Wednesday, September 11
Women Who Jam
After big success in Los Angeles and New York, the all-female musical showcase Women Who Jam is stopping by the City of Brotherly Love (and Sisterly Affection) to showcase some of Philadelphia’s own talented artists and entertainers. Be sure to stick around after the festivities for happy-hour cocktails created exclusively for the occasion. 6pm. Free. Mezzanine Super Club. 17 E. Price St.
Lick ‘n Learn
When it comes to ice cream, brothers Eric and Ryan Berley—current owners of America’s oldest candy store, Shane Confectionery, established in 1863—are basically the authority. Join them as they tell the city’s ice-cream industry story through the decades and show off their vast collection of molds at this hands-on demonstration. 6pm. Free. Temple Contemporary. 2001 N. 13th St. 215.777.9000. tyler.temple.edu
My Mother Has Four Noses
Folk rock singer-songwriter Jonatha Brooke’s new musical was inspired by the last two years spent caring for her mother with Alzheimer’s. Brooke incorporates her own songs with her mother’s poetry to tell the theatrical duo’s inspiring story. 8pm. $20.50-$23. World Café Live. 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. worldcafelive.com
Thursday, September 12
Flume is Harley Streten, a 21-year-old DJ and beatmaker from Australia whose self-titled debut started making waves earlier this spring on the strength of a breakout single, “Sleepless.” It was from a 2011 EP by the same name and, naturally, the track made it to his eponymous LP, albeit with a different guest. And Streten’s guest game is one of his strong suits. See, Flume is well-placed within a genre that’s bubbling and frothing with talent—that magical place where house, techno, R&B and instrumental hip-hop converge. The influences of J Dilla and Flying Lotus are palpable, but there’s also a magical element of collaboration that Streten’s getting really good at. And soon enough, he’ll be one of those in-demand producers that all the cute and soulful pop stars want to do a track with.
Streten would probably kill in London and rack up a slew of guest spots and production credits. He makes an appearance on Disclosure’s “You & Me” remix (which features Eliza Doolittle) and would make a dream tag-team partner with, say, Katy B, Jamie Woon or AlunaGeorge. His debut deftly employs Aussie singers Chet Faker, Moon Holiday, George Maple and Jezzabell Doran, and perhaps they’ll only appear at the TLA on a backing track, but here’s hoping that a few surprise acts will grace the stage and pick up the mic. Even if they don’t, Streten will take you on a blissed out journey that’ll feel like a dreamy ride through the clouds on a September night. / BILL CHENEVERT
9pm. $18. With Cashmere Cat, BHB + Touch Sensitive. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.2599. tlaphilly.com
West of Zanzibar + Adventure in Iraq
This double-whammy of oldies gives moviegoers two very different storylines. In West of Zanzibar, a jilted lover arduously exacts revenge on the man who stole his wife. Adventure in Iraq follows five Allied soldiers who crash-land in Iraq and are taken in by a local sheik who may not be as kind as he seems. 8pm. Free. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St. therotunda.org
IHP’s Benefit Art Auction
International House hosts an arts benefit show with an array of artists on hand to display their work. Their will also be drinks, snacks and a live collaboration between experimental musicians Zola Jesus and J.G. Thirlwell. 7pm. $25-$30. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. ihousephilly.org
Philly Song Shuffle
It’s like a concert for spastic kids: three hours of bands playing four-minute sets, with just a four-second wait time between artists. With more than 30 bands ready to captivate an audience with such a short time, expect plenty of adrenaline-inducing tunes. 6:30pm. $25. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. philly.worldcafelive.com
This benefit for FringeArts brings the food of more than 50 of Philly’s finest restaurants—including Continental, Morimoto, Opa and Twenty Manning—to the Delaware Waterfront, where food lovers can enjoy a meal of epic proportions, along with live performances by local artists. 6pm. $250-$350. Pier 9, 121 N. Columbus Blvd. phillyfeastival.com
Friday, September 13
Philadelphia United Jazz Festival
Warren Oree and Graziella DiNuzzo teamed up to produce the Philadelphia Jazz and Poetry Festival back in 2003, and something got sparked: They formed LifeLine Music Coalition and have been supporting the Philly jazz community pretty seriously now for a decade. And for this, their inaugural Philadelphia United Jazz Festival, they’ve put together one helluva 10-day program. While the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts will serve as a hub of sorts, culminating in a 20-plus artist lineup next Saturday and Sunday, Oree’s put together a handful of events outside of the Clef Club, all over the city, to generously flavor Philadelphia with jazz.
Kicking the fest off officially will be a performance and discussion at PECO’s Energy Hall (noon-2pm) called Emerging Jazz, Emerging People. Jeff Duperon from WRTI is set to moderate a mixed bag of panelists, and the afternoon’ll get jazzy when the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble takes a makeshift stage for some midday cerebellum massage. There’s lots to enjoy for the duration, but two Jazz in the Park moments are crucial to catch before the big weekend: a lunchtime retreat at Collins Park (17th and Chestnut streets) on Tuesday, the 17th, from noon to 1:30pm, and the perfect post-work wind-down at Sister Cities Park (18th and Ben Franklin Parkway) on Thursday, the 19th, from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Oh, and on the evening of Friday, the 20th, Arpeggio will invite some special guests to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in order to keep “Keepin’ the ART in pARTy.” That’s all to serve as a precursor to the two-day Clef Club performance and workhop blowout. Whew! / B.C.
Through Sun., Sept. 22. Free-$25. Various times and venues. 215.557.7277. philaunitedjazzfestival.com
Impress your theatrical friends by attending this avant-garde, three-character theme exploration piece. No Face Performance Group is the same company that brought you a demonic drag cabaret exploring the operatic nature of teen angst, so don’t expect a bland retelling of Othello here. 8pm. $10. Pig Iron School Studio 2 at Crane Old School, 1417 N. Second St. 215.413.1318. fringearts.com
In The Heights
This Tony Award-winning Broadway musical tells a universal story set in northern Manhattan’s largely Hispanic Washington Heights neighborhood. The play features bodegas, salsa music and freestyle rap. 8pm. $10-$95. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St. walnutstreettheatre.org
Six Feet (Above and) Under
New York-based REV Theatre Company returns to Laurel Hill Cemetery for a graveyard cabaret. The performance centers around the stories of three souls: a sailor lost at sea as his widow drowns in a bathtub, a serial-killing little girl who pleads for the electric chair and a murderer looking for his next victim. 7:15pm. $20. Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave. 215.228.8200. thelaurelhillcemetery.org
Cold Roses’ personal and often tragic lyrical content is mirrored by their old-soul blues sensibilities and gritty sound. Their energetic live performances have made them a fixture in the Philly area. 8:30pm. $8-$10. With the Retinas, the Outhouse + the Naked Sun. Milkboy, 1100 Chestnut St. 215.925.6455.
Bonnie MacAllister: BURLESQUE
The opening reception of Bonnie MacAllister’s show features new 3-D metal dye prints and fiber works. Live burlesque dancers will accompany the pieces, which feature subjects including Coney Island mermaids and Aztec dancers. 6pm. Free. Jed Williams Gallery, 615 Bainbridge St. jedwilliamsgallery.com
“The Tenderloins” are the four-man comedy troupe starring in TruTV’s reality prank series Impractical Jokers. Catch them live on stage in this interactive comedy show featuring improv and never-before-seen videos inspired by their hit series. 8pm. $37.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave. 215.572.7650. keswicktheatre.com
The Philadelphia Opera Company brings Edgar Allan Poe to life with visceral suspense. The hauntingly beautiful “Fall of the House of Usher,” cleverly poetic “Music of the Spheres,” and wickedly funny “Black Cat” are the classic Poe narratives highlighted in this engaging and accessible show. 8pm. $15-$20. Playground at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St. 215.567.2848. fringearts.com
Philadelphia’s rising indie-rock stars play liquor-fueled Americana music, fusing roots rock, folk, blues and soul. This gig is to celebrate the release of their second full-length, The Maybe Boys, in stores now. 9:30pm. $10-$12. With Kingsley Flood. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com
Saturday, September 14
Drawing on influences as diverse as Michael Jackson, Celia Cruz and Maurice Ravel, in addition to teachings from a handful of dance masters that includes the late Gregorio “El Goyo” Hernandez, Venissa Santi has made her way to the top of the city’s Latin American musical community. After moving to Philadelphia upon graduating high school in New York, Santi couldn’t have found it easy to build a reputation from scratch as a fabled stranger in a strange city. But with a little help from the University of the Arts and a subsequent job as an instructor with the Asociación de Músicos Latino Americanos (AMLA), she managed to create a home for herself here. With the release of her debut album, Bienvenida, in 2009, Santi demonstrated a richly developed sound and lyrical maturity that wowed listeners. What many don’t realize is that her gift runs in her blood: From writers to architects, artistry can be found just about everywhere in Santi’s family, although it’s her grandfather, composer Jacobo Ros Capablanca, whom she often cites as the spark that fueled her undying passion for music.
Now, Santi begins to make rounds in support of her follow-up record, Big Stuff: Afro-Cuban Holiday, an homage to the legendary Billie Holiday. Featuring 12 new interpretations of songs as arranged by bandmate and percussionist Francois Zayas, the LP certainly does justice to Holiday’s legacy while allowing Santi to bring her own gusto to the table and let her unique voice shine through.Whether channeling Holiday’s infamous mournful crooning on “Involved Again” or adding a few dimensions to more uplifting tracks like “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” there’s no doubt that Santi performs beautifully when part of a top-notch team. As Chris’ Jazz Cafe’s audience will soon attest, she sounds damn fine, too. / JAKE ABBATE
Sat., Sept. 14. 8pm. $20. Chris’ Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St. 215.568.3131. chrisjazzcafe.com
The Philly-based New Street Dance Group are expertly stringing music and movement together in their latest collaboration, ChORDED Motion. Accompanied by a string quartet directed by cellist Jonathan Cain, the performance consists of more than 20 dancers and a collection of six short dance ensembles which make use of not only choreographed movement, but spoken word, props and set design elements to explore the intersection where the live string quartet’s chords meet the dancers’ motions.
Co-directors (and former college roommates) Shannon Dooling and Krista Armbruster have been performing and pursuing careers in the arts long before NSDG’s founding in 2009. ChORDED Motion marks the group’s Fringe Festival debut, featuring dancers from DeSales University—where Armbruster received her B.A. in dance—as well as NSDG’s own.
Considering their memorable past performances that include A Brewed Day, a seven-minute-long trio piece inspired by a cup of morning Joe, and the recent Superluminous, a suspenseful ensemble that followed five pairs of dancers as they form relationship onstage and work with and against one another, New Street Dance Group’s dynamism and trademark accessibility makes this provocative staging a Fringe Fest must-see. / LAUREN ARUTE
3pm. $10-$15. First Unitarian Church. 2125 Chestnut St. newstreetdancegroup.org
Peter Hook & the Light
Following his not-so-happy departure from New Order, Peter Hook now lends his rhythmic and high-pitched bass to a prowling monster of an outfit, its notes seething out in all directions, looking to claim a worthy ear. 8pm. $22.50-$24. Trocadero, 1003 Arch St.215.922.6888. thetroc.com
The Pittsburgh native makes for Philly to rant intermittently about offhand topics, and then nosedive into the darkest shit for a punchline, leaving the laughter stuck in your throat. Bring lozenges. 8pm. $29.50. Merriam Theater at the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St. 215.790.5800. kimmelcenter.org
Throughline Collective presents a dance performance inspecting relationships that change, fall apart and come together. Noon. $10-$15. The Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine St. 215.569.4060. ruddydance.org/garage
Silent No More
Cardiovascular disease is a particular threat to women of color. The American Heart Association will host a conference and lecture addressing matters of the heart, featuring Dr. Robin L. Smith as keynote speaker. 9am. Free. Temple University Student Activity Center, 1755 N. 13th St. 215.575.5245
13th Annual Blue Tag Gala
Drinks, dinner and dancing come together under CHOP’s benevolent eye to help raise funds for research toward a cure and treatment for sickle cell anemia. 6pm. $150. Hyatt and the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut sts. bluetaggala.org
Battle of the Tribute Bands
Four cover bands—Captain Beefheart, the Stooges, Saves the Day and Television—duke it out for imitation superiority. You decide who wins. Proceeds help support CITYWIDE, a giant artist collective putting on an exhibition in November. 9pm. $12. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com
Young Professionals Ball
Young people! Networking! Ill-fitting suits! Drinks will flow and hips will sway as recent and current college grads congregate in celebration of their youth and forge bonds on swimming legs. 8:30pm. $10-$30. North Shore Beach Club, 1031 Germantown Ave.
Valerie Massadian’s first film stars 4-year-old Kelyna Lecompte as the eponymous Nana. Massadian captured Lecompte’s unscripted movements around the set and formed a narrative within them. Be warned: this child’s fantasy has a damaged heart. 2pm. $5. International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut St. ihousephilly.org
Sunday, September 15
Rock ‘N’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon
For those who either missed the Broad Street Run last spring or are just 3.1 miles more hardcore about running, there’s this weekend’s Philadelphia Rock ‘n’ Roll Half-Marathon. The now sold-out race begins at 22nd Street and the Ben Franklin Parkway and makes a long, roundabout trek through Center City to Falls Bridge and back. And whether you’re a participant or spectator, at every mile checkpoint, there’ll be a lively musical performance to keep you going. Hail, hail, rock ‘n’ roll!
Begun in 1978 as the Philadelphia Distance Run, the event got a new name in 2010, and it’s part of an international group of rock-themed half-marathon events in which all runs, from Seattle to Oslo, feature local musical acts along the way and special guest performers as part of the warm-down party afterward. As far as Philly goes, at 22,500 registrants, this year has attracted the biggest turnout in the race’s history.
Among those bands playing sets along the half-marathon route will be Mother Zeta, Moonliscious, the Philadelphia Eagles Pep Band, Philabuster, the Successful Failures and a bunch more, all eager and ready to go. The race ends at the Art Museum with a performance by Canadian indie rock band Walk Off the Earth. / RANDY LOBASSO
8am. Sold out. 22nd Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. runrocknroll.competitor.com/philadelphia
University of the Arts alum Enza DePalma presents her choreographed work, Cavidad, which explores the complexities of love, fear and attraction. A Chicago native, DePalma has been performing original productions for the past eight years. Her work here seeks to turn motion into emotion as moving florescent light walls built by UArts alum Brittany Papale complete the atmosphere. 7pm. $15-$20. Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St. 215.922.3456. facebook.com/enzadance
My Body/My Story
This workshop encourages participants to create portraits of a body part that speaks to their life experiences. Keep your work to yourself, or share it with others in a memoir installation which includes textual, mixed-media and photographic art to benefit Breastcancer.org. 3pm. Free. The Book Trader,
7 N. Second St. fringearts.com
Monday, September 16
What do space travel, modern medicine and pie-eating have in common? They’re all an integral part of Shaky Shaky Players’ performance, Doom Play. The genre-bending storytelling combined with outrageous visual arts makes for a wild time, courtesy of this troupe from PDDC’s Cultural Arts Center. 7pm. $13.60. Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St. fringearts.com
Center City Restaurant Week
Foodies, lift your utensils! Restaurant Week is finally here again! Participating restaurants will offer three-course dinners and lunches. Harness your inner food adventurer and try something new. Sept.15-27. $20-$35. Various locations. centercityphila.org
Tuesday, September 17
Black Love is Forever Town Hall
Is there a crisis underway in black America’s relationships department? Where are all the “good black men?” And why are black women at the lowest end of the matrimony totem pole?
Few people are more capable or qualified to ask those thorny questions and be the impetus behind their exploration than veteran journalist-editor Gil Robertson. His popular past titles—2006’s Not In My Family: AIDS in the African-American Community and Family Affair: What It Means to Be African American Today in 2009—gathered essays from a cross-section of black luminaries that deeply delve into issues of importance to both individuals and the collective. And his latest, February’s Where Did Our Love Go: Love and Relationships in the African-American Community, offers an array of viewpoints on a topic of constant inquiry and conversation, from barstools and kitchen tables to barber shops and nail salons.
This special town hall meeting, Black Love is Forever, inspired by Robertson’s book, aims to deconstruct and bring light to the good, bad and ugly of modern-day mate-seeking and marriage maintenance in black America with a learned group of Philadelphians, each with their own unique set of beliefs and experiences. Moderator Dyana Williams will lead an open, frank discussion with Dr. Tina Scott, PW contributor Tonya Pendleton and authors Nicholas King and Kevin Carr. It’s sure to be a memorable afternoon—one that’ll hopefully conclude with more answers than queries. / KENYA BEVERLY
5:30pm. Free. Community College of Philadelphia, Pavilion Building, 1700 Spring Garden St.
Stars and Garters: A Doctor Who Burlesque Show
The popularity of British sci-fi staple Doctor Who has reached an all-time high. How high? We can neither confirm nor deny that one PW editor was spotted cosplaying at DragonCon. This burlesque-inspired take on the hit series promises saucy fun by an Amy Pond lookalike—and spoilers up through Season Six. 8pm. $12. The Trestle Inn, 339 N. 11th St. thetrestleinn.com
Teach-In for Peacebuilding
Celebrate Peace Day the right way with this back-to-back workshop marathon. All-day classes will cover all the bases of finding your inner zen, with topics including non-violent conflict resolution, gender and peacebuilding and meditation. 1pm. Free. Drexel Marks Intercultural Center, 30 S. 33rd St. 215.895.2000. drexel.edu/international
Wednesday, September 18
Shringara Rasa: The Emotion of Love
No matter what language you speak, love is a tongue everybody understands. Artistic director Anita Ranjani, who’s been performing since the age of 5, will spin a love story—and all the flooding emotions that come along with it—through Bharathanaatyam, an ancient classical style of dance originating from South India. 7pm. $10. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. 215.387.5125. ihousephilly.org
Philly-based author Nickels will discuss and sign his new release, Two Novellas, collecting stories depicting the City of Brotherly Love as post-apocalyptic and the adventure of a hip urban-dweller-gone-monk as he travels through a surreal world. 6pm. Free. Penn Bookstore. 3601 Walnut St. 215.898.6623. upenn.bkstore.com
Out of Town
Didn’t Your Father Have This Talk With You?
Written and performed by Barrymore Award-winning Tony Braithwaite. The witty former teacher recounts unforgettable stories from his 12 years of teaching high school freshmen about the birds and the bees. Through Oct. 11. $23. Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave. Ambler. 215.654.0200. act2.org
Atlantic City Seafood Festival
Treat your seafood-loving palate to a variety of dishes from the area’s restaurants. Brush up on your kitchen skills with demonstrations, and watch a live chowder cook-off at this two-day family fun extravaganza. Sept. 14-15. 11am. Bader Field, Albany amd Filbert aves. Atlantic City, N.J. acseafoodfest.com
Calling Russell Brand controversial would be an understatement, seeing how the comedian was recently blasted for making Nazi jokes about fashion designer Hugo Boss. Known for his roles in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek, the long-haired, loud-mouthed comedian wants your belly laughs. Fri., Sept. 13, 9pm. $69-$79. Borgata. 1 Borgata Way. Atlantic City, NJ.. theborgata.com
Live orchestra or circus? Thanks to Cirque Musica, you don’t have to pick one or the other. Combined with New Jersey’s own Symphony of the Stars, this heart-pounding performance features big names like David “Clown of Clowns” Larible from Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey and world famous Wallenda Highwire Duo for a night of mind-blowing stunts that’ll have your entire family on the edge of their seats. Wed., Sept. 18, 7:30pm. $36-$77. Sun National Bank Center, 81 Hamilton Ave., Trenton, N.J.
Compiled by Lauren Arute, Nicole Bonaccorso, Michael Brady, Drew O’Meara and Max Ufberg.
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