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
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