Artist Trading Cards
Artist trading cards are exactly what they sound like: small works of art the size of standard sports/gaming cards. They’re made by hand using any sort of material you can think of. For this event, you’ll get to make and trade your own mini masterpieces with members of the Philadelphia Cartoonist Society, totally for free. “I want people to see art as obtainable and inviting on every level, not just paintings in frames,” explains PCS member Christian Patchel. He has hosted several of these art sessions around the city and has saved the hundreds of cards he’s accumulated over the years. For the no-so creative types, don’t worry—the artists will show you some cool techniques and an array of basic materials will be provided. -N.F.
Noon. Free. Nichols Berg Gallery, 8611 Germantown Ave. nicholsbergart.com
Most hip-hop’s either lyrically vacant and sonically booms, or it prioritizes wisdom over herculean beats. “Intelligent Trunk Music” is the subtitle of Stalley’s 2011 mixtape, Lincoln Way Nights. That’s what the long-bearded Ohio-based MC who recently signed with Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group calls his style of hip-hop. On the opening cut, a voice articulates the process: lay down the track, go out to the whip, spin it, and if it doesn’t bump while fostering critical thought patterns, it’s not ready to drop. “Brain waves of intelligence is what I send out/ Still in the Cutlass doing spin outs,” a sharp-tongued Stalley spits on “Pound” above an austere sonic architecture of thumping horns and thunderous, mastodonic bass jabs. Welcome to the next level. -E.S.
8pm. $12. With Chill Moody, Ground Up + MIC Stew. The Blockley, 38th and Chestnut sts. theblockley.com
Sunday, Sept. 25
Nestled just outside this polluted city, Manayunk has become a hub for sustainable living. In hopes of inspiring others to go green, they’ve put together this annual event that invites eco-minded artists, businesses and community organizations from around the area to come together and celebrate sustainable art, fashion, food and culture. Now in its second year, the festival will host a jam-packed weekend of free hippie-tastic events along Main Street including an eco car show, clothing swap, kids fitness demonstrations and a slew of vendors no doubt selling a lot of art and accessories made from recycled goods. There will be live music thanks to four bicycle-powered generators powering the DJ equipment. For all you wasteful, Hummer-driving, synthetic-product-loving non-recyclers out there, this would be a good time to consider reducing your that big ol’ carbon footprint of yours. Several renown green living experts will be holding lectures and seminars throughout the weekend to show you how. -N.F.
11am. Free. Main Street. 215.482.9565. manayunk.com
Monday, Sept. 26
You’re bound to recognize at least a couple of these Humans. The eclectic, experimental trio counts among its ranks multi-instrumentalist Bill Rieflin, who cut his teeth as a drummer for such industrial acts as Ministry and KMFDM and has recently been manning the kit for R.E.M. There’s also Toyah Willcox, the veteran punk/New Wave vocalist and highly successful actress (in her native U.K., anyway). And there’s Chris Wong, who we don’t actually recognize, but we’re sure he plays a mean bass. Together, the Humans mix prog, off-kilter pop and some Kate Bush-style romantic moodiness. King Crimson guitar god Robert Fripp (Willcox’s husband) plays on the band’s engaging new album Sugar Rush, but he won’t be on hand tonight unless he’s a special secret surprise guest. Here’s hoping! -M.A.G.
7:30pm, $27-$40. With Kid Savant. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.
Tuesday, Sept. 27
Whenever a room gets crowded like Americana the past few years, you see artists start edging away from the center. (After all when the floors gave out under electroclash and hair metal no one survived.) For the Felice Brothers this means leaving the Band-inflected roots ramble and sparse “mountain man” vibe behind. It lingers like a hardwood floor beneath their latest, Celebration, Florida. Carpeting over is a lot of folk-punk rhythms, odd samples sputtering in the background, baroque horns for cabaret mood lighting, and quick-change movements in the arrangements. It’s a little like Beck if he’d taken a Dylan fascination to see the Threepenny Opera. It gets messy. Something to be said for playing to your strengths. -C.P.
8pm. $20-$22. With Virgin Forest. Union Transfer. 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100. utphilly.com
Sounding the Alarm: HIV/AIDS at 30 Years
Philadelphia’s AIDS epidemic has been selected as an urgent topic of interest by Temple Gallery’s community advisory committee. The event, put on by Colours Organization, will provide crucial information paired with an introduction to the rich history of AIDS activism and LGBT culture. The event is free and features free HIV and Syphilis rapid testing in a discrete mobile unit outside the gallery. So pull up your sleeve, do the damn thing, and then use your “I got tested” sticker as a free ticket to the ensuing mini Ball. Participation in the Ball is open to everyone who wants to strut, dance and generally have a good time. -K.R.
6-8pm. Free. Tyler School of Art, 2001 N. 13th St. 215.777.9144. coloursorganization.org
Calendar: Sept. 2-9