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Philly Weekly Entertainment Groove

Lots to do this weekend as we get ready to say goodbye to September and say hello to October…..check it out. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke w/Ms. Sara Sherr Those end of summer blues got you down? Really, how could they with this heat stroke inducing weather we’re all sweating in? But if they are. first, get the f#$k over it, second, head out to belt out your favorite karaoke jam in which the always in season Ms. Sherr has everything you need for your song butchering pleasure all week & weekend long. Ready, set sing…for your life. 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

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum You must not walk, but run to the box office at the Walnut Street Theatre to grab those tickets to take in Stephen Sondheim’s classic Tony Award-winning Best Musical, which has been described as “a nonstop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful, but slow-witted, courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and a bevy of beautiful showgirls. This unforgettable, hysterical musical comedy will have you laughing all the way to the Forum with “something for everyone, a comedy tonight!” All meaning….go. Walnut St. Theatre/tonight-October 22nd/various prices and showtime

2017 Philly Fall Concert Guide  Katy Perry….Janet Jackson….Bruno Mars….Imagine Dragons….St. Vincent…..Zedd. Those are just some of the many, many amazing music artists that are coming to take over the Philly stages all fall season long. And of you want to dive into the Philly live music groove, check out Philly Mixtape’s official Fall Concert Guide and bag those tickets up.

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 of talent every week! 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. 

Chris Lake  Let’s all dance and be free…..it’s really that f#$king simple. You know what else is simple? Grabbin’ those tickets to see the legendary Mr. Lake take over Coda Philly with those delicious grooves this Friday night. Friday/Coda/11pm/1712 Walnut St. 

NOTO  Whether you get down to Casqeaux on Friday, DJ Scene on Saturday or get all up in a little Eagles tailgating action on Sunday, NOTO has got everything you need to keep the Philly par-tay hype all weekend long. All weekend/NOTO/1209 Vine St. 

DJ Chris Urban With two chances every weekend to get down to the sizzling sounds of one of Philly’s hardest werque-ing DJs, there’s no reason not to put on those dancing shoes and get on the floor as of you’re Jennifer Lopez. Ready, set, baila todos los dias. L’Etage/Every Saturday/10 pm/624 S. 6th St. Positano Coast/Every Sunday/12pm-4pm/212 Walnut St. 

Car Pizza Pinup Drive for United for Puerto Rico As per this fabulous events Facebook page….. “This Saturday! Come get a personal pie delivered direct to your vehicle’s window by one of Philly’s prettiest pinups [a line up that already includes the equally stunning Liberty Rose & Pizza Wolf] for our Car Pizza Pinup Drive; a benefit for the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. All proceeds go towards United for Puerto Rico, a charity organized by the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló. Own a different business and wanna get involved? Your business can be part of the pledge! Just pledge to donate a percentage of your sales from Sunday, October 1st to United for PR and we’ll list you as an official supporting business of our call. If your business or organization would like to be involved in this benefit, please contact us: jawn@ broadstburlesque. com” For much more on this weekend’s fundraiser and how you can help the victims of Hurricane Maria, check this out right here.   Saturday/12pm-5pm/Four Sons Pizzeria/25oo Frankford Ave

The Eric Jaffe Show Get ready to shield your eyes from all of that purple sequins one more time like Britney because the one, the only ukulele God himself, Mr. Eric Jaffe…iz back for another round of his hit Gayborhood show. Of course, one thing that we do know is that he never travels alone, and this time he’s got the talented Dan Callahan, Solomon Thorne, Moses Cyrus and Taylor Plunkett-Clemens by his balloon wearing side for a night of true entertainment you’ll never forget, like, ever. And as always..no cover and Absolut drank specials all night. Ding, ding bish. Saturday/8 pm/Tavern on Camac/243 S. Camac St. 

Kid Cudi   “Day ‘N’ Nite” for life. Grab those tickets.   Saturday/730 pm/Mann Center for Performing Arts/5201 Parkside Avenue 

Drag Queen Story Time Remember that ’90s MTV special where Madonna took over Webster Hall with a pajama party and read to Miss Spider’s Tea Party all of the kiddies? Well, this is just like that. Get ready, kids, queens, guys and gals because Philly Drag Mafia sorceress, Ms. Brittany Lynn, is taking over the Lume Creative Learning Studios once again where she’ll read a fierce selection from her lip-synched library. ‘Fifty Shades of Gaaayyy,’ perhaps? Yas. Saturday/9 pm-11pm/Lume Creative Learning Studios/1916 E. Passyunk Ave 

Honeygasm It’s time for the very first of the Honeygasm of the season, which means you (meaning…you) should waste no time in heading over to Franky Bradley’s this Sunday for a show that’s guaranteed to put the “pumpkin” in your “spice.” Along with your studly host for the night, Mr. Flrt Vonnegut, and house DJ, Lili St. Queer, you’ll be treated to the Burlesque talents of Goldi Fox, Vonka and Fagl Roq. And of course, the always yaaas Honeytree EvilEye will be putting it all on to take it all off for you. Don’t miss it. Sunday/Franky Bradley’s/7 pm/1320 Chancellor St. 

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

 

Friday/9/29

Oh Wonder @TheFillmore(830 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)…….Dinosaur Jr.@Union Transfer(830 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)…….Electric Six@Milkboy Philly(830 pm, 1100 Chestnut St.)…………Son Little@Boot&Saddle(830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)…..Drezo and Rezz@Electric Factory(830 pm, 421 N.7th St.)……..The Cool Kids@Balcony Bar @The Trocadero(8 pm, 1003 Arch St.)……..Rich Medina@Silk City(10 pm, 435 Spring Garden St.)….Uncle Dan@The Grape Room(8 pm, 105 Grape St.)

Saturday/9/30

Two Door Cinema Club @Electric Factory(6 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)………STS9 @The Fillmore(9 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)………Gareth Emery @District N9ne(830 pm, 460 N. 9th St.)………Wild Cub@The Foundry(9 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)…………..East Forest @TLA(8 pm, 334 South St.)……Jacob Sartorious@Punchline Philly(3 pm, 1004 Canal St.)…..Keith Sweat@Tropicana Showroom(8 pm, Brighton&Boardwalk Ave)……..Son Little@Boot & Saddle (830 pm, 1131 Broad St.)……..Mo Lowda and the Humble@Bourbon & Branch(8 pm, 705 N. 2nd St.) 

Sunday/10/1

Showtunes Sundays@Tavern on Camac(9 pm, 243 S. Camac St.)…….Sinful Sundays w/The Goddess Isis @Tabu (10 pm, 200 S. 12th St.)……Manchester Orchestra@The Fillmore(730 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)……..Little Steven@Electric Factory(830 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)……We Are The Union@Kung Fu Necktie(6 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)…….Ani DiFranco@Keswick Theatre(7 pm, 291 Keswick Avenue………Joon Moon@Boot & Saddle(830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)………Group Doueh@Underground Arts(8 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.) 

 

 

 

 

 

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Philly Weekday Entertainment Groove

In today’s f@cking bat shit crazy world, there’s no better time to live and get lost in as much as local and legendary entertainment shenanigans as possible. In other words….go and be god damn kind to one other for f@ck’s sake.

Sing Your Life Karaoke w/Ms. Sara Sherr   Those end of summer blues got you down? Well, get the f#$k over it and head out to belt out your favorite Sing Your Life Karaoke groove at any one of these fabulous locations listed below. Of course, it’s all while you show your love to the always lovely and gracious, Ms. Sara Sherr, whose got you covered like a banana hammock with all of your song butchering needs. Now, sang. Sun, 9-2 Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street Tues, 9-2 12 Steps Down, 9th and Christian Thurs, 9-2 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

Wicked   If you’re one of the very few left in the city who hasn’t experienced Wicked at The Academy of Music yet, fly to the box office because like summer itself, this award snatching show will be zipping off before you know it. Go right here to spend your green and prepare to get lost in all of those dazzling green-lit Broadway memories that’ll be headed your way when you experience this show. Various dates & showtimes through August 27th/Academy of Music/1420 Locust St. 

Full Front Street  If you (yes, you) haven’t gotten lost in all of the tassels worthy talent that takes over the fabulous Victoria Freehouse every Monday, then the time is…now. Meaning, head over there tonight to join your ever so yaaas hostess, Ms. Honeytree Evil Eye, along with Lezzie McGuire, Vonka and Sara Soda who’ll be serving so much Philly Burlesque truth that it’ll be sort of ridiculous. Go.  Every Monday/9 pm/The Victoria Freehouse/10 S. Front St. 

Mister E’s Shock-Show Gong Show   Get ready, kids, because the always delightfully cray Philly entertainment trip, Dead Flowers, will be hosting the Gayborhood’s only TV’s “Gong Show” inspired competition show! Join the DF crew for an incredibly fun night of stupid human tricks and unpredictable weirdness as competitors (for the full list, go here) compete for the title of most shocking and a healthy $150 cash prize…..and yas, kween, there will be a gong and it may (definitely will be) used.  Tuesday/9 pm/Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar/200 South 12th St. 

Cloud Nine Shimmy on over to the Gayborhood this Thursday night and join your esteemed local DJs–Brando Calrissian and JCLEF–who’ll be joining forces at Tavern on Camac’s Ascend Lounge to serve you a wildly fabulous mix of deep house, club hits, rewerks, throwbacks and lots, lots more, all while your Gayborhood bartending bestie, Michael Rasmussen, will be serving up them dranks to make you dance, bish. Because you will. Wednesday/9pm/The Ascend Lounge at Tavern on Camac/243 South Camac St. 

Sheila E./Dave Koz/Larry Graham  While we could easily go on and on about the impeccable live music artists of all of these artists (seriously…you might not want to miss this one), we just have to press play on Ms. E’s “The Glamorous Life” over and over and over again. No further statements.  Thursday/Dell Music Center/7 pm/33rd/Ridge Dauphin Streets 

Jimmy Buffet   “Margaritaville” for life.  Get those tickets.   Thursday/8 pm/BB&T Pavilion/1 Harbour Blvd.

Lionel Richie w/Very Special Guest Mariah Carey  There’s really nothing to say here except that the entire tri-state area has been waiting five long months for this rescheduled show from March so it better be damn good. However, lucky for us, word on the live music street is that it quite simply is. In other words, get those tickets while you still can while we prepare our “Dancing on the Ceiling” and “Shoo do do do do” lives for this Thursday night. 7 pm/Wells Fargo Center 

Nitty Gritty:Beach Boys Meet the Lost Girls-A ’60s Dance Party  If you like gettin’ down the classic sound of such legendary old school music artists like The Crystals, The Rosettes, Beach Boys, The Sunrays (really…who doesn’t??) and many, many, many more, then you must head over to The Dolphin this Thursday night where the esteemed DJ, Mr. David Atlas, will have it all ready for you and all of your doo-wop needs. They just don’t make ’em like this anymore, kids, and this Thursday night you’ll hear exactly why. Thursday/8 pm/The Dolphin Tavern/1539 S. Broad St. 

 

Also on the local and legendary entertainment decks for your Monday……………..The Funeral Portrait @Voltage Lounge (530 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)…….Most Selfless Cheerleader @Johnny Brenda‘s (8 pm, 1201 Frankford Avenue)……The Phonies @Kung Fu Necktie (8 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)……..UhF @Blacony Bar @The Troc (8 pm, 1003 Arch St.)…………Tuesday………..Playboi Carty and Young Nudy @TLA (8 pm, 334 South St.)……….West Philadelphia Orchestra @Franky Bradley‘s (9 pm, 1320 Chancellor St.)……..Zeshan B @Boot & Saddle (830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)……….Flowercrown @The Barbary (8 pm, 951 Frankford Avenue)………Wednesday……In the Valley Below @Boot & Saddle (830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)………. Kari Faux @The Barbary (9 pm, 951 Frankford Avenue)…….. Lizdelise @Ortlieb’s (8 pm, 847 N. 3rd St.)………  TWEN @Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Avenue)……..Thursday……   Mark Lanegan Band @Underground Arts (9 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.)…….Hoots & Hellmouth @Boot & Saddle (830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)…….. Jesse Hale Moore @Spruce Street Harbour Promenade (5 pm, Columbus Blvd @Spruce Street)……. Subtronics @Coda (9 pm, 1712 Walnut St.) 

 

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5 Reasons Why Everyone (Meaning You) Should Go See ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ This Week

Get ready, because the moment that every single theater kid, kween, guy and gal in Philly has been waiting for has finally arrived….the Forrest Theatre (1114 Walnut St.) is now open for lots and lots of local entertainment business during its 2017/2018 season. 

And sashaying things off in a most fierce way will be the traveling production of the critically acclaimed and Tony Award snatching (isn’t that right, Mr. NPH?) rock musical, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which struts its stuff in Philly starting today through this Sunday, April 23rd. 

Just to spill a little tea on Ms. Hedwig, the show was written by John Cameron Mitchell (who also played the starring role in the critically acclaimed 2001 film adaptation),and is a certified rock musical about a fictional rock and roll band fronted by a transgender East German singer, Hedwig Robinson.

The story is based on Mitchell’s life as the son of a U.S. Army Major General who once commanded the U.S. sector of occupied West Berlin and the character of Hedwig was inspired by a German divorced U.S. Army wife who was a Mitchell family babysitter and moonlighted as a prostitute at her trailer park home in Kansas.

But besides its gripping and highly relevant storyline, Hedwig truly rocks thanks to the genius of musical artist Stephen Trask, who used the 1970s glam rock style of our dearly departed David Bowie (who actually co-produced the Los Angeles production of the show), as well as the work of John Lennon, Lou Reed and Iggy Pop to give us such loud, memorable rocked out smashes like “Wig in a Box,” “Wicked Little Town” and of course, everyone’s favorite, “Sugar Daddy.” 

The musical opened Off-Broadway in 1998 and went on to win the Obie Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical. The production ran for two years, which only helped it to remount itself with various casts by the original creative team in other US cities;eventually gaining steam across the pond with a successful run in London’s West End.  

In 2014, Hedwig returned to Broadway at the Belasco Theatre and went on to win that year’s Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Musical, Best Actress for Lena Hall (as co-lead Yitzhak), and of course, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for Mr. Neil Patrick Harris, who is a big reason why the buzz for the national tour of Hedwig and the Angry Inch is still going strong.

And here’s five more reasons why everyone (meaning you) should get those tickets to see Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Forrest Theatre this week. Rock on..now. 

1.It’s kicking off what’s shaping up to be a fabulous 2017/2018 season at the Forrest Theatre…    From Hedwig starting today through Sunday, April 23rd to Fun Home in June to The Color Purple around the holidaze all the way to Waitress just in time for Valentine’s Day, Forrest has quite a roster of critically acclaimed Broadway smashes lined up over the next bit of time in our crazy lives, so why not stop, take a seat and grab tickets…to them all. 

And the fact that it’s all kicking off with Ms. Hedwig and all of that music you just absolutely can’t wait to see life on the Forrest stage…well, that gives way to the conclusion that it’s going to be quite an incredible season over at 1114 Walnut St. 

2.Because if you get those tickets right now…you’ll save some coins! Yas.  Because you’re all just so fabulous, the kind kids over at The Kimmel Center have noticed all of your shimmering accomplishments and as a very special treat, they’re offering this special code–HWFGNA329–that’ll help you save a sexy twenty percent off those tickets for Hedwig! Although select performances do apply, don’t miss a chance to chantay right into this beloved musical before it struts out-of-town this Sunday. Seriously..don’t. Go here now. 

3.Because Rolling Stone magazine really, really, really likes ‘Hedwig:’ It is an evening of spirit, wit and crunch worthy of Madison Square Garden — that is, if there really were a Hedwig. She is actually a brilliant work of fiction, the creation of actor-writer John Cameron Mitchell and composer-lyricist Stephen Trask, and she is the centerpiece of their dynamite one-act theater piece, Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Since opening last Valentine’s Day at the tiny Jane Street Theater in lower Manhattan, Hedwig — with Mitchell in kinetic drag as Hedwig; Trask and his real-life band, Cheater, as the Angry Inch; and Miriam Shor in reverse drag as the grumpy Yitzak — has been getting rave reviews and playing to ecstatic houses. An original-cast album is due shortly on Atlantic Records, and Mitchell and Trask have signed with New Line Cinema to put Hedwig on the big screen.”

And RS goes on to spill……”All this good fortune is for good reason, too. In the whole long, sorry history of rock musicals, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the first one that truly rocks.” 

Enough said. For much, much more on all things Hedwig and the Angry Inch, peep these Rolling Stone’s from May 7th, 2014 and July 20th, 2001 and prepare yourself for the whole thing. 

4.Because your respect for Doogie Howser, M.D. is the true reason the show’s here right now…  And much like our soon-to-be Philly love for Hedwig, it’s a certain kind of love and respect that will never, ever end. Grab those tickets. 

5.Because no warm weathered season in Philly is complete without taking in one or two hundred shows…    Whether you live for every single grand performance that takes place at the Forrest Theatre, Walnut St. Theatre, Kimmel Center and The Academy Music, or if you love to rock and/or groove it out at NOTO, Tabu, The Fillmore, The Foundry, Johnny Brenda’s and Rumor or any other fab venues the City of Brotherly Love has to offer, just get out there and show your love to the performance arts community. It’s really that simple. 

And you know what else is simple? Getting those tickets for Hedwig (here’s that code again…HWFGNA329) and a chance to sashay straight into not just a fabulous season at the Forrest Theatre, but of your life. Now, rock…and walk. 

Are you an entertainer, promoter or event planner who’s struttin’ along fabulously in Philadelphia? Then Philly Mixtape wants to hear from you! For questions, comments and everything else in beat-tween (everyone’s welcome here, so don’t ever be shy), become a fan on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and/or email Patrick DeMarco at iluvbeatz96@gmail.com and let’s promote it ALL up proper!

Hedwig and the Angry Inch cover photo courtesy of The Kimmel Center