Wednesday, January 8
Rob Wynne journeys from New York to Philly to showcase a new series of art pieces titled The Lure of Unknown Regions Beyond the Rim of Experience. The exhibit represents some of Wynne’s most accomplished work yet, with hand-poured glass installations that draw influence from historical references to naturalist symbolism. 10am. Free. Locks Gallery, 600 S. Washington Square. locksgallery.com
Temple’s film program ranks among the most prestigious in the country, a distinction supported by some of its most noteworthy pupils: Ben Levin, Wendy Weinberg and comedian Bob Saget. During their time at the university, they each won the program’s Student Academy Award for Best Documentary for their respective film entries, which will all be shown tonight at I-House. 7pm. Free-$9. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. 267.574.2704. ihousephilly.org
Thursday, January 9
It’s easy to pigeonhole an all-female punk band, regardless of the year, into the riot grrrl movement of the early 1990s. Potty Mouth’s simple hook-driven riffs, spry punk aesthetic and socially conscious attitudes have naturally drawn comparisons to Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney and the like. However, this quartet shies away from that “lazy conflation” with the riot grrrl ethos, instead wanting their music to be judged through a “non-gendered lens.” Luckily, their songwriting skills, spiked with introspective lyrical content, have given critics no choice but to throw away the pat comparisons and evaluate Potty Mouth on its own merit.
Hailing from Western Massachusetts, Potty Mouth was co-founded by bassist Ally Einbinder and guitarist Phoebe Harris in 2011 after years of dissolution with the male-dominated DIY punk scene. Joined by drummer Victoria Mandanas and lead vocalist Abby Weems on rhythm guitar, the band recorded a five-song demo then put out a 12-inch EP, Sun Damage, a year later. Last September, their full-length debut, Hell Bent, was released to widespread acclaim, with 10 tracks of driving pop-punk melodies distinctly ‘90s inspired and executed with pristine precision—think Bivouac-era Jawbreaker.
Now veterans of the basement tour scene, the ladies of Potty Mouth appear poised for bigger and better things. They’re wrapping up a short Northeast stint that featured dates with Connecticut distortion darlings Ovlov; tonight’s gig features West Philly’s own Radiator Hospital and locals Thin Lips. / DANIEL GELB
8pm. $10. With Radiator Hospital + Thin Lips. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St. 267.639.4528. bootandsaddlephilly.com
A Cold Wind in August and Mikael
On the second Thursday of every month, UPenn’s Cinema Studies Program digs through its classic movie collection and shows them on the Rotunda’s silver screen. The year’s first offering comes in the form of 1924’s Mikael and 1961’s A Cold Wind in August, two films revolving around two extraordinarily different love affairs. 8pm. Free. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St. therotunda.org
Location is a very important aspect of Oliver’s art: No matter what he feels compelled to create, it is likely to take up no less than the space of an entire room. His latest, Canicular, isn’t merely big but cosmically so: It involves a live feed from a telescope looking at the star Sirius. 6pm. Free. The Print Center, 1614 Latimer St. 215.735.6090. printcenter.org
Open Word Exchange and Potluck
Fishtown’s Dream Oven once again provides a forum for local raconteurs to share any stories they have to tell in whatever style they choose. Special guests include Ohio anecdotists Chelsea Tadayeske and Edwin R. Perry and Philly’s own Amanda V. Wagner. Visitors are encouraged to bring food for the potluck. 7pm. $5. The Dream Oven, 2464 Emerald St. thedreamoven.tumblr.com
Friday, January 10
Free to Love: Cinema of the Sexual Revolution
For all of known human history, people have been fucking. In the 1960s and ‘70s, they were fucking so much and starting to outwardly assert their sexual identities—and, yes, even their sexual rights—that millions of adults worldwide participated, knowingly or implicitly, in the tumultuous period known as the sexual revolution. Love and, well, making love (and talking about actual sex and penises and vaginas) got to be so mainstream that even humorist filmmaker Mel Brooks got in on the action, giggling (cinematically) about breasts and absurdist hormonal hijinks with regular zest.
With this in mind, the affectionate folks over at International House Philadelphia, long the concrete creative monolith for foreign-imported student culture in West Philadelphia, have slated Free to Love: Cinema of the Sexual Revolution, a month-long series of films aimed at provoking attendees to not only think about sex but to consider just how important last century’s political and creative upheaval was relating to our exploration and understanding of sex. The content-rich Free to Love—which, coincidentally, ends right after Valentine’s Day—promises to sate movie lovers’ appetites for silver-screen salaciousness via an impressively wide-ranging roster of over 60 commercial (and underground) films, including the not-at-all family-friendly ‘72 cartoon feature Fritz the Cat, the ubiquitous ‘72 porn gem Deep Throat and the aptly named Radical Sex Education Films from San Francisco’s Multi-Media Resource Center.
Alongside invaluable perspectives from movie historians and industry critics like J. Hoberman, some of the era’s original filmmakers, including queer director Barbara Hammer, will be on hand to provide insight into their work. And folks would do well to remember that one of Free to Love’s offerings, It is Not the Homosexual Who is Perverse, But the Society in Which He Lives, was produced in 1971 when homosexuality was still considered a mental illness by American psychiatrists and an outright crime by many state governments. And, while many screened films in the series are literally pornographic, there’s still not one single thing dirty about being human. / JOSH KRUGER
Through Feb. 15. $7-$9. International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut St. 215.387.5125. ihousephilly.org
This space could easily be filled by simply listing the artists who’ve been touched by Leon Russell. The 71-year-old 2011 Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame inductee has covered, written for, collaborated with or been paid tribute to by hundreds of artists and penned songs loved the world over. A Tulsa, Okla., man through and through, Russell’s ascent to stardom found a catalyst in 1960s-‘70s Los Angeles, where he was a session musician for all kinds of great bands and records. Not only does he play piano—his specialty—but he’s also snagged credits on guitar, bass, vocals, arranging and, of course, songwriting.
Russell’s big solo breakthrough came in 1970 with his self-titled debut. Its first track: “A Song For You,” which has been made extra-iconic by Donny Hathaway (or maybe Aretha, Willie, Mavis, Ray or Cher). Even before that, Russell had found success penning “Delta Lady” for Joe Cocker and “Superstar,” kicked into heavenly territory by The Carpenters’ famous cover, plus versions by Luther Vandross, David Sanborn and a dozen others. George Benson’s take on Russell’s “This Masquerade,” also remade by a few choice acts, brought him more glory on the Billboard charts. After fading from the spotlight, Russell popped back up with 2010’s Elton John collaboration, the acclaimed double album The Union. And he dropped a new LP, Snapshot, just last month.
His gigantic and classically American songbook will undoubtedly get the love it deserves tonight, and tried and true music fans will be blessed with a rare opportunity to catch a genuine legend in action. / BILL CHENEVERT
8pm. $37.50 & $47.50. With Hot Tuna. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Avenue, in Glenside. 215.572.7650. keswicktheatre.com
Cold Blood Club
Brooklyn trip-hop outfit Cold Blood Club has been bulking up on credibility since premiering on the New York indie scene back in 2011. Combining an acid house vibe with soul-pop vocal harmonies, their live shows are sure to appeal to a vast audience. The band released its debut six-song EP, Headlines & Firefights, in 2012, followed by a cover of LCD Soundsystem’s “All My Friends” and two new original songs in 2013. 8pm. With Minka + Marathon. $8-10. Milkboy, 1100 Chestnut St. 215.925.6455. milkboyphilly.com
My Life in 19 Inches
Craig Liggeons—of the Five Minute Follies variety show—explores television addiction and the evolution of the medium over the years in a hilarious one-man show. 8pm. $10-15. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St. therotunda.org
Hardcore fans of video games and lovers of their retro 8-bit soundtracks will get pretty close to their idea of heaven at PhilaMOCA tonight. DJ Cutman stands out in the always-growing sea of EDM artists by bringing chiptunes into the fold. 7:30pm. With MegaRan. $10. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St. philamoca.org
Free to Love: I Am Curious (Yellow)
It might seem like nothing now, but in the more conservative mindset of 1967 America, I Am Curious (Yellow) was one of the most controversial films ever made. Though originally released in Sweden, it gained stateside notoriety thanks in no small part to its copious amounts of explicit nudity and a legal case that made it all the way to the Supreme Court. 7pm. Free-$9. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. 267.574.2704. ihousephilly.org
Domenic DiStefano: Memorial Works on Paper
This yearly exhibition is held in memory of painter Domenic DiStefano, known for his bold style of transparent watercolor. Artists from the Mid-Atlantic region of the country have submitted works on paper for this collection, covering two floors of the historic Philadelphia Sketch Club. Through Jan. 25. Philadelphia Sketch Club, 235 S. Camac St. 215.545.9298. sketchclub.org
Saturday, January 11
You probably know comic-actor David Koechner as “that asshole” from most of the things you’ve seen him in—but as a sort of witty, weird, sad asshole. He’s played Champ Kind, the clueless Ron Burgundy-worshipping sports guy, in Anchorman; the pathetic idiot manager in Waiting; the funny firearm lobbyist in Thank You for Smoking, and the schmuck womanizer in NBC’s The Office. Later this year, he’s set to star as an obnoxious redneck in My Asshole Neighbor. Indeed, Koechner’s made a pretty good living at portraying characters you’d gladly beat with a club, and he’ll likely be doing so when he hits the Trocadero this Saturday for a stand-up set.
Quick story: Koechner’s a lifelong Kansas City Chiefs fan and was cheering for them on Twitter throughout their epic loss to the Indianapolis Colts over the weekend, in which the Andy Reid-coached team blew a 21-point lead at the half. After the loss, he tweeted, “Thanks (sic) you! Lots of heart! Nothing but love! Have a great offseason.” What he didn’t say: Experiencing epic losses is what it’s like having Reid as your coach. (Of course, we knew that already.)
Koechner’s Philly stop is part of his 12-city Together Again tour—timed with the successful release of his latest film, Anchorman 2: The Legend of Ron Burgundy—and he’ll be testing out some new material. / RANDY LOBASSO
8pm. $19.50-$27. The Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888. thetroc.com
The Wizard School Scavenger Hunt
This scavenger hunt at the Philadelphia Art Museum, for adults and kids over 10, is based around the Harry Potter books and films. Search for art that echoes characters and enchanted objects within the Potter universe, and explore the entirety of the museum on your own, as full admission is included. 2pm. $30-36. Philadelphia Art Museum, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. 877.946.4868. watsonadventures.com
Julie Charnet and Her Quartet: An Evening of Jazz, Swing, Blues and More
One of the top jazz singers in Philly, Julie Charnet burst onto the scene in 2009 with her debut Is You Is. She uses her sweet, sultry voice to explore a myriad of genres in this concert, featuring an all-star quartet. 7pm. $20. Ethical Society of Philadelphia, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square. 215.735.3456. phillyethics.org
Philly Talent Showcase
Calling all actors, models and artists thirsty for fame: Kathy Wickline Casting hosts this talent showcase where you perform individually and privately for agents and managers. Ask questions and receive written feedback from each of the panelists on different aspects of your performance including presentation, material choice, headshots and resume. 9:30am. $109. Kathy Wickline Casting, 1080 N. Delaware Ave. Suite 501. 215.739.9952. wicklinecasting.com
Living Beer Fest
Mt. Airy’s artisan flatbread and craft beer pub Earth Bread + Brewery hosts a beer festival celebrating unfiltered, unpasteurized ales. A lunch buffet will be served alongside unique casks from Sly Fox, Brewers Art, Zero Gravity, East End, Forest + Main and Earth’s own homemade, locally sourced selection. 12:30pm. $30-$35. Earth Bread + Brewery, 7136 Germantown Ave. 215.242.6666. earthbreadbrewery.com
8th Annual Lemon Ball
Alexandra Scott bravely battled cancer as a child, opening a lemonade stand to benefit other children with the disease, before succumbing to it herself. Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation has become a powerful force in childhood cancer fundraising, and its annual gala includes auctions, stories shared by survivors, food and dancing in the name of a great cause. 6:30pm. $275. Philadelphia Downtown Marriott, 1201 Market St. 610.649.3034. alexslemonade.org
Regan is a stand-up vet appreciated by fans young and old as a “comedian’s comedian,” true to the craft and constantly touring. He frequently makes hilariously animated tirades of mundane situations, like getting fitted for glasses or deciding how many Fig Newtons to eat in one sitting. 7pm amd 9:30pm. $39.50-$47.50. Kimmel Center, 1500 Walnut St. 215.790.5800. kimmelcenter.org
Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez
New York’s “Beehive Queen” (named for her towering blonde hairdo), Christine Ohlman is the long-running vocalist for the Saturday Night Live Band. With her personal project Rebel Montez, she’s been slinging vintage rhythm and blues with an electric kick for more than 20 years. 7:30pm. $15. With Paige Allbritton. Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St. 215.928.0978. tinangel.com
Philly experimental art troupe Thirdbird presents this dance exposition created and performed by choreographers Kelly Bond and Melissa Krondman. The show is a bass-driven investigation of repetition, duration and synchronization, where the audience and shared space of the room are included and explored. 8pm. $12-$15. Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American St. 215.922.1695. birdbirdbird.org
Sunday, January 12
The Philadelphia-based Eastern Mediterranean fusion group has been performing original world music since 1994. Middle Eastern, Latin, Indian, Jewish Klezmer and African music are all intermingled and accounted for at this show, which features a belly dance spectacular to boot. 7:30pm. $12. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. worldcafelive.com
3rd Annual Jazz for Justice
Activist group Pennsylvania State National Action Network presents a jazz festival in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. A fish fry dinner is included with ticket purchase, and proceeds help fund local social justice initiatives. 7pm. $20. New Barber’s Hall, 1402 W. Oxford St. 215.763.0369. phillynan.org
Monday, January 13
St. Lucia is Jean-Philip Grobler. Oh, yeah: It’s also a sovereign idyllic-island nation in the Atlantic not far from Barbados and Martinique whose inhabitants are primarily of Afro-Caribbean descent. Grobler’s not from St. Lucia, but there are commonalities: a leisurely pace, ethereal lightness, ecstatic relaxation and a hodgepodge of internationalism.
Though Grobler calls Brooklyn home at the moment, he spent years studying music in Liverpool and got his bearings in South Africa, including a long residency with the Drakensberg Boys Choir School. It was his choir days that exposed him to the wide range of influential musical styles, from Bach to bebop, that trickle into his work as an adult. We’re still rolling around in the luxurious beauty of When The Night, St. Lucia’s proper LP debut, released in October, and it’s a record that harkens back to when M83 first used that saxophone on “Midnight City.” Strains of Washed Out, Empire of the Sun and Tanlines are here, too.
Grobler’s obviously got a voice on him, but the synths and richness of the St. Lucia sound is fleshed out with his friends—Nick Brown, Ross Clark, Nicky Paul and Patricia Beranek—on stage. This super-stellar outfit is just getting over an opening gig for Two Door Cinema Club. Bet they enjoyed a handful of summery walks on the beach, exchanging secrets about euphoric chilltimes. Get yourself an earful of that euphoria at WCL tonight. / B.C.
8:30pm. $15. With Panama Wedding. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. philly.worldcafelive.com
Shooting Wall presents Views from the Underground
This showcase of Philly’s finest underground filmmakers features previews of six independent productions by local cinematographers, all of which challenge the medium of film through adventurous shooting. 7pm. Free. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St. philamoca.org
First Person Arts Story Slam
First Person Arts’ monthly Story Slam returns to World Cafe Live, where attendees can participate by sharing any five-minute story, or just take in an evening of fresh and entertaining tales. This month’s theme is “Superstitious.” 8:30pm. $8-$10. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. philly.worldcafelive.com
Tuesday, January 14
Driving Miss Daisy
Alfred Uhry’s poignant Pulitzer Prize-winning Driving Miss Daisy was destined to be a bona fide classic the second it hit off-Broadway stages in 1987. How could it avoid that descriptor, with a brilliant playwright as its author and the timeless themes of human dignity, community and kinship as the ties that still bind it to audience’s heartstrings? In performance houses across the globe, brilliant actors have played its two main roles over the years, including Dana Ivey, Vanessa Redgrave, late English star Dame Wendy Hiller and Angela Lansbury as the reluctant, rigid Daisy Werthan—not to mention the Oscar-winning turn by Jessica Tandy in Bruce Beresford’s 1989 film adaptation. Morgan Freeman—who, of course, knocked fire from the screen version—originated the role of elegant, kindly chauffuer Hoke Colburn, followed by masterful takes by James Earl Jones, Treme star Clarke Peters and others.
The Walnut Street Theatre’s new production promises to maintain that tradition of excellence, both in its in-house staging and the national two-month, 29-city tour it’s set to embark on after closing here in early February. Renowned director Bernard Havard (Good People, God of Carnage, ART, etc.) leads a pitch-perfect cast, with Wendy Scharfman starring as Miss Daisy and Johnnie Hobbs Jr. making his Walnut Street Theatre debut as Colburn, the driver hired by Daisy’s son after she accidently wrecks her car. Their mutual journey, set in the racially-roiled South from the late-1940s to the early ’70s, takes them through the emotional hills and valleys of the civil rights movement and Atlanta’s antisemitic sentiments to the promised land of comity, respect and, finally, friendship. / KENYA BEVERLY
Through Feb. 2. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St. 215.574.3550. walnutstreettheatre.org
Other Desert Cities
Jon Robin Baitz’s hit Broadway play details a promising novelists’ trip back to Palm Springs for the holidays and her tumultuous reunion with her extended family. Through March 2. $10-$85. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St. 215.574.3550. walnutstreettheatre.org
Drawing influence from ‘90s shoegaze heroes, Yuck delivers an impressive fuzzed-out live show. Tonight, they’ll be backed by Alvvays and Philly’s own dream-pop project Hurry. 9:15pm. $15. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com
Wednesday, January 15
Lisa D’Amour’s new stage comedy follows two couples into the woods—with some unintended consequences. 2013 Obie Award winner D’Amour weaves her unique comedic chops into this story of campers gone astray. 7:30pm. $66. Through Feb. 8. The Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St. 215.546.7824. wilmatheater.org
Gwen Florio: Montana
Pulitzer Prize-nominated writer and longtime Inquirer scribe Gwen Florio returns to the area to read from her novel Montana, about a journalist who becomes embroiled in a murder investigation. 7pm. Free. Hooloon Art Gallery, 53 N. Second St. hooloon-art.com
Out of Town
The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?
Robert Dubac’s one-man show wittily combines theater with stand-up comedy, as Dubac attempts to solve the female brain through his own intellect (or lack thereof). Thurs., Jan. 9, 7:30pm. $15-$50. Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol. brtstage.org
2014 Greater Philadelphia Spring Home Show
The annual Spring Home Show features home improvement seminars, creative interior and exterior home designs and celebrity appearances. Step out of the cold and get your spring projects planned early. Fri., Jan. 10, 11am. $5-$10. Valley Forge Casino Resort, 1160 First Ave., King of Prussia. greaterphillyhomeshows-vf.com
Len Sammon’s 29th Annual Motorsports Show
This weekend-long motorsports convention features an appearance by ESPN personality and former NASCAR champ Ricky Craven; other highlights include seminars, autograph sessions and memorabilia. Jan. 10-12. $5-$30. Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave., Oaks. aarn.com/motorsports2014.html
Demystifying Social Media
Amy Larrimore hosts a discussion on the ever-evolving importance of social media. Larrimore, a managing partner and CEO of the tech consulting company the Empire Builders Group, attempts to quantify how Twitter and other social media communities can be utilized properly in a business setting. Wed., Jan. 15, 7:30pm. Free. Bala Cynwyd Library, 131 Old Lancaster Rd., Bala Cynwyd. lmls.org/lib_balacynwyd.html
Compiled by Jake Abbate, Drew O’Meara and Dan Gelb.