Tuesday, April 23
Suzanne Slade of 215 magazine recently opined that local emcee Mic Stewart will “soon be playing on every radio station in the country. Up and coming isn’t big enough for him. He’s come, and he’s not going back.” If there’s ever a time to come to that realization, it’s this week: Stewart’s full-length debut, Peaceworld, with local producer SAMlive, is set for release on iTunes today, accompanied by a release party, signing session and performance set at a Villa in North Philadelphia.
Stew’s been hitting the local and national circuits with his unique brand of hip-hop for several years, taking up guest spots and opening for big-name acts at venues large and small throughout the city. He got his true break last year, when he won the 2012 National Red Bull Emsee Competition and hit the ground running thereafter. “I’m Not From Brooklyn,” the first single off his new LP, has already been released to some fanfare, with many noting that his style represents the “golden era” of hip-hop while, he’s said, distancing himself from the “stereotypes of ‘real hip-hop.’” Bruce Warren of WXPN said of his album: “It’s got a non-stop funky old school vibe that’s fresh and deserving of repeated listenings.”
Tuesday’s party and signing will feature Illvibe Collective’s red-hot DJ PHSH, winner of Red Bull’s 2013 Thre3style regional battle finals, and the first 50 people through the doors will get a free autographed copy of Peaceworld. / R.L.
7pm. Free. Villa, 1231 N. Broad St. 215.235.3020. micstewartmusic.tumblr.com
Hot, Hot, HOT: The Science of Spicy Food
The scientists of the Monell Center, who have devoted their working lives to understanding the mechanisms and functions of taste and smell, want to know why a chili pepper is so hot. Head to Han Dynasty, known for their unique brand of spicy, for a lesson in hotness and find out how to properly cool down. 6pm. Han Dynasty, 108 Chestnut St. 215.448.1346. philasciencefestival.org
Eat Around the Street: 2 Kitchens/2 Countries
Gear up your taste buds for an unlimited number of culinary delicacies cooked for you on the spot. Join Chabaa Thai Chef Moon Krpugthong and Space by Spielman President Judy Spielman in a celebration of traditional street food. Munch on Mexican, Thai, French and Korean cuisine while culinary masters do battle in the Chef Throwdown. 6pm. $75-150, The Vie, 600 North Broad St. eatsphilly.eventbrite.com
These freakazoids from Georgia sing and play through buzz saw filters and paralyze with a smattering of orchestrated noise. Their new album, Death Wish, took its first steps earlier in April and is now primed to excite with its pleasing tonal shifts and berserk howls. 8pm. $8. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919. kungfunecktie.com
PHILLY TECH WEEK
First Person Arts Story Slam: Geek Out
Urban Dictionary defines “geek out” three ways: 1. To become enthralled in an uncontrollable fit of laughter, losing all thought processes and many fine motor skills; 2. To become immediately enthralled by a subject such as comics, books, technology; 3. Orgasm of the mind. If No. 3 is a little much for you, step behind the first person-mic tonight, and share your own definition with an audience of strangers. 7:30pm. $10. L’Etage, 624 S. Sixth St. firstpersonarts.org
Wednesday, April 24
Sparks, a longstanding European favorite, is still as unpredictable as when they started way back in the ‘60s. The last album they recorded was a concept piece about a fictional visit by Ingmar Bergman to Hollywood. And people liked it. Their current tour is the first time the Mael brothers do not have a backing band and will be as assuredly strange and oddly likeable as everything else they’ve ever done. 8pm. $25-$27. Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888. thetroc.com
Nerd Nite: CSI
CSI might make forensic science seem impenetrable for average folk, but this edition of Nerd Nite gets your foot in the door by taking a look at the field’s humble beginnings and more basic principles. The night is soundtracked by the live Prohibition era jazz sounds of Cornbread Five, transporting you back to the era where the sleuthing really started. Unfortunately, however, they forgot to include a lesson on how to look really cool while putting on sunglasses. 7:30pm. $5. Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Ave. philasciencefestival.org
Judy Wicks’ newly published memoir Good Morning Beautiful Business deals with the founding of her own restaurant, the White Dog Cafe, one of the first to serve local organic food and known as a national model for socially responsible businesses. The Philly-based author will discuss how she stuck to her guns morally and still succeeded in the cutthroat world of business. 6pm. Free. Penn Bookstore, 3601 Walnut St. 215.898.7595. upenn.bncollege.com
Each One as She May
The three contemporary artists featured take a different route in exploring the idea of repetition and comprehension utilizing drawings, aural composition, and dance respectively. Each medium begs a different question in regards to the repetition’s affect on meaning, specifically whether it’s strengthened or blurred. 6pm. Free. Through July 28. Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th St. icaphila.org
Out of Town
Run for SAAM 5K Walk/Run
In recognition of April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month, this 5k run/walk donates 100 percent of the proceeds to funding sexual-abuse prevention and counseling services in Montgomery County. This is an excellent way to support survivors in need. Sat., April 20, 9am. Norristown Farm Park, Germantown Pike and Barley Sheaf Dr., Norristown. 610.277.0932. victimservicescenter.org
Chef Jose Garces Dining Event
In celebration of his second cookbook, The Latin Road Home, Chef Jose Garces will prepare dishes from each of the book’s five chapters: “Ecuador,” “Spain,” “Cuba,” “Mexico” and “Peru” at his tapas bar and restaurant. A copy of the book—which serves as a cookbook, travelogue and memoir—is included in the price. Thurs., April 18, 7pm. $85. Amada at Revel, 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J. revelresorts.com/dining/amada
World’s Softest Teddy Bear Challenge
Parents everywhere will be relieved to find out which teddy bear is the most huggable before their child eventually covers it in tears, snot and dirt and takes it home. Participants will be blindfolded and asked to identify the softest brand of teddy bear. Sun., April 21. Noon. Free. King of Prussia Mall, 160 N. Gulph Rd. 610.265.5727. simon.com
Meet and Greet with Cal Schenkel
Celebrate the sixth annual Record Store Day in a whimsical way with Frank Zappa and Mother of Invention artist Cal Schenkel. Schenkel will be signing original pieces and giclee prints of his absurd album covers such as Burnt Weeny Sandwich and Uncle Meat. Sat., April 20, 11am. Free. 81 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr. facebook.com/pages/Gold-Million-Records
Theatre Horizon Audition Technique Workshop
Learn how to make a good impression for theatrical, commercial, TV, and film auditions in this actors workshop. Theatre Horizon’s casting director and assistant Broadway director will give young actors tips on monologue selection and performance, working with sides and cold readings, and owning the role from the moment you arrive at an audition. Participants should bring a monologue that is less than two minutes long. Sat., April 20, 2-5pm. $50. Theatre Horizon, 401 DeKalb St., Norristown.
Compiled by Michael Brady, Jessica Foley, Nicole Bonaccorso and Anthony Trivelli.