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Philly Weekly Entertainment Groove

Let’s weekday and be jolly because there is lots to do this week and beyond.

Did someone say The Color Purple is in town? Yes. 

Let’s go. 

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 through March 4th, 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 seen it forty times already, but for those who haven’t, 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! Let’s twinkle. 

Franklin Square Holiday Festival A fabulous mix of lighted Philadelphia history and simply stunning light show, this beloved Philly tradition (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  George Balanchine’s legendary entertainment creation? Actually, no, we don’t want to, we just need to grab 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.

The Color Purple  It looks like we’ve been very good boys and girls this year because we’re getting a true entertainment gift  (and 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Revival!) when The Color Purple takes over (and that it will) the Forrest Theatre this week for a very special limited engagement. Besides being blessed with an all-star cast (go here to get know all of this talent), the show also stars the incredibly talented Adrianna Hicks, who’s gaining critical acclaim for her bold and stunning portrayal of show heroine, Celie. And guess what? The incredibly lovely Ms. Hicks will be stopping by the Philly Mixtape tea table this week to spill about it all, but before she graces us with her electrifying presence, there’s one thing you must do…get those tickets because this is one spectacular night out to that you absolutely should not miss this week…or ever. Tuesday/Dec 12th-Sunday, Dec 17th/Forrest Theatre/Various showtimes and ticket prices/1114 Walnut 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.

Full Front Street   If you think there’s no time left to get your Philly Burlesque fix on before 2017 comes to an end, that’s absolutely not the case as the always yas HoneyTree Evil Eye as well as the stunning Mora Love, the voluptuous Connor Michalchuk and the red-hot Fleur de Soleil (who’s making her FFS debut!) are more than ready to make all of your tassel twirlin’ dreams come true tonight. Every Monday/9 pm/Victoria Freehouse/10 S. Front St. 

Cloud Nine Your hump day is about to get lit like a fireplace this week because DJs Brando Calrissian and Michael Mythix are about to bring the beats and the heat to Tavern on Camac this week just in time to make your holidays oh so Mary and gay. Let’s f@#king dance, shall we? Yas.  Wednesday/9 pm/Tavern on Camac/243 S. Camac St.

Lip Smackers  Since pretty much every track from the late ’90s/early ’00s still rules, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t shimmy over to Tabu this Thursday night and let DJs Mike Shaffer and Javascript put in that millennium werk for you on the floor for this special dance party celebrating those good ol’ TRL-worthy times.  Thursday/Tabu/9 pm/200 South 12th St. 

Fantasia:Christmas After Midnight Yes, that Fantasia of American Idol and The Color Purple fame (perfect timing, eh?) is about to sleigh our holiday lives with what’s sure to be a stunning stop at The Fillmore this Thursday night. Grab those tickets. Thursday/8 pm/The Fillmore/29 E. Allen St. 

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

Monday/December 11th 

John Doe@Boot&Saddle(830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)…………Vesperteen @Voltage Lounge(730 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)…………Dylan Jane and The Clavacles(8 pm, 705 N. 2nd St.)…………..Girl Germs@Johnny Brenda’s Downstairs(8 pm, 1201 N. Frankford Ave)……….Laughs On Philly@Ortlieb‘s(7 pm, 847 N. 3rd St.) 

Tuesday/December 12th 

Angel Olsen @Union Transfer(830 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St., and Wednesday, too!)……………The White Buffalo@The Foundry(8 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)…………….Rolo Tomassi@Voltage Lounge(7 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)…………West Philadelphia Orchestra@Franky Bradley’s(9 pm, 1320 Chancellor St.)…………Sole Pursuit@The Fire(9 pm, 412 W. Girard Avenue) 

Wednesday/December 13th 

Jason Vieaux@World Cafe Live(730 pm, 3025 Walnut St.)…………Rondi Charleston@South(7 pm, 600 N. Broad St.)………..Buffy @The Dolphin Tavern(10 pm, 1539 S. Broad St.)…………Droopies@Kung Fu Necktie(8 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)…………Stab&Grab@Kung Fu Necktie(10 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)………Rich People/Year of the Knife@The Pharmacy(6 pm, 1300 S. 18th St.) 

Thursday/December 14th 

The Dear Hunter @Union Transfer(8 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)………..Neil Hamburger@Johnny Brenda’s(730 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)………Ryan Kinder@The Foundry(8 pm, 1000 Frankford Ave)………..Vincent Ingala@South(7 pm, 600 N. Broad St.)………..Betty Iron Thums@The Barbary(745 pm, 951 Frankford Ave)………..The Stolen@Voltage Lounge(630 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)……….Snaggletooth@Kung Fu Necktie Upstairs(9 pm, 1250 N. Front St.)….Christian Smith@Rumor(11pm, 1500 Sansom St.)

Friday/December 15th 

Michael Bolton@Sugarhouse Casino(9 pm, 1000 Frankford Ave)………..Municipal Waste@The Trocadero(7 pm, 10003 Arch St.)………Trophy Eyes/Free Throw@The Fillmore(6 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)…………Ofenbach@Coda(8 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)……….The Dan Band@TLA(8 pm, 334 South St.)……Two Friends@NOTO(10 pm, 1209 Vine St.)……….Owel@Voltage Lounge(730 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)……….Muscle Tough@Johnny Brenda’s(9 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Holiday Groove of the Day/Carpenters/”Merry Christmas Darling”

One of the brightest (and a little sad if you think about it) holiday grooves of all time is indeed off of one of the greatest holiday records ever to slide down our chimneys as Carpenters shimmering 1978 set, Christmas Portraitt, still has all of the ingredients to make our seasons bright year after year. 

While it’s ridiculously easy to get lost in the legendary sibling music duo’s takes on “Sleigh Ride,” “Carol of the Bells” and “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” it’s “Darling” that has it all–plush strings! vocal medleys! trombone! harp! Of course, it’s the dearly departed Ms. Carpenter’s effortless vocals that truly make this groove come together for a polished number that while yes, it’s about not being with the one you love during the holidays, there’s just something about “Merry Christmas Darling” that finds a way to keep us warm on even the loneliest of nights…..and we’ll forever be grateful for it.

Sigh…..

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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.) 

Cover photo courtesy of VisitPhilly