Wednesday, August 27
Written, directed and produced by Carshena Eunice Baker, the play is set in a town comprised of nosy neighbors, overbearing mother-in-laws, a busybody preacher’s wife and a son with a secret. 7pm. $20-$25. Walking Fish Theater. 2509 Frankford Ave. 215.427.9255. walkingfishtheatre.com
Multi-platinum singer Josh Groban is accompanied by the impeccable sound of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. 8pm. $29.50-$110. Mann Center of the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave. 800.745.3000. manncenter.org
Thursday, August 28
Made in Philly
More than two years ago, when Jay Z and Mayor Nutter announced that Budweiser would help them throw a massive concert on the Parkway, the knee-jerk reactions blasted off like sparklers on Labor Day: screams of injustice, of misusing one of our city’s treasured public spaces. Then, the lineups that were announced for the first two summers at least threw a bone to a few Philly acts. But from the looks of 2014, localizing Made in America’s becoming less and less of a priority.
Whatevs. For the second year in a row, World Cafe Live is doing its part to showcase home-grown talent as a foil to the EDM molly-fueled superfest happening two days later and a mile or so northeast. Aaron Camper, GoGo Morrow, Just Beano and Asia Sparks are but a few of the names on the roster’s long list of artists; there’s also a slew of DJs and supporting cats to flesh out a full-ass night of entertainment that’s all and only Philly. The specials will be on Yuengling and cap out at probably $5—a far cry from the $12 cans of Bud Light on deck at MIA.
Philly’s music scene runs way deeper than what passes through and what venues can sell out. There are droves of up-and-coming singers, songwriters, rappers and producers out there grinding away at product or personas, and some worry that festivals like MIA work against the little fellas just trying to get booked. Mini-fests like MIP—and the following night’s PhillyMade party at the TLA—are earnest attempts to make lemonade from lemons and show Philadelphians and visitors alike that you probably shouldn’t come drop a corporate super-concert in our city limits and not expect the army of hometown creatives to sit by idly. No: We will spit, sing, and spin your ass off. // BILL CHENEVERT
7pm. $20. With Al 1Thing, Bamboo, Brianna Cash, Domi Jo, Ebony Joi, Goldie, Good Girl, The Hvddle, Joie Kathos, Khemist, Lombardi, Mont Brown & A.R.F., Phat Geez, Pradah, Ryshon Jones + Sean Falyon. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. philly.worldcafelive.com
The Bar-Kays, Lakeside, L.T.D., Glenn Jones, The Average White Band + Larry Graham
If you’re driving up Ridge Avenue tonight and feel the earth start to move, worry not: It’s just the seismic musical extravaganza going down at the Dell. The outdoor ‘round-the-way music venue closes out a truly momentous summer season with an amalgamation like no other: Consummate old-school funk-soul royalty the Bar-Kays, Lakeside, L.T.D., the Average White Band and the undisputed king of the funky bass, Larry Graham (pictured).
A few of these outfits have been together since the late ‘60s, so of course they’ve since lost original members to drugs, disease, dreams of solo stardom (hey, Jeffrey Osborne!) and simple age, the latter fueled by the grueling demands of touring for decades. Indeed, between them, these still-amazing acts have been grinding for well over 200 years, so there’s no need for apprehension over tonight’s show quality. The Bar-Kays, Lakeside, L.T.D. and AWB generated so much dance-floor and onstage heat in their respective heydays, don’t be surprised if there are fire trucks on standby in the Dell parking lot. Glenn Jones is an ol’ pro—more the latter than the former. And bass guitarists in every genre have been biting Graham’s style, intentionally or not, since he stepped onto stages as a brother among the pioneering Sly and the Family Stone.
Want to laugh the night away and party hearty with your still-spry grandmom and her hot-to-trot, gray-haired galpals? This is the night, y’all. It’s sure to be all the way live. // KENYA BEVERLY
7pm. $25-$65. The Dell Music Center, Ridge Avenue and W. Huntingdon St. 215.685.9560. mydelleast.com
Made in America Street Festival
Budweiser’s very own six-horse hitch, the Clydesdales, make an appearance at the Urban Saloon this week. Watch the Eagles game, check out the PAWS dog adoption tent, have your team compete for prizes in the Philadelphia Cornhole League tournament and enjoy $3.50 drink specials. 6pm. Free. The Urban Saloon, 2120 Fairmount Ave. 215.232.5359. urbansaloon.com
Slam, Bam, Thank You Ma’am!
The August edition of Slam, Bam, Thank You Ma’am celebrates a day meant for procrastinators and impatient folks in front of the computer: National Race Your Mouse Day. The night will be as legit as this officially copyrighted holiday with competitions, drinks, food and good people. 7:30pm. Free. Pen & Pencil Club, 1522 Latimer St. 215.731.9909. penandpencil.org
Food Truck Festivus
This end-of-summer bash features outdoor games, Ben’s Beer Garden and food from trucks like The Cow and the Curd, Little Baby’s Ice Cream, Farm Truck Philly, Seoulful Philly, The Grill Cheese, LeMoNaDe and more. 6pm. Free. Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St. 215.629.4026. historicphiladelphia.org/franklin-square
The Psychology of Cats
Nathanael Oster, VMD, associate veterinarian at the VCA Cat Hospital of Philadelphia, discusses the inner workings of cats as part of a series looking at human-pet relations. 11am. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322. freelibrary.org
Friday, August 29
Katie Skelly & Meghan Turbitt
If you only see two lady comic-book artists present their work for your enjoyment this week, be sure to make it Meghan Turbitt and Katie Skelly. The New York City-based duo—who create very-cool print and web comics independent of each other—will be coming though Philly to read and sign their oft-cynical, oft-feminist, always humorous offerings.
Claiming her ideas come from the profane jokes she grew up with in her blue-collar Irish Catholic community in Rhode Island, Turbitt’s pages often depict short vignettes in a young woman’s life. One particularly funny and recent comic, #foodporn, partially depicts her at a pizza joint. She orders a slice and thinks to herself what a “loser” the smelly man behind the counter is. Soon, in her head, she turns him into a muscle-bound hipster and gleefully lets him cradle her in his arms as he handfeeds her the cheese slice.
Skelly’s art is a bit more sci-fi. Her first notorious project was something called Nurse Nurse, which Skelly—who initially attended Philly’s Moore College of Art and Design as an undergraduate—called “a psychedelic comic about nurses in space.” Since creating that first comic in 2007, she’s printed it and 10 others, including her latest, Operation Margarine (pictured), in which two badass girls ride a motorcycle through the desert “holding their own against the elements, biker gangs and each other.” // RANDY LOBASSO
7pm. Free. Locust Moon Comics, 34 S. 40th St. 267.403.2856. locustmoon.wordpress.com
Five Dollar Comedy Week
The affordable laughs continue in this week-long event of original comedy shows from local comedians. Tonight, activities include being a part of the jury for the comedy game show “Justify Your Love” or sitting through an hour of one-minute monologues. 7pm. $5. Through Sun., Aug. 31. Shubin Theatre, 407 Bainbridge St. fivedollarcomedyweek.com
Despicable Me 2
Hawthorne Park’s family movie night continues with a screening of the 2013 animated film Despicable Me 2. Round up your minions for some games and activities before the movie starts. 8:30pm. Free. Hawthorne Park, 1200 Catharine St. hecphilly.org
Smooth Jazz Summer Nights featuring Valerie Simpson
Summer is coming to an end with August’s final days, but not without one more evening of sultry tunes from the Penn’s Landing Smooth Jazz Summer Nights series. Singer-songwriter Valerie Simpson, of Ashford & Simpson, performs tonight. 7:30pm. Free. Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Chestnut St. and Columbus Blvd. delawareriverwaterfront.com
Art Meets Fashion: A Pop-Up Shop Event
The weeklong event features a meet and greet with Funky Bijou and a one-of-a-kind art meets fashion night featuring a variety of all your pampering needs, including Happy Hour, Paint Night and Girls Night Out. Talented artists and jewelers will be showing off their creations as you enjoy food, drinks, music and more. 5:30pm. $20. Through Aug. 31. 3rd St. Gallery, 45 N. Second St. funkybijou.com
Saturday, August 30
Black Families Rock
A day of seminars brings black families together to help build stronger, happier homes and increase awareness in youth education. The event also features games, workshops and the Gospel Fest Choir Competition. 10am. Free. Lincoln University, 1570 Baltimore Pike. blackfamilyrocks.com
The funky sounds of the Big Easy hit Philly as the New Sound Brass Band bring their horns, brass and culture to town. The eight-piece band plays a combination of hip-hop, funk and R&B. 3pm. $15. City Tap House, 3925 Walnut St. taphouseucityticketleap.ticketleap.com
Sunday, August 31
Pronounced “power,” this weekend wellness retreat includes massages, reflexology, dance classes and more. Enjoy the soothing sounds of jazz vocalists and guest speakers Rhenda Fearrington and Alfie Pollitt. 6pm. $35. AIA, 1216 Arch St. philadelphia.jazznearyou.com
Made in America: The Afterparty
If you missed the biggest music festival of the summer, then stick around for the after party. Rumored acts include DJ Shadow, SRG and more. 3:30am. $15-$30. Lit Ultra Bar, 460 N. Second St. 484.885.0227. litultrabar.club
Monday, September 1
Labor Day at Franklin Square
Before the kids head back to school, spend one last day of summer at a carnival in Franklin Square. Enjoy carnival games, mini golfing, carousel rides and more. Noon. Free. Franklin Square, Race and Seventh sts. 215.629.4026. historicphiladelphia.org/franklin-square
Tuesday, September 2
Former band mates of Delicate Steve, Steve Marion and Christian Peslak collaborated on a new sound, spirit and, ultimately, a new band, Saint Rich. Kicking off their five-day tour in Philly, the band performs songs from their debut album, Beyond the Drone, at Milkboy tonight. 8pm. $12-$14. 1100 Chestnut St. milkboyphilly.com
Rhinoceros by Eugène Ionesco
The whole neighborhood is sprouting horns, crushing furniture and demolishing flowerbeds as an outbreak of Rhinoceritis claims more victims. Follow two friends struggling to maintain their identity in the midst of this hilarious and symbolic disease. 7:30pm. $15. The Skybox: Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St. rhinoceros.brownpapertickets.com
Wednesday, September 3
PW’s College Fest Free-4-All
As summer officially comes to a close and the pressures of a new academic year slowly begin to pile on, we at Philadelphia Weekly offer both greetings and a brief respite—via our inaugural free college festival. So come on out as we reaffirm Rittenhouse Square Park as an ever-lasting hotbed of good music and budding friendships.
Following in the wake of this August’s 24th annual PW Concerts in the Park series, our brand-spanking new College Fest Free-4-All, presented by Xfinity, invites all those entering their fall semesters at any of the area’s colleges and universities—Temple, Drexel, UPenn, University of the Arts, St. Joseph’s, Villanova, et al—to set aside any supposed rivalries and ease into the season. On the one hand, we’ll be shining a spotlight on four awesome local musical acts acts, but even more so, there’ll be a crowd on hand to chat you up about all the amazing local cultural hotspots the city has to offer—which can be especially valuable if you’re a freshman adjusting to city life for the first time. And hey, it won’t matter whose colors you’re wearing.
The “Free-4-All” celebration kicks off with a warm-up set courtesy of DJ Royale, who made waves as a contestant on the reality competition series Master of the Mix and spins at spots like Silk City, Recess and Whisper. Following him will be a trio of newish Philly-based talent starting with Damn Right!, a three-piece electro-pop group originally from Baltimore that prides itself on cutting edge production techniques and stellar live performances. Ali Wadsworth, a former contestant on NBC’s The Voice, is up next, and if the buzz surrounding her now-year-old debut solo album is anything to consider, it’s safe to say she isn’t going to let the city down. However, it won’t be a real party until headliners Thee Idea Men (pictured) finally take the stage. The band, which recently delivered a new LP, New Level Shoes—complete with a record release show at Milkboy in late May—offers plenty of bouncy guitar work and feel-good songwriting to go around. // JAKE ABBATE
6pm. Free. Rittenhouse Square, 18th and Walnut sts. 215.563.7400. philadelphiaweekly.com
Sittin’ In All-Stars
Crowd favorites Josh Lawrence and Francois Zayas kick off the special ticketed concert marking the beginning of jazz season. Other musical acts of the night include Grammy-nominated trombonist Jeff Bradshaw, spoken word artist Ursula Rucker and hip-hop producer Kokavi. 8pm. $20. Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St. kimmelcenter.org
David Lynch Revisited
The Philadelphia Film Society presents an in-depth look at the films of David Lynch—and the two-month series begins with a screening of Lynch’s 1977 debut Eraserhead. The project is presented in conjunction with the exhibit, David Lynch: The Unified Field, on view from Sept. 13-Jan. 11 at PAFA. 7pm. $7. Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St. filmadelphia.org
Out of Town
Wildwoods Restaurant Week
Enjoy a four-course dinner at some of the finest restaurants along the Wildwood beaches. Though Aug. 29. Various locations. 609.729.9000. Wildwood, N.J. wildwoodsnj.com
Philadelphia Career Fair
Executive-level professionals and recent college graduates have the opportunity to meet with the hiring managers of sales, business development, marketing, retail and sales management in our area. Business attire required. Thurs., Aug. 28, 6pm. Sharp Crowne Plaza, 260 Mall Blvd., King of Prussia. unitedcareerfairs.com
“Let Rock Rule” with Aerosmith & Slash
Aerosmith joins forces with award-winning rock guitarist Slash. Also featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. Sun., Aug. 31, 7:30pm. $59.50-$195. Boardwalk Hall, 2301 Boardwalk, A.C. 609.348.7100. boardwalkhall.com
Former frontman of Stone Temple Pilots puts on a show with his group, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts. Sun., Aug. 31, 9pm. $19-$39. Golden Nugget, Huron & Brigantine Blvd., Atlantic City, N.J. goldennugget.com
The impressionist recreates the songs of singers of the past, including Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and more. Mon., Sept. 1, 8pm. $15. Resorts, 1133 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J. resortsac.com
The golden age of Harlem nightclubs is alive and well in this fast-paced and toe-tappin’ world that brings you back to the raunchy and rowdy era featuring classic jazz songs “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Your Feets Too Big” and “Black and Blue.” Through Sept. 7. Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope. bcptheater.org
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