Tuesday, May 14
Who’s On First Reading Series
Every Tuesday through June, the First World Theatre Ensemble will perform a reading of a different play. This week, Blues of Lula Mae Jenkins, written by Glenn Alan and directed by Zuhairah McGill, explores the tension within an African-American family whose lives are held together by a lie. 7pm. $7. Community Education Center, 3500 Lancaster Ave. 267.329.9746. firstworldtheatre.biz
Whip out your leather jacket, slick back your hair and get ready to hand jive! The original high school musical features all the unforgettable songs from the hit movie. 8pm. $10-$75. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St. 215.574.3550. walnutstreettheatre.org
Wednesday, May 15
Iron and Wine
Over the course of the last couple decades, we’ve seen some of our favorite hushed singer-songwriters get bigger and bolder in time. It’s a story that runs through rock and pop: The bigger and better you get, the more instruments you use, people you employ, musicians you hire and producers who want to work with you. The trick is to keep your essence, maintain your artistic integrity and try not to alienate the fans who have been with you through six records. Sam Beam’s done it with 10 years of evolution, and it looks like he’s only gaining momentum, which is really exciting.
More than a decade after Iron and Wine’s modest and deeply felt Sub Pop debut (yeah, The Creek Drank the Cradle was 2002), Beam’s sound is grander and richer than most of us would ever have imagined. Two years ago, he started picking up a lot more noise with the outstanding Kiss Each Other Clean. It infused elements of funk and jazz, deftly dropping in horns and woodwinds. And while it’s no question whether or not he’s capable of lighting up a room with only his voice and a guitar, the direction in which he’s going these days is taking folk to a whole new level.
As evidenced by the stellar and brand new Ghost on Ghost, he’s got the goods to back up his take on funked-up indie rock. We know he’s got the delicacy of quiet masters like Elliott Smith, Jose Gonzalez or Kings of Convenience. But lately, he feels like a post-modernized Paul Simon, Neil Young or even a hyped-up, electrified Nick Drake. And that’s totally cool with us. / BILL CHENEVERT
8pm. Sold out. With Secret Sisters. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. utphilly.com
Blood Kegger at Monster Party Island!
A man/fish hybrid escapes from the laboratory of the delightfully insane Dr. Paulina, roaming about Monster Party Island just as the best Natty-laden kegger is reaching optimal debauchery levels. Things are bound to get strange when fishmen do keg stands. 8pm. $19. Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford Ave. walkingfishtheatre.com
The Hound of the Baskervilles
A frenetic, three-man adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s much-loved detective story, The Hound of the Baskervilles features three actors portraying more than a dozen characters. 8pm. $10-$20. Curio Theatre, 4740 Baltimore Ave. 215.525.1350. curiotheatre.org
Out of Town
Next to Normal
Bootless Stageworks, in support of Delaware’s Mental Awareness Month, puts on a Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical about a family torn asunder by mental illness, loss and therapy. Through May 19. $12-$22. Newport Industrial Park, 401 Marsh Lane, Newport, Del. bootless.org
The Peek-a-Boo Revue Presents: The Magic Lamp Cabaret
With each rub of Joey Martini’s magic lamp, a new twisted treat comes our way. The night features the sword wielding Count Scotchula, Baltimore’s Sicilian Queen Maria Bella, and the sweet sounds of the Striptease Orchestra. Oh yeah, and lots of dancing babes. Fri., May 10, 8pm. $20. World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del. 302.994.1400. queen.worldcafelive.com
Two heavily bearded men and one guy named Frank Beard, who lacks serious facial hair, will greet the rickety boards in Atlantic City with the fuzzy guitars, matching outfits and dick jokes that got them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Sat., May 11, 9pm. $89.25. Revel Ovation Hall, 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J. 800.745.3000. revelresorts.com
Whether you’re a gamer yourself or you’re trying to better understand the fantasy world you are not a part of, Christina Farina’s two-year immersion into the world of fantasy gaming brings to light its geeky underbelly. Thurs., May 9, 6:30pm. Free with admission. Noyes Museum of Art at Stockton College, 733 Lily Lake Rd., Oceanville, N.J. noyesmuseum.org
Brews at the Ballpark
What’s more American than gluttony and baseball? The Camden Riversharks’ annual “Brews at the Ballpark” features samples of Victory, Yards, Stoudts, Philadelphia Brewing Co. and more, as well as a two-hour, all-you-can-eat buffet and post-game fireworks. Fri,, May 10, 6:30pm. $35. Campbell’s Field, 401 N. Delaware Ave. Camden, N.J. riversharks.com
Compiled by Nicole Bonaccorso, Michael Brady, Drew O’Meara and Anthony Trivelli.
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