Wednesday, July 10
If you’re like me, you have a few distinct memories of Mick Foley in the ‘90s. One’s probably of the WWE star getting tossed off a steel cage during his 1998 Hell in a Cell match against the Undertaker. Maybe you made trips to the mall kiosk to buy out-of-production video tapes of Cactus Jack/Terry Funk barbed-wire matches in Japan. Perhaps that led you to buying more tapes of more types of Japanese wrestling. And maybe you came to the obvious conclusion: Man, the Japanese are into some weird shit. (Then: “Did that wrestler just win by shoving his opponent into a fish tank full of piranhas? He did!”) Or maybe that was just me.
Either way, Foley’s career has taken a few fortuitous turns since then. The WWE Hall of Fame inductee has been an author, a color commentator, a reality TV contestant and an advocate for numerous causes all over the world. The swerve he took a couple years ago has given him another life: Now, he’s a standup comic. And the beautifully scarred mind behind Dude Love, Cactus Jack and Mankind will be in our fair city tonight.
A few things about Foley’s act are painstakingly obvious, which we should go over for anyone on the fence about hitting up the show. One, he’s more of a storyteller than a joke-teller, and many of his stories are about his days in the wrestling arena. Two, being a wrestler, it turns out, can be somewhat relatable to the rest of us working stiffs: It is a job, and ultimately you pretend to be something you’re not. (Don’t we all?) So, you probably don’t have to be into wrestling to enjoy yourself—although it could help. And three, Foley’s progression into a comedian certainly shouldn’t shock the average wrestling fan. Anyone else remember Mankind as one of Foley’s “faces?” Mr. Socko? That was pretty funny. / Randy LoBasso
7:30pm. $25-$32. Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. heliumcomedyclub.com
Up-and-coming indie act Mood Rings bring their concoction of New Wave-inspired shoegaze to Philly. Possessing a dreamy, synth-fueled sound underlined with pop sensibilities, the band’s recently released debut album has already been earning rave reviews. 8pm. $8. Kung Fu Necktie. 1248 N. Front St. 215.291.4919. kungfunecktie.com
Brooklyn-based Japanther have been heavy hitters on the noise rock scene for a while now. Their anarchic, puppet-supported art-music has earned the admiration of publications ranging from The New Yorker to Vanity Fair. But don’t fret; their latest album proves that the band haven’t lost their lo-fi sensibilities. 9pm. $8. Ortlieb’s Lounge. 847 N. Third St. ortliebslounge.com
Modern Phila-sophy Home Design Show
Forty artists and companies come together to showcase new and upcycled work for your home, including GearForms, a company which makes sculpted furniture out of reclaimed industrial and architectural materials. Through July 28. Dylan Gallery, 1050 N. Hancock St. dylangallery.com
The singer/songwriter known for her guest vocals on Fort Minor’s “Where’d You Go” and Dr. Dre’s “I Need a Doctor,” kicks off her summer tour in Philadelphia. 8pm. $15-$23. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. worldcafelive.com
Thursday, July 11
Chaka Khan + Ledisi
It was a surprise to us, too: Chaka Khan? In Philly? At the Dell MusicCenter? Wait, where’s the Dell Center? Turns out we’ve had our heads up our asses, because the Dell Center, nestled on the east edge of Fairmount Park on Strawberry Mansion Bridge Drive, has an eight-show program this summer called the Essence of Entertainment Concert Series, to be kicked off by this funk queen. Going on nearly 40 years of programming, the Dell seats more than 5,000 ticketed guests and another 600 people on a lawn in an outdoor amphitheater that’ll host a pretty tight slew of talent this season. But perhaps none can hold a candle to Khan, the series’ inaugural guest.
The Chicago native’s storied career started with a musical family. In her teens, she dabbled in Black Power and found herself in the group that would catapult her into superstardom, Rufus. Through the ‘70s, they released iconic records featuring Khan’s larger-than-life vocals and stage presence, bared midriff and dramatic tribal outfits. Later in the decade, she signed a solo contract and kicked it off with “I’m Every Woman,” written especially for her by Ashford and Simpson.
Khan’s voice is one of a kind—at once soulful and bombastic, brassy and smooth, powerful and subtle. For many, she’s the most remarkable diva to ever tackle funk, soul, R&B and pop. Then there’s Ledisi, one of the quietest but most vibrant young talents in a genre that wouldn’t be what—or where—it is without Khan’s dynamism. What a great way to spend the night. / Bill Chenevert
7pm. $25-$60. Dell Music Center, Ridge Ave. and Huntingdon St. mydelleast.com
Radio 104.5 Presents The Mowgli’s “$One0Four Show”
These kids are happy. Like, really happy. The Mowgli’s, an eight-piece collective straight from Los Angeles, are purveyors of feel-good indie rock anthems, seeming to bring the West Coast sunshine with them wherever they go. Seriously, try to watch their video for “San Francisco” without smiling. 8pm. $1.04. Theater of Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011. tlaphilly.com
A Double Life / Life Begins at Eight-Thirty
Penn’s Cinema Studies Program hosts a night of 1940s nostalgia beginning with George Cukor’s A Double Life, a film that gives new meaning to the phrase “character study,” followed by Life Begins at Eight-Thirty, the story of a down-on-his-luck actor given a second chance at stardom. 8pm. Free. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St. therotunda.org
Philly-bred alt-rockers Desoto Jones are making a name for themselves on the pop-punk circuit, with a sound that’s steeped in early-2000s pop-punk. The band’s 2012 release, Shapeshifter, features distorted guitars and angst-filled vocals. 8pm. $8-$10. Milkboy, 1100 Chestnut St. 215.925.6455.
Gary Greenberg: The Book of Woe
Gary Greenberg is a practicing psychotherapist and science writer who people regard as “the anti-psychiatrist”—despite his denial of such claims. His latest work, The Book of Woe, tears apart the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the psychiatric field’s Holy Bible, in order to showcase the flawed process used to define mental disorders. 7:30pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. freelibrary.org
Friday, July 12
Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark
Liverpudlian innovators OMD emerged in the late ‘70s with music that combined mechanically chilling Kraftwerk-y soundscapes with the detached but achingly humanizing vocals of Andy McCluskey. Despite denouncing any kind of gimmicky image, this early synth-pop formula alone found them quick success, especially in Europe. Creatively, they peaked on their third record, 1981’s Architecture & Morality, a perfect blend of experimentation and pop sensibility that can be heard in the heartbreaking classics “Joan of Arc” and “Maid of Orleans.” When their next effort, the very avant-garde Dazzle Ships, was a total commercial failure, things began to change.
Scarred and angry, they spent the rest of the ‘80s releasing a string of conventional, radio-friendly albums that may not have crossed any musical boundaries but showcased their prowess for writing some damn fine bubblegum pop. This era yielded their best known tune here in the States, “If You Leave,” which was written for the 1986 John Hughes-penned Pretty in Pink. However, as the decade drew to a close, the group disbanded, leaving only McCluskey to carry the name until he eventually retired it himself in 1996. That seemed to be the end, but nine years later, the band announced the reformation of its classic lineup.
English Electric, released in April, is their second LP since reuniting, and it manages to simultaneously revisit their glory years and remain urgent at the same time. The undeniably catchy “Night Café” and the absolutely stunning “Helen of Troy” are stand-out moments on what is probably their finest work in more than 20 years. / Anthony Trivelli
8:30pm. $25. With Diamond Rings and DJ Robert Drake. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100. utphilly.com
One of New York’s most respected DJs, Eli Escobar has been fusing his love for hip-hop with ‘90s-era dance-heavy beats for more than 10 years. Known in the industry as one of the top remixers around, he’s worked with M.I.A., Lana Del Rey, Diplo, Chromeo and more. 7pm. $5. Dolphin Tavern. 1539 S. Broad St. 215.278.7950. dolphinphilly.com
BalletX Summer Series 2013
Nicolo Fonte choreographs Beautiful Decay, BalletX’s first evening-length ballet that explores the transformations that come with age and the role that memory plays throughout our lives. Through July 14. $22-$35. The Wilma Theater. 265 S. Broad St. 215.546.7824. wilmatheater.org
Storyville: Media That Matters Film Festival
Media That Matters presents an inspiring series of short films on today’s most sensitive topics, including HIV, prison reform, global warming and health rights. The films are intended to motivate people toward change on a local and global scale. 7pm. $5. Scribe Video Center. 4212 Chestnut St. 3rd Floor. 215.222.4201. scribe.org
Jadakiss & Styles P
Feeling nostalgic? Jadakiss and Styles P—responsible for hit singles like 2004’s “Why” and 2002’s “Good Times,” respectively—offer hip-hop fans a chance to go back to a time when the genre was dominated by rugged wordplay and equally tough beats. Together, Jadakiss and Styles P are also two-thirds of the LOX, so don’t be surprised to hear the rappers teaming up onstage. 8pm. $45. Theatre of Living Arts. 334 South St. 215.922.1011. tlaphilly.com
Totally Biased Stand-Up Tour with W. Kamau Bell
The host of FX’s show Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, has quickly risen through the comedy ranks thanks to a intelligent, witty brand of commentary. Much of Bell’s humor stems from an exploration of racism; his routine is as much enlightening as it is gut-busting. 8pm. $22.50. The Prince Theater. 1412 Chestnut St. 215.972.1000. princemusictheater.org
Tastier by Leslie Friedman
A display of human ironies, consumerism, artificiality and more are revealed in this vibrant showing of message-ridden pop art. Through large depictions of Coke Zero cans, artificial sweeteners, and a sprinkle of sexuality, Leslie Friedman’s Tastier is a judgment toward humanity. 6pm. Free. Space 1026, 1026 Arch St. space1026.com
A modern display of sideshow, burlesque, puppets, aerial acrobatics and more will raise your blood pressure during some extraordinary and unsettling acts. Local bands will strum steadily alongside the wild performances, but be warned: Flesh suspension is included. 8pm. $10. Ellen Powell Tiberino Museum. 3819 Hamilton St. 215.386.3784. tiberinomuseum.org
Saturday, July 13
Although there are small and gentle traces of his former groups in this one, Omar Rodríguez-López’a new band isn’t very much like either At The Drive-In or The Mars Volta. See, on a recent hiatus from Mars Volta, Rodríguez-López found himself idle, lonely and a little antsy. So he joined forces with the frontwoman from the Mexi-punk band with whom he’s often collaborated, Le Butcherettes, and her name is extraordinary: Teri Gender Bender. Those two, with Volta drummer Deantoni Parks and songwriter and keys specialist Nicci Kasper, formed Bosnian Rainbows, which Rodríguez-López believes to be a real band—not a “dictatorship,” something he’s said of past musical unions. Together, they banged out a rather unexpected record. A Mars Volta spin-off it is not. And we’re not mad.
Weaving a web of unexpected elements that include synth pop, spacey indie rock, the occasional post-metal guitar run and constant, steady percussion, their self-titled debut LP brings to mind Phantogram and The Cure in equal parts on a given listen. Gender Bender’s beguiling vocals pull you in, extracting and employing bits of female frontwomen of all genres (Sinead O’ Connor, Karen O., PJ Harvey and the Knife’s Karin Dreijer Andersson, for instance). This doesn’t suggest that there won’t be a unique kind of energy pulsing through Underground Arts tonight that takes from metal and punk, because there will be. And it’s certainly the exciting start to a new chapter in the artistic lives of a bunch of talented, disparate musicians. / B.C.
9pm. $15. Underground Arts at the Wolf Building, 1200 Callowhill St. undergroundarts.org
Hot Dog Crawl Down South Street
Enjoy a hot dog or two (or 10) at 14 different locations along South Street, including Hot Diggity Dog, Johnny Rockets and Ishkabibble’s. Noon. Pay as you go. Starts at O’Neals Pub, 611 S. Third St. 215.574.9495. hotdogmonthphilly.com
Bastille Day Cabaret!
Once again, Eastern State Penitentiary and the Bearded Ladies cabaret present one of Philly’s largest free theatrical performances. The climax is the re-enactment of the Storming of Bastille, taking more from Monty Python than the actual French Revolution. 5:30pm. Free. Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave. 215.236.3300. easternstate.org
Armed with seamless storytelling and a unique take on roots, vintage rock, classic surf and reggae, Mike Pinto has found considerable success both at home in America and abroad. In late 2007, he even teamed up with famous Philly guy Chuck Treece (of McRad fame) to have him produce and play on his self-titled record, one of Pinto’s most complete works to date. 7pm. $15-$18. With Three Legged Fox and Natural Vibrations. The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St. 215.222.1234. theblockley.com
The formerly Georgia-based (but now nomadic) sludge metalers have been slaying ears for 20 years now. Having lived in their tour van since 2001, they’ve undertaken this lifestyle in order to “play as many shows as we possibly can,” which we guess is a level of determination most bands just aren’t equipped with. 8pm. $10. With Fantasy Panther, Callous, and +HIRS+. Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 N. Front St. 215.291.4919. kungfunecktie.com
New York Agents Showcase
Kathy Wickline Casting will host a panel of big-time New York-based agents and casting directors for a mock audition setting. Professional actors can showcase their talents for the panel by either performing a one-to-two minute monologue, read copy, sing a capella or dance. You’ll receive written feedback regardless, but you also stand to get a chance at being represented if you impress the right person! 9:30am. $199. Kathy Wickline Casting, 1080 N. Delaware Ave. 215.739.9952. wicklinecasting.com
Famed Grateful Dead musicians Bob Weir and Phil Lesh come into town with a slew of friends for a night of improvisations and loving renditions of their former band’s classics. In true form, this gig is outside in Fairmount Park. Would there be any other way? 7:30pm. $34.50-$89.50. The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave. 215.878.0400. manncenter.org
Every Saturday, from spring to fall, the Philadelphia Open Air Market sets up shop with a variety of artisans and food vendors. Their goal is simple: to give these artists and makers a chance to get out there and take control of their careers by interacting, buying and selling with other artists and art lovers alike. Through November 23. 10am. Free. 23rd and Arch sts. phillyphair.com
The Specials formed in England during the mid-to-late-‘70s punk boom. Instead of trying to sound like Johnny Thunders, which everyone else was busy trying to do, they took a much different route, starting the British ska revival craze. They combined danceable grooves with punk energy, and even managed to form a very focused political stance. 8pm. $35. With Little Hurricane. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011. tlaphilly.com
L.L Bean Outdoor Discovery Day
L.L. Bean hosts a Discovery Day as part of their 2013 Bootmobile Discovery Tour, with a ton of family-oriented activities happening—such as fly-casting, fishing, geocaching, lawn games and learning the basics of camping. Also, there really is a truck that looks like a boot, which you should probably see for yourself. 11am. Free. Pleasant Hill Park, Linden & N. Delaware Avenues. llbean.com
Sunday, July 14
The Color Run
It’s called “the happiest 5k on the planet.” If running doesn’t give you the spike in endorphins and mood that fitness junkies often talk about, maybe this rainbow of positivity and, well, paint, will do the trick. Start the run wearing white; end it covered in ROYGBIV. At each kilometer, runners are doused in powdered paint of a different color. At the finish line, runners and spectators find themselves in a humungous “Color Festival,” where more paint is thrown, and the frivolity continues.
The Color Run is more about fun, individuality and promoting healthy living than it is about speed. The event is not timed. There are no winners. Anyone can participate—from children in strollers to senior citizens. Olympians and walkers alike are invited, and more than 60 percent of participants are first-time 5k-ers.
Since its founding last year, the Color Run has become the largest 5k series in the country. This year, it’s being held in more than 130 cities in the U.S., South America, Europe and Australia, and Philadelphia is included on that fortunate roster. In each location, the run raises money for a local charity, and the Philly event benefits Back on My Feet, a nonprofit that uses running to inspire change in the lives of Philadelphia’s homeless. Tickets are sold out, but Back on My Feet is selling charity registrations. Sign up as a “FundRacer,” and the nonprofit will set up a donation page where you can ask for support for your run. / Nicole Bonaccorso
7am. $250. Fairmount Park, 4231 North Concourse Drive. thecolorrun.com/philadelphia
Animus: Philadelphia’s Belly Dance Spectacular
Ancient rhythms and worldly tunes coalesce as bellies sway in a crazy informative journey through music. 7:30pm. $12. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. worldcafelive.com
WWE Money in the Bank
The best opportunity to watch intensely muscled men touch all up on each other while traipsing about in spandex is back for a signature pay-per-view event. There will be drama, there will be flexing, and as always, there will be copious use of baby oil. 6:30pm. $25-$400. Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. 800.298.4200. wellsfargocenterphilly.com
Besides palling around with Matthew McConaughey (he is signed to the perpetually shirtless man’s music label), Mishka provides the chill Caribbean grooves that are perfectly suited for beaches and beer. You’ll have to imagine the sand between your toes, but the bar will help you get halfway there. 8:30pm. $10-$13. The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St. 215.222.1234. theblockley.com
Monday, July 15
When Philadelphia and the state of Pennsylvania declared June 26 as Jerry Pinkney Day earlier this year, it’s likely only a dedicated few celebrated or even heard of it, other than those at the art museum’s reception, including Pennsylvania First Lady Susan Corbett and U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz. But if you’ve got kids, it’s likely the Germantown-born children’s book illustrator has hit your radar screen more than once during his career, as he’s drawn for more than 100 books in 50 years and won numerous awards, including the 2010 Caldecott Medal for The Lion and the Mouse, his wordless picture-book retelling of one of Aesop’s classic fables.
The city is celebrating its beloved son with two prominent art shows featuring Pinkney’s work and his story. One, the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney, which opened on June 28, showcases a collection of his drawings and watercolors and is part of the museum’s family-friendly Art Splash program. The other, Drawing on the Reverse Side: The Art and Life of Jerry Pinkney, debuted four days prior at the Free Library’s Central Branch, looking at Pinkney’s local ties and family roots in Philadelphia, as well as the creative process that went into some of his acclaimed work.
For tonight’s event at the Free Library, Pinkney will be on hand to discuss those works of art and answer audience questions. / R.L.
7:30pm. Free Library of Philadelphia, Central Branch, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322. freelibrary.org
Monday Jazz Jam
Clear away the after-work doldrums with a relaxing listen or bring your jazz flute and join the professionals onstage for some back-bracing improv. 5:30pm. Free. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. worldcafelive.com
Movie Night at Jolly’s
Summer camp is the bastion of overgrown children and the savior of overworked parents. Two summer cult classics, Wet Hot American Summer and Heavyweights, will serve as reminders to those school-free days spent amongst way-too-happy people as parents attempted to regain sanity through the liberal use of alcohol. 7pm.Free. Jolly’s Dueling Piano Bar, 3801 Chestnut St. 215.222.1232. jollyspianobar.com
Aperitivo with DJ Slowpoke
A refreshing DJ session inspired by the bitter Italian liqueur, Campari. Expect measured adventurousness and sudden onset dizziness. 8pm. Free. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com
Tuesday, July 16
The twisted retelling of the Emerald Kingdom’s naughty and nice witches comes to Philadelphia. Sing along with an abandon only achieved through repeated YouTube viewings and shameless sing-a-longs in the car. Through Aug. 4. Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. 215.893.1999. academyofmusic.org
Mostly instrumental, save for some short exclamations and guttural noises, these two math rockers from Massachusetts bring the calculated noise and intrepid rhythms to those more introspective amongst us. 8pm.$10. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919. kungfunecktie.com
Smithsian and lo-fi, San Cisco hopes to take over your garage, unless your parents are home. San Cisco grabbed that ‘80s angst and twisted it into fun, synthed-up jangles. “Fred Astaire” is a welcome, sped-up version of “Close to Me” and will have your head bobbing along to the beat. 9pm. $12. With Small Pools + Supercute! Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com
Wednesday, July 17
Bernadette Corporation: Hell Frozen Over and Get Rid of Yourself
These two outrageous films explore identity by looking at fashion, protest, anarchy, Chloe Sevigny, the poetry of Stephane Mallarme and more. Both play with documentary form. 7pm. Free. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. ihousephilly.org
Cleric + Arago’s Wheel
This four-piece from Philadelphia combines elements of doom, grind and ambiance for an extreme sound that doesn’t conform to any one genre. Fans of metal as well as experimental and avant-garde will not be disappointed. They’re joined by Arago’s Wheel, a French experimental two-piece known for their habits of cutting up vinyl, then reassembling it and playing it with harsh electronic sounds and subtle harmonics. 8pm. $10. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919. kungfunecktie.com
East Coast Power Nap: A Comedy Spectacle
Local comics TJ Hurley and Alejandro Morales have been building East Coast Power Nap since its first show in January, and it gets bigger every time. This month features Daryl Charles, Alex Pearlman, Emily and Mica McGraw, Dan Vetrano, Mikaela Hamje, Caitlin Feeney and Nicole Yates. 8:30pm. $5. The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888. thetroc.com
Out of Town
National Collector Car Appreciation Day Car Show
It’s hard to show it sometimes, but here’s a sure way to let your car know how much you care. Hundreds of collectors will bring their cars, motorcycles and trucks to Cherry Hill to show other motor vehicle lovers what they’re working with. Fri., July 12, 4pm. American Collectors Insurance, 469 Kings Highway North, Cherry Hill, N.J. americancollectors.com
Friday Night Lights
In honor of Natural Land Trust’s 60th anniversary, this 1960s-themed event is a well-rounded midsummer night out. Dress up in bell bottoms and tie dye, enjoy a bonfire and live music, as well as stargazing with the Chesmont Astronomical and the Delaware Astronomical societies. Fri., July 12, 8pm. $10-$20. ChesLen Preserve, 1199 Channery Rd., Coatesville. natlands.org
Something Intangible by Bruce Graham
It’s 1941 in Hollywood, and the very gifted Tony seeks to move beyond Petey Pup, the cartoon dog that has made him famous. Sound familiar? The play is based on the story of Walt Disney. Through July 27. Tyler State Park, 1440 Newtown-Richboro Rd., Newtown. langhorneplayers.org
Haddonfield Crafts and Fine Art Festival
Ceramics, glass, jewelry, paintings, drawings and more will be on sale at the two-day Haddonfield Crafts and Fine Art Festival, which draws crowds of more than 100,000 people. Visit area restaurants, listen to live music, and pick up some unique offerings. Sat., July 13, 11am-7pm. Free. Kings Highway between Washington Ave. and Haddon Ave. Haddonfield, N.J. haddonfieldnj.org
Yeah, you could hang out with Seth Meyers any Saturday while he’s gracing your living room TV. But THIS Saturday, he’ll be live in Atlantic City. It should be better than HD. Sat., July 13, 9pm. $39.50-$45. Borgata Hotel and Casino, One Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J. theborgata.com
Compiled by Jake Abbate, Lauren Arute, Nicole Bonaccorso, Michael Brady, Anthony Trivelli and Max Ufberg