Calendar: July 28-Aug. 3

This week we've got Shakespeare in Clark Park, the Black Keys, a hip-hop festival, a John Keats exhibit and more.

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Wednesday, July 28

Seu Jorge and Almaz
Here in the States, Seu Jorge is best known for the Bowie covers that provided the soundtrack to Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. In his native Brazil, however, Jorge is revered for reviving the art of samba, crossing the American soul of Stevie Wonder with the intricate rhythms of Carnival. For this tour Jorge has brought together an all-star backing band—Nacao Zumbi’s percussion phenom Pupillo and guitarist Lucio Maia, as well as City of God composer Antonio Pinto on bass. Their self-titled debut covers 12 wildly different songs—from Roy Ayers’s smouldery “Everybody Loves the Sunshine” to Michael Jackson’s “Rock with You”—and not a Bowie cut in sight. -Jennifer Kelly

8pm. $27.50-$29. Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Fairies and ass-headed weavers will frolic in West Philly this week as Clark Park’s Shakespearean players unfurl the Bard’s dizzy, donkey-loving comedy in an urban fairyland just off the 13 trolley line. With more love polygons than a romantic comedy and enough slapstick to keep the ankle-biters entertained, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is old Will at his light-hearted best. Bring lawn chairs and blankets and settle back to watch as a rascally elf brews love potions, a quartet of young lovers duel and hop beds and a ragtag band of actors try their hands at Greek tragedy… at a wedding reception. Those actors might be in over their (donkey) heads with Ovid, but the Clark Park company knows its way around Shakespeare. -Lauren Smith

Through Aug. 1. 7pm. Free. Clark Park Bowl, 43rd St. and Chester Ave. 215.462.2115.

Thursday, July 29

Antibalas Rhythm Orchestra
Around the time world music came back from being the soundtrack to over-the-hill new-ager parties and returned to its rightful place as an influential blast from a far better past, Antibalas Rhythm Orchestra got picked up from its New York circuit by Ninja Tune, a label made famous by DJs and producers like Amon Tobin and Kid Koala. Antibalas’ unapologetic adherence to the roots of their style set them apart from their less traditional labelmates, and a bunch of nerds got to see what a real multi-piece band looks like when it kills. From Harlem gatherings to mountain hippiefests to the Kimmel Center, their shows are a sure spectacle. -Abdullah Saeed

8:30pm. $20. Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater, 260 S. Broad St. 215.731.3333.

The Fall Fest
Found-text artist Anthony Campuzano’s Summer Studio at the Institute of Contemporary Art sounds more like arts camp for adults than a residency: through July, the museum’s second floor has hosted open-to-the-public happenings like coloring workshops, drawing classes, dance parties and screenings organized by the Philly-based Pew Fellow and selected colleagues. The Fall Fest is a celebration of the Mark E. Smith-helmed band’s abrasive, cult post-punk—somewhere between a fan-club meeting and multimedia scrapbooking workshop. Campuzano has selected music and footage to present, and he’ll share his own tale of seeing the Fall live. Brooklyn-based bizarro artist/experimental musician Fritz Welch will also perform. The only thing keeping the evening’s entertainment from imploding under its own hipness is that there’s an Urban Outfitters across the street. -Alexandra Jones

6pm. Free. ICA, 118 S. 36th St. 215.898.7108.

The Miser
Molière rebelled against his aristocratic upbringing by pursuing a life of the stage, penning some of the most damning critiques of the social customs of his day. Despite legal and financial difficulty, familial and social ostracization and imprisonment, his satirical bite remained deep and ferocious.  The Miser is the story of a man who values money over all else, turning his family, friends, and neighbors into enemies who threaten to inhibit his voracious appetite for capital.  Their well-being is jeopordized as a consequence of this insatiable greed and selfishness.  Tragedy, comedy and farce ensue when the miser’s cash disappears. The Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company’s choice of the Piazza at Schmidt’s as the stage for this awfully timely tale is, uh, let’s say interesting. -Elliott Sharp

7pm. Free. Piazza at Schmidts, Second St. + Germantown Ave. 215.467.4603.

Friday, July 30

The Black Keys
Critics have been slobbering all over the new Black Keys album Brothers like Jenna Haze, and rightfully so—the Ohio duo’s latest fiery garage-blues opus isn’t just their best LP (and given the quality of the five previous ones, that’s no small feat), it’s one of the best rock ’n roll albums to come along in years. Singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach can still howl with the best of ’em, and when his blistering riffs rivet themselves to drummer Patrick Carney’s Bonham stomp, the Keys are a runaway freight train plowing through a Mississippi swamp. But on Brothers, they’ve seamlessly integrated funk grooves, Motown soul, and even synthetic beats for a total sound that’s astounding and career-defining. -Michael Alan Goldberg

6:30pm. $32. With the Morning Benders. Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd. and Chestnut St.

Keats Love Letters
Spoiler alert: At the end of the first Sex and the City movie, Big wins back the heart of a jilted Carrie Bradshaw by emailing her, verbatim, excerpts from the book Love Letters of Great Men and Women. Moral of the story? Modern romance doesn’t take much creativity, just a willingness to stand on the shoulders of great (and greatly sentimental) men from a time when snail mail was a necessity. At the Rosenbach, one of Philly’s most charming, bygone-era locations, boyfriends in the doghouse and gaggles of girls looking for a more intellectual chick flick experience can take advantage of this concept with Love Letters. Visitors on this hands-on tour will get a rare peek at original copies of letters from the likes of John Keats. -Hannah Keyser

3pm. Free with admission, $8-$10. Rosenbach Museum, 2008-2010 Delancey Place. 215.732.1600.

Saturday, July 31

Mad Decent Block Party
Though the crowdsurfing of the dog mascot in a Vick jersey and the super soaker fights might be the first things that come to mind, some may recall that the day of last year’s Mad Decent Block Party was a scorcher. This year, nearby bar the Institute is prepared for the third annual shindig thrown by Diplo and his posse, with a ‘sprinkler room,’ a 12’x12’x10’ PVC exoskeleton that spritzes water onto the streets of Spring Garden via 40 to 50 small holes. This large outdoor fixture is not for everyday use.  But, on days like the block party, owner Charlie Collazo deems it fit to hook to a fire hydrant. His kids gave it a test run last week, but now it’ll be unveiled to the public. Not a bad way to break - or melt - the ice with your neighbors. -Mark Maurer

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1. Joe T. said... on Aug 4, 2010 at 01:30PM

“Great to see Elliott Sharp is writing for the Philadelphia Weekly. I've been a fan of his music since the early 80s. Does he live in Philly now?”


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