Wednesday, May 1
Less than a year after frontman Fred Durst told rock music mag Kerrang! that Limp Bizkit is over, the band is touring again and has a new album, Stampede of the Disco Elephants, set to drop this summer. 8pm. $30. Theatre of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011. tlaphilly.com
The Philadelphia Jewish Music Festival
The Gershman Y’s Jewish Music Festival brings Philly nine days of music performances spanning blues, cabaret, klezmer and more. Check out individual shows or buy an all-access pass that gets you reserved seating to all of the events. Through May 9. $25-$100. Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad St.
Ben Franklin Parkway Walking Tour
A walk down the Parkway from City Hall on a clear, sunny afternoon or balmy night is always rewarding; there are many works of art dotting its sides, drawing your attention and respect. On this walking tour, volunteers from the Preservation Alliance will explain the history of these architectural wonders, as well as the urban renewal project that spawned the Parkway back in 1917. 6pm. $8-$10. Fairmount Park Welcome Center, 1599 JFK Blvd. 215.546.1146. preservationalliance.com
Thursday, May 2
Koresh Spring Festival
Over the next two weekends, Koresh Dance Company has invited 27 esteemed dance troupes and choreographers from around the Philadelphia area to share the stage at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre for a total of 11 different performances. The theme of this year’s festival, “Come Together,” seems perfectly befitting given that it seeks to introduce locals to the wide spectrum of talent this city’s dance community has to offer. Tonight, audiences are in for an exceptional showcase featuring four critically acclaimed troupes and an eclectic mix of genres—from the collaborative contemporary ballet of Carbon Dance Theatre to Rennie Harris PureMovement’s fresh take on hip-hop dance theater. And then there’s Brian Sanders’ JUNK, whose innovative choreography bridges the gap between traditional dance and physical theater through the use of found objects, jaw-dropping aerobatic fetes and five of the most gorgeous specimen you’ve likely ever seen. Last but not least, Koresh’s technically superb dancers will offer a glimpse of the company’s vast repertoire of work, a fusion of modern dance, jazz and ballet. Not only will this likely be the only opportunity you get to see these troupes in action on one bill, but it’ll most certainly be the only time you get to see all four perform for less than $40. The tickets practically sell themselves, folks. / Nicole Finkbiner
7:30pm. Through May 12. $25-$35. Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St. 215.985.0420. koreshdance.org
This cocktail party and auction will benefit the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance and the work it does for sexually abused children in Philadelphia. Each attendee is asked to bring a teddy bear to donate to the organization. Every child who receives services from the Children’s Alliance is offered the opportunity to select a teddy bear upon leaving the center. This small token has been found to help begin the healing process for the city’s most vulnerable children. 5:30pm. $85. Crystal Tea Room, 100 Penn Square East. bearaffair.org
Up All Night with Carol Miller
Learn about radio legend Carol Miller’s rise to success in a male-dominated radio industry. Miller will read from Up All Night, the story of her life as one of the nation’s top DJs. 7pm. $7. Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad St. 215.545.4400. gershmany.org
Red & Black Affair!
Snag a day at the spa or a night out on the town at this silent auction benefiting The Ladybug Project. Mosey around an indoor/outdoor garden and art exhibit at the Philadelphia Magic Gardens while contributing to a good cause. 5:30pm. $25-$30. Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020-1022 South St. 850.320.3237. theladybugproject.com
Broad St. United
The University of the Arts and Temple University team up to produce a concert featuring some of Philly’s best homegrown talent. Mo Lowda, Ill Doots, Seismic Thrust and Cute Girl from English headline this day-long event that will help you kick off summer right. 2pm. $3-$5. Broad St. Ministry, 315 S. Broad St. broadstreetministry.org
Kid Ink and DJ Bonics
Twenty-five-year-old Los Angeles-based rapper Kid Ink, whose recent single “Bad Ass” features MMG heavyweights Wale and Meek Mill, heads to Philly with DJ Bonics, Wiz Khalifa’s official DJ. 8pm. $15. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011. tlaphilly.com
Friday, May 3
A little over two years ago, on March 11, 2011, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake hit the Pacific coast of Japan, bringing with it plenty of death, misery, destruction and nuclear fallout. The energy released from the earth’s crust led to tsunami waves 133 feet high, which devastated the northern city of Miyako, the waters barreling six miles inland. There was a meltdown at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, resulting in at least three nuclear explosions due to a cooling system failure. The Japanese National Police Agency reported more than 15,000 deaths (though some estimates of those killed are as high as 19,000), 129,225 collapsed buildings and an estimated economic cost of $235 billion. It was a horrible time. And recent reports suggest there could be more to come.
But, well—lemonade from lemons, right? That’s the point of JapanAmerica Wonderwave, a so-called “disaster response mixtape” presented by Team Sunshine Performance Corporation. Team Sunshine is made up of Philly-based artists Alex Torra, Makoto Hirano and Benjamin Camp (Camp and Hirano star; Torra directs), and their current production is meant to tell the story of two friends trying to understand the Japanese tragedy from the United States in a comedic, minimalist style. The two performers tell their story, according to its press info, by placing “themselves inside and outside of tragic situations, delicately enacting images of natural disasters, heroically voyaging to a post-tsunami Japan, and wildly dancing to the music that they listen to in times of desperation” while employing an overture of American and Asian pop. And while the music plays, they find themselves asking about the emotions present when breaking up with a boyfriend or girlfriend, as compared to the universal human and infrastructural damage inflicted by a tsunami thousands of miles away.
This incarnation of Team Sunshine’s Wonderwave is part three in as many years; it’s always been a work in progress. The first, in 2011, was presented by the Asian Arts Initiative, the second co-commissioned by the Commotion Festival in 2012, and the latest is an independent staging. / Randy LoBasso
Thurs., May 2-Sun., May 12. Various times. $10-$60. With anonymous bodies and Christopher Sean Powell. Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American St. neighborhood-house.com
Philadelphia Kidney Action Day
Your mother was right, you know, cautioning you—no, make that forcing, often with only a pointed glance—to fill that drinking glass with water after hours of play, instead of soda or whatever colorized flavor of sugar water sat chilling on your fridge’s top shelf. All that haranguing (and subsequent eyerolling) pays off on days like today, dubbed Kidney Action Day, for which the American Kidney Fund has planned a slew of free events in cities where kidney disease rates exceed the nation’s average. This year, Philadelphia joins that dubious roster, and the city kicks off AKF’s Kidney Action Day series tour with fun-filled festivities for the entire family slated to help attendees assess their risk for kidney disease, with an emphasis on prevention. Organized with the aid of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Kidney Action Day activities include health screenings, interactive fitness presentations, cooking demos—and samples of the delicious, healthy results—as well as entertainment and kids’ games, all geared toward maintaining optimal wellness. And Kidney Action Day festivities are slated to take place in Chicago, Washington D.C., Atlanta and elsewhere over the rest of the season and the year, so if you’ve got family or friends in those locales, tell ‘em to plan to attend, too—and to trade those cans of sky blue-hued pseudo-beverage in for some good ol’ H2O. / Kenya Beverly
10am. Free. City of Philadelphia Municipal Services Building Plaza, 1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd. kidneyfundorg.com
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