Friday, December 13
J’Adore La Mode Fashion Gala
Some 750,000 teenage girls become pregnant in this country annually. A bleak statistic like that, compared with the hard reality of inner-city public school test scores, can’t help but cast a shadow over the prospective futures of Philly’s young women. There is, however, a brilliantly luminous beacon of opportunity at the end of this tunnel, nestled in the heart of the city. And it’s about to hit the runway.
The Evoluer House, a vibrant local organization focused on young women’s empowerment, has been working for a decade to provide a positive and encouraging environment for teenage girls of color. Through personal development programs and youth workforce development programs, Evoluer House enables its participants to gain invaluable experience, insight and personal growth. Some outstanding statistics of its own: Eight hundred girls have graduated from these workshops since the organization’s conception; 100 percent of them have graduated high school; 70 percent of those graduates attend college or other forms of post-secondary education/training; and 75 percent have become mentors themselves.
Evoluer House’s fourth annual fashion-show benefit gala, J’Adore La Mode, takes place this week, bringing together the elements of refinement and high style on which Cheryl Wadlington, EH’s founder and author of last year’s The DivaGirl’s Guide to Style and Self-Respect, built her career. Featuring the stunning 2014 spring collection of internationally renowned celebrity stylist Kithe Brewster, the event also includes innovative designs by talented area upstarts. UArts graduate and world-renowned dancer/choreographer Anthony Burrell kicks off the show; and, bringing some glamor to the night, international supermodel Sessilee Lopez is scheduled to attend. Thanks to the Evoluer House, Philly’s fashionistas are about to celebrate this city’s most precious commodity: Our youth. / KENNEDY ALLEN
7pm. $100-$275. University of the Arts, 320 S. Broad St. 215.592.8988. evoluerhouse.org
Twelfth Night on Friday the Thirteenth
The Raven Society pays tribute to the Bard at its annual holiday soiree. Celebrating Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, the party features live entertainment, an open bar, dancing and general merriment. 8pm. $50-$100. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.567.7710. freelibrary.org/ravensociety
You may recognize Pitchfork darling Ernest Greene, better known as Washed Out, as the dude whose song is used in the opening montage of Portlandia. However, he’s expanded his arsenal of lo-fi/chillwave jams and dropped his new album Paracosm this summer. Washed Out will be joined by Damn Right! as a part of DeathWaltz Media Group’s two day WinterWaltz festival. 8:30pm. $20. Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St. 800.745.3000. electricfactory.info
Space 1026 Art Auction
Specializing in the eclectic, Space 1026 has been an essential tool for emerging Philly artists and their non-traditional works. Tonight, Space 1026 opens its doors for a public auction. Admission is free, and bidding for each piece of artwork begins at $10. 6pm. Free. Space 1026, 1026 Arch St. 215.574.7630. space1026.com
Exhumed Films: Trailer Trauma
International House plays host to a five-hour onslaught of nonstop trailer madness. Exhumed Films has strung together 300 minutes of sex, violence and mayhem via unrelated snippets of classic trailers. No plot, no intermission, no escape—no problem! 7:30pm. $12-$18. International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut St. exhumedfilms.com
Body Vox: The Cutting Room
The brainchild of dance vets Ashley Roland and Jamey Hampton, Body Vox has been called a multimedia “cocktail of physicality.” The latest in their series, The Cutting Room, is an odyssey through film genres: noir, comedy, science fiction and romance. 2pm and 8pm. $20-$55. Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St. 215.898.6702. annenbergcenter.org
The oft-told story of the rise of tech giants Bill Gates and Steve Jobs gets a makeover in the musical journey of Nerds. The performance follows the two titans from their garage-dwelling days through their massive success, with hilarious musical numbers marking the time. 8pm. $56. Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St. philadelphiatheatrecompany.org
Robicelli’s: A Love Story in Cupcakes
Brooklyn-based wholesale cupcake crafters Allison and Matt Robicelli have cornered the market on wildly gourmet treats. Their new book contains more than 50 fancy cupcake recipes, ranging from “chicken and waffles” to “chocolate peanut butter pretzel.” The couple will be signing copies of their new cookbook, which is an ideal gift idea for the holidays. 4pm. Free. UPenn Bookstore, 3601 Walnut St. upenn.bncollege.com
Saturday, December 14
The Punk Rock Flea Market
We all have that one notorious friend or family member on our holiday shopping list—the one who has everything, the one who wants nothing, or the one who collects limited edition 12-inch variant Boba Fett figures. Where on Earth are we expected to find the perfect gift for that difficult person—and at the perfect price, to boot? If you’re already tired of crowded malls this season, the Punk Rock Flea Market is the place to hit up.
On Saturday and Sunday, more than 500 commercial and private vendors come together to sell their wares. Boasting everything from vintage furniture to hand-made accessories to vegan cupcakes, this market proves that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Attendees can dig through vinyl collections or peruse photography and paintings while munching on hand-made baked goods for maximum energy. Looking for a fuel injector for a 1972 Cutlass Sierra? Try your luck. Hell, you may even walk away with a great pair of earrings for that aunt who loves cats as well.
Housed in the appropriately named Punk Rock Flea Market Dome, the shopfest continues to bring the widest variety of randomness to our neck of the woods. The two-day event features different vendors each go-’round, and the whopping $3 entry donation grants access to both days. And fret not: In the unlikely event that you don’t spot any desirable wares, R5 will be selling their ever-popular 10-show pass, giving you and your friends access to 10 upcoming R5 shows in 2014. Yes, the sold-out shows, too. So come on down, bring the kiddies and shop till the other anarchist shoe drops. / K.A.
Through Sun., Dec. 15. 10am. $3. Punk Rock Flea Market Dome, Ninth St. and Spring Garden Ave. r5productions.com
Fuel the Cure Winter Gala
Enjoy an evening of dancing and dining while supporting Children in Need, an organization dedicated to providing children with better education, health and communities. The 2013 Fuel the Cure Winter Gala is black-tie optional and features a 5-hour open bar, food stations, silent auction, live music and more. 8pm. $125. Hyatt at the Bellevue Ballroom, 200 S. Broad St. fuelthecure.net
This marathon competition puts a spin on college football rivalries by forcing teams to race a 10 or 5k while they try to grab flag football-style tags from other players and catch balls from the sidelines for points. Army faces Navy in Philadelphia’s Rivalry Race, which is highly recommended for fans of BASEketball, football tennis and other hybrid sports. 8am. $30-$40. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. rivalryraces.com
Spares for the Homeless
A unique charity event pitting teams of four against one another in a bowling tournament to raise money for One Step Away, the organization that strives to provide the homeless with work by selling newspapers on the street. Food and beer will be available for the entirety of the four-hour competition, with prizes awarded at the end. 3pm. $20-$160. Liberty Lanes, 6505 Market St. 215.951.0300. osaphilly.org
Greensgrow Holiday Bazaar
Greensgrow Farms presents this craft fair featuring local, handmade gifts. Pick up a tree at the farm as you shop their selection of jewelry, ceramics, edibles and more. 11am. Free. Greensgrow Farms, 2501 E. Cumberland St. 215.427.2702. greensgrow.org
Frisky for the Holidays Dance Party
Celebrate the festive season as your ancestors did in days of yore, and discover the true meaning of the holidays—with striptease aerobics! Burlesque performer Timaree and Urban Striptease instructor Deb guide you through this annual ladies-night-out class, featuring sultry holiday tunes and a wine and chocolate tasting. 4:30pm. $20-$25. The Arts Parlor, 1170 S. Broad St. 215.645.2717. phillydancefitness.com
Crafty Balboa Holiday
Yooze guys! Getcha shoppin’ done at this annual South Philly craft fair, celebrating its fifth year. More than 50 vendors will showcase affordable handcrafted goods, ranging from baby hats to screen prints and everything in between. 11am. Free. SS Neumann Goretti HS, 1736 S. 10th St. 215.465.8437. craftybalboa.blogspot.com
Andrew Dice Clay
The foul-mouthed Brooklyn icon, who rose to unprecedented comedic fame in the late ‘80s by reciting “adult nursery rhymes,” has experienced a resurgence in his career since garnering a recurring role on Entourage, this year co-starring in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. He returns to the stage as part of a short tour on the East Coast; here’s hoping the years haven’t softened his over-the-top repertoire. 8:30pm. $43.50-$68.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave. 215.572.7650. keswicktheatre.com
Sunday, December 15
Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas
Jessica Hernandez has one of those sounds you can’t resist but can’t necessarily define, either. Sure, the Detroit-based singer/songwriter/instrumentalist gets her share of Amy Winehouse comparisons, and she’s got the neo-soul sound down to have earned ‘em, but there’s something else about her music that makes it a bit more unique.
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