Wednesday, September 18
The Philadelphia Collection
Break out your best heels and get ready to don that trendy faux-fur jacket you impulsively bought last week during your fall shopping escapades: Philly’s own brand of Fashion Week has officially landed. In the City of Brotherly Love (and Sisterly Affection), the Philadelphia Collection is all-inclusively celebrating and spreading fashion with events in Old City, Center City, Passyunk, Manayunk, Northern Liberties and beyond. Whether you’re looking for trunk shows, discussions led by industry notables, large-scale runway walking, fashion soirees, makeovers or even a fashion show for your wee one, the Philadelphia Collection has all the bases covered.
With 75 independently-produced featured events mixed in with smaller abundant showcases, the Philadelphia Collection will own the next eight days, and although some scheduled events—like the XIX Most Fashionable Women in Philadelphia Awards—are by invitation only, the majority are all-encompassing for the city’s fashion-savvy public to enjoy. Sip cocktails and get the inside scoop from Nicole Richie’s stylist in Center City. Expand your horizons beyond American Apparel at Kembrel’s Affordably Made in the USA trunk show. Watch the line between street art and fashion blur on Fabric Row. And check out the high-energy runway show, student designer displays and more at the 20th annual Phashion Phest, plopped right inside the Shops at Liberty Place. You can even commit to a full-body workout and shop at a pop-up jewelry mart immediately afterward to give yourself a little sparkle and shine not induced by sweat.
Since the Philadelphia Collection was founded four years ago, Philadelphia has been both praised by Lucky magazine and highlighted by Forbes as one of the best shopping cities in the United States. With an abundance of opportunities to see how much our city’s boutiques and fashion luminaries have to offer firsthand, the jam-packed mix of Philadelphia Collection soirees, style showcases and informative talks are sure to leave you with more than just a new go-to fall wardrobe staple. / LAUREN ARUTE
Through Sept. 25. Various events at various venues. thephiladelphiacollection.org
Jason Rhoades: Four Roads
This exhibit pays tribute to L.A-based artist Jason Rhoades, who died seven years ago at the age of 41. Using materials including neon, power tools, plastic buckets and even a V-8 engine, Rhoades’ eye-catching, detail-oriented work are both humorous and engaging. 6:30pm. Free. Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th St. 215.898.5911. icaphila.org
After gaining recognition from Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast via Twitter when she called them “the best band ever,” the gigs started pouring in for four-piece, doom-tinged shoegaze band No Joy. With their ethereal vocals and moody guitars, it’s no wonder the band gained notoriety seemingly overnight. 8pm. $10. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919. kungfunecktie.com
Since its formation just two years ago, Scottish electropop band Chvrches has already taken off with their edgy sound, with a full U.S tour already under their belts and another one on the way. The four-piece’s latest album, The Bones of What You Believe, has already been deemed one of this year’s most anticipated fall releases by Pitchfork. 8pm. $20. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100. utphilly.com
Thursday, September 19
My brother did a semester abroad while at Marist College; in his junior year, he studied in Leeds. He came back with a Leeds United scarf, a puffy face bloat from drinking non-stop and a copy of the Stereophonics’ debut album, Word Gets Around. Earlier that spring, they’d released Performance and Cocktails, and that one I sought out myself. They’re both killer records, to be sure, two in a canon of modern Brit rock LPs that have sold millions and won them adoring fans. “Hurry Up and Wait,” from Performance, is like a better version of Radiohead’s “High and Dry.” It’s true, both have a little bit of that ‘90s feel that beckons a little bit of that Empire Records vibe—especially the big hit from their debut, “Local Boy in the Photograph.” But they’ve aged gracefully.
After more than 15 years of touring, sometimes even headlining mammoth festivals like Reading and Leeds and Glastonbury, they’re a well-oiled machine. With eight albums in their repertoire, even if some of em’ are a little lackluster, they could sure as shit put together one helluva setlist. The brothers Jones—Kelly provides lead guitar and vocals and Richard bass and backup—know how to have a good time, too. Know how I know? Kelly’s voice sounds absolutely drenched in whiskey and tobacco. Which everyone knows is fuel for writing good songs and putting on a great show. / BILL CHENEVERT
8pm. $25. With the Wind + the Wave. The Theater of Living Arts, 334 South St. tlaphilly.com
Street Fare: Sip, Savor, Stroll
Historic Germantown Avenue will be lined with more than 40 gourmet food trucks and local restaurants tonight, serving up as much craft beer, wine, cocktails and savory samples as your stomach can handle. 6pm. Germantown Ave., between Sedgwick and Mt. Airy aves. gomtairy.com
Terry McMillan and Jesmyn Ward
With two of her novels adapted into acclaimed feature films, award-winning author and New York Times bestselling author Terry McMillan is visiting the Free Library with fellow award-winning writer and professor Jesmyn Ward. The duo will discuss their latest works, an account of a family living in a multi-racial Los Angeles neighborhood and a piercing memoir centered on five young men whose lives ended too early, respectively. 7:30pm. $15. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322. freelibrary.org
The Rittenhouse Row Fall Fashion Crawl
This pub crawl and fashion event hybrid allows shoppers to sip cocktails from the area’s top mixologists and get in on exclusive in-store events at participating Rittenhouse retailers, including Knit Wit, Juicy Couture, South Moon Under and Nicole Miller. Pick up your map and wristband at Sephora, and let the crawl begin. 6pm. $25. Sephora, 1714 Chestnut St. 215.563.6112. rittenhouserow.org
Everything Went Down
A gloomier take on a traditional musical, Everything Went Down tells the story of a budding friendship between a young professor and a music student whose lives crossed paths at a time of grief and loss. 7pm. Free. The Reel at Temple University, 1755 N. 13th St. temple.edu
Friday, September 20
The Soul Rebels
If there’s one thing that can be mined in the wake of New Orleans post-Katrina, it’s that we humans can find sheer will and pure joy, even in the darkest of times, and the Big Easy-based Soul Rebels continue to turn people out, year after year, with their unstoppable spirit. What is essentially now an amorphous and ever-changing collective, there is one ageless tie, and that’s funk. Funk, as we all know, comes in all kinds of shapes and sizes: from jazz to hip-hop to soul and R&B, even rock. The Rebels aren’t afraid to mix, match, blend, oscillate and pounce on these variations, and they do so with such high energy and happiness-spreading instruments. We’re talking about brass. Sure, they’re very much about percussion, singing and guitars, but being such a robust brass ensemble really makes them shine.
The Soul Rebels would be an excellent enough show on their own, but add in Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe—for whom the Rebels are opening—and you’ve got a stellar way to spend your Friday evening and 20-something dollars. The supremely righteous saxophone that Denson wields will undoubtedly be lifted up by the eight (or more)-piece collective tonight. There’s no telling how this show could evolve, what they’ll cover, what they’ll improvise, how late they’ll wail. But what’s absolutely certain is that you will move, sweat and leave feeling 1,000 percent better about life. / B.C.
9pm. $21-$25. With Karl Denson’s Tony Universe. The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St. 215.222.1234. theblockley.com
This solo performance follows a trans woman as she navigates gender roles and the memories of trauma, all in an apocalyptic fantasy setting. 7pm. $15. Plays and Players, 1714 Delancey Pl. playsandplayers.org
Saturday Night Live writer-turned-playwright Alan Zweibel’s poignant play examines his relationship with former SNL actress Gilda Radner. The play explores their longstanding friendship, and examines the relationship that could have been. 8pm. $30. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St. 1812productions.org
Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Dream Date follows an evil wizard named Todd as he rules over a remote island in the Gulf of Mexico, 1,000 years after the collapse of the American empire. 5:30pm. $5. Vox Populi Gallery, 319 N. 11th St. voxpopuligallery.org
El Ten Eleven
This L.A.-based post-rock duo have drawn comparisons to Pinback and the Six Parts Seven. The coolest part: They don’t use any laptops or sequencers. It all revolves around some damn fine guitar work. 9:15pm. $12-$14 1201 Frankford Ave. johnnybrendas.com
Mia McCullough’s gripping play follows Lucinda, a woman whose life changed after the monster who lived under her bed decided to introduce himself one night. 8pm. $25. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St. brainspunktheater.com
The perfect way to celebrate your Hogwarts fandom and your love of fall: a Harry Potter straw maze. This family-friendly installation lets you walk around the legendary Deathly Hollows. Ability to fly not included. 10am. $6-$20. Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave. woodmereartmuseum.org
Saturday, September 21
Michael Franti and Spearhead
Headed by Oakland-based musician, poet and activist Michael Franti, the Bay Area-founded outfit Spearhead makes a feel-good musical blend of hip-hop, reggae and folk vibes stemming from the group leader’s numerous projects of varying sounds and mediums. Call their latest LP, July’s All People, one of its most potent.
Beginning his career as the leader of industrial punk band the Beatnigs in the late ‘80s, Franti’s style has honed toward a dancehall version of his previous anti-conformity raves. What ventured into a somewhat softer mix of industrial music and rap via Franti’s early-’90s pairing with Rono Tse, the Disposable Heroes of HipHoprisy, also dabbled into jazz territory, eventually leading to his formation of Spearhead in 1994. Franti and his merry band of cohorts have been creating infectious politically- and world affairs-aware festival rock since.
Speaking of world issues, unlike most of his left-leaning musical peers, Franti has actually planted his feet (bare, of course, as he prefers) in areas of the world where war is prevalent on a day-to-day schedule. His 2005 documentary, I Know I’m Not Alone: A Musician’s Search for the Human Cost of War, ably explored the lives of people living in Iraq, Palestine and Israel and advocates for peace in the Middle East. He’s earned a number of awards for his activism. His music’s just the icing on the cake. / RANDY LOBASSO
8:30pm. $30. With Michael Bernard Fitzgerald. Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th St. 215.627.1332. electricfactory.info
Heartthrobs, Avatars, Playboys and Warriors
Matthew Cox’s exhibition takes the images of cultural icons past and present, be they Minotaur or Snow White, and splices their images with the skeletal projections of an X-ray. 6pm. Pentimenti Gallery, 145 N. Second St. 215.625.9990. pentimenti.com
FirstGlance Film Festival
The FirstGlance Film Festival has come a long way since its humble beginnings in a Center City basement. Now having shown more than 1,500 award-winning films in three cities, the event has become one of the premier destinations for Philly’s indie crowd to show off its cinematic aptitude. Through Sept. 22. $9-$42 Franklin Institute, Franklin Theater, 222 N. 20th St. firstglancefilms.com
Hero Thrill Show
Police and firefighters gather every year to raise money for the children of their fallen comrades by using the skills they have learned at work to entertain the people they could one day save. The proceeds go toward the children’s college tuition. 11:30am. $10-$25. Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. herothrillshow.org
Bitter guitar strumming leads this band forward; an unhappy monotone voice punctuating the ever-lurching beat. These dudes are from a metal-studded late ‘80s alternate past sans Reagan, but damn, they make those good sounds, even if they are essentially aliens here. 8:30pm. $10. Milkboy, 1100 Chestnut St. milkboyphilly.com
A New Global Future: Peace Day Philly
Head to the Friends Center this week to experience workshops and talks designed to show how people can move headlong to a global tranquility. 9:30am. Free. Friends Center, 1515 Cherry St. peacedayphilly2013.eventbrite.com
Manayunk StrEat Festival
Kicking off Manayunk’s Restaurant Week, food courts, farmers markets and more than 20 food trucks will set up along Main Street and offer their assorted delicacies to passersby. Picnic-style seating and live music make this an outdoor celebration worth enduring the approaching fall breeze for. 11am. Free. Manayunk, 4312 Main St. manayunk.com
Fight Fire With Fire
Are you proficient at getting drunk and judging grilled meats? Taste a bunch of BBQ samples while slurping up all of the beer your clumsy paws can manage. Proceeds go toward the Red Cross House and disaster relief. Noon. $25-$35. 39th and Market sts. redcross.org/news/event/pa/philadelphia/Fight-Fire-with-Fire-A-BBQ-Cook-Off-Event
Wendig is an up-and-coming writer unafraid of any four-letter word. His recent foray into the future, Under the Empyrean Sky, will be the centerpiece of the imaginative author’s talk, along with assorted writerly tips. 3pm. Free. Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library, 68 W. Cheltan Ave. 215.685.2150. freelibrary.org
Sunday, September 22
Deva Premal & Miten with Manose
Deva Premal has a way of getting into your head with her voice. Never mind the fact that her angelic chanting ability drives the sound of her atmospheric musical craft; it’s the meaning behind it that has steered so many listeners toward making positive change in their lives, both minor and major.
In 1990, in the ashram of the infamous mystic Osho in Pune, India, the Germany-born Premal was introduced to Miten, an Englishman formerly known as Andy Desmond, who has been her partner in music and love for over 20 years. With the former being a classically-trained, lifelong student of mantra and the latter a wild child from the British rock scene, the two seemingly couldn’t have been more dissimilar. But despite their differences—and the 22-year age gap between them—their hearts connected, and eight years later, they released their first album, The Essence, which featured a rendition of the “Gayatri mantra” that had been recited to Premal since before she was even born.
The couple now travels the world on the wings of the ethereal music they make, bringing their spiritual message to sold-out crowds near and far, whether in modest yoga studios or at large-scale festivals. For their latest 25-city tour, entitled MantraFest, they will be joined by frequent collaborator and bansuri maestro Manose, in addition to the GuruGanesha Band. / JAKE ABBATE
7pm. $30-$125. With Maneesh de Moor. Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 N. Broad St. 215.204.9860. templeperformingartscenter.org
Styled at The Oval, The New Shape of Fashion
Expect cool clothes, movie screenings, a wine garden and more as the Oval plays host to the Philadelphia Collection 2013, a weeklong series of fashion and style events. 7am. Free. Eakins Oval, 2601 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
This clever comedy focuses on friendship, failure and racial tensions, all through the scope of one rundown donut shop in uptown Chicago. 2pm. $17. Stagecrafters Theater, 8130 Germantown Ave. thestagecrafters.org
Back to the ‘80s Dance Workshop
Hearken back to a time when people listened to “Love Shack” non-ironically. Philly Dance Fitness has put together an ‘80s-themed dance party with music spanning the whole, weird decade. 2pm. Free. Arts Parlor, 1170 S. Broad St. phillydancefitness.com
Philly Transit Hackathon
Join the Philly transit hackathon this weekend, where local computer whizzes will try to conceive and design apps to improve how people move and get around Philly. 9am. $10. 3rd Ward Philadelphia, 1227 N. Fourth St. meetup.com/code-for-america-philly
Monday, September 23
Mark Rosenberg: Eating My Feelings
After 2010’s Blackouts and Breakdowns, his successful freshman novel about his former exploits as a party boy in New York City’s gay nightlife, Mark Brennan Rosenberg wrote last month’s Eating My Feelings: Tales of Overeating, Underperforming and Coping with My Crazy Family, a collection of essays about his body image as a child in the 1980s and living as an openly gay adult in the 2000s.
In his second book, Rosenberg details—through “drunken debauchery and swearing like a trucker,” according to one Amazon review—both growing up questioning himself and then finding a home in New York City, where that devil alcoholism would get the best of him—though not before he was able to cull a ton of awesome stories out of it, providing him with the fodder to pen the I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell of LGBT literature. He’s been sober now for about five years.
Rosenberg—whose blog, The Single Life, offers everything from post-breakup advice to hilarity titled “Fuck you, Taylor Swift!”—is currently on a nationwide tour, using cash he made through a Kickstarter campaign—overshooting his own $10,000 goal—to hit 30 different cities. Ever the innovator, the author has promised “something unheard of in this industry” to make anyone—who wants to be—part of the tour, though he hasn’t really gotten into specifics just yet. Just don’t bet on anything subtle. / R.L.
5:30pm. Free. Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St. 215.923.2960. giovannisroom.com
Philadelphia Idealist Grad Fair
Nowadays, they say a bachelor’s degree isn’t worth squat. Help yourself avoid unemployment by checking out this grad fair, where representatives from more than 60 schools will be on hand to talk about pursuing another degree. 5pm. Free. Drexel University Recreation Center, 3301 Market St. drexel.edu
Everyone’s favorite boardgame-turned-movie hits the silver screen again as the Trocadero offers the chance to see the 1985 classic comedy-mystery starring Tim Curry for only $3. 8pm. Troc, 1003 Arch St. thetroc.com
Tuesday, September 24
First Person Arts StorySlam
Who doesn’t enjoy a good story before bed? Audience members listen and judge each storyteller’s five-minute slam. Tonight’s theme: The Birds and the Bees. 8:30-10:30pm. $10. L’Etage, 624 S. Sixth St. 215.592.0656. creperie-beaumonde.com
They survived the ‘90s, outlasted the 2000s, and now well into their third decade as a band, indie rockers Superchunk continue to prove they haven’t lost a modicum of energy. On their recently released 10th studio album, frontman Mac McCaughan hits the high notes with a surprising degree of consistency as found on the group’s 1990 eponymous debut. 8pm. $20. With Spider Bags. Union Transfer. 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100. utphilly.com
Long Long Time: A Historic Tribute to Billy Joel by His Original Band
Who better to put on a tribute to the Piano Man himself than his original 1971-72 backing musicians? Reenacting their performance at Sigma Sound Studios in April 1972, the band will perform classics such as “She’s Got a Way,” “Billy the Kid” and “Everybody Loves You Now.” 8pm. $25. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. philly.worldcafelive.com
Keneally’s latest (the author famously penned Schindler’s List) tells the story of two spirited Australian sisters working as nurses during World War I. Noon. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. freelibrary.org
Wednesday, September 25
The White Mandingos
The White Mandigos features Darryl Jenifer, founding bassist of hardcore giants Bad Brains, so expect a taste of classic punk rhythms as rapper Murs spits rhymes in this unconventional supergroup that also features one-time Rolling Stone journalist Sacha Jenkins. 8pm. $12-14. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. kungfunecktie.com
You can’t put a price on Garland Jeffreys’ talent, but World Cafe Live is going to try. As one of the earliest musical performers to transcend genre barriers and blend styles as diverse as rock, reggae and R&B, Jeffreys’ eclectic songwriting sensibility has inspired a whole new generation of acts just as varied, with bands like the Circle Jerks and Vetiver covering his work. 8pm. $25. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. worldcafelive.com
20th Annual Phashion Phest
The mission of Phashion Phest is to showcase upscale fall fashion for men and women that is accessible in the Philadelphia market. More than 20 retailers and salons participate each year, and guests are able to immediately purchase the items displayed. To celebrate its 20th anniversary, this year’s Phashion Phest will include student designer displays, a silent auction and a lavish cocktail reception. 7pm. $25-$50. Liberty Place, 1625 Chestnut St. phashionphest.com
Out of Town
My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m Still in Therapy!
Just the title says, well, all we want to know about this comedic play, which takes us back to Steve Solomon’s formative years and follows him through to the present. Meet a whirlwind of characters, from stuttering Cousin Bob to Steves’s new therapist, who’ll make you want to run home and hug your parents. Through Oct. 6. $10-$35. Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol. brtstage.org
KenCrest Annual Tasting Event: Flavors of the Community
Local restaurants, bakeries and beverage vendors will sample their wares at this tasting event; special guest chefs Chef Tanner from Montgomery County Culinary School and Dr. Drew Nussbaum will perform cooking demonstrations. Proceeds benefit children and adults with intellectual disabilities and autism. Thurs., Sept. 19, 6:30pm. Prophecy Creek Park, 205 W. Skippack Pike, Ambler. kencrest.org
Make Up For Ever Foundation Nation
Make Up For Ever’s team of professional makeup artists will host complimentary 15-minute foundation lessons. Hey, I always wondered about proper complexion application techniques. Thurs., Sept. 19, 6-9pm. Free. 160 N. Gulf Rd. King of Prussia. makeupforeverusa.com
Narberth Fall Music + Arts Festival
Just because summer is over doesn’t mean that the outdoor festivals have to end. Enjoy street food, drinks, shopping and music from Vox Prophet, Beats Walkin’, the Zing Kings and Nash & the KZP. Sun., Sept. 22, 2-7pm. $1. Forest Ave. and Haverford Ave., Narberth, Pa. narberthfestival.com
Compiled by Lauren Arute, Nicole Bonaccorso, Michael Brady, Jake Abbate and Max Ufberg.
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