Wednesday, August 14
Harrisburg Mandolin Ensemble
Early 20th-century traditions inspire the latest installment of the P.M. @ Penn Museum Summer Nights concert series. Formed in 2011 with the desire to explore the full potential of an all-mando band, this five-piece collective transcends genre barriers with arrangements that encompass everything from blues to jazz to old-timey world music. 5pm. $5. Penn Museum, 3260 South St. 215.898.2680. penn.museum
With 85 percent of acting jobs in Philadelphia being commercial-based, actors might want to consider Wickline Casting‘s six-week course designed to teach novices of all shapes and sizes about the skills needed to “sell it”—in more ways than one—on camera. 6:30pm. $298. Wickline Casting, 1080 N. Delaware Ave. 215.739.9952. wicklinecasting.com
Philadelphia Rock N’ Blues Fest
This show features performers who graced Woodstock with their presence back in ’69. Need we say more? British blues-rock icons Ten Years After are on the bill, along with stateside genre favorites Canned Heat, the Edgar Winter Band, Rick Derringer and Canadian axe man Pat Travers. 7:30pm. $55-65. The Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. keswicktheatre.com
Thursday, August 15
MilkBoy’s 2nd Anniversary
It’s been two full years since MilkBoy’s Tommy Joyner and Jamie Lokoff opened the doors to its newest incarnation on 11th and Chestnut streets. Hard to imagine the stink cloud that’s since dissipated about labor disputes ‘cause at MilkBoy, all we’ve seen is the cold beer flowing and sickening array of artists parading in and out its doors. An outpost and Center City lab for MilkBoy the Studio’s roster of talent and fit sound technicians, it’s a super-solid downtown venue for a wide range of crowds, capacities, genres, vibes and party times.
To commemorate its second anniversary, MilkBoy’s going big with a three-day, into-the-weekend blowout. This place is going to be shaking with celebration and performance might. First, let’s talk about food, drink and the economy of awesome to be had there: Running with the “two” theme, there’ll be $2 shots, $2 beers and $2 snacks (plus chef Brian Mahon’s prepared some free passed-around hors d’ouerves). But the really bold, brazen display of the drought of fucks they have to give to the haters is that they’ve put together three full nightly bills of totally free entertainment.
Night One delivers Black Landlord—boom—headlining with their signature funk, hip-hop, house partying rock juggernaut domination. But before they level you, you’ll get down and sweaty with the time travelers from the 33rd century, the incomparable El Malito, who’ll whip up the room for Landlord to smash like a flawless ally-oop. Night Two features the Fleeting Ends setting up Shark Tape in what could only be deemed the Philadelphia indie dream pop trio battle of the century, with ST’s slightly more chaotic rambunctiousness feeling like a more fitting finale to the middle night’s funfest. Thee, Idea Men’s bluesy, bar-room repertoire will rightly wake up Night Three’s crowd for a one-two punch of metal-tinged post-rock from the Sixties and wildchild W.C. Lindsay’s hyped-up electro pop noise. / Bill Chenevert
Thurs, Aug. 15-Sat., Aug. 17. Free. MilkBoy Philly, 1100 Chestnut St. 215.925.6455. milkboyphilly.com
Night Market Philadelphia: South Street
In the past, when people thought of street food in Philadelphia, they either pictured a profusely sweating man making gyros in a small, stained sheet metal truck or, for those raised in more rural climes, people literally cooking food on potholed blacktop. No more! Shame on you for ignoring the burgeoning gourmet food truck renaissance in Philadelphia. It’s the one good thing to come out of L.A. besides Dustin Hoffman, and, because it will help us reclaim the fat mantle in America again, we took it, of course, and made it better. Marry these roving eateries with South Street’s continuously improving restaurants, throw in an Asia-inspired open air market, and all that remains are smiles and bloat, followed by more smiles.
The Food Trust, the dutiful Philly-based organization dedicated to improving access to—and education about—nutritional food nationwide, is presenting its 11th Night Market, replete with nearly 80 meals-on-wheels stops, non-stop music and impressive art. Make a donation to the Food Trust by 1 p.m. Wednesday to jump into the raffle to become the King/Queen of the Night Market. You will receive a nice shiny crown, line-skipping privileges and complimentary meals for two at more than 25 sustenance safe havens, including Six Points Brewery and Bridget Foy’s. When Your Largeness is sated, you can have the plebs fight for free meals in a quasi-Thunderdome. Two men enter, one man eats. / Michael Brady
6pm. Free. South Street, from Front to Ninth streets. 215.575.0444. thefoodtrust.org
Screenings Under the Stars: The Hobbit
Let’s face it: At around 300 pages, The Hobbit doesn’t need to be adapted into a nine-hour trilogy when its much longer Lord of the Rings follow-ups managed to pull off their respective celluloid translations in just one Oscar-winning film apiece. However, diehard fans of the franchise will certainly get a kick out of watching last year’s An Unexpected Journey under an open sky at Penn’s Landing. 8:30pm. Free. Penn’s Landing, 101 Columbus Blvd. 215.922.2386. delawareriverwaterfront.com
SugarHouse Casino Thursday Food Fest
The SugarHouse Casino hosts a literal smorgasbord of guests on the third Thursday of every month this summer. This month’s event will feature food truck visits from Chef Johnny Bravo’s Surf n’ Turf and P.J. Whelihan’s. 6pm. SugarHouse, 1001 N. Delaware Ave. 877.477.3715. sugarhousecasino.com
Friday, August 16
Brett Fest: A Benefit for Brett Talley
Ain’t it a shame, how, in this day and age of rights-getting and technological achievements, we can’t quite figure out a way to equalize health care just a little bit? When some bullshit disease attacks your body that you have no control over, does it have to cost you tens of thousands of dollars and leave you worrying about going broke—on top of the mind-blowing stress over simply being ill? The truth is you get sick, you get buried—with bills, with anxiety, with fear and anguish. But, if you’re especially blessed, you get by with a little help from family and friends.
Brett Talley, who’s been gigging locally for years (in Outset, IKE and his own Brett Talley Band), is fighting chronic myelogenous leukemia, so some musician pals of his have planned one huge benefit in his honor. There will be some reunion sets from Pawnshop Roses, IKE (for whom Talley plays lead guitar) and Awesome Bros, a supergroup consisting of members of Jealousy Curve and IKE, with Ron DiSilvestro on drums. Talley’s also an in-demand recording engineer, and since his brightest recording achievements have emerged through John & Brittany, IKE’s lead vocalist John Faye and Brittany Rotondo, they and a whole slew of other folks in Philly’s robust rock family will be in attendance to blow the roof off the place and prepare their brother for the battle he’s about to fight—and win. / B.C.
6:30pm. $15. With Jellybricks, Susan Steen, Rodger Delaney + Better Half. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. philly.worldcafelive.com
Saturday Night Live funnyman Jay Pharoah brings his hilarious impersonations of Barack Obama, Jay Z, Denzel and more to Helium. 7:30pm and 10pm. $27-$34. Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. 215.496.9001. heliumcomedyclub.com
Join Bodypaint.me for a night of undead attire and make-up, with DJs and horror-themed deco and projections. Come dressed to impress in your favorite zombie gear, and body paint artists will add the finishing touches of blood and gore. 8pm. $10. Tiberino Museum Garden Courtyard, 3819 Hamilton St. 215.386.3784. tiberinomuseum.org
Rootz Undergound’s sound is pure roots-rock reggae with a righteous message. The six-member outfit will have you feeling like you’re chilling in Jamaica. 8pm. $10. With Rocky and the Pressers. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919. kungfunecktie.com
Over The Top
This quintessential arm-wrestling movie, starring Sylvester Stallone, will be screened as part of Awesome Fest 2013. This testosterone drenched, synth keyboard workout-montage filled film may not have won Sly any awards, but it’s the perfect flick to watch outside on a summer night with a cold one. 9pm. Free. Liberty Lands Park, 926 N. American St. 215.627.6562. theawesomefest.com
Hoi’ Polloi: A Listening Party
Richmond, Ind.’s fabled Hoi’ Polloi only released one self-titled album in 1972, recorded over spring break at Earlham College on two stereo tape decks, but this obscure folk rock album is mythological among certain circles. Hear the first authorized deluxe vinyl reissue at a night celebrating the famed recordings. 8pm. Free. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com
Saturday, August 17
Scott Weiland’s current solo outing seemed like a can of worms long before it even began. As early as 2011, the singer and his Stone Temple Pilots compatriots hinted at big plans for celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 1992 debut, Core, including a reissue with unreleased bonus tracks and a tour featuring the band playing the album in its entirety.
Neither would materialize, and in February, Weiland announced a tour focusing primarily on material from that record, as well as STP’s 1994 breakthrough release, Purple. However, he’d be hitting the road sans the DeLeo brothers and Eric Kretz. Days later, the latter trio confirmed via a pithy statement on the band’s official website that Weiland had been “terminated” from the group.
The news surely came as a disappointment to STP fans everywhere, particularly those who were ecstatic in 2008 when the band became the latest of the ‘90s alt-rock kids to reunite—and eventually release their eponymous sixth studio effort—only to see its members fall apart again.
Nevertheless, Weiland has pressed on with his aptly named “Purple at the Core” tour with his new band, the Wildabouts. And so far, the result has been a clusterfuck plagued by late starts, low-energy sets and audience conflict—the singer reportedly challenged one fan to a fight at a show in New York, perhaps cementing Weiland’s status as the Axl Rose for a new generation. / Jake Abbate
8pm. $29.50-$32. With the Last Internationale + Red Letter Life. The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888. thetroc.com
The Phsh Tank Presents: Nema Etebar Art Exhibition
A year and a half strong, Phsh Tank is a unique event that comes from the collaborative efforts of DJ Phsh and Sedso Design. Serving as a simultaneous dance party and art show, the former rocks the turntables while the latter provides digital projections that highlight a different artist each month. 7pm. $5. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919. kungfunecktie.com
Mist tunnels, sprinkler minefields, spectator “sniper” zones, bubbles, fire hoses and arriving at the finish line via a 100-foot Slip ’N Slide are just a few of the things that differentiate this run from the rest. Proceeds go toward local children’s hospitals. Bonus: Kids run free! 7:30am. $35-$65. Fairmount Park, 4231 N. Concourse Dr. rundrenched.com
This three-piece plays 100-percent improvisational. Their sprawling 20-minute jams are worth sifting through because when they find stride mid-song, they definitely know what they’re doing. 8pm. Free. With the Spring Mill Blues Band. The Grape Room, 105 Grape St. 215.930.0321. graperoommusic.com
3rd Annual Back to School Donation and Book Drive
Last year, Le Petite Capella and Plant the Seed Movement joined forces and collected more than 2,500 books and an abundance of school supplies with help from the community. This year, they want to do it even bigger, and need help giving away 700 backpacks and 5,000 books. Noon. Free. Blankenburg Elementary School, 4600 W. Girard Ave. 215.581.5505. webgui.phila.k12.pa.us/schools/b/blankenburg
Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals
Philip H. Anselmo is already a household name to metal fans around the world due to his tenure as the lead vocalist in Pantera. This solo project has all the anger you’d expect from him, but presented in an even faster and heavier manner, with less of the groove that characterized his old band. 8:30pm. $25-$27. With Author & Punisher. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100. utphilly.com
Cigars & Stilettos VI
A get-together for those socially desirable folk who appreciate the finer things in life: wine, cigars, music, hors d’oeuvres and networking with a purpose. Needless to say, attire is sharp suits for the guys and fierce stilettos for the ladies, the latter of which will be the subject of a contest, so wear ‘em with pride. 6pm. $15-$20. Trilogy Hookah Lounge, 601 Spring Garden St. 215.925.5000. cigarsandstilettosevents.com
Festival of India
This festival celebrates India’s Independence Day, reflecting on many aspects of the Indian-American diaspora via a colorful panorama of art, music, dance and food. Now in its 20th year, the festival is put on by the Council of Indian Organizations and is part of PECO’s Multicultural Series. 1pm. Free. Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd. 215.629.3200. delawareriverwaterfront.com
Crazy Praise Dance Showcase
Grammy Award-winning artists Mary Mary participate in a showcase dedicated to spiritual and healthy living. Some of Philadelphia’s most talented praise dancers will perform, as you enjoy a heap of family-fun activities and await a big announcement from Health Partners. 2pm. Free. Baptist Worship Center, 4790 James St. 215.991.4351. healthpart.com
Pop-Up Paper Structures
Instructor Carol Barton teaches you the art of “paper engineering.” After learning the history behind the art, you will jump into the mechanics with basic on-the-fold pop-up structures before venturing into more complicated three-dimensional territories. There are no prerequisites for enjoying this class there’s something here for artists, teachers and even people who just like to play with paper. 10am. $75-$95. University of the Arts- Anderson Hall, 333 S. Broad St. philadelphiacenterforthebook.org
The Life and Times of Omar ibn Sayyid
This one-act play, written and acted by Ahmad Kenya, focuses on the life of Omar Ibn Sayyid. The West African-born Sayyid was a well regarded teacher and scholar before his enslavement and transport to America, where he spent the rest of his life in captivity. 1pm. Free with admission. African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St. aampmuseum.org
The Philly R&B Fashion Show
Above Entertainment presents an upscale event featuring the area’s hottest up-and-coming fashion designers and R&B artists. They will also be collecting used clothes to be donated to local shelters. 6pm. $27-$42. Northeast Stagesound & Studios, 3824 Jasper St. philastudios.com
Sunday, August 18
Films at the Fish
The Walking Fish Theatre in Old Richmond recently began a new series they’re calling Films at the Fish, which is as self-explanatory as it gets. All this month, the theater more known for its odd stage performances and quirky comedy has opened up to local filmmakers for a focus on feature and short film screenings before Philly Fringe officially begins in September.
Each evening, save this Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights—on which the theater will present the horror- and adult-film themed SINema After Hours following Films at the Fish—is the same through August. The short films include two music videos, namely “MindKontrol Freak” by ElectrKPrincess and “Heaven” by the Swimmers; a comedy by High Dramma Comedy Troupe about pregnancy; a piece about college kids coming up with ideas for films; several local series’ episodes and a documentary about the United States.
Afterwards, stay tuned for Locomotive, the feature-length movie of the night. The film, created by locals Adam Lucas and Jeremy Waltman, was the product of a Kickstarter campaign, in which its makers sought $6,000 and raised in $7,087. Its story involves a musician who leaves his band and girlfriend behind and tries to get back in with both. Let’s just say things don’t exactly go according to plan. / Randy LoBasso
8pm. $7. Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford Ave. 215.427.9255. walkingfishtheatre.com
Pets in Prison!
While oftentimes overlooked, animals played a significant role at Eastern State Penitentiary over the years. Learn about the pets that prisoners would keep in solitary confinement, the horses used for patrol by the officers and even the colony of feral cats who called the place home after it was abandoned. Noon. Free with Admission. Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave. 215.236.3300. easternstate.org
Experience the culture of 14 Caribbean islands through workshops, live bands, a marketplace and more. This year marks the festivals 27th year of great food, music, and tradition. Noon. Free. Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd. 215.922.2386. delawareriverwaterfront.com
Monday, August 19
Beta Hi-Fi Emerging Music Festival
Kicking off a week of free shows, Michael & the Mooncussers, Kay Glorioso and more will perform in front of judges and fans for a chance to enter the final competition of talents from some of the best up-and-coming songwriters in the region. 7pm. Free. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. worldcafelive.com
The brothers behind Old City’s beloved Franklin Fountain ice cream shop present this exhibit focusing on Philadelphia’s candy manufacturing history. See turn-of-the-century confectionery ephemera, antique candy tools, and learn about the role sugar has played in the history of America. Through Feb. 17. Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd. phillyseaport.org
Tuesday, August 20
Tracy Baim: Gay Press, Gay Power: The Growth of LGBT Community Newspapers in America
The newspaper industry has taken a hit in recent years, but a quick look around the country shows that across the board, LGBT community papers remain alive and kicking. Tracy Baim, a writer, editor and publisher at Chicago’s Windy City Times, has been knee-deep in news since she founded the Times in 1985 and took to chronicling the industry in her most recent book, November’s Gay Press, Gay Power: The Growth of LGBT Community Newspapers in America. Baim explores the “critical role of the gay press,” tracing her own publication and other newspapers throughout the book’s 468 pages to explain where gay news came from and what the future of the industry may look like. She’ll discuss it today, alongside Philadelphia Gay News publisher Mark Segal.
Gay Press, Gay Power is divided into five sections—early history, biographies of prominent LGBT journalists, major papers that still survive today, how LGBT news is advertised and the value of such media and its future—coming to a conclusion that keeps many a news business maven awake at night: With national media companies getting larger, there’s more stories to go around, but less local reporters out there to tell them and advertisers looking to other revenue models. “Gay Press, Gay Power challenges us to think of solutions to these modern challenges,” says Lambda Literary, “as well as glorify the Golden Age of LGBT publishing.” / R.L.
5:30pm. Free. Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St. 215.923.2960. giovannisroom.com
This metal show will rock not only your socks but all of your footwear off. Chimaira, which has been around since the late ‘90s, will be playing with the Browning, popular for their unique mix of electronic and metalcore. 6:30pm. $17. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011. tlaphilly.com
Family friendly performers Cris and Lou will be rocking out at the final Rock-N-Roar concert series of the season at the Philadelphia Zoo. Pack a picnic lunch and a blanket, and get ready for some dancing! 11am. Free. Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave. philadelphiazoo.org
Wednesday, August 21
I Am Because I Am
Sebastian is a young performer with big dreams. But his past comes back to haunt him and throws obstacles in his way of becoming the great performer he hopes to be. This theatrical concert explores the human psyche and the demons that guide our life’s path. 7pm. $15. Plays & Players Theater, 714 Delancey Place. playsandplayers.org
Out of Town Events
You can only imagine the shenanigans that ensue when Sister Mary Amnesia lands the recording contract of her dreams. Country fans and comedy fans alike will enjoy the hilarity that these talented nuns have in store. $25. Various dates and times. The Media Theatre, 104 E. State St., Media. mediatheatre.org
Equifunk: The All-Inclusive Music Festival
A Poconos getaway with scenic lodging, unlimited draft beer and, most importantly, lots of great tunes! Enjoy two nights of performances by the New Mastersounds, Soulive, JJ Grey & Mofro, Anders Osborne with John Medeski, Keller Williams and more. Aug. 16-18. $185-$360. 3562 Hancock Highway, Equinunk. equifunk.com
Wildwood Tattoo Beach Bash
Beauty is skin deep, and that’s why we get tattoos. Whether you’ve been jonesing for some new ink or you’re just there to browse, it’s bound to be a blast. Aug. 16-18. $20-$45. 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, N.J. 609.729.9000. wildwoodtattoobeachbash.com
The Stars of Boxing
Watch the rising boxing stars take the ring, as well as Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Champion Charles “The Cobra” Hayward. There will be eight fights, which is hopefully more than you witness on a typical Thursday night. Aug. 15, 8pm. $40. The Deck, 101 Taylor Ave, Essington. 484.318.6133. thedeckathp.com
Cheech & Chong
Cheech and Chong began their journey in comedy together in the 1970s and defined the cannabis-loving counterculture with their standup. Their films have earned them Grammy nominations, and their comedy albums made record sales. They’ll reunite in Atlantic City to perform their somehow-still-relevant routines. Aug. 17, 8pm. $19-$58. Trump Taj Mahal, 1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J. trumptaj.com
Compiled by Nicole Bonaccorso, Manon Braciszewski, Jake Abbate, Anthony Trivelli and Drew O’Meara.
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