Wednesday, August 20
PW’s Concerts in the Park
Rittenhouse Square transforms into a free outdoor concert this week featuring Pablo Batista and the Mambo Syndicate, Worldtown Sound System and DJ Cash Money. Bring three canned goods to donate to Philabundance and receive entrance to a VIP tent and preferred viewing of the stage. 6pm. Free. Rittenhouse Square, 18th and Walnut sts.
Call Again: Selections from Out of Season
Philadelphia-based artist Mark Havens’ Out of Season explores the dilapidated side of Wildwood, N.J. during the off-season. The nostalgic and stimulating photographs are displayed in a slide show on the Media Wall at Commerce Square. 6pm. Free. Crane Hall, 1400 N. American St. inliquid.org
Thursday, August 21
Dîner en Noir
So here’s the tea: Many of you are well aware of Dîner en Blanc, a fancy surprise-location-based dinner party whose dress code is, well, very white—like white where you pronounce the “h.” There’s something about the whole thing that feels extra bourgeois, like it’s one big Facebook/Instagram/Twitter opportunity/orgy. I can already see all the feed clogs and #DinerEnBlanc moments with big toothy smiles that make for wondrous new profile pics and OKCupid images.
Turns out, I’m not alone. Chris Nowacyzk tried to get in on the DeB fun and was stymied by a clunky registration process. He found out he wasn’t alone either, so he decided to whip up Dîner en Noir, not only to benefit Philabundance, but as a more transparent, non-profit take on flash dress-up dining experience of his own—just many shades darker and a whole lot wiser in my estimation; hey, black is just much more flattering and practical. Obviously, Nowacyzk agrees. “I am definitely more comfortable in black; it has a certain joie de vivre,” he told PW. “The symbolism of black and white has always been an important theme juxtaposed in art and film: lightness and darkness, naughty and nice. Noir will give us a jazzy feel that white doesn’t seem to convey in quite the same way. There is a certain allure to an all-black event—with a pop of red, this year’s complementary color. Black is the antithesis of white. So, that’s why we chose it.”
Our man’s in good company. too, having enlisted the aid of DJ Robert Drake, who Nowacyzk says “has been Dîner en Noir’s biggest proponent from our inception. He reached out to a mutual Dîner en Noir friend and was really happy about our idea, effort and especially our desire to give back to the city of Philadelphia via our partnering with Philabundance.” Thankfully, Drake will get to chill at various points, since West Philadelphia Orchestra is also providing entertainment. Attendees, though, must bring their own table (36” square or smaller), a black tablecloth, black chairs (or any foldable chair with black chair covers), meal (or order at the website) and dinnerware. // BILL CHENEVERT
$50 per couple. Time and location to be announced to registrants. phillydinerennoir.com
Hotties of Laurel Hill: Dead, Gone and Extremely Handsome
Their dashing good looks have long since disintegrated, but Laurel Hill boasts a large number of (formerly) swoon-worthy tenants. Tour the graves of gallant Civil War soldiers and charming scholars; some occupants even left records of their passionate lives in steamy love letters. 6:30pm. $15. Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave. 215.228.8200. thelaurelhillcemetery.org
#TBT Movie Night
In honor of everyone’s favorite Instagram hashtag, throw it back to the good old days of scary movie night with this campy flick about five friends who summon evil demons. Complementary snacks and drinks will be provided between screams. 6pm. $15-$20. Franklin Square, Sixth and Chestnut sts. 215.629.4026. historicphiladelphia.org
Get the Ball Rolling
The YouthBuild Philly Class of 2014 Scholarship Fund sends former high school dropouts to college. To raise scholarship money, Young Friends of YouthBuild Philly hosts a night of food, bowling and drink specials at North Bowl. Bring a team of friends for a fun night that pays it back. 6:30pm. $30. North Bowl, 909 N. Second St. 215.238.2695. northbowlphilly.com
The Book of Mormon
The South Park creators’ acclaimed satire of Mormonism, praised by everyone from Jon Stewart to The New York Times, continues its run at the Forrest Theatre. The show has won nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Through Sept. 14. $67-$277. Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St. forrest-theatre.com
Friday, August 22
City Fit Girls FitRetreat Pre-Party
So, Philly has this rep for being—in Gabriel Iglesias parlance—full of the fluffy. In a city that spawned cheesesteaks and soft pretzels, that makes a bit of sense. However, amid all our focus on good food and great beer, there are lot of local businesses and movements aimed at getting people, well … moving.
City Fit Girls is one of them—a Philly-based wellness and fitness service dedicated to providing women with the tools and opportunities to assist or begin their fitness journeys. Offering everything from nutrition workshops and meal planning to marathon training tips and weightlifting pointers, CFG has comprehensive and flexible classes for the working professional, student or any woman with an incredibly busy schedule. Boasting “judgment free” courses and training sessions, this group is geared for your success.
Saturday is their second FitRetreat, a six-hour $25 workshop at Impact Hub that kicks off with tonight’s free pre-party at City Sports, where a 20-percent discount’s on deck. The next morning’s action starts with a fun run, cardio session, yoga and a demo on healthy breakfasts—and trust, that’s just the beginning. Speaking of healthy meals, lunch will be provided to fuel your batteries, and best of all, this event provides an opportunity for like-minded women to meet, learn and network at over 20 workshops, enabling them to share their own inspirational stories in the hopes that they’ll support each other on that road to health and wellness. // KENNEDY ALLEN
7pm. Free. City Sports, 1608 Walnut St. cityfitgirls.com
What’s My Line?
This hilarious improv comedy night unites Philadelphia comedians for the most hilarious yes-or-no questions imaginable. Local comedian David Metter, founder of the Onion News Network, hosts the festivities. 10:30pm. $10-$12. Philly Improv Theater, 2030 Sansom St. 267.723.1420. phillyimprovtheater.com
Confessions of a Mormon Boy
Quince Productions’ GayFest is drawing to an end after three weeks of gay-themed performances with this internationally recognized show starring Steven Fales. This one-man show written by Fales takes the audience through his funny, yet moving story of growing up as a gay man in the Mormon church and dealing with the struggles after excommunication and divorce. 7:30pm. $25. Playground at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St. 215.627.1088. quinceproductions.com
Shades & Shorts: A Summer with Shoestring Gold
Shoestring Gold is one of the city’s newer cinematic production companies, and they’re ready to let people know what they’re all about with a one-night-only party/premiere of six original short films. Grab a free ticket before they run out—and if you like what you see, you can make a small donation and hang out with cast and crew after the show. Drinks and live music from Mike and April will precede the screening. 8pm. Free. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St. philamoca.org
Cooking Up Couture Showcase
Food and fashion come together to fight hunger in the first ever Cooking Up Couture Showcase: Celebrity entrepreneur Jen Groover hosts a night featuring culinary talent like Philadelphia’s own Top Chef winner Nick Elmi and Amis’ Brad Spence, as well as a “kitchen couture” fashion show and handmade cocktails. All proceeds benefit Philabundance and the Philabundance Community Kitchen. 7pm. $75-$95. Front & Palmer, 1750 N. Front St. cookingupcouture.com
Saturday, August 23
Join ”Take Back the Neighborhood” for its annual community event that looks to celebrate Northeast Philly’s local joys—and maybe solve some neighborly issues. The event features family-friendly activities, drinks, door prizes and live entertainment. 11am. Free. Max Myers Playground, Bustleton and Hellerman aves. iradiophilly.com
How far are you willing to go in the name of love? Set in the roaring ‘20s, this play follows a middle-aged couple struggling with infertility. 6pm. $30-$50. Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St. scharliproductions.com
7th Annual BBQ at the Ballpark
Redefine your tailgating experience with the return of Rolling Barrel Events’ BBQ extravaganza. Fill your belly with all-you-can-eat BBQ buffet from Sweet Lucy’s Smokehouse and craft beers from Sly Fox Brewing, Conshohocken Brewing and more. Proceeds from the event benefit the Marianne E. Mebert Memorial Fund in honor of the mother of one of Rolling Barrel’s cofounders, who passed away earlier this year from breast cancer. 2pm. $48.50. Jetro Parking Lot, 700 Pattison Ave. bbqattheballpark.com
Sunday, August 24
Ahh, I knew this gorgeous gal looked familiar: You remember taragirl, from Black Lily stages, right? The porcelain-skinned honey with a soul-scorched timbre has been on her grind in the Philadelphia music scene for years, releasing indie singles and LPs, guesting on other cats’ tracks, blessing them all with her dazzling, passionate vocal stylings. Miss Lady has dropped the street moniker, going by her given name now: Tara Hendricks. And that polish hasn’t just been relegated to her styling and image, either: Girlfriend’s stepped her game up musically, too. Not that she really needed to.
With roots in musical theater and vocal performance studied at NYU, this relocated Jersey singer has painstakingly created a name for herself here, artistrically inspired by powerhouse vocalists like Aretha Franklin and Mary J. Blige—and she’s a charismatic songstress , a star just waiting to rise. She’s performed alongside renowned artists like Chaka Kahn, Amy Winehouse and our own Jill Scott, proving that Hendricks’ pipes can resonate with the best of them.
The R&B Collective presents the Alternative Soul Revue tonight at Warmdaddy’s, where Hendricks headlines—and where she’ll also be celebrating her birthday in style. Complementary Ciroc cocktails are on deck from 8 to 10pm, so get there early. Sounds like this promising night’ll give you even more of a reason to get reacquainted with—or introduce yourself to—the artist formerly known as taragirl. // K.A.
8pm. $15-$20. Warmdaddy’s, 1400 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd. warmdaddys.com
Art Meets Fashion: A Pop-Up Shop Event
The weeklong event features a meet and greet with Funky Bijou and a one-of-a-kind art meets fashion night featuring a variety of all your pampering needs, including Happy Hour, Paint Night and Girls Night Out. Talented artists and jewelers will be showing off their creations as you enjoy food, drinks, music and more. 5:30pm. $20. Third St. Gallery, 45 N. 2nd St. funkybijou.com
Improv Comedy: The SHAM!
A spinning wheel of improv styles and some of Philly’s finest PHIT performers put on a hilarious night of comedy. 8:30pm. Free. Philly Improv Theatre, 2030 Sansom, St. phillyimprovtheatre.com
Monday, August 25
Five Dollar Comedy Week
Kate Banford and Aaron Nevins had an idea for a comedy show that would make fun of motivational speakers—hopefully, that’s still in the pipeline ‘cause that would be fun—but while they were hunting for spaces to host it, they stumbled upon the Shubin, which is no slouch in our venerable small-theatre arsenal but nonetheless humble, modest and cheap. They decided to rent it out for the week and fill its 42 seats (max 55) nightly with fresh new comedy on the super-affordable tip and dub it Five Dollar Comedy Week. Seriously, there are so many comedians: approximately 150 bodies who’ll participate in about 30 shows. Every single night is $5. But there’ll also be secret shows, panels, nights where 60 one-minute monologues are delivered in 60 minutes, plus an opening and closing ceremony.
They’re doing the opening ceremony just right, and that’s with a banner and a torch in a mile-and-a-half march from Rittenhouse Square. The whole week will be very festive, partly because the affair is BYO, so no doubt there’ll be some bombed bombs and hammered hecklers. Banford and Nevins seem legitimately committed to providing affordable comic opportunities for both audiences and peers, and that’s what this week is all about. In fact, if you want an all-access wristband, you need only cough up $25. “That’s like an 83-percent discount,” Banford says. “We don’t care about money. We just really want people to come.” With that attitude, they probably will. // B.C.
Through Sun., Aug. 31.$5. Various times. Shubin Theatre, 407 Bainbridge St. 215.592.0119. fivedollarcomedyweek.com
The Great Outdoors
The 1998 classic, starring John Candy and Dan Ackroyd, follows a family on a peaceful vacation in the great outdoors, until the in-laws show up. Before the screening, play a few rounds of Great Outdoors-themed quizzo at the PHS beer garden. Tonight’s food truck options include Oink and Moo BBQ. 8pm. Free. PHS Pop-Up Garden, 1438 South St. phsonline.org
Five neighborhood Fringe artists present free previews of their performances and offer free beer, all in 50 minutes! These short excerpts, performed every Monday night in August, include samples of the work presented at this year’s 2014 Fringe Festival by artists of theater, dance, music and visual arts. 7pm. Free. FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd. 215.413.1318. fringearts.com
Birds of Paradise
Inspired by the work of photographer Tim Laman and ornithologist Edwin Scholes, this exhibit explores the trademark nutty behavior of birds everywhere, from their mating patterns to their unique calls. Through Sept. 1. $13-15. Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. 215.299.1000. ansp.org
MIND & BODY
Free Yoga on the Race Street Pier
Enjoy the final week of free yoga on the Race Street Pier. Yoga practitioners of all levels are invited to partake in this hour-long, six-day-a-week course, taught by yoga collective Yogis United. No need to sign up in advance; just bring your own mat and enjoy the view. Various times. Free. Race Street Pier, Race Street at N. Columbus Blvd. delawareriverwaterfront.com
Tuesday, August 26
Long Long Time
In spring of 1972, late, great WMMR legend Ed Sciaky hosted a live performance at Sigma Studios, where a hot-shot Long Island-raised piano player and his ridiculously talented band played for a tiny local audience, and the whole 12-song session was recorded live. Less than six months after his solo debut, this scrappy musician, one Billy Joel, made a mark on Philadelphia radio that still makes old heads here smile—and whoa, what a night it was. The seven minutes of his “Captain Jack” alone, with its mention of the City of Brotherly Love—or “Philadelph-EYE-a,” as Joel sang so robustly—took hold of WMMR listeners like a vice grip, eventually slaughtering hits like Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird,” Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” in numbers of requests. In its aftermath, one million bootleg copies of that concert sold on the streets. A year or so afterward, Joel’s musical genius began capturing audiences across the nation, and the rest as they say, is history.
While that fateful show over 40 years ago brought together a host of amazing musicians to accompany Joel, Nov. 2011 marked the official release of that famous Sigma Studio performance via a bonus disc in his double Piano Man LP re-issue. Last year, its original musicians, named Long, Long Time, united for a NYC show, and now, World Café Live’s the site of another reunion—their final one. Be on hand to sing aloud, on- or off-key, in homage to the man himself—and the visionaries of Philly radio who appreciated his music first. // KENYA BEVERLY
8pm. $25. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. philly.worldcafelive.com
First Person Arts StorySlam
Talkative Philadelphians rejoice over a place where gabbing about themselves incessantly is encouraged. At StorySlam, you have the floor for five minutes—and everyone wants to hear your entertaining tale. Tonight’s theme is chemistry. 7:30pm. $8-$10. L’Etage, 624 S. Sixth St. 267.402.2055. firstpersonarts.org
Begin Where You Are
The works of two dozen Philly-based artists will gather in the Icebox Project Space at Crane Arts for what aims to represent a “complicated and contemplative dialogue.” The exhibit transcends both generations and artistic disciplines. Through Sept. 13. Crane Arts, 1400 N. American St. 215.232.3203. cranearts.com
Wednesday, August 27
Written, directed and produced by Carshena Eunice Baker, Reconciled is set in a town comprised of nosy neighbors, overbearing mother-in-laws, a busybody preacher’s wife and a son with a secret. 7pm. Walking Fish, 2509 Frankford Ave. walkingfishtheatre.com
Multi-platinum selling singer Josh Groban is accompanied by the impeccable sound of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. 8pm. $29.50-$110. Mann Center of the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave. 800.745.3000. manncenter.org
Out of Town
Sports Card, Toy, Comic & Collectibles Expo
More than 100 tables of collectibles, including, sports cards and autographed memorabilia will be on display. The family-friendly event is a collector’s paradise; celebrity guests will be stopping by for autographing opportunities. Aug. 23-24, 10am. Free. Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, N.J. rksportspromotions.com
Kevin Hart & Friends Comedy All Stars
He’s never short ... on laughs. Kevin Hart got his comedic start in Philadelphia on a fateful amateur night, and he hasn’t stopped since. After successful big screen appearances and wildly funny tours (Laugh At My Pain and Let Me Explain), he heads to A.C. with for a night of side-splitting laughter. Fri., Aug. 22, 8pm. $73.50-$140. Caesar’s Atlantic City, 2100 Pacific Ave. Atlantic City, N.J. 609.348.4411. ceasarsac.com
Roller Derby Tournament
Wildwood’s sixth annual roller derby tournament is open to all skaters and skill levels. The event features roller derby workshops, early-morning bootcamps, social events and more. Sat., Aug. 23, 1pm. $10-$15. Wildwoods Convention Center, Boardwalk, Wildwood. 609.972.6671. coastalderbyexpo.com
Ne-Yo with Sevyn Streeter
R&B singer, songwriter, producer and dancer Ne-Yo is joined by recording artist Sevyn Streeter, formerly of TG4 and RichGirl. Sat., Aug. 23, 8pm. $52-$72. House of Blues, 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J. 609.343.4000. houseofblues.com
Super Crown World Championship
The gnarliest competition in athletics comes to the East Coast this week, when some of the greatest talent in skateboarding meet board-to-board to determine the reigning champion. VIP floor seats get close to the action, viewing practices and offering autograph signings from the athletes. Diamond Supply Co. presents an afterparty jam session after the competition. Sun., Aug. 24, 7:30pm. $38.95-$59.40. Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette St., Newark, N.J. 973.757.6000. streetleague.com