring Art & Fashion Show  Slay the runway. Go right here for more info and you betta werk for your floral printed life. Saturday/8 pm/Philadelphia Brewing Co/2440 Frankford Ave

Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus:Two Boys Kissing With not one, but two performances taking over your Saturday, there’s no reason not to witness another standout performance from these truly talented gentlemen. Oh, wait, the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus will also be joining the guys so there’s one more. Go. Saturday/2 pm/8 pm/Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion/2110 Chestnut St. 

Bronco:An All-Male Singing & Stripping Revue  The title of this event says it all, guys and gals. Giddy on up right here for more (or less..) info and then….get ready. Sunday/730 pm/Franky Bradley’s/1320 Chancellor St. 

What Could Go Wrong? Burlesque Troubleshooting & Craft Brunch  Okay, so..you’re a superstar owning the stage in all of your glory…and just when you think nothing can go wrong..there goes a major wardrobe malfunction and it’s all just hanging  out there for the world to see. So, what the f@ck do you do? Lucky for all of Philly and beyond, Bearlesque champion Turnpyke will be spilling all of the tea this Sunday during brunch on just what to do in such situations and chaos, all while you sip mimosas as far as the tassels can twirl. Sunday/12 pm/Victoria Freehouse/10 S. Front St. 

Drag Your A** To Brunch  If you’re one of the very few City of Brotherly Love-ians who haven’t helped celebrate Philly Drag Mafia diva Brittany Lynn’s 22nd birthday this month, you’ve got one more chance to bow down this weekend, kween! But since she can’t, um, blow out all of those candles on her own at this point (seriously, there’s been 75 celebrations), she’s enlisted the help and talents of Crystal Electra, Joey Martini, Princess Larisa, Connor Michalchuk and DJ Prince Pimb to throw down the most glitter filled Sunday Funday birthday/brunch drag-stravaganza that Philly’s ever experienced. Don’t miss it!!  Sunday/Doors/11 am/Show/12pm/Bourbon & Branch/705 N. 2nd St. 

For your dancing pleasure this weekend………

Dj Jimmy DePre @Tavern on Camac (Fri&Sat/9 pm/243 S. Camac St.)………DJ Stevie J @NOTO(tonight/10 pm/1209 Vine St.)………….LUZCID@District N9ne(tonight/930 pm/460 N. 9th St.)…………….Elohim@Coda(tonight/8 pm/1712 Walnut St.)…………DJ Mighty Mike Saga@Voltage Lounge(Saturday/9 pm/421 N. 7th St.)………….Nervo@Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino(Saturday/10 pm//1 Brigantine Blvd.)……DJ AMMO@NOTO(Saturday/10 pm/1209 Vine St.)……..DJ Chris Urban @L’Etage (Saturday/9 pm/624 S. 6th St.) and Positano Coast (Sunday/12pm/212 Walnut St.) 

Also on the funkdafied front lines for your Friday……

Philly’s Foxes @ Franky Bradley’s (830 pm/1320 Chancellor St.)……..Don Q/A Boogie Wit da Hoodie@The Fillmore(8 pm, 29 East Allen St.)…………..New Politics@TLA(7 pm, 334 South St.)………….Son Lux@The Foundry (8 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)…………Norma Jean@Voltage Lounge(8 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)……….Gang of Youths@Underground Arts(7 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.)………Penske File@Kung Fu Necktie Upstairs(7 pm, 1250 N. Front St.)………….Hound and Heavy Temple@Ortlieb’s(8 pm, 847 N. 3rd St.)………Mike Casey@Philadelphia Museum of Art(6 pm, 26th St/Ben Franklin Parkway)……….

Saturday….

Dan Auerbach@Union Transfer(830 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)…………Walk Off The Earth@The Fillmore(8 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)………..No Vacation@Everybody Hits(7 pm, 529 West Girard Ave)………….The Strypes@Underground Arts(9 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.)……………Marlon Williams@Johnny Brenda’s(9 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)………..Boogie T@TLA(8 pm, 334 South St.)…………Zuli@Kung Fu Necktie(7 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)……..Vanderlyle@Ortlieb’s(847 N. 3rd St.)……

Sunday…..

Solstice:A Queer Sunday Tea @Maison 208(3 pm/208 S. 13th St.)…………..Glen Hansard@Union Transfer(8 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)……..Our Last Night@TLA(630 pm/334 South St.)……..Showtunes Sundays@Tavern on Camac(9 pm, 243 S. Camac St.)……….Nana Grizol@Everybody Hits(830 pm, 529 West Girard Ave)……………Red Sun Rising @The Foundry(730 pm, 1000 Frankford Ave)………..Theo Katzman@Boot & Saddle(830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)………..Sinful Sundays w/The Goddess Isis@Tabu(10 pm, 2000 South 12th St.)……..

 

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Weekend Entertainment Groove

From the opening weekend of the Philadelphia Auto Show to the Grammy Awards from DMX at the TLA to a double dose of Umphrey’s McGee at The Fillmore to the……well, you get it as there are lots of pleasant distractions on the way this weekend to (sort of) keep our minds off of next weekend. 

Let’s do it. 

60th Annual Grammy Awards  While we simply can’t wait to see just how many trophies Bruno Mars and Jay Z will walk away with from their respective albums 24K Magic and 4:44 and of course, all of those sure-to-be standout performances from Lady Gaga, P!nk, Patti Lupone, U2, Kendrick Lamar, Elton John, Sam Smith among many, many others. But the one thing everyone is most stoked about is that the show in returning to New York City for the first time in fifteen years with a live music serving fresh from Madison Square Garden. Throw in the fact that it’s the 60th annual Grammy gala meaning that’s sure to be an evening full of entertainment magic we’ll all spilling tea about come Monday morning. Sunday/8 pm/CBS 

Sing Your Life Karaoke w/ Sara Sherr Since singing it all out is the best way to pass the excruciating time between now and next Sunday’s gigantic Super Bowl showdown, head out and say hi to Ms. Sherr and her always soaring Sing Your Life Karaoke collection, which is guaranteed to take over your song butchering pleasure all weekend (and week!) long at all of these fabulous Philly locations listed below. 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

The Humans The critically acclaimed story about a man named Erik Blake whose world–and family–begins to crumble after a weary sleepless night, The Humans have just begun taking over the Walnut Street Theatre for an eight week run that’s guaranteed to be nothing short of spectacular. Hailed by critics as “hilarious and unforgettable,” the show also bagged up twenty (!!) 2016 Best Play Awards, with one including a nice-and-shiny Tony Award. For much more on this incredible play, go right here….and then you know what to do…get those tickets because this is one show you don’t want to miss while it’s here in Philly. Walnut Street Theatre/Tonight-March 4th/Various showtimes &ticket prices/825 Walnut St.

DJ Jimmy DePre   You’ve got not one, but two strobe lit opportunities to slay alongside Mr. DePre and his collection of everythang at Tavern on Camac this weekend. Now, go. Tonight&Saturday/9 pm/Tavern on Camac/243 South Camac St. 

DJ Chris Urban Whether at Franky Bradley’s (10 pm, 1320 Chancellor St.) tonight, L’Etage (10pm, 624 South 6th St.) tomorrow night or this Sunday at Positano Coast (12pm-4pm, 212 Walnut St.) for your basic bish brunch pleasure, Mr. Urban has got you covered like the Eagles defense all weekend long with those grooves, gurl. 

Umphrey’s McGee w/ special guest Nicole Atkins Because ain’t no music party like an Umphrey’s McGee music party all weekend long said anyone who’s been to their shows..ever. Get those tickets and get ready to turn the volume all the way up because if there’s any music artist who can hype us up even more in time for next weekend, it’s certainly these guys right here. Friday & Saturday/The Fillmore/8 pm/29 E. Allen St. 

LiPSMACKERs In the words of event curator and beat maestro DJ Javascript-“Come dance like it’s 2001 all over again.” Enough said. Pass all of the Nelly and Destiny’s Child, like, now. Tonight/9 pm/Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar/200 South 12th St. 

DMX “How’s it Goin’ Down” and “Party Up(Up in Here)” for life.  Saturday/TLA Philly/8 pm/334 South St. 

The Johnny Shortcake Show  Fun for the whole entire family (and don’t forget grandma!), this one-of-kind children’s show by the one-and-only Mr. Shortcake (whom all of Philly knows as the exuberant Johnny Showcase) celebrates the art of silliness, music, important life lessons, music and of course, more music. With fun, whirling numbers along the way like  “Cupcake Tuesday,” and “Brushing your Teeth,” it’s guaranteed to give you (meaning you, so go and get those tickets) a whimsical experience for your weekend that you’ll never forget. By the way, it’s also BYOB…but please drink and chill respectively and responsibly for the love all things Philly entertainment. Saturday&Sunday/various showtimes/The Kimmel Center/330 South Broad St

Drag Your A** to Brunch   While tables for the one year drag-iversary of everyone’s phavorite last-Sunday-of-the-month local drag spectacle are sold out(you betta werk for next month, kween, they go quick), there’s still plenty of standing room for this beloved brunch event. So, tuck it all in and head to Bourbon & Branch this Sunday to see what kind of shenanigans you’ll be sashaying into when the fabulous Crystal Electra, Boylesque star Joey Martini, the insatiable Maria Top Catt and your always gaaay hostess, Mizz Brittany Lynn, own the Sunday stage for the most spectacular one year anniversary gala…of your life. Sunday/Doors/11am/Show/12pm/Bourbon & Branch/705 N. 2nd St. 

*Also don’t forget about the Philadelphia Auto Show kicking off this Saturday, January 27th through Sunday, February 4th at the Convention Center! Buckle up and go right here for more info!!*

Also on the local and legendary entertainment radar for your weekend…..

Friday…..

Diplo @Premier Nightclub (11 pm, 1 Borgata Way)……….Mark Knight @Rumor(10 pm, 1500 Sansom St.)……….(Blue October @World Cafe Live(7 pm, 3025 Walnut St.)………….Destroyer @Underground Arts(9 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.)…………The Devil Makes Three@Electric Factory(830 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)………..Typhoon@Union Transfer(7 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)……….Sunflower Bean@Everybody Hits(9 pm, 529 West Girard Ave)……….Big Head Todd & The Monsters@TLA(8 pm, 334 South St.)…………YBN Nahmir@Coda(830 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)…………..Day 26 @Voltage Lounge(9 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)…..Elephante@NOTO(10 pm, 1209 Vine St.)…….Aaron Thomas@Bourbon &Branch(9 pm, 705 N. 2nd St.)…..Jazz @The Library Bar(930 pm, 210 Rittenhouse Square) 

Saturday…..

Keys N Krates @District N9ne(9 pm, 460 N.9t St.)…………..DJ Rectangle@NOTO(10 pm, 1209 Vine St.)………….J Roddy Walston&The Business@World Cafe Live(9 pm, 1100 Pattison Avenue)………..Granger Smith@The Trocadero(8 pm, 1003 Arch St.)……….The Infamous Stringdusters@Union Transfer(8 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)…………Hemming/Former Belle@Ortlieb’s(8 pm, 847 N. 3rd St.)………….Resilient@Kung Fu Necktie(6 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)……….Joe Kenney @Fergie’s Pub(8 pm, 1214 Sansom St.)………Bang the Drum Philly@Club Mousai(10 pm, 1227 Walnut St.)

Sunday……..

Yo Gotti@NOTO(10 pm, 1209 Vine St.)………..Howie Day@World Cafe Live(8 pm, 3025 Walnut St.)…….Showtunes Sundays@Tavern on Camac(9 pm, 243 S. Camac St.)……….The Wood Brothers@Union Transfer(8 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)……….Instant Bingo@The Trocadero(5 pm, 1003 Arch St.)……….Sinful Sundays w/The Godess Isis@Tabu(10 pm, 200 South 12th St.)……..

For much, much more local and legendary Philadelphia entertainment shenanigans this weekend and beyond….check this...this and this out!! 

And while you’re at it, become a fan of Philly Mixtape right here and here

Go Birds! 

 

 

 

 

 

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Philly Weekly Entertainment Groove

Let’s get the ready to deck those halls all week long by doing everything on this list…

For your holiday pleasure this season……

There’s the always lit Christmas Village (1501 JFK Blvd.) which is delightfully surrounded by ice-skating at City Hall, tons of locally made snacks and goodies, local-made Philly Holiday Gift Show (there’s an ugly Christmas sweater store that you must go to), 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 (101) 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! Go here for more ho, ho, ho action.

Not that the beloved Philly holiday tradition of the Macy’s Christmas Light Show 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 oh, so high atop the Grand Atrium at Macy’s Center City (1300 Market St.) through December 31st beginning from 10 a.m to 8 p.m every two hours! Who’s ready? Everyone…even The Grinch.

Franklin Square Holiday Festival A fabulous mix of lighted Philadelphia history and simply stunning light show, the Franklin Square Holiday Festival (200 N. 6th St.) is sure to illuminate ya life all holiday season long. The Electrical Spectacle Light Show hosts free shows every 30 minutes between 4 and 8 p.m. on week nights and 4 and 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. And with 50,000 gleaming lights set on top of a blissful music background with one composition featuring an illuminated kite and key, this is one holiday event that even Mr. Benjamin Franklin himself would approve of.  Bring the kids and don’t miss it! 

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. Get those tickets. Dec 2nd-19th/Kimmel Center/300 S. Broad St.Various dates and showtimes

Pennsylvania Ballet presents The Nutcracker Imagine a Philly holiday season without the PA Ballet’s stunning presentation of Tchaikovsky’s legendary creation? Actually, no, we don’t want to, we just need to get those tickets because like the holidays themselves, this beloved entertainment affair will be dancing away soon, so don’t miss out and go right here for more holiday tip-toe action. Friday, December 8th through December 31st/The Academy of Music/various ticket prices and showtimes/240 S. Broad St. 

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

ANNIE For the love of all things Sandy and  “Tomorrow,” there’s simply no denying that it’s been a hard knock year for all of us, so what better way to treat 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 that Daddy Warbucks, Ms. Hannigan 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.

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.

Q102 Jingle Ball What do The Chainsmokers, Fall Out Boy, Kesha, Niall Horan and Halsey all have in common? They’re all going to be trying to perform on top of the legions of screaming teenage girls who’ll be no doubt taking over the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night. Who’s ready? Everyone. Wednesday/730 pm/Wells Fargo Center/3601 S. Broad St. 

Cloud Nine Since being on the dance floor all month long is the only proper way to ring in the holidays, head over to TOC this Wednesday night where DJs Brando Calrissian and Tommy Hogunx will be spinning those delicious grooves and deep house cuts like…what. Let’s fucking dance for Santa. Wednesday/9 pm/Tavern on Camac/243 S. Camac St. 

SLEIGH Gird your holiday lions and press out your best winter attire because Valanni’s annual Toys for Tots event is here…and this year it’s extra fabulous and fierce because you’ve been such good guys, gals and gays all year long! 

Besides being Emcee’d by the one and vaginally challenged holiday diva herself, Ms. Brittany Lynn, your stand out hosts and entertainers for the starlit evening will include Michael Duffy, Billy Cavallo, Iris Spectre, Lady Geisha, Tommee Boom, Anthony Retro, HoneyTree Evil Eye, Flrt Vonnegut and many more fabulous kids from the neighborhood. However…the main event…….will include an oh, so special appearance from the one-and-only Real Housewives of New Jersey Kween herself, Ms. Teresa Giudice. Yas, bish, yaaas. Get those tickets right here (including details on special meet-and-great packages) and stay tuned for more tea on the soon-to-be-shimmering spectacle. Let’s get ready to Sleigh. Thursday/Valanni Social/8 pm/1229 Spruce St. 

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

 

Tuesday/12/5

LCD Soundsystem@The Fillmore(730 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)…………$uicideboy$@TLA(8 pm, 334 South St.)………..Xavier Omär @Coda(830 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)……….Honey Radar @Kung Fu Necktie(8 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)…………..Elizabeth Cool@World Cafe Live(8 pm, 3025 Walnut St.)……..Sonny Digital/Young Chop@The Foundry(9 pm, 1000 Frankford Avenue)………Roxy Coss@South(9 pm, 600 N. Broad 

Wednesday/12/6  

Roxy Coss@South(9 pm, 600 N. Broad St.)…………..Sun Parade@Boot&Saddle(830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)…………Seepeoples@Milkboy Philly(8 pm, 1100 Chestnut St.)…………..Christina LaRocca@Bourbon & Branch(705 N. 2nd St.)………….Murph.@The Dolphin Tavern(10 pm, 1539 S. Broad St.)……….Lo!@Ortlieb‘s(8 pm, 847 N. 3rd St.)…………

Thursday/12/7  

MILLENNIUM@Electric Factory (8 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)………Trapt@Voltage Lounge(8 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)…………Space Jesus@Union Transfer(830 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)…………Moving Mountains@PhilaMOCA(8 pm, 531 N. 12th St.)…………SHAED/Foreign Air@Johnny Brenda‘s(8 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)…………QTY@Boot & Saddle(830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)………Rico Nasty@Balcony Bar@The Trocadero(8 pm, 1003 Arch St.)

Friday/12/8 

Kill The Noise/Seven Lions @The Fillmore(9 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)……………Rebirth Bass Band@Union Transfer (9 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.)…………Green Velvet@Coda(11 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)…………Strand of Oaks@Boot & Saddle(830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)…………..Pigeons Playing Ping Pong@TLA(8 pm, 334 South St.)………Just Surrender/Carousel Kings@The Foundry(9 pm, 1000 Frankford Ave……….Young Statues@Johnny Brenda‘s(9 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)….DJ CID @Rumor(11 pm, 1500 Sansom St.)

 

Cover photo courtesy of VisitPhiladelphia