The Peking Acrobats
China’s world-renowned tumblers, jugglers and contortionists put on a spectacular performance of gravity-defying feats and seemingly impossible acts of flexibility and control. Performances include daring tricks and maneuvers on top of a precarious pagoda of chairs, trick cycling, tumbling, somersaulting and gymnastics accompanied by live musicians playing traditional Chinese instruments. 10:15am. $9.50. Keswick Theater, 291 N. Keswick Ave. keswicktheatre.com
7-Up On Pound
Join UPenn’s annual seven-minute talk series featuring seven different ways to talk about one shared topic. Tonight’s talk focuses on “pound” and will include Kenna O’Rourke talking about the British Pound, Waleed Yousef discussing the dog pound, Kristen Martin on delicious pound cake, Madeleine Wattenbarger discussing the Twitter hashtag and more. 6pm. Free. Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk. 215.746.POEM. writing.upenn.edu/wh
Girls Night Out
This fun-filled ladies night features shopping, food, wine and access to more than 30 of Philadelphia’s luxury retailers. Treat yourself to massages from Massage Envy, delicious treats from Vintage Wine Bar & Bistro, locally-made jewelry from Urban Princess Boutique and much more. 5:30pm. $50. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St. theflowershow.com
Join glass artist Robert Mickelson as he presents a demonstration on flameworking as part of the National Liberty Museums’ current exhibition of glass inspired by biological models. After the demonstration, guests will be able to explore the full museum, purchase glass and enjoy a meet-and-greet with the artist. 6pm. $5-$12. The National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut St. libertymuseum.org
Doug Elkins’ 20-plus year career of choreography has garnered widespread critical acclaim, and his unique blend of hip-hop and contemporary dance has yielded fantastic performances. Tonight, catch his newest work, a cross-section of comedy, flirtation and romance in dance. 8pm. $20-$55. Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St. 215.898.3900. annenbergcenter.org
Helen Oyeyemi: Boy, Snow, Bird
Join Helen Oyeyemi, author of The Icarus Girl, The Opposite House and White is for Witching, at this free event to promote her newest novel. Boy, Snow, Bird puts a new spin on the classic story of Snow White, highlighting issues like race, beauty and family secrets. 7:30pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. freelibrary.org
Don Rickles. Andrew Dice Clay. Lisa Lampanelli. Entertainment history knows them as the leading shock comics of their respective day, each with careers chock full of enough dirty jokes to choke a nun. While many wannabe-comedians aspire to reach the level of their derisively funny counterparts, precious few have managed to fill those pairs of clown shoes. Now, Amy Schumer has joined this pantheon of irreverent hilarity, her girl-next-door looks belying her knack for the particularly profane.
A native New Yorker, Schumer started working on her comedic stripes early by being voted “Class Clown” and “Teacher’s Worst Nightmare” in high school, later honing her skills at Towson University and the William Esper Studio in New York City. Appearances on NBC’s Last Comic Standing led to stints on 30 Rock, Curb Your Enthusiasm and a Comedy Central Presents special of her own, and the comedienne’s star began to climb. But it wasn’t until the Comedy Central roasts of Charlie Sheen and Roseanne Barr—after Schumer’s relentless assaults on both the roastees and some roasters—that she began to turn heads. An hour-long 2012 special, Amy Schumer: Mostly Sex Stuff, set the stage for last year’s Inside Amy Schumer, an entire sketch show hosted by—and, of course, featuring—the funnygirl herself. Its new season, by the way, premieres on April Fool’s Day. How apropos. // KENNEDY ALLEN
8pm and 10:30pm. $37.50-$47.50. The Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215.572.7650. keswicktheatre.com
Vice Coffee, Tattoos and Books Opening
From the brain trust behind 12th Street’s The Institute comes Spring Garden’s newest business addition—Vice Coffee, Tattoos and Books. Celebrate the First Friday opening with two of the neighborhood’s newest tattooers, Jerome Gunn and Mark Petrunak; enjoy tasting specials, and browse through Vice’s growing book collection. 8pm. Free. Vice Coffee, 1031 Spring Garden St. facebook.com/vicecoffee
Visual artist Gunnar Montana opens his new fairy-tale installation at the Latvian Society, transforming the space into a winter wonderland, complete with indoor snowfall. The production includes a dance performance featuring drag, burlesque and contempory dance with found objects. 7pm. $15. The Latvian Society, 531 N. Seventh St. gunnarmt.com
Carmina Burana and Stravinsky Violin Concerto
John Butler’s take on Carmina Burana has been a Pennsylvania Ballet staple since the 1960s. This 50th anniversary performance remains relevant and fresh, and is coupled with a company premiere of George Balanchine’s Stravinsky Violin Concerto. 7:30pm. $50-$125. Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street. 215.551.7000. paballet.org
Meet Me on South Street: The Story of JC Dobbs
The Legendary Dobbs on South Street has played an important role shaping Philadelphia’s music scene. Tonight, Vinyl Revival screens Meet Me on South Street, the George Manney-directed film that documents the history of the venue since its opening in 1974. 7pm. $5-$8. Vinyl Revival, 35-37 N. Lansdowne Ave. 610.284.3537. vinylrevivalrecords.com
Lorde: Listen to the Rest
“Royals” is just about a year old, but it feels like—even if you haven’t purchased it or pulled it up on your Spotify—every single one of us has heard the song at least 100 times since last March. In stores, in clubs, in the car, from other cars, anywhere one generally gets unwillingly exposed to “radio hits”—and yet, strangely, we’re not even really that tired of it. That song’s got some voodoo. The magic Lorde has conjured, at the ripe age of 16 (when “Royals” first appeared on her debut EP The Love Club), has earned the single 6x platinum status in Canada and Australia and 4x platinum status in the U.S. and her home country, New Zealand.
But you know what’s a shame? Some folks might still be sleeping on the rest of Pure Heroine, her big, fat Stateside debut statement swollen with bangers and zen-filled trip-pop, an LP that’s really only about five months old. It managed to rocket its way to the top of 2013 year-end lists on the strength of the second single, “Tennis Court,” and the absolutely bonkers third, “Team.” The latter has one of my favorite beats in recent memory, it’s just so strong. “400 Lux,” Pure Heroine’s second track, pulls you in like a vicious undertow with its murky, dank funk. “Ribs” manages to capture that anthemic kineticism of youth, with a little bit of emotional schlock, in a completely earnest, palatable way. And “Buzzcut Season,” with its flawless piano plinks, feels like what Coldplay used to accomplish—a delicate balance between pop cheese and delicious adult contemporary.
Lorde’s aesthetic plucks from some of the greatest girls in pop: Robyn, Katy B, Santigold, HAIM and Charli XCX, to name a few. That she may just have the goods to establish a long, successful run at radio royalty is enough to make music lovers in both noble and common classes giddy with hope and anticipation. // BILL CHENEVERT
9pm. Sold out. Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow sts., Upper Darby. 215.922.1011. thetowerphilly.com
Dragapalooza: Pop Divas
Nowadays, there are few unequivocal truths for a gay man, and one of them—for better or worse—is that drag and pop songstresses are part of the culture. It goes back to the pre-Stonewall days, when Judy Garland was our everything, then up through the “Paris Is Burning” era, pointing to the inspiring courage with which men dressed as women braved scrutiny and sometimes violence. While fresh-faced baby gays scream about Betty Who, Little Mix, Wynter Gordon or Kat Graham, the millions of men who came of age in the ‘70s and ‘80s looked to Diana Ross, Cher, Whitney, Tina Turner and Bette Midler to give them life. There’s room for all of them! We just love a fierce, strong woman, especially when they acknowledge and welcome their obvious—and voracious—gay following.
With production from Bruce Yelk and Carl Michaels, plus Brittany Lynn as a host, there’s going to be some seriousness to Dragapalooza’s night of diva worship—but not too much. Purported divas to be homaged are Gaga, Brit, Miley, JLo, Madge, P!nk and Janet, plus a few of the old staples previously mentioned. They’ll be impersonated by some of the city’s premiere drag talent, including Aeryanah Von Moi, Maria Top Cat, Omyra Lynn and last season’s (local) Drag Race winner, Zsa Zsa St. James. Just be sure to have some cash on hand to tip your bartenders and favorite queens. // B.C.
9pm. $20-$40. Voyeur, 1221 St. James St. 215.735.5772. voyeurnightclub.com
Latinas United for the Cure
This empowerment event looks to inspire Latina women to take the steps necessary to prevent breast cancer—the most prevalent killer cancer in their demographic. CBS 3 news anchor Ileana Diaz serves as mistress of ceremonies at this free bilingual event, featuring, lectures, workshops, group sessions and more. 8am. Free. Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market St. 215.238.8900. komenphiladelphia.org/Latinas
Brazilian Carnaval Fundraiser
Take part in an hour-long samba workshop and learn about other styles of dance—like the forbidden Lambada—at this fundraiser to support Project Capoeira. 6pm. $15. Project Capoeira, 1213 Race St. 215.601.9117. phillycapoeira.com
Local burlesque performer Lil’ Steph presents this celebration of the Jazz Age’s most decadent cities and the nightlife that engulfed their patrons. Vintage dress is encouraged. 9pm. $18-$22. Ruba Ballroom, 416 Green St. 215.627.9831. rubaclubstudios.org
Northern Liberties in Words and Film
The Philadelphia History Museum continues its in-depth look at the history of Northern Liberties with readings about the neighborhood from a handful of locals, as well as a screening of Northern Liberties: Destitute Urban Carnival Reborn, John Thornton’s 2011 documentary on the region. 2pm. $6-$10. Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent, 15 S. Seventh St. 215.685.4830 philadelphiahistory.org
IKEA BYOF Day
IKEA’s third annual Bring Your Own Friends Day is the store’s way of thanking customers for their continued loyalty, so get a group together for a shot at exclusive deals, in-store activities and giveaways. And as an added bonus, you’ll have a few extra sets of hands to help put together that futon. Noon. Free. IKEA, 2206 S. Columbus Blvd. byofday.com
Dizzy Fingers: The Life of Joe Soprani
At 78 years young, Joseph Soprani has lived a remarkable musician’s life. Whether performing alongside opera legend Luciano Pavarotti at the Spectrum or receiving the prestigious Air Force Roger as a soloist in the U.S. Air Force Band under Col. George S. Howard, this vibrant Philadelphian has reshaped the way audiences view the accordion.
Most Americans identify the old-world instruments with polka—but here in Philly, Soprani (like fellow local squeezebox star Rob Hyman, of the Hooters) has been showcasing the accordion’s stunning versatility for decades.
While acting as a sound engineer for Soprani, audio tech/filmmaker Brendan McGeehan found himself captivated by the man’s amazing career tales and became inspired to tell his story. Funded via a successful Kickstarter campaign, McGeehan’s Dizzy Fingers: The Life of Joe Soprani, a documentary teeming with music and interviews of people within Soprani’s circle, as well as some handy historical context regarding the instrument itself from ethnomusicologist Marion Jacobson, is set for a premiere screening at World Café Live.
Preceding the film, Soprani will perform live with a full band, assuring that by the end of the night, audiences will have a completely different perception of a highly misunderstood instrument and a fuller appreciation of one of Philly’s unsung musical heroes. // K.A.
7pm. $12. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. philly.worldcafelive.com
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
Crowd-focused photographs of Philly’s DIY music community. Featuring the work of multiple area photographers, the exhibit documents the raw emotion of underground music from the ‘90s through today. Through March 19. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St. philamoca.org
Science on Tap
This month’s science happy hour features Dr. Eric Schelter from UPenn’s Department of Chemistry discussing rare earth metals and the dark side of their exploitative mining and processing. 6pm. Free. National Mechanics, 22 S. Third St. scienceontapphilly.com
Woody Allen and Liev Schreiber star in this unlikely comedy about a bookstore owner who hopes to avoid the closure of his business by raising funds as a pimp. 7:30pm. $18. Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St. princemusictheater.org
Stephen Jimenez: The Book of Matt
Last fall marked the 15th anniversary of the murder of Matthew Shepard, the 21-year-old gay student who became a posthumous poster child for hate crime laws after he was tortured and killed in Laramie, Wyoming in October of 1998. Two weeks before this anniversary, veteran journalist Stephen Jimenez published The Book of Matt: The Truth About the Murder of Matthew Shepard. In it, he detailed his long residency in Wyoming after a gag order was lifted that had kept many mouths shut for a solid year until Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson were convicted of Shepard’s murder.
Jimenez got to know the suspects and their girlfriends, discovered inconsistencies in police reports and started digging deeper. What he found was a bunch of meth heads and an anonymous letter that claims McKinney’s “gay panic defense” was bullshit: He’d been hooking for meth; Shepard was a target because he was a dealer, and McKinney, bugged out on a days-long binge—and, the author argues, likely Shepard’s bi lover—wanted his stash. Plus, Laramie cops can’t provide toxicology reports from McKinney’s arrest that they claim show he was clean and sober when he was apprehended, after they found Shepard’s bloody wallet in his truck.
The gay Jimenez has appeared on many talk shows, including virulently bigoted ones, whose hosts seem to resent the way Shepard was turned into a hero-victim when then-President Bill Clinton deemed his brutal attack a hate crime. Hear what he has to say tonight. // B.C.
7:30pm. Free. Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St. freelibrary.org
Giovanni’s Room: 40th Anniversary
Giovanni’s Room, the country’s biggest and best LGBT bookstore, celebrates its 40th anniversary with a party featuring current owner Ed Hermance, as well as previous owners Tom Wilson Weinberg, Dan Sherubo, Pat Hill and Arleen Olshan. Together, they’ll tell stories about the bookstore’s past and share what it’s future holds. 7:30pm. William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St. waygay.org
American Heroes & Innovators
This exhibit features new paintings and drawings from local artists Chris and Justin Hopkins, honoring various African-Americans and their contributions to American society. Through March 15. Free. Gravers Lane Gallery, 8405 Germantown Ave.
Jewish Music Unplugged
Wonderfully restored and revamped, the Boot & Saddle club is a treasure on South Broad and highly conducive to an intimate musical experience. That’s the perfect showcase for tonight’s “Jewish Music Unplugged” event, for which the venue’s teamed up with Temple University’s Feinstein Center, assembling an eclectic mix of burgeoning Jewish-American musicians for an evening of engaging music and good conversation.
Founded in 1990, the Myer & Rosaline Feinstein Center for American Jewish History is an integral facet of Temple’s history program. Devoted to the understanding of and appreciation for the Jewish-American footprint in this country, the center sponsors conferences, symposia and public events throughout the Delaware Valley, so the Boot & Saddle jam is just another way of reaching—and teaching—the community it serves.
Tonight’s bill features a roster of five talented acts: Zach Fredman and Yosef Goldman, both rabbis and members of the Epichorus, will perform independently. Aaron Bisman, the founder and former CEO of the now-defunct JDub Records, joins singer/songwriter Chana Rothman and Joey Weisenberg, creative director of the Hadar Center for Communal Jewish Music, in rounding out the nights’ guests. And every artist on stage aims to make a lasting impression—individually and as a collective—on cultural landscapes here, in the promised land and everywhere in between. // DANIEL GELB
8pm. $5. The Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St. 267.639.4528. bootandsaddlephilly.com
Internationally acclaimed contemporary flamenco artists have teamed up for Philadelphia’s second bi-annual festival honoring the art form. The festival will feature lectures, film screenings, performances and more. Through March 16. Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, 33rd and Market sts. pasionyarteflamenco.org
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. 7:30pm. $25-$75. Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St. kimmelcenter.org
Arsenic and Old Lace
Elaine Harper can’t quite fit in with her fiance, Mortimer Brewster’s, family. Brewster has an uncle who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt and two crazy aunts who have a bizarre hobby: tricking lonely old men into drinking wine laced with arsenic, strychnine and cyanide. 8pm. $14.25-$71.75. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St. walnutstreettheatre.org
Next to Normal
Acting veteran Krissy Fraelich and recording artist Brian Bortnick star in this rendition of Next to Normal, a play that tells the tale of a suburban mother learning to cope with her bipolar disorder. Fri., March 7, 8pm. $30-$40. The Eagle Theatre. 208 Vine St., Hammonton, NJ. theeagletheatre.com
Academy Award-winning actor Jamie Foxx comes to A.C.’s Revel Casino to perform a new showcase of music and comedy. Fri., March 7, 9pm. $51.75-$161.75. Revel’s Ovation Hall, 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J. revelresorts.com
The Globetrotters have been doing crazy things with basketballs for 88 years now. This year’s “Fans Rule” Tour allows the audience to vote on new Globetrotters rules involving the Trick Shot Challenge and the 6 on 5. After the game, the team will spend time signing autographs, taking photos and shooting hoops with fans on the court. Sat., March 8, 2pm. $22-$120. Sun National Bank Center, 81 Hamilton Ave., Trenton, N.J. sunnationalbankcenter.com
Atlantic City Antiques Show
The Atlantic City Antiques Show offers a wide variety of collectibles available for purchase and display. The event not only caters to shoppers in the market for antiques, but also for those who interested in the fascinating artifacts of previous generations. Sat., March 8, 9am. $15-$30. Trump Taj Mahal, 1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J. trumptaj.com
Calendar: March 25-April 1
PW's 2015 Philly Spring Guide