Wednesday, October 9
Burlesque: Strip Strip Hooray!
Betty Grable. Sahji Pearl. Jane Russell. Lili St. Cyr. These names elicit visions of what glamour used to look like from a time when lingerie was more than just seductive nighttime attire. While an assortment of gorgeous dolls (and drag queens) do their best to uphold the visage of this look, no one manages to illustrate or embody the beauty of burlesque like Dita Von Teese.
The fabulous former Mrs. Marilyn Manson credits her mother for her infatuation with vintage 1940s glam. That fascination with elegant hosiery and intricate undergarments together with childhood ballet training fueled Von Teese’s modern ascension as the queen of burlesque, famous worldwide for her stunning curves and elaborate shows. But the smoldering starlet stresses that glamour is undefinable, declaring that every size and shape can be glamorous, even on a thrift-store budget. The best way to develop that allure, she says, is to find what makes you comfortable, embellish your best features and, most importantly, dare to be different.
Need a lesson or some quick inspiration, sexy aspiring starlets? For the first time ever, Von Teese has taken her 90-minute spectacle, Burlesque: Strip Strip Hooray!, on the road; in fact, it’s already here. And fellas, be braced: An increasing number of women have been in attendance on the tour, she says, “embracing their own level of empowerment.”
Von Teese is not only bringing her show to her common-folk fans, but also bringing, literally, more of it: Her previous gigs usually featured two acts, whereas Strip Strip Hooray! boasts four elaborate sets by Von Teese herself (plus a number of additional performers). Also, note that Von Teese does her own hair and make-up and designs her own costumes—a huge deal in the entertainment styling world. Garments intricately studded with Swavorski crystals are sure to be among the special on-stage features sure to dazzle attendees; the others, it’s safe to say, have precious little to do with stagewear. / KENNEDY ALLEN
7:30pm. $20-$150. The Tower Theater, 19 S. 69th St., Upper Darby. 610.352.2887. thetowerphilly.com
Latin Dance Lessons for Singles
Admit it: You hate being single, but tonight might be your chance to get lucky. Dance Philadelphia vets Kelly Ray and Lesley Mitchell host a crash course in couples dancing with lessons in salsa, merengue as well as a demonstration of Argentine Tango. 6:30pm. Free. Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St. freelibrary.org
DesignPhiladelphia PopUp Place
The 2013 DesignPhiladelphia Festival kicks off at bahdeebahdu (try saying that five times fast) with a series of exhibitions sure to please all the senses, including the premiere of scent-based performance “GhostFood” and offerings of exotic cuisines, courtesy of 12th Street Catering and others. PopUp Place ticketholders will also have the exclusive chance to take part in a silent auction. 6pm. $75-$300. bahdeebahdu, 1522 N. American St. 215.627.5002. bahdeebadu.com
The Steepwater Band
Named after the famous recording studio in Chicago, the Steepwater Band’s newest album, Clava, features an old-school delta blues sound with a bit of psychedelia and homespun folk thrown into the mix. They may not be very well known, but they certainly do their home city proud. 8pm. $5. With Ben Rabb. The Blockley, 38th and Chestnut sts. theblockley.com
Thursday, October 10
The Meat Puppets
I was admittedly late to the Meat Puppets party. Despite a self-proclaimed love of bands like Pavement and Nirvana, I was still something of a lazy researcher in those days and never gave much thought to the band behind the song “Lake of Fire,” which Nirvana performed on their Unplugged album. Turns out that I’m an idiot. This Phoenix, Ariz., trio stands as one of alternative rock’s most influential—and unheralded—outfits.
With brothers Curt and Cris Kirkwood on guitar and bass, respectively, along with drummer Shandon Sahm, the Meat Puppets released their 14th LP, Rat Farm, in April. Their distinctive aesthetic blends Curt’s coyote yelp with sometimes-country-tinged punk guitar riffs and punchy bass lines, resulting in a sound that blends rock with hardcore punk, neo-psychedelia and Americana. Much like R.E.M. and, until recently, the Pixies, the Meat Puppets have managed to stay relevant and important because their sound is so unlike that of anyone else (thank god).
It’s not clear if the Meat Puppets are playing at the relatively small Underground Arts because of a decline in popularity or because they’re awesome enough that they chose the intimate venue over a larger, more lucrative one. Let’s assume the latter and not pass up the chance to see one of alternative music’s most significant bands playing in this industrial, intimate setting. Bet you Kurt Cobain wouldn’t have missed this. / MAX UFBERG
7pm. $14. With Enemy Planes + Bird of Maya. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St. undergroundarts.org
The Monster + The Eyes of the Mummy Ma
This awesome old-school horror double-feature features The Monster (1925), often credited as one of the first mad scientist films, and The Eyes of the Mummy Ma (1918), a film that follows a young painter visiting the spooky tomb of a dead queen. 8pm. Free. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St.
Harvest at the Oval, The New Shape of Fall
The Eakins Oval rings in the pumpkin spice season with autumn-themed events throughout the weekend. Expect plenty of pie and apple cider along with a PHAIR open-air market and costume party. Through Oct. 13. Ben Franklin Parkway. phila.gov/parksandrecreation
Realizing the American Dream: An Evening with Connie Chung
The first Asian-American and second woman to serve as a major network news anchor, Connie Chung tells the inspiring story about her family’s history and her determination to break several glass ceilings. 5pm. $75. Moore College of Art, 20th St. and Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. welcomingcenter.org/dream
Philadelphia Lantern Slide Salon
Come see tons of historic lantern slides—the photographic mechanism used for projecting an image—as places like Penn, Temple and Swarthmore donate bits of history to this seriously fresh collection. 6pm. $5-$10. Wagner Free Institute, 1700 W. Montgomery Ave. wagnerfreeinstitute.org
Friday, October 11
It’s easy to assume a comedian involved with modern film favorites like Pineapple Express and Hot Tub Time Machine must have similar modern sensibilities in his standup. Craig Robinson taps instead into a nearly-forgotten form of live comedy, melding his musical background with a hilariously juxtaposed stoicism. In short: He’s doing vaudeville. This type of wryness can go horribly wrong if not done correctly, but he’s got the act down pat. Laying a detached tone over a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor adds a delightful whimsy to his performances, taking audiences by surprise if they were previously unaware of Robinson’s musical abilities. But as the actor sits at a piano or keyboard and soberly sprouts lyrics like, “Oysters are a natural aphrodisiac. Ghost oysters are a supernatural aphrodisiac ... ghoysters,” audiences soon realize that sometimes the most unexpected pun can, in fact, be the funniest.
“Music is my partner,” Robinson tells PW. “Whether it’s on stage, screen or in life, I find the rhythm to whatever I’m doing and dance my way through it.” His experience with Chicago’s iconic Second City fed his appetite for improv, both fortifying his confidence and sharpening his skills. Now, Robinson says, “I have yet to do a project where improv is not highly encouraged or expected.”
What’s next? He’s developing a show with NBC called Mr. Robinson—not to be confused with Eddie Murphy’s hysterical SNL take on Mr. Rogers. Plus, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 comes out in March 2014. Plan accordingly, kids. / K.A.
Through Sun., Oct 13. $30. Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. 215.496.9001. heliumcomedy.com
After selling out overseas in Edinburgh and stateside at the Soho Theatre, the Inis Nua Theatre Company’s current production of Phil Porter’s Blink finds misfit characters Jonah and Sophie beginning a dysfunctional love affair set against a dark London backdrop. Oh, and there’s also a mangy fox named Scruffilitis. 7pm. $25-$30. Through Oct. 27. Off-Broad Street Theater at First Baptist Church, 1636 Sansom St. 215.454.9776. inisnuatheatre.org
The legacies of iconic French designers, including Coco Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent, live on at this fashion show presented by the Alliance Français de Philadelphie and CJ Shopping Tours. Learn about the history of French style while sipping on a glass of bubbly. 6:30pm. $15-$20. 3rd Ward, 1227 N. Fourth St. afphila.com
Three months after its debut on the SyFy channel, Sharknado’s glorious absurdity still awes us. The inevitable sequel is scheduled for next year, but until then, a brief theatrical run should be able to hold fans over in the interim. Midnight. $3. The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888. thetroc.com
After fronting a string of short-lived post-hardcore bands over the last 30 years, Rick Froberg seems to have found a comfortable niche in playing old-fashioned garage punk. The resulting band, Obits, is one of the top artists on the revitalized Sub Pop label, formerly home to Seattle grunge kings Nirvana, Soundgarden and Mudhoney. 9pm. $12. With Hound + the Holidays. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. johnnybrendas.com
28th Annual Philadelphia Art Expo
Host to the largest, and one of the oldest, African-American Art Expos in the country, the October Gallery displays art that appeals to anyone curious enough to wander through its doors. This year’s expo includes art by the likes of Don Stephens, Edwin Lester and Annie Lee. Noon. Free. 7165 Lounge, 7165 Germantown Ave. octobergallery.com
Short Films by Director S. Torriano Berry
The Scribe Video Center celebrates its 30th anniversary with a sampling of films straight out of Philly’s indie circuit, with three shorts from the ‘80s directed by S. Torriano Berry and produced through WPVI-TV’s Minority Advisory Board. 7pm. $5. Scribe Video Center, 4212 Chestnut St. 215.222.4201. scribe.org
Saturday, October 12
Krall’s a class act. The 48-year-old British Columbian has been planted in front of a piano for the better part of four decades, and her comfort with the instrument is obvious in the poise and grace on display from the moment she places fingers on the keys. Then, she opens her mouth, and her incredible voice cuts loose. Indeed, her arsenal of cover interpretations is enough to leave one speechless: Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You,” Burt Bacharach’s “The Look of Love,” Cole Porter’s “I’ve Got You Under my Skin,” even Billy Joel’s “Just The Way You Are.” Her flawless contralto, her breathy, bassy delivery, always so controlled and even—she’s simply one of the best jazz singers of our time. In 2012 she released her 11th album, Glad Rag Doll, a T-Bone Burnett-produced affair covering mostly standards from the ‘20s and ‘30s pulled from her father’s collection of 78s. Krall doesn’t need to be a songwriter (that’s her husband Elvis Costello’s gig anyway)—when she teams up with the right arranger and producer, the stars align and magic happens. She electrifies songs from past eras with a feminine and modern elegance unlike anyone else. / BILL CHENEVERT
8pm. $80-$285. Academy of Music, Broad and Locust sts. 215.893.1999. academyofmusic.org
Art Market at Tyler
Temple’s Tyler School of Art presents this collegiate bazaar where Philly gallery owners select artists and craftspeople to sell local works. Silk-screening workshops and other demonstrations will be also be available. Noon. Free. Tyler School of Art, 2001 N. 13th St. 215.777.9000. tyler.temple.edu
With songs like “High as Hell,” “Keep on Fuckin’” and “Go Motherfucker Go” (that last one from their debut album Let Them Eat Pussy), it’s hard to believe this group is fronted by a husband-and-wife duo. The Grammy-nominated Southern sleaze-metal gods have maintained a strong cult following by assaulting crowds with good old fashioned, balls-to-the-wall, white-trash hard rock. 10pm. $15. With Jayke Orvis & The Broken Band. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919. kungfunecktie.com
Lisa Lampanelli: NOT A Stand-Up Comedy Show
The original anti-skinny bitch returns with a new one-woman show, a departure from her usual self-deprecating stand-up routine. The production focuses on the controversial comic’s struggles with food, men and body image. Through Oct. 27. Kimmel Center, 1500 Walnut St. 215.790.5800. kimmelcenter.org
Kingston, Pa.’s reigning kings of melodic hardcore play straightforward punk rock in the vein of Kid Dynamite and Lifetime. They show no signs of slowing down with their full-length studio album, Floral Green, released last year, and a new EP set to drop next month. 6:30pm. With Balance and Composure, Cruel Hand + Slingshot Dakota. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100. utphilly.com
It’s the Year 2003
DJ’s Emynd and Bo Bliz continue with their year-themed parties at Johnny Brenda’s, playing all the bangers from the year 2003. Expect to hear 50, Timberlake, Britney, Missy, and Sean Paul along with Beyoncé, Lil Jon, R. Kelly and more. 9pm. $7. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com
Pennsylvania Guild Fine Craft Fair
More than 140 craftsmen from around the nation gather for this yearly exposition of craft goods. Boutique tents line Rittenhouse’s streets, offering furniture, clothing, pottery, art and more. 11am. Free. Rittenhouse Square. 717.431.8706. pacrafts.org
This comedic drama centers on an unlikely pair, 21-year-old Leo and his 91-year-old grandmother, who become unexpected roommates when Leo arrives at her doorstep following a cross-country bicycle trip. Over the course of a month, the two bond and discover the fragile line between growing up and growing old. 2pm and 8pm. $52-$59. Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St. 215.985.0420. philadelphiatheatrecompany.org
Regency And Revelry: The Jane Austen Festival
The Great English romantic, arguable feminist, novelist is celebrated all week with stage performances, discussions and book readings. The festival offers a multi-faceted exploration into the mind of Austen. 2pm. St. Stephen’s Theater, 923 Ludlow St. 215.829.0395. lanterntheater.org
St. Alban’s Place Autumn Arts and Collectibles Festival
St. Alban’s Place is a quiet block in South Philly that you might recognize as the location where M. Night Shyamalan filmed a large portion of The Sixth Sense. This week, the block hosts its first street festival featuring arts, crafts, antiques, live music and delicious eats. 10am. Free. 2300 St. Albans Place.
Keystone United Pageant Open House
Get your strut on at this positive beauty pageant where boys and girls of all shapes and sizes can participate. Every contestant will attend anti-bullying, etiquette and self esteem seminars before competing for cash prizes, gifts, giveaways and photo shoots. 10am. Free. Interact Theatre Company, 2030 Sansom St. 215.839.9276. positivepageant.eventbrite.com
Sunday, October 13
Cuba may be known today for the Castro family dictatorship and the La Cabana prison where homosexuals and dissidents were slaughtered under the direction of Che Guavera, but back in 1960, it was hoping to be known for something else: reading. That year, the Caribbean country declared to the U.N. General Assembly its campaign to eradicate illiteracy nationwide in one year’s time.
Did it happen? The 33-minute documentary Maestra, which explores how more than 250,000 Cubans answered their country’s call to teach its citizens, attempts to answer that question using archival footage and interviews of nine women involved in the effort. More than half of the campaign’s volunteers were female, Maestra notes, who had until their service not yet traveled to some of their homeland’s more interesting regions. A high risk, high reward initiative, the trip was, at least for those who lived to tell the tale, as rewarding as it was perilous.
Directed and produced by filmmaker Catherine Murphy, an adjunct professor at NYU who lived, worked and earned her master’s degree in the Cuban capital of Havana, Maestra is the culmination of her work with The Literacy Project, founded by Murphy to research and record oral histories of the heroes and sheroes who braved many challenges to uplift their people. It’s screening as part of the Penn Museum’s monthy Second Sunday Culture Films series, followed by a discussion on how “re-globalization” may impact Cuba led by Dr. Rachel Ellis Neyra of Penn’s Latin American and Latino Studies Program. / RANDY LOBASSO
2pm. Free with museum admission. Penn Museum, 3260 South St. 215.898.4000. penn.museum
C.U.R.V., An Exhibit Curated by ChaCha N’Kole
Philadelphia based clothing line ChaCha N’Kole and DesignPhiladelphia are teaming up and redefining voluptuous high fashion through a museum exhibition—the first of its kind—accompanied by a short, but full-figured film collaborated on by ChaCha N’Kole and TsiTsi P. Productions. 6pm. $35. University of Penn Museum, 3260 South St. 215.898.4000. penn.museum
Philadelphia Jazz Project’s Jazz Walk
Take a stroll through the city with a little pep in your step at PJP’s Jazz Walk. The group hopes to raise awareness of the city’s rich musical history through the use of social media, public art and, of course, live music. Noon. Free. 33rd and Diamond sts. philajazzproject.org
The largest national coming-out festival in the world celebrates this week. With, at last count, 143 participating vendors and events like a high-heel race and a penis-shaped-bagel-eating contest, you won’t want to miss this all-day extravaganza. Free. Gayborhood. 215.875.9288. phillypride.org/outfest.php
Jeff: Coffins and Cages
Ever wonder what your coffin will look like? Probably not—but not only has artist Jeff envisioned his, he’s conjured up designs for it and will be showing them off—along with an installation of seemingly endless architectural cages and various multi-platform displays playing off the artist’s not-so-subtle interest in confinement and mortality. Through Dec. 6. La Salle University Art Museum, 1900 W. Olney Ave. 215.951.1000. jeffart.com
Good news: You don’t have to walk a thousand miles to see Grammy-nominated Vanessa Carlton live. The American singer/songwriter, expected to drop a fifth studio album early next year, is stopping by World Cafe Live as part of a fall tour. 8pm. $27. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. worldcafelive.com
Monday, October 14
First Person Arts StorySlam: Journeys
Lend an ear or tell a tale of a journey, like the one about that crazy night out in France when you studied abroad, to a roomful of eager ears. Whittle it down to five minutes and you’re ready to take the stage. 8:30pm.$10. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. storyslams.firstpersonarts.org
Views from the Underground
A monthly series for the city’s film fanatics and cinephiles, this month’s Shooting Wall showcase features six short independent films varying in length and depth focused on topics including a hijinks-prone clown and a smitten chess player who doesn’t get mad, he gets even. 7pm. Free. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St. 267.519.9651. shootingwall.com/underground
Comedy Bang! Bang!
IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang! is hopping out of the idiot box and onto the stage at the Trocadero as part of a live big city tour. Watch host Scott Aukerman, who’s previously taken on Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen as guests on his TV show, as he performs a live sketch/podcast hybrid right before your eyes. 8pm. The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888. comedybangbang.com
Tuesday, October 15
Michael Persico and Crystal Stokoski: Wet Dreams
Crystal Stokowski’s work, which includes quilting, screen printing and woodworking, is based on her surf travels abroad. Philadelphia-based photographer (and PW alum) Michael Persico showcases his surf-centric shots in this water-themed exhibit. Through Oct. 26. Space 1026, 1026 Arch St. space1026.com
Providing a healthy dose of electronic with a bit of rock crossed with disco, Chicago-based trio Gemini Club is sure to unite both the club-goers and the rock ‘n’ roll headbangers in the crowd, getting the whole room up and moving. 8pm. $12. Milkboy, 1100 Chestnut St. 215.925.6455. milkboyphilly.com
Wednesday, October 16
Zappa Plays Zappa
Let’s say you’re the offspring of one of the coolest, most original rock artists of the last half-century, and your own attempts at creating something just as amazing as your dad never really pan out. Now, let’s say Reddit bores you, and that whole acting thing never took off either, even if you did have a small role in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s third-best movie, The Running Man, voiced a character on Duckman and once had a cooking show on the Food Network with your super-hot then-girlfriend.
What then? Well, if you’re Dweezil Zappa, handsome spawn of legendary musician/songwriter/producer Frank Zappa, you play your late, great dad’s timeless songs, of course. That’s what he’s been doing since 2006, touring the world as Zappa Plays Zappa, in which he and several other musicians play Frank Zappa songs like they’re theirs: So much so, they won a Grammy in 2008 for Best Rock Performance—covering, of course, a Frank Zappa song.
And Dweezil is owning it. ZPZ’s tour—celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Frank Zappa album Roxy & Elsewhere—began in January of this year and is rocking the road straight into, at least, March of 2014. You can say many things about the former actor, MTV VJ and backup guitarist for Weird Al Yankovic. Just don’t dare call him lazy. / R.L.
8pm. $35-$59.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. keswicktheatre.com
Storyville: Goodbye to City Schools
Director Amy Yeboah presents her documentary, Storyville: Goodbye to City Schools, which follows the impact of the closing of 24 public schools in Philadelphia. The film focuses on the experiences of staff, students, families and community members of Germantown, University City and Fairhill schools. This event also doubles as the opening reception of Philadelphia School Closings Photo Collective Exhibit, in which a group of Philadelphia photographers documented the final days of 24 schools that were closed in June. 6pm. $5. Scribe Video Center, 4212 Chestnut St. scribe.org
This theatrical adaptation of Demon, the classical Russian poem, tells the story of the love between the Demon of Light and a Georgian princess. The performance is presented with English translations, organ, singing and light photography. 8pm. $15-$20. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St. 888.743.6459. mosaicafestival.ticketleap.com
Out of Town
Spamalot will have you looking at the bright side of life once again with its hilarious retelling of King Arthur and the Knights of the Roundtable. Whether you grew up watching Monty Python or you’re new to the famously wry British comedy performance, you’re certain to get a laugh. Through Nov. 3. $25-$42. The Media Theatre, 104 E. State St., Media. mediathetre.org
Talking Baseball with Charlie Manuel
Charlie Manuel, a Philadelphia legend and icon, managed the Phillies during some of the most successful years in the team’s history. Listen to Manuel share his memories from his coaching days, and ask the man your questions in the flesh. Fri., Oct. 11, 7pm. $15. Tropicana, 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J. tropicana.net
Craft Beer ‘n Music Festival
Summer may be over, but beer festival season is still in full swing. More than 60 beers will be featured as the Sensational Soul Cruisers and the Rockets perform. Sat., Oct. 12, noon. $35-$75. Pacific Ave., between Spicer and Garfield aves., Wildwood, N.J. wildwoodsnj.com
Ocean City Fall Block Party
More than 400 craft and food vendors will line the streets during the Ocean City Fall Block Party. Music and family entertainment as well as fireworks will dazzle your night. Sat., Oct. 12, 9am. Free. Asbury Ave. between Fifth and 14th sts., Ocean City, N.J. ocnj.us
World Food Day 2013
This year’s theme focuses on “sustainable food systems for food security and nutrition.” Speakers will talk about perspectives and strategies for food justice outside of the U.S. Wed., Oct. 16, 4pm. Free. Rutgers Camden Campus, 411 Cooper St. Camden, N.J. globalphiladelphia.org
Compiled by Lauren Arute, Nicole Bonaccorso, Jake Abbate, Drew O’Meara and Max Ufberg.
Calendar: Sept. 2-9