Wednesday, July 17
Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside
This Portland, Ore., based indie-rock act stormed the scene with their debut album in 2011 and have been busy ever since. The raw emotion of their music has fueled them to appear on Letterman, play Bonnaroo, make some famous fans (Jack White and the Avett Brothers) and release their second proper album, Untamed Beast, all in just a few short years. 9pm. $12-$14. Milkboy, 1100 Chestnut St. milkboyphilly.com
Screening: Bernadette Corporation
Avant-garde enthusiasts have a chance to see back-to-back screenings of two films by Bernadette Corporation, a New York-based collective of artists, writers, filmmakers and fashion designers. Philosophical fashion film Hell Frozen Over explores the vapid undertones of mass entertainment, while Get Rid of Yourself delves into the Genoa riots of 2001 and political activism as a whole. 7pm. Free. Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th St. 215.898.5911. icaphila.org
A Late Night with Late Capitalism: A Variety Show
Hosted by members of Philly Socialists, audiences get to explore the effects that capitalism has on the art world through a series of short acts, featuring people like Gino Wong, founder of Red Records, and Robyn Campbell of Weave Magazine. 8pm. $5. Goldilocks Gallery, 723 Chestnut St. goldilocks-gallery.tumblr.com
Thursday, July 18
QFest Premiere: In the Name Of
Of the countless titles at Philadephia’s QFest, In The Name Of may shine brighter than most. There’s camp, and there are documentaries, but it’s the dramas that are tough to get right. For whatever reason, in queer cinema, it’s so easy for filmmakers to go down the wrong road, ultimately showcasing weak attempts at capturing genuine, heartfelt emotion. That’s really what we’re after when it comes to dramatic stories, right? In The Name Of has more than enough in this regard; it’s the tale of a physically and emotionally tough priest, Father Adam, who comes to the Polish countryside via Warsaw to run a home for troubled boys. He is devout, and he has pure faith, but he also cannot deny that some of these boys—eventually one in particular—are making him feel things he wish he wasn’t.
In the Name Of captures the turmoil within a good man who’s been told his whole life a few things: Priests are to be celibate and quell desire in a godly fashion; living a life of devotion will often yield loneliness, and, above all, wanting to fuck your same-gendered church patrons is a mortal sin. This story’s one in which you can only empathize with a decent human being who’s struggling with all of these tenets telling him he’s monstrous. Exploring an argument within the Catholic Church that rarely gets portrayed in such a fair, complex way, In the Name Of is one of the best films at QFest. Missing it would be a shame. / BILL CHENEVERT
5pm. $11. Ritz at the Bourse, 400 Ranstead St. 215.440.1181. qfest.com
South Philly Review’s Pizza Olympics
Who remembers the first time they ate pizza? You’d think something as momentous as initiation into the cult of saucy perfection would carve vivid memories onto the walls of the squishy thing between one’s ears, but I, for one, got nothing. Still, while the genesis of my passion for round flatbread may be unknown, I’m certain the obsession is destructive; I will eat pizza either until I perish, or until there is no more. And quality comes second to gluttony.
That’s why the Fifth Annual Pizza Olympics, brought to us by the fine folks at South Philly Review (PW’s sister publication), is a daunting challenge for all. For the cost of a medium pie, you can devour slices galore from more than 15 pizza parlors—as much as your pants are capable of stretch-accomodating for three hours. The pies being served up will be judged to win gold, silver or bronze medals in categories including crust, sauce, creative toppings, types of pizza and overall favorite. The bad news: Like the real Olympics, the losers will sulk. The good news: The probability they will have greasy fingers and stained aprons is significantly higher. Now, don’t expect a bunch of frou-frou faux pies thrown together to impress foodies—the stuff on offer tonight is the real deal, lovingly made by people with a time-tested passion for the circular and savory. Be prepared to have a good cry when you discover each one is deserving of that sweet, precious medal. (It’s also possible that crying will be from a lack of air reaching your lungs as you wolf down a planetary mass of pizza one piece at a time.) Thankfully, the crew at Penn’s Landing Caterers, where the event takes place, realize with all that doughy goodness, parched palates will require refreshing, so drink specials are on offer throughout the event to those in need—and of age.
There’s no guarantee you’ll find either salvation or a new favorite pizza joint in these yeasty halls.
But leaving happily stuffed and sweating mozzarella is promised. / MICHAEL BRADY
Thurs., July 18, 6pm. $15. Penn’s Landing Caterers, 1301 Columbus Blvd. southphillyreview.com
The Hype!’s Summer Rock ‘N Roll Show
The Hype! returns to World Cafe Live to host a summer music party featuring the best in all genres of local music. Some confirmed bands include Drown the Silence, Damon Hamilton, James Rouse, Christian Porter, Ginger Coyle, Sarah Flynn and more. 8pm. $9. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. philly.worldcafelive.com
Live Jazz at Hawthorne Park
The recently built Hawthorne Park plays host to a monthly jazz concert, and July’s offering is sure to be one of the best as the Renaissance Quartet and bassist Tyrone Brown take the stage. One of the most respected bassists in jazz music, locally-bred Brown has been a fixture on the jazz circuit long enough that he was able to play with the legendary Max Roach. 7pm. Free. Hawthorne Park, 12th and Catherine sts. jazzbridge.org
Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure
Oh, Pee-Wee Herman. If not for the ‘80s, you’d just be regular old Paul Reubens, funny but creepy actor/comedian. Watch the man-child ride a bicycle onto a Twisted Sister music video shoot while being chased by Santa Claus as part of the Awesome Fest film screenings. 9pm. Free. Drexel Park, 32nd St. and Powelton Ave. theawesomefest.com
Philly Loves Guru
In loving memory of Guru, the MC of Gang Starr, Pete Rock, the progenitor of so many great producers and complex, beautiful beats, will be on the tables to raise money for the American Cancer Society. 9pm. $17-$20. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com
Friday, July 19
Jeff Thomas’ All-Volunteer Army
In an industry that can seem chock-full of singer-songwriters who don the mandatory skinny jeans and torn T-shirt and mimic Bob Dylan, talking to Jeff Thomas is exciting. The guy is nice. His emergence offers some hope that maybe this industry isn’t just full of hubristic wannabes after all. That’s because Thomas—who sings and plays piano and guitar in Jeff Thomas’ All-Volunteer Army—wants to treat audiences to a good time above all else. “My goal is always to make a show as high-energy and fun and interactive as possible, so people get their money’s worth,” Thomas says. “People aren’t buying CDs anymore, so the show is everything now.”
If his aim is to get people out of their seats, he’s certainly got the right group of musicians. With a full horn section in tow to complement more traditional rock-band instrumentation, Jeff Thomas’ All-Volunteer Army sounds like vintage Ben Folds Five going to lunch with the Talking Heads. In other words, it’s music that’ll make you want to dance. Despite having only formed this past January, the band’s already earned some impressive accolades, including a first-place finish at the Philadelphia Songwriters Awards, winning fans with their cheery melodies and energetic shows. Thomas and his All-Volunteer Army seem poised to stand out from the rest of the pretentious, jaded pack. Sign yourself up for a really good time. / MAX UFBERG
8pm. $13-$15. With Divers + Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather Five. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. philly.worldcafelive.com
July Films at the Fish
Area filmmakers and content producers will be showing work at the Walking Fish Theatre throughout the month. Tonight, view several shorts, as well as Steven Saylor’s Bodies, a murder mystery involving a news reporter, a police photographer and their respective obsessions. 8pm. $7. Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford Ave. walkingfishtheatre.org
Unfinished Business: Art in Process
Too often we focus on the finished product. This exhibit explores the processes and means used to create art. Highwire members and guests will display new work and continue last month’s Cheap Art Wall. Through July 28. Highwire Gallery, 2040 Frankford Ave. highwiregallery.com
Multi-instrumentalist Michael Sarason is the leader of the Pinstripes, a pop/reggae/soul act that’s been active since 2003. While he has always remained a constant within the band, other members have come and gone quite frequently, leading the outfit to be known as a who’s-who of Cincinnati’s rich music scene. 9:30pm. $10. With The Echo Cellar Rockers and The Snails. Milkboy, 1100 Chestnut St. 215.925.6455. milkboyphilly.com
The Best New Artist Grammy winners return to Philly to tour behind their humongous sophomore album, Some Nights. The album delivered them from obscurity and turned them into an act that can sell 10 million singles, two of which topped the charts for months. 8pm. $29.50-$39.50. With Tegan and Sara. Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave. 215.546.7900. manncenter.org
Secret Cinema: Hollywood Party
The AIDS Law Project holds its 14th annual Summer Movie Party. This year’s feature is Hollywood Party, a 1934 film about an actor who plays jungle inhabitant Schnarzan the Conqueror and a fiasco with some man-eating lions. Enjoy food, drinks and conversation about supporting the AIDS Law Project, the nation’s only independent public-interest law firm that provides free legal assistance to people with HIV and AIDS. 6pm. $20-$25. William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce St. 215.587.9377. aidslawpa.org
My Dinner with Dito: A How to Be Gay Cabaret
This may be the only time a bearded lady invites you to dinner; how can you say no? London Grill and Paris Wine Bar provide the refreshments while the Bearded Ladies provide the entertainment and an exploration of stereotypes and what it means to be gay. 8pm. $20-$25. Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St. wilmatheater.org
PLUNGE: The Official QFest Afterparty
Philly’s LGBTQ community takes over North Shore Beach Club for a night of poolside games, food and drinks celebrating QFest, the LGBT film festival. 9pm. $10. North Shore Beach Club,
1031 Germantown Ave. northshorebeachclub.com
Saturday, July 20
7th Annual Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival
The People’s Emergency Center is an organization that, as a motto, seeks to “nurture families, strengthen neighborhoods and drive change in West Philadelphia.” More specifically, they want to help homeless single mothers via sound programming, emergency shelter and residences, job training and countless other methods of removing barriers to success. What better way is there to support such a necessary agency than through the annual Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival? An all-day affair now in its seventh iteration, free performances start at noon and will run up to 7 p.m., but much earlier—at 10 a.m.—you can start browsing local booths of area artisans and participate in a family health challenge. It’s the free live music that’s the big draw, though, and boy, have they pulled together some rock solid talent this year.
The biggest name is that of Tim Warfield, whose expert sax technique has garnered the man a well-deserved Grammy nod. However, perfectly capturing the nature of the day will be inspiring performances from the city’s youth arts collectives: the Clef Club Youth Ensemble and the West Powelton Steppers. Catch sets from Glenn Bryan, local smooth jazz purveyors Philayva and the motherland-inspired Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble. So, no, it’s not all jazz, and it’s definitely not all sleepy improv runs or meandering solos. There’s sure to be a mix of R&B, dance and world music, plus, it’s all for a great cause. But some free outdoor jazz, lifted up by the community and funneled into philanthropy, doesn’t sound so bad, either. / B.C.
10am. Free. Saunders Park Greene, 39th Street and Powelton Avenue. pec-cares.org
Summer Ale Festival at the Philadelphia Zoo
What could be better than an evening dedicated to sampling crisp regional craft beers and devouring delectable local cuisine? Doing it all the while gazing upon exotically colored birds and powerfully majestic big cats, of course! This one-of-a-kind beer tasting event is a must, and although ticket prices range from $35-$95, it includes a souvenir tasting cup, on-site parking, and shuttle service to and from 30th Street Station. 6:30pm. $35-$95. Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave. philadelphiazoo.org
Celebrate the EP release for producer Justin Chapman’s new electro-pop project, Citadel. An example of his pop sensibility can be heard on the track “Weight of the World,” which comes complete with a female vocalist on the chorus and a tune that sounds like you’ve heard it a million times before. 9:30pm. $10-$12. With Cheers Elephant, W.C. Lindsay, and Lucy Stone. Milkboy, 1100 Chestnut St. 215.925.6455. milkboyphilly.com
WALKS & TOURS
Tired of spending your Saturday nights at a bar in Old City? Well, here’s the perfect chance to see Old City through a historic, and creepy, lens. How else can you meet the ghost of Ben Franklin and learn about Independence Hall? 7:30pm. $22.50. Washington Square, 600 Walnut St. watsonadventures.com/public/location/philadelphia
Absolutepunk.net, Relentless News and Aesthetic Heart Promotions have gotten together to bring you 2013’s installment of Midsummer Mayhem at the Troc. There will be two stages pumping out music, including acts like Palisades, a post-hardcore band from New Jersey, whose debut album, Outcasts, was just released this May. 6pm. $13-$16. With Palisades, Us, From Outside, The Gift of Ghosts, After the Glory, Mercy Starts with Me, and Stealing Skies. Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888. thetroc.com
Summer Slam 2013
From the gritty street knowledge of Chic Raw, to the more light-hearted and youthful sound of Tayyib Ali, all the bases are covered with this solid group of Philly-area rappers. 7pm. $20. With Chic Raw, Inner City Hustlers, Dollarboyz, Tayyib Ali and Young Savage. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011. tlaphilly.com
This has got to be the coolest way to run: taking on a 5k through a electronically-decked-out Fairmount Park, with neon lights and dance beats thumping along the trail to make you feel like you’re living in Avatar. With glowstick-donned runners, bright neon trees and enough strobe lights to make Daft Punk happy, this is going to be fun. 8:45pm. $45-$70. Fairmount Park, 4231 N. Concourse Dr.
Dance the night away to garage rock, old school punk and Britpop at the Gold Digger Go-Go Party. Add in the $2 PBR, and you’re sure to have a night to remember, or one you wish you could. 10pm. $5. Khyber Pass Pub. 56 S. Second St. khyberpasspub.com
The Stroehmann Back on My Feet 20in24 Challenge
Running enthusiasts have a bevy of options to choose from with the Stroehmann races, which loop around the 8.4-mile Schuylkill River. With races ranging from the intense Ultra-Marathon to the cool Midnight Madness dash, there’s something here to appeal to everyone. And with proceeds benefiting Back on My Feet, which battles homelessness, you’re running for a good cause. Through July 21. Lloyd Hall, One Boat House Row, Schuylkill River. 20in24.com
Sunday, July 21
After catching fire and then fizzling out in the early 2000s, former rap metal crew/current Christian rock band P.O.D. are back with new music. The San Diego-founded outfit’s not rocking the same crowds as they did during the “Alive” years, but the band, whose initials stand for “Payable on Death,” a reference to Jesus dying on the cross, has continually put out albums over the last decade. Their ninth, Murdered Love, hit streets last summer. The LP’s third and latest single, “Beautiful,” is sort of an Uncle Kracker mashup of easy listening and late ‘90s alt-rock that makes you wait for it to break out. The chorus, “Life is beautiful!” isn’t so much catchy as it is inspiring for the right listener.
The four-man force is on tour with Flyleaf, a female-fronted Christian metal group who’ve actually recorded music with P.O.D. frontman Sonny Sandoval—though even through references to spirituality and the link in their music, and the proclamation they “we all share the same faith,” former lead vocalist Lacey Sturm had a hard time admitting that was the case. “It’s hard to say that because people all have a different definition of what that means,” she told Atlantic City Weekly. “If it means that we’re Christians, then yeah, we’re Christians, but if a plumber’s a Christian, does that make him a “Christian plumber?”
If you miss church, but make it to this show, Jesus will probably forgive you. / TESS MUMFORD
7pm. $25. With Flyleaf, Manafest + Stars In Stereo. Theater of Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011. tlaphilly.com
AWB Presents Fiddler on the Roof
Acting Without Boundaries is an organization that puts on theater productions comprised of physically disabled actors. A favorite of musical theatre, Fiddler manages to express joy while danger looms ever closer. 4pm. $20. Arden Theatre, 40 N. Second St. 610.922.8240. ardentheatre.org
Star Wars Day
Bring your kids to see a museum bedecked with Star Wars toys from the past and present. All your favorite characters will be walking around as well; you can even ask Han who shot first. 11am. $16. Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic. 215.581.3181. pleasetouchmuseum.org
Washington Square Community Collection
Get into the spirit of giving by supplying some items for children in need. Thomas Jefferson eschewed the afterlife in order to make an appearance, so you know it’s for a good cause. 2pm. Free. 210 W. Washington Square. cradlestocrayons.org
Monday, July 22
Weird Al was at one of his peaks of weirdness in the late ‘80s, culminating in the creation of a movie that was disliked by critics, but loved by audiences. Don’t you want to see a slightly less spastic Kramer as the host of a television program? Of course you do! 8pm. Free. The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888. thetroc.com
Although she was once the vocalist and keyboardist for Decoder Ring, Lenka’s solo career is mostly comprised of atmospheric pop songs ala Björk. Her latest, Shadows, was recorded while she was pregnant with her first child, adding an intense intimacy that blends with the more psychedelic sound she’d undertaken to create a unique album that borrows from some respected artists, but never fails to stay current. 8pm. $14. With Satellite. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. philly.worldcafelive.com
Dr. Oliver Sacks: Hallucinations
The great mind behind The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat discusses the importance of hallucinations with Anna Dhody, curator at the Mutter Museum. 7:30pm. $15. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322. freelibrary.org
Tuesday, July 23
Daniel Bergner: What Do Women Want?
New York Times contributor Daniel Bergner has made a nonfiction literary career on human sexuality. His latest, What Do Women Want? Adventures in the Science of Female Desire, sort of goes against everything we learned after Mel Gibson electrocuted himself, slipped and fell in a bathroom, then didn’t die. Bergner instead argues that women are biologically more inclined than men to want lots of sex, despite the societal stigma telling us otherwise.
According to an excerpt from the Guardian, Bergner cites a study in which women were subjected to all sorts of porn, plugged with a plethysmograph—“a miniature bulb and light sensor placed inside the vagina”—to see their bodily reactions to different types of people (and species) fornicating. The women were also shown a pair of bonobos—which are apes—having sex on film. The plethysmograph looked to measure, at the most primitive level, the women’s blood flow during certain scenes, as compared to their admissions during oral interviews, and it was all done to see what turns them on. “While they watched, they also held a keypad on which they rated their own feelings of arousal,” Begner writes. “[Physiological and self-reported scores] hardly matched at all.” Women, the study found, whether gay or straight, were physically aroused by everything they saw. Mentally, not so much—which really does prove that their sex organ is the brain. Hetero- and homosexual men, on the other hand, reacted more in accordance with their self-reports. Duh—like it’s a secret that their lower head rules the upper.
Interested in knowing more? Come hear Bergner bare all. / RANDY LOBASSO
7:30pm. Free. Free Library of Philadelphia, Central Branch. 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322. freelibrary.org
Disney’s Fantasia Live in Concert
The Philadelphia Orchestra originally recorded the music for the wonder-filled Fantasia more than 70 years ago. Hear their musical descendants reclaim the Disney classic as parts of the movie are played in tandem. 8pm. $15-$49.50. Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave. 215.878.0400. manncenter.org
Dr. Patch Adams Speaks
The real Patch, not the completely annoying one from the movie, will hold a discussion about his version of health care today. The good doctor is looking to open a free clinic in Philly. 6:30pm. Free. Geary Auditorium, 245 N. 15th St. paulglover.org/patchvisit.html
Wednesday, July 24
Nothing Like Chocolate
Follow Mott Green, anarchist chocolatier and founder of Grenada Chocolate Company, as he uncovers alternatives to an industry riddled with corporate greed, unfair practices, and tasteless synthetic products. 8pm. $8. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. 215.387.5125. ihousephilly.org
Colum McCann: TransAtlantic
New York Times best-selling author Colum McCann will present his newest work, TransAtlantic, a novel which mixes fact and fiction and spans centuries and continents. 7:30pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322. freelibrary.org
Out of Town
An Evening with David Silva
After selling out 2011’s Festival of Arts, Books and Culture, best-selling author David Silva is making a comeback to this year’s festival to present his newest thriller, The English Girl, recently highlighted as the No. 1 best book on Amazon. Thurs., July 18, 7:30pm. $10. Katz Jewish Community Center, 1301 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill, N.J. 856.424.4444. katzjcc.org
“Summer in the City” Concert Series
Enjoy a family-friendly performance by Ju-Tuan, mingle with the community, catch some rays and scoop some free water ice courtesy of Rita’s at the third concert of this month’s free series. Thurs., July 18, 5:30pm. Free. Cooper Commons Park, Fourth and Clinton sts., Camden, N.J.
Best of Main Line Party
Sip and sample plates from dozens of the Main Line’s best, and enjoy live entertainment by Jellyroll, all for the benefit of nonprofit behavioral health organization Devereux, a national network of clinical, therapeutic, educational and employment programs to help children and adults to develop strong emotional and social health. Thurs., July 18, 6pm. $45-$65. Drexelbrook, 4700 Drexelbrook Dr. Drexel Hill. mainlinetoday.com
Catch Weezy perform singles like “6 Foot Seven Foot,” “Lollipop” and “A Milli,” as well as tracks off the highly anticipated new compilation album Rich Gang: Flashy Lifestyle. Sat., July 20, 6pm. $29.75-$145. Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J.
Pick up a few life lessons about friendship, acceptance, love and everyday struggles from a cast of potty-mouthed people and puppets in this gut-busting performance. Always remember: “The Internet is for porn.” Wed., July 24, 7:30pm. $15-$20. Collingswood Community Theatre, 315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood, N.J. collingswoodcommunitytheatre.com
Compiled by Lauren Arute, Nicole Bonaccorso, Michael Brady, Anthony Trivelli and Max Ufberg
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