Calendar: August 1-7

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Sunday, August 5

New Edition
Over the years, veteran teen-pop/R&B group New Edition hasn’t exactly been the most unified of crews, especially in their later years when they performed as full-grown men. When all six members did a reunion tour after the release of their 1996 album Home Again, it soon became a common occurrence for one or more members to sit out certain shows, a result of egos clashing to the point where some had to go and regenerate. But now, as the men celebrate their 30 years in show bidness—and especially since their most notorious member, Bobby Brown, tragically lost his ex-wife Whitney Houston earlier this year—this forever-soulful sextet, the men whose slow jams fueled the soundtracks to many of our high-school dances, are now there for one another, realizing they are at their best when they’re on one accord. And since New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys have spent the past year on tour together, reminding everyone they’ve still got it, don’t you think it’s essential these guys show everyone who set off this boy-band ish? -C.D.L.

7pm. With Salt-N-Pepa + El DeBarge. $39.75-$125. The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 52nd and Parkside Ave. 215.878.0400. manncenter.org

2nd Street Festival

The Philadelphia Folksong Society invites everyone to get out of their houses and come to their 4th annual festival, an extended block party that fills the streets with food, music, arts, crafts, workshops and, most importantly, a beer garden. This year has four music and event stages featuring musicians including Chris Kasper, Man Man, the Great Unknown and the Doublewides. Sierra Nevada, Sly Fox and Yuengling will be featured in the beer garden, and a complete list of sponsors can be found on the festival’s website. Community Energy will be providing wind power for the day so the event is carbon neutral, and a Liberty Lands Tent sponsored by Triumph Brewery will donate 100 percent of the proceeds to Northern Liberties Liberty Lands Park. -Brenda Hillegas

Free. Noon-10pm. N. Second Street, between Germantown Ave. and Green St. 2ndstfestival.org

Monday, August 6

Always the Bridesmaid
Following his sold-out production Overexposed: A Slightly Awkward Peep Show, local performer, playwright and six-time First Person Arts Story Slam winner R. Eric Thomas is back with a brand-new solo storytelling show. Beginning in the pew of a black church in Baltimore and ending at an alter, the 80-minute dramedy exposes the true definition of love and marriage, questioning what it means to the gay community, as well as to the individual and God. According to Thomas, the show is about the next step, both for gay rights and for anyone at that awkward point in life when “you stop getting invited to keggers and start getting invited to showers.” -Nicole Finkbiner

7pm. $15. Plays & Players Theater, 1714 Delancey Pl. 215.735.0630. quinceproductions.com

Tuesday, August 7

The Internet
Something overlooked by the countless media outlets who showered Frank Ocean with praise after his vague half-coming-out a few weeks ago was that—hello?—one of his very own Odd Future band members, Syd the Kyd, has been a very vocal out lesbian since the group came on the scene. Furthermore, she made it very public with the October release of her video for the woozy hit “Cocaine.” The song is from Syd’s OF side group collab with producer Mike Martian, the Internet, and the video saw her walking hand and hand and making out with another woman. It went unnoticed by the mainstream media, but since much of the maelstrom surrounding her and the Wolf Gang is born online, it was on fan sites, YouTube comments and band message boards that her sexuality was dissected, parsed and unpacked, not in magazine think pieces. And so, it seems, as L-Boy not-so-delicately put it on OF’s last album, “Syd’s gay ass” will be free to continue “putting her clit on other bitches’ nipples and shit” in relative peace. -B.Mc.

7:30pm. $13. With Kilo Kish. The Barbary, 951 N. Frankford Ave. 215.634.7400. r5productions.com

Punk Rock, Mental Illness & Recovery

Craig Lewis will tell you up front: He’s a punk rocker who’s been struggling with mental illness his whole life. In 1988, shortly after picking up his first copy of Maximum Rocknroll, Lewis was briefly institutionalized, kicking off two decades in which punk and emotional instability were inextricably linked. During that time, the unpredictable punk known as Crusty Craig became a fixture of the Boston scene, booking shows, publishing Upheaval (a zine covering global hardcore), and singing in numerous bands, including Weapons Grade. Yet, the same scene that nurtured his creativity and organizational skills also encouraged his risky behavior. Fortunately, an encounter with a helpful therapist enabled Lewis to begin managing his symptoms and planning for the future. Today, he’s a certified peer specialist recognized for his ability to relate to clients and offer them practical coping skills. For this talk, Lewis is sticking to the DIY ethos, stepping in front of the mic and speaking frankly about his recovery. It’s an inspiring tale and as punk rock as you can get. -Raymond Simon

7pm. Free. Wooden Shoe Books, 704 South St. 215.413.0999. woodenshoebooks.com
 

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