Wednesday, September 4
Hard to believe it’s been a whole decade since Yellowcard hit the big time with Ocean Avenue. Now, borrowing a page out of Taking Back Sunday’s book, the band is releasing an acoustic anniversary edition of the album to accompany a nationwide tour. 8pm. $38. Theatre of the Living Arts. 334 South St. 215.922.2599. tlaphilly.com
The Pig Iron Theatre Company’s latest production is about as DIY as they come. The choose-your-own-adventure performance installation centers around buying and selling and is described as “part circus, part laboratory experiment.” 8:30pm. $25. Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine St. asianartsinitiative.org
Night Beds’ latest, Country Sleep, blends piercing arpeggiated guitar riffs with breathy vocal harmonies to carry listeners to great new heights. Not too shabby for a bunch of basement dwellers out of Nashville. 9pm. $10. With The Great Unknown. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com
Thursday, September 5
The Julie Ruin
Just the other day, someone was asking me whatever happened to Kathleen Hanna. This friend and I had watched Not Another Teen Movie, in which Bikini Kill—which Hanna, of course, fronted—is wonderfully referenced as being the favorite band of main character Janey Briggs. Later, we hear Kill’s “Rebel Girl” as Briggs paints a portrait of her family. “What’s up with that band?” she asks me. Well, here’s what I told her.
“The punk feminist—and perhaps the baddest-ass person in the land—it happens, is still at it,” I said. “She’s actually fronting the Brooklyn-based noise project The Julie Ruin, whose first album, Run Fast, dropped this week. And the first songs released from it are decidedly awesome.”
In a recent Pitchfork interview, Hanna noted that her new band’s reception has already been greater than Bikini Kill’s was originally. “We’re being so much more appreciated right now in 2013 than we were in 1994,” she said. “History’s on our side.” And why is that? “I’m just excited that it’s not that weird to be a woman in a band anymore.” As are we all, sister.
And then, to my friend, the icing: “You know who else is in the band? Former Kill bassist Kathi Wilcox.” To miss their Philly show, I said, “would be a huge disservice to the Janey Briggs in us all.” / RANDY LOBASSO
8:30pm. $15. With Swearin’, Plastic Hearts + Untamed. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100. utphilly.com
Based in Bahia, Brazil, Marcia Ganem has been making a name for herself in the fashion design world. Using innovative techniques that highlight the relationship between fashion, art and jewelry, Ganem has proven herself a force to be reckoned with. 6pm. Free. Moore College of Art & Design, 1916 Race St. 215.965.4000. moore.edu
Don’t worry parents: Their music contains few, if any, of them, but it still might not be a bad idea to leave the kids at home for this one. Summoning the spirit of female-fronted, balls-to-the-wall heavy rock, Cusses’ performance is sure to rattle the walls to their breaking point. 8pm. $10. With The New Black. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919. kungfunecktie.com
Jonathan Elderfield: Street Photography
Just because someone’s armed with a camera doesn’t make them a tourist. In fact, English-born Jonathan Elderfield is a veteran photographer whose 2003 book Living Under South Street documents the urban landscape that is South Philly, where he now lives. Tonight, he discusses his career at Project Basho. 7pm. Free. Project Basho, 1305 Germantown Ave. projectbasho.org
Seven women will use acrobatics to explore the logistics of shock absorption in this exhilarating experiment presented by Tangle Movement Arts. 8pm. $15-20. Philadelphia Soundstages, 1600 N. 5th St. 267.773.8971. philastudios.com
Friday, September 6
Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival
It’s hard to believe that 10 way-too-brief years ago, everyone and their mama was obsessed with Dave Chappelle and his eponymous Comedy Central smash Chappelle’s Show. We were all “Fuck yo’ couch!” and “Cocaine’s a helluva drug.” (A million thank-yous, Dave, for “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories.”) Midway through its third hit season, at the height of it all, Chappelle walked away, with seemingly no interest in fostering a comedy career that, by nearly all indicators, was booming. A sojourn of self-discovery—or self-recovery, really—to South Africa, a fantastic hip-hop concert film and a few memorable stand-up starts and stops later, it looks like Chappelle’s taking a calculated walk back, one that’s got audiences across the country excited and ready (Maybe in the case of those clowns in Hartford, too damn excited.)
Funny or Die’s big ole mini-tour and comedy fest hits Camden this week, with Chappelle and the Flight of the Conchord brothers as headliners, and its comedians-crammed trailer will leave you with a single question: Are you ready to laugh until your sides ache?! If you hadn’t noticed, Funny or Die has become a bona fide success. What went from silly little clips of comedy and mini-sketches became entire series, features and the birthplace of viral celebrity moments containing a sublime mix of genius and smut. Their website is rich with hours of entertainment, and a tumble down the Flight of the Conchords k-hole yields nothing but delight. Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement are so smart that their deadpan wit and mastery of the stone-faced, outrageously silly anthem comes off as next-level entertainment.
Call this the comedy event of the summer. To those lucky enough to attend, we wish you health after your gut busts open. / BILL CHENEVERT
Fri., Sept. 6, 5pm. $30-$95.75. With Jeff Ross, Al Madrigal, Chris D’Elia, John Mulaney, Kristen Schaal + Brody Stevens. Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Market St., Camden, N.J. 856.225.0163. funnyordie.com
Funky Blues Finale and Dance Party with James Cotton
XPN presents this free concert event, capping off its super-cool Mississippi Blues Project, a yearlong dive into the music of the Delta. The festivities kick off with popular host David Dye spinning Funky Friday, his weekly foray into the realm of boogie, until 7 p.m. From there, Blues & Beyond host Jonny Meister gets the atmosphere started by pumping out the blues jams. Finally, at 8:30 p.m., comes a live performance from none other than legendary harmonica player James Cotton.
A student of Sonny Boy Williamson, Cotton got his real start in 1954 when he replaced Junior Wells as Muddy Waters’ harp ace, an integral role that he filled with power and precision for a dozen years. Not one to play sidekick forever, he eventually released his debut album for Verve Records in 1967. The 1970s saw Cotton’s peak as a bandleader, becoming known to the world as a bouncy, sweaty, whirling bluesman, not only wailing on the harmonica with his signature style, but utilizing his roaring vocals as well.
Due to throat problems, Cotton cannot sing like he used too, but he’s still an absolute powerhouse behind the instruments. And his vocal issues haven’t appeared to slow his recorded output at all, seeing as how his latest effort, Cotton Mouth Man, was released less than four months ago at the tender age of 77. / ANTHONY TRIVELLI
5pm. Free, but RSVP required. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.2599. xpn.org
Battle of the Burger
Twenty-five chefs representing local eateries compete in this ground beef showdown. Enjoy complimentary Amstel Light, taste the burgers, and have your voice heard in crowning the winner, who will receive a guest spot at the South Beach Food and Wine Festival. 6pm. $50. The Piazza at Schmidt’s, 1050 N. Hancock St. 215.825.7552. atthepiazza.com
The Art of the Page
This First Friday presentation focuses on the artistry and design of books made centuries ago. Veteran printmaker Lesley Mitchell will demonstrate various methods of illustration and decorative arts used in books throughout history. 5pm. Free. Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut St. chemheritage.org
Brian Sanders’ JUNK Opening Night Show
The Fringe Arts Festival returns with an opening night dance performance that centers around high heels and a mystical dead oak tree. A reception will follow with snacks and drinks. 8pm. $35-$125. 23rd Street Armory, 22 S. 23rd St. 215.413.9006. fringearts.com
Darryl and Timaree Fun Hour
Winners of this year’s Philly Improv Theater Sweeps Week, sexuality educator Dr. Timaree and comedian Darryl Charles team up to talk sexuality, gender, porn, love and relationships within current events for an hour of crazy games and inevitable belly laughs. 10pm. $10-$12. Shubin Theater, 407 Bainbridge St. 215.592.0119. shubintheatre.com
From Philadelphia With Love
Think you know all there is to know about Philadelphia’s historic past? Not until you’ve checked out the Secret Cinema’s collection of rare, impossible-to-see-elsewhere prints originating from the ‘40s through the ‘70s. The collection includes educational, documentary-style prints as well as vintage advertisements, depicting life in the City of Brotherly Love through a nostalgic lens. 8pm. $9. Freeman’s Auctioneers, 1808 Chestnut St. thesecretcinema.com
Roger Lee Dance: The Fall
Roger Lee Dance presents its third concert series at the Performance Garage, featuring new dancers, new choreography and new music. From the contemporary jazz of “Diaries of a Dance Company,” to the rhythmic house sounds of “Bring it Home,” the night is filled with diversity. Stick around after the show for a Q&A with the cast! 8pm. $18. Through Sept. 8. The Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine St. rogerleedance.com
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
A new adaptation of the classic tale that combines spellbinding storytelling, live music and a roaring campfire to create a chilling atmosphere for the whole family. Bring your chairs and picnics to Clark Park, and prepare to be scared. 7:30pm. Free. Through Sept. 8. Curio Theatre Company, 4740 Baltimore Ave. 215.525.1350. curiotheatre.org
Saturday, September 7
One Year Installation
There were 331 murders in Philadelphia in 2012, most due to gun violence. With those tragedies in mind, MamaCita, a co-op of local mothers in the area, put together the art installation project One Year, being shown as part of this year’s Fringe Festival. This display showcases hundreds—331, to be exact—of wire vessels, each representing a murder in the city, to combat public apathy toward urban violence.
Comprised of Julie Mann, Karen Hunter McLaughlin, Brenda Howell, Kimberly Mehler and Janice Hayes-Cha, MamaCita notes how the black wire sculptures use “beautifully intricate shapes to portray each loss as a complex individual, while each vessel’s shadow speaks to the inter-connectedness of victim/perpetrator, mourner/mourned, body/soul.” While One Year was exhibiting at the Painted Bride early last year, highlighting 2011’s senseless murders, the women continued to handcraft the pieces through the end of 2012 as each violent death was reported in the news.
“It’s not a good year,” Mehler told NewsWorks. “When I would sit home and make a vessel, it would be very meditative. I would say a prayer for this unnamed person.”
The opening night of the 2013 installation will feature spoken word performances, as well as singing and drumming by grieving moms in support groups coached by Jemma Kistow~Zenquis and vocalists Rhetta Morgan and Marcy Davis. / R.L.
Through Sat., Sept. 21. Free. 6:30pm. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St. fringearts.com
The Safe Word is Begonia
Ari Flamingo presents an adult-themed play about the alluring world of bondage and domination. When Dolly finds an S&M magazine in her fiancée’s briefcase, she is naturally shocked, but embarks on a mission to discover more about it. 9pm. $15. Through Sept. 21. Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford Ave. 215.427.9255. walkingfishtheatre.com
Hemp Heals Music Festival
Musical performances, educational speakers, raffles, food and drinks all in the name of hemp! Come out for a day of health and fun, helping to remind the world that hemp is not weed; it’s industry! 4pm. $45. With Rebelution, Matisyahu, Collie Buddz, Zion I, Bong Hits for Jesus, Jay D Clark, and Cheezy and the Crackers. Festival Pier, Spring Garden St. and N. Columbus Blvd. 800.745.3000. hemphealsphilly.com
By the Book: New Writing About Old Germantown
Historic Germantown’s annual benefit is an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and learning! This year, they will discuss the fantastic books and local authors that come from the area, including Joseph Minardi, Katie Day, Ayana Mathis and Carrie Hagen. 5pm. $65-$150. Germantown Historical Society, 5501 Germantown Ave. freedomsbackyard.com
Prints by Albo Jeavons
Philadelphia-based artist Albo Jeavons aims to fight the legal fiction of corporate personhood with his large colorful prints of grotesque, multi-bodied, “Corporate Persons.” These are derived from re-mixed imagery from sources ranging from contemporary popular culture to Michelangelo’s frescoes. 5pm. Free. Wooden Shoe Books, 704 South St. woodenshoebooks.com
Sunday, September 8
A Jazz Tribute: Celebrating the Life of John Coltrane
Very few names are as synonymous with jazz music as John Coltrane, the legendary saxophonist who helped pioneer free-form jazz, working with greats like Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk. And like many other musicians, the years of Trane’s early life and career were spent in Philadelphia, the city that helped shape his one-of-a-kind talent and incomparable style.
It was during 1952 to 1958, while residing at 1511 N. 33rd St., a row house overlooking Fairmount Park in Strawberry Mansion, that Coltrane recorded and released his seminal second album Blue Train, a record influenced by his lush urban surroundings and one that continues to shape jazz music. The LP’s title track, “Moment’s Notice” and “Lazy Bird” have become standards, utilizing his unique chord substitution cycles that became known as Coltrane changes. And the address he considered home back then is still open as a national historic landmark for visitors.
This Sunday, for the third year, Philadelphians will gather to celebrate Trane’s legacy with an outdoor festival featuring top jazz talents. Local tenor sax hero Sam Reed, pianist Alfie Pollitt and bassist Buster Williams are among the veterans slated to be in attendance. All-star groups Urban Guerilla Orchestra and the Grover Washington Tribute Legacy Band, saxophonist Umar Raheem, trumpeter Leon Jordan Jr. and more will join them. There will be food vendors, of course, as well as crafts, at this all-ages event. Jazz fans, don’t miss it. / DREW O’MEARA
2pm. Free. Church of the Advocate, 1801 W. Diamond St. 215.232.4485. artsanctuary.org
WHYY Connections Festival
It’s time to head back to the riverfront for a WHYY musical extravaganza. The Soul Survivors, remnants of one of our city’s expressive music movements from the ‘60s, will be there, explaining how bellbottoms were cool once. Noon. Free. Penn’s Landing, 601 N. Columbus Blvd. whyy.org
Feria del Barrio
Philly wants to dance and sing and eat its population density in arepas. National Hispanic Heritage starts a week later, but we couldn’t wait. Head out to the festival to take joy and pride in all things Latino in Philadelphia. Noon. Free. Fifth Street between Lehigh and Cambria sts. feriadelbarrio.blogspot.com
We know you aren’t that busy when you avoid those deeply committed environmentalists with clipboards on the street. Make up for it by showing you care about something by eating eco-friendly food and learning about businesses interested in sustainability. 10am. Free. Headhouse Square, Second and South sts. greenfestphilly.org
The WaitStaff Happy Hour
This comedy troupe dedicated to getting the audience drunk on more than just mixed drinks will ply you with sketches ranging from the political to the absurd. 6pm. L’Etage, 624 S. Sixth St. creperie-beaumonde.com
Monday, September 9
Laura Mvula’s got the goods. Her debut LP came out just a half-dozen months ago to great acclaim; it hit the top of the UK R&B charts but hasn’t yet caught on in a mainstream sense here in the States. Part of the reason could be that she’s sophisticated, smart, subtle, and her music doesn’t necessarily set dance floors afire. Her first three singles from the rich Sing to the Moon really pop with infectious energy: “She” is a little more pensive and hushed, but “That’s Alright” and “Green Garden” are, well, adorable—the latter bouncing with handclaps and sparkling with bells, almost like the ecstatic moment Feist had with “Sea Lion Woman.”
Mvula’s not in unwelcome company alongside the likes of the darling Lianne La Havas, Jessie Ware and Laura Marling, all UK exports that we’re grateful to have visit our shores, rock our stages and share their beauty and wit. Her voice is so clean, powerful and raw, sometimes it sounds like she’s holding it back, ‘cause if she wanted to, she could blow the speakers out or pop your eardrums with that full-throated wail. Well, that’s what she’s likely to do at World Café Live tonight: knock a bunch of people on their asses with that soulful set of pipes. And where better? It really is the perfect venue for her unique blend of folk, soul and R&B to shine as brightly as she does. / B.C.
8pm. Sold out. With King. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. worldcafelive.com
Saint Joan, Betrayed
Watch Mary Tuomanen in a vivid, one-woman retelling of the confusing history surrounding the quasi-crazy, but inspirational Joan of Arc. The presence of puppets during the battles are considered apocryphal, of course. 7pm. $10-$15. Theatre Exile, 1340 S. 13th St. theatreexile.org
These Brits have reached that point in their career when their albums start to repeat, but fortunately for us, their live act is still inventive and flat-out ridiculous. It might be smart to bring an extra set of eyeballs in case the ones in your face melt. 7pm. $20-$65. Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.
Tuesday, September 10
BeersandCareers.com mixes fun with job-seeking. With networking events like “Lunch and Learn,” retirement and career advice, this is your chance to rub elbows with your next career opportunity. The launch party will feature free appetizers, drink specials and door prizes. 5:30pm. Free. Tir Na Nog, 1600 Arch St. beersandcareers.com
Wednesday, September 11
Travel back to 1967, the so-called “Summer of Love,” but a time when some kinds of love were still a crime. Playwright Joe Orton confronts Beatles manager Brian Epstein about a rejected script that Orton wrote for the band. Together, they hash out theatre and music, being gay in London in the ‘60s and so much more. 7pm. $15-$20. Through Sept. 14. Skybox at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St. fringearts.com
2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam champion Denice Frohman is best known for her work exploring race, gender, sexuality and “in-betweeness.” Warren Longmire has been published in Pax Americana, Certain Circuits, The New Purlieu Review and more. He is an editor for Apiary magazine and a founder of the University of Pennsylvania Excelano Spoken Word Collective. Hear the two read their moving work. 7pm. Fergie’s Pub, 1214 Sansom St. 215.928.8118. moonstoneartscenter.org
Chlamydia Dell ‘Arte: More Sex Ed Burlesque
Sex-ed was always awkward, but Gigi Naglak and Meghann Williams use satire, dance and song to explore safe sex, sexual orientation, menstruation and beyond. 7pm. $15. The Dive Bar, 947 E. Passyunk Ave. fringearts.com
Out of Town
Though it’s not Halloween just yet, it’s never too early for a comedy-tinged thriller. Set in 1936 London, this performance will have you on the edge of your seat as you follow Corpse’s scheming star as he plans to murder his own brother in the name of wealth. Through Oct. 6. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media. hedgerowtheatre.org
DO AC Pro Beach Volleyball Invitational
Check out your favorite volleyball Olympians—including gold medalist Keri Walsh—and their fellow world-renowned co-ed competitors duke it out on the shore. Sponsored by the Atlantic City Alliance and IMG, the invitational is this summer’s only East Coast pro beach volleyball event. Fri., Sept. 6, 11am. Free. 700 Boardwalk. Atlantic City, N.J.
23rd Annual Wings N’ Wheels
A jam-packed day of airplane history, antique rides, music and munchies, where you can check out vintage and military planes and classic cars and even hop on a sight-seeing flight. Proceeds benefit Angel Flight East, a volunteer pilot organization that provides free flights to seriously ill patients who need treatment away from home. Sat., Sept. 7, 11am. $5. Wings Field, 1501 Narcissa Rd., Blue Bell. angelflighteast.org
Comedian Jeffrey “Roastmaster General” Ross is coming to A.C. to show off his self-proclaimed “black belt in busting balls.” He’s known for dishing out disses to Joan Rivers, Charlie Sheen and Donald Trump in some of Comedy Central’s most memorable celebrity roasts; this is your chance to see the comic in action. Sat., Sept. 7, 9pm. $24.50. Borgata Hotel Casino, 1 Borgata Way. Atlantic City, N.J. theborgata.com
Hailing from the mid-’70s early new wave and punk scenes, iconic New York-based band Blondie is stopping in A.C. for the third stop on its upcoming tour. Relive the chart-topping anthems from the band’s wildly successful decades, including “One Way Or Another” and “Heart Of Glass.” Sat., Sept. 7, 9pm. $61.69-$85.24. Golden Nugget, 1 Castle Blvd., Atlantic City, N.J. 609.441.2000. blondie.net
Compiled by Nicole Bonaccorso, Michael Brady, Jake Abbate, Anthony Trivelli, Max Ufberg and Drew O’Meara.