Monday, March 28
“Lord, what fools these mortals be!” exclaims that trickster mofo Puck in Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream—one of the most popular, and charming, of all the ol’ bard’s plays. The Lantern Theater Company is in the middle of a six-week run of this tale of young lovers cavorting in the woods amid much magic and merriment, and to keep you from being one of those fools, the Lantern’s presenting a three-part scholarly “audience enrichment” series called “Midsummer’s Magic: Commedia, Sex, and the Supernatural.” This evening’s installment focuses on the sex part, although it won’t be quite as bardcore as, say, the porn classic A Midsummer Night’s Cream. The University of Delaware’s Dr. Lois Potter, plus the Lantern actors who play Titania and Oberon, will talk about the play’s myriad relationships and themes of love and possession. Hopefully there’ll be a spirited discussion about Titania’s line “Methought I was enamoured of an ass.” -M.A.G.
7pm. $8-$10. St. Stephen’s Theater, 10th & Ludlow sts. lanterntheater.org
Orrin Evans’ Captain Black Big Band
Aside from being one of the most sought-after pianists in jazz, Orrin Evans is a kind of community leader and informal ambassador for the Philadelphia scene. His current project is the Captain Black Big Band, an extended family with members of all races, sexes and age groups gathered together for a noble purpose: to swing like beasts. Since the group polished its sound and rapport in extended residencies at Chris’ Jazz Cafe, it’s only fitting they return to celebrate their eponymous debut album, hot off the presses, recorded live in Philly and New York. The tunes are mostly Evans’, and the tight, passionate arrangements, by altoist Todd Bashore, Baltimore bass clarinetist Todd Marcus and others, make the band sound like an advancing army. -David R. Adler
8pm. $10. Chris’ Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St. 215.568.3131. chrisjazzcafe.com
Tuesday, March 29
Fashion’s definitive master of swirling colors and outrageous silhouettes will soon have his collection of redonkulous couture creations on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Capucci opened his first salon in Rome at the tender age of 20, and quickly became fashion’s innovative wunderkind. He quickly rose through to the ranks of 1960s Italian fashion royalty, producing titillating couture confections with original materials that imbue his work with an alluringly tactile quality. Capucci’s use of vivid colors and origami-inspired shapes is astoundingly fresh and modern, and his impact on the fashion world is evident in the current collections of fashion powerhouses like Marchesa and Christian Dior. Like something out of the Willy Wonka design factory, Capucci’s creations are wearable art, and will be justly presented along with the designers drawings and sketches for the first time in the United States. Viewing Capucci’s work is like being punched in the face by fashion, in the absolute best way possible, and is not to be missed. -Claire Noble
Through June 5. $12-16, Art Museum, 26th street and the Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
Sonic Liberation Front
For their upcoming April release, Philadelphia’s Sonic Liberation Front hooked up with hard-hitting free-jazz drummer Sunny Murray. After hearing bootleg recordings of their first meeting with the former Cecil Taylor sideman from 2002’s Vision Festival (an annual NYC avant-jawn co-curated by bassist William Parker), they decided to reignite the fire in the studio six years later. Murray won’t be joining them tonight, but the 12-tet’s volatile improvising will surely confirm it’s their time now. With five Frontists creating a moving texture of Afro-Cuban-inspired percussion, the saxophones, trombones, and cornets will blow so enraged they’ll stir the ghost of Albert Ayler (another former Murray collaborator). -E.S.
8pm. $5. With Horrible Department + Love Club. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919. kungfunecktie.com
Calendar: Aug. 26-Sept. 2