Monday, Feb. 14
Comparisons between long-running Brit trip-hop/groove outfit Morcheeba and the Coca-Cola corporation are quite apropos. Just like that conglomerate’s ill-fated decision to screw with their popular formula and unleash New Coke, Morcheeba founding brothers Ross and Paul Godfrey booted original vocalist Skye Edwards from the band in 2003 and moved in boring musical directions with a stable of different singers. It was more or less a disaster, since Edwards’ sultry voice, merged with Ross’s funk/blues guitar and Paul’s crisp downtempo beats, formed an unbeatable chemistry. Fortunately, the Godfreys saw the errors of their ways and reunited with Edwards in late 2009. Last summer’s Blood Like Lemonade is a welcome return to the “classic” Morcheeba sound. -M.A.G.
8pm. $30-$42. With Lance Herbstrong. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.
Mural Arts Love Train
The Mural Arts Program and SEPTA team up once again to sponsor “The Love Train,” a Valentine’s-themed event to remind those among us who’ve forgotten the latent romance of our public transit system that you really can’t spell “LOVE” without “E-L.” Guests will board a red-balloon-festooned El train, which will make an extra-slow 5 m.p.h. tour of the 50 murals painted along the Market-Frankford line by Philly-born artist Stephen Powers as part of 2009’s Love Letter project. Against this scrolling backdrop of larger-than-life love notes, Mayor Nutter will marry one brave local couple on board the train, which will then deposit all riders back in Center City for a champagne reception and a screening of the documentary about the project, A Love Letter for You. We guarantee there’s no better place than this year’s Love Train to tell your Valentine “I choo-choo-choose you.” -Maddie Hoagland-Hanson
2pm. $45/person, $80/couple. Fairmount Park Welcome Center, 16th St. and JFK Blvd. muralarts.org
Higdon Violin Concerto
While the Daily News’ Pulitzer win for their investigative “Tainted Justice” series got the lion’s share of local press, it wasn’t the only local Pulitzer. Composer and Curtis prof Dr. Jennifer Higdon won for her Violin Concerto, written for classical star Hilary Hahn (who was in Higdon’s 20th-century music class 10 years ago when she was a Curtis student). Hahn will take the lead in its Philly premiere in a performance with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, before both take it north to Carnegie Hall. The concerto will be sandwiched between Hindemith’s Konzertmusik and Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony, a program that suggests the work’s eventual place among the modern classics; this is a pretty rare opportunity to see a future staple on the original soloist and composer’s home turf—and to get your CD signed by both afterward. -E.G.
8pm. $5-$40. Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St. 215.893.1999. kimmelcenter.org
Smoothly transitioning between The Stooges and the science of mise en place, Anthony Bourdain built a reputation on punk-rock honesty and culinary wisdom. Tonight he brings both ingredients to the Keswick Theatre for a behind-the-scenes look at the wild life of a food adventurer. While the term “foodie” emerged two decades earlier, his New York Times bestseller, Kitchen Confidential, initiated a new stage in the proliferation of “foodie” culture. As Marx spelunked the guts of a factory in Capital, Bourdain exposed the underbelly of the bourgeois dining establishment by revealing the hustlers, drunks and cretins hidden in the back of the house. Ten books later, the No Reservations host remains the gadfly of the industry. His new memoir, Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook, is perfectly titled for this most romantic night of the year. -E.S.
8pm. $39.75-$85.75. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave. 215.572.7650. keswicktheatre.com
Tuesday, Feb. 15
Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Release Party
Like castaways on a deserted island who finally spot a passing ship, video game junkies, comic-book nerds and animation aficionados have their prayers answered today. That’s because after a decade of waiting, Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: The Fate of Two Worlds—the follow-up to 2000’s mega-popular Marvel Vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes—arrives in stores. In a nutshell, MvC3 pits Marvel characters like Wolverine, Captain America and Iron Man against characters from Capcom’s Street Fighter, Resident Evil and other iconic games in a fight to the death. British gaming mag GamesMaster says MvC3 “bring[s] comic books to life on your TV” and is “the most explosive, OTT, fan-pleasing 2D fighting game the world’s ever seen.” Which means there’ll be plenty of excitement—and probably some pushing and shoving over the controllers—this afternoon at the great South Philly Comics, which is hosting an MvC3 release party complete with PS3 and Xbox 360 versions to play on four screens, and a round-robin tournament as well. Get there early—it’s gonna be a madhouse. -M.A.G.
3pm. Free. South Philly Comics, 1621 E. Passyunk Ave. 267.318.7855.
Calendar: Aug. 26-Sept. 2