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Weekly Entertainment Groove

So, just how are you going to fit everything on this list onto your already packed pre-holiday schedule? 

There’s only one way to find out….do it. 

Enjoy and happy decorating, everyone! 

2018 Philadelphia Holiday Tree Lighting   So, let’s talk about this year, though. Okay, enough about that….let’s talk about how this Wednesday night is the perfect night to leave those troubles behind and come together for this year’s annual tree lighting at City Hall! With tons of food, festivities and fun, grab the dog, cat, and grandma, too, for a dazzling night in Center City that you’ll never forget. You can also expect Mayor Kenney, Philadelphia Flyers’ Gritty, and the diva sounds of Ms. Vivian Green, which are guaranteed to keep you nice and warm all night long. Oh, yeah, there might be one or a million lights wrapping around this year’s grand holiday tree, which you sort of can’t miss. Know what else you sort of can’t miss? This event. Ready, set, glow it on up right here for much more tea on this Wednesday night’s annual festivities…your inner-Grinch will thank you. (5 pm)

The Color Purple/Theatre Horizon While we could easily spill tea all day (we really could) about everything this award owning show has to offer, you just have to revel in it for yourself as its rightfully taken over the Theatre Horizon all the way through Sunday, December 23rd! Plus, when you get those tickets (some dates are already sold out…so you better hurry!!), you’ll get to see what other critically acclaimed productions are headed to the Theatre’s esteemed way, like, well…just breeze it on over right here to get lost in it all Tickets start as low as $45, too!!

Sing Your Life Karaoke  Whether during the hustle-and-bustle of your week or the slay of your weekend, the always lovely Ms. Sara Sherr (treat her right, kids) has got your vocal chords covered like a fifth grade textbook thanks to her always on-point Sing Your Life Karaoke collection. And as always, it’ll be rightfully serving Philly at each of these fabulous locations listed below. Ready, set, sang. 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

Open Mic Night w/ the Godess Isis/The Fire   It’s the fourth Monday of the month, and you know what that means…yes, you’re rent is almost due. But besides that, Philly Gayborhood drag legend, Ms. Isis, will have it all fired up at The Fire once again to serve you with the most sickening open mic night this side of the Ben Franklin Bridge. Singing starts at 9, sign ups start at 8, the Goddess will be waiting for you at 7:59. You betta…sang, kween. (Tonight/9 pm-2 am

Signal/Vesper Sporting Club Beats, beats and more beats…oh, yaaas. This Thursday night, fist pump it and then some over to Vesper Sporting Club where DJs John Raffaele and Eskuche (go here for a lil’ sneak peak) will be primed and waiting for you in all of their groove glory. There still be might one or two tables left, so get yours while the gettin’ is good. Then, prepare yourself to let it all go and get ready to dance all night. It’s just that simple. (Thursday/9 pm-2 am

The Internet/The Fillmore Because tonight/any night is the perfect night to lock the bedroom door and get lost in all of the chilled out sounds of this laid back quintet.So, now that you’re feeling nice and zen, get those tickets to see them take over The Fillmore this Thursday night because this is one vibe we could all get into right now. (8 pm

2018 Philadelphia Drag Awards Picture it….this Friday night…..Voyeur Nightclub.….every single of your phavorite Philly drag performers will be serving us lewks (and so, so much more) as they complete without shade in this year’s Drag Awards! While we’re ridiculously anticipating which dude or diva will take home top awards including Drag Queen and King of the Year, what we do know is that you’ll be joined by your hosts and very special guests, Iris Spectre, Vinchelle, Eric Jaffe, Aunt Mary Pat, Bev, and many, many more! But wait…after all of the trophies are served out, you betta walk over to Toasted Walnut and/or Boxers PHL as they’ll both be hosting your official Drag Awards afterparties! Yaaas, it’s like that, Mariah. For much more tea about this week’s big award-stravaganza, sashay it on up right here and then get ready clutch those pearls for an evening to remember, gurrrrl! (Friday/9 pm-2 am)

ABBArama/The Dolphin Tavern  Now, what could be better than an ALL ABBA themed dance party (plus so..much…vinyl) for the start of your weekend?? Actually, don’t answer that, just shimmy and squeeze into your favorite ’70s garb (strongly required..because, why not?) and then get ready to shag a rug like the fabulous dancing kings and queens you were born to be. Go right here for more info..and then go.   (Friday/10 pm-2 am)

Foreigner/Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City  Because we ALL still want to know just what the hell love is. Luckily for everyone, we’ll get one step closer to the truth when everyone’s favorite ’80s rockers dominate the Jersey Shore this Friday night…and that they most certainly will. Get those tickets..now. (8 pm

And the moment that all of us have been waiting for…….the Christmas Village is back!! This year, the beloved Philly tradition returns to a newly renovated LOVE Park for its 11th season to put us all in the mood for the upcoming delightful madness of the holiday season….yes. Kicking off on Thanksgiving Day (this Thursday, November 22, 2018) through Christmas Eve (Monday, December 24, 2018), be on the lookout for all of the usual holiday sights, sounds, creations, treats, and of course, lots of eats! Happy holidaze, Philly! Let’s get ready to Christmas Village it up all season long. Go right here for much more Philly holiday tea.….and don’t forget about the ice skating in front of City Hall!! 

Oh, yes, there’s just one more glistening thing we must mention…..and as usual, it’s superb for all of us kids one-to-ninety-two…..the Macy’s Christmas Light Show is also making it’s grand return this week! All you and the phamily have to do is show up at the Grand Court atrium at Macy’s Center City (look for the big ol’ Wannamaker Organ) kicking off at 10 a.m. every two hours until 8 pm through Monday, December 31st! It’s just that easy to get lost in the lights and the magic of the 2018 holiday season. For much more hot and piping Macy’s tea (wait until you see this year’s third floor theme), check your bags right here. 

Also on the local and legendary entertainment decks this week…..

Monday/11/26 

24th Anniversary Party @Fergie’s Pub(7 pm)………..Game Show, Gong Show@Lucky 13 Pub(8pm)…….Gaaaay Trivia w/Chris Balbi@Boxers PHL(8 pm)……….Monday Night Raw @Saint Lazarus Bar(10 pm)………Avi Wisnia@Voltage Lounge(730 pm0)……….Gritty Bake Off!(yes, that Gritty)@The Thirsty Soul(11 pm) 

Tuesday/11/27

Turn Out Tuesdays@Boxers PHL(7 pm)………..Kris Allen@World Cafe Live(8 pm)……..Har Mar Superstar @Johnny Brenda’s(8 pm)…….Wrecks @The Foundry(730 pm)……..West Philadelphia Orchestra@(9 pm)…………Kaonashi@Voltage Lounge(7 pm)………….B. Aquarius@Kung Fu Necktie(7 pm)………..

Wednesday/11/28 

Anime@TLA(8 pm)…………The Paper Kites@Underground Arts(9 pm)………….Oliver Francis@Voltage Lounge(8 pm)…….Draco Rosa@The Foundry(8 pm)………Kulick@Creeps Record Store(9 pm)………A.M. Mills@Kung Fu Necktie(8 pm)…….Garbage Greek@Ortlieb’s(8 pm)……….Shane Dodd@Milkboy Philly(8 pm)

Thursday 11/29 

WHY?@Union Transfer(730 pm)……..Mannheim Steamroller@Sands Bethlehem Event Center(7 pm)………HAERTS@Boot & Saddle(7 pm)…………..K?D@NOTO(10 pm)……..Drug Church@Kung Fu Necktie(9 pm)……….Dana Gould@Helium Comedy Club(8 pm)……..RFA@Underground Arts(7 pm)……..Lao Tizer/Karen Briggs@South Jazz Club(9 pm)…….The Dead Flowers@Underground Arts(9 pm)……..Shizz Lo@Concourse Dance Bar(9 pm)…….

Friday/11/30 

Khruangbin@Union Transfer(8 pm)……………Streetlight Manifesto@Franklin Music Hall(8 pm)……….Michael McDonald@Excite Center @Parx Casino(7 pm)…….Steven Wilson@The Fillmore(8 pm)……..Helio Sequence@Johnny Brenda’s(915 pm)……….LANCO/Travis Denning@TLA(8 pm)……..Grandtheft@NOTO(10 pm)……….Rich Medina@Silk City Diner & Lounge(10 pm)………..Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus@Prince Music Theater(730 pm)………The Last Generation on Film@Kung Fu Necktie(8 pm)……..Bok Nero@Voltage Lounge(10 pm)…….Stargazer Lily @The Grape Room(8 pm)……

Cover photo courtesy of Macy’s and whatever is left of Justin Bieber’s singing career

 

 

 

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Weekend Entertainment Groove

Now, what to get to into on this impending seasonable second weekend of August? 

How about…all of it. Let’s do it. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke  What better way to glide through the dog days of summer other than to go sing your little heart out courtesy of the fabulous Ms. Sara Sherr and her always scorching Sing Your Life Karaoke collection, which is serving Philly all year-long at all of these fabulous locations listed below. Fri/9-1 Southhouse, 2535 S. 13th St.Sat/9-1:45 Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap,1301 E Susquehanna Ave Sun/9-2 Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street Tues/9-2 12 Steps Down, 9th and Christian Thurs/9-2 Milkboy South Street/401 South St.

Cirque Du Soleil Volta  Where do we begin when it comes to this incredible entertainment spectacle? How about with the fact that it’s simply dazzled the tri-state area all summer long? Or, that it’s (literally) under the BIg Top??!! So, you see, we can go on and on about how this is a must see for the whole entire family, but there’s only just two weekends left to experience it all, so you better go right here to grab those tickets now….and then prepare to be amazed. Various dates&showtimes/Greater Philadelphia Expo Center/100 Station Ave/Oaks, PA, 19456

BB & T Pavilion  Whether it’s the hazy beats and rhythms provided by Wuz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd tonight, or the classic modern rock flavors that will no doubt be served up by Counting Crows and Live tomorrow night, there’s no denying that BB & T Pavilion has got you covered like Coppertone for your live music needs this weekend and for the rest of the summer. Get those tickets. 

The Offspring/311 Hey, it’s a crazy f@#king world out there, but if there’s one thing that we can all agree on right this very second, it’s that there’s going to be a whole lot of ’90s music lovin’ taking over Penn’s Landing tonight. You betta mosh right here for access.  Friday/Festival Pier /7 pm 

DJ Chris Urban  Whether he’s makin’ you werk on the dance floor at L’Etage every Saturday night (10 pm) or helping you groove responsibly to cure your Sunday hangover over at Positano Coast (12pm-4 pm), this red-hot local DJ will keep your dance music needs in check with his collection of delicious grooves every weekend for the rest of the summer. 

LiPSMACKeRS:’90s-’00s Edition  What happens when you take a whole lot of TRL-worthy grooves and throw them all on the dance floor at Tabu courtesy of DJ Mike Shaffer? You get the absolute best night of your f@#king life. Go. Saturday/9 pm/Tabu 

Lil’Kim  AKA….the one-and-only…..Lil’ Kim because there ain’t no other and there never will be. So, show your girl some love and go see her in AC this weekend. Saturday/10 pm/Haven Nightclub AC 

Jason Mraz   Now that you’ve swooned over him in his well-received “Have it All” documentary, get ready to swoon over “The Remedy” crooner when he takes over the Philly stages this weekend…and you can get your tickets right here…that is if you haven’t already. Saturday/8 pm/Mann Center for Performing Arts 

SWEAT 2018  Now, what could be better than an all-inclusive LGBTQ party down by the river thrown down by Back to Basics which is guaranteed to be filled with lots of glitter and rainbow love? Actually, don’t answer that……just get ready to gussy up for a par-tay full of sunshine and sonnets provided by DJs Lioness and Deluxx, all while Di the Comedian owns your life as your hostess with the mostest.  Go right here for more shiny info and then….go. Saturday/3 pm/Cavanaugh’s River Deck 

KC and the Sunshine Band   What’s your favorite classic KC groove? How about…all of them. So, do a little dance, make a little love and then get down right here for those tickets.  Saturday/8 pm/Sugarhouse Casino 10 pm/

Gladys Knight & The O’Jays   Where do we truly begin with the impending celebration of music life that’s going to be taking over the Mann this Sunday? How about with just getting those tickets and going? Works every time. Sunday/8 pm/Mann Center for Performing Arts 

Green Velvet   First, get down to this exquisitely rewerked display of “Sorry” in preparation for Madonna’s oh, so big 60th birthday celebration next week, and then go see the legendary DJ behind it all take over Hq2 Beachclub at Ocean Resort Casino this Sunday night. Let’s f@#king dance. 10 pm 

Summer Concert Guide  Don’t let the Halloween candy displays at all of the local drug stores get you down (seriously, CVS, calm down), there’s still plenty of summer left……which means plenty of time to go to lots and lots of exciting summer concerts. And just who’s on the way from now until Labor Day? You’ve got Pentatonix, West Philadelphia Orchestra, Ben Folds Five, Keith Sweat, Two Friends, Arty, Cher(!!), Interpol, Smokey Robinson, and many, many more. So, check this official guide out right here and waste no time in getting all of those tickets. 

Also on the local and legendary entertainment for your……

Friday……

SNL’s Melissa Villasenor @ Punch Line Comedy Club (730 pm)………Lots of fabulous dancing @Woody’s & Tavern on Camac all weekend long(10 pm both spots)………Boatloads of local entertainment from all walks of life @Time Philadelphia all weekend long……..Cazzette @ NOTO(10 pm)………….Lydia@The Foundry(9 pm)………..Drugdealer@Johnny Brenda’s(915 pm)………..John Gilbride@Milkboy Philly(830 pm)…………Andrew Combs@Boot & Saddle(830 pm)………..Free Time@The Dolphin Tavern(10 pm)…………Rick Wonder @Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City(10 pm)…………..Warchyld@TLA(9 pm)……….Mountain Ride@Underground Arts(7 pm)………Mat Burke@Kung Fu Necktie(730 pm)………Doc Rotten@Tusk(8pm)

Saturday…….

The Piano Guys@Borgata Event Center(8 pm)………..Steve Angello @ HQ2 Beachclub @Ocean Resort Casino(9 pm)…………Pedro the Lion @Union Transfer(830 pm)…………Impending Doom/Within the Ruins@Voltage Lounge(5 pm)………..Garcia Project @World Cafe Live:Upstairs!(830 pm)…………Tailgunner@Kung Fu Necktie(730 pm)…………Vinyl Countdown@Ortlieb’s(10 pm)…………Echo Courts @Johnny Brenda’s(9 pm)………DevaLily @The Pharmacy(8 pm)…………..E. Joseph & The Sparrows @Boot & Saddle(830 pm)…………Ships in the Night@Bourbon & Branch(7 pm)………..Dame Luz@The Dolphin Tavern(10 pm)

Sunday……….

104.5 Summer Block Party w/Robert DeLong @Festival Pier(2 pm)………..Elephante@Daer Nightclub(10 pm)……………Nancy Wilson@Xcite Center @Parx Casino(630 pm)…….Sinful Sundays w/The Godess Isis @Tabu(10 pm)…….Showtunes Sundays @Tavern on Camac(9 pm)………….The Blasters@Kung Fu Necktie(7 pm)…………Jonah Matranga@Boot & Saddle(8 pm)………..The Upper Room@Franky Bradley’s(630 pm)…………Alice Bag@Johnny Brenda’s(8 pm)…………Aw Shucks@The Barbary(8 pm)

Cover photo courtesy of Pinterest

Since we’re all in this music and entertainment life together, be sure to also check out Uwishunu and Visit Philly to see what other kind of shenanigans you can get into this weekend. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekend Entertainment Groove

Hey, weekend…..we see you…..

…..and we can’t wait to do it all. Let’s go. 

Cirque Du Soleil Volta  Where do we begin when it comes to this dazzling summer entertainment spectacle? How about with the fact that it’s fun for the entire family? Or, that it’s literally under the Big Top??? So, you see, we can go on and on about how this is a must see for your summer pleasure, but it’s better you just go right here to check it all out…and prepare to be amazed. Oh, and we must mention that tickets start as low as $49 and the show’s been extended through the last week of August. Just go. Various dates&showtimes/Greater Philadelphia Expo Center/100 Station Ave/Oaks, PA, 19456

Sing Your Life Karaoke  What better way to glide through summer other than to go sing your little heart out courtesy of the fabulous Ms. Sara Sherr and her always scorching Sing Your Life Karaoke collection, which is serving Philly all summer long at all of these fabulous locations listed below. Fri/9-1 Southhouse, 2535 S. 13th St.Sat/9-1:45 Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap,1301 E Susquehanna Ave Sun/9-2 Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street Tues/9-2 12 Steps Down, 9th and Christian Thurs/9-2 Milkboy South Street/401 South St.

Britney Spears  There still may be one or two tickets left to see the legendary Princess of Pop dominate Atlantic City this weekend, so if you want ’em, you better work, bitch, right here…now. And while you’re at it, we’re celebrating two decades since Britney’s debut ditty, “…Baby One More Time:,” entered our TRL lovin’ lives, so squeeze into those Catholic School Girl uniforms and backflip it up right here get this truly epic party started. Oh, baby, baby indeed. Friday&Saturday/Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa/1 Borgata Way/Atlantic City, NJ, 08401 

BB & T Pavilion  Zac Brown Band tonight and Weezer tomorrow night…..take your pick or how about both? “Buddy Holly” it up right here for more info.   Check ticket pricing & showtimes/1 Harbour Blvd, Camden, NJ 08103 

Biz Markie    “Just a friend” for life. Grab those tickets while you still can.  Tonight/9 pm/TLA/334 South St. 

Throwbacks @ The Dolphin Tavern  Biggie, Tupac, Biz, Nas, Lauryn Hill and every throwback you could ever want all night long taking over your Friday night dance experience. Now, what could be better than that? Absolutely nothing. Let’s f@#king dance….because DJ Ed Christof says so.  Tonight/The Dolphin Tavern/10 pm/1539 S. Broad St.   

Do Both:Lightning Talks & Burlesque  What happens when some of Philly’s hottest Burlesque performers including Isa Ardiente, Honey Tangerine, Miso Honey and Anna Bellini not only educate their audience on cultural topics, but intertwine the lesson with a red-hot performance? You get one of the most empowering–and sexiest–shows in the city this weekend and perhaps…ever. And the fact that it’s hosted by the always ready Honeytree Evil Eye makes this one certainly not to be missed, kids! Go. Tonight/Ruba Club/9 pm/416 Green St. 

Rescue Pet Supply Drive  Since hanging out with lots of adorable puppies is always pure entertainment, you’ll want to put your paws straight up to this weekend event. Okay, so, PAWS (they’re wonderful, check this out) needs certain supplies to keep making adoption dreams come true! So, tomorrow, check this list out right here, see what you have around and bring it all over to the address listed below and, well, that’s it! Oh, you’ll also be left with a wonderful feeling not just from playing with puppies, but from knowing you truly made a difference in making sure PAWS stays on top of their game in being Philly’s top pet adoption source. Now, you should go right here for more info and everyone will see you there tomorrow!  Saturday/10 am-1230 pm/2424 E. York St.

Big Gay Boat Party:Christmas in July  Christmas in July has officially arrived, and this year it’s full of fabulous vibes, a plethora of Santa inspired go go dancers and DJ Lili St, Queer at the groove helm, all making The Deck the only place you’ll want to be this Saturday night this side of the South, err, North Pole. And did someone say “All I Want for Christmas is You” on repeat all night long? Yas. Get those tickets. Saturday/10 pm/The Deck/401 S. Columbus Blvd. 

The Eric Jaffe Show:4 Year Anniversary  Hard to believe that it’s been four years since the fabulous Mr. Jaffe and his many, many talented friends began owning the Tavern on Camac stage! But you know what they say..time flies when you’re decked out in extravagant balloon costumes. So, just what will Mr. be poppin’ out in tomorrow night? (props to his man Greg for all of it) You’ll just have to be there to find out. Oh, and Julia Young, Mark Jackson, Mary Kate McMullen and AJ Jackson will also be stopping by to lend their immaculate talents and partake in throwin’ down the best damn fourth anniversary bash the Gayborhood has ever seen. Ding, bish, ding. Saturday/8 pm/Tavern on Camac/243 S. Camac St. 

South Street Pop Up Beer Garden   You betta…cue the Jaws theme because Shark Week is about to terrorize us once again, kids and kweens! And to help kick off this annual momentous occasion, DJ Robert Drake and Philly Drag Mafia Mother, Ms. Brittany Lynn, will be joining funkdafied diva forces and throwing the best party that’s ever owned South Street! And with the city’s only mechanical shark ready to ride, oceans of Ommegang beer specials and a Mermaid Costume Contest all poised to take a bite out of this Sunday’s shark-stravaganza, it’s bound to be a scary good time that you don’t want to miss! Plus, it’s free! See you there!! Sunday/12 pm/4 pm/1438 South St. 

Lyfe Jennings/Ne Yo  It’s going to be that kind of Sunday…..the best kind. Get those ticketsSunday/Dell Music Center/7 pm/2400 Strawberry Mansion Drive 

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

Friday……

Stars Wars:A New Hope by The Philadelphia Orchestra @Mann Center(730 pm/5201 Parkside Avenue)…………DJ Jimmy DePre @Tavern on Camac (Friday & Saturday/10 pm/243 S. Camac St.)………..Lots of fabulous dancing @Woody’s (Friday&Saturday/10 pm/202 S. 13th St.)…………..Jeremy Piven @Punch Line Philly@Punch Line Philly(730 pm/33 E Laurel St.)……Beck @Festival Pier (8 pm/Columbus Blvd & Spring Garden St.)………..Bane’s World @Everybody Hits(9 pm/529 West Girard Ave)………The Magic Numbers@Johnny Brenda’s (915/1201 Frankford Ave)………….FaUST@Underground Arts(7 pm/1200 Callowhill St.)…………Drezo@NOTO(10 pm/1209 Vine St.)…………Dan Layus@Kung Fu Necktie(530 pm/1131 S. Broad St.)…….Totally ’90s Party @The Barbary(10 pm/951 Frankford Ave)……….

Saturday…….  

Harry Potter Drag Show @ Victoria Freehouse (10 pm/10 S. Front St.)……….Clairo@The Foundry(8 pm/1000 Frankford Ave)……..Drag Diva Brunch @Punchline Philly(1130 am/33 E. Laurel St.)……..DJ Excel @NOTO(10 pm/1209 Vine St.)……….Cedric the Entertainer @Sugarhouse Casino(8 pm/1001 N. Deleware Ave)…………DJ Ghost @Vesper(9 pm/223 S. Sydenham St.)……….Free Neighborhood Chamber Concert by The Philadelphia Orchestra @Penn Treaty Park (1 pm/1199 Deleware Ave)…………Lee Brice@Parx Casino(7 pm/3001 Street Road)……….Vista@Connie’s Ric Rac(8 pm/1132 S. 9th St.)………Zac Clark@Boot & Saddle(830 pm/1131 S. Broad St.) 

Sunday……..

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus @ Voltage Lounge (6 pm/421 N. 7th St.)………………Fat Joe @ Hard Rock Casino Atlantic City (10 pm/1000 Boardwalk)…………..Deafheaven@Union Transfer(8 pm/1024 Spring Garden St.)………….Erick Morillo @Ocean Resort (11 pm/500 Boardwalk)………….Sinful Sundays w/The Godess Isis@Tabu(10 pm/200 South 12th St.)…………..Reigning Sound@Johnny Brenda’s(8 pm/1201 Frankford Ave)…………Morgan Saint@Xfinity Live!11 pm/1100 Patinson Ave)…….Showtunes Sundays@Tavern on Camac(9 pm/243 S. Camac St.)……….Vanessa Rubin@South(9 pm/600 N. Broad St.)

For much, much more weekend shenanigans, check this and this out. 

Cover photo courtesy of Kitty Purry