Drag Activism: Performing the Revolution
A little gender-bending is the perfect way to wind down a weekend. The artists will discuss the inherent political and social importance of their acts before getting on stage to perform them. 6pm. Free. William Way, 1315 Spruce St. 215.732.2220. waygay.org
Philadelphia’s Sensational Bravissimo Burlesque!
Beautiful women wearing revealing, sequin-bedecked corsets and telling bawdy jokes will abound at this cabaret. Beware of the French Tickler. 11pm. $10. WineO, 447 Poplar St. 215.925.0999. lilsteph.com
Home Ownership and Financial Literacy Workshop
Allow El Concilio and State Farm to teach you how to properly pick out a home and maintain it financially so we can collectively avoid another housing crisis. 1pm. Free. El Concilio, 705-09 Franklin St. 215.627.3100.
Sunday, March 31
8th Annual Philly Zombie Crawl
It’s that time of year again, folks. Time to spend more money than you’re comfortable disclosing—on liquid latex, gelatin, corn syrup, oatmeal or whatever you use—and spend more hours than you’re comfortable admitting to transform yourself into a zombie. It’s the Easter Philly Zombie Crawl, held in honor of history’s first recorded, uh, zombie, if you really think about it. The celebration of the undead takes place at the Theater of Living Arts and its surrounding areas at 6 p.m. They’ll even have on-hand artists to help you get your zombie face on, and prizes get awarded at 7:45 from the main stage.
There are five South Street Bars that’ll be participating, too, with drink specials and bar gimmicks. The TLA is promoting $5 Pabst Blue Ribbons and “Blood on the Rocks” mixed drinks, as well as hosting spin sessions from DJ Kiltboy and Dave Ghoul. Tattooed Mom has half-priced drafts from 5 to 7 p.m. and 10 to 11 p.m., with a gaggle of “zombie punk and metal” to serve as a musical backdrop. Manny Brown’s has $2.75 Miller High Life and Lager pints, plus zombie movies on their TVs. Lickety Split’s offering $3 “Brain eater shots” and a “request-friendly DJ.” Copabanana’s got $5 nachos, $5 Buds, $5 Jameson shots and will be playing the Dawn of the Dead remake from 2004. The Legendary Dobbs has live music and mixed drink specials, too. And there’s an after-party at the about-to-shutter Fluid nightclub, which is free for zombies with TLA wristbands. / R.L.
6pm. $5. Theater of Living Arts, 334 South St. phillyzombiecrawl.com
Everyone & I
It’s July 17, 1959, and jazz legend Billie Holiday has just died at the age of 44. Grief moves poet Frank O’Hara to write an elegy about the day Holiday’s voice took his breath away. Azuka Theatre’s artistic director Kevin Glaccum directs the world premiere production starring Philadelphia-based actors Mike Dees and Kimberley Fairbanks. 7:30pm, $26-31, Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St. pifa.org
RAQ is BAQ
This Vermont-based crew has wowed audiences on the festival circuit, making appearances at Bonnaroo, Langerado and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festival. This week they grace Philly with their presence, getting the crowd up and dancing with their rhythmic grooves and organic improv alongside fellow jammers Twiddle and Flux Capacitor. 9pm. $13-$15. The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St. 215.222.1234. theblockley.com
Spirit of Philadelphia Easter Sunday Lunch Cruise
So your family is all dressed up and ready to break in their Easter shoes, but restaurants all over town are crammed with exhausted, impatient post-church crowds haggling over the last slice of honeyed ham. Don’t settle for a chocolate-bunny supper. Take your brood aboard a leisurely two-hour cruise of the Delaware River featuring a delicious lunch buffet, local harvest vegetables, apricot-glazed pork, vanilla bean cheesecake and more. 12:30pm. $32.95-$54.90. 401 S. Columbus Blvd. 215. 923.4354. spiritofphiladelphia.com
Monday, April 1
Ron Sexsmith is one of those hard-working gents clearly not in music for the money or fame. He’s a humble troubadour who’s stuck to his craft despite unremarkable sales paired with critical acclaim. The 49-year-old Canadian’s been at it for more than 30 years now, issuing his first few efforts on tape. He was in bands as early as 14, but it wasn’t until his son was born in 1985 that he started writing songs for himself. His style’s a pretty simple brand of pop-friendly folk that focuses on his crystalline voice and capable guitar work. He’s often been backed by friends on electric guitar, horns are often welcome and usually arranged by peers, and every once in a while, he’ll employ a backup singer or two. His latest, Forever Endeavor, deftly uses brass to expert effect, giving the record a slightly country/mariachi vibe akin to bands like DeVotchka, Phosphorescent and Calexico.
This one’s technically Sexsmith’s 13th LP, having caught probably the most critical acclaim for 2002’s Cobblestone Runway, and he’s tourin’ it again. Some of his biggest achievements have come in the form of praise from his elders, who he modeled himself after as a kid: Paul McCartney, John Hiatt, Ray Davies (the subject of a tribute album for which he recorded the title track, “This Is Where I Belong”), and probably most significantly, from one of his idols, Elvis Costello. The “one-man jukebox” has been known to expertly execute cover requests on command. He’s just a guy from Canada—a remarkable one at that—who’s coming to Philly to put on a quality, seasoned, sophisticated set of pretty, smart folk. / B.C.
8pm. $20-$22. With Brooke Waggoner. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. worldcafelive.com
Social Justice Media Making
Director of award-winning film NO! The Rape Documentary Aishah Shahidah Simmons and self-identified queer installation artist Monica Enriquez-Enriquez hold a public discussion exploring how media can function as agents of change in disenfranchised communities. Noon-2pm, Free, Temple University, 812 Anderson Hall. phillyqueermedia.com
CIRCUS | PIFA 2013
Daringly High: Trapeze Lessons
Circus performer and teacher at the Flying School Circus Arts Mary Kelly Rayel will have you soaring above the street practicing knee-hangs, birds-nests and backend gazelles—or at least learning what the hell those terms mean—for two hours in the University of the Arts parking lot high above Broad Street. 9am. $55. Broad St. flyschoolcircusarts.com
Tuesday, April 2
The Giving Tree Band
This seven-member band cohabitate and record under one roof in their comfy home in Yorkville, Illinois. This may explain the down-home harmonizing and deep honest Americana with tin vocals backed by hand-crafted mandolins, slide acoustic guitars, banjos and steel pedals on the fourth studio album, Vacilador. 8pm. $7-$10. Hard Rock Cafe, 1113-31 Market St. ticketfly.com
The North American national tour of the Tony Award-nominated musical Sister Act has landed in the Philly for a limited engagement. Philadelphia-based actress and Temple University alum Ta’Rae Campbell stars as Deloris Van Cartier, a Las Vagas lounge singer who is placed into the protective custody of a convent. 7:30pm. $25-$110, Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. kimmelcenter.org
Wednesday, April 3
Culture and Conversation
Catch a glimpse of documentary/music video “A-E-I-O-U (Water)” co-written by jazz singer Phyllis Chapell and directed by Emmy-award winning filmmaker Rodney Whittenberg. After the screening, stay and chat about the quality of H2O with Dr. Julie Becker and Joanne Dahme, public affairs manager at the Philadelphia Water Department. 5:30pm. $20. Fairmount Water Works, 640 Waterworks Drive. fwwicaeiouwater.eventbrite.com
The Scopes Monkey Trial
Dr. Janet Monge discusses the 1925 court case of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes, which centered around a teacher who stood trial for violating Tennesse’s Bulter Act, a law that made it illegal to teach evolution in schools. 6pm. $2-$10. Penn Museum, 3260 South St. penn.museum/greatbattles
Out Of Town Events
Road to Wrestlemania Supershow
Indulge your inner pre-pubescent male at this superstar professional wrestling showcase. John Cena, Kane, The Big Show and other notable beefcakes oil up their muscles and don outlandish costumes (a la Jersey Shore tradition) to trade blows in the ring. Sat., March 30, 7:30pm. $15-$95. Boardwalk Hall, 2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J. 609.348.7000. boardwalkhall.org
Woofin’ Paws Pet Fashion Show
This charity pet fashion show is touted as being “for any pet that will not eat another pet.” Spectate for free, or for $5, see if your little one has what it takes to compete in categories like Best Bathing Suit, Most Patriotic and the always crowd pleasing Pet-Owner Look-Alike. Sat., March 30, 11am. Free. Carey Stadium, Sixth St. off Boardwalk. Ocean City, N.J. 609.525.9300. ocnj.us
Jimmie’s Chicken Shack
Relive your ‘90s childhood with this upbeat post-grunge ska-pop quartet, in the vein of 311 and Reel Big Fish. The band has been together since 1992 and is best known for their catchy ’99 single “Do Right.” Sat., March 30, 8pm. $10. With Sinners Saints + A Caffeine Dream. World Cafe Live at The Queen, 500 N. Market St. Wilmington Del. 302.994.1400. queen.worldcafelive.com
Rhonda Cearlock: Tile Assemblages
Illinois ceramic artist Rhonda Cearlock specializes in fine art clay wall reliefs. Her recent abstract tiles were developed through an instinctual free-flowing process. Through March 31. Langman Gallery, 2500 Moreland Rd., Willow Grove. langmangallery.com
Shades of Occupation: Iraq After 10 years
Haverford College brings together a collection of scholars to discuss the occupation of Iraq from various perspectives. Make sure to watch Independence Day at least four times before attending because you damn sure won’t feel patriotic afterward. Fri., March 29, 9am. Free. Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Ave., Haverford. 610.896.1000. haverford.edu/iraqafter10years
Compiled by Michael Brady, Jessica Foley, Lindsay Kenney, Drew O’Meara and Anthony Trivelli.
Calendar: March 25-April 1
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