Calendar: June 19-26

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Wednesday, June 19

Summer Nights Concert: Animus
Penn Museum kicks off its new summer-long series of live concerts with a performance by Animus, the five-piece ensemble which draws influences from Middle Eastern, African, Greek and other international musical styles. 5pm. $5. Penn Museum, 3260 South St. 215.898.4000.

Happy Together
Nostalgia overload! Happy Together is fittingly headlined by the Turtles, who, aside from penning the namesake track, also happened to be one of America’s finest pop groups of the 1960s. Even slightly lesser known songs like “She’s My Girl” and “You Showed Me” managed to hold their own against the heavy hitting tunes of the British Invasion, which is pretty amazing. 7:30pm. $39.50-$62.50. With the Turtles, Chuck Negron, Gary Plunkett & The Union Gap, Mark Lindsay, and Gary Lewis & The Playboys. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215.572.7650.

The Power of Style, with Bobbie Thomas
Bobbie Thomas, current style editor of Today, stops in Philly to discuss her book Power of Style: Everything You Need to Know Before You Get Dressed Tomorrow. The book is chock-full of tips from the fashion guru, including how to edit your closet and selecting the most flattering cuts and colors for your figure. 6pm. Free. Skai Blue Media, 109 S. 13th St. 215.625.7988.

Thursday, June 20

Courtney Love
Courtney Love’s career has been defined by its unpredictability. After a seminal reign in the ‘90s as grunge’s top female performer (save, maybe, Kim Deal), along with a marriage to the ill-fated Kurt
Cobain and the birth of their daughter, Love spent the late 20th century and early 21st as a caricature of her drug-addled id. She’s released four albums under the Hole moniker and one solo LP, most of which have been well-received by critics. Clean and sober since 2005, she’s making another performance push, which includes new material, a tour and, soon, a TV show she can’t really talk about. Like the music industry, Love’s career as an artist has changed drastically over the years, and she’s found new ways to survive—which aren’t all that Courtney Love-like. She’s a regular on the corporate gig circuit, has her own clothing line, and she even shills for Njoy electronic cigarettes in addition to her real work—you know, “playing for the kids,” she says. “What are you gonna do with me, you know?” Love shrugs. “You’re not really gonna put me in a Pepsi ad. So, e-cigarettes are kind of perfect.”  

The reality of being a rock star in the Internet age recently came to a head when Love put an ad on Craigslist for a musician to join her on tour—and she only got one response. Of course, the story made headlines on Huffington Post, and when asked about it, she confirmed the whole thing was true—and she’s not mortified by it, at all. “I don’t know why it became such a big story,” she says, adding that’s sort of normal these days. “Playing rock music is now a middle-class job for sure. Maybe upper-middle-class, but still middle class. You still get nice perks and stuff from being well-known, but in terms of the finances, it’s like you’re not gonna go be buying a 20-million-dollar mansion,” Love told PW. “You better really like your job.”  / Randy LoBasso

Thurs., June 20, 8pm. $35. With Starred. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011. 

SoLow Festival
Now in its fourth year, Philly’s annual SoLow Festival was founded with one very simple yet novel goal: present new and experimental solo works at little to no cost to artists or audiences. There are no applications or fees, and 100 percent of the revenue goes directly back into the artists’ pockets. Meanwhile, the public is only asked to pay as much as they can. This year, the 11-day grassroots event will host more than 40 performances at a variety of nontraditional venues across the city—from coffee shops, bars and street corners to parks, private homes and even a garage. The three shows debuting tonight are a perfect example of what sort of brilliantly offbeat entertainment locals can expect the next two weeks. During the two-night comedy “Dear Diary, Bye,” audiences will hear the hilarious boy-crazy and naïve musings of a 9-year-old girl, all documented in her 1984 diary and now read aloud by an adult man, while in a piece titled “You Have 20 New Voice Mails,” artist Steve Gravelle reveals the voicemails he’s been recording, cataloging and mixing for more than a decade, uncensored communications suitable only for mature ears. Finally, there’s the interactive food installation “Last Meals From Death Row,” which invites audiences to a South Philly row home to break bread with a group of strangers and enjoy the very same meal that one of death row’s most infamous inmates chose as their last. / Nicole Finkbiner

Through June 30. $0-$10. Various times and locations.

Ditta Baron Hoeber: Proximity
Philadelphia-based artist Ditta Baron Hoeber has always kept her words and pictures separate. But now, in conjunction with her photo exhibit, Proximity, the artist will marry the mediums of written word and photography by reading a selection of unpublished personal poems at tonight’s reception. 6pm. Free. Moore College of Art & Design, 1916 Race St. 215.965.4027.

Big K.R.I.T, Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson
Gritty rappers unite and take over in this triple headlining event featuring Joey Bada$$ and Action Bronson, both part of XXL’s 2013 Freshmen list. Also featuring Big K.R.I.T, who made the cut back in 2011. 8pm. $20-$22. The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888.

Summer Solstice Salsa Party
Need an excuse to let your hair down this Thursday? The Summer Solstice Salsa Party at the Morris Arboretum has you covered with its Latin-flavored celebration of the longest day of the year, which includes a performance by Café Con Pan Band, a pre-party salsa lesson and delicious salsa samples. 7pm. $20-$30. Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave. 215.247.5777.

Joyce Carol Oates: The Accursed
The fifth of author Joyce Carol Oates’ gothic family saga, The Accursed, is a ghost story set in early 20th-century Princeton, N.J., riddled with historically relevant themes of racism and social issues of the time period. 7:30pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322.

Joan Baez + Indigo Girls
These femme folk-rock icons may be from different eras, but both have played crucial roles in developing the genre. Baez was an early figure in the movement, first making a splash with traditional music in the late ’50s before taking note from a young Bob Dylan (whom she helped gain recognition) and moving in a more socially conscious direction. The Indigo Girls were part of the late ’80s folk revival, but instead of ripping off the past like some of their peers, they contributed by adding a punk-inspired edge. 6pm. $35-$65. Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave.

Friday, June 21

Juan Esteban Aristizabal Vasquez was born in Colombia 40 years ago. He had a guitar put in his hands early by his dad and brothers, and, at the ripe age of 16, he started his first band, Ekhymosis. The group had a great run: five LPs, decent sales and success in his native Colombia. But in 2000, he released his first solo album, Fijate Bien (Take a Good Look). Aptly, that title track is the opener on his newest, the MTV-released Unplugged. And this sound shall be the boss of his show at the Trocadero tonight, but fear not: It’s more than Juanes and a guitar. Even if it were, the Spanish-speaking troubadour is still guaranteed to put on a pretty charming show.

The man’s an inspiration; his songs have been praised and wildly well-received over the past decade and a half. Accolades? Dude’s got ’em in spades: 20 Latin Grammy Award wins (and even more nominations), two non-Latin Grammys, nine MTV Awards and a bunch of others, including humanitarian honors. He’s sung for peace and charity countless times over the years, using his round, beautiful voice for good. This acoustic tour, if the Unplugged album is any indication, includes a full band, just not a ton of electricity and feedback. No matter. Even without any Spanish language skills, this room will be overflowing with love and music that’s full of positivity and joy. / Bill Chenevert

8pm. $49.50-$249.50. With Raquel Sofia. The Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888.

Return of Confessions of a Plate and Shoe
Director Josh McIlvain’s irreverent and outrageous evening of short comedies returns. Characters include an actual plate and shoe, and, of course, Ned Fellows: privates investigator, investigator of privates. 8pm. $12-$15. Through June 22. The Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St. 215.567.2848.

Visibility Project Exhibit Opening
The Visibility Project combines art, media and social justice to document the personal experiences of queer Asian-Americans. The exhibit features more than 30 photographs and videos of and by queer Asian-Americans. Tonight’s reception includes a panel discussion with the project’s director, Mia Nakano. 6pm. Free. Through Oct. 4. The Leeway Foundation, 1315 Walnut St. 215.545.4078.

Val De Val
These Philly guys have described their style as “psycho-sexual post post post indie rock.” The first track on their latest release, Hot Blood, is titled “Ring of Bones,” and starts with a pretty standard fare indie jangle before bursting into a full-on rock affair somewhere in the middle. 9pm. $8-$10. With Blayer Pointdujour and Harbor. Milkboy, 1100 Chestnut St. 215.925.6455.

Lil’ Steph presents Rasputin’s Room
Join one of Philadelphia’s leading burlesque performers and her crew of vixens for a night of debauchery. Among other things, Steph is known for her “single-cheek ass-bounce,” and Daddy couldn’t be more proud. 10pm. $10. Ruba, 414 Green St. 215.627.9831.

Rolling Stones
The Stones will close out the North American portion of their “50 and Counting” tour in Philly. At the rate they’re going, at least one of these guys will end up dying on stage. That alone could easily justify the ticket price. 8pm. $147-$597. Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. 215.333.3600.

Make Music Philly
Taking place on the longest day of the year, free live performances go down in venues conventional and not, from sidewalks to stages to shops, all over town. After 8 p.m., make your way to the Kimmel for one bonkers Rich Medina moment: Sittin’ In: Jump N Funk Live, an Afrobeat dance party. 8am-8pm. Various locations.

Low & Mike Doughty
Low was formed in 1993 by the husband-and-wife team of Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker as an experimental antithesis to the prominent grunge movement. Their latest record, The Invisible Way, was produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and finds the band going a little lighter on all the echo and reverb that made them famous. 8pm. $25. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.

Saturday, June 22

West Oak Lane Festival
The 2013 West Oak Lane Festival is indoors, but with plenty of room in the Keswick to dance in the aisles and at your seats, it won’t feel like a typical night there. The nonprofit Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corporation seeks to bolster community through the use of spaces and resources, and if this isn’t a great use of a space, we’re not sure what is. Tonight’s sure to be bursting with good vibes, literally, thanks to the talent: Roy Ayers! Bobbi Humphrey! Mind you, that’s just the headliners.
The whole shebang gets kicked off early, with opening remarks at 2:30 p.m. The energy will skyrocket shortly thereafter, with the Urban Guerilla Orchestra making it nearly impossible to stay still, then the Clef Club Senior Youth Band will get a chance to show off its skills. That’s a great afternoon of music as is. But the heavy hitters start taking the stage soon after, starting with Carol Riddick, a Jill Scott contemporary and teammate in Philly soul and R&B. Her voice is stellar, recalling old-school Anita Baker, and her performance will offer a nice transition into Humphrey’s anticipated set. Humphrey’s a pioneer in the jazz world, and the flautist’s ear for soul/jazz/funk/R&B hybrids will be on display starting at 6:15 p.m. The legendary Ayers, who needs very little introduction, goes on at 8, and his skills go way beyond tickling with mallets. Good job, OARC, on tapping all this brilliance. / B.C.

2:30pm. $43. The Keswick Theatre, 291 No. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215.572.7650.

Fish Fry and Cash 4 Gold
Pepperidge Farm is not the only one to put gold and fish together. New Beginnings of Philadelphia and the Stop Bullying Campaign have put the two together to celebrate their first fundraiser, Fish Fry and Cash 4 Gold. Snack on some fried fish, trade in your gold pieces and enter to win prizes, all in support of ending bullying. 5pm. $10-$20. Galaxy Lounge, 3348 Germantown Ave. 267.690.6319.

Simian Mobile Disco
SMD is an English production duo most known for their remixes, having been employed by the likes of Peaches, Muse, Klaxons and Arctic Monkeys. It’s safe to assume they know their way around a DJ set. 10pm. $5. With Dave P & JDH. Morgan’s Pier, 221 N. Columbus Blvd. 215.279.7134.

Pinned Reception
Whether you’re an art or bowling enthusiast, you’ll be excited to see the two in combination at Pinned. More than 25 artists will have work on display, all of which will transform bowling pins into displays of comedy, curiosity and mystery. If you find a pin that strikes you, bid on it at tonight’s auction. 4pm. Free. The University of the Arts, 320 S. Broad St.

The Last Five Years
With a two-member cast, this chamber musical will portray the trials of a marriage that is as beautiful as it is heartbreaking. 8pm. $28. University of the Arts’ Caplan Studio Theatre, 211 S. Broad
Say Anything
A pop-punk (or dare we say, emo?) band centering around core member Max Bemis. Last year’s Anarchy, My Dear found Bemis older and considerably more jaded. Lead single “Admit It Again,” is a rant against the highly disposable nature of his genre. 8pm. $20. With Eisley, HRVRD, and Northern Faces. Theatre of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011.

Full House: A Series of Cabarets
Quince Productions celebrates the much neglected song-and-dance art form of the cabaret. Tonight’s performances include Hillary Parker’s Breathe In, Exhale: A Heartfelt Cabaret of New Music, and Sean Thompson’s I Need a Sunburn: A Solivagant’s Summer Cabaret. 7pm. $15-25. Society Hill Playhouse, 508 S. Eighth St. 215.627.1088.

Thom Nickels Reading, Signing and Reception
Join Chester County native and pioneering gay journalist Thom Nickels for a reading and small reception. Nickels will be reading from Walking on Water and After All This, his two recent science fiction novellas. 5:30pm.  Free. Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St.  215.923.2960.

Manayunk Arts Festival
Art lovers rejoice: Manayunk again plays host to the largest outdoor, juried art festival in the tri-state area with the 24th annual Manayunk Arts Festival. With roughly 300 artists on hand to showcase their work in mediums like photography, sculpture and painting, buyers have a huge selection of arts and crafts to choose from. It’s an added bonus that they get to do all this while strolling through Manayunk’s scenic Main Street. 11am-7pm. Free. Main St., Mayayunk.

Sunday, June 23

MANNA’s Guac-Off
There’s no such thing as someone only “kind of” liking guacamole: You either hate it, never had it or you’re an unabashed guaca-holic. For this inaugural fundraising event, MANNA (Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance) is now inviting all you avocado aficionados out there to come and put your taste buds to the test as Average Joes pit their above-average homemade guac against that of several trained professionals, including chefs from Mission Grill, Jose Pistola’s and Guerrilla Ultima. With a selection of local brews to help cleanse their palates, guests will go table-to-table sampling each variety of the glorious green stuff before ultimately casting their vote for their favorite. The chef with the most public votes will receive the People’s Choice Award, but it’ll be up to the judges—MANNA’s Executive Chef Keith Lucas and local food columnist Drew Lazor—to determine who goes home with the grand prize (a swanky two-night staycation and, of course, major bragging rights). Meanwhile, emceeing the event in her most glittery green dress is none other than the don/mother of Philly’s Drag Mafia, Miss Brittany Lynn. In exchange for the $20 ticket, not only will you get to consume all the guac you can, but you’ll be helping MANNA provide six nourishing meals to a neighbor battling a life-threatening illness such as cancer, renal disease or HIV/AIDS. So, yeah, anyway you chop it, that’s a pretty delicious deal. / N.F.

1pm. $10-$20. Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St. 215.496.2662.

Devotedly, Sincerely Yours: The Story of the USO
Replete with those cheesy inspirational messages as well as big-band sound, take a look at the United Service Organization, dedicated to uplifting troops through entertainment, during WW2. 3pm. $15-$18. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St.

This dance-oriented electro-pop outfit hails from Scotland. If you’re into more recent M83 stuff, these guys are pretty similar, albeit slightly more upbeat, as seen on “The Mother We Share.” 8:30pm. $15. With Still Corner. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100.

Monday, June 24

A Thousand Kinds of Silence
James Ijames’s bold new play takes audiences back to 1799, where Martha Washington, wife of the soon-to-be late George Washington, is struggling with a clause in her dying husband’s will, which requires that all of the family’s slaves be released. 7pm. $5-$10. Theatre Exile. 1340 S. 13th St.

Bruno Mars
Once again, Bruno Mars is having a successful year. The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter/producer has put together the globe-hopping “Moonshine Jungle Tour,” fronted an all-star Bob Marley tribute band at this year’s Grammy Awards and is still enjoying the success of his late 2012 sophomore release, Unorthodox Jukebox. The album’s second single, “When I Was Your Man,” was released earlier this year and went No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, his fifth to do so. Having earned praise for his concoction of pop, soul and reggae, fans can expect to see a show equal parts heavy on the music and the glamour.  7:30pm. $40-$130. Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.

OCCE Casino for a Night
Betters and animal-lovers unite for a night of conscience-free gambling as Operation Ava—an animal rescue nonprofit located in No Libs—hosts a benefit casino night. With $200 in funny money and complimentary food and drink included in the admission price, Casino Night promises a bargain for those seeking the poker table or the charity line. 7pm. $40-$50. Triumph Brewery, 117 Chestnut St.

Tuesday, June 25

Anchee Min
Celebrated author Anchee Min has been there, done that, and she’s taken to writing it all down. A child in China during the repressive, genocidal dictatorship of Chairman Mao, Min was picked off a collective farm by Mao’s wife, Jiang Qing, to star in several propaganda movies. She eventually moved to the United States and became an author, penning the bestselling book Red Azalea, capturing her time in the labor camps as a child, and several pieces of historical fiction. Her latest work, The Cooked Seed, is the long-awaited follow-up to her captivating 1994 memoir.

A 2000 New York Times magazine profile explored how, in Red Azalea, Min remembered her father’s interest in astronomy and how it led to his ouster from a key position (“They told him the sun represents Chairman Mao … and that talking about sunspots is criticizing the chairman.”), and she recounts a man being sentenced to death for having a consensual sexual relationship with a woman at a labor camp. Nearly two decades after that memorable debut, The Cooked Seed—from which she’ll read tonight—tells the true story of Min’s journey to the United States, where she’s lived since 1984, her path to understanding American culture (she began her time here without money or the ability to speak English) and teaching Americans she’s encountered about Chinese culture. / R.L.

7:30pm. Free. Central Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St. 215.567.4341.

Love, Loss and What I Wore
Addressing the intimate ties between wardrobe and memories, this collection of vignettes by sisters Nora Ephron (Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally) and Delia Ephron (You’ve Got Mail, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) is based on the best-selling book by Ilene Beckerman. Spanning a woman’s life through two proms, failed marriages and funny and sentimental situations in between, every woman is sure to find a story to which she can relate. Through July 7. $44. Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St.

Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration
A tribute to Jerry Garcia, featuring renditions of songs he wrote himself and ones that he and the Grateful Dead were famous for covering. Warren Haynes lends his soul-soaked vocals and guitar work to the equation for a groundbreaking musical adventure. 6pm. $19.50-$75. Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave.

Wednesday, June 26

4th Annual Love, Us Grand Production
Love, Us is a community arts organization that focuses on two things: love and art. Its major project, the Love, Us Grand Production, occurs yearly and aims to conquer hate and cultivate universal and self love through music, poetry, performance art and more. Shaneka Briggs, Tank & The Bangas, Aquil Heru and more will perform this year. 7pm. $8-$12. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St.

Small Black
From a humble beginning in 2008 as a bedroom-recording project of multi-instrumentalist Josh Kolenik, Small Black has come a long way. Their latest, Limits of Desire, finds them focusing more on a full touring band sound rather than that of a wistful guy in his room. 10pm. Free. With Heavenly Beat. Morgan’s Pier, 221 N. Columbus Blvd. 215.279.7134.

Out of Town

Music Along the Bank: Buffalo Chip & The Plainsmen
You bring the picnic and lawn chairs, Buffalo Chip & The Plainsmen will bring the bluegrass tunes. Enjoy the scenic Winterthur Garden and a good old-fashioned summer concert. Fri., June 21, 5:30pm. $10. Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, Del.

Art & Bark
Teach your old dog some new tricks at this dog-centered evening of fun. Paint a puppy paw print mural with your dog, have your dog’s caricature drawn, and attend an obedience class. Thurs., June 20, 5-8pm. $20 per seminar. The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, 733 Lily Lake Rd., Oceanville, N.J.

Tracy Morgan
The former Saturday Night Live funnyman and 30 Rock star is headlining at the Borgata. Don’t miss a chance to see his hilarious impersonations of Mike Tyson, Oprah, Samuel L. Jackson and more. Sat., June 22, 9pm. $49.50-$55. Borgata, One Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J.

Get the Led Out
Get the Led Out is not just any Led Zeppelin cover band. They are dedicated to recreating the recorded songs in order to relive the glory days with a multi-generational appeal. Mon., June 24, 7:30pm. $37.25. Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & The Boardwalk, Ocean City, N.J.

Compiled by Lauren Arute, Devin Baird, Nicole Bonaccorso, Michael Brady, Drew O’Meara, Anthony Trivelli and Max Ufberg

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