11:30am. $40-$240. Appel Farm Arts & Music Center, 457 Shirley Rd, Elmer, NJ. 856.358.2472. appelfarm.org
Monster Jam–the stuff that little boy’s dreams are made of–is not just a day of giant-scale trucks flying through the air and crushing regular-sized cars like ants. It’s actually a competitive sporting event with a cumulative season and a World Final sanctioned by the U.S. Hot Rod Association. The Monster Jam is part demolition derby and part mud race, with a little bit of professional wrestling-style flair thrown in. Fans can attend the pre-event “Pit Party” autograph session and score photos with their favorites: Trucks with names like El Toro Loco, Brutus, Maximum Destruction (reigning World Champion in the race event), Avenger (reigning World Champion in the freestyle event), and of course, Grave Digger, a truck so monstrously popular that there have been 26 different iterations of the legendary vehicle, including nine that are currently active. Both loud and flashy, Monster Jam makes what used to be simple back-woods bogging thrilling and wheelies awe-inspiring. -Allison Krumm
Pit Party: 3-6pm; Show: 7pm. $10-$60. Lincoln Financial Field, 1020 Pattison Ave. 800.745.3000. monsterjam.com
Drexel Fashion Show
The artwork of Jean-Michel Basquiat, the poetry of Maya Angelou, the music of Miles Davis and the rural country sides of India and Morocco provided inspiration to this year’s graduating student designers for Drexel’s Fashion Show. Student collections will be eligible for awards from the labels they aspire to design for, including Abercrombie & Fitch, Burberry, Nicole Miller and Bela Shehu. Each collection will be critiqued from head to toe by a panel of judges whose resumes range from the hip and youth-targeted designs of Bela Shehu to the haute couture-minded Frank Agostino. There’s something for everyone in these collections: evening wear, men’s and women’s wear, sportswear and swimwear, children’s wear and lingerie. While most graduating students are fretting over what to wear underneath their caps and gowns, these students are certainly getting a more fashion-savvy send-off, graduating with style on the catwalk. -T.P.
4 and 8pm. $25-$50. Urban Outfitters Corporate Headquarters, 5000 S. Broad St. 215.895.2390. drexel.edu/westphal
Sunday, June 5
Blow Him Away Workshop
It’s just like sucking on a lollipop, right? Not quite. Although it might not be nearly as complex or magical as the female genitalia, if you’re under the impression that a penis is anything like a banana or any other inanimate, phallic-shaped object, this is just the workshop for you. An experienced sex guru will show you all types of creative tips and tricks to pleasing your man, whether it be with your hands, mouth or a battery operated device. If you can get your man off in ways he didn’t even know were possible, imagine what sort of demands you could make in return. Before scurrying on home to put your newfound knowledge to practice, peruse their selection of upscale, body safe adult novelties to kick the sexy up a notch. -N.F.
1pm. $20-$25. The Velvet Lily, 1040 N. Second St. thevelvetlily.com
Rittenhouse Art Show
Philadelphians have always had an entrepreneurial spirit, a go-getter, DIY attitude, which is what sets this city apart from others. So it’s no surprise that in June 1932 a group of Philadelphia art students, known as the Art Students League, set up shop in Rittenhouse Square hanging their work between the trees on clotheslines. Soon the small show, then called the Clothesline Show, grew to include not only students, but professionals and developed a reputation as a quality show. Today, the Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show is made up of artists from not only Philadelphia, but all over the country. This is the country’s oldest outdoor original art show and with such a distinction there’s no doubt a number of art lovers will be adding this event to their calendar. More than 140 artists will be in setting up shop in Rittenhouse Square and the full line up can be found online. Rain or shine artists are guaranteed to be there showing a diverse array or work. -Sydney Scott
11am-5pm. Free. Rittenhouse Square. 877.689.4112. rittenhousesquareart.com
Wildbirds & Peacedrums
Hailing from Sweden, Wildbirds & Peacedrums is the experimental-pop project of multi-instrumentalists Mariam Wallentin and Andreas Werliin. The husband-wife duo’s 2008 acclaimed debut, Heartcore, earned them the Swedish Jazz Act of the Year Award. While they clearly don’t make traditional jazz music, they express an improvisatory vibe that perhaps makes at least a comparison meaningful. Coupling body-rocking, shape-shifting beats with diving vocal harmonies, and wide open spaces resulting form minimal instrumentation, their highly nuanced, oddball compositions prove much too slippery for established categories. Similar to recent indie darlings like tUnE-yArDs and avant-diva Björk, their music is a smooth collage of diverse moments across the musical continuum, from R&B to Afrobeat and beyond. -Elliott Sharp
9pm. $10. With Yellow Ostrich. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com
Monday, June 6
The Baseball Project
Good idea and execution rarely meet cute as they do in the Baseball Project. The band’s driven by championship-caliber songwriters Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows) and Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate), backed by R.E.M. guitarist Mike Mills, and fueled with the rich lore of America’s pastime. “We’re more Ken Burns than Bob Dylan,” offers Wynn. While narrative’s more prominent than in their other projects, they deliver just as much pathos—even wringing a smidgen of sympathy for Roger Clemens on “Twilight of My Career,” a near-superhuman effort. They range from power to psych pop, delivered with whimsy and adoration that only comes from love. Don’t miss terrific openers the Bigger Lovers. -C.P.
8pm. $12-$15. With the Bigger Lovers. North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St. northstarbar.com
Tuesday, June 7
T-Pain and the Lonely Island buls set the world ablaze a while back with their tune “I’m On A Boat.” The message is very real: Life would be the shit if you had a boat at your disposal. Now, how ill would it be if you had a jet? That’s the lifestyle and mindset promoted by N’Awlins wordsmith Curren$y, and his Jet Life movement. The Spitta’s buzz has recently skyrocketed, yet he’s no new jack. In ’02, he signed with Master P at No Limit Records as a member of the 504 Boyz and a few years later he joined his former schoolmate Lil’ Wayne at Cash Money/Young Money. With neither situation poppin’ off like he wanted, he decided to go off on his own and beast the mixtape circuit and ghostwrite for the likes of Kanye West. Since 2009, Spitta’s released multiple studio albums comprised of fire production (most recently from Mobb Deep’s Alchemist on his Covert Coup release), flowed over with smooth rhymes about the 4 B’s of rap: broads, booze, bread and the almighty bud. He’s also been lauded for his performance on various Wiz Khalifa joints and label mate Ski Beatz’ 24 Hour Karate School album. Joined by his cohorts, Trademark, Young Roddy, Fiend and Corner Boy P, you’ll surely be a fan after seeing the Jet Life in action. -R.K.S.
8pm. $15-$17. The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888. thetroc.com
Calendar: March 25-April 1
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