Friday, August 9
Philadanco: Dance for the City
In the foreword to 2011’s Joan Myers Brown & the Audacious Hope of the Black Ballerina, its author, dance studies scholar and Temple professor emeritus Brenda Dixon Gottschild, asserts that being a black ballerina is “a challenge to those who would say ‘stay in your place; your body and your abilities are not capable of doing this.’ It’s an embracing of our full heritage—black and white—just as white Americans see fit to embrace black genres.” Her book’s subject, founder of the widely celebrated Philadelphia Dance Company, created Philadanco in 1970 as a means to infuse African-American based techniques with ballet, jazz and modern dance styles, a mission that resulted in her being awarded the National Medal of Arts just last month by President Barack Obama. Indeed, Joan Myers Brown is a Philadelphia treasure. And so is her legacy, still alive and thriving in the poetic innovation and mastery of skills exemplified in Philadanco’s breathtaking performances, both at home and abroad.
This Friday, the acclaimed company presents Dance for the City, their second annual Founder’s Day benefit concert, which will feature their D/2 and D/3 troupes, along with a roster of guest artists that includes Dance Iquail, Anthony Burrell and Kim Bears-Bailey. The event is sure to feature electrifying choreography and some of most amazing displays of dance talent this city has to offer. Every Philadelphian should experience Philadanco at least once. / MANON BRACISZEWSKI
7:30pm. $10-$100. Dell Music Center, 33rd and Dauphin streets. 215.387.8200. mydelleast.com
Freaks, fire, burlesque, puppets, aerial acrobatics and live music from local bands, oh my! The Squidling Bros. modernize the art of sideshow tonight. 8pm. $10. Ellen Powell Tiberino Museum, 3819 Hamilton St. 215.386.3784. tiberinomuseum.org
Sejong International Music Festival
The debut year for a musical bridge between East and West, with events taking place in Seoul, South Korea in February and in the United States this week. The main focus of the festival will be on private lessons and chamber music, but the overall theme is exchange between cultures. 8pm. Free. Through Aug. 17. The Curtis Institute, Gould Hall, 1616 Locust St. 215.893.5252. sjimf.com
As part of the third annual festival of LGBT theater, Plays & Players hosts a preview of Phillip Dawkins’ simultaneously scathing and touch comedy, The Homosexuals. Other events and performances throughout the duration of GayFest! take place at various venues around the city.
Through Aug. 24. 7pm. $20. Plays & Players, 1714 Delancey St. 215.735.0630. quinceproductions.com
Desert Noises + Song Dogs
Utah Valley’s Desert Noises play a jangle-rich breed of rock ‘n’ roll influenced by the likes of Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac and Tame Impala. Song Dogs are a six-piece Americana band who pride themselves on bringing prairie-heavy rock to Philadelphia. 9pm. $10. With the Gallerist + the Bernhardts. Milkboy, 1100 Chestnut St. 215.925.6455. milkboyphilly.com
Burlesque-A-Pades Beach Party
A summer-themed revue featuring burlesque superstar Angie Pontani, Albert Cadabra of Ripleys Believe it or Not fame, and many more. The night will host a ton of classic ‘50s and ‘60s beach party films, culture and fun. We just want to find out how to play Beach Blanket Bingo. 8pm. $20. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. philly.worldcafelive.com
Pennsylvania Dutch Festival
Celebrate the Pennsylvania Dutch with traditional food, crafts, artwork and more taking place inside and outdoors (on certain days). Offering bluegrass bands and wagon rides, the weekend is packed with family fun. Through Aug. 10. Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch sts. 215.922.2317. readingterminalmarket.org
Mentored by Nicki Minaj courter DJ Khaled, this Florida-born rapper just released his latest effort, Trials and Tribulations, on Cash Money records. Even if you think you don’t know who this is, you may have heard your friends walking around singing “I woke up in a new Bugatti,” which is the chorus off Hood’s aptly titled chart-topping hit, “Bugatti.” 9pm. $22.50. With Chase Allen + Lee Mazin. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011. tlaphilly.com
Saturday, August 10
It’s not every day you get to tell local metalheads that there’s a Black Sabbath concert in South Philly on a Saturday night. And yet, here we are, happily declaring just that.
Sabbath’s 2012-2013 outing, which hits the Wells Fargo Center this weekend, is the first time the pioneering heavy metal outfit has toured with Ozzy Osbourne since 2005. Their accompanying album, 13, which was finished earlier this year, is their first with the rocker-turned-reality-TV-star since 1978’s Never Say Die. And if that doesn’t impress you, know this: Andrew W.K. is opening.
As these things are wont to go, some drama erupted early last year when the band decided to get back together—so much, in fact, it almost didn’t happen. Stories began to circulate that drummer Bill Ward wasn’t in the physical shape to endure a 56-stop trek over four continents. If that’s true, it isn’t surprising, being as Ward—and the rest of his Sabbath brethren—are in their mid-60s. Let him tell it, though, and the issue was all about the contract he was offered. “I couldn’t sign it,” he told Guitar International, adding he had “promised myself and my family that I would never sign a contract that was not workable.” Additionally, Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi was diagnosed with lymphoma in January 2012. The band’s tour dates have been scheduled so that Iommi can return to the UK for treatment every six weeks.
So, yeah—these legends are now metal’s elder statesmen. But can they still rock? Of course they can—and do. If 13’s almost-universally positive reception weren’t indication enough (Rolling Stone called it “kind of a big deal”), go ahead and check out recent reviews of their latest live shows. Even if written by longtime, hyper-biased Black Sabbath fans, they still indicate the groundbreaking metal gods haven’t lost that evil magic. / RANDY LOBASSO
7:30pm. $35. With Andrew W.K. Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. 215.336.3600. wellsfargocenterphilly.com
After touring and writing songs—some of which appeared on 2009’s Stick Up Kids—for the better part of the last decade, Bad Rabbits put out their first full-length album, American Love, earlier this year. The tunes themselves are somewhat outside the realm of what you might call a genre, but if you could bottle Michael Jackson with a hint of punk rock, you might be on your way to describing their sound. And such experimentation seems to have worked: Love hit number-one on iTunes, #10 on the Billboard Heatseakers chart and launched the Boston-based “new crack swing” band onto the late-night stages of both Jimmy Kimmel and Craig Ferguson.
“From the very first show in Buffalo, we have been pleasantly surprised with how many people are coming out and how many people know the music we just released,” says guitarist Santi Araujo, who grew up in the Philly suburbs. “The shows have been very high energy everywhere we go.”
The quintet, whose members met over a decade ago while attending various Beantown colleges, kicked off a serious tour earlier this year, starting in Western New York and hitting everywhere from Los Angeles to Boise. Buoyed by support from Air Dubai, Mont Brown x A.R.F. and Sahtyre, Bad Rabbits’ live performance is highly recommended. And not just ‘cause I used to be in a band with the bass player. / R.L.
8:30pm. $15. With Air Dubai, Mont Brown x A.R.F. + Sahtyre. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100. utphilly.com
Johnny Showcase (aka Philadelphia theater artist/musician David Sweeney) and his band have been making quite a name for themselves with their unique performances, which are equal parts ridiculous, hilarious and soulful. Though song titles include “Cocaine Sandwich” and “Hit It from the Back,” Showcase is dead serious when he croons in his leisure suit alongside his ‘70s funk crew. 9pm. $12-$14. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com
Stone’s upbeat pop-rock stylings are reminiscent of an era gone by, when soul patches and melodic hooks with commercial appeal were all you needed to get by. Tonight’s performance is perfect for fans of Matchbox Twenty, Collective Soul, Spin Doctors and Hootie & the Blowfish. 6:30pm. $12. With Something Wild, A Caffeine Dream, Siravo + Fools Reign. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. worldcafelive.com
Boys of Summer Main Event
Strap on your banana hammock for the culmination of the 10th annual Boys of Summer Weekend: an all-night swimsuit party in the Gayborhood. Sexy lifeguards, live performances and a hot body contest are all part of the gaiety. 9pm. $15. Voyeur Nightclub, 1221 St. James St. 215.735.5772. voyeurnightclub.com
Circle of Dreams
Acclaimed New York theater director Stafford Arima presents this unique concert, featuring selections from a variety of shows past and present. The production stars veteran Broadway performers alongside Philadelphia area students. 3pm and 8pm. $75. The Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St. 215.790.5800. kimmelcenter.org
August Films at the Fish
Films at the Fish is a showcase of local film and video content in a monthly rotating variety format. Featured in August is Locomotive, a film about a former straight-edge musician who tries to reconnect with his former love interest, a groupie for the band he broke up. 8pm. $7. Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford Ave. 215.427.9255. walkingfishtheatre.com
Philadelphia Brewing Co. offers up samplings of their delicious drafts, including their flagship Kenzinger brew, alongside a clambake from Johnny Brenda’s. Rockabilly surf tunes and a limbo competition top off this free afternoon event. 4pm. Free. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com
Forward-thinking house music producer Julio Bashmore crafts beats that go against the grain of his Bristol, U.K. bass-centric music roots. The minimalist whiz kid will be performing at an outdoor venue that’s perfect for his brand of understated electronica that crescendos with big results. 9pm. $5. Morgan’s Pier, 221 N. Columbus Blvd. 215.279.7134. morganspier.com
Southeast Asian Dragon Boat Festival
The Delaware River Waterfront gets transformed into a Far Eastern cultural fair and competition for the day. Along with the races of traditional dragon boats, there will be food vendors, performance and a Miss Southeast Asia pageant. Noon. Free. Penn’s Landing. seadbf.com
Craft Beer & Lobster Festival
The title’s probably all you need to know. Shellfish fan or beer fanatic, this event offering beer samples, a custom mug, complimentary food, live music and more. 1pm. $40-$50. Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House, 3432 Sansom St. 215.382.3676. docmagrogans.com
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