Calendar: June 11-18

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Wednesday, June 11

Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles
Considered by many Beatles aficionados to be the first and most successful tribute to the fab four, this multimedia spectacle encompasses each facet of the band’s history, from the suit-and-tie aesthetic of their early years to the colorful psychedelia of the Sgt. Pepper era. Expect to hear all the hits, including “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Let it Be” and more. 7:30pm. $20-85. Kimmel Center, 1500 Walnut St.

The Screwtape Letters
C.S. Lewis’ satire on spirituality, as told by a demon’s point of view, is set in an office in Hell. Adapted for the stage by Anthony Lewis, The Screwtape Letters is a laugh-out-loud romp on theology. Through June 15. $30. Lantern Theater Company, 10th and Ludlow sts.

Thursday, June 12

PA Ballet: A 50th Finale
It’s hard to believe the golden anniversary of PA Ballet, Philadelphia’s biggest and most serious ballet company, is upon us, and they’re attempting to go out with a refined, frenetically-charged bang. A 50th Finale: The Ultimate Celebration has been culled together to represent what the company is capable of: abstraction, tender romanticism, intimacy, moody architectural tension. With a stunning four-piece grand finale, artistic director Roy Kaiser’s mission to highlight the diversity of talent within his ranks is on wondrous display.

The night promises a memorable mix of edge and mystique. William Forsythe’s “In the middle, somewhat elevated” is set to Thom Willems, an electro soundscape creator whose angular compositions will juxtapose classical ballet in unexpected ways. Jerome Robbins’ “In the Night” will stage three couples in extended variations on the classic pas de deux, balancing, as they’ve phrased it: “tender and young, mature and balanced, and passionately fiery.” PA Ballet is always good for a understated and sexy exploration of couples, love, conflict and, often, resolution.

The company’s own Matthew Neenan is responsible for two more pieces—one that’s fresh and one that’s a favorite. The latter, “Penumbra,” was created in 2008 for only five dancers, and it’s executed to Alberto Ginastera’s cello and piano work that’ll radiate sadness, melancholy and visceral blues. But “La Chasse” is what PA Ballet subscribers are undoubtedly awaiting with the most anticipation. French for “the hunt,” it’s set to Schubert and seeks to bring to life a 1911 painting depicting capture and escape by Albert Gleizes. The work is a duet that will feature principal dancer Lauren Fadeley and wildly talented company member Alexander Peters. Peters captured hearts and breaths in May’s Director’s Choice and seems to be increasingly employed to great effect by Kaiser and his team.

This program also marks the finale of company member Jonathan Stiles, whose appearance in “Penumbra” on Sunday will mark his last with his second family of 15 years. Bravo, sir. Bravo! // BILL CHENEVERT

Thurs., June 12 through Sun., June 15. $25-$125. Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St. 215.893.1999.

Tongue & Groove: Unspoken
Bringing together the best parts of improv theatre, Tongue & Groove delivers its latest offering, which makes use of audience members’ text messages, emails and other unspoken thoughts and feelings for a night of total spontaneity. 7:30pm. $12. The Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St. 215.567.2848.

Free Yoga on the Race Street Pier
Yoga practitioners of all levels are invited to partake in this free, scenic, six-day-a-week course that runs throughout the summer. The hour-long classes will be 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.

Lost Heroes
Director Will Pascoe explores the rich history of Canadian-made comic book superheroes like Nelvana of the Northern Lights and Captain Canuck. Pascoe delves into the imports ban that sparked the creation of the characters, along with the eventual lifting of the ban that forced them into obscurity due to competition from more marketable American heroes. 7pm. I-House, 3701 Chestnut St.

Friday, June 13

Peter Murphy
Bela Lugosi may be dead, but the godfather of goth lives on. Peter Murphy, the gaunt, gloomy ex-vocalist for early ‘80s legends Bauhaus—who played an instrumental role in the establishment of the goth genre and subculture—embarks on a full North American tour in support of Lion, his 10th solo LP, produced by Martin Glover (of Killing Joke fame). Bauhaus disbanded in 1983 and remained apart until their surprise release of new material, Go Away White, in 2008. But citing irreconcilable differences, the band didn’t tour and called it quits for good. Whatevs, ‘cause since that initial ‘83 breakup, Murphy had established a successful solo career in the band’s musical footsteps, his position in the pantheon of post-punk frontmen clearly secure. The man’s footprint has been inarguably far-reaching.

Joining Murphy at the Troc tonight will be Austin natives Ringo Deathstarr, who dropped their latest EP, Gods Dream, last year. The trio is heavily influenced by the first wave of shoegazers and match that audio onslaught with breathy dual vocals. Having previously toured with The Smashing Pumpkins, these vets are seasoned in the art of warming large audiences. Get out to the Troc early for this one. // DANIEL GELB

8pm. $24-$100. With Ringo Deathstarr. Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888.

Art for the Cash Poor
Crane Arts hosts the 15th edition of Art for the Cash Poor—a three day art sale and party. Tonight, preview pieces from more than 50 artists, and sample treats from Birchtree Catering and Sweet Box. InLiquid will donate 50 percent of the proceeds from tonight’s ticket sales to the AIDS Fund. The event continues throughout the weekend, where you can browse and purchase well-priced  local fashion, furniture and artwork from area designers. Through Sun., June 15. Free. Crane Arts, 1400 N. American St.

Colin Quinn: Unconstitutional
The former SNL “Weekend Update” anchor takes the stage to cover 226 years of political blunders in the span of just 70 minutes. Quinn previously earned rave reviews for his one-man show Long Story Short. 8pm. $49-$54. Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St. 215.985.0420.

Film al Fresco
Enjoy movies from greater Philadelphia and Delaware Valley-based independent filmmakers on an outdoor screen in Aviator Park while indulging in snacks from local food trucks. 7pm. Free. Aviator Park, between Moore College of Art & Design and the Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.

Suited for Space
The spacesuit and its complex inner workings will be deconstructed at this exhibit featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the design and development and how the suit enables astronauts to survive and move in space. Through Nov. 14. Free. Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut St.

Graveyard Shift: Proxy
This series presented by the Philadelphia Film Society is perfect for horror fans. Tonight’s installment features a screening of 2013’s Proxy, which focuses on three parents who share the experience of having lost a child. 11:59pm. $5-$6.66. PFS Theater at the Roxy, 2023 Sansom St. 267.239.2941.

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
Joe DiPietro’s worldwide smash musical hit returns with its hilarious vignette style. Dating, marriage and romance are all on trial during the performances’ wonderfully crafted musical numbers. Through June 29. $41.25. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St. 215.574.3550.

Saturday, June 14

The 4th Annual Philadelphia Vendy Awards
The Vendy Awards, a no-holds-barred foodtruck competition, started in NYC nearly a decade ago. Spilling over to Philly in 2011, this intense clash of the street-chef titans has since been one of the summer’s most eagerly anticipated events. The culinary contest not only celebrates the new and exciting dishes available all over the city, but also acknowledges the hard work and dedication of food truck vendors across the region. Competitors are each vying for bragging rights, alongside the coveted Vendy Cup, and victories in certain categories, like Rookie of the Year, the People’s Taste Awards, Best Dessert, and the always-fun “Messy Yet Tasty” Award. This year’s tournament features a total of 14 local established and newbie trucks—the Cow and Curd, Pie Stand, Cheese E. Wagon and Milk + Sugar among them—each of which challenge the way we think of meals on wheels.

In addition to giving these culinary artists a chance to strut their stuff, the Philadelphia Vendy Awards are a non-profit fundraiser for the Food Trust, a local organization dedicated to establishing and maintaining a healthy, local food economy. Many of the trucks utilize only locally-grown produce and meats, enabling their resulting bites to truly be a taste of the area. The price of admission includes all you can eat from the competing vendors, all you can drink, live music, and after-party drink specials from nearby Fette Sau and Frankford Hall. // KENNEDY ALLEN

2pm, $30-$55. Penn Treaty Park, 1341 N. Delaware Ave. 202.213.2250.

West Park Arts Festival
Today, Fairmount Park will be transformed into the 7th annual multicultural West Park Arts Fest, featuring live music and dance performances. The fest also features a full day of family-friendly activities and workshops. 11am. Free. West Fairmount Park, 4021 Parkside Ave. 215.278.3450.

CityLove, a project of The National Trust for Historic Preservation, has planned a trip to our fine city to revel in the behind-the-scenes history of Philly. With tours planned for hidden gems like the Reading Viaduct and the 19th St. Baptist Church, CityLove will take you deep into the rich cultural history of the city. Various Times. Registration information at

The Hooters
XFINITY Live! continues their free summer concert series tonight with special guests The Hooters. The Philly natives have been kicking around since 1980, and even rocked Live Aid in ‘85 with their memorable hits “And We Danced” and “All You Zombies.”  9pm. Free. XFINITY Live!, 1100 Pattison Ave.

Philly Vegfest
The Humane League presents this hotly anticipated festival devoted to vegetarian/vegan cuisine and culture. Vegfest teams up with area plant-based restaurants and features cooking demonstrations, expert lectures, nutritional information and much more. 11am. Free. The Shambles, Second and Pine sts. 646.719.0070.

Stripes and Stars Festival
Old Glory’s birthday is here, and Independence Mall has your Flag Day festivities covered. Military vehicles will be on display throughout the Mall, and visitors can enjoy discounted admission to the Betsy Ross House and the National Constitution Center. 8am. Free. Independence Mall, Fifth and Market sts.

Sunday, June 15

Portuguese Heritage Festival
Continuing PECO’s summer-long Multicultual Series, today is a celebration of all things Portuguese. This outdoor festival at Penn’s Landing will feature authentic food, revolutionary art and music from the rich Portuguese culture. 1pm. Free. Penn’s Landing, 101 Columbus Blvd. 

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
This classic satire of 1960s big business follows J. Pierrepont Finch as he uses a handbook titled How To Succeed In Business to climb the corporate ladder from window washer to executive. 8pm. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.

Monday, June 16

Tigers Jaw
Lately, you’d be hard-pressed to find a recent article about Scranton indie punks Tigers Jaw that doesn’t devote its first paragraph to the elephant in the room: Last year, three members announced their departure from the group, casting doubt over its future until they announced they’d recorded a new LP with all original members. The resulting album, Charmer—released last week via Run for Cover Records—sounds like their deepest effort thus far, guided by the ever-scrupulous hand of producer Will Yip. Each of its 12 tracks retains the familiar dichotomy of mostly-sanguine melodies versus saddening lyrics, and, as always, the band knows how to craft a hook. This time around, the songwriting’s got an even sharper edge. Even more notably, Charmer finds keyboardist Brianna Collins grabbing hold of the spotlight her honeyed voice deserves with “Hum” after previously taking a vocal backseat to guitarists Ben Walsh and Adam McIlwee. Even drummer Pat Brier gets to show off his Vedder-esque growl on “I Envy Your Apathy.”

Now that it’s left to Walsh and Collins to carry the band on their own, how do they soldier on?  Fans would probably be satisfied with just the two of them playing a run of stripped-down acoustic shows, like their recent in-store performance at F.Y.E. in Center City, and there’s a hilarious gem of an Instagram video featuring a dude getting up and dancing to “Distress Signal” to prove it. Instead, they’ve enlisted a scene supergroup of drummer Elliot Babin (Touche Amore), bassist Luke Schwartz (Make Do and Mend) and guitarist Jake Woodruff (Defeater) to round out its summer lineup, which kicks off tonight with Charmer’s official release show at Union Transfer. // JAKE ABBATE

8:30pm. $12-$14. With Pity Sex, Loose Planes + Petal. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100.

Alice Goffman
Urban sociologist and Philly native Alice Goffman reads selections from On the Run, an exploration of the criminal justice system and its real world implications amongst a group of men in a low-income Philadelphia neighborhood. 7:30pm. Central Library, 1901 Vine St.

James Joyce’s modern epic Ulysses chronicles a day (June 16th, 1904) in the life of Leopold Bloom in Dublin. Join the worldwide celebration of Bloomday today, including an all-day reading of Ulysses across various points in the city. Various locations.

Tuesday, June 17

The fascinating tale of Eva Perón’s charisma, power and greed comes to life again at the Academy of Music. Written for the stage by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, this stunning new take on a classic is directed by Michael Grandage and choreographed by Rob Ashford. Through June 22. The Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.

Wednesday, June 18

Dead Kennedys
The Dead Kennedys are, amazingly, touring this summer, following a trend that’s been going on with a horde of ‘80s punk bands as of late. Last year, Black Flag reunited as two separate bands made up of lineups from two separate incarnations. Screeching Weasel is a band again, containing one original member. The Descendents play one-off reunions from time to time. Reagan Youth gave it another shot in ‘06 after having been broken up for 17 years. Several ex-members of the Ramones tour in individual bands solely playing Ramones covers. The Misfits are together again, too, sort of.

In many of these cases, the breakups and make-ups have been filled with very un-punk battles over the legal rights to monikers and merchandise, the most public of which were probably The Misfits and Dead Kennedys—both of which are touring without their original lead singers and stand to make a lot of money selling their emblems on t-shirts to scores who aren’t really hip to their music.

Dead Kennedys, for its part, has maintained a touring schedule which only includes setlists of old songs. Other than changing the lyrics of “MTV, get off the air!” to “MP3, get off the web,” DK hasn’t changed much. Having seen some of these reunited bands, know ahead of time that a cover band is all you’re going to get here—which is actually pretty fine. If you weren’t old enough to see Jello Biafra wail through “Holiday in Cambodia,” seeing new singer Ron “Skip” Greer do it while trying to sound like Biafra isn’t exactly the same. But it’s also not that different. // RANDY LOBASSO

8pm. $29. With Reagan Youth + Burning Streets. TLA, 334 South St.

Hip-Hop Hamlet
Shakespeare’s 450th birthday celebration continues all summer long, and tonight the Bard gets remixed at the PMA. Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre performer CK Wonder presents his rap take on Hamlet, utilizing Shakespeare’s words with Wonder’s own improvisations. 6pm. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Ben Franklin Pkwy.

Hezekiah Jones
Chestnut Hill kicks off their 66th Annual Summer Concert Series tonight with local folk heroes Hezekiah Jones. Raph Cutrufello leads the band with his dynamic singing voice and commences a summer filled with free music on the Hill. 7:30pm. Free. Pastorius Park, Abington Ave at Lincoln Drive. 215.248.8810.

Out of Town

It’s in a forest and it’s headlined by jam bands—of course it’s called Beardfest. This Jersey-rooted hippie festival will feature performances by Moon Hooch and Flux Capacitor, among others, with diverse downtime offerings like yoga classes and healing arts workshops. June 13-15. Various times. 2201 Weymouth Rd., Hammonton, N.J.

Dear Liar
The comedic pairing of Zoran Kovcic and Penelope Reed Shining takes on Jerome Kilty’s play dramatizing the romance between writer George Bernard Shaw and actress Mrs. Patrick Campbell. Through June 22. $15-$25. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media. 610.565.4211.

David Alan Grier and Tommy Davidson
The proposed In Living Color revival may not have panned out the way we had hoped, but tonight, join two of the show’s distinguished alumni as they fill the House of Blues with many a laugh. Sat., June 14, 9pm. $29.50-49.50. House of Blues Atlantic City, 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J. 609.343.4000.

Mummers Brigade Weekend
Celebrate 20 years of the Mummers Brigade Weekend with visits to some of the finest local eateries and watering holes.  The parade kicks off on Saturday in North Wildwood with appearances by 10 brigades who performed at Philly’s New Year’s Day Parade. June 13-14. Second and Olde New Jersey Avenues, North Wildwood, N.J.

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