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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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Philly Weekly Entertainment Groove

Let’s face it…..

Without going into all of the truly awful pearl clutching details, 2017 will go down as the worst year on the history of, well, god damn ever. 

While no question these days is accompanied by any piece of the truth, what we can do is speak up (and vote tomorrow, too), but most of all….not be afraid to live in hopes that things that will get better.

And for fuck’s sake, stop judging, blocking, deleting and shade-throwing at everything and everyone…..because it’s not about you…it’s all about all of us and how we’re ALL going to make it through these tough times. 

So, let’s do it…now. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke w/ Sara Sherr In the mood to slay your favorite karaoke grooves all week long? Well, you’re in luck because chances are the always colorful Ms. Sherr has everything you need for your song butchering/slaying pleasure at any one of these fab Philly locations listed below. Get to it. 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 Phantom of the Opera  An event, make that–a stage spectacle–that truly needs no introduction as everyone and their Broadway music mother is in tune to legendary composer Andrew Lloyd’s Webber’s classic production. But like the Phantom himself, this Award owning show is only here for a short time only, so get those tickets right here, right now while you still can.  Tonight-Nov 12th/The Academy of Music/240 S. Broad St./Various ticket prices and showtimes

Full Front Street  If you’re looking for one of the hottest shows in Philly on a Monday night (and every), you must head to Victoria Freehouse where your hostess with the absolute, um, nothing on, Ms. Honeytree Evil Eye, always has her tassels and so much more ready and waiting for you, along with a fresh new roster tonight which includes the Burlesque stylings of Bugalu Boogie and Rebelle Rouge, as well as the singing stylings of Ms. Lizzie Spellman! Go right here for more Full Front Street tea on the daily and then…get ready. Every Monday/9 pm/show at 10/Victoria Freehouse/10 S. Front St. 

The Breeders  “Cannonball” 4 lyfe.   Sold out/Tonight/Union Transfer/7 pm/1026 Spring Garden St. 

Bebe Rexha   That voice! That style! That sass! Those sounds! Yes, it’s all going to be on display once the insatiable Ms. Rexha takes over the stage at The Troc this Wednesday night. Bag ’em up. Wednesday/8 pm/The Trocadero/1003 Arch St. 

Cloud Nine Looking for the perfect place to let go and escape all of the bullshit this week? Then you must descend to the Ascend Lounge at Tavern on Camac this hump day evening where the always on point DJ Brando Calrissian will be waiting for you along with his beat besties, DJ Vern and DJ Devastator, as well as a bountiful buffet of gummy grooves to help you get lifted up to the dance music heavens. And of course, your favorite Gayborhood bartending legend, Michael Rasmussmen, will be pouring those drinks to give you the proper amount of liquid courage to show off those killer dance moves that you know you can’t wait to display, kween. Let’s party. No cover/Wednesday/9 pm/Tavern on Camac/243 S. Camac St. 

Martha Graham Cracker Philly’s legendary drag performance artist is (finally!!) baaaaaack! No further explanation needed. Well, except to say that you don’t want to fucking miss this show because Ms. Martha’s birthday is also this weekend (Satur-slay, to be exact), so you know it’s going to be one hell of a celebration! Don’t miss it! Thursday/8 pm/L’Etage/624 South 6th St. 

Tegan & Sara All we want to do is get a little “Closer” to the truth in finding out if there are any tickets left to witness all of the sisterly sass that’s guaranteed to take over the Tower Theatre this Friday once this dynamic duo hits the stage. And guess what? There are….so get ’em right here and then let your “Body Work,’ bish.  Friday/9 pm/Tower Theatre/19 South 69th St.

Bob Dylan/Mavis Staples  Two incredible music legends over two nights for the price of one fabulous ticket? Yes, please.  Saturday&Sunday/730 pm/Tower Theatre/19 South 69th St. 

REV RUN   Yes, that legendary Rev Run of iconic Run DMC fame is coming to Philly this weekend. All meaning…listen up because music church will definitely be in session. Grab those tickets. Saturday/10 pm/NOTO/1209 Vine St. 

Tiësto Although you’ll have to do a little bit of traveling for this weekend’s hottest dance party, it’s Tiësto we’re spilling about here so shut the fuck up and get over it while you let those grooves get in. After you snatch those tickets up, of course.   Sunday/8 pm/Sands Bethlehem Entertainment Center/77 Sands Blvd 

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

Monday/11/6

tUnE-yArDs @Boot & Saddle(830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)………..Blitzen Trapper @Johnny Brenda‘s(8 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)……….Jack and Jack@TLA(8 pm, 334 South St.)………Astronautilus@Voltage Lounge(8 pm, 421 N.7th St.)………..Laughs on Philly @Ortlieb’s(7 pm, 847 N. 3rd St.)

Tuesday/11/7

serpentwithfeet@The Fillmore(8 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)……………A Perfect Circle @BB & T Pavilion(8 pm, 1 Harbour Blvd.)…………Kodak Black @Electric Factory(8 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)………….Joyce Manor @Union Transfer (8 30 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)………..Nick Mulvey @Johnny Brenda’s(9 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)…………Lo Moon @Boot & Saddle(830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.).

Wednesday/11/8 

JOHNNYSWIM@Electric Factory(8 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)…………Knuckle Puck@TLA(7 pm, 334 South St.)………….JID@The Foundry(8 pm, 1000 Frankford Ave)……….Mozzy@Coda(830 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)…………..Donald Harrison@Franky Bradley‘s(730 pm, 1320 Chancellor St.)…………Morgan Saint@Ortlieb‘s(830 pm, 747 N. 3rd St.)…..The Unknown Pleasures@The Dolphin Tavern(10 pm, 1539 S. Broad St.)

Thursday/11/9 

RL Grime/Kittens@Electric Factory(8 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)………..The Maine@Union Transfer(7 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)………..Wax Tailor @Underground Arts(9 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.)…………Dessa@World Cafe Live(8 pm, 3025 Walnut St.)………….Orgone@Milkboy Philly(8 pm, 1100 Chestnut St.)……..The Mr. T Experience @Kung Fu Necktie(7 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)…..Cheeky@Bourbon & Branch(8 pm, 705 N. 2nd St.)

Friday/11/10 

The Used @The Fillmore(730 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)………..Snakehips@The Foundry(930 pm, 1000 Frankford Ave)………..A Boogie Wit da Hoodie@Electric Factory(830 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)………….The Strumbellas@Union Transfer(730 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)……….Haley Reinhart@World Cafe Live(8 pm, 3025 Walnut St.)…………..Lee Ranaldo @Johnny Brenda‘s(915 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)………..MAKJ@NOTO(10 pm, 1209 Vine St.)….Ricci and LOSH@Rumor(11pm, 1500 Sansom St.)

Saturday/11/11

The Mountain Goats @Union Transfer(830 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)……..Car Bomb@Electric Factory(8 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)…………The Blow@PhilaMOCA(730 pm, 531 N. 12th St.)…………….No Age@Everybody Hits(9 pm, 521 West Girard Ave)……….Listener@Voltage Lounge(10 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)……….Matt McAndrew@Bourbon & Branch(630 pm, 705 N. 2nd St.)…………Francesca Lombardo@The Barbary(8 pm, 951 Frankford Ave)

Sunday/11/12

Alex Clare@World Cafe Live(730 pm, 3025 Walnut St.)………..Modern English @Johnny Brenda‘s(9 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)……..Showtunes Sundays @Tavern on Camac(9 pm, 243 S. Camac St.)……….Pale Waves@Boot & Saddle(830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)………Sinful Sundays w/The Godess Isis@Tabu(10 pm, 200 South 12th St.)……….Joanna Pascale@South(9 pm, 600 N. Broad St.) 

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Philly Weekend Entertainment Groove

Happy first weekend of November, everybody! 

Let’s do it. 

My Son the Waiter:A Jewish Tragedy Get ready to laugh your ass off, Philly, because famed comedian Brad Zimmerman is here and serving up non-stop laughs in his critically acclaimed one-man play! The vivacious story of “one man’s struggle to fulfill his dream and ‘make it’ as a comedic actor in New York,” this show has everything you could possibly want, that is, if you like to laugh out loud for ninety minutes straight. Really, who doesn’t in these crazy times? So, don’t delay and grab those tickets now! Plus, get to know all of the talents of this fine gentlemen right here as he recently stopped by Philly Mixtape to break all kinds of mugs about, well…..it all. Tonight-Nov 19th/Various dates & showtimes/Penn’s Landing Playhouse/211 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.

Sing Your Life Karaoke w/ Sara Sherr  In the mood to slay your favorite karaoke grooves all weekend long? Well, you’re in luck because chances are the always colorful Ms. Sherr has everything you need for your song butchering/slaying pleasure at any one of these fab Philly locations listed below. Get to it. 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 Phantom of the Opera   An event, make that–a stage spectacle–that truly needs no introduction as everyone and their Broadway music mother is in tune to legendary composer Andrew Lloyd’s Weber’s classic production. But like the Phantom himself, this beloved show is only here for a short time only, so get those tickets right here, right now while you still can.  Tonight-Nov 12th/The Academy of Music/240 S. Broad St./Various ticket prices and showtimes 

American HamStand:A Drag Cabaret  In what will be the most delightfully cray show of the weekend, join the not-so-elusive Philly entertainment troupe, Haus of Ham(Eric Jaffe, Lili St. Queer and Mister Fahrenheit),as they join creative hooves to bring you a show stuffed with all kinds of kweendom, komedy, drag, gender bending and dear sweet heavenly church music. Plus, their tucks are always just so fucking meaty…so don’t miss it! For tickets and much more on this soon-to-be local spectacle, go right here, right now.…then go. Tonight/9 pm/Painted Bride Art Center/230 Vine St. 

NOTO The tricked out grooves provided by Deorro tonight plus the hard pumping beats served up by Four Color Zack tomorrow night equals one hell of a Philly dance party all weekend long. Go.  NOTO/Friday & Saturday/10 pm/1209 Vine St. 

Sex Dwarf:A New Chapter!! It’s baaaaack. And no, we’re not talking about the 2016 election (one year ago..may we never forget), we’re spilling about much, much more pleasant affairs like the return of Mr. Robert Drake’s Club Mousai helmed Sex Dwarf par-tays! However…there’s just one fabulous hitch…it’s now on Saturday nights for your weekend pleasure! So, come one, come all and get down to the SD get down as Drake will as always be guiding you through all struts of dance music life until it’s time for Daylight Savings to kick in. So, now….all you have to do is…go. Meaning…go. Happy return of Sex Dwarf weekend! Saturday/10 pm/Club Mousai/1227 Walnut St.

Come, Rainbows Do you know what we all need more of in our lives right now? Laughter, bitch! And this Sunday night, Mr. Alejandro Morales is about to serve up loads of laughs and then some with a queer comedy variety show that’s been deemed “the one you’ve wanted this whole damn time.” So, head to Tabu tomorrow night (only an $8 cover, kids!), and join Mr. Morales along with Michael Kelly, Sarah Bell, Al Dooks, Robert O’Neill, Brandon Vincent Jackson and Josh Millhouse for a night of side-splitting action that’ll be guaranteed to get you more than ready for the werk week ahead.  Sunday/7 pm/Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar/200 South 12th St. 

Honeygasm Sunday Have you properly, um, gasm-ed this fall? Chances are..no, well, not in a way that Honeytree Evil Eye and her tremendous cast of some of the phinest Philly Burlesque entertainers are going to give it to you this Sunday during another round of their smash show at Franky Bradley’s. And with a roster this month that includes Iris Spectre, Jaeda, Mr B Easy, Flrt Vonnegut and DJ Lili St. Queer, you know shit’s about to get wet, wild, and oh, so delightfully weird. Don’t miss it!   Sunday/$10/doors at 7/show at 8/Franky Bradley’s Upstairs/1320 Chancellor St. 

Pandora Boxx  What happens when RuPaul’s Drag Race season 2 siren Ms. Boxx takes over the Philly stages? You’re about to fucking find out. Sashay right here and grab those tickets, kween.  Sunday/730 pm/Ruba Club/416 Green St. 

Margaret Cho  Yes, that Margaret Cho is coming to Philly this weekend and is guaranteed to take over The Fillmore in only a way that she knows how to do….by being Margaret fucking Cho. Get those tickets.   Sunday/730 pm/The Fillmore/29 E. Allen St. 

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

Friday/11/3 

Courtney Bartnett/Kurt Vile @Tower Theatre (7 pm, 69th & Ludlow St.)……………Elbow@The Fillmore(8 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)…………Flogging Molly @Electric Factory(8 pm, 421 N.7th St.)………Yautja@Kung Fu Necktie(7 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)…….Little Strike@The Barbary(8 pm, 951 Frankford Ave)……..Carl Craig @Coda (11 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)

Saturday/11/4 

The Shins@The Fillmore(8 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)…………Flying Lotus @Electric Factory(830 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)…………Tori Amos@Tower Theatre(8 pm, 69th & Ludlow St.)……….The Dears@Boot & Saddle(830 pm, 1131 S.Broad St.)………..The Legwarmers @The Trocadero(9 pm, 1003 Arch St.)……..Big League @The Barbary(830 pm, 951 Frankford Ave)………….foxtrot@Milkboy Philly(830 pm, 1100 Chestnut St.)

Sunday/11/5

Showtunes Sundays@Tavern on Camac(9 pm, 243 S. Camac St.)………..Sinful Sundays w/The Godess Isis@Tabu(10 pm, 200 S. 12th St.)………Josh Ritter@Union Transfer(7 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)………Mister Heavenly@Johnny Brenda‘s(9 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)………Space Captain@Silk City Diner & Lounge(7 pm, 435 Spring Garden St.) 

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