Wednesday, June 12
The ‘80s female pop rock/new wave pioneers just can’t quit. They made history as the first all-female band to top the Billboard charts, and they wrote their own songs and played their own instruments. This week, see the enduring original lineup play their original hits, as well as some new ones. 8pm. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. kewsicktheatre.com
Dreamers and Doers
This speaker series features individuals who embody an entrepreneurial, uniquely American spirit. The first guest is renowned high-end shoe designer and UPenn graduate Stuart Weitzman. 7pm. $18-$25. National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall East. nmajh.org
F. Harold Comedy Festival
This Philly-only festival showcases homegrown talent in comedy, sketch and stand-up. Tonight’s performance, hosted by Vegas Lancaster, includes standup comedian Ben Findler, Scary Mo’fo’s long-form improv, sketch artist Zacherle and many others. 6pm. $10-$25. Walnut Street Theatre,
825 Walnut St. 267.278.5250. fharoldpresents.com
Grupo Fantasma is a Grammy Award-winning 11-piece Latin salsa band that has been doing things their own way for more than 10 years. Unafraid to take musical risks and fuse genres, this band is one to catch live and in person. 8pm. $7.50-$13. The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St. theblockley.com
Thursday, June 13
Most cheese houses worth their rinds have a book behind them, but as of just a few months ago, our own Di Bruno Bros. did not. Tenaya Darlington has put an end to that sad circumstance with Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese: A Guide to Wedges, Recipes, and Pairings, a guidebook and memoir based upon her many tastings at the Philly landmark.
Darlington began her food writing career at the Madison, Wis., Isthmus, where she worked as the alt-weekly’s food and features editor from 1999 to 2005. “That’s where I became interested in cheese because, of course, Wisconsin is this big cheese state,” she says. As the food contact, cheese makers would go directly to her with their cheeses and related features, “schooling me in the world of artisan cheese.”
When she moved to Philly to work as a writing professor at St. Joseph’s University, Darlington began going into Di Bruno Bros. to fish out those curds she missed. “I would go in, have a little taste of home, meet people in line,” she says, “The cheese mongers were so excited that I would ask for these obscure Midwestern cheeses and say, ‘Well, if you like that, you might like this.’”
Darlington started carrying a notebook to Di Bruno Bros. on weekends, taking notes on pairings and stories about its cheeses. She soon began transcribing those anecdotes on her popular blog, Madame Fromage, which she says started partly, well, as a joke. That joke has turned her into one of the city’s leading cheese connoisseurs in the Delaware Valley. / Randy LoBasso
6pm. Free. UPenn Bookstore, 3601 Walnut St. 215.898.7595. upenn.bncollege.com
Baltimore Ave. Dollar Stroll
The merchants of Baltimore Avenue, from 42nd to 50th streets, open their doors and offer their goods for $1 this week. Food and drink, pet toys, yoga classes and vinyl records are among the items for sale at this popular West Philly event. 5:30pm. Free. Baltimore Ave. between 42nd and 50th Sts. 215.243.0555. universitycity.org
Four New Authors at the Trans Health Conference
The focus of this unique conference is promoting transgender health and awareness. Four new fiction and nonfiction authors, including Dr. Michele Angello, author of On the Couch with Dr. Angello: A Guide to Raising and Supporting Transgender Youth, will share their work about the transgender experience. 7:15pm. Free. Giovanni’s Room Bookstore, 345 S. 12th St. 215.923.2960.
5 into 1 Exhibition
This annual sculpted art show gathers work from recent graduates of five Philly art schools: Moore, Tyler, UPenn, UArts and the Academy of Fine Arts. Illustrator Adam Mazur curates this year’s exhibition. 3:15pm. Free. Moore College of Art and Design, 20th St. and the Parkway. 215.965.4027. moore.edu
Memory is the theme of this play conceived and directed by Michael Durkin with The Renegade Company. Tennessee Williams’ iconic The Glass Menagerie is performed as a de-constructivist point of reference. 9pm. $20. Church of the Crucifixion, 620 S. 8th St. 215.922.1128. therenegadecompany.org
Friday, June 14
Skate Shop/676 Skate Reception
As the Philadelphia School District continues to face a gaping deficit, art education in our public schools could very well soon become obsolete. Thankfully, this city happens to be home to nonprofit art organizations like the Asian Arts Initiative, which is dedicated to providing a creative outlet to local youngsters—opportunities far beyond the usual popsicle-stick houses and macaroni art—through its Youth Arts Workshop (YAW), an arts program for kids in middle and high school. Back in April, the program invited a group of middle school students at Southwark School to design their own skateboards, stickers and T-shirts under the guidance of Seattle-based multi-disciplinary artist and designer Nin Truong, as well as AAI staff members and local teaching artist Nicole Schaller. During field trips and 2-D and 3-D building workshops, the students explored creative economies through art and design, printmaking and skate culture, using their acquired skills and knowledge to ultimately assemble a pop-up “mock skate shop.” Currently filling the storefront window of the YAW space, these kid’s skateboards and apparel are not only an obvious must-see for members of Philly’s skate scene, but for anyone under the impression that art education is expendable. Be sure to keep an eye and ear out for the other exceptional exhibitions and events AAI has in store as it celebrates its 20th anniversary, including the Chinatown North/Callowhill neighborhood festival in September. / N.F.
6pm. Free. Through Sept. 27. Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine St. 215.557.0455. asianartsinitiative.org
The Awesome Fest launches a 10-week citywide film and music festival celebrating everyone’s favorite decade of yesteryear: the 1980s. All 30 of the outdoor film screenings are presented free of charge. The party kicks off with the Psychedelic Furs’ show at the Troc. The British new wave darlings’ sound ranges from bubbly (see: “Heaven”) and menacing (see: “Sister Europe”) to downright infectious (see: “Love My Way”), but never loses its underlying pop sensibility. Through August 17. Various Times. Free. Various Locations. theawesomefest.com
Film Al Fresco
This outdoor film series pairs independent directors with delicious food truck cuisine. The first edition of the film fest features a screening of Jeremy Waltman’s Locomotive, with eats by Foo Truck and Lil’ Pop Shop. The film centers on a musician who left his former band for greener pastures, only to find that he couldn’t replicate his former success. 8pm. Free. Through July 26. Moore College of Art and Design, 20th St. and the Parkway. 215.965.4027. thegalleriesatmoore.org
Laura Antoniou: The Killer Wore Leather
In Laura Antoniou’s latest murder mystery novel, The Killer Wore Leather, one of N.Y.C.’s only “out” detectives, Rebecca Feldblum, is assigned to investigate the murder of a leather/BDSM/fetish ball attendee. As she tallies up all the people who may have had reason to commit the crime, she learns way more than she expected about both the sexual underworld and her own past. 5:30pm. Free. Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St. giovannisroom.com
Learn how to stretch and mold your own mozzarella at home. This hands-on course also features a taste-testing of several types of Pasta Fillata cheese and wine. 6pm. $50. Valley Shepherd Creamery at Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th St. 908.876.3200. valleyshepherd.com
These Jersey-bred punk-infused indie guys released their third album, Local Business, last year. The record finds the group considerably more introspective than in the past, with the obviously titled “My Eating Disorder,” going in depth to describe singer Patrick Stickles’ battle with mental health and food. 8:30pm. $15. With Little Big League. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100. utphilly.com
The Squidling Brothers host their underground party of outlandish performance art featuring freaks, fire, perverted and disturbed puppets, burlesque, sword swallowing, aerial acrobatics and more. Along with the usual cast of fire performers, dancers and sideshow freaks, Carnivolution will feature local and national touring bands and special guest sideshow performers from across the country. 8pm. $10. Ellen Powell Tiberino Museum, 3819 Hamilton St. 215.386.3784. squidlingbros.com
Saturday, June 15
Rock of Ages
All the stiffly permed, popular hair metal from the ‘80s has been encased in cheese and immortalized in this rock musical. And just like glam metal or Tom Cruise, it comes on strong and never knows when to stop. 8pm. $20-$100. Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St. kimmelcenter.org
Pronounced, “chk chk chk,” this roving, dance-centric, genre-defying coalition has strobe lights and disco balls infused into their skin. The latest EP, THR!!!ER, is a solid chunk of lean funk that will bite down hard when its hooks get a chance to breathe and bleed. 8:30pm. $15. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100. utphilly.com
Time to honor the guy who ignored your pleas for candy past midnight and believes the instructions are wrong when he can’t put together IKEA furniture. Head to the Piazza today to experience 30 vendors ready to provide entertainment for the little folk as poppykins holds all those bags and searches for a bench. 11am. Free. Piazza at Schmidt’s, 1050 N. Hancock St. papapaloozaphilly.com
The neo soul movement may have sputtered out, but Cody ChestnuTT has kept the dim light flickering after a mild absence. His lo-fi productions have so much soul, they scream for absolution. 7pm. $16-$26. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. worldcafelive.com
TuRae’s Birthday Comedy Festival
The three-day celebration of TuRae Gordon, the Philly comic on the rise, will fittingly stuff as much comedy and bombast into the halls of Laff House as possible. The bombast will be supplied solely by Ed Lover, the former host of Yo! MTV Raps!, and emcee of the festival. 7:30pm. $32.50 Laff House Comedy Club, 221 South St. laffhouse.com
An open-air market right off the Schuylkill, filled with all your “creative” friends and that one guy who likes to macramé jean shorts, will take place every Saturday until the end of November. Come check out the weekly changing vendors, and score some unique finds. 10am-5pm. 23rd and Arch sts.
Sunday, June 16
Alie & the Brigades’ Invisible River
Picture this: It’s a warm Sunday evening. You’re lounging in Fairmount Park surrounded by friends and/or family, watching the sun set over the Schuylkill River. Sounds lovely, right? Now, imagine this same scenario, but with a nine-member chorus dancing around colorful sculptures while two bodies dangle from the Strawberry Mansion Bridge in the distance.
That’s exactly what you can expect when the eclectic crew of artists better known as Alie & the Brigade take over the parking lot near the bridge for two unforgettable free public performances of Invisible River. Known for their thought-provoking and highly imaginative works, the Philly-based dance theater company is actually no stranger to the Schuylkill waters, having rallied up 400 people for nighttime canoe rides in the river for a past production.
Featuring a carnival-esque installation from the artists of the Cultural Arts Program at the PDDC, the haunting compositions of local songwriter Elliott Harvey and a series of dance pieces choreographed by founding member Alie Vidich, Invisible River aims to change the audience’s perception of the Schuylkill. Following the show, Vidich will discuss her vision to create an annual performing arts festival advocating for public access to the river, stressing that, on most days, its waters are deemed safe for swimming by the Philadelphia Water Department.
“The idea of humans swimming in bodies of water close to where they live is quite natural,” she says. “It represents how even as humans, we are not that far removed from these natural resources ... it instills a sense of freedom and calmness that you don’t feel in a closed pool.”
Arrive early to enjoy onsite vending from Cosmic Café, and stick around for a dance party hosted by Maggy’s Rooftop Aerial. If you can’t make it out, keep in mind the troupe will be doing it all again on Sunday, June 23, when they’ll be joined by Little Baby’s Ice Cream—and a full moon. / Nicole Finkbiner
8pm. Free. Strawberry Mansion Bridge, Ford Rd. and Kelly Dr. alieandthebrigade.org
People have been celebrating James Joyce’s Ulysses on June 16 for almost 60 years. And the main way they celebrate is by reading all 264,861 words in a marathon of pages. Head to the Rosenbach Museum, home of the original, handwritten Ulysses manuscript, to take part in Leopold Bloom’s descent into the underbelly of Dublin. Noon. Free. Rosenbach Museum and Library, 2008-2010 Delancey Place. 215.732.1600. rosenbach.org
The U.S. Open Experience on Independence Mall
Commemorate the excitement of hosting Tiger, Phil and Rory at our own Merion Golf Club in the 2013 U.S. Open without denting your pocket. Join fellow golf fanatics at the U.S. Open Experience, and enjoy memorabilia, official championship merchandise, a complete replica of the green on Merion’s 14th hole and a Jumbotron with live tournament simulcast. 9am-8pm. Free. Independence Mall. usopen.com
Monday, June 17
When bassist Dave Klein left Screeching Weasel in late March, the reaction of controversial frontman Ben Weasel—who recently got his punk outfit back together after an incident at SXSW 2011, in which he punched two women while on stage—could best be described as punk empathy. “Normally, when one departs the rolling hills and verdant meadows of Weasel Acres, whether voluntarily or with my assistance, the pastures on the other side are distinctly brown, but in this case, our man hit the jackpot,” Weasel wrote on the band’s Facebook page. “To wit: Black Flag came calling, and he answered the bell. And who can blame him? When Black Flag says they want to hire you, you suit up, give notice to the circus, and report for duty. You think I wouldn’t ditch this sideshow and start stocking up on black satin shorts and hitting the Nautilus if I got the call? Think again, chum.”
It’s true: Black Flag is back on the block with a Henry Rollins-less lineup put together by founding member Greg Ginn, who’s taking the singing role quite seriously as the foursome gear up for a summer tour, with tonight’s Union Transfer gig as one of its highlights. Disclaimer: Another band, calling themselves Flag, has also re-formed, featuring former Black Flag and Circle Jerks member Keith Morris (who led the group from 1976 to ‘79, before any studio albums) on vocals. They will also be touring, performing Black Flag songs. This ain’t them, weasel. / R.L.
8pm. $25. With Good For You + True Love. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. utphilly.com
The Postal Service
Electro-pop band the Postal Service is teaming up with Ra Ra Riot for a reunion tour this summer. The band will debut two new songs as well as the more familiar hits off their one and only album, Give Up. 7:30pm. $29.50-$44.50. Mann Center, 5701 Parkside Ave. 215.893.1999. manncenter.org
The Last Plot in Revenge
Appropriately set in Revenge, Mont., this whiskey-riddled spaghetti Western produced by BRAT Productions tells a story of—you guessed it—revenge when a nameless gunman sets foot in town.
7pm. Lucy’s Hat Shop, 247 Market St. bratproductions.org
Tuesday, June 18
Rahsaan Patterson’s a longtime underdog. The Kids Incorporated alum stands alongside Fergie, Shanice and Mario Lopez as a child actor of the ‘80s still tryna get a nut. Nearing 40, Patterson’s put out five LPs, all to lackluster sales. But that doesn’t really matter: He’s got to perform, and his voice is outstanding. A beautiful midpoint between Stevie Wonder and Raphael Saadiq, Patterson’s pipes are dipped in soul. Watching him perform “6AM” with Lalah Hathaway is like watching an acrobat contort. He and Hathaway spend the last couple minutes of the song batting one line back and forth, with dips and jumps in tone and pitch. Dude’s got real chops.
Typically accompanied by a badass band to flesh out his soulful funk, Patterson practices in the genre of Erykah Badu and D’Angelo, the openly gay songwriter steeped in improvisation, free form and off-the-cuff performances. He’s written songs for Brandy (co-writing her second big hit, 1994’s “Baby”) and Tevin Campbell and calls Ledisi a friend. Tonight’s show is sure to be a dynamic one; Patterson’s voice is kind of like Toni Braxton’s: capable of being soft and gentle, but also resonant enough to convey pain and sadness. One second, he bellows from his depths of his gut, and in the next, he emotes from the top of his beautiful bald head. No doubt, his vocal flips and tricks will be a spectacle tonight. / Bill Chenevert
8pm. $32-$36. World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington, DE. 302.994.1400. queen.worldcafelive.com
The Wonderful World of Willustration
Local artist William Macey presents a workshop that digs into the rudiments of structure and storytelling in the realm of illustration and comic books. Discuss character design and page structure during a Q&A following the workshop. 6:30pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322. freelibrary.org
Most people remember these guys from their 2002 mega-hit, “Headstrong,” but they’ve been pretty busy since then. Their latest, Reborn, was released earlier this year and finds them adding synthesizers to spice up their heavy guitar rock sound. 5pm. $15. Theatre of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011. tlaphilly.com
Brewed in Philly
School even the snobbiest of your beer aficionado friends by learning all about the beer brewing process. Led by local beer historian Rich Wagner, you’ll get the run-down on everything craft beer—from the grains that go into it, to the history behind it. Through June 30. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. freelibrary.org
Wednesday, June 19
“That’s My Jam” Karaoke
C’mon, everybody knows liquor and karaoke go together like peanut butter and jelly. Add happy hour and some game friends, and you’ve got a guaranteed good time. Sometimes a little liquid encouragement is all one needs to pick out a song, fill out that little paper slip, and step up to the mic, and luckily, the Painted Bride is the perfect place to flex those pipes at “That’s My Jam,” hosted by Sing Your Life Karaoke’s Sara Sherr. The stage in the Bride’s 250-seat theater will be yours for the owning tonight, and the audience is expected to be as friendly as it gets—you now, those game friends of yours, aside other fun-loving Philadelphians. Here’s hoping some legit talent turns out to earn bragging rights ’cause when you’ve got a stage like this, and you’re not mumbling along to the color-changing lines on a little dive-bar monitor, you better turn it out.
Ten bucks gets you in, plus a drink ticket, and there’ll be hot dogs from the Dapper Dog food truck on tap, too. Sherr’s 120,000-deep song catalogue should have a few of your favorites to slay live, and if your preferred track isn’t among them, have another drink, and I bet you’ll find something. Word to the wise: Start rehearsing now. No one—and I mean no one—wants to hear you butcher “Midnight Train to Georgia.” / B.C.
6pm. $10. Painted Bride Arts Center, 230 Vine St. 215.925.9914. firstname.lastname@example.org
Leader Jay Farrar was once one half of Uncle Tupelo with Jeff Tweedy, the man behind Wilco, before creative differences split them up. Son Volt took the much more traditional route, still mainly focusing on uniquely American topics, as demonstrated in the title of this year’s Honky Tonk. 7pm. $20. With Colonel Ford. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100. utphilly.com
Joseph P. Blake: Muralista
Muralista tells the story of a young college grad who has been commissioned to paint a waterfall mural in a neighborhood full of violence, drugs and gentrification. 8pm. $15-$22. Community Education Center, 3500 Lancaster Ave. 267.329.9746. firstworldtheatre.biz
Funky Humpday Ft. Badd Kitti
Touting a repertoire of cleverly arranged funk and soul classics, Badd Kitti is a jazz trio that boasts a full sound with enough energy to get you to the weekend. 8pm. $5-$10. Chris’ Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St. chrisjazzcafe.com
Some Other Kind of Person
Some Other Kind of Person is a relentless tale of misguided American goodwill abroad, featuring a hapless businessman attempting to save an underage sex worker in Cambodia by buying her. Through June 23. 8pm. $22. InterAct Theatre, 2030 Sansom St. 215.568.8077. interacttheatre.org
Out of Town
Lost and Found in Armenia
Jamie Kennedy stars in this comedy about an American tourist who flees to Turkey to escape a bad break-up and ends up in Armenia, where he is accused of being a Turkish spy. But, of course, he meets a beautiful Armenian girl (Angela Sarafyan) to help him get out of trouble. Through June 28. $10. AMC Hamilton 24, 325 Sloan Ave. Hamilton, N.J. amctheaters.com
All Aboard ... And Then Some!
An overworked talent agent is trying to take a relaxing vacation cruise to Hawaii. But the cast of characters he encounters, including a wannabe actor steward, a washed-up lounge singer and a Vegas dancer looking for a rich husband, keep getting in the way. June 14-16. $20. Broadway Theatre of Pitman, 43 S. Broadway, Pitman, NJ. thebroadwaytheatre.org
Annual Trash2Treasure Sale
The student-run annual Trash2Treasure sale features items donated by students at the end of their school year. This is a great way to reduce waste, support Chester charity organizations and pick up some new furniture, electronics, books and more. June 14-16. Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore. calendar.swarthmore.edu
Eurotronik Music Festival
Who knew Europeans take pilgrimages to Bensalem, Pa.? If the electronic dance music doesn’t draw you to this event, maybe the promise of international crowds will. Come listen to Larry T, Constantin Megherea, Deejp, Szadi, Fake Brit and more do the EDM thing. Sat., June 15, 3pm. $10-$20. Polanka Park, 3258 Knights Rd., Bensalem. eurotronikfestival.com
Championship of Sand Sculpting
Catch this event before the ocean washes it away or some jerk ruins it. This is the first time the World Championship of Sand Sculpting will be hosted in Atlantic City. Visitors can watch artists compete or create intricate sand sculptures of their own. Through June 30. Free. Atlantic City Beach, Atlantic City, N.J. doatlanticcity.com
Compiled by Lauren Arute, Devin Baird, Nicole Bonaccorso, Michael Brady, Kristopher Kneisler, Drew O’Meara and Anthony Trivelli.
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