Philly Event Spotlight/’Sleigh’ at Valanni

Press out your fiercest winter attire and get ready to Sleigh because Valanni’s annual Toys for Tots event (8 pm, 1229 Spruce St.) is taking over Philadelphia tomorrow night!

And since you’ve been such good kids and kweens all year-long, tomorrow’s extravaganza is certainly shaping up to be on everyone’s nice list. 

Kicking off your evening, you’ll be greeted at the door by the ever so Fox-y queen herself, Ms. Iris Spectre, while Lady Geisha and Aloe Vera will be cocktail’ and twirlin’ around all night for you….and for their lip synched lives.

Your official Emcee for the night will be Philly Drag Mafia legend and Santa Claus’ mistress, Ms Brittany Lynn, who’s getting ready to trim her vaginally challenged tree and tuck those halls….so, you betta buckle up, Rudolph. 

Also along for the Sleigh-ing ride will be performances by Philly Burlesque king and queen, HoneyTree Evil Eye and Flrt Vonnegut, and you’ll also see plenty of your faves from the Gayborhood and beyond hosting your holiday lives all night long including Tommee Boom, Anthony Retro, Stephen Antonio, Jodie Eichel and Philly’s one-and-only lady in heels, Ms. Ty. 

Of course, no holiday gathering is complete without the proper DJ, but not to worry because Mr. Carl Michaels will have you covered with those grooves tomorrow night like garland on a Christmas tree. 

But wait, are we forgetting a few items on this already delicious list? Yaaas.

Besides Philadelphia Style providing a sleek, stylish ambiance and atmosphere complete with heat lamps and a tent where you’ll be able to jingle and mingle right out on Spruce St, your cocktail-ed up sponsors for the evening will be Jameson, Bluecoat, Smirnoff, Hennessey and many more, all of whom are guaranteed to bring you a gleefully tipsy night you’ll never forget. 

However….there’s just a bit more tea to spill…….your extra very special guest for the evening will be Real Housewives of New Jersey goddess, Ms. Teresa Giudice

Yes, that’s right, the Bravo TV icon will be taking over Valanni tomorrow night and is ready to relax and kick up her designer heels for the holidays with the City of Brotherly Love…and you can still get your chance to say hi!

For two hours, Ms. Giudice will be hosting a special meet-and-greet at Sleigh, but if you want to get up close and personal with the reality starlet (and also get details on special bottle service packages), you betta act fast because word is that there’s that there’s only a few tickets left, because you know, it’s Teresa Giudice we’re talking about here! So grab 

And of course, a fond shout out to Valanni’s Michael Duffy and Billy Cavallo for putting together this sure-to-be shimmering Philly holiday event, and there’s no denying that these fine gentlemen are ready to Sleigh and most of all…see you tomorrow night! 

So, holiday glam it up, bring that unwrapped toy for the kids and…everyone will see you there! 

Cover photo courtesy of Michael Duffy






Holiday Groove of the Day/Nat King Cole/”The Christmas Song”

If there’s one December groove out there that rivals Mariah’s “All I Want For Christmas is You” as simply the best recorded holiday jam..ever, it’s certainly Mr. Nat King Cole‘s 1961 take on the still so lovely, “The Christmas Song.” 

Written by Mel Tormé and Bob Wells, the classic sonnet was written during the sizzling summer in 1945 and according to Tormé was conspired as an effort to “stay cool by thinking cool.” Passed on to the legendary Nat King Cole trio in 1946 (their label actually didn’t want them to do it!), the group recorded the cheery tune and it became a massive hot on both the Billboard Pop and R&B charts. 

Cole recorded a solo version of the song a few years in 1953, but indeed, it’s his ’61 recorded version that still hits the holiday hearts of many as it’s complete with a sweeping Ralph Carmichael led orchestra and of course, that voice.

There’s a reason why the departed Cole’s effortless take on “The Christmas Song” has earned its place in the Grammy Hall of Fame….and kids everywhere from ages one-to-ninety-two are reminded of it and all of its shimmering brilliance every year around this time.



Holiday Grooves of the Day/Mariah’s Medley

Whether you’ve decked your halls to “All I Want For Christmas is You” since Labor Day (or the 4th of July, like most), know the words to every heavenly sonnet from her two multi-platinum holiday records or wonder what the f@#k she was thinking doing a duet with the Biebs, let’s face it…there’s simply no denying that Mariah Carey is the undisputed Kween of Khristmas and the entire holiday season. 

Whether she’s right by your side all month long as you bag up those gifts and trim the tree……or completely fucking up a highly televised New Year’s Eve performance, we’ll always love MC and all of her crazy diva/bitch antics during this time of year.

And speaking of New Year’s Eve, the thunderous Ralphi Rosario refire of Mimi’s take on “Auld Lang Syne” is the only track you should be owning your life to on the floor as we get ready to bid an oh, so fond farewell to 2017. 

So, you see? Ms. Mariah has made her mark on the entire extra festive month of December, so there’s really just no escaping her no matter how hard we try sometimes…and we’ll sort of be forever grateful for it.

Okay, always. 

So, in honor of Mariah’s legendary December domination, here’s a medley of her holiday hits that will live forever in our emancipated diva lives. 

Hey, even “Oh Santa” needs some love to. 

“All I Want For Christmas is You” 

“O Holy Night” 

“Santa Claus is Coming to Town” 

“Oh Santa!” 

“All I Want For Christmas is You” (Extra Festive Mix with The Biebs!) 

“Oh Santa!”(Jumpsmokers Remix)

“Auld Lang Syne” (Ralphi Rosario Remix) 

This…..because you just have to. 

Cover photo courtesy of Rolling Stone