Happy love lovin’ weekend!!
Now, it’s time to lock the door (put on some Boyz II Men, perhaps?) and make that list of local and legendary entertainment shenanigans to get into for your Valentine’s weekend right about…now.
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 this 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.
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 (and big shout out to red-hot Philly playwright Kash Goins as well), it’s a must see for ALL of us in these divided times. It’s taken over The Arden now until March 10th, and now it’s undoubtedly time to let this gripping show take over your life…right now. Seriously..go see it (and meet one of the show’s leading ladies, Ms. Kala Moses Baxter, right here!) you won’t be disappointed…go.
Sing Your Life Karaoke Hey, Philly karaoke lovers…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 any…or all…..of these phabulous Philly locations listed below…..and then get ready to sing as if your name is Barbra…it’s not, but try those vocals out anyway….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
Boyz 11 Men/The Met Tonight…….Philly’s very own legendary baby makin’ crooners are taking over The Met with their bedroom ready love makin’ rhythms and sensual serenades. Do we really need to say anything else here? Get those last remaining tickets..and you better believe it’s time to start rehearsing your Stephanie Tanner inspired “motownphilly” choreography and get it down, to a “T.” Right, Michelle and everyone in the tr-state area who’s so ready for all of this tonight? Always. Let’s get down on bended knees for the Boyz…because they’re comin.’ (8 pm)
Erykah Badu/Busta Rhymes/Boardwalk Hall While we could go on & on about how these two music legends are going to pulverize the Jersey Shore tonight, we just have to put our fingers where they can click to get…those…tickets. And when it comes to this called late ’90s hip hop and R&B life…may be always try to make it with three dollars and six times. Go. (8 pm)
Kim Waters/South Jazz Club While this weekend is indeed all about the lovahs and gettin’ in betwixt ‘dem sheets, it’s also about the grown-and-sexy smooth music lovers and having a sax-ed up good time, which is what the incredible saxophonist Kim Waters will be serving out when he blows out South Jazz Club tonight (and tomorrow night!) for your Valentine’s weekend pleasure….and that it certainly will be. Let’s get sax-y. (7 pm)
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-into-Monday! at Positano Coast(12 pm). Ready? Because Mr. Urban will be. And away..we slay.
The Eric Jaffe Show/Tavern on Camac The time has come…..for Mr. Jaffe to make us gag with another fabulous lewk during another round of his monthly show at Tavern on Camac. But besides the gagging and yaas-ing that will most definitely be occuring when you see..all of it, he’s bringing the incredible and dazzling cast of Jakeya, Kareem Anthony, Katie Mae, Hannah Parke and Joey Gallagher along for the local talent love ride…and what a ride it shall be to properly kick off your love-filled weekend. And then of course, afterwards we dance, bish! Ding! (730 pm)
Sunday Tea:Philly’s Queer Day Party/Midtown If you’re more obsessed than Mariah with this whole love thang (really, who isn’t?), then you’re going to want to dive right into this most fabulous Sunday Funday soiree. Tomorrow, shake your groove thing over to The Midtown(formerly Penn 6) for an all-inclusive (meaning..you) LGBTQ dance party where not only the endless supply of bubbly will make you feel like Ari in the “7 Rings” video, but the vibes will just be full of this love stuff..which is the best part of it all. So, get over your shit and head over to The Midtown tomorrow for a gay ol’ time.……we ALL deserve it. (3 pm-7 pm)
Not Your Basic Brunch/Fresh Brunch of PA/Tradesman’s Now here’s a little throwback story of how NYBB is going to serve it out for your holiday weekend. Tomorrow, join DJ’s Ernesto Di Siro, Menace Cartel and Salvatore Carollo as they’ll no doubt be throwin’ down tons of phat beats to go with those bubbles. So, put on your best ’90s attire, grab both Aunt Viv’s and the rest of your Sunday Funday gang and get ready to live your freshest life on the floor…because there simply is no other way. (2 pm-8 pm)
Two Friends/NOTO First, press play on latest these shiny beat bros’ latest feel good fire “Take it Off” below. Then go see if they’ll make you take it all off when they take over the NOTO main stage for what will most likely be the start of your holiday Monday hangover. Let’s par-tay for the Prez’s, shall we? Always.
Also for your life lovin’ self on…..
A Story of Tenors@Walnut Street Theatre(through March 15th)…….Lots of fabulous dancing @Woody’s, Tavern on Camac, X Bar and Voyeur(10 pm, Gayborhood)……..Action Bronson@Franklin Music Hall(830 pm)………Dorothy@TLA(8 pm)……….Laidback Luke@Ocean Resort Casino(10 pm)……..Daughters@Union Transfer(830 pm)
Robert DeLong@The Fillmore(8 pm)………..Survivor Sundays:Drag Queen Brunch @Mad Rex(11 am)……..Showtunes Sundays@Tavern on Camac(9 pm)………The Thrifty Disco w/Manik, del & Rana Ransom @Philly Aids Thrift(10 pm)……….Marvel:A Murder Mystery@Evil Genius Beer Company(6 pm)……..Mike Stud@TLA(10 pm).
Cover photo courtesy of Visit Philly