The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni
During the ‘60s and ‘70s, Soad Hosni was one of the most revered actresses in Arab cinema. This film, directed by Rania Stephan and comprised entirely of VHS clips of the starlet’s movies, tells her story using dialogue from her performances. 7pm. Free-$9. The Ibrahim Theater at International House, 3701 Chestnut St. 267.574.2704. ihousephilly.org
Through Dangers Untold
Fantasy realms come to life via the work of 26 artists in this new exhibition presented by Arch Enemy Arts. Expect to see all the major players from your childhood daydreams, including wizards, demons, dragons and more, in this collection of fantastical wonders. Ongoing through March 30. Arch Enemy Arts, 109 Arch St. 215.717.7774. archenemyarts.com
Wayne “The Train” Hancock
Picture this: You’re in a bar in Texas. Your face is dirty, and you’re staring into a pint glass of rapidly de-carbonating yellow liquid. Your family: Dead. Your money: Gone. Your future: Bleak. You give yourself two options: End it all now or hitch a ride out of town, either on a traincar or horse to pick up where you left off. Wherever you are, chances are the verses of Wayne “The Train” Hancock are bellowing out of the bar’s raggedy speakers, on low. The Austin, TX-based country singer has made a storied career as the sad bear of twangy barroom country music—so much so, it’s been said he’s got “more Hank Sr. in him than either I or Hank Williams Jr.”—and that’s according to Hank Williams III.
Hancock’s lyrics tell the tale best. In “Working at Working,” he sings: “The rich folks call it recession, but the poor folks call it depression ... Working at working, dodging my bills, I wonder if the president knows how I feel. I stood in every soup line around.” In “Lookin’ for Better Days,” he laments about the slow, steady demise of his relationship. “Well, roses are red and violets are blue; you stopped lovin’ me, and I’ll be damned if you do,” he sings. “I’ve got a sad case of lonesome and blues. I’m lookin’ for better days to fall out of love with you.”
If there’s a better reason to stare longingly into the pop-top of a beer from Kungfu Necktie’s Wall of Shame, we don’t want to know it. // RANDY LOBASSO
8pm. $15. With Full Blown Cherry. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919. kungfunecktie.com
As the first professional dance company to devote itself to the African stepping tradition, Step Afrika promotes awareness of the style to tens of thousands of people every year. Join the movement tonight when its members pay a visit to the Temple Performing Arts Center. 7:30pm. $10-20. Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 N. Broad St. 800.298.4200. templeperformingartscenter.org
Alternative Education Forum
Hear representatives from nearby Sudbury, Waldorf and Montessori schools talk about distinct education alternatives in the Philadelphia region for prospective students of all age groups. 6pm. Free. The Philly Free School, 2001 Christian St. phillyfreeschool.org
Chapbook Vending Machine Launch Party
The Head and the Hand celebrates the new location of its Chapbook Vending Machine at Honeygrow. Enjoy complimentary stir-fry samples, live music from the White Cheddar Boys and readings from a handful of Chapbook authors. 8:30pm. Free. Honeygrow, 110 S. 16th St. 215.279.7724. theheadandthehand.com
The Clothesline Muse
It’s no secret that oral traditions have long been a crucial part of ensuring a people’s heritage and culture remains alive and vital. Images of woe-hardened elders regaling their rapt, young grandchildren and great-grands with exciting tales of family lore, narratives lifted by their subjects’ god-given strength and endurance in often inhumane times, are woven into our nation’s tapestry, giving it a richness and depth only matched by the chronicles themselves. Today, amid an era in which instant information—literally, at our fingertips—has a global grip, storytelling to impart lessons of personal and collective histories has all but been lost. The Painted Bride’s multifaceted presentation of The Clothesline Muse brings theater aficionados, art lovers and history buffs a rare opportunity to be reminded just how important and influential oral tradition can be.
The Clothesline Muse explores the toils of domestic labor, focusing on the grind and grace of manual laundry-washing and its influence on the development of community. By acknowledging the hardships and realities of domestic life, the production manages to transform such difficulties into a vessel of cultural longevity. Choreographed by Kariamu Welsh, the monotonous movements of washing, scrubbing and ironing are transformed into explosive moments of dance, aided by award-winning jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon, who serves as the production’s Muse. Her daughter, Maya Freelon Asante, contributes as well, her vibrant tissue-paper art translating into laundry hung out to dry in the sun, the robust hues inspiring the audience to see beyond the drab, mundane household activity. The clothesline also serves as a metaphor, not only symbolizing the sacrifices mothers and grandmothers have made over generations, but paying homage to the inventive games they’d play as girls after the day’s washing was done: using its cording for duty as a jump rope for Double Dutch, or laughing and rhyming during a hand-clap game.
In addition to the production, an installation entitled Clothesline Musings will be on display at the Bride through April 12. // KENNEDY ALLEN
Fri., March 14-Sun., March 16, various times. $18.75-$30. Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St. 215.925.9914. paintedbride.org
No matter how many music blogs you read or how many obscure 7-inch pieces of vinyls you own, when you hear that digitally-manufactured squawk that opens up Ellie Goulding’s semi-hit single (and unofficial New Girl theme song) “Anything Could Happen,” those feet of yours get to tapping. No one’s predicting this British-born synthpop songstress will be the next Amy Winehouse, but Goulding’s music is undeniably fun. And, truth be told, she’s got a hell of a voice.
Goulding has endured a good amount of publicity since her 2010 debut, Lights—some good, some bad. The Guardian described her voice as being “really something special,” while Pitchfork once described her sound as “not folky enough for purists, not sensational enough for the pop crowd, but mid-market, middlebrow.” At her best, Goulding sounds like a dance-heavy mash-up of Katy Perry and Florence + the Machine with a splash of Enya somewhere in there. (And, depending on who you ask, at her worst, she sounds like ... well, a mash-up of Katy Perry and Florence Welch.)
It took her last album, 2012’s Halcyon Days, two whole years to finally break through in the States, but thanks to songs like the aforementioned “Anything Could Happen” and the smash hit “Lights,” it looks as if Goulding’s moment may finally have arrived. This show’s at Temple’s Liacouras Center; if the pop machine has its way, it’ll be the Wells Fargo Center next time. // MAX UFBERG
8pm. $35-$45. With Conway. The Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad St. 215.204.2400. liacourascenter.com
QTPIT, a collective of queer and trans individuals looking to get into the trades, uses bimonthly get-togethers such as this to share experiences and discuss new ideas for the organization. Tonight’s gathering includes discussions on outreach and sprucing up your websites. 6:30pm. Free. The Ahimsa House, 5007 Cedar Ave. 215.485.8857. facebook.com/qtpit
Presented by the Pennsylvania Ballet, this classic comedic tale tells the story of toymaker Dr. Coppelius, who creates a life-sized dancing doll that comes between a young couple in love. Through March 16. $30. Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. 215.551.7000. paballet.org
Playright and Philadelphia native Ginger Dayle examines the fractured psyche of John Hinckley, Jr., the man who attempted to assassinate a newly elected President Ronald Reagan in March of 1981. 8pm. $25-$30. Adrienne Theatre Main Stage, 2030 Sansom St. 215.567.2848. adriennelive.org
Skin & Bone
The second play in Jacqueline Goldfinger’s Southern Gothic trilogy finds sisters Midge and Madge and a new guest at their bed and breakfast on a tumultuous search through the building’s dark past. 8pm. $15-25. Off-Broad Street Theater, 1636 Sansom St. 215.563.1100. off-broadstreet.com
The Legacy of Julia de Burgos: A Reading with Magda Martínez
The cultural heart of Latino Philadelphia, Taller Puertorriqueño has been uniting local groups through art for 40 years, and its outreach efforts and multidisciplinary focus have been lauded for their excellence. Based in North Philly, Taller’s planned expansion into new facilities is a testament to the success of their community-centric programs, which often bridge the past, present and future.
Earlier this month marked the 100th birthday of Julia de Burgos, one of Latin America’s most enduring poetic voices. An advocate for Puerto Rican independence throughout her lifetime, de Burgos was an outspoken civil rights activist whose prose and poetry earned her tremendous respect and admiration globally, specifically from Chilean legend Pablo Neruda. Her standing as an indelible female voice in the Latino diaspora has continued to build since her untimely death in 1953 at the young age of 39.
To honor Burgos’ memory weeks after what would’ve been her 100th birthday, Taller has enlisted Philadelphia-based poet and playwright Magda Martínez, the nationally-recognized spoken-word performer who serves as director of programs for Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial and was one of 12 women to be honored with the Leeway Foundation’s inaugural Transformation Award in 2005. This afternoon, Martínez carries de Burgos’ brilliant flame high, reading selections of the late writer’s work, along with her own acclaimed poetry, and hosting a meet-and-greet afterward. // DANIEL GELB
3pm. Free. Taller Puertorriqueño, 2721 N. Fifth St. 215.426.3311. tallerpr.org
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner: A Gatsby-style Fundraiser for Mt. Airy
Drag diva Martha Graham Cracker hosts this year’s benefit and auction supporting the neighborhood of Mt. Airy. The Gatsby-themed night includes tasty treats, live music and both a silent and live auction. Special guests include Aimee Olexy of Talula’s Garden, Project Runway alum Kirsten Haskins Simms and more. 7pm. $85-$165. Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Ave.
Brave New Worlds Ladies’ Night
It’s 10 percent off purchases at Brave New Worlds for Ladies’ Night tonight. Cupcakes and refreshments will be served as the comic store features its favorite female creators, artists and characters on its shelves. Local comic creators Christine Larsen and Annie Mok will be special guests for the evening. 7pm. Brave New Worlds, 55 N. 2nd St. bravenewworldscomics.com
Celtic Nights: A Night of Music, Song and Dance
The rich cultural history of the Celtic people is on full display this evening at Celtic Nights. An ensemble of powerful Celtic songs and music will be supported by traditional step dancing, featuring some of Ireland’s most promising artists. 8pm. $20-$55. Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St. 215.898.3900. annenbergcenter.org
Brewing: An Introduction to Beer Making
Chef and owner of Terrace Street Bistro Josh Hunter leads an introduction to the art of brewing beer. Hunter’s tutorial will cover the complexities of different brews, as well as the fermentation process, to kick-start your homebrewing knowledge. 1pm. $35-$40. Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave. 215.247.5777. morrisarboretum.org
The Please Touch Museum’s annual Storybook Ball promises to be an enchanting evening for families, full of themed entertainment, dining and dancing. Guests of all ages are encouraged to dress up as their favorite storybook characters in celebration. 6pm. $35-$250. Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republics. 215.581.3175. pleasetouchmuseum.org
The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus: When I Knew
Hear the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus sing a combination of pop songs, Broadway numbers and modern LGBT hits as they perform tonight at the Prince Music Theater. Tonight’s set list will include the Chorus’ version of Al Shorter’s “Oliver Button is a Sissy.” 2pm; 8pm. $30-$55. The Prince Music Theater. 1412 Chestnut St. pgmc.org
Munch Around the Market Scavenger Hunt
Taste what Reading Terminal Market has to offer at this scavenger hunt hosted by Watson Adventures. A list of tricky questions will challenge you to find some of the tastiest foods in the city, with surprises sprinkled through the hunt to keep you on your toes. Noon. $22. Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th St. watsonadventures.com
3rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl
Join PYT, Kings Oak, Darling’s Diner and more for the 3rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl at the Piazza. Each participating bar will be offering $4 beers, $5 Jameson and $7 car bombs. Noon. $10-$20. The Piazza, 1050 N. Hancock St. stpatricksphilly.com
Cirque Eloize: Cirkopolis
Twelve performers combine the art of dance, circus and theater to produce an event unlike any other. A mix of jugglers, contortionists and aerial artists will coalesce to show you a world that thrives on individuality and brings fantasy to life. 8pm. $25-$75. Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St. kimmelcenter.org
bi at Sundown
Just what we need: a dance music-fueled early-in-the-evening weekend finale for the young and sexy among Philly’s LGBTQAI (and straight) scene. Yeah, this set, dubbed bi at Sundown by creator Bruce Yelk, is much more than a bar crawl through the Gayborhood. This—like the hot trailer that dropped for a it a couple weeks ago—is a slick and sultry affair that’ll get you home in time to rise early for work on Monday mornings.
“The ‘bi’ portion is dual pronged,” Yelk recently told PW. “First, the party is bi-weekly, and that seemed to be the easiest way to convey that fact. Plus, I am known to produce several well-known LGBT events, but I wanted this event to be much more inclusive. I think ‘bi’ works on that front—to let everyone know they are welcome.”
Certified party starter Robbie Tronco will help launch each Sundown dancefest, but there’s an array of sure-to-please guest DJs already booked through spring—tonight’s kickoff features The Perry Twins—all of whom have an international profile and spin for both mainstream and LGBT crowds. “I wouldn’t get the flavor I want if I just picked exclusively mainstream or gay DJs … I think people will really love the mix of music, and I expect many raised hands in the crowd,” Yelk says. “I like happy parties, and the music will make you feel good. Why have a party if it’s not fun?”// BILL CHENEVERT
7:04pm. $10-$30. Lit Ultrabar, 460 N. 2nd St. 215.238.0170. litultrabar.com
Korean Film Series
Tonight marks the opening of the PMA’s Korean Film Series. Traditional and modern Korean culture will be explored through the screening of contemporary films, documentaries and classics. Tonight, catch A State of Mind, a film that profiles two North Korean schoolgirls. 1pm. $8. Museum of Art, 2600 Ben Franklin Pkwy. koreanfilmseries.tumblr.com
The Big Quiz Thing
The ultimate trivia experience returns to Philly, hosted by Quizmaster Noah Tarnow, testing your knowledge of pop culture, music, history and sports. Compete against the crowd for the $200 cash jackpot, as well as a bevy of other prizes. 8pm. $8. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. worldcafelive.com
EAR Fuzz: Fight Your Fear
Four artists (two playwrights and two actors) give the audience a rare glimpse into their fears and anxieties. Playing with ideas inspired by their own work, the artists will provide a behind-the-scenes view of theater creation. 8pm. $5-$10. Plays and Players Theater, 1714 Delancey St. playsandplayers.org
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
Broadway legend Elaine Stritch is the focus of this new, uncompromising documentary detailing her life. Now in her late 80s, the ferocious and bold Stritch handles stardom in her own complex way. 7:40pm. $7-$10. Ritz at the Bourse, 400 Ranstead St. 215.440.1181. landmarktheatres.com
Brew Your First Beer
Ever wanted to break into the home-brewing world, but didn’t know where to start? This two-part tutorial uses simple equipment to guide you through the fermenting and bottling process. 7:30pm. $45. Malt House Ltd., 7101 Emlen St. 215.242.1700. malthouseltd.com
Pulitzer-winning reporters Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker discuss their new book Busted, which details how the two journalists exposed corruption and wrongdoing in the narcotics unit of the Philadelphia Police Department. 7:30pm. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. freelibrary.org
Cover songs can be tricky, especially when the cut being remade is a bonafide favorite by an artist from whom fans have been clamoring for new material. So last month, when former Floetry songbird Marsha Ambrosius put out a bold re-do of “Love is Stronger Than Pride,” the 1988 Sade classic, over Primo’s infectious “Come Clean” beat for Jeru the Damaja, suffice it to say, heads took notice—in the best way imaginable. Then came last week’s follow-up, Ambrosius’ free EP titled FVCK&LOVE, a sex-drenched preview of her soon-to-drop sophomore LP, Friends & Lovers. Now Miss Marsha’s really got cats wide open in anticipation.
In the 12 years since stepping onto the neo-soul scene with poet Natalie “The Floacist” Stewart as the songstress half of the duo Floetry, Ambrosius has sho’nuff made a name for herself, her fluid soulfulness ringing through on every track she’s blessed since. (The Grammy-nominated girls split in 2006.) She released her first solo album, Late Nights & Early Mornings, in early 2011, delivering such passionate craftwork as “Far Away” and “Without You,” plus the righteously vengeful “Hope She Cheats On You (With a Basketball Player).” Her Friends & Lovers, which is due for release March 21—three days after Stewart’s third solo LP, Rise of the Phoenix Mermaid, hits streets—is sure to offer more insight into the singer-songwriter’s artistic inner workings—and, more importantly, deliver more thrilling songs that some skilled singer will cover one day. // K.A.
8pm. $20-$25. With GoGo Morrow, Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St. tlaphilly.com
A Conversation with Tom Junod
Revered American magazine journalist Tom Junod sits down for a conversation hosted by Paul Hendrickson at Kelly Writers House this week. Junod has written for Esquire since 1997, and is best known for his satirical piece on R.E.M singer Michael Stipe in 2001. Noon. Free. Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk. 215.746.POEM. writing.upenn.edu/wh/
Celebrate Spring Fashion Event
Neiman Marcus and the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House come together to celebrate spring fashion and raise funds for families in need. This fashion presentation will showcase spring’s top trends and features tasty treats, champagne and a talk with Neiman Marcus’ fashion director Caroline Maguire. Wed., March 12, 11:30am. $100. Neiman Marcus, The Plaza at King of Prussia, 160 N. Gulph Rd, King of Prussia.
Venus in Fur
Sean Gallagher and Kelly Varnes star in this sex comedy about Thomas Novacheck, a writer-director who encounters Vanda Jordan, an actress looking to play the part in Thomas’ new play. Despite the initial first impression she gives Thomas of being needy, crude and desperate, Vanda goes on to provide some astonishing insights into the novel, which gives her total dominance over the director. Thurs., March 13, 8pm. $15-$20. The Black Box at Opera Delaware, 4 S. Poplar St. Wilmington, Del. bootless.org
Sugarload Crafts Festival
Jury-selected craftspeople from around the country showcase their latest and greatest works. Sculptures, glassworks, jewelry, photography and fine art will all be displayed and available for purchase. Fri., March 14, 10am. $8-$10. Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. 100 Station Ave., Oaks, PA. sugarloafcrafts.com
Tropicana’s St. Patrick’s Week Events
St. Patrick’s Day is extended into a week-long celebration at Tropicana on the Atlantic City boardwalk. The week’s kickoff event will take place Sunday with RiRa Irish Pub’s Polar Plunge event, in which participants will drop into the freezing Atlantic Ocean for a cold swim. Sun., March, 16, various times. Tropicana Casino & Resort. 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J. tropicana.net
Compiled by Jake Abbate, Daniel Gelb and Thomas Beck
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