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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.) 

For much, much more things and thangs to do for your official first weekend of November, check this and this out….now. 

And do you (yes, you) want more…stuff like this all of the time? Then become a fabulous fan of Philly Mixtape right here and here

Cover photo courtesy of Curle & Co. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ALL the November Local Drag Tea w/Brittany Lynn

Hey, kids!

Happy November! Lawwwd this year flew by quick-everytime I blink, I feel like Robert DeNiro in Awakenings (if you’re under 30 look it up dangnabbit)! We went from summer to two days of fall and right to winter. Not to sound like an old lady, but in my day we had FOUR seasons. Thanks global warming and to all the girls from the Northeast I went to highschool with in the 90’s that loved their Aqua Net and killed our ozone layer.

So with fall comes the PUMPKIN. Are you kids all enjoying all that pumpkin flavored stuff from pumpkin coffee to pumpkin spice tampons? Well…me neither! Knock it off with the pumpkin already-it’s only acceptable as room freshener at PayLess stores or mixed into the occasional jar of ketamine. But with fall also comes Thanksgiving and some pretty GAYMAYZING drag events-check ‘em out ladyboys!

Beauty Ball: 7pm, 11/5, @Woody’s Ladyboys rejoice! And don’t put away that “I’ll only wear this once” drag outfit you scored at Ross just yet-the Beauty Ball returns to Woody’s this Satuday. I had a minute to chat with the always adorable Ryan Wyrofsky for the lowdown on the festivities…Here’s what’s what: “Philadelphia’s 7th Annual Beauty Ball, an amateur drag party and fundraiser, will take place at Woodys from 7-10pm! It’s a great excuse to bust out the wigs and heels from your closet or to try dressing up in drag for the first time, though you don’t need to come in drag to enjoy the event! All proceeds raised will go to the William Way LGBT Community Center, which helps encourage, support, and advocate for the well-being and acceptance of sexual and gentle minorities in the Philadelphia area.

Bev and I have been in charge of the planning Beauty Ball the past two years, and this year we’re hoping to raise more money than ever before! I bought a new pair of 6″ pumps this year, and am being painted by local drag queen Mistor Fahrenheit. We hope to see you all this Saturday as we serve up some glamour realness and support our LGBT committee and the William Way Center!”
Woody’s-1300 Walnut St.; (215) 545-1893

Amatuer Drag Night: 8pm/11/6/L’Etage Vanessa Sterling collects the newest of ladyboys to hit the L’Etage stage for a one night contest-winner gets some hard earned cash money, and the losers will be out later at 12th and Pine making money the old fashioned way… L’Etage-624 S. 6th St.; (215) 592-0656

Miss Tabu: 9pm/11/11/Tabu The ultra fabulous Dusty Relix, the first Miss Tabu, passes down her crown to the winner who will carry on the tradtion of marching with the Miss Fancy Brigade representing Tabu, and the heiress of unlimited tater tots all year round! Tabu-200 S. 12th St, Phila.; (215) 964-9675

Vera Vixens: 9pm/11/16/VERA Everyone’s favorite fish Ariel Versace, hosts a drag night over in Joisey with Cherry St. Cartier, Jolina Jolie (Miss Paradise, Asbury Park), Chasity St. Cartier, and Aida Snatchwell. No cover and get there early as the place gets filled QUICKLY! VERA-2310 Marlton Pike; (856) 486-1001

Petty Thursdays: 9pm/11/17/Boxers Chasity St. Cartier, Philly’s pettiest queen, presents the pettiest of Petty Von Pettys to see which contestant wins the title of Pettiest performer-and some cash! Also PETTY! Boxers-1330 Walnut St.; (215) 735-2977

Drag Cabaret: 6:30pm/11/18/Bucks County Community College Local Philly kings and queens perform at Bucks to raise money for Bucks Villa, a house community for people living with HIV/AIDS. Hosted by Lady Geisha, but be ready for Donna Ria to go live on facebook and start painting three days before the show. 275 Swamp Road, Newtown, (215) 968-8000

Drag Me to Landmark-Diva Showdown!: 9pm/11/18/Landmark Americana Glassboro
Astala Vista gathers some amazing performers (amen Pissi Myles) to battle against each other Drag Race style-audience members will be able to TEXT IN THEIR VOTE LIVE and ultimately decide which Queen will take home the crown and a 6-Month Booking Contract, making them a regular cast member at Drag Me To Landmark! I hope these ladies have more than a bra and panty set and an Easy Pickin’s dress cuz it’s about to go down! Landmark-1 Mullica Hill Rd,, Glassboro, NJ

Bob and Barbara’s Thanksgiving Show: 11pm/11/24/Bob & Barbara’s
Lisa Lisa, the girl so nice they named her twice, opens up the doors of Bob & Barbara’s for us-AND gives us a Thanksgiving show so we all have an excuse to run away from our families and the carbs they put out on the dinner table. But you will have to fight Karen VonSay here if you want her last turkey drumstick. Bob & Barbara’s-1509 South Street; (215) 545-4511

Queer Performers of Color: 10:30pm/11/26/Cibo Ian Lesage and Karaoke Superstar Leo Gonzales bring together an all persons of color cast that features various artists/performers from the gayborhood. Cutie pie and Songbird winner Leo told me, “We aim to give an all-inclusive show by empowering unity and solidarity in the community through our artistry and performances.” Performances by Aurora Whorealis, Zsa Zsa St. James, Sapphira Cristal, Jarrett McCreary, Kevyn Mines, Aida Bummcake, Otis Pena, and Jaeda. Cibo-1227 Walnut, (215) 923-8208

This month, I take my DRAGCATION-a 30 day, NO DRAG time of rest and revamping.
This being my 20th year of shows and stunts, I need a short break from the makeup, the drama, and the kids. But I am grateful and thankful to still be the hardest working queen in Philly after two decades. Don’t worry I’ll be back and stronger than ever in December after sucking the life force out of all the city twinks that cross my path this month. That being said, I asked some of my gayest galpals to tell me what they are thankful for this Thanksgiving season, and this is what they had to say…

Martha Graham Cracker (Living Legend, Hairy Cabaret Star, Loveable Jitbag) “I’m grateful for coffee, Dolly, and this city with all its bizarro charms.”

Henastacia Beach (Spill the Tea Revue coming to Tabu Nov. 17th at 9pm!, Daughter of Sandy Beach at times lol) “I’m grateful for my real friends and family that have kept my head on straight after Venture closing, and for my first husband Michael Starr…Also my full lustrous hair.”

Miss Ty Pierce (Tabu royalty, Superstar model of the world)
This Thanksgiving I’m thankful that I’m still hot at almost 40, Gucci, Brittany Lynn, my parents, and 5 inch heels.. Happy gobble gobble everyone. Oh and that Donald Trump didn’t become president...❤❤❤❤❤

Aeryanah Von Moi (Actress, Singer, 12th Street Gym Spokeswoman with a phone, Opinionated Facebook Poster) “I am Thankful for Air Conditioning, Lobster Mac N Cheese, Xanax, skewers, and the ability to have selective hearing.”

Zsa Zsa St. James (Everyone’s favorite lady, Diva)
“I’m grateful for everyone in my life that have loved and supported me throughout this rough year.” (Editor’s Note: We Love You Zsa Zsa!!!”

John Jarboe (Bearded Ladies Cabaret, Teenage Heart throb, and Gin Enthusiast)
“I’m grateful for my ever emerging queer lineage and all the wise elders in my life who feed me.”

Billy Cavallo (Mr. Stoli 199?, Bartender, Butch Nelly, Video Star of “Pull Out it Hurts” with Brittany Lynn) Billy Cavallo is thankful for all of the opportunities that philly has given him, including finally being on track to pursue his dream job as a physicians assistant, his amazingly supportive family, Mr. Michael Duffy, and of course, Stoli. Stoli, without whom he would be a nobody selling his ass on the corner to buy bankers club.” (Thank you, Billy, for speaking in the third person-love youuuuu…)

Honeytree EvilEye (Burlesque star, Cabaret Star, Downright Gorgeous and Most Smartest Person I Know) “I’m grateful for the folks who support live performance, especially queer artists, women and people of color. You make it possible for these voices to be heard. Also I’m thankful for Mac n cheese because it’s the best.”

Dusty Relix (Miss Tabu 2016, Former Miss Woods, Gay and Fabulous!) “This year I am thankful for my husband and his support through all the craziness in my life, and for full-coverage foundation.”

Navaya Shay (Sinful Sundays Performer, Wears a Helmet at Times for Protection, Herbal Essence Enthusiast) “I’m grateful for big, uncut dick and fried pickes…”

Chasity St. Cartier (Petty Thursdays, Hair by Chariel Partner, Vera Vixen, Petty Bitch)
“I’m thankful to for all the opportunities 2016 has given me and I’m mostly thankful for venmo.” (Yes Chasity Veno sure has made a big splash in the gaybrorhood this year haha-but that’s none of my business…)

Well, that’s all for now kids-have a GAYYYYYY Thanksgiving!

Love and lashes,

Brittany Lynn

And to give proper thanks to Ms. Lynn for all the werk that she properly gives us, check put Philly Drag Mafia right now, queen.