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Weekly Entertainment Groove

There’s literally so much going on local and legendary entertainment wise this week in Philly that we all just need to get to it right….now. 

Go do it all. 

Romeo + Juliet/The Wilma Theater Romeo, oh, Romeo…have you checked out the fine actor who’s playing Romeo in Shakespeare’s classic love tragedy tale during its run at the Wilma?? His name is Matteo Scammel and he’s oh, so ridiculously talented and handsome. And, the fine young actress who’s playing Juliet? Her name is Taysha Marie Canales and together, they’re double the reason to grab those tickets and click right here to dive into every this truly one-of-a-kind retelling has to offer. In the name of Claire and Leo, what are you waiting for? Go. (Tonight-February 9th

Charlotte’s Web/Arden Theatre Company The rumors are true….the Arden’s critically acclaimed production of E.B. White‘s still delightful children’s book has been extended through Sunday, February 3rd! But since we’re (somehow) careening towards the end of January, that date will be here soon, so don’t waste any time in you and the whole family grabbing those tickets! Plus, you’ll be able to see what else the Arden has in store for 2019 (like the just started 74 Seconds to Judgement) and it’s a guarantee that it’s a whole lot of everything and more that you’ll absolutely love. Enjoy the shows! 

The Lightning Thief:The Percy Jackson Musical/Merriam Theater Yes, that same box office owning Percy Jackson (you know, Poseidon‘s son, no big deal) is coming to Philly beginning tomorrow night to steal all of our Broadway hearts in what the Hollywood Reporter calls a “winning adaptation” of the 2010 film of the same name. There’s more info, ticket prices, showtimes and lots of other Percy goodies right here, so grab everyone and get right down to all of the Lightning business.(Tuesday, January 22nd-Sunday, January 27th

Sing Your Life Karaoke/Everywhere New year, new you? Well, take your newly reinvented self over to any of these phabulous Philly locations listed below where the always lovely Sara Sherr will be waiting for you with her always warming Sing Your Life Karaoke collection. There’s really nothing left to do now but sing, sing, saaang it out all year long! C’mon, you know you want to. Sun/9-2 @Bob and Barbara’s….Tues/9-2 @12 Steps Down…..Thurs/9-2 @ Milkboy South Street.…..Fri/9-1@Southhouse……Saturday/9-1:45/@Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap

DVLF Presents:Our Night Out Philly/Tradesman’s The time has come….for the first ONO of the year!! This Wednesday night, strut your business casual self on over to Tradesman‘s on Chestnut  to mix, mingle and rub elbows in pure 2019 style! Plus a couple of cocktails, a few new Gayborhood acquaintances and lots of BBQ’ lovin are all kinds of grand ideas in the middle of our werk week. All that’s left to say is…see you there! Oh, and click it all on up right here for much more fabulous info on this long-running monthly networking event…meaning..go. (6 pm

Wu Tang Clan/Franklin Music Hall  Does this one really need an explanation? And two Wu shows (Thursday & Friday!!) means double your “C.R.E.A.M.” pleasure, so get those tickets and of course….Rest in Peace, Mr. ODB…you’ll always have our all of our money and all of our old school rap hearts. (830 pm)

Do Both:Lighting Talks & Burlesque/RUBA Club There’s no doubt that this is the year for those who can man and woman up to do it all, so if you’re also looking for that kind of ambitious entertainment, than look no further than right…here. This Friday night, join your always yas host, Flrt Vonnegut, as he and local Burlesque performers including Kosha Killawat, Queen of Hearts and Honeytree Evil Eye give you an evening full of it all. Featuring a night of informative TEDx style lectures about life and stuff along with a buffet of some of the most stunning Burlesque performances you’ve ever witnessed. These stunning performers will not only be dishing out a night of tremendous entertainment this side of the East Coast, but serving up truth to the fact that women can be fiercely both sexy and competent adults. And you…need to be there. Peep this right here for ticket info and then werk it on over to the Ruba this Friday night…you won’t be sorry. (9 pm

Guys & Dolls/L’Etage  What you’ve read in US Weekly is absolutely true….the G&D fierceness is coming back in 2019! This Thursday night, get your damn selves over to L’Etage where your host, Ms. Emily Valentine, along with your slaying local drag performers VinChelle, A-Dick Shun and Big Red serve out a show that will indeed get you more right than Ms. J as we set sail into the weekend. Now all you have to do is…go. (8 pm

Underground w/DJ KRK/Voyeur Since pretty much the whole entire Gayborhood will be at this Friday night’s Drag Wars 10 (!!) opening slay-off at Voyeur you should stay and sashay your way down those stairs where the always ready DJ KRK will be waiting for you with all of his Underground beats and business. Because when it comes to the launch of his new weekend kickoff bash, the volume on that dear, sweet music is only going to go all the way up all f@#king year long…..and you won’t want to miss any part of it. Oh, and if you dance it on over to his official website and Soundcloud pages, you’re slip-and-slide on the floor with a couple more of this superstar Philly DJ‘s treats and beats. (Every Friday/10 pm

Bell Bov DeVoe/Xcite Center @Parx Casino  While this Friday night’s BBD show has been sold out for quite some time now, there’s no problem in throwing some cardboard down and doin a little break dancin’ like your “Poison” life depends on it…because it most certainly does. And of course, may all of us never trust any guy or gal with a big butt and a smile. (8 pm

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

Monday/January 21st  

Miss-Cast 8 @Mauckingbird Theatre(7 pm,click here for more info)…….Swing @The Kimmel Center(through February 24th, click here for info and showtimes)…..Open Mic @Punchline Philly(8 pm)…..Tiger Oil @Silk City Bar & Lounge (8 pm)…………The Snakes @Kung Fu Necktie (8 pm)……..Los Acosta Nuevos Exitos @District N9ne(7 pm)……….Karaoke Takeover @Infusion Lounge(9pm)……

Tuesday/January 22nd 

Turn Out Tuesdays@Boxers PHL (730 pm)……Taggart @World Cafe Live:Upstairs(8 pm)……….Camel Bones@The Fire(8 pm)…….Chris Bullock @Bourbon & Branch(8 pm)…….Idle Kyle @Milkboy Philly(730 pm)……….Drag Bingo @Southhouse(8 pm)…..Pat Brennan Quartet@Chris’ Jazz Cafe(7 pm)……

Wednesday/January 23rd 

Still Woozy @Johnny Brenda’s(8 pm)…….Crystal Lake@Voltage Lounge(8 pm)……..Open for Business@The Dolphin Tavern(10 pm)…….So Far Gone:Drake Night@The Fillmore(9 pm)…….The Everything Show @L’Etage(10 pm)……..Wednesday Showtunes@Tavern on Camac(9 pm)…….Heavy Metal Karaoke@Kung Fu Necktie (8 pm

Thursday/January 24th 

No Standing Room:Dancing Zone Only @Warehouse on Watts(10 pm)……….Four Year Strong @The Foundry(7 pm)…….Mick Jenkins@TLA(8 pm)…….Thursday Night Fever:A Disco Party @The Barbary(10 pm)……Kicking Sunrise@Milkboy Philly(8 pm)………WonderLust W/Sean Thomas @Liason Room @Front Street Cafe …….Alex Cameron @Johnny Brenda’s(9 pm)……..Huckleberry Funk @Bourbon & Branch (9 pm)

Friday/January 25th 

Lots of fabulous dancing @Woody’s, Voyeur, Tabu, X Bar, Tavern on Camac and Franky Bradley’s all weekend long(Gayborhood, 10 pm)……Two Year Anniversary Party @Toasted Walnut(6 pm)…….Philadelphia House & Ballroom Exhibition @Philadelphia Museum of Art(5 pm)………Gryffin @TLA(8 pm)……..KC & The Sunshine Band @Hard Rock Hotel Casino & Spa(8 pm)………Brothers Osborne@The Fillmore(8 pm)………Lotus@Union Transfer(8 pm)……..Dirty South @NOTO(10 pm)……..Liz Longley@World Cafe Live(8 pm)……..Justin Jay @Warehouse on Watts(9 pm)……Polyesno@Kung Fu Necktie(9 pm)……..

Cover photo courtesy of Visit Philly 

For much more local and legendary entertainment shenanigans all year-long and beyond, throw some cardboard down and breakdance with Philly Mixtape right here and here

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Weekend Entertainment Groove

Take a pause from watching the world-shattering new Ariana Grande video, “7 Rings” for a moment (but, please…carry on as much as you want after) as…….

Carole King, Cash Cash, R3hab, Charlotte’s Web, Romeo +Juliet, Jesse McCartney, Mr. Eric Jaffe, Sing Your Life Karaoke, City Girls, tons of block rockin’ beats and a fierce flock of some of Philly’s finest drag queens are aiming to heat things up before that frost bite hits us all this upcoming Martin Luther King Monday. 

Let’s be proud and please…party responsibly. Go. 

Beautiful:The Carole King Musical/Academy of Music Oh, the days when the legendary Carole King’s Billboard chart defying 1971 record, Tapestryruled the world. Oh, wait, it all certainly still most does. In fact, you can ask anyone who’s witnessed any of the performances from the glorious two-week run of the Tony Award snatching musical and they’ll tell you that the preceding statement is absolutely true. And you, too, can experience the magic that will forever be laced in this heart warming show as this weekend kicks off the final weekend of stellar performances at the Academy of MusicWe could say much more here, but chances are, you got “I Feel the Earth Move” stuck in your head the second you saw the name Carole King and got your tickets five minutes ago. And if you haven’t..go..your 2019 self will thank you very, very much. (Today-Sunday, January 20th)

Sing Your Life Karaoke  New year, new you? Well, take your newly reinvented self over to any of these phabulous Philly locations listed below where the always lovely Sara Sherr will be waiting for you with her always warming Sing Your Life Karaoke collection. There’s really nothing left to do now but sing, sing, saaang it out all year long! C’mon, you know you want to. Sun/9-2 @Bob and Barbara’s….Tues/9-2 @12 Steps Down.…..Thurs/9-2 @ Milkboy South Street.…..Fri/9-1@Southhouse……Saturday/9-1:45/@Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap

Charlotte’s Web/Arden Theatre Company The rumors are true….the Arden’s critically acclaimed production of E.B. White‘s still delightful children’s book has been extended through Sunday, February 3rd! But since we’re (somehow) already past the middle of January, that date will be here soon, so don’t waste any time in you and the whole family grabbing those tickets! Plus, you’ll be able to see what else the Arden has in store for 2019 (like the just started 74 Seconds to Judgement) and it’s a guarantee that its a whole lot of everything and more that you’ll absolutely love. Enjoy the shows! 

Romeo + Juliet/The Wilma Theatre  Romeo, oh, Romeo…have you checked out the fine actor who’s playing Romeo in Shakespeare’s classic love tragedy during its run at the Wilma. His name is Matteo Scammel and he’s ridiculously talented and handsome. And, the fine young actress who’s playing Juliet? Her name is Taysha Marie Canales and together, they’re double the reason to grab those tickets and click right here to dive into every this truly one-of-a-kind retelling has to offer. In the name of Claire and Leo, what are you waiting for? Go. (Tonight-February 9th

The Eric Jaffe Show/Tavern on Camac  It’s January now, so you know there’s at least a dozen 2019 balloon lewks on the way because he’s baaaack. Just go to Tavern on Camac tonight and see for yourself! But first, go here for all of the dish and all of the tea on tonight’s event and this tremendous local talent. And as forever and always…no cover, bish! (730 pm

Nitty Gritty:6 Year Anniversary Party/Tabu   Grab those dancing shoes and get ready to clutch your pearls because it’s already been 6 (!!) years since (hey) Mr. DJ David Atlas served the City of Brotherly Love with the first ever Nitty Gritty music affair. Of course, to celebrate he’s throwing a big ass party at Tabu for your Saturday night! And with an eclectic floor mix of ’50s, ’60s, Motown and more, you’re no doubt going to be twistin’ and shoutin’ under the disco ball all night long. Ready, set, be there. (10 pm )

Jesse McCartney/The Fillmore Still siiiiigh as f@#k after all of these years. Get those tickets, and of course, Summerland and “Beautiful Soul” 4 Lyfe. (Tonight/8 pm)

Cash Cash/Franklin Music Hall We’re just a couple of hours away from this New Jersey based trio’s ownership of FMC tonight, which means it’s time to get those fists ready to pump, those feet ready to jump, and of course, live it up like it’s our motha f$$kin’ birthday everyday. And this Katy Perry remix, tho..life.  Get those tickets.  (830 pm

R3hab/Haven Nightclub AC Although it’s about to be mighty frosty out there later in the holiday weekend, international beat maestro R3hab is looking to heat things up when he takes over the Jersey Shore tonight. So, stop thinking about that dreaded forecast and hit the floor like #summerscomin….because the heat is certainly real when this superstar DJ is rewerkin’ us. (10 pm

Bounce Sunday Funday Atlantic City Pop-Up/HQ2AC Beachclub After R3hab is done givin’ it to ya, go back to your room, rest for twenty minutes…then get ready to do it all over again! Yes, Kings and Queens of Brunch, Philly & NYC’s “Not Your Basic” Brunch has teamed with HQ2ACfor a par-tay that’s guaranteed to put the “Funday” in your “Sunday!” Oh, and DJ Ernesto, DJ Ghost and DJ Big Ben will be on the tables serving out those beats to match perfectly with all of that bubbly that will be flowin’ around the floor. And like the event’s page-on-the -‘Book states–“No work Monday, so NO excuses!” So, there’s really nothing else to say except see you there, kids! 

Drag & Dine/Front Street Cafe In the mood for a delectable dish while getting entertained by even more delectable servings of Philly drag life? Then you must strut-like-Sheena over to Liaison Room at Front Street Cafe this Sunday night for a fancy dinner show filled with stunning looks and performances by some of Philadelphia‘s most fiercest drag queens! For much more info, sashay over to the official event page–and menu!!–right here and these lovely gals will see you tomorrow night! (Entry/6 pm/Show/7 pm

City Girls/NOTO  First, watch the Girls hot-to-eyeballs video for “Twerk” all weekend (like you ever stopped since its release this past Thursday) then get those tickets to witness them own NOTO this Sunday and then, well, get ready, gurrrl. (10 pm

Also on the local and legendary entertainment turntables for your MLK weekend……

Saturday/January 19th   

Lots of fabulous dancing @Woody’s, Voyeur, Franky Bradley’s, X Bar and Tabu (Gayborhood, 10 pm)……Alabama @Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City(8 pm)………..The Wood Brothers@Union Transfer(8 pm)…….Rob Thomas @Borgata Hotel & Casino(7 pm)………Party Favor@The Crystal Tea Room(7 pm)…….The Makeout@Voltage Lounge(5 pm)…….Jaguar Wright@South Jazz Club(7 pm)…….Hedwig & The Angry Inch @Connie’s Ric Rac(8 pm)……The Rectors @The Barbary(8 pm) 

Kimmel Center Presents DRUMLINE:Live @ Merriam Theater (tickets here, 8 pm)……Silent Party Philly @Haute Restaurant & Lounge (tickets going quick here! (930 pm)……….Winterfest Brewfest @BlueCross River Rink(1 pm)……..Survivor Sundays:Drag Quizzo @Mad Rex(11 am)…….Queer Sundays @Saint Lazrus Bar(10 pm)…….gnash @The Foundry(730 pm)…….Sunday Funday w/Secret Service @Field House.…The Amity Affliction@Frankford Music Hall(7 pm)……

Cover photo courtesy of Visit Philly 

For much, much more local and legendary entertainment shenanigans around this here town, check in with Philly Mixtape here, here and here all year-long and beyond. 

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Table Talk w/Eric Jaffe

When it comes to finding the perfect words to describe everything that Philadelphia Gayborhood entertainment superstar, Eric Jaffe, serves out at any given second in our Gay Philly lives, it all comes down to three words.…..

…..so…many…balloons.

That’s because when it’s comes down to rockin’ and ownin’ balloon haute couture like nobody’s business, Lady Gaga’s Golden Globes gown ain’t got nothin’ on the purple-owned lewks that  Jaffe has been known to serve out around the ‘Hood at any one of his events. 

Anyone that’s witnessed, well, any one of them will certainly agree that…..yes, bitch, yes.

Of course, it’s all from the delightfully cray mind of the other half of Eric’s delightfully cray mind, Mr. Greg, but before we serve up that sweet part of the tea (and you might want to grab a Kleenex..because ’tis), we must find the proper words to describe Sir Jaffe…

How about….ridiculously talented….. fabulous actor……..world ukulele champion…..hostess with the mostest….a big-hearted Jewish gentleman, and shall we mention, rightful recipient of the Drag Queen of the Year Award at last year’s Philly Drag Awards!

Can we get another yes, bitch, yes…yaaaaaas

But perhaps to best describe Eric is to say that when it comes to the creative art of just being your fucking self, he’s doing a heaping of werkin’ and slayin’ to inspire others, and twerkin’ and twirlin‘ on all of the haters.

Which is why there’s truly no better tea spiller to break in Philly Mixtape‘s new Table Talk column as Mr. Eric Jaffe is going to be at the head of the Philly entertainment table all year-long and beyond….now, take a seat and get ready for it all, kids and kweens, because Mr. Jaffe is speaking, and we must listen right…now, 

Okay….so……we have this here whole entire box of Celestial Seasonings to mug through, but we must break ’em first on one of your debut accomplishments of the year, Thweeney Todd, I believe it’s called? Thpill, thpill, thpill….For years I have been honing in on my skills as a parody music writer. I had the idea to bring this passion of mine to a fuller scale and create an entire parody musical, and just jumped right in. Now that the show is up on its feet I can proudly say that this is the best piece of queer theatre that I have every created. The cast is SO insanely talented. Andrew Boyask is the perfect Thweeney Todd, capturing every essence of classic Sweeney mixed with my weird sense of humor, it’s simply perfect. I knew that this show would be funny, but i didn’t know that it would SOUND as incredible as it does. The show runs January 26th at 7pm and January 27th at 7pm and 10pm at Franky Bradley‘s. Tickets are available right here!

What was the audition process like, well, for all of it?? We asked people to prepare a 16 bar cut from any musical, and then we had them read short scenes from the show. It was wonderful to watch people to dive in to the ridiculous world that I’ve created with this show. Having such talented artists on board is such an honor.

Why do you think a show like Thweeney Todd is just so damn important for the Gayborhood and beyond? Drag is SO much more than what we see on TV. There is a queer underbelly of talent that is waiting to be overturned, and I hope to be a part of that. Bringing drag and queer art into a theatrical setting is so important, and I’m beyond ecstatic to be doing it.

So, gurrrrrrl….you snatched the Philly Drag Award for Drag Queen of the Year not too long ago! In a word…..that feeling that took over when you heard your name called was like….. It was overwhelming, unbelievable, and validating. I love this community so much, and it’s really great to feel the love in return.

But, you know, the slight shade of it as well…any sips of tea for those pesky haters out there? All of us independent divas have ’em…. Nothing to say, just an invitation to my next show!
Most importantly, what would you personally say to anyone young dude, diva, king or kween who magically stumbles into their creative light this year? Create your own path. Don’t wait for people to hand it to you.

And of course, how about a little love man for your man Greg who so carefully crafts those balloon costumes that no doubt slay the creative runway each and every pop…..My heart. Greg is just one of the most brilliant artists I have ever met, along with being the most kind, compassionate, and caring partner. I love him with my whole heart, and I thank him for inspiring me to elevate my artistry to match his.

Sum up your energy heading into 2019 in one sassy word….MAC N CHEESE…is that one word?

Yes…and I just have to know….where the fuck do all of those balloon costumes go when you’re done owning us with them? Please tell me that they’re preserved in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York or something…. We bring them home and let them shrivel up in something we call the “balloon graveyard.”

And there you have it.

For much more with Mr. Jaffe, catch him as your host of the Everything show every Wednesday night at 10 pm at L’Etage …..and as the host of The Eric Jaffe Show this Saturslay night, January 19th, at 730 upstairs at Tavern on Camac…and as always, ding, no cover, bish! See you there!

Cover photo courtesy of Mr. Jaffe. She’s busy.

And for much more local and legendary entertainment shenanigans (and are you a local entertainer…let’s gab!) this year and beyond, get down with Philly Mixtape right here and here

 

 

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