PA Burlesque Festival
Denna Danger, who bagged the Crystal Corset Award last year, has shimmied her way back up to Philly to headline this year’s Burlesque Festival. Saucy legend Penn Star Sr. will also be peeling off a glove or two, while Madame Corsetiere graciously hosts. A portion of the night’s ticket sales will be donated to Habitat for Humanity’s Disaster Relief Fund to benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy. 8pm. $20-$35. Plays and Players Theatre, 1417 Delancey Place. paburlesque.com
Fans of weird psychedelic indie folk (i.e., all of you) will unite tonight around the Norwegian Arms’ headlining set at PhilaMOCA. The show will coincide with Scott Churchman’s tape release and be supported by Circadian Rhythms and Andy Mulholt’s new reverby psyche-rock band, Laser Background, who rocked a packed show at Kung Fu Necktie a month ago. 8pm. $10. PhilaMOCA, 12th and Spring Garden sts. philamoca.org
The Northern Liberties
Hosted by MC Larry Freedman, the 11th edition of the Variety Show celebrates the hidden talents of the everyman. This year’s acts include Tracey Todd Superstar, Ginger Leigh, Cherry Bomb, the Martindales and more. All proceeds from the event and after-party will go to benefit Philadelphia’s own Kearney Elementary School. 8pm. $12. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com
Crystal Bowersox is best known for winning second place on American Idol, but her folk-rock-country style speaks for itself. Catch her tonight and witness her raw, non-Idol-filtered talent. 10:30pm. $15. Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St. tinangel.com
What Could Have Been?
Alternate Histories of the
Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Back in the day, when architectural visionaries were designing Philadelphia, there was a big push to replicate a smaller version of the Champs-Elysees where our modern-day Benjamin Franklin Parkway is located. At least they tried, right? It was an ambitious plan of action, and not all of the original ideas came to be. On this unique walking tour with Rob Armstrong, the preservation and capital projects manager for Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, you’ll explore the long, tangled history of those lofty ideas and how the city’s designers settled on the Parkway’s current landscape. You’ll learn about project proposals like the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Temple of Music, which would have boasted three auditoriums for opera, recitals and, of course, the Philadelphia Orchestra—and how the Great Depression squashed those dreams. You’ll also learn about Tadao Ando’s Calder Museum and Louis Kahn’s extensive Triangle Redevelopment Plan, one you should be glad was never implemented. But don’t fret: Your tour guide will not neglect the structures that stand today, like the grand Philadelphia Museum of Art, the former School District of Philadelphia headquarters, which now houses luxury apartments the Rodin Museum and the Family Court Building. / Caroline Newton
11am. Free. Moore College, 1916 Race St. hiddencityphila.org
The Philadelphia Orchestra
The Kimmel Center presents an evening of musical genius featuring the compositions of classical artists Ludwig van Beethoven and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The night includes performances by Rudolf Buchbinder, praised internationally for his interpretations of Mozart, followed by a presentation of Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony by the Philadelphia Orchestra. 8pm. $10. The Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St. 215.893.1955. kimmelcenter.org
What does it truly mean to be male or female, masculine or feminine? Permanent Wave Philly invites you to ask yourself these questions and join them for an evening dedicated to reframing the visual understanding of gender through art. The Feminist Photoshoot will give attendees the chance to photograph and be photographed in manners that enable the re-evaluation of gender identity and its role in a gender-coded society. Disposable cameras will be available for $5. 2pm. $5. Eris Temple Arts, 602 S. 52nd St. 917.324.5559
Stan Heleva and Michelle Pauls, the husband and wife co-founders of the Walking Fish Theater, continue to present Canadian playwright George C. Walker’s six-play cycle of one-acts titled Suburban Motel. Stop in tonight for the final preview of the third installment, about a father-and-son crime team tasked to burn down a restaurant. 8pm. $20. Through March 24. Walking Fish Theater, 2509 Frankford Ave. thewalkingfish.org
According to the Work Drugs, they make music specifically for dancing, boating, yachting, sexting and living. Sounds about right. 7:30pm. $10-$12. With Night Panther and Young Mariah Carey. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919. kungfunecktie.com
St. Practice Day
In eight days it will be St. Patrick’s Day; why not get your Sláinte on early? Today, the doors of Fado’s Irish Pub open early to screen six national rugby matches starting at 9:30 a.m. Step dancers will be hopping out their sevens and threes to the fiddle of the Irish party band, Fair Trade, and the experimental sounds of Weird Science. 11am. $7. Fado’s Irish Pub, 1500 Locust St. 215.893.9700. fadoirishpub.com
The Parsnip Revolt
The Parsnip Revolt’s sound is rooted in melodic alternative rock, perhaps best exemplified on their album A Sunshine Report. They are their own biggest critics, and aside from driving themselves crazy, it’s led to a revolt against mediocrity that can only be good for us all. 9pm. $10-$12. With Cliff Hillis and the Milwaukees. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. worldcafelive.com
Ahem: Tyler School of Art 2013 MFA Exhibition
This juried show features recent works by 30 artists in Tyler School of Art’s nine MFA programs. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog, which features essays on each of the exhibiting artists, written by 16 art historians. 6-9pm. Through March 16. Crane Arts Ice Box,1400 N. American St. 215.232.3203. cranearts.com
The Color Kingdom
Keeping their music decidedly close to the roots of rock ‘n’ roll, the Color Kingdom are trying to combat the rock/electronic fusion sound that seems to be all around. Hailing from South Jersey, they focus on powerful drumming, edgy riffs and killer vocals. 7pm. Free. With the Beta Phase, Nomad Clientele, Connor Hansell + the Grits, and The Donuts. The Grape Room, 105 Grape St. 215.930.0321. graperoommusic.com
IKEA Bring Your Own Friends Day
The Swedish meatball (ahem) and furniture store will host its second Bring Your Own Friends Day event, a national in-store shopping event that offers fans and friends of IKEA special perks, activities and giveaways, along with an opportunity to shop for items to help improve their homes.10am. Free. IKEA, 2206 S. Columbus Blvd. 646.935.3914. ikea.com
Try to find the missing word: Ice cream. Beer. Magic. Rock ‘n’ roll. If you said “awesome” or some variant thereof—and let’s be honest, you totally did—then Johnny Brenda’s has got you covered this Sunday, because the second annual Frankford Avenue Freeze-Out is providing all the aforementioned sweets.
Sponsored by Little Baby’s Ice Cream, the night’s on-stage festivities begin with David Darwin, the Philly-based fire juggler who found himself a semi-finalist on America’s Got Talent in 2011. Then there’s Debbie Kerri and the Kung Fu Girls, staff members of Little Baby’s who’ve formed a Blondie tribute band, as well as Bruce Ice Cream and the Freeze Street Band performing the music of Bruce Springsteen. Additional music will be provided by Broadzilla DJs, self-proclaimed DJs and pals who “like playing records together at parties and dancing to their records at their parties and drinking at their parties and throwing up at their parties.” And it’ll all be hosted by citywide talent mogul Eli “Showdown” Shaika, who you may remember from the Beer Olympics at Frankford Hall during their OctoberFest parties.
But that’s not all. Free ice cream will be provided by Little Baby’s, and there are raffles— the prizes of which are a pizza party (at Little Baby’s sister pizza shop, Pizza Brain, on Frankford Avenue), an ice cream party, walnuts, music, candy and other weird stuff. Little Baby’s is employing the #LotsOfPrizes hashtag for the event. So go get some. / R.L.
7pm. $12. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com
Design your own kick-ass helmet, just like the bronze-crested helmet from 800 BCE on display at the Penn Museum. 1pm. Free with admission. Penn Museum, 3260 South St. 215.898.4016. penn.museum
Resilience are a Philly-based band drawing influence from such acts as Cannibal Corpse, After the Burial and Veil of Maya. To check out their music, visit their Bandcamp page, where several new songs are available for download. 1:30pm. $10. With Seraph in Travail, Ultimatum, and False Idols. The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888. thetroc.com
Calendar: Aug. 26-Sept. 2