Wednesday, August 21
Summer Wonder: Linda Humes presents A Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.
Join New York-based troubadour Linda Humes as she commemorates the 50th anniversary of the late civil rights leader’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech with a little help from Grammy-winning calypso percussionist Sanga of the Valley. 11am. Free. Penn Museum, 3260 South St. 215.898.4000. penn.museum
Who Gives a Shit: Comedy Open Mic
The name pretty much says it all—with stand-up comedy, nothing is off-limits. Matt Nino, a Philadelphia comic known for his vocal impressions, hosts. 9pm. Free. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919. kungfunecktie.com
These Boston badasses have come a long way since having their music featured in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed. The film gave them a boost in popularity and brought a taste of Celtic punk into the mainstream. As a display of pride in their hometown, $1 from every ticket purchased will be donated to victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. 7:30pm. $33.50. With Swingin’ Utters + BarRoom Heroes. The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave. 215.546.7900. manncenter.org
Thursday, August 22
Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band
Chris Forsyth first relocated to Philly back in 2009, and since then hasn’t slowed down in hypnotizing the city’s underground music devotees with his unique and critically lauded approach to the guitar. He’s certainly an artist in the purest sense of the word; simply calling the 40-year-old former Brooklyn resident a virtuoso wouldn’t do him justice. His musical experiments combine the ethereal ambiance of Brian Eno and John Cale with elements of everything from blues to jazz and beyond, tapping into something far deeper than what’s palatable to your average concert-goer looking for a night on the town.
And yet, none of this should come as a surprise: Forsyth spent a good chunk of time under the tutelage of legendary guitarist and Pittsburgh native Richard Lloyd, who, along with Tom Verlaine, helped define the abstract sound of art-rock pioneers Television in the 1970s, standing out among the likes of Patti Smith and the Ramones in an ever-growing New York punk scene.
It’s an influence that can clearly be heard on Forsyth’s most recent creative undertaking, Solar Motel, slated to be unleashed on Oct. 29. Comprised of a four-part suite that stretches to more than 40 minutes in length, the album is almost guaranteed to stack up well against any of the 30-plus releases in the collection of what the guitarist calls “cosmic Americana.” / JAKE ABBATE
9pm. $10. With Daniel Bachmann + Jeff Zeigler & Mary Lattimore. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com
Slam, Bam, Thank You Ma’am
Painted Bride Quarterly is trying something different for the August edition of its Slam, Bam, Thank You Ma’am poetry slam: rather than have a sole reader introduce the night, the entire PBQ staff will pack themselves onstage to show off their literary acumen. 7:30pm. Pen & Pencil Club, 1522 Latimer St. 215.731.9909. penandpencil.org
One More Time: A Tribute to Daft Punk
The enigmatic French EDM duo has yet to announce any tour dates in support of their latest album, Random Access Memories, but someone might have come up with the next best thing. Donning helmets and jumpsuits and putting on a lightshow that will attempt to hold a candle to the original, impersonators will recreate a concert from Daft Punk’s visually stunning Alive world tour. 9pm. $16. The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888. thetroc.com
Learn to Brew Beer
Will this two-part course offered by Malt House Ltd. make hanging at the bar a thing of the past? Not a chance, but you have to admit it would be pretty cool to say you can craft your own brewskies. 7:30pm. $45. Malt House Ltd., 7101 Emlen St. 215.242.1700. malthouseltd.com
Friday, August 23
Katori Hall’s Hoodoo Love
Hexes and spells, magic and mojo: These are the elements that enthralled Katori Hall when she started thinking about her Southern roots and talking to folks who practice and peddle hoodoo. The award-winning playwright shelved Hoodoo Love to study acting and pulled it out for some readings with her fellow students, and that’s when it got noticed and mentored by Cherry Lane Theatre’s Lynn Nottage. Characters started getting fleshed out, scenes meticulously worked over, and the story of Toulou was molded into a narrative that, like Hall’s The Mountaintop, is pretty unforgettable.
Toulou’s story is one of escapism, dreams, desire and aspiration, fleeing the cotton fields of Depression-era Mississippi for the musicality of Memphis. With high hopes of stardom from singing the blues, Toulou meets the charming Ace of Spades and hopes that seducing and falling in love with this man is the answer to her prayers. She decides to rely on a little special help literally pulled from a bag of tricks by her neighbor, the Candy Lady. But when Toulou’s alcoholic, preachin’ brother, Jib, pays a visit from the Deep South, it all starts to get a little crazy. What unfolds is a testament to the ways in which the past can swallow progress, and how our families are not always escapeable.
Hall’s got an illustrious pedigree, one that informs the dynamism of a performance like this: Columbia, Harvard and Juilliard-educated and inspired by her roots. With a focus on black American history and an attention to performance, poetics and politics, Hall is on her way to joining a canon of black feminism alongside Toni Morrison and Alice Walker. This time, Hoodoo Love is being helmed by Malika Oyetimein, artistic director of Philadelphia’s own Ademide Theatre Ensemble, working with a dream cast. Candace Thomas will portray Toulou, and Philly native Keith Wallace takes on the role of the smooth-talking Ace. Perhaps one of the most uplifting and inspiring actors in Philadelphia, the UArts-trained prison guard-turned-thespian, Lee Edward Colston II, will inhabit Jib, the ominous arbiter of Toulou’s fate. / BILL CHENEVERT
Through Sun., Aug. 25. Various times. $25. Arts Bank Theatre at University of the Arts, 601 Broad St. 215.545.1664. yancygirlproductions.com
You’re probably just as sick of hearing “I’ll Melt With You” as we are, considering its been used in more movies and commercials than you’d probably care to count. However, these Brits really were a great post-punk/new wave act, with a sound much broader than just their hit. 8pm. $17-$26. With DJ Robert Drake. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. worldcafelive.com
Manic-Depressive Pixie Dreamboat
Part game show, part motivational seminar, Ben Storey brings you an interactive show about depression, anxiety, gender identity, OK Cupid and the pursuit of happiness. The whole thing is a play on film critic Nathan Rabin’s term “Manic Pixie Dream Girl,” a female character who exists solely to open up the eyes of a brooding 20-something male with no focus on her own happiness. 7:30pm. $15. Playground at The Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St. 215.567.2848. quinceproductions.com
Australian dwelling American ex-pat Maurice Felton is a house music pioneer. As both a DJ and a producer, he never fails to surprise listeners while still managing to keep things dance-floor friendly. 10pm. $5. Morgan’s Pier, 221 N. Columbus Blvd. morganspier.com
Smooth Jazz Summer Nights
A mellow waterfront evening filled with the smooth jazz stylings of Christian Scott, and a landside fireworks display. 7:30pm. Free. Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd. delawareriverwaterfront.com
Sami Hope CD Release Show
Sami Hope and her six-piece band bring their brand of banjo driven progressive world folk to the Painted Bride in honor of the release of their debut album. Her sultry voice compliments a mixture of light, airy textures and gritty rock elements that come close to chaos, but always balance out. 8pm. Free. Painted Bride, 230 Vine St. paintedbride.org
Saturday, August 24
“I remember there was this ridiculous bar fight where some dude got his head smashed with a bar stool. That was my first exposure to, like, the way Philadelphia deals with things,” says Jay Pepito, vocalist for Reign Supreme, in Pennsylvania Hardcore, a gritty documentary from Average Superstar Films partially funded via Indiegogo. Pepito, formerly of Blacklisted, is one of the nearly 200 artists and fans alike interviewed by filmmaker Loren W. Lepre, and they collectively craft the story of the music’s early ‘80s heyday to its impact some 30 years later.
According to former (and sometimes current) punks who lived here and in places like Reading, Scranton, Lansdale, Stroudsburg and other PA locales, the commonwealth was the place to be in the ‘80s and ‘90s if you were really into the sort of music that regularly led to riots. At the same time, Pennsylvania Hardcore attests, the state was often overlooked as a beacon of hardcore punk while places like New York, D.C., Boston and Los Angeles were eventually given national attention and housed bands that went onto achieve some commercial success.
Pennsylvania Hardcore debuts tonight at the Troc in a “test” screening before the film fest circuit and events across the state. “It’s because this is a mecca of hardcore,” says Mad Joe of Wisdom in Chains, waxing poetic about the scene, past and present. “We built this shit here, you know what I mean?” / RANDY LOBASSO
7pm. $11. The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888. thetroc.com
Rally for Rock
The Dead Milkmen and The West Philadelphia Orchestra are among the acts gathering together for this outdoor concert that benefits Rock to the Future, a nonprofit that provides free music education to underprivileged youth in Philadelphia. Noon. Free. Liberty Lands Park, 926 N. American St. 610.416.6742. rocktothefuturephilly.org
MIND + BODY
Inner Peace Meditation Retreat
This retreat focuses on four of the 21 meditations Buddha taught that are thought to lead to permanent inner peace. No meditation experience is necessary. Why delay? Enlighten today! 10am. $5-$15. Amitayus Kadampa Buddhist Center, 1102 Pine St. 267.702.4083. meditationinphiladelphia.org
WALKS + TOURS
Haunted Philadelphia Scavenger Hunt
Watson Adventures presents this historically themed, adults-only poltergeist hunt. Armed with a flashlight, you’ll explore Old City buildings and cemeteries while learning the stories of the restless souls you might disturb. 7pm. $22.50. Washington Square Park, 600 Walnut St. 877.946.4868.
Comedian Mitch Bigos headlines a stand-up showcase, featuring a variety of new comics from the Philly area. Hosted by Pat O’Donnell. 9pm. $10. Comedy Cabaret, 11580 Roosevelt Blvd. comedycabaret.com
Sunday, August 25
Benjamin Franklin Museum Re-Opening
As a Philadelphia resident, you’ve probably served as tour guide for at least a dozen visiting friends or loved ones. Shoot, you can probably draw the iconic crack of the Liberty Bell with your eyes closed. Well, the next time your bored, out-of-town cousin decides to make a surprise trip to the city to crash on your couch and do the tourist thing, you can tack on a fresh new spot to your mutual must-experience list.
The Benjamin Franklin Museum is re-opening its doors after a nearly two-year hiatus and a reported $15 million worth of renovations. Located in Franklin Court—once the site of the founding father’s brick house, which was torn down about 20 years after his death—it’s a mecca of information about anything and everything related to the man of many inventions. Visitors can do everything from watch a life-size animation of Franklin penning his autobiography to interact with a computerized rendition of his famed glass armonica. And fortunately, this museum is perfect for all ages, whether history buff, Franklin-phile or neither.
Be one of the first to scope out the revamped museum for free this weekend ahead of its official Sept. 20 unveiling. You’ve only got Saturday and Sunday, though, so alert those faraway friends and family accordingly. And, like a good host, be prepared to break out the clean sheets and your comfy shoes. / LAUREN ARUTE
9am. Free. Benjamin Franklin Museum, 317 Chestnut St. 215.597.8974. nps.gov
Ice Water Flyswatter: Abstract Painting
Curated by Philadelphia-based artist Douglas Witmer, this exhibition, tinged with minimalist style and summertime hues, unites the work of seven abstract artists from across the globe. 6pm. Free. Tiger Strikes Asteroid, 319 N. 11th St. 484.469.0319. tigerstrikesasteroid.com
Philly Naked Bike Ride
Strip down, douse yourself in body paint, grab a bike and band together with fellow bike nerds of all skill levels to ride across the city. The ride, a “bare as you dare” event, aims to promote fuel conscious consumption, positive body image and cycling advocacy. 3pm. Free. Location to be determined. phillynakedbikeride.org
Monday, August 26
Wade Wilson Golf Tournament
Pennsylvania’s public university tuitions have continued to go up in light of Gov. Tom Corbett’s education cuts and scholarship cash drying up all over the country, so the Cheyney, PA-based HBCU Cheyney University has become pretty creative in raising money for scholarships, in the hopes that they continue to attract talented, driven students to its athletic program, regardless of their income status.
The college’s enthusiastic “C” Club, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) group of alumni fundraisers and boosters, has raised $150,000 over three years with their annual charity Wade Wilson Golf Tournament. This year, though, the group is going for a record, looking to raise $100,000 in a single day. State Sen. Vincent J. Hughes (D-Philadelphia) has signed on to help, serving as honorary chairperson—and not a single “C” Club member’s going to hold the fact that he’s a Temple man against him.
Don’t golf much, but still want to participate in this worthy undertaking? The full day of fun includes a clinic to help you sharpen that raggedy golf game, a BBQ buffet and a silent auction, featuring a private tour of QVC Studio Park and a wine/cupcake tasting at Penns Woods Winery among its offerings. / R.L.
7am. $75-$160. Penn Oaks Country Club, 150 Penn Oaks Drive, West Chester, PA. 610.399.0501. cheyneycclub.com
Tyler Held: Captious
Working in unconventional mediums including automotive paint, clothes, cast carbon fiber and a banana, Tyler Held embodies modern art with his first-ever solo exhibition. Through Aug. 31. Space 1026, 1026 Arch St. 215.574.7630. space1026.com
Catch this three-piece band based out of Singapore, South Korea and Arizona, including members who you might recognize from Bitch Magnet and Seam, unite on stage for a night chock full of pop/rock jams. 8pm. $8. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St.
Tuesday, August 27
First Person Arts StorySlam: The Great Outdoors
StorySlam allows you to share a five-minute story with a room full of appreciative listeners. Think that hunting trip last year was hilarious? Here’s your chance to share it. 8:30pm. $10. L’Etage, Sixth and Bainbridge sts. creperie-beaumonde.com
WIRED 96.5’s 96 Cent Show
Empty your pockets and scrounge the closest couch cushions for change to see 23-year-old Australian hip-hopper Iggy Azalea with up-and-coming rapper KAPTN for—you guessed it—96 cents. 8pm. $0.96. The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888. thetroc.com
Wednesday, August 28
PW Concerts in the Park
Nah, you’re not stupid. Of course you were on hand at last week’s phenomenal Concerts in the Park kick-off in Rittenhouse Square, and I bet you’re on deck for the second on Aug. 21—with Sundae’s fantastic Lee Jones, New Jersey crooner V (that’s “vee,” not the Roman numeral for five) and Philly diva Alma “Lady Alma” Horton. But it’s this one, people, the close-out Aug. 28 concert in Philadelphia Weekly’s annual three-week summer series, that heads will be talking about for months. Why? It’s hip-hop night. And after opening-show blessings from spirit warriors Leana Song and the Yoruba-chanting beauties accompanying the divine Doc Gibbs, followed by Jones’ sweat-inducing house party and orgasmic performances from a pair of singers extrarordinaire, as Redman declared on his iconic jam 20 years ago, it’s time for some action.
Who else but the brothers of Illvibe Collective to put in the work first? Mr. Sonny James and DJ Phish will provide the pre-gig warm-up, with playlists that underscore why their Body Rock parties at Kung Fu Necktie stay packed to the gills each month. Feared and revered local yokel Mic Stewart, whose full-length LP, Peaceworld, hit streets in April, is set to rock first, then Cee Knowledge—yes, he of Grammy Award-winning Digable Planets fame—brings his Cosmic Funk Orchestra to center stage with its fiery, futuristic anthems. Expect some surprises, fam—including a surprise special guest who’ll join them onstage before ending Concerts in the Park 2013 on the highest note possible. (UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, this show has been postponed until Wed., Sept. 5.) / KENYA BEVERLY
5pm. Free. Rittenhouse Square Park, Walnut St. between 18th and 20th sts. philadelphiaweekly.com
Bird in the Window
Written by Philadelphia playwright Shelli Pentimall Bookler and directed by Allison Garrett, Bird in the Window centers on Jen, a woman who believes she is being hunted by a man from the past. But is there really a man, or is Jen’s paranoia slowly getting the best of her? 8pm. $10-$20. Shubin Theatre, 407 Bainbridge St. shubintheatre.com
Morfit’s solo sculpture show, Flat As Hell, is aptly titled. His monochromatic figures are thin, almost two-dimensional, with many intricate carved details. Through Aug. 31. Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, 1834 E. Frankford Ave. 215.901.1933. jedediahmorfit.com
Out of Town
Sports Card, Toy, Comic & Collectibles Expo
Get your collection started with more than 125 tables of comic books, sports cards and vintage toys to choose from. Fri., Aug. 23, 10am. Free. Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, N.J. wildwoodsnj.com/cc
Come see the beautiful monarch butterflies as they are released for their southern migration to Mexico. There will also be experts on hand to teach you about creating a butterfly habitat in your home garden. Sat., Aug. 24, 10am. Free with admission. Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Rd., Media. tylerarboretum.org
The CP Lacey Show
CP Lacey—the so-called “one-man entertainment explosion”—hits Camden for a live taping of his acclaimed comedy schtick as seen each week at The Apollo Theater’s Amateur Night in Harlem. Expect impressions of Michael Jackson, Prince, Kanye West and many others, featuring the accompaniment of a live band. Sun., Aug. 25, 4pm. $23-$45. Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J. camdenwaterfront.com
The man behind tunes like “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” and “Rags to Riches” brings his brand of jazzy pop to the beautiful Longwood Gardens. Hearken back to a time when jazz standards and swing music dominated the radio waves. Tues., Aug. 27, 7:30pm. $69. Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square. longwoodgardens.org
Kevin Hart & Friends Comedy All-Stars
Fresh off the success of Let Me Explain, Kevin Hart goes back on the road with a menagerie of special guests. The comedian’s most recent stand-up film earned a reported $7.4 million during its first two days in theaters. Fri., Aug. 23, 8pm and11pm. $65-$125. Caesars Atlantic City, 2011 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, N.J. caesarsac.com
Compiled by Lauren Arute, Nicole Bonaccorso, Jake Abbate, Anthony Trivelli and Drew O’Meara.