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Wednesday, August 7

STAGE
The Importance of Being Earnest
Mauckingbird Theatre’s presentation of Oscar Wilde’s famous farce is like none other to grace a stage. Helmed by artistic director Peter Reynolds and partially funded by Kickstarter donations, this new version of the play blurs gender lines in favor of a “post-gay” interpretation, taking a closer look at dialogue subtleties, as well as the deeper emotions behind the characters’ actions. 8pm. $15-25. Off-Broad Street Theater, 1636 Sansom St. mauckingbird.org

MUSIC
Prefuse 73 + Spaceship Aloha
Prefuse 73 is only one of the many aliases of Miami-born recording artist Guillermo Scott Herren, but it might be his most convoluted outfit to date. On his latest album, he lets his gentle falsetto drift over ethereal, New Age-sounding acid trips through tropical rainforests. Philly’s own Spaceship Aloha—aka Christopher Sean Powell—will also be on hand, serving up his Hawaiian-influenced electronica. 9pm. Free. Morgan’s Pier, 221 N. Columbus Blvd. morganspier.com

STAGE
Noir
GDP Productions consistently aims for accessibility when producing its shows by making them “fast, twisted, cool and cheap.” In its latest endeavor, a tribute to the dark stylings of film noir, the company portrays urban life in all its shady, vintage-cinematic glory, complete with desperate men, femme fatales and the occasional (obligatory) lurid disaster. Through Aug. 11. $15. RBar, 2222 Walnut St. gdpproductions.ticketleap.com


Thursday, August 8

MUSIC
Nick Lowe 
One of the funniest things about Elvis Costello has always been that little bit of annoyance that underscores his whole sheen. Well, Nick Lowe is a lot like Costello, if significantly less obnoxious in the performance department. They’re both admirable artists, but Lowe produced Costello’s first five records in the late 1970s and early ‘80s. You may have even feasibly believed that “Cruel To Be Kind” was Costello’s—nope, it’s Lowe’s (co-written by Ian Gomm). Lowe also wrote “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding,” classically covered by Cos’. There’s real value in talking about these two; they’re UK pub rock/punk rock legends. But Lowe’s talents are also far more diverse and myriad than one might imagine.

Back at the birth of the ‘70s, Lowe was in a few key bands, namely Brinsley Schwarz and Rockpile. It was with Rockpile that he signed with Stiff Records, a fantastic London label whose first single was “So It Goes,” to this day one of Lowe’s biggest hits and success stories. As an in-house Stiff producer, he encouraged and teased out the emerging New Wave and power pop sounds that were bubbling up in Britain at the time. Among his sayings as a studio man were the charming directions he’d give bands: “Bash it out—we’ll tart it up later.” Lowe’s been bashing it out and tarting it up for decades now. And at 64, he’s reemerged as the sophisticated solo singer-songwriter we’ve always known him to be. / BILL CHENEVERT

8pm. Sold out. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. philly.worldcafelive.com

FILM
Screening Under the Stars: The Hunger Games
The film version of Catching Fire is three months away, but fans can still get their Katniss fix with an outdoor showing of last year’s hit adaptation of the first novel in Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy. 8pm. Free. Penn’s Landing, 101 Columbus Blvd. 215.922.2386. delawareriverwaterfront.com

MUSIC
Music in the Park: Little Big League
Featuring former members of Jersey punks Titus Andronicus, Strand of Oaks and Bryn Mawr-based indie kids Post Post, Little Big League has been chosen by Gold Star Park to close out this summer’s “Music in the Park” concert series. The new band brings together the best of its lo-fi roots for its debut LP, These Are Good People, released this week. 7pm. Free. Gold Star Park, 613 Wharton St. 215.683.3800. goldstarpark.org

READING
Clark DeLeon
For 20 years, Clark DeLeon wrote “The Scene,” a cherished column appearing in the Philadelphia Inquirer; last year, he returned to the paper with a new column espousing why he’s so in love with the city. Tonight he reads from his latest book, the fourth volume in his acclaimed “Curiosity” series. 7:30pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322. freelibary.org

COMEDY
Sullivan & Son Comedy Tour
Like on every other TBS original series (yes, that includes Conan), the jokes on Sullivan & Son are far from top-notch, but how many other sitcoms take their show on the road? Star/co-creator Steve Byrne serves up the funny with onscreen drinking buddies Ahmed Ahmed, Roy Wood, Jr. and Owen Benjamin. 8pm. $22. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.2599. tlaphilly.com


Friday, August 9

DANCE
Philadanco: Dance for the City
In the foreword to 2011’s Joan Myers Brown & the Audacious Hope of the Black Ballerina, its author, dance studies scholar and Temple professor emeritus Brenda Dixon Gottschild, asserts that being a black ballerina is “a challenge to those who would say ‘stay in your place; your body and your abilities are not capable of doing this.’ It’s an embracing of our full heritage—black and white—just as white Americans see fit to embrace black genres.” Her book’s subject, founder of the widely celebrated Philadelphia Dance Company, created Philadanco in 1970 as a means to infuse African-American based techniques with ballet, jazz and modern dance styles, a mission that resulted in her being awarded the National Medal of Arts just last month by President Barack Obama. Indeed, Joan Myers Brown is a Philadelphia treasure. And so is her legacy, still alive and thriving in the poetic innovation and mastery of skills exemplified in Philadanco’s breathtaking performances, both at home and abroad.

This Friday, the acclaimed company presents Dance for the City, their second annual Founder’s Day benefit concert, which will feature their D/2 and D/3 troupes, along with a roster of guest artists that includes Dance Iquail, Anthony Burrell and Kim Bears-Bailey. The event is sure to feature electrifying choreography and some of most amazing displays of dance talent this city has to offer. Every Philadelphian should experience Philadanco at least once. / MANON BRACISZEWSKI

7:30pm. $10-$100. Dell Music Center, 33rd and Dauphin streets. 215.387.8200. mydelleast.com

PERFORMANCE
Carnivolution
Freaks, fire, burlesque, puppets, aerial acrobatics and live music from local bands, oh my! The Squidling Bros. modernize the art of sideshow tonight. 8pm. $10. Ellen Powell Tiberino Museum, 3819 Hamilton St. 215.386.3784. tiberinomuseum.org

FESTIVAL
Sejong International Music Festival
The debut year for a musical bridge between East and West, with events taking place in Seoul, South Korea in February and in the United States this week. The main focus of the festival will be on private lessons and chamber music, but the overall theme is exchange between cultures. 8pm. Free. Through Aug. 17. The Curtis Institute, Gould Hall, 1616 Locust St. 215.893.5252. sjimf.com
 
STAGE
GayFest!
As part of the third annual festival of LGBT theater, Plays & Players hosts a preview of Phillip Dawkins’ simultaneously scathing and touch comedy, The Homosexuals. Other events and performances throughout the duration of GayFest! take place at various venues around the city.
Through Aug. 24. 7pm. $20. Plays & Players, 1714 Delancey St. 215.735.0630. quinceproductions.com

MUSIC
Desert Noises + Song Dogs
Utah Valley’s Desert Noises play a jangle-rich breed of rock ‘n’ roll influenced by the likes of Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac and Tame Impala. Song Dogs are a six-piece Americana band who pride themselves on bringing prairie-heavy rock to Philadelphia. 9pm. $10. With the Gallerist + the Bernhardts. Milkboy, 1100 Chestnut St. 215.925.6455. milkboyphilly.com

PERFORMANCE
Burlesque-A-Pades Beach Party
A summer-themed revue featuring burlesque superstar Angie Pontani, Albert Cadabra of Ripleys Believe it or Not fame, and many more. The night will host a ton of classic ‘50s and ‘60s beach party films, culture and fun. We just want to find out how to play Beach Blanket Bingo. 8pm. $20. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. philly.worldcafelive.com

FESTIVAL
Pennsylvania Dutch Festival
Celebrate the Pennsylvania Dutch with traditional food, crafts, artwork and more taking place inside and outdoors (on certain days). Offering bluegrass bands and wagon rides, the weekend is packed with family fun. Through Aug. 10. Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch sts. 215.922.2317. readingterminalmarket.org

MUSIC
Ace Hood
Mentored by Nicki Minaj courter DJ Khaled, this Florida-born rapper just released his latest effort, Trials and Tribulations, on Cash Money records. Even if you think you don’t know who this is, you may have heard your friends walking around singing “I woke up in a new Bugatti,” which is the chorus off Hood’s aptly titled chart-topping hit, “Bugatti.” 9pm. $22.50. With Chase Allen + Lee Mazin. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011. tlaphilly.com


Saturday, August 10

MUSIC
Black Sabbath
It’s not every day you get to tell local metalheads that there’s a Black Sabbath concert in South Philly on a Saturday night. And yet, here we are, happily declaring just that.

Sabbath’s 2012-2013 outing, which hits the Wells Fargo Center this weekend, is the first time the pioneering heavy metal outfit has toured with Ozzy Osbourne since 2005. Their accompanying album, 13, which was finished earlier this year, is their first with the rocker-turned-reality-TV-star since 1978’s Never Say Die. And if that doesn’t impress you, know this: Andrew W.K. is opening.

As these things are wont to go, some drama erupted early last year when the band decided to get back together—so much, in fact, it almost didn’t happen. Stories began to circulate that drummer Bill Ward wasn’t in the physical shape to endure a 56-stop trek over four continents. If that’s true, it isn’t surprising, being as Ward—and the rest of his Sabbath brethren—are in their mid-60s. Let him tell it, though, and the issue was all about the contract he was offered. “I couldn’t sign it,” he told Guitar International, adding he had “promised myself and my family that I would never sign a contract that was not workable.” Additionally, Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi was diagnosed with lymphoma in January 2012. The band’s tour dates have been scheduled so that Iommi can return to the UK for treatment every six weeks.

So, yeah—these legends are now metal’s elder statesmen. But can they still rock? Of course they can—and do. If 13’s almost-universally positive reception weren’t indication enough (Rolling Stone called it “kind of a big deal”), go ahead and check out recent reviews of their latest live shows. Even if written by longtime, hyper-biased Black Sabbath fans, they still indicate the groundbreaking metal gods haven’t lost that evil magic. / RANDY LOBASSO

7:30pm. $35. With Andrew W.K. Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. 215.336.3600. wellsfargocenterphilly.com

MUSIC
Bad Rabbits
After touring and writing songs—some of which appeared on 2009’s Stick Up Kids—for the better part of the last decade, Bad Rabbits put out their first full-length album, American Love, earlier this year. The tunes themselves are somewhat outside the realm of what you might call a genre, but if you could bottle Michael Jackson with a hint of punk rock, you might be on your way to describing their sound. And such experimentation seems to have worked: Love hit number-one on iTunes, #10 on the Billboard Heatseakers chart and launched the Boston-based “new crack swing” band onto the late-night stages of both Jimmy Kimmel and Craig Ferguson.

“From the very first show in Buffalo, we have been pleasantly surprised with how many people are coming out and how many people know the music we just released,” says guitarist Santi Araujo, who grew up in the Philly suburbs. “The shows have been very high energy everywhere we go.”

The quintet, whose members met over a decade ago while attending various Beantown colleges, kicked off a serious tour earlier this year, starting in Western New York and hitting everywhere from Los Angeles to Boise. Buoyed by support from Air Dubai, Mont Brown x A.R.F. and Sahtyre, Bad Rabbits’ live performance is highly recommended. And not just ‘cause I used to be in a band with the bass player. / R.L.

8:30pm. $15. With Air Dubai, Mont Brown x A.R.F. + Sahtyre. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100. utphilly.com

PERFORMANCE
Johnny Showcase
Johnny Showcase (aka Philadelphia theater artist/musician David Sweeney) and his band have been making quite a name for themselves with their unique performances, which are equal parts ridiculous, hilarious and soulful. Though song titles include “Cocaine Sandwich” and “Hit It from the Back,” Showcase is dead serious when he croons in his leisure suit alongside his ‘70s funk crew. 9pm. $12-$14. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com

MUSIC
Stone
Stone’s upbeat pop-rock stylings are reminiscent of an era gone by, when soul patches and melodic hooks with commercial appeal were all you needed to get by. Tonight’s performance is perfect for fans of Matchbox Twenty, Collective Soul, Spin Doctors and Hootie & the Blowfish. 6:30pm. $12. With Something Wild, A Caffeine Dream, Siravo + Fools Reign. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. worldcafelive.com

LGBT
Boys of Summer Main Event
Strap on your banana hammock for the culmination of the 10th annual Boys of Summer Weekend: an all-night swimsuit party in the Gayborhood. Sexy lifeguards, live performances and a hot body contest are all part of the gaiety. 9pm. $15. Voyeur Nightclub, 1221 St. James St. 215.735.5772. voyeurnightclub.com
 
MUSIC
Circle of Dreams
Acclaimed New York theater director Stafford Arima presents this unique concert, featuring selections from a variety of shows past and present. The production stars veteran Broadway performers alongside Philadelphia area students. 3pm and 8pm. $75. The Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St. 215.790.5800. kimmelcenter.org

FILM
August Films at the Fish
Films at the Fish is a showcase of local film and video content in a monthly rotating variety format. Featured in August is Locomotive, a film about a former straight-edge musician who tries to reconnect with his former love interest, a groupie for the band he broke up. 8pm. $7. Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford Ave. 215.427.9255. walkingfishtheatre.com
 
FOOD
Kenzinger Clambake
Philadelphia Brewing Co. offers up samplings of their delicious drafts, including their flagship Kenzinger brew, alongside a clambake from Johnny Brenda’s. Rockabilly surf tunes and a limbo competition top off this free afternoon event. 4pm. Free. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com
 
MUSIC
Julio Bashmore
Forward-thinking house music producer Julio Bashmore crafts beats that go against the grain of his Bristol, U.K. bass-centric music roots. The minimalist whiz kid will be performing at an outdoor venue that’s perfect for his brand of understated electronica that crescendos with big results. 9pm. $5. Morgan’s Pier, 221 N. Columbus Blvd. 215.279.7134. morganspier.com
 
FESTIVAL
Southeast Asian Dragon Boat Festival
The Delaware River Waterfront gets transformed into a Far Eastern cultural fair and competition for the day. Along with the races of traditional dragon boats, there will be food vendors, performance and a Miss Southeast Asia pageant. Noon. Free. Penn’s Landing. seadbf.com
 
FOOD
Craft Beer & Lobster Festival
The title’s probably all you need to know. Shellfish fan or beer fanatic, this event offering beer samples, a custom mug, complimentary food, live music and more. 1pm. $40-$50. Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House, 3432 Sansom St. 215.382.3676. docmagrogans.com


Sunday, August 11

SCIENCE
Mess Fest
The Franklin Institute is determined to dirty up science’s clean image by hosting a series of the slimiest, ooziest and gooiest demonstrations they can come up. Check out a toilet paper typhoon, Alka-Seltzer rocket, soap bubble monster and more at this messy fest. Noon. Free with admission. The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St. 215.448.1200. fi.edu

NATURE
Bug Fest
Bug Fest celebrates the discovery and research done on the creepy crawlers lurking at every corner of the world. Watch the Roach Race 500, enjoy a bug tasting or many other bugtastic events! 10am. Free with admission. The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. 215.299.1000. ansp.org


Monday, August 12

MUSIC
El-P and Killer Mike
El-P and Killer Mike—collectively known as Run The Jewels—are two veteran artists who were almost destined to collaborate at some point.  Hailing from Brooklyn, El-P, one-third of the supergroup Company Flow, has been a driving force of underground and alternative rap since the early ‘90s. He produced and rapped on the seminal Funcrusher Plus before co-founding his own Definitive Jux label and releasing solo records to high critical acclaim. Killer Mike, the pride of Atlanta, was first featured on Outkast singles. He went on to make several politically-conscious yet somehow still bassy and crunk studio albums, cementing himself as one of the most complex and forward-thinking southern MCs.

Both of these artists have existed on the fringes of their respective arenas, sharing an eerily similar rapid-fire, deliberate flow. It wasn’t until Mike’s 2012 full-length R.A.P. Music that the duo came together, with P handling the production. Earlier this summer, they officially formed Run The Jewels, releasing a powerful self-titled album. The production is El-P at his finest: lo-fi, spacey electro beats that build up and hit heavy. They verge on danceable more than ever, but are still reminiscent of a dystopian sci-fi setting, truly unique. The lyrical content is certainly a backlash to today’s rap landscape, eschewing pop culture references and simplification in favor of breakneck wordplay juggles that are at times both dark and hilarious. You will almost certainly not hear this album on the radio, so do yourself a favor: Come see the duo perform it live. / DREW O’MEARA

8:30pm. $18-$20. With Despot + Kool A.D. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100. utphilly.com

STAGE
First Person Arts Story Slam
Embark on a evening where at least one person will embarrass themselves. Take five minutes to relive one of your most uncomfortable experiences or listen to others’ unforgettable true-life tales. 8:30pm. $10. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. philly.worldcafelive.com

READING
Phenomenally U
Lacey C. Clark launches her new e-book Phenomenally U: A Young Woman’s Guide to being Safe, Smart, and Successful in College. Take with you wisdom and a new outlook on making the most out of your college experience. 5:30pm. Free. Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322. library.phila.gov


Tuesday, August 13

MUSIC
The Octopus Project
Quick: who’s heard of indietronica? It combines elements of post-rock and indie rock with classic electronic aesthetics; the point is, it’s really damn good. And this band called plays it to perfection. Imagine a combination of Dan Deacon with Explosions in the Sky. 9:15pm. $12. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Ave. johnnybrendas.com

WORKSHOP
Adult Learn to Ride a Bike Class
Yes, it’s finally time. Take your first pedal at this two-hour instructional class for adults on how to ride a bicycle and finally be able to join the two-wheeled hipster brigade. 5:30pm. $10. Eakins Oval, 26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. blog.bicyclecoalition.org


Wednesday, August 14

MUSIC
PW’s Concerts in the Park
Philadelphia Weekly is proud to present a stellar lineup of talent hooked up for your benefit, with three free open-air concerts in Rittenhouse Square on the last three Wednesdays of August. Now in it’s 23rd year, PW’s pulled together three sets of talent from a bunch of different genres, and if there were to be a theme, this year, it’s movement—none of these acts will keep you standing still. And with dope DJs spinning beforehand and between sets, each show will surely send you off into the night loving your fair Philadelphia.

What’s up for Week One? Lil’ Dave is an Illvibe Collective mainstay who’s steeped in hip-hop, but that doesn’t mean he’s not well-versed in everything from house, broken beat and acid jazz to funk, UK-inspired soul and rare grooves. Leana Song, helmed by Shawn Hennessey, its talented lead songwriter and percussionist, is a Northern Liberties-born drum and music group inspired by Ghanaian and Afro-Cuban rhythms, but interpreted through American jazz and folk perspectives. Then uber-legendary Philly percussionist Doc Gibbs—who got his nickname from late great Philly sax man Grover Washington, Jr.—will blow minds wide open. The beloved, decades-long musical veteran, who has played on over 200 albums since his start, has shared his skills with the likes of George Benson, Bob James, Nancy Wilson, Erykah Badu, Eric Benet and—bam!—super chef Emeril Lagasse. / B.C.

5pm. Free. Rittenhouse Square Park, Walnut Street between 18th and 20th sts. philadelphiaweekly.com

ART
Absolutely Abstract 2013
This unique show features a slew of prominent and emerging artists, each allowed to submit two works of any format, as long as they were suitable for hanging and available for sale after the show. Juror Bill Scott, an abstract painter and printmaker, selected works for the exhibition and awards the prizes as well. Through Aug. 24. The Philadelphia Sketch Club, 235 S. Camac St. 215.545.9298. sketchclub.org

MUSIC
Birdie Busch & the Greatest Night
Birdie Busch is a storytelling songwriter with a unique musical perspective. The Philly band’s whimsical lyrics and folk-pop style create a quirky genre all her own. 9:15pm. $10-$12. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com
 

Out of Town

STAGE
Madame Butterfly
The Delaware Valley Opera Company tackles Giacomo Puccini’s classic work, centering on the love between a Japanese geisha and an American naval officer. Sat., Aug. 10, 8pm. $15-$20. Stage One Center for the Performing Arts,101 Plush Mill Rd., Wallingford. pacofdelco.org

MUSIC
The Best of Reggae
Grammy-winner Beenie Man highlights this festival, where you can combine the natural high of a roller coaster with the “natural” high of a reggae crowd. Sun., Aug. 11, 6pm. $44-$94. Six Flags. 1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson, N.J. sixflags.com
 

EVENT
5th Annual Car Show
If you’re a fan of the timeless Ford Mustang, you’re not gonna want to miss this car show, which will feature more than 1,400 Mustangs for your envious pleasure. Sun., Aug. 11, 11am-5pm. Free. Delaware County Community College, 901 Media Line Rd., Media. dccc.edu
 

MUSIC
Rockabilly Rumble with Wanda Jackson
Miss the days of Brian Setzer and the Stray Cats? World Cafe Live has got a rockabilly fix to keep you jump, jivin’, and wailin’ all day long. With bands like Low Cut Connie and J. Roddy Walston and The Business in tow, expect a greasin’ good time. Sun., Aug. 11, 1pm. $10-$25. World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del. queen.worldcafelive.com

COMEDY
Wayne Brady
Wayne Brady— hilarious host of Let’s Make a Deal and the funniest castmember on Whose Line Is It Anyway?—takes to the stage to bring you his brand of improv comedy and entertainment. Fri., Aug. 9, 9pm. $39.50. Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, One Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J. theborgata.com
 
Compiled by Lauren Arute, Nicole Bonaccorso, Manon Braciszewski, Jake Abbate, Anthony Trivelli,  Drew O’Meara and Max Ufberg

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