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Philly Weekend Entertainment Groove

Snow????

Never heard of it.

Let’s weekend and be merry. 

There’s the always lit Christmas Village (1501 JFK Blvd.) which is delightfully surrounded by ice-skating at City Hall (through February 25th) tons of locally made snacks and goodies, local-made Philly Holiday Gift Show (there’s an ugly Christmas sweater store that you must go to), magnificent carousel, a grand 50 foot tall Christmas tree, but most importantly…lots of fun for every one of all ages…including you!

The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is also in full skate at (101) Columbus Blvd and with grub served up from Garces Group and Chickie’s and Pete’s as well as spectacular views of the Ben Franklin Bridge and beyond, it’s sure to warm your holiday spirit all season long! Go here for more ho, ho, ho action.  

Not that the beloved Philly holiday tradition of the Macy’s Christmas Light Show needs any introduction since you’ve been oh, so patiently waiting for it all year-long, but the stunning lights are now warming your holiday spirit right oh, so high atop the Grand Atrium at Macy’s Center City (1300 Market St.) through December 31st beginning from 10 a.m to 8 p.m every two hours! 

Franklin Square Holiday Festival A fabulous mix of lighted Philadelphia history and simply stunning light show, the Franklin Square Holiday Festival (200 N. 6th St.) is sure to illuminate ya life all holiday season long. The Electrical Spectacle Light Show hosts free shows every 30 minutes between 4 and 8 p.m. on week nights and 4 and 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. And with 50,000 gleaming lights set on top of a blissful music background with one composition featuring an illuminated kite and key, this is one holiday event that even Mr. Benjamin Franklin himself would approve of. Bring the kids and don’t miss it!  

A Philly POPS Christmas Merry up for a simply magical evening of pure holiday bliss as Maestro Michael Krajewski takes the reigns to lead the acclaimed POPS for a delightfully festive show featuring vocalist Justin Hopkins, the Philadelphia Boys Choir, the Philly POPS Festival Chorus and the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Gospel Choir. But perhaps the best of it all this year? There’s a POPS style holiday tribute of How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Get those tickets. Dec 2nd-19th/Kimmel Center/300 S. Broad St.Various dates and showtimes

Pennsylvania Ballet presents The Nutcracker Imagine a Philly holiday season without the PA Ballet’s stunning presentation of Tchaikovsky’s legendary creation? Actually, no, we don’t want to, we just need to get those tickets because like the holidays themselves, this beloved entertainment affair will be dancing away soon, so don’t miss out and go right here for more holiday tip-toe action. Tonight-December 31st/The Academy of Music/various ticket prices and showtimes/240 S. Broad St.

Sing Your Life Karaoke w/ Sara Sherr Looking to slay your favorite karaoke grooves all holiday season long? Well, you’re in luck because chances are the always musically gift-wrapped Ms. Sherr has everything you need for your song butchering/slaying pleasure at any one of these fab Philly locations listed below! Happy holidaze! 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

ANNIE For the love of all things Sandy and “Tomorrow,” there’s simply no denying that it’s been a hard knock year for all of us, so what better way to treat the whole family and go see this forever cherished Broadway musical while it’s in town through the Philly holiday season! There’s really nothing else to say here except that Daddy Warbucks, Ms. Hannigan and everyone’s favorite ginger curled cute, Ms. Annie, will be waiting for you! Tonight-Jan 7th, 2018/Walnut Street Theatre/Various ticket prices & showtimes/825 Walnut St.

BalletX While we could go on and on about the ridiculously brilliant conceptualization and loads of talent that’s laced within this stunning dance troupe, it all comes down to three words….get those tickets. If you’re looking for a show that’s guaranteed to lift your spirits this holiday season, it’s right here. Check out the official BalletX site for more. Tonight-Sunday/Wilma Theater/various ticket prices/265 S. Broad St.

DJ Chris Urban If you’re looking for the perfect spot to dance the night away after your office holiday party this weekend, then you must head over to L’Etage (9 pm, 624 S. 6th St.) this Saturday. Which of course coincides with the perfect spot to work off that nasty office holiday party hangover on Sunday, then Positano Coast (12pm-4 pm, 212 Walnut St.) has just what you’re looking for. But perhaps the best of your jinglin’ shenanigans this weekend is that all of this will be helmed by the beats and grooves served up by one of Philly’s raddest DJs. Now, dance, Santa, dance. 

DJ Jimmy DePre  He’s back from San Fran and is guaranteed to be more than ready to serve up those deep ditties and yaaaas anthems all weekend long for your dancing kween pleasure. No further statements. Well, except to say play this delish Whitney owned bubbling banger below on repeat and then get ready to dance for your gay life, bish. Friday/Saturday/10 pm/Tavern on Camac/243 S. Camac St. 

POP MUZIK w/DJ Robert Drake Hard to believe, but it’s already been just about a year since our beloved George Michael left us (Christmas Day last year, to be exact), so to honor his memory, the one-and-only Mr. Drake (you know he’s more than ready for tomorrow’s snow covered play-by-play), will be spinning those classic cuts for a very special serving of his Pop Muzik dance-stravaganza. And in case you were wondering…yes, this is that dance party that used to be on Saturdays at The Dolphin. Now that that’s settled, bring your “Monkey” and let’s hit the dance floor in celebrated memory of Mr. George Michael. Sound good? Yes. Tonight/Club Mousai/10 pm/$5/1227 Walnut St. 

Eat Your Beats w/Santa Claus  No, Rudolph, you’re not hallucinating…he does exist and he’s about to take over the Good Good Comedy Theatre tonight to judge you for your comedic lives. Hosted by the always sharp Alejandro Morales, this event, and according to the event’s Facebook page, get ready for a Comedy show. Rap battle. Food fight. Come and get it. The funniest wordsmiths in Philly face off in a competition of vocal dexterity and culinary imagination, and they’re not leaving the table until they’re finished…[all] with special guest judge Santa Claus [from] HBO and Comedy Central!In other words, leave the kids at home, hop in the sleigh and witness just how these rising comedic stars are going to slay that stage tonight. Tonight/10 pm/Good Good Comedy Theatre/215 N. 11th St. 

DVLF Presents TOY  A fabulous night full of holiday spirit, love, life, laughter, but most importantly, lots and lots and love for the kids at CHOP, which is the absolute best reason why you should grab your tickets (there might be a few left…)to the the annual TOY gala. Hosted by the incredible DVLF, this glamorous night is indeed one of Philly’s most anticipated holiday events (it was also named, “Best LGBT Fundraiser” by the Philadelphia Gay News four years in a row!), which means you should slip into your most fierce and fabulous winter attire and head over to SKY Philadelphia tomorrow night for lots of dancing, delish cocktails and great Philly company. But most of all it’s about all of us coming together during the holidays after a year that’s been, well, a year. So, go here for more info, get glam for Santa and everyone will see you there tomorrow night! Tomorrow/7 pm/Sky Philadelphia/1717 Arch St. 

Divas in the Sky  Speaking of Sky Philadelphia (you might as well book a room), it’s certainly the spot to be this weekend as Philly Drag Mafia countess Brittany Lynn along with Cherry Pop, Poison, Electra and DJ Carl Michaels will be taking over the 50th floor for a sky high drag show featuring all kinds of shit and shenanigans that you’re Mama warned you never to witness. Also on the menu will be a fabulous buffet, um, spread (go here for more slay), and of course, heaping amounts of beats and incredible local drag talent. But you betta hurry, because rumor has it that Brittany Lynn is already in the buffet line, so don’t miss out and grab those tickets…now. Sunday/11 am/Sky Philadelphia/1717 Arch St. 

Also for your local and legendary entertainment pleasure this weekend….

Friday/12/8

Henry Fong@NOTO(10 pm, 1209 Vine St.)……………Kill The Noise/Seven Lions @The Fillmore(9 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)……………Rebirth Bass Band@Union Transfer (9 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.)…………Green Velvet@Coda(11 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)…………Strand of Oaks@Boot & Saddle(830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)…………..Pigeons Playing Ping Pong@TLA(8 pm, 334 South St.)………Just Surrender/Carousel Kings@The Foundry(9 pm, 1000 Frankford Ave……….DJ CID @Rumor(11 pm, 1500 Sansom St.)……..Young Statues@Johnny Brenda‘s(9 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)….

Saturday/12/9 

Mogwait/Xander Harris@TLA(8 pm, 334 South St.)…………Patrice McBride @Rumor(11 pm, 1500 Sansom St.)………..Chachi@NOTO(10 pm, 1209 Vine St.)………..Wolf Alice @The Trocadero(8 pm, 1003 Arch St.)…………Camp Lo@Voltage Lounge(10 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)………Hiss Golden Messenger@World Cafe Live(8 pm, 3025 Walnut St.)…………..Strand of Oaks@Boot & Saddle(830 om, 1131 S. Broad St.)……….Kweku Collins@Johnny Brenda’s(915 pm, 1201 Frankford Avenue)………..Stop@Everybody Hits(9 pm, 521 W. Girard Ave)……..Ryan Tennis@Milkboy Philly(830 pm, 1100 Chestnut St.).

Sunday/12/10 

Showtunes Sundays @Tavern on Camac (9 pm, 243 S. Camac St.)………The Interrupters@TLA(5 pm, 334 South St.)……..The Score@Balcony Bar@The Trocadero(8 pm, 1003 Arch St.)……..Sinful Sundays w/The Godess Isis @Tabu(9 pm, 200 South 12th St.)……Mary Scholz@World Cafe Live Upstairs(8 pm, 3025 Walnut St.)……….Perilune@Underground Arts(730 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.) 

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Philly Weekly Entertainment Groove

Let’s get ready to jingle into the first official weekend of December because a festive and oh, so fierce line up of local and legendary activities are taking over your weekend starting right about….now. 

For your holiday pleasure this weekend…..

There’s the always lit Christmas Village (1501 JFK Blvd.) which is delightfully surrounded by ice-skating at City Hall, local-made Philly Holiday Gift Show, magnificent carousel, a grand 50 foot tall Christmas tree, but most importantly…lots of fun for every one of all ages…including you!  

The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is also in full skate at Columbus Blvd, and with grub served up from Garces Group and Chickie’s and Pete’s as well as spectacular views of the Ben Franklin Bridge and beyond, it’s sure to warm your holiday spirit all season long! Plus, you can skate with Santa this weekend! Go here for more ho, ho, ho action. 

Not that the beloved Philly holiday tradition of the Macy’s Christmas Light Show (1300 Market St.) needs any introduction since you’ve been oh, so patiently waiting for it all year-long, but the stunning lights are now warming your holiday spirit right high atop the Grand Atrium at Macy’s Center City through December 31st beginning from 10 a.m to 8 p.m every two hours! Who’s ready? Everyone…even The Grinch

A Philly Pops Christmas Merry up for a simply magical evening of pure holiday bliss as Maestro Michael Krajewski takes the reigns to lead the acclaimed POPS for a delightfully festive show featuring vocalist Justin Hopkins, the Philadelphia Boys Choir, the Philly POPS Festival Chorus and the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Gospel Choir. But perhaps the best of it all this year? There’s a POPS style holiday tribute of How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Now, it’s officially the holidays and the perfect time to get those tickets.  Dec 2nd-19th/Kimmel Center/Various dates and showtimes 

For your local and legendary entertainment radars and gaydars……

Sing Your Life Karaoke w/ Sara Sherr Looking to slay your favorite karaoke grooves all holiday season long? Well, you’re in luck because chances are the always musically gift-wrapped Ms. Sherr has everything you need for your song butchering/slaying pleasure at any one of these fab Philly locations listed below! Happy holidaze! 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

BalletX  While we could go on and on about the ridiculously brilliant conceptualization and loads of talent that’s laced within this stunning dance troupe, it all comes down to three words….get those tickets. If you’re looking for a show that;s guaranteed to lift your spirits this holiday season, it’s right here. Check out the official BalletX site for more. Now through December 10th/Wilma Theater/various ticket prices/265 S. Broad St. 

ANNIE For the love of all things “Tomorrow,” there’s simply no denying that it’s been a hard knock year for all of us, so what better way to relax for a day with the whole family and go see this forever cherished Broadway musical while it’s in town through the Philly holiday season! There’s really nothing else to say here except get those tickets and Daddy Warbucks, Ms. Hannigan, Sandy and everyone’s favorite ginger curled cute, Ms. Annie, will be waiting for you! Tonight-Jan 7th, 2018/Walnut Street Theatre/Various ticket prices & showtimes/825 Walnut St.

Philly Beauty Ball 2017 The time has come…..for everyone in the City of Brotherly Love to get glammed, gussied and glitzed up for your lip synched lives once again. Yaaas, kids and kweenz,  this Saturday night join the ever so hilarious and fabulous Ms. Bev and the ever so handsome Ryan Wyrofsky (along with fresh and classic beats by DJ Carl Michaels) as they take over Voyeur for this 8th annual local drag-stravaganza. With sponsorship by Stonewall Sports (hey, boys) and a sure-to-be stunning Miss Philly Beauty Ball Contest (9 pm..sharp!), all with proceeds going towards the always incredible Attic Youth Center, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t sashay right to the Gayborhood this weekend. Now, slay Tonight/Voyeur Nightclub/1221 St. James St./7pm-11pm

DJ Chris Urban L’Etage (10 pm, 624 S. 6th St.) for your dancing pleasure tonight and Positano Coast (12pm-4 pm, 212 Walnut St.) for your hangover pleasure this weekend. Any questions? Didn’t think so. Let’s groove. 

Do They Know It’s Sex Dwarf?  Because it’s simply not the holidays without a little SEX….Dwarf, that is. And of course, lots of Bananarama, Culture Club, Human League, Eurthymics, Duran Duran and many, many more, all of which phamed Philly DJ Robert Drake will be spinning out all night long. Oh, and guess what? This truly one-of-a-kind dance par-tay is now on Saturday night, which is all the more reason to rip those Jordache Jeans, spray in that Aqua-Net and get to dancin’…..for your New Wave life. Tonight/10 pm/Club Mousai/1227 Walnut St. 

Honeygasm Sunday  Since you’ve been such nice boys and girls all year (and being a little naughty is certainly okay, too), you’re cordially invited to the last Honeygasm of the year–and it’s going to be everything you’ve ever dreamed of and more. Grab those tassels and head over to Franky Bradley‘s tomorrow night where your always yaaas hostess HoneyTree Evil Eye along with the always studly Flrt Vonnegurt (and beats by Lili St. Queer, of course, kween) serve up a stand up-n-sticky showcase of some of Philly’s best Burlesque conossuirs, with this month’s stunning line up co-starring Otis Peña, Jeshaand the winner of the sixth cycle of Philadelphia’s Burlesque Battle Royale, Ms. Greta Grenade. Ready, set, let’s get soakin’ wet one last time in 2017 this Sunday night, shall we? Yes. Sunday/Franky Bradley’s/$10/1320 Chancellor St. 

Code Red  What happens when you take lots of sickening drag queens from the tri-state area and you put them ALL on one Red-hot Philly stage for one hell of a grand cause? You get the most anticipated Gayborhood, make that, Philly entertainment event of the year, gurrrrl. This Sunday, you MUST chantay, vogue and twerk your way over to the TLA where the always scrumptious Cherry Pop and the always dashing Brandon Robert will be serving up the fifth round of their shimmering spectacle. But besides being a truly drag-licious affair that you will not want to miss, it’s also in honor of World Aids Day (this Friday, December 1st, kids..mark your calendars) in which ALL proceeds from the event will be donated to Aids Fund and Mazzoni, (go here and here..now), two outstanding Philly organizations who’re making incredible strides to support the research and dive into the truth of those pesky rumors that constantly surrounds AIDS and the HIV virus…and it’s all up to us to continue the fight.  Sunday/TLA/7 pm/334 South St. 

Let’s do it. 

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

Saturday/12/2 

The Barr Brothers @Underground Arts(9 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.)…………Morgan Page@ Premier Nightclub (11 pm,)……Beach Slang@TLA (7 pm, 334 South St.)……….Hundredth@Boot & Saddle(730 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)……….Super_Collider@The Fire(10 pm, 412 W. Girard Ave)……….Killiam Shakespeare@Johnny Brenda‘s(9 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)………..Mihali@Milkboy Philly(830 pm, 1100 Chestnut St.)…….Bog League@The Barbary(830 pm, 951 Frankford Ave) 

Sunday/12/3 

Ryan Hurd/Lynch @The Fillmore(7 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)…………Sinful Sundays w/The Godess Isis @Tabu (10 pm, 200 South 12th St.) Allan Rayman @The Foundry(8 pm, 1000 Frankford Ave)…………Narcotic Wasteland@Kung Fu Necktie(8 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)…………Showtunes Sundays @Tavern on Camac(9 pm, 243 S. Camac St.) Monnette Sudler@South(7 pm, 600 N. Broad St.)………..Outside Eyes@Bourbon & Branch(7 pm, 705 N. 2nd St.)………….Pete Hill @The Barbary(8 pm, 951 Frankford Avenue) 

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15 Underrated Diva Singles to Always Be Thankful For

May we be forever grateful to each and every single one of these oh, so underrated diva grooves this holiday season.

They all tried really, really hard to have a feel good time and rock the Billboard charts (most of them, sigh, okay all of them didn’t crack the top 50 on the Hot 100) and deserve our immediate attention….because it’s time to dance and party, like….everyday. 

Happy Divasgiving! 

Britney Spears/Tinashe/”Slumber Party”  Get ready to clutch your Godney pearls because the Las Vegas owning diva’s second Glory single only peaked at number 86 on the Billboard Hot 100. And no, it’s not Tinashe’s fault. So, in the meantime, let’s put on that music that makes us go fucking crazy, tho, and watch this lace teddy worthy video on repeat. 

Janet/”All Nite(Don’t Stop)”  Attention….it’s time to dance and not ponder why this scrumptious Damita Jo single didn’t do shit on the charts. Oh, yas, it was 2004 and like, Nipplegate happened and stuff. 

Ariana Grande/Future/”Everyday”  Why this feisty and ferocious Mizz Grande groove from Dangerous Woman couldn’t make it’s way into the top 50 of the Billboard Hot 100 earlier this year is beyond us, but what do know is that’s it’s certainly one of her best bangers. Throw in a video that’s filled with so much love it’ll make you think twice about being an asshole and well, slay, Ary-anah, slay. 

Madonna/”Bedtime Story” No words since, you know, they’re useless and more of getting unconscious and watching Madge give birth to doves over-and-over again. Not only is this one of the music legend’s best clips, but it accompanies one of the most underrated songs of her entire career….and that certainly isn’t a question. 

Alicia Keys/”Girlfriend”  You might not know this, but this Jermaine Dupri produced ditty was actually the first single released from Ms. Keys’ Grammy snatching debut set, Songs in A Minor. But due to the fact that “Fallin” completely took over/destroyed our worlds soon after, it was seemingly forgotten about. But once you start bobbin’ your head to this beat, you’ll remember just how hot Ms. Keys’ “Girlfriend” will always be. 

Whitney/”One of those Days”  While it may be one of the highest charting songs on this list (at number 28 it’s still nothing to sing home about), it’s still easy to under appreciate this oh, so delightful Nippy jam due to the dearly diva’s massive body of work. We still miss you, boo  and it’s grooves like this one where we really understand why. Let’s chill along with Ms. Houston, shall we? Yes. 

Janet/”Rock With U”   Here we have the most underrated single of Janet’s career. And again…stop with those fucking pesky questions and wonder more how Mizz J and her dancing crew pulled it all off in just one take for this fucking brilliant video. 

Xtina/”Dirrty”  At the end of the day, there’s no denying that Mizz Xtina is one of the most underrated singers of our time. Back to Basics, Bionic and Lotus, anyone? Yeah, no. There’s also no denying that this Rockwilder cooked up jam from the kick off to the Stripped era wasn’t well received by the Billboard charts and stalled out at number 48. Now, put that in your assless chaps pipe and smoke it as we get down and “Dirrty” one more time……today. 

Xtina/”Your Body”    Sigh…….and another one. 

Gwen Stefani/”What U Waiting For?”   Not only did this underrated Gwennie groove kick off her solo debut, Love.Angel.Music.Baby, but it’s also the reason all of us stupid ho’s of the world are taking all sorts of chances. Plus, the Alice in Wonderland inspired accompanying video is still beyond are wildest writer’s blocked dreams. So, why did it barely crack the top 50? Guess we’ll never know. But in the meantime look at your watch now…and go. 

Fergie/”Labels or Love”  So, remember when Fergie did a Fergie-fied number that nobody cared about for the Sex and the City movie? Most likely, neither does she. But we still must turn it up and hit the runway because it reminds us of a simpler time when all of the Sex gals got along. And pre-Double Dutchess days, of course. 

Dido/”Nothing to Lose” So, remember when Dido did a Dido-fied number for that Sex and the City sequel that nobody cared about? Most likely, neither does she. But there’s just something (okay, every god damn thing) about this groove that’ll make you feel it all over. And yes, that does say Dido. Just shut the fuck up and….groove. 

P!nk/”Feel Good Time”  With all of her high-flying realness (did anyone else just rip their fucking pearls off this past Sunday night?), Billboard chart shattering prowess and her newfound relationship with Channing Tatum (hey, boo), it’s hard to imagine a time where Ms. P!nk wasn’t having a, um, feel good time on the charts. This William Orbit produced banger from ’03 was the theme for Charlie Angels:Full Throttle, but for the sake of less spilling about how it only tapped number 60 on the Hot 100 and more listening to this underrated Ms. Moore music ride, we’ll just it blame it on Demi Moore. 

Mariah Carey/”You Don’t Know What to Do” The best single MC served out post “Touch My Body”is right here and seriously not enough people care about it. Maybe if she would have done this disco-kissed groove last New Year’s Eve none of that would’ve happened…just sayin.’ It’s that magical. 

Keyshia Cole/Nicki Minaj/”I Ain’t Thru” How the fuck did this powerful diva empowerment anthem absolutely go nowhere on the Billboard Hot 100? Actually…don’t answer that…just raise ’em up to this one and every other diva owned track on this list as we’ll forever be grateful for everything they’ll continue to give us….even after we’re gone. Thank you, ladies. 

Happy Divasgiving! 

Want more divas giving in your life this holiday season, check this, this and this out. Luv you, gals!! 

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