Wednesday, November 20
Kansas City rockers the Architects roll into town this week fresh off releasing the first edition of their five-part concept album/comic book Border Wars. With Death Spells + the Scandals. 8pm. $10. Milkboy, 1100 Chestnut St. milkboyphilly.com
Create a Winning Culinary Brand
Tap into the nuances of the food-truck craze through this open conversation at the Free Library. Local industry leader and board member of the Philadelphia Mobile Food Association George Bieber leads the discussion. 6:30pm. Free. Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St. freelibrary.org
17 Rules for a Successful Art Career
President and founder of smART business consulting Linda Dubin Garfield joins Rachel Zimmerman, president and founder of InLiquid, for a presentation and meet-and-greet aimed at providing burgeoning artists with the keys to success and tips on individual brand development. 5:30pm. $12. Crane Arts Building, 1400 N. American St. inliquid.org
Thursday, November 21
From an astonishingly young age, Israeli-born violinist Itzhak Perlman had dreams of performing classical music, though he spent the majority of his formative years learning to beat the odds in order to get there. As a boy of three, he was refused admission to a music conservatory in his native Tel Aviv (because he was deemed too small to hold a violin). A year later, he contracted polio and was told by doctors that the chances of him fulfilling his ambitions were slim. Thanks to practice on a toy instrument and an awe-inspiring perseverance, he earned himself an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, acceptance into Juilliard and a concert at Carnegie Hall (all before his 20th birthday).
Over the next several decades, Perlman continued to mold himself into one of the world’s most revered contemporary classical music figures. He conducted well over a dozen of the country’s most esteemed orchestras and racked up an impressive collection of honors, including a whopping 15 Grammy Awards and the Medal of Liberty and the National Medal of Arts by Presidents Reagan and Clinton.
This week, Perlman makes his return to the Kimmel Center, as both a featured soloist and conductor, taking on the works of Beethoven, Dvorák and Brahms over the course of four days. Despite his humility, expect an imposing air of prestige sure to be felt by everyone marveling at this man’s inarguable genius. / JAKE ABBATE
Through Sun., Nov. 24. Various times. $95-$260. The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 S. Broad St. 215.790.5800. kimmelcenter.org
Sample a bevy of food and drinks from more than 25 Fairmount restaurants. Live music, competitions and raffle prizes mark this great event, with all proceeds benefitting the Fairmount Community Development Corporation. 6pm. $20-$55. Girard College. 2101 S. College Ave. fairmountcdc.org
Center City Soirée Casino35
The Center City Proprietors Association marks its 35th anniversary in style with an evening of authentic casino gaming, prizes, food and drink. Professional card dealers will be on hand, and the event features a silent auction. 5:30pm. $50-$65. Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel, 1701 Locust St. centercityproprietors.org
The Quarterly Listening Party
Take a listen to The Quarterly’s fall compilation CD comprising 25 local artists, and pick up a copy to help raise money for music education in Philadelphia. Live performances include Family Vacation, Brian Fitzy, Last Full Measure and When Ships Collide. 7pm. $7. The Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave. thequarterly.org
A Taste of Rum
Rum-lovers rejoice! The Puerto Rican “Taste of Rum” tour comes to Cuba Libre this week. Sample from a wide variety of authentic rums, and enter for a chance to win a trip to Puerto Rico’s annual Taste of Rum Festival. 8pm. Cuba Libre, 10 S. Second St. tasteofrums.com
Friday, November 22
As the instant exchange of information is now commonplace worldwide, so has the term “global community” become ubiquitous. Exposure to different cultures brings different music, and fortunately, this combination of different styles of music brings revolutionary groups like Red Baraat.
Bhangra and other forms of punjabi beats added real flavor to Western hip-hop in the early 2000s via Missy Elliot’s “Get Ur Freak On” and “Addictive” by Truth Hurts. In 2008, famed dhol player/drummer Sunny Jain built the Brooklyn-based Red Baarat mixing elements of hard-driving North Indian bhangra rhythms with a bit of jazz, go-go, brass funk and hip-hop. The vibe of this eight-piece sound machine is undeniable, resulting in acclaim and popularity in all corners of the planet. Like most brass bands, Red Baraat has an energy designed to make a crowd move. Unlike most, however, its sound is uniquely inspiring. The tightly organized percussionists drive the vibrant horn section to new heights of musical union. The band also strives to challenge itself each show, demonstrating its obvious prowess with frequent improvisation.
Drawing crowds even more diverse than the multicultural group itself, Red Baraat’s celebration of world music is remarkably infectious. “We are simple creatures that desire community,” explains Jain in the band’s official bio. “If we can unite people of all backgrounds and ethnicities to partake in the exuberance of life through the universal language of music, then life is that much sweeter.” / KENNEDY ALLEN
8:30pm. $15-$18. With West Philadelphia Orchestra. The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St. 215.222.1234. theblockley.com
Keigwin & Company
Celebrate a decade of Larry Keigwin’s acclaimed choreography with performances from several of his best-known shows, including Boys, set to the music of Eartha Kitt, and its companion piece, Girls, backed by a medley of Frank Sinatra tunes. 7:30pm. $20-55. Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St. 215.898.6702. annenbergcenter.org
Matthew Caws, frontman of underappreciated ‘90s alt-rockers Nada Surf, and Juliana Hatfield premiered their new side project Minor Alps just last month with the release of their debut album, Get There. Offering a poppier, more intimate feel than either of their previous endeavors, they play World Cafe this Friday. 8pm. $18-$29. With Sylvan Esso. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. philly.worldcafelive.com
The Apple Tree
Drexel’s performing arts program presents its own version of The Apple Tree, featuring three one-act musicals including songs composed by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, the duo behind Fiddler on the Roof. 8pm. $15. Through Nov. 24. Mandell Theater at Drexel University, 33rd and Chestnut sts. drexel.edu/westphal
The History of Chocolate
For the year’s last Tertulia, or social gathering, Raices Culturales and Casa de Venezuela continue their mission to promote Venezuelan culture with a focus on the history of chocolate in the country. Visitors are encouraged to bring their best homemade chocolate dessert for the chance to win even more sweets from Venezuelan manufacturer Chocolates El Ray. 7pm. $5-$10. Crane Old School, 1417 N. Second St. 215.232.3203. cranearts.com
Writer Naomi Iizuka reimagines the myths of characters from Ovid’s Metamorphosis using interviews conducted with kids living on the street, exploring their relationships with one another. Directed by Sarah Mitteldorf. 8pm. $18-$20. Allens Lane Theater, 601 West Allens Lane. 215.248.0546. allenslane.org
Saturday, November 23
Tell me if you remember this one: “With my naked eye, I saw all the falling rain coming down on me. With my naked eye, I saw all if I said it all I could see.” It was 1996 when these lyrics, the infectious hook from Luscious Jackson’s “Naked Eye,” pushed the genre-bending ladyband, named after former Philadelphia 76ers starter Lucious Jackson, into mainstream waters. They’d risen to crazy success after just four years on the music scene, introduced via the Beastie Boys’ Grand Royal imprint—it’s impossible to read anything about LJ that doesn’t mention the Beasties—and, later, Capitol Records.
Between the musical glory years of 1991 and 2000, when punk, alternative, hip-hop and grunge seemed to flourish both independent of and alongside each other, this undeniably badass quartet—comprised of Jill Cunniff, Gabby Glaser, Vivian Trimble and Kate Schellenbach—managed to become a mainstay in the mélange that was New York’s sonic scene. They released three full-length albums, adding a funk-fueled R&B flavor to grunge-ridden alternative radio and teen movie soundtracks. They broke up at the turn of the century to concentrate on other aspects of their lives: two years following Trimble’s harmonious departure and after 1999’s Electric Honey failed to even gain chart traction.
But a new century, dub step and twerking can’t keep a good band down. In 2011, Cunniff, Glaser and Schellenbach rejoined forces somewhat quietly, crowdsourcing the necessary funds (in two days!) to begin working on a new, full-length Luscious Jackson album. That LP, Magic Hour, was released two weeks ago, garnering extremely mixed reviews from print and digital ‘zines. Rolling Stone said its “vocals still waver charmingly off-key, grooves still conjure a Nineties Lower East Side rent party.” Thankfully, since Philly’s the first of two East Coast dates the ladies are playing—beating NYC by two weeks—we’re ‘bout to bear witness for ourselves. / RANDY LOBASSO
8:30pm. $20. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100. utphilly.com
The Diabolique Ball
One of the most endearing things about Philadelphia is the vast array of bizarrely beautiful social gatherings that satisfy as many offbeat cultural interests as there are residents—mostly free of judgment. The Diabolique Ball, for instance, has established itself as the premiere formal BDSM/fetish event on the East Coast and, for the past 16 years, has been providing those communities with an opportunity to play and explore on a large, communal scale (while raising money for some truly worthwhile charities).
Diabolique Ball 2013: Grindhouse Horror promises to feature kinky carnival-style “play stations”—and don’t confuse them with the video jawns, people—plus full-frontal fetishistic horror movie footage. With costume requirements ranging from black-tie formal to baring all but genitalia, ball guests are sure to witness the creme de la creme of the city’s goth/industrial, fetish and alternative lifestyle scenes. Speaking of costumes, they’re mandatory, and there’s a strict no-nudity, no-coercion policy. Under no circumstances will sexual activity be allowed, as attendees’ comfort and safety is paramount. In fact, the event’s website has a list of rules and etiquette points so all confusion can be prevented. Peep it before purchasing tickets (and be a good little bitch).
This year, proceeds from the Diabolique Ball will benefit ActionAIDS, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization dedicated to improving HIV+ individuals’ quality of life. Go be bad to do some good. / K.A.
9pm. $40-$50. The Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888. diaboliquephilly.com
The Grammy Award-winning neo-soul queen returns after a four-year hiatus with a new album. Songversation finds Arie returning to her roots, featuring spare instrumentation with honest and engaging lyrics. 8pm. $36-$59.50. With Gramps Morgan. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave. 215.572.7650. keswicktheatre.com
Holidays on the Hill
Chestnut Hill launches a new, month-long festival to celebrate the holiday season featuring events including Stag and Doe shopping nights, gingerbread house decorating and holiday house tours. The “Circle of Trees” lighting event at Woodmere Art Museum tonight kicks off the holiday cheer that continues through Christmas. 5:30pm. Free. Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave. 215.247.0476. chestnuthillpa.com
“Puppy Doe” Candlelight Vigil
This candlelight vigil is held in honor of a pit bull puppy named Kiya, affectionately known as “Puppy Doe,” who was found starved and beaten earlier this year. The downtown gathering aims to raise awareness about animal cruelty. 5pm. Free. Thomas Paine Plaza, 1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Off the Clock! 2013
The Philadelphia Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects invites you to an evening of live music, photography, illustration, paintings, poetry, fashion and more. This is the group’s annual event where entrepreneurs and artistic types showcase and sell their work while networking with likeminded individuals from various professions. 6pm. $10-$15. The Soup Factory, 6143 Germantown Ave. 267.331.6704. philanoma.org
Sunday, November 24
SHARP Dance Company: Perceptions
SHARP asked individuals to submit letters about someone that influenced them in a life altering way, changing their perceptions. This performance aims to submerse its audience in these letters. 8pm. $15-$25. Christ Church Neighborhood Theatre, 20 N. American St. 215.922.1695. sharpdance.org
Girls Like Nice Things
This all-ages concert features carnival attractions, games, aerial dancing, a photo booth and more. Roc Nation recording artist Bridget Kelly takes the stage, along with performances from Mylah and Gogo Morrow. 6pm. $20-$35. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. girlslikenicethings.com
Monday, November 25
Beyond the Paint: Philadelphia Mural Arts
For close to 30 years, Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program has been working to transform Philly’s wallscapes and cement its reputation as the “City of Murals.” This exhibit showcases the cumulative work of the organization that enlists everyone from community leaders to prison inmates to create more than 3,000 murals. Through April 6. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118 N. Broad St. 215.972.1600. pafa.org
Funny Money Comedy Open Mic & Showcase
Everyone hates Mondays, but thankfully, Philly comic Josh Kosh comes to the rescue by hosting the Legendary Dobbs’ weekly open mic and comedy showcase to alleviate some of that early workweek stress. Be part of the venue’s taping for the event’s All-Stars DVD series, and vote for your favorite comic to win a cash prize. 8pm. $5. The Legendary Dobbs, 304 South St. 215.501.7288. dobbsphilly.com
Tuesday, November 26
John Heilemann and Mark Halperin
Four years ago, longtime political journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin co-authored Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin and the Race of a Lifetime, the best-known behind-the-scenes account of 2008’s historic presidential election. Like its title suggests, the book told of the momentous, unlikely rise of then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and the Republicans’ struggle to gain momentum throughout the election season. Even better, it exposed how former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, GOP nominee John McCain’s painfully unqualified VP pick, thought Queen Elizabeth was England’s political leader, not then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown—although, to be fair, it’s not known whether Palin ever had any idea who Brown was.
The success of Game Change—and its widely-watched HBO movie that nabbed a well-deserved Emmy for Julianne Moore—led to Double Down: Game Change 2012, Heilemann and Halperin’s rehash of the 2012 election, which, if you’ll recall, was a bit less exciting. Via more than 500 “deep background” interviews, the brimming sequel tells the story of ex-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s ineptitude and his team’s struggle to gain footing while toeing the line between wealthy establishment Republicanism and red-faced Tea Party extremism. It also examines what led to President Obama’s poor showing at the Denver debate and his team’s regrouping thereafter.
Written more like a gossipy saga than an authoritative retelling, Double Down cements the gents’ standing as election-campaign dramatists of the first order. Just wait till 2016 rolls around. / R.L.
7:30pm. Free. Free Library of Philadelphia, Central Branch, 1901 Vine St. 215.567.4341. freelibrary.org
UPenn grad Josh Piven has dabbled everywhere from television to nonfiction to speechwriting, and tonight marks the world premiere of his new commissioned play, No Reservations, laden with his infamous wit and humor. 8pm. $18-$25. The Adrienne Skybox, 2030 Sansom St. 215.567.2848. adriennelive.org
Wednesday, November 27
Underground Arts keeps on finding great bands that need a mid-size venue in which to rock. It’s ideal for acts like Boston’s the Indobox, who’ve pulled in some local talent to open for them tonight in the form of Grimace Federation. The Indobox is a four-piece that specializes in dancey rock using traditionally-minded indie noise as a starting point, with builds and incantations that achieve full-on psychedelic freakout levels. Joey Zarick mans the guitar; Mike Carter specializes in guitars; Jules Jennsen’s behind the drums; and Steve Learson’s responsible for keys and bass. They all sing. After another successful trip to Camp Bisco, the ‘box snagged some all-important studio time and churned out their brand newest, an eight-song EP called Shapes and Colors. It’s their most collaborative songwriting effort to date, and they’re mighty pumped to deliver their sparkly new trippy dance dirges a la LCD Soundsystem or the Rapture.
Then there’s Grimace Federation, a Philly three-piece consisting of Wes Schwartz on computers, guitars and electronic stuffs, Christopher Wood manning the percussion and Jim Calvarese on bass. Yup, no singin’—just jazzy, funky and manic instrumental jams that wouldn’t be unwelcome alongside a fusion of Medeski, Martin and Wood, Tortoise or the Slip. Makes total sense for these two to share a stage. And tonight’s the night. / BILL CHENEVERT
9pm. $10. With Grimace Federation + Speakerbot. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St. undergroundarts.org
With room to fit 3,500 people, XFINITY Live! is nearly required to throw a pre-Thanksgiving bash. Six coinciding parties feature more than 50 varieties of beers, food, DJs, live music and prizes. 8pm. $5-$10. XFINITY Live! 1100 Pattison Ave. xfinitylive.com
Release The Music!
DVT Entertainment presents an all-ages local music showcase featuring the Electric Boa, In the Presence of Wolves, Rowboat Casino, Zymotic Flow, and Joey DiTullio. 8pm. $15. The TLA, 334 South St. tlaphilly.com
Out of Town
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Emmy-nominated Kyle Lowder stars as Joseph in the Media Theatre’s production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic. Perfect for families during the holiday season, this production promises to bring high-energy choreography to each performance. Through Jan. 5. The Media Theatre, 104 E. State St., Media. mediatheatre.org
Delaware native Richard Raw drops his new album, Soul Sessions, a blend of hip-hop, soul, funk and jazz. The album release party also features performances by the Sermon, Hezekiah, Nadjah Nicole, DJ Mike Nite and others. Thurs., Nov. 21, 8pm. $8. World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St. Wilmington, Del. richardraw.com
Cut Your Own Christmas Tree
Take the family out to Linvilla Orchards for a one-of-a-kind Christmas tree experience. A cozy hayride takes you and yours out among the farm’s 40,000-strong forest and provides you with a saw to cut down the perfect tree. They’ll even haul it back, wrap it up and tie it down to your car for you. Sat., Nov. 23, 9am. Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media. linvilla.com
A Dickens of a Murder
Written and directed by Traci Connaughton, A Dickens of a Murder weaves together the narratives of Ebeneezer Scrooge and Sherlock Holmes. After the enlightened Scrooge (post-A Christmas Carol) is found dead, Holmes is enlisted to the case and is determined to find the culprit. Crowd participation is encouraged in this show of murder and mystery, and dinner is included with the ticket price. Sat., Nov. 23, 7pm. $60. Resorts Casino Hotel, 1133 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J. resortsac.com
Compiled by Jake Abbate, Drew O’Meara and Daniel Gelb.