Sat., Nov. 17
Mike and Marga
“We grew up being the punchline in jokes. Now we are owning the stage,” says lesbian comic Marga Gomez, who makes her first appearance in Philly in 20 years with the one-night-only performance of Mike Albo and Marga Gomez Make Queer Comedy. Two of the nation’s most popular comics, Gomez is a stand-up comedienne and playwright, while Albo is a witty writer/performer who specializes in sketch comedy featuring a host of original and memorable characters. Perhaps best known for his critiques on our consumer culture, Albo’s most memorable character is The Underminer, a sweet guy with an unfortunate habit of making others feel suicidal. Gomez says she’ll be commenting on the election and will “attempt in 10 minutes to re-enact characters from my nine solo shows, including my showgirl mom, my Cuban dad, the great actress Kathleen Turner, Venus De Milo and Queen Latifah being attacked by a jellyfish.” Following the performance, patrons can partake in Mix n’ Match, a networking and speed dating event that gives audience members a chance to expand their professional contacts or their date book. -J. Cooper Robb
8pm. $25-$30. Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St. 215.925.9914. paintedbride.org
Sun., Nov. 18
Hurricane Sandy left 3.3 million people living without electricity or heat, some in below freezing temperatures. It may be impossible to feed all those people, but Sunday Suppers founder Linda Samost believes you have to start somewhere. “You can volunteer to serve one Sunday supper for approximately 40 people prepared from locally grown food for Philadelphia’s neediest families at the West Kensington Ministry,” says Samost. Sign up at 2140 Hancock Street, then roll up your sleeves alongside chef John McGraph, and chop some peppers, dice tomatoes, bake a pumpkin, boil a beet, wash a dish, sweep the floor, plate the food, set the table, and serve a needy family a piping hot Sunday supper tonight. -J.F.
10:30am-4:30pm. Free. Sunday Suppers, 2140 N. Hancock St. 215.589.3748. sundaysuppersphilly.org
The LongLiveA$AP TOUR
Oh. Dip. A showcase sampling of hip-hop’s future is coming to Philly, as three of its best young MCs—A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown and ScHoolboy Q—come to the Electric Factory in what will likely be one of the best rap shows of the year. Touring to promote his just-pushed-back-again major label debut LongLiveA$AP, Rocky (and his A$AP Mob crew) will be performing songs from last year’s LiveLoveA$AP, the syrupy mixtape that exploded him onto the world. Fresh off this year’s Habits & Contradictions (not to mention the wild success of his Black Hippy counterparts Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock), ScHoolboy Q will support, hopefully by doing “Figg Get Da Money,” which has been stuck in my head for almost two years. And topping it off, Danny Brown—possibly the most interesting and addictive artist in music today—will rhyme about Adderall, cunnilingus and Molly Ringwald. And it will be good. -B.B.
8pm. $25-$28. Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St. 215.627.1332. electricfactory.info
Pin-up Peep Show
After her sold-out event last year, renowned local pin-up photographer Celeste Giuliano will once again return to the Troc with her squad of classic bombshells to celebrate the release of the 2013 Pinups for Pitbulls calendar while also helping raise money for the Philly-based nonprofit. Inspired by the cabarets of the ’30s and ’40s, this year’s event promises to be even more titillating than the last with retro cocktails, swinging jazz music from Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society, performances from Philly’s hottest burlesque acts and the cigarette girls from Bettie Page Clothing. Giuliano will also host the first Miss Pin-up Philadelphia Pageant, during which 10 finalists will try to impress and seduce a panel of judges—which include Jessica Lynn Gahring from TLC’s NY Ink. -N.F.
8pm. $16-$18. The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888. thetroc.com
Mon., Nov. 19
The Survivors Project
Many survivors of sexual abuse struggle for years to recover from the assault while combating stigma and silence. Few are aware of the tremendous strength and resolve it takes to heal from the long-lasting emotional scars left by such abuse. PW’s first ebook, The Survivors Project: Telling the Truth About Life After Sexual Abuse, explores this complex issue in more than 50 personal essays written by survivors, their loved ones and advocates. The essays are raw, emotional, starkly honest and, most importantly, full of hope. PW senior editor Nina Hoffmann and her husband, project co-editor Joel Hoffmann—who know the healing process first-hand—will discuss the book and read excerpts at a Free Library event tonight. The event will also feature speakers from Women Organized Against Rape and the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance.
7:30pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322. freelibrary.org
Trash Talk + MellowHype
Despite hardcore and hip-hop both counting the East and West Coasts as crucial sites of development, the genres share only slivers of history, like the existence of New York City crossover act Biohazard or that time Chubb Rock sampled Bad Brains on “Daddy’s Home.” The unlikely camaraderie between miscreant youth rap crew Odd Future (from Los Angeles) and hardcore thrashers Trash Talk (from Sacramento) adds a rare new entry to the books. After OF signed TT to their Sony-owned imprint Odd Future Records in May, Trash Talk and MellowHype—the OF spin-off clique spotlighting Hodgy Beats and Left Brain—are touring together. MellowHype’s product is murkier and leagues more laidback than Trash Talk’s take-no-prisoners cacophony, but that should do little to calm the show’s atmosphere. Expect corralled havoc, copious mosh pits and dozens of opportunities to “Tsk, tsk” over kids nowadays. -Reyan Ali
7pm. $15. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011. tlaphilly.com
hitRECord on the Road with Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s hitRECord.org started out as a production company that used the Internet to collaborate with people—writers, musicians, photographers, editors, etc.—from all over the world. These people could share their work, get feedback and have folks from thousands of miles away help them improve their craft. Gordon-Levitt has been taking his project on the road and showing off short videos, music and writing projects in a special collaborative evening of entertainment. In addition to hosting and presenting work, Gordon-Levitt will also direct, perform and interact with the audience in sketches, readings and musical moments. -B.H.
9pm. $19.50-$35.50. Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St. hitrecord.org
Tues., Nov. 20
Adapted by Nick Stafford from Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 novel (which was recently adapted by Stephen Spielberg for the silver screen) War Horse concerns a young man intent on rescuing his beloved horse from the battlefields of World War I. Featuring a cast of 37 actors (all unknown), the show’s real stars are the amazing life-size puppets from Handspring Puppet Company that bring the horses to life with some of the most creative stagecrafts ever conceived. Even if you’ve seen Spielberg’s film, nothing will prepare you for the emotional power of the stage version which eloquently captures the unique relationship between human beings and the animals they love. -J.C.R.
7:30pm. $25. Through Dec. 2. Academy of Music, Broad and Locust sts. 215.893.1999.
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