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Dear Philadelphia Eagles….Thank You

No words. 

Ask any of the what seemed like a trillion people (official numbers are coming next week) who attended yesterday’s incredible (and very, very, very well organized) Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl festivities to describe their experience and, well, it’s a guarantee that they couldn’t come up with the proper wording to paraphrase it all

Why?

Because it was just so fucking amazing. Isn’t that right, Mr. Jason Kelce? (By the way, your now legendary speech and mummer’s costume betta werk). 

Sigh….yesterday. It was so much more than just a sports celebration, it was a moment in time that no one will ever, ever forget anytime soon. But even more than that, it was a moment that finally put the City of Brotherly Love on the god damn map for the world to see. 

While yes, we’ve hosted some truly stand out celebrations and events along the great way–the Pope’s 2015 visit, 2016’s DNC and last year’s NFL draft, just to name a few–but it’s sort of felt like we just haven’t arrived yet……..until the underdog Eagles won the Super Bowl on February 4th. 

Yes, whether you like it or not (most people don’t, but that’s quite alright), Philly is finally officially an underdog city no more. As noted in Mr. Kelce’s speech, make that, iconic presentation yesterday, “an underdog is a hungry dog,” and you couldn’t ask for a city who wanted it more, whether a championship or just the national respect that we truly deserve. And well, now, here it is…because at the end of the day…we Philly and we’re certainly here to stay. 

While the national news did a standout job in painting us a city full of spoiled thugs and privileged vandals (they also forgot to mention that if you destroy this city…the city will find you and we certainly have..one-by-one), yesterday’s well received Parade of Champions finally proved above everything else that we’re a city that really, really loves our city.

Of course, there was trash everywhere (more trash cans throughout next year’s, err, future parades, perhaps?), but it did little to dispel that Philadelphia truly put on one of the greatest Super Bowl spectacles anyone has ever seen. Oh, just admit it, Mr. Brady…you know you were watchin.’ 

What it all boils down to like Alanis is that we’ve got one hand in our pocket and the other is high fivin’ anyone that we see right now because the city is truly just in a great fucking mood. We certainly owe our new-found Philly special feeling to our beloved–and just so precious–Eagles for which none our reinvented way of Philly way of life would truly be possible.

Seriously…does anybody else feel, like, different now? 

Besides serving up a football season that was nothing short of spectacular, our beloved Birds also proved that when you face challenges head on…you get results. So, to Carson Wentz, Nick Foles, Doug Pederson and the rest of you guys (and your mom mom and pop pops, too!), the city truly thanks you from the bottom of our Bud Lite drinkin’ football hearts and so, so, so much more. 

You’re more than just Super Bowl Champions...you’re what this city is about–team work, strength in numbers and so much love to go around that it’s sort of fucking ridiculous. So, if there are any doubters out there who still have no idea what Philly Philly is all about, take a look at our football team and how we all came together as a city yesterday and you will have all of the answers you need. 

Fly Eagles Fly. Dilly Dilly 4 Lyfe. 

 

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Super Bowl Halftime Performance of the Day/Madonna

Here….we…..f@#king…..go. 

In just five excruciatingly long days, our very own (and just so precious!) Philadelphia Eagles will take on that other team in Super Bowl LII, while Justin Timberlake will be taking the reigns as our halftime performance host with (hopefully) the most. 

While there’s little tea to be spilled as to what (or who???) Mr. Man of the Woods will be trotting out onto the field this Sunday (stay tuned for a complete Philly Mixtape style analysis later this week), the only thing to do is to tune in and watch it all go down (and that it will, that other teams fans) this Sunday night. 

But of course while we oh, so patiently wait for it all, it’s absolutely necessary to have a reminisce sesh (isn’t that right, Left Shark?) and spill about Super Bowl performances from the past….and kicking things is off is a gigantic set from Madonna that rocked our worlds on Feb 5th, 2012. 

Taking center stage, er, field, Madge burst into Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis (this was the year the New York Giants beat that team the Eagles are playing) draped and dripping in Givenchy and Bulgari –with that Phillip Treacy crown!–armed with a fortress of Calvin Klein clad Roman-Egyptian Gods while serving us pure “Vogue” realness.

Collaborating with Cirque Du Soleil’s Jamie King and Moment Factory, the Material Girl delivered a high flying twelve minute spectacle that also included hits “Music,” (hey, LMFAO…where ya been?), “Give Me All Your Lovin,” and marching band/Cee Lo assisted versions of “Express Yourself” and “Open Your Heart.” Closing with a halo clutching rendition of “Like a Prayer,” in which the legendary Ms. M literally dropped from the stage into a cloud of heavenly smoke. Like…literally. 

However….sigh….although Her Madge-sty’s now legendary sports showdown set a then Super Bowl halftime-show ratings record with 114 million viewers tuning in (higher than the game itself), it didn’t come off without a hitch…and it was all M.I.A.’s fault. For whatever reason, the “Paper Planes” spitstress decided to flip the world her middle bird during her closing verse on “Lovin,” where we soon learned what happens when you just don’t hit that censor button quite fast enough. M.I.A. was highly criticized for her bold expletive and later fined a whopping $16.6 million which was settled in a confidential agreement in 2014.

But whatever the court case may be (we also doubt Madonna and M.I.A. have spilled tea since then, although the “Frozen” diva did accept her apology), Madonna‘s half-time slay not only solidified another reason why we’re still completely obsessed with everything she does, but it set the bar for every performer who’s stepped in the half-time performance spotlight since. 

In a word, you watching, JT? Because you’ve got some serious werk to do this Sunday. So, Let’s do it. 

Go Birds!

Cover photo courtesy of Yahoo 

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Weekend Entertainment Groove

Let’s weekend as if our name is The Weeknd because there’s lots and lots of things to do along the way leading up to, ya know, that game on Sunday. 

Let’s do it and Fly, Eagles, Fly

Sing Your Life Karaoke w/ Sara Sherr While everyone in the city is sooo over this winter already, that shouldn’t stop you from heading out to warm up those vocal chords thanks to the fabulous Ms. Sherr and her extensive collection of Sing Your Life Karaoke grooves, which are bound to take over your song butchering pleasure all weekend 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

Les Miserables You’ve witnessed the long-running Broadway musical in all of its glory and you wish it was you who won the Academy Award instead of Anne Hathaway for the 2012 film version because you belt out ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ so much better than she can. And of course, most importantly…you are Susan Boyle. But now here’s your chance to catch this blockbuster musical while it’s here in Philly…but you better hurry because like the best kind of “Dream,” the critically acclaimed national production is only here for a few more magical moments (until this Sunday, to be exact, and yes, they’re still expecting a packed house during the big game so you won’t feel so alone in missing the live play-by-plays), so grab those tickets…now. Go right here to do it. Tonight-Sunday/The Academy of Music @The Kimmel Center/Various showtimes & ticket prices/240 S. Broad St.

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.

Majid Jordan In what’s shaping up to be a smokin’ hot weekend at The Fillmore (keep on scrollin’), this red-hot Canadian R&B duo responsible for such bedroom bangers as “Gave Your Love Away” and “One I Want” are sure to heat you up in all of the right ways..Tonight/830 pm/The Fillmore/29 E. Allen St. 

Alex Aiono First, watch Mr. Aiono’s sexy clip for his highly underrated banger, “Work the Middle,” then grab your tickets to see him dance it all out over at The Foundry tonight. 730 pm/29 E. Allen St.

Get You a Girl Who Can Do Both  A smart, sexy and sultry show featuring an all-star cast of fierce local Burlesque divas including Mina Minou, Dorian Helena, Icon Ebony Fierce, Veronica Vicious, Scarlett Cerise, Ms. Honeytree EvilEye and DJ Flrt Vonnegut get ready for an informative Friday night featuring stylish lectures on a variety of topics rockin’ our worlds, which will be followed by incredible performances that you won’t forget anytime soon. It’s really that simple…so be smart and go! Tonight/Ruba Club/9 pm/416 Green St. 

The Eric Jaffe Show Amidst the tidal waves of green you’ll see all over the city this weekend, you’ll also be splashed with flecks of purple thanks to the always slaying Mr. Eric Jaffe, who’s returning to Tavern on Camac this weekend with his ukulele and lots and lots of extra-ness fresh for the new year. Also along for the ride will be local Philly talents Keely Siblia, Joe Macky, Sara Flail and Christina Higgins, all of whom will give you a glitter-bombed evening you’ll never forget. And as always, Absolut will be your fabulous sponsor and there’s never any cover, gurl. . Saturday/730 pm/Tavern on Camac/243 S. Camac St. 

Pop Muzik Celebrates Erasure  There’s really not too much to say here since we all know that DJ Robert Drake has been patiently waiting to serve the City of Brotherly Love with some New Wave realness to get us even more jazzercise-d up ahead of Sunday’s big game. As if that were possible…he’s certainly going to try this Saturday night at Club Mousai, kids. 10 pm/1227 Walnut St. 

Walk the Moon  Because you just belted out “Shut Up and Dance” in the shower this morning and because they most likely won’t hit the stage until the game is close to being over. And because WTM lead singer Nicholas Pettricia is like, really, really cute. So, wins all around. Grab those tickets while you can. Sunday/8 pm/The Fillmore/29 E. Allen St. 

Lana Del Rey   Because a little “Summertime Sadness” in the dead of winter is always a good idea. And although we tried really, really hard to get the “Young and Beautiful” songstress to move her show away from Sunday’s NFC Championship game (read this) unfortunately it can’t be done. Only in Philly. Sunday/8 pm/Wells Fargo Center/3601 South Broad St. 

Also for your dancin’ and prancin’ pleasure this weekend……..

DJ Jimmy DePre @Tavern on Camac (Friday & Saturday, 9 pm, 243 S. Camac St.)…….. Haus:UV@Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar (Friday, 10 pm, 200 South 12th St.)………..Felix Da Housecat @Coda(Friday, 11pm, 1712 Walnut St.)…..Cosmic Gate @Rumor (Friday, 11 pm, 1500 Sansom St.)………Boombox Cartel @NOTO(Friday, 10 pm, 1209 Vine St.)……..Cash Cash @Hilton Penn’s Landing (Saturday, 8 pm, 201 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.)…..Chachi@NOTO(Saturday, 11 pm, 1209 Vine St.) 

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

Rufus Wainwright @Kimmel Center(3 pm, 700 S. Broad St.)…………..Say Anything/Tim Kasher @The Trocadero(730 pm, 1003 Arch St., Saturday, too!)………..Free Throw @Johnny Brenda’s(8 pm, 529 West Girard Ave)……….Tropic of Cancer@Johnny Brenda’s Downstairs(10 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)………Alex Bugnon @South(9 pm, 600 N. Broad St.)…………Air Is Human @Ortliebs(8 pm, 847 N. 3rd St.)……..American Dinosaur@Milkboy Philly(830 pm, 1100 Chestnut St.)……….722 @Boot & Saddle(8 pm, 1131 S. Broad St. )……..Andrew Devlin@Dolphin Tavern(10 pm, 1539 S. Broad St.) 

Saturday…..  

Flobots@Coda(8 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)……..Chase Rice @The Fillmore(8 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)……..BoomBox @Union Transfer(9 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)………Cormega and Viking@Voltage Lounge (9 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)……..U.S. Bombs@Kung Fu Necktie(530 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)…….Tessa Violet and Secret Midnight Press@Boot & Saddle(830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)……..Mach 22@Milkboy Philly(8 pm, 1100 Chestnut St.)…….Creem Circus@The Barbary(830 pm, 951 Frankford Ave)…….Sorted@The Dolphin Tavern(10 pm, 1539 S. Broad St.) 

Sunday……. 

E-A-G-L-E-S!  Enough said.