PW's Weekend Picks

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Friday, January 17

MUSIC
The Illadelph Experiment
Picture this night out: Eleven DJs, three floors of dancing, five artists exhibiting live work, a B-boy/B-girl contest, a slow-jam set and lit hookahs—and it goes on ‘til 3:30 a.m.? Uh, that pretty much knocks any other Friday-night parties on their sorry asses. Even without tips on who’s spinning or promoting, The Illadelph Experiment just sounds like a badass, labyrinthine sweatfest, something you and your friends could wholeheartedly tear into alongside hordes of other grown, good-time-seeking Philadelphians, right? Luckily, its DJs include the legendary Cash Money (above), Kenny Meez, Ultraviolet, AfroDJiak, Mike Nyce, Aktive, Mr. Sonny James, Lee Jones, Lil Dave, PHSH and DJ Foxx Boogie. (Hoo boy, that’s a list!) And it’s being presented by Stacey “Flygirrl” Wilson, a fixture of Philly 360, Tastytreats, et cetera, who’s so in tune with the spirits of creativity and musicianship, she always seems to be planning successful ways to wrap this city up in absolute freshness. Wilson’s also among the the artists who’ll be on the scene too, joining Serena Saunders, Ameerah K. Art, Chuck Styles, Tone Casso and Nebulous Flair. Nice.

Philly’s DJs kill it; live art is the shit, and who doesn’t love a good hip-hop battle? With a promise to get the walls throbbing and the windows rattling, let’s hope for throwdowns of all kinds at The Illadelph Experiment—sonic, on the canvas and pop and lock-like. Show up before 11pm, and you’ll get a 50-percent admission reduction. / BILL CHENEVERT

10pm. $10-$20. Trilogy, 601 Spring Garden St. 215.454.9038. phillytrilogy.com

DANCE
Perceiving the ‘Just This’-Ness
New York choreographer Susan Rethorst opens Philadelphia Dance Projects’ 2014 season with her new production, which recruits the talents of the Group Motion Dance Company and Artistic Director Manfred Fischbeck. 8pm. $25. Arts Bank, 601 S. Broad St. 215.545.1664. groupmotion.org

MUSIC
Trefoil
“Classical” isn’t an apt enough term to describe the musical stylings of Trefoil. With a focus on the melodious sounds heard at medieval European festivals, the three-piece band evokes vivid imagery with its craft despite its minimalist outward appearance. Trefoil’s new CD, Fleur de Valeur: A Medieval Bouquet, covers the likes of Guillaume Dufray and Gilles Binchois. 8pm. Free. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St. therotunda.org

TALK
Robert M. Gates: Memoirs of a Secretary at War
From 2006 to 2011, Robert Gates served as the country’s secretary of defense, and with his new memoir hitting shelves this week, he gives shockingly honest accounts of handling the wars abroad, the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” controversy and the killing of Osama bin Laden. 6:30pm. Free-$30. National Constitution Center. 525 Arch St. 215.409.6600. constitutioncenter.org

DRINK
Tippler’s Tour with Ben Franklin
Can old Ben hold his liquor? Celebrate Benjamin Franklin’s 308th birthday with the man himself as he embarks on a tavern tour of colonial Philadelphia. He’ll be sure to delight his followers with stories and old-fashioned drinking traditions along the way. 5:30pm. $40-$45. Historic Philadelphia Center, Sixth and Chestnut sts. 215.629.4026. historicphiladelphia.org

STAGE
Up From the Ashes
This new one-woman show from Kate McGrath—this year’s Philadelphia Dramatist Center playwright in residence—re-examines the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911 by thrusting the audience into the mindsets of the establishment’s workers and considering the evolution of the American Dream. 8pm. $20. Off-Broad St. Theater, 1636 Sansom St. offbroadstreet.org

ART
Group Show and Red Filter 2014
This annual art show at Twenty-Two Gallery features more than 20 local artists across mediums including sculpture, painting, print work and photography. This year includes a group selection from Lambertville, N.J.’s Red Filter Gallery, a fine art photography gallery dedicated to promoting contemporary monochromatic work. Noon. Free. Twenty-Two Gallery, 236 S. 22nd St. 215.772.1911. twenty-twogallery.com

STAGE
Cherokee
Lisa D’Amour’s new stage comedy follows two couples into the woods—with some unintended consequences. 2013 Obie Award winner D’Amour weaves her unique comedic chops into this story of campers gone astray. 7:30pm. $66. Through Feb. 8. The Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St. 215.546.7824. wilmatheater.org


Saturday, January 18

MUSIC
Self Defense Family + Pity Sex
A band with a staggeringly accessible Internet presence, Self Defense Family (formerly known as End of A Year) has carved out an important standing in the modern post-hardcore landscape. After a slew of 7-inch EPs and splits, Self Defense Family returns to the full-length medium, and vocalist Patrick Kindlon’s pithy, cathartic blasts have never sounded better. Officially released last Tuesday, Jan. 7, SDF’s Try Me, which was made available by the band through digital download late last year, contains nine intensely personal studies on human relationships, religion and death, accentuated by two fascinating long-form interviews with former porn star Jeanna Fine, who also graces the cover of the LP. Unapologetic in their bluntness, Self Defense Family’s unfiltered persona is tersely summed up in Try Me’s liner notes: “Enjoy or don’t.”

Their early-Saturday show mates, Ann Arbor, MI natives Pity Sex, specialize in fuzzed-out bummers, weaving together elements of lo-fi, noise pop and shoegaze. Brennan Greaves and Britty Drake split vocal duties for the quartet, which released Feast of Love, its first full-length album, last August. The darlings of Run for Cover Records received widespread praise for their frank lyrical content—basically ruminations on self-loathing and loneliness reflective of the band’s bittersweet moniker—and Feast of Love showed a noticeable maturation from the raw sound of Dark World, their 2012 debut EP. / DANIEL GELB

5pm. $10-$12. With Ovlov + Heroes of Modern Earth. The Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave. 215.634.7400. thebarbary.org

MUSIC
Classic Soul Fest 2014
Considering that the city spawned Gamble and Huff, the successors to the Motown sound, it’s a wonder there isn’t a soul music festival every weekend in Philadelphia. Luckily, this one features titans like Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Bloodstone, the Main Ingredient and more. 8pm. $37.50-$70. Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad St. 215.204.2400. liacourascenter.com

MLK
Where Do We Go From Here: 50 Years Since the Civil Rights Act
A community gathering to examine the progress our nation has made since the federal Civil Rights Act was passed—as well as what remains to be done in the movement toward equality. The film Citizen King will be screened, followed by an analysis and discussion with author Ewuare X. Osayande. 3pm. Free. African American United Fund Conference Center, 2231 N. Broad St. 484.362.9240. osayande.org

AUTHOR
Grodstein & Barr-Toman
Lauren Grodstein and Susan Barr-Toman share and discuss their novels, both about carrying on with life after a family loss. Grodstein’s The Explanation for Everything tells the tale of a widowed biologist whose faith in science is challenged by a student who believes in God. Barr-Toman’s When Love Was Clean Underwear revolves around a daughter who helps her mother commit suicide, and then has to build a life afterward. 7pm. Free. Musehouse, 7924 Germantown Ave. 267.331.9552. musehousecenter.com

MIND & BODY
Meditation Day Course: Living The Dream
Monk and meditation teacher Gen Tenzin leads this class centered on the Buddhist view of emptiness. No experience is necessary to join the session, which will encourage you to free yourself from anger, resentment and shame by understanding the dream-like nature of people and things. 11am. $30. Amitayus Kadampa Buddhist Center, 1102 Pine St. 267.702.3817. meditationinphiladelphia.org

MUSIC
Diane Coffee
Foxygen drummer Shaun Fleming, aka Diane Coffee, began his career as a voice actor in animated Disney flicks. He certainly spun 180 with his psychedelic, spacey surf rock solo project, releasing a debut album My Friend Fish in 2013. 7pm. $8-$10. With Killer Bangs. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919. kungfunecktie.com

STAGE
Comedy-Gasm! Keepin’ It Sexy
The long running Comedy-Gasm series rings in the new year with drink specials and a show featuring the cream of the crop of local, up-and-coming entertainers. Rachel Fogletto once again hosts the program, opening with Eris Vayle’s burlesque and leading into stand-up from Robert Ecks, Jenn Tisdale and more. 8pm. $7. The Irish Pol, 45 S. 3rd St. 267.761.9532. theirishpol.com


Sunday, January 19

STAGE
El año en que nací (The Year I Was Born)
Lola Arias is about to pop. She’s eight and a half months pregnant and right now, as we speak, headed home to Buenos Aires to give birth. So, needless to say, the playwright won’t be present at FringeArts for the three-day run of her El año en que nací (The Year I Was Born)—but at least 10 performers from her homeland’s neighbor to the west, Chile, will. They’ll be describing the enduring effects of the iron-fisted reign of the late Augusto Pinochet, who seized power in a militaristic coup d’etat in September of ’73.

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