Calendar: June 9-15

What to do in and around Philly this week.

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Wednesday, June 9

Art in the Open
If the popularity of Center City Sips has taught us anything, it’s that everything is better when it’s done outside. Take this fact and apply it to art-making and you’ve got yourself the premise of the latest arts festival to hit our fine city. Thirty-six artists will participate in the four-day Art in the Open festival, and while you may not recognize most of their names, you’ve definitely seen some of their work. (Example: Paul Santoleri, who is responsible for tons of local murals, including the one at the library at 6th and Girard.) In addition to being able to meander through artists at work along the banks of the Schuylkill, you can also swing by art stations, where teachers will have Barney bags full of supplies to create your own masterpiece. And hey, Sips kicked off last week, so afterward, you can grab a cheap drink and continue to bask in outside awesomeness.  -Erica Palan

All day. Through Saturday. Free. Schuylkill River bank, from the Fairmount Water Works to Locust St., and at Bartram’s Garden, 54th St. and Lindbergh Blvd.

Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs
For a Brit named after a flighty, gold-digging Audrey Hepburn character, the London-born Holly Golightly—her given first and middle name, believe it or not—does a swell job of capturing the essence of Americana with ease, charm and a good heaping of wit. With twangy guitars and tales of the devil, love and a .45 pistol, Golightly performs songs that blend honky-tonk, folk, cabaret jazz and garage rock. Duets, often with compatriot Lawyer Dave, bear the same sincerity and affection as those of Johnny and June. Importantly, like those great country artists of yore, Golightly can switch between a rousing foot-stomper about love gone sour and a yearning minor-key ballad with ease and grace. -Katherine Silkaitis

8pm. $10. With the Midnight Beat, DJ Nattie Ice + the Invisible Friends. M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave. 215.739.5577.

Thursday, June 10

Quintron & Miss Pussycat
For the uninitiated, a show by the New Orleans-based husband-and-wife team Quintron and Miss Pussycat typically includes the following: A puppet show, a large keyboard/organ rig designed to look like the front of a car, a “Drum Buddy” (a crazy looking, oscillating drum machine that works when exposed to light), a “Spit Machine” (a hand organ powered by saliva), and a “Disco Light Machine” (a light-powered tone generator). All those gadgets were invented by Quintron, who along with Miss Pussycat also came up with “swamp tech”—a combination of dirty, jazzy organ, ghettotech beats and bluesy vocals. Put together, it’s like getting your groove on at a science fair. -Michael Alan Goldberg

6pm. $10. With Jeff the Brotherhood + Buoyant Sea. Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave.

Colonial Brews
John Adams was a ballsy motherfucker. At least, this is the impression one gets from repeated childhood viewings of 1776 (in which Mr. Adams is played by William Daniels, aka Mr. Feeny from Boy Meets World). While our eventual second president’s in-your-face attitude helped earn our nation its liberty, have you ever wondered about how much of his courage was… liquid? It’s believed that Adams drank a shit-ton of cider, and that wasn’t uncommon among the Founding Fathers. Learn more about colonial beverages with brewery historian Rich Wagner, who will dish about early Philadelphia taverns and the brews poured at them. Part of the massive schedule of programming for Beer Week, admission includes a tasting of brews from Yards’ “Ales of the Revolution” series, which includes Poor Richard’s Tavern Spruce Ale, a beer brewed in honor of Philadelphia favorite Ben Franklin. Bottoms up! -E.P.

6pm. $10-$20. Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust St. 215.732.6200.

Friday, June 11

Brass, Skins & Strings Collective
Philly is lucky to have a number of highly skilled musicians who perform on the streets when they’re not busy with other projects. Over a dozen of them have come together as the Brass, Skins & Strings Collective, and this month’s installment of the Lucky Old Souls series will feature a BSSC trio reduction—with Jafar Barron on cornet, Elliott Levin on reeds and poetry and Anthony Mohamed on percussion. Kicking off the night is drummer Doug Hirlinger and Waveform Razorback, a trio of a completely different stripe, with Matt Mitchell (of Tim Berne fame) on keyboards and Ben Gerstein covering the low end on trombone. -David R. Adler

9pm. $8-$10. With Doug Hirlinger’s Waveform Razorback. Moonstone Arts Center, 110 S. 13th St. 215.735.9600

Cab Documentaries

Cab drivers are the reliable friend, always there to bail us out when we’ve messed up—or are messed up—and can‘t take care of ourselves. But the friendship is too often a one-sided one: They get us hot messes safely home in one piece, but we rarely think about their well-being (or how crappy it must be to scrub your vomit out of the backseat night after night). Two documentaries give a glimpse into the lives and struggles of Philly’s road warriors, and reveal that most of us know little about them after all these years. Yo! Taxi, created by Fishtown’s Termite Television Collective, explores the lives of local drivers, many of whom are immigrants, and their grievances with the PPA: “drive-by ticketing” and burdensome fees. Meanwhile, Media Mobilizing Project’s Driving the American Dream looks at the situation of drivers in this city who face robbery, murder and accidents without health insurance or workers’ compensation. Cab drivers are often stressed, struggling and members of the working poor. Perhaps after learning a bit more about them, you’ll be more prone to aim for your purse when you’re feeling ill. -Gerry Christopher Johnson

7pm. $5. Scribe Video Center, 4212 Chestnut St. 215.222.4201.

Zombie Beach Party
There are approximately 150 long, grueling days until Halloween. If you can’t wait another day to dress up and wreak havoc as a blood-hungry zombie stalking the streets of Philadelphia, you’re in luck. Bust out your shredded clothing, sickly face paint and corn-syrup blood and head to the Troc for the Second Annual Zombie Beach Party. Rock out to zombie-themed tunes and win prizes for the best beach-themed zombie. If you have trouble applying fake wounds or getting the undead bags under your eyes just right, limited make-up artists will be available to help. And hey, don’t be shy when you get off the train looking like a freak dressed as a zombie on a random Friday night in June. Own it: There are only a few days a year that it is completely acceptable to douse yourself in fake blood. -Mary Elizabeth Sullivan

8pm. $7-$10. Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888.

Saturday, June 12

Kaiju Big Battel
Soak up those sweet, sweet gamma rays as a motley crew of super-sized brawlers rumble in a series of radioactive slobber-knockers. The official afterparty for the Wizard World Philadelphia comic convention, this is the latest live-action monster marathon from the global sensation known as Kaiju Big Battel. Imagine Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, but scaled down to fit the stage of a sweaty concert hall—a tournament of costumed warriors with nary a subtitle or a speck of mercy. The apocalyptic bouts feature the likes of Cycloptopuss, Powa Ranjuru, Sunbuster, Steam Powered Tentacle Boulder and many more.  If any of these mutants survive their battles (or the humidity) they might just make it into Kaiju’s 22nd hall of fame ceremony in the Halls of Danger. Call it gruesome. Call it Pocky and circuses. But unless you’ve got Doctor Serizawa’s Oxygen Destroyer device, there’s no stopping it now. -Paul Montgomery

8pm. $11-$18.50. Trocadero, 1003 Arch Street. 215.922.6888.

Art for the Cash Poor 12

Cultivate your budding art collection at this annual fine-arts show at the Crane Arts building on Saturday and Sunday, where over 120 emerging artists and photographers will show works priced at $199 or less. Delia King’s reverse-glass paintings are an intricate look at a unique crafting technology, and Victor Perez, a Kensington local who runs SK8Lamps, creates lighting fixtures out of skateboard parts. Alongside the vendors will be food from local cafes and restaurants including Las Cazuelas, Quince, One Village Coffee, and Northport Fishington Cookie Factory (purveyor of much-discussed vegan cookies.) There’s the opportunity to walk away with a free dog portrait session with photographer Andrew Pinkham via one of the many raffles. The InLiquid-sponsored event serves as a jumping-off point for artists who may not have the funds to promote their works elsewhere, so look at it as both a chance to discover the Next Big Thing and to support their creativity. -Emily Freisher

1pm. Free. Crane Arts Building, 1400 N. American St.

Dead Meadows

Dead Meadows’ heavily blunted riffs cast a wide wake due to a weighty blues throb woolly as a mammoth and twice as massive. The lulling pace is such that you witness the fossilization in real time, while the wailing wah echoes back to the Stoned Age. Though hazy psychedelic rumble predominates, there are intermittent bursts of propulsive acoustic fare here as well, such as the catchy Neil Young-ish, “At the Edge of the Wood.” -Chris Parker
9pm. $12. With Gondola, Serpent Throne. M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave. 215.739.5577.

Sunday, June 13

Odunde Festival
In a month packed with festivals, Odunde stands out and shows them how it’s done. It’s the largest and longest-running African-American street festival on the East Coast, spanning 12 blocks with 300 vendors hailing from Ghana to Senegal and attracting over half a million people. “Odunde” is Yoruba for “Happy New Year,” and the event is replete with rites from the Nigerian culture, including a noon procession to the Schuylkill River to give offerings to Oshun, the Goddess of the River. The cuisine could also be described as a spiritual experience: The mingled smells of soul food and Caribbean and West African dishes are clear proof that there is a god. Attendees can also enjoy African dance troupes, drummers, and a headlining performance by various artists paying tribute to Philly’s black musical legacy. At 35, the event is poised to be more exciting than ever, says Oshunbumi Fernandez, daughter of Odunde’s founder, Lois Fernandez. “She passed the baton to me and I’m carrying it—running with it, hopefully.” -G.C.J.

10am. Free. In the blocks around 23rd and South sts. 215.732.8510.

Trashcan Sinatras
You’d be forgiven for thinking the Scottish indie-pop band Trashcan Sinatras has reunited for a U.S. tour, but truth is the sextet never actually broke up, although they’ve been all-but-forgotten here in the States since making a minor splash in the early ’90s with their album Cake. The group’s romantic and occasionally wistful guitar-pop has long earned well-deserved comparisons to the Smiths, and they’ve mined similarly mannered, twee ground as the Beautiful South and Aztec Camera. Their nearly 25-year history has been marked by long stretches where they haven’t played out, but the Trashcans seem energized by the critical kindness toward last year’s excellent In the Music, so they’re giving our shores another go. -M.A.G.

8pm. $18-$20. With the Candles. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.

Monday, June 14

Mini Mansions
Mike Shuman had apparently grown weary of the droning atmospherics, the glistening bombast of his other band, Queens of the Stone Age, when he thought of Mini Mansions. Spoiler alert: there’s nothing stoner, nothing even notably heavy about this new band, just off an opening slot for second-cousin-ish QOTSA spawn Them Crooked Vultures. Instead, it’s all cheerful, Beatles-esque pop with a dash of Fountains of Wayne thrown in. The drummer stands up, garage-punk style, as he batters cymbals and toms, but it’s keyboard player Tyler Park who sets the tone, one of sprightly fills and new wave hammering and jaunty half-cocked melodies. The best part?  A loose-jointed, celebratory cover of Blondie’s 1980s chestnut, “Heart of Glass.” -Jennifer Kelly

8pm. $10. North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St. 215.787.0488.

Red Son Discussion

Superman. Everyone’s favorite big blue boy scout couldn’t be more American if Action Comics #1 had been penciled by Norman Rockwell. But what if ol’ Kal-El hadn’t crash-landed in rural Kansas? What if he’d fell into a collective farm in 1950s Ukraine? In 2003, writer Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Wanted) and artist Dave Johnson posed just that question in DC Comics’ Superman: Red Son. Stop by Brave New Worlds to discuss the story, set in an alternate reality in which Superman fights for Stalin, the proletariat and the Communist way (instead of truth, justice, and the American way) as the Soviet Union’s super-powered trump card. Batman, Green Lantern and other Justice Leaguers don their parkas for their own Cold War cameos, but it’s Lex Luthor who takes the most surprising turn in this Eisner-nominated tale. If you like your capes and tights with a little geopolitical commentary, look no further. Bring your own copy or buy one there. -Paul Montgomery

7pm. Free. Brave New Worlds, 45 N. 2nd Street. 215.925.6525.

Tuesday, June 15

San Antonio’s Hacienda got their first big break when the Black Keys Dan Auerbach picked the Villanueva brothers—Abraham, Jaime and Rene—and their cousin Dante Schwebel as his backing band on the Keep It Hid tour. Their sound is a polyglot blend of rootsy pop, blues, county and roadhouse rock, so it makes sense that Auerbach produced Hacienda’s first album Loud As the Night in 2008, as well as the new Big Red & Barbacoa, out last month. This latest, dubbed by PopMatters as this summer’s must-have barbecue soundtrack, leans a bit harder on Hacienda’s Latin heritage, its swoony pop harmonies cut with slinky rhythms and a smoking slide guitar. -J.K.

8pm. $8. M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave. 215.739.5577.

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1. Philly AIDS Thrift said... on Jun 8, 2010 at 11:44PM

“Another awesome event happening Friday June 11th....Philly AIDS Thrift is holding their annual fundraising event: Summer Of Love at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens 1020 South Street 5:30 -9pm.

There'll be Delicious Food, Cheap Drinks, Live Music by Conversations with Enemies, DJ TransAM spinning the summer time hits and an Amazing Silent Auction!

Just a few of the donors for the auction are: Crash bang Boom, Mercato Restaurant, Beau Monde, Toppers Spa, Walnut Street Theatre, Local Artists and Autographed Guitar by Ace Frehley from KISS!

General Tickets are $25 and VIP are $50 (includes Open Bar)
You can purchase tickets at the door or at Philly AIDS Thrift 514 Bainbridge Street - 215.922.3186

Philly AIDS Thrift is a non profit thrift store. Our mission is to sell our lovely donated items and distribute the proceeds to 30 local HIV/AIDS service organization. Won't you join us in this fight? (You Dirty Little Cheapskate!)”

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2. Me said... on Jun 9, 2010 at 10:30AM

“Oh, and there's also this thing called Gay Pride on Sunday, whatever that is. Thanks Weekly for sharing.”

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3. Anonymous said... on Jun 12, 2010 at 02:39PM

“This Sunday (tomorrow) two fabulous lectures on Bangladesh-India's "folk" art embroidered quilts (called kanthas), 11am and 1pm, see”


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