UPDATE [8/28/2015, 12:19 pm]: All our tickets have been given away! Thanks for playing.
ORIGINAL: Kevin Hart is doing up Philly hard this weekend. Besides his show on Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field, he’ll be jogging with locals in a pop-up 5K on Saturday morning, and later that night he’ll host a private tail-gate party at Lincoln Financial Field.
The party will feature live performances by D.C.-born rapper Wale and NYC’s DJ Envy, and Hart will come later for what the event’s sponsor, Miller Lite, calls a “”What Now? surprise” Since his tour’s called “What Now?,” I’m assuming that means he’ll do a little standup sneak peek of the show.
For the first time in 11 years—and after a two-year stint at CaesarsPalace in Las Vegas—country queen ShaniaTwain is on the road again on a national tour that kicked off in Seattle earlier this month. This spring, the 49-year-old singer announced that the tour, titled “Rock This Country,” will be the last time she goes out on the road, but not the last you’ll hear from her. She’s planning to release her fifth studio album, which she plans to release sometime in the next year.
She’ll make her way to Philadelphia on July 22nd, when she’ll play the WellsFargoCenter with opener Gavin Degraw. You can snag tickets here, but you may want to wait a week. We have two pairs to giveaway to local country fans in a contest that we’re running from today till next Friday, June 26th.
To win is simple, and familiar if you’ve taken part in our giveaways before: Sign up for our weekly e-newsletter in the box below. Next Friday, I’ll pick two of those names at random and you’ll be on your way to the Wells Fargo Center to rock this country with Shania. Good luck!
Broadway sensation Kinky Boots is about to clip-clop into town for its big Philadelphia debut starting April 28th, and we’ve got a super-nice pair of tickets to give away.
The six-time Tony winner—featuring several tunes penned by gay icon Cynci Lauper—concerns Charlie Price, a down-on-his luck chap who’s having trouble keeping his inherited family business, a shoe factory called Price & Sons, afloat. Just as the clouds start rolling in, Lola, a sassy cabaret star/drag queen, comes in looking for a new pair of stilettos. The boots they create turn out to be the ticket that saves the business, and things just get all kinds of crazy fabulous from there.
The tickets we’re giving away are a pair worth $225. To win, sign up for our weekly enewsletter in the box below between now and next Thursday, April 23rd. At that point we’ll draw one of those names at random and voila, they’re going to see Kinky Boots. Good luck!
The Indigo Girls are coming to Philly’s Kimmel Center on April 12th, when they’ll try something they’ve never done before: perform with a youth symphony backing them up. That lucky symphony is the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, and Indigo Girls singer-songwriter Amy Ray told us in an interview this week that the collaboration gives their iconic sound a “different dimension” without changing things too dramatically. “We’ve stayed true to the music.”
It’s sure to be an uplifting show, and I’m excited to be able to give away three pairs of tickets to G Philly readers. The process is simple: Just sign up for our weekly e-newsletter in the box below between now and Wednesday, April 8th at 4 pm. At that point we’ll randomly draw three winners from the list. Tickets are valued at $92 for the pair, and are located in the 3rd Tier section (2nd Balcony) at Verizon Hall. Winners can pick them up at Will Call the night of the show.
“Savage Love” columnist and outspoken LGBT advocate Dan Savage is bringing his dirty movie tour, HUMP!, to Philadelphia for the very first time this weekend. The film series includes 17 risqué flicks made by everyday folks from the Northwest who were challenged to “become temporary, weekend porn stars by making their very own five-minute dirty movies.”
Attend an event with more than 40 local restaurants, caterers, and beverage suppliers, and help support Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware families caring for children with disabilities or serious illnesses.
In addition to the food and drinks, there will also be a silent auction and raffles. Anyone attending can also receive a special room rate of $99 at the Normandy Farm Hotel. Get more information on the event and the Dolan Fund here.
If you watched Bianca Del Rio last season on RuPaul’s Drag Race, you could see that the queen—known for her sharp tongue and reads that would put Barnes and Noble to shame—is as kind as they come. She emanates warmth, she helps young queens in need, and she’s respectful. Case in point? She rang me five minutes before our scheduled phone interview this week. Early?! A drag queen?! Unheard of!
But it seems like that gentleness kind of stops when she struts out on stage, eye lashes batting, hand on hip. There she’s fiery. She’ll cut a bitch. She’ll probably even offend a few Asians. That’s her schtick, and frankly, that’s why we love her. We marvel at her quick wit, and wonder how in the hell she’s so spot-on every time. Perhaps she’ll divulge a few pointers when she brings her latest traveling show, “Rolodex of Hate,” to Philly’s TLA on December 10th.
She explains the show as being “a one-hour standup comedy special where I discuss situations and parts of my life that brought me to where I am today. I discuss who I am as a person, and how I became this little nugget of hate.”
Here are a few other things we chatted about (if you’re here solely for the ticket giveaway, scroll all the way to the bottom):
Last week we had the great pleasure of chatting with music legend and gay icon Melissa Etheridge. She opened up about everything from accidentally becoming a spokesperson for the LGBT community to how she’s taking care of herself post-cancer and connecting with fans when she’s on stage. Expanding on that latter subject, she told us that folks would be smart to bring a change of clothes to her upcoming show at Philly’s Merriam Theater, because, “It’s [going to be] such a hot, smoking, steamy collaboration, people will need to bring a new shirt to wear home because they are going to need it.”
If you don’t have tickets for the show yet, today’s your lucky day. Etheridge was kind enough to give us two pairs of tickets so four of our readers can witness the sweat-inducing performance for themselves. (Sorry, you’ll have to come up with the extra T-shirt on your own.)
Standup dramedian R. Eric Thomas is bringing his smash hit, one-man rom-com, Always the Bridesmaid, back to the stage. Thomas, known for hosting acclaimed storytelling series The Moth and for previous sell-out runs like Will You Accept This Friend Request?, gives his take on dating disasters, love, and the notion of marriage in an age and state where gay people can actually get married now. Delving into the religious and individual views on marriage and what it means to the gay community, Thomas’s show will make you think, yes, but most importantly it’ll make you LOL.