Suited for Space
The spacesuit and its complex inner workings will be deconstructed at this exhibit featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the design and development and how the suit enables astronauts to survive and move in space. Through Nov. 14. Free. Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut St. chemheritage.org
This is the Week That Is
1812 Productions’ fan-favorite staple blends political satire with comedy and music to create a hilarious take on local and national headlines. The ensemble production, directed by Jennifer Childs, features an ever-changing script that is rewritten nightly. 6:30pm. $30. Through June 1. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St. 1812productions.org
Magnet Magazine Turns 21!
Eric T. Miller was a 21-year-old Temple journalism student when he started Magnet with a handful of folks who had a solid nine or 10 years on him. Most have since married and babied up, but Miller’s been continuously at the helm since its first issue in the summer of ‘93. They may not have known at the time that they’d go on to become one of the nation’s most respected alt-monthly music mags (alongside Mojo, Paste, Uncut, Rolling Stone and Spin), but they’ve always and lovingly called Philadelphia home. Magnet’s never really focused on the Philly scene, but they’ve benefitted from and watched an evolving city become a destination for bands, tours and New York City expats alike.
“I feel very connected to this city, and I’ve always said that part of the Magnet story is the fact that it’s a Philadelphia story,” Miller tells PW. “I love this city. It’s my favorite city in the world. And I like the fact that people know that Magnet’s from Philly.”
Its first handful of covers captured Urge Overkill, Julia Hatfield, Afghan Whigs, Pavement, Sebadoh, Jesus Lizard, and, aptly, the headlining guests of Magnet’s 21st birthday party Thursday night: Guided by Voices. Tom Waits doesn’t do much press, and Magnet’s put him on their cover twice. “You plan and plan and plan, and sometimes things go your way and you get lucky,” Miller says. And it was Waits’ endorsement that encouraged Jim Jarmusch to do some rare interviews. “I wanted to do it because Tom Waits said you Magnet guys are cool,” Jarmusch told the assigned writer—which might just be the highest praise a magazine can get.
The lineup that the ‘zine’s put together for their birthday soiree is brick solid: GBV headline, with sickening support from Titus Andronicus and Surfer Blood. Help ‘em blow out the candles in celebration of one of Philadelphia’s points of pride: a magazine that’s aged gracefully and covered rock music dutifully and stylishly for 21 years. Here’s to 21 more. // BILL CHENEVERT
8pm. $35. Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888. thetroc.com
Something to Wine About
Laurie Forster, also known as “The Stand-Up Sommelier,” brings her edgy, vino-focused brand of humor to Philly for yet another installment of her unrestrained approach to wine education. Indulge in five specially chosen wines as Forster exposes some hilarious aspects of the wine industry. 6:30pm. $55. Spectrum Grill at XFINITY Live!, 1100 Pattison Ave. 215.586.4088. thewinecoach.com/xfinity
Dine Out for the Environment
Several of the most sustainable restaurants in Philadelphia will donate 15 percent of today’s sales to the Clean Air Council to support the work they do in our region. Participating eateries include Agno Grill, The Mildred, Pure Fare and many more. Various locations. dineoutfortheenvironment.org
Infinite Place: The Ceramic Art of Wayne Higby
One of two new solo exhibitions presented by Philadelphia Art Alliance showcases the work of post-WWII ceramicist Wayne Higby. The installation traces Higby’s progression as an artist from his early work in the 1960s to the present. 6pm. Free. Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th St. 215.545.4322. philartalliance.org
Joel Katz: Freedom Summer
Yale student Joel Katz spent seven weeks in 1964 writing and taking pictures for his Scholar of the House project, and now, 50 years later, his labors have finally been documented in book form. Katz will be on hand to discuss his experiences. 7pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322. freelibrary.org
Please, for the love of everything holy, stop asking comic-actor-writer Charlie Murphy about Chappelle’s Show. Yes, it’s the now-legendary jawn that made him the Murphy brother everyone’s been talking about since his famous-first baby bro’s been laying low. Yes, its the “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories” bits on Chappelle’s that will forever be remembered and revisited—on YouTube, at water coolers, between just-chillin’ friends—as the most hysterical been-there accounts of memorable black celebrity moments, complete with Jheri curl wigs, Members Only jackets and Prince making pancakes. Here’s the thing, though: By living in his past, you’re ignoring Murphy’s current currency in comedy. Stop that right now.
Granted, I too miss his gritty charms on the wan revival of now-Aaron McGruder-less The Boondocks, on which Murphy voiced the insane, rich-bitch Iraq War vet and pain bringer Ed Wuncler III—especially opposite Samuel L. Jackson’s equally mad Gin Rummy; dang, they should’ve got their own spin-off!—but time marches on. Thankfully, McGruder’s new Adult Swim offering, the eagerly awaited Black Jesus, will put Murphy back in the TV spotlight with Boondocks co-star John Witherspoon and comedian-writer Corey Holcomb, this time in live action. And it’s set in Compton. Oh. hell. yes.
For four whole nights, including a couple early shows, the former delinquent and ex-Navy man’s bringing his own brand of comic menace thisclose to local diehards, and he hasn’t been here in ages, so there's no certainty he’ll be back soon. Get in where you fit in, friend. // KENYA BEVERLY
Through Sun., May 25. $30-$37. Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. heliumcomedy.com
MIND & BODY
Free Yoga on the Race Street Pier
Yoga practitioners of all levels are invited to partake in this free, scenic, six-day-a-week course that runs throughout the summer. The hour-long classes will be taught by yoga collective Yogis Unite. No need to sign up in advance; just bring your own mat and enjoy the view. Various times. Free. Race Street Pier, Race St. and N. Columbus Blvd. delawareriverwaterfront.com
Liquidelphia Spring Hip-Hop Workshop
Learn how to pop, lock, glide, grind and twerk with international dancer and choreographer Joseph “Liquidelphia” Ingram. The class welcomes all skill levels interested in learning basic hip-hop techniques and choreography. 8pm. $10. Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine St. 215.569.1218. performancegarage.org
Almanac Dance Circus Theatre: Communitas
Pig Iron School alumni Ben Grinberg and Nick Gillette crafted this new performance that utilizes acrobatics and human sculptures to tell the story of a civilization being founded. 8pm. $10-$20. Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American St. 215.922.1695. neighborhood-house.com
Grim Philly’s Riverboat Cruise: Pirates, Rum Runners and the Jersey Devil
Tour guides ranging from college professors to published authors will share uncensored stories of seaside debauchery whilst traveling down the Delaware on this nighttime booze cruise. Hear the spooky tales of famous Philly pirates, and learn about the Jersey Devil, who allegedly terrorized Philly’s waterfront at the turn of the century. 11pm. $50. Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd. 215.413.8655. phillyseaport.org
Architecture & Musical Evolution with David Byrne
Talking Heads mastermind David Byrne also moonlights as a visual artist, and tonight he’ll attempt to shed some light on how architecture has influenced new innovations in music over the years. 6pm. $28-35. The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. 215.278.7000. barnesfoundation.org
Manchester Orchestra + Balance and Composure
The former’s not from Manchester—in fact, they’re Georgia peaches, fresh from Atlanta, but they’re not exactly soft and sweet. MO’s a band that plays loud most of the time, and they’re supporting their fourth LP, Cope, out last month, with some great local help. They are one of those bands that can rip, yet tone it down for soft, sweet moments (like “I Can Feel a Hot One”), which is to say that their sound’s got complexity and variety. Rhythm guitarist and lead singer-songwriter Andy Hull has emotional depth, sometimes it seems, to a fault. His songs tow the line of corniness, encroaching on Conor Oberst and Death Cab for Cutie territory, but always keeping much angrier bands like Mastodon, Brand New or Modest Mouse on their shoulders, whispering “Get mad!” into their ears.
It’ll be interesting to watch a classic lineup formula turned on its head, because one of our favorite bands, Balance and Composure, tend to really get the pogo-ing and screaming hair-whipping going with their special brand of emo-tinged thrash. Whereas many bookers will leave the hardest and loudest for last, these sets’ crowds will get riled up to take in a less-loud headliner. The Will Yip-produced Doylestown gents have only given us two LPs, but last year’s The Things We Think We’re Missing yielded superjams like the opener, “Parachutes,” and the title-cradling “Tiny Raindrop.” B&C are ones to watch, and tonight’s a great chance to catch some lovely, lively rock ‘n roll. // B.C.
Through Sun., May 25. With Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.2599. tlaphilly.com
Short Films by John Hubley
John Hubley’s contributions to the art of animated films stretches back to the 1930s. Hubley was a key animator during Disney’s formative years and continued his craft while collaborating closely with his family. Catch this rare collection of Hubley’s whimsical and deeply textured short animated films. 7pm. $9. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. 215.387.5125. ihousephilly.org
Memorial Day Weekend
The National Constitution Center pays tribute to our military heroes with a weekend packed with patriotic events. Learn proper flag-raising protocol, and write letters of gratitude to our men and women stationed overseas. Through Mon., May 26. Free with admission. National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St. 215.409.6600. constitutioncenter.org
Los Master Plus
Guadalajara-based duo Los Master Plus bring their high-energy Latin alternative performance to Milkboy. With support from urbano pop artist El Malito, Los Master Plus will have you up out of your seats and salsa-ing till the wee hours. 8:30pm. $10. Milkboy, 1100 Chestnut St. 215.925.MILK. milkboyphilly.com
PHAIR at The Oval
Summer kicks off at The Oval this weekend with a three-day outdoor artisan market. Live music, DJ sets, handmade vendors and delicious food highlights the weekend fair, a perfect family friendly way to welcome in the warm weather. The Oval, 2601 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. phillyphair.com
It’s a Man’s World? Gender, Kingship, and the Afterlife
Camden Community College professor Dr. Josh Roberson opines on the role of gender as seen by the ancient Egyptians. Through analysis of an ancient book titled The Awakening of Osiris, Roberson will deconstruct the importance of female leaders during the Egyptian empire. 3:30pm. $5-$10. Penn Museum, 3260 South St. 215.898.4000. penn.museum
Pennsylvania Business & Community Expo
Join area industry experts for a business workshop and networking expo where you can learn tricks to effectively grow your business, meet with hiring companies and make professional connections. 11am. $6-$10. Four Points by Sheraton, 9461 Roosevelt Blvd. 2014expopa.eventbrite.com
Jam on the River
Back for the first time since 2008, Jam on the River once again will reign supreme as the official summer welcome party. This years’ concert features EDM artists Lotus, Griz and Papadosio, along with live visual art by VJ Jevlar. 1:30pm. $53.50. Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd. at Chestnut St. jamontheriver.com
Five area chefs, including Douglas Rodriquez of Starr Restaurants, compete in the ultimate pig roast to celebrate Memorial Day. Each chef will prepare their own whole pig for guests in an array of dishes, with specialty beers, wines and cocktails to boot! 4pm. $125-$200. Le Méridien, 1421 Arch St. cochon555.com
Memorial Dei Family Picnic
To a lot of folks, the word “fellowship” means one thing: Old-time religion. Sexton Sideshow, the supporting organization for historical Gloria Dei (aka Old Swedes’) Church, defines it another way: with craft beer, food trucks and three stages of good music.
This Memorial Day, ‘til 9pm, Sexton Sideshow presents its Memorial Dei Family Picnic fundraiser, featuring 16 bands ranging from the New Sound Brass Band and Eric 13 to Hollis Brown and Toy Soldiers’ Ron Gallo. Attendees will also enjoy the 2nd annual Queen Village Dog Pageant, be dazzled by the always-entertaining Elysian Dance Company and target famous-for-Philly food trucks like Vittles, Tacos El Rodeo, Mompops and Guerrilla Ultima for tasty treats. All paid admission ticket levels include a beverage ($5 for soda, $20 for a bottomless beer cup), and there are special family packages available, too.
Sexton Sideshow describes Gloria Dei as “an inner city church blessed with the beauty and charm of a garden-like setting.” To keep this 300-year-old institution in good stead, though, the congregants and surrounding community need funds and friends to preserve it and sustain its fellowship. Come out and support an ancient (for Philly) landmark that’s more than just a place of worship: It’s a community. // JOSH KRUGER
11am. $5-$20. Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church, 916 S. Swanson St. sextonsideshow.org
The Magnificent Seven Part IV
Free For All Comedy presents their fourth showcase of comedic gold at the Boot & Saddle tonight. This month’s lineup includes Aaron Hertzog, 2013 Philebrity Comedian of the Year nominee Alison Zeidman and a packed bill of our area’s funniest. 8pm. $7. The Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St. 267.639.4528. bootandsaddlephilly.com
Summer Kick-Off Party!
Howl at the Moon’s dueling pianos rock this Memorial Day summer welcome bash. Featuring all-night drink specials and their unique piano entertainment, this popular spot plays host to one of the hottest parties of the holiday weekend. 7pm. Howl at the Moon, 258 S. 15th St. 215.546.4695. howlatthemoon.com
Jessye Norman: Stand Up Straight and Sing!
Internationally renowned opera singer Jessye Norman not only understands the value of an artistic education, but she’s the prime example of the power of perseverance. As a child, Norman developed a remarkable voice that would later earn the gifted young soprano a scholarship to Howard University. After post-graduate studies at the Peabody Conservatory and University of Michigan Ann Arbor, she relocated to Europe, and over the course of her illustrious tenure, has established herself as one of the world’s most opulent voices in opera and concert recital performances.
The recipient of dozens of accolades, including being the youngest recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors, this dazzling artist also holds honorary doctorates from over 30 colleges, universities and conservatories, proving that she is as scholarly as she is talented. But Philadelphians are all too aware of Norman’s gifts. In 1982, on a double bill with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, she made a potent American stage debut with refinement, nuance and the dramatic flair for which she’s become known. A year later, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in New York City.
Tonight, Norman will discuss her recent memoir, Stand Up Straight And Sing!, an appreciation of those who fostered her along the way. Her legacy continues to shape and inspire via the Jessye Norman School of the Arts she founded in her Augusta, Ga. hometown, dedicated to providing top-notch tutelage in the fine arts and equipping students with the tools they’ll need to fully realize their artistic potential—and, like the diva herself, blaze new trails. // KENNEDY ALLEN
7:30pm, $25. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322. freelibrary.org
The Philadelphia Jazz Project
Musical director Nimrod Speaks leads the Philadelphia Jazz Project’s monthly night of jazz excellence. Tonight’s performance pays homage to the legendary Gil Scott-Heron. 7pm. $10-$12. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. philly.worldcafelive.com
Senator Jim Webb
Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb discusses his new memoir, I Heard My Country Calling. He will be available to sign copies of his memoir after the program. 6:30pm. $20-$35. National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St. 215.409.6600. constitutioncenter.org
Jeff Bradshaw & Friends
Award-winning Philly trombonist Jeff Bradshaw takes the stage with a stellar lineup of friends for a night of jazz, R&B and soul. Bradshaw and gang will be recording the performance for a live album to be released later this year. 7:30pm. $49-$100. Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St. kimmelcenter.org
The Cat in the Hat
Dr. Seuss’ beloved children’s book comes to life at the Arden Theatre, featuring five talented actors playing a multitude of characters, including the ever-acrobatic Thing One and Thing Two. 10am. $18-$36. Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. Second St. 215.922.1122. ardentheatre.org
Devon Horse Show and Country Fair
Beginning in 1896, the Devon Horse Show has drawn top competitors and huge audiences to its yearly fair. Recognized as the oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed horse competition in the country, fans of the equestrian arts will be treated to fantastic exhibitions, vendors and, of course, plenty of horses. Through June 1. $5-$60. Devon Horse Show Grounds, 23 Dorset Rd, Devon. devonhorseshow.net
Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps
Patrick Barlow’s inventive take on Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps is a two-time Tony and Drama Desk award-winning masterpiece. More than 150 characters, miraculously portrayed by a cast of just four actors, weave through the classic whodunit caper. Sat., May 24, 8pm. $25-$35. Theatre Horizon, 401 DeKalb St., Norristown. theatrehorizon.org
The WildWOD Murph Workout
Before you pile on the hot dogs and beers, take a moment to remember why we celebrate this Memorial Day. Jersey Shore Adventures hosts a workout honoring Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2005. The workout, Murphy’s favorite, includes runs, pull-ups, push-ups and squats. All proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Through May 26, 9am. $35-$45. Morey’s Piers & Water Parks, 4001 Boardwalk, Wildwood, N.J. moreyspiers.com
Late-night talk show host and New York Times bestselling author Chelsea Handler takes AC by storm. Brash and off-the-cuff, Handler has carved out a revered standing in the comedy world. Love her or hate her, she’s a self-made comedienne success story. Sun., May 25, 7pm and 10pm. $95-$175. Caesars, 2100 Pacific Ave, Atlantic City, N.J. caesarsac.com
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