M. Night Shyamalan’s Split plays at the Troc on Monday.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch @ Forrest Theatre | Through April 23
Broadway Philadelphia delivers the modern-classic rock musical by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask, directed by Tony-winner Michael Mayer. Hedwig is the funny, heartbreaking story of a transgender East German singer.
Weeding Out The Stoned @ Good Good Comedy Theatre | Thursday, April 20
The official description: “Sixteen comedians enter. All but one of them are stoned. It’s up to all of us to find the sober individual so the entire audience can win prizes.” Since it’s 4/20, host/wrangler of high people Alex Grubard is doing a double header (8 and 10 p.m.). Read more »
Poet Andrea Gibson plays the Trocadero on Friday.
Ghanaian Movie Posters @ PhilaMOCA | Wednesday, April 12
A rare non-screening angle on the Cinedelphia film fest calendar, and a recurring favorite: Deadly Prey Gallery in Chicago brings its collection of one-of-a-kind movie posters from the bygone “Ghanaian Mobile Cinema” days. Basically, merchants would travel around Ghana screening movies and artists from outside the entertainment industry would make posters to advertise those shows, often coming up with something new and fantastic. See Also: Let’s Watch Some Cinedelphia Trailers.
Black Thought Presents: Delirious @ Punch Line Philly | Thursday, April 13
The Roots MC continues his comedy series, this time featuring Wyatt Cenac (ex-Daily Show and TBS’s underappreciated People of Earth), Morgan Murphy, Cipha Sounds, Brandon Pankey and Michelle Buteau. Read more »
Todd Barry just released his first book, Thank You for Coming to Hattiesburg (Fernando Leon)
Todd Barry is low-key one of the funniest people in comedy — and it’s most because he’s so low-key. He doesn’t move around, he doesn’t yell, none of his bits work as t-shirt slogans. Sure, he can be sarcastic and scathing, but he keeps it simple and mostly subtle. Barry also just released his first book, Thank You for Coming to Hattiesburg. In advance of his upcoming run in Philly, let’s watch a bunch of Todd Barry clips:
Todd Barry is so good at crowd work he did a whole tour of it. His buddy Louis CK just released a five-dollar concert film directed by Lance Bangs and compiled from seven West Coast shows.
On several occasions, Todd Barry has opened for rock bands (like Yo La Tengo, Mates of State and Superchunk). Here he is at a YLT Hannukah show, reading and annotating a letter from a fan who was unnaturally disappointed by of his shows in Philly. Read more »
Chicano Batman plays Fillmore Philly on Saturday. (Josue Rivas)
FRIDAY, MARCH 31
Lambchop @ Underground Arts
Kurt Wagner and his alt-country rock band is back with FLOTUS (For Love Often Turns Us Still), released late last year. Their first video from the record is a collaboration with filmmaker Elise Tyler and highlights their hometown of Nashville.
Phantasm @ Boot & Saddle
Prog/thrash metal that makes use of “power tools, live looping, unconventional percussion” and other atypical instrumentation.
La Giara, The Water Jug @ World Café Live
Longtime Philly Brazilian band Minas Ensemble help celebrate the release of Patricia King’s new book La Giara (The Water Jug), “a memoir about immigration and longing.” Read more »
Tell Me A Story @ Shot Tower Coffee | Wednesday, March 22
Hillary Rea’s series gathers some of the city’s most engaging storytellers to make you laugh, think and maybe cry. Always a good time. This time the topic is Near and Far.
A Tactical Urbanism Guide @ Johnny Brenda’s | Wednesday, March 22
Subtitled “Starting, Scaling & Growing Small Neighborhood Projects,” this program is about “designing, crowdfunding, maintaining, and building political support for citizen-driven public space design and activism.” Read more »
Creepoid plays Underground Arts on Friday.
FRIDAY, MARCH 10
Creepoid @ Underground Arts
A full night of Philly rock featuring Creepoid, whose pysch-grunge sound makes me think of Nirvana, Sabbath and the fact that every square inch of this city used to be a cemetery. Also on the bill: Ecstatic Vision, Mike Polizze of Purling Hiss and The Spirit Of The Beehive.
Pennsylvania Ballet @ Academy of Music
This “rollicking, lighthearted production” features pirates, swordplay and romance. Runs through March 19. Read more »
A rendering of what the Flower Show would look like if they only let a few people in. (GMR Design LLC)
Queerspace @ Tattooed Mom | Wednesday, March 8
This variety show promises “art, performance, bravery, panache and trash” while you drink beer and eat waffle fries. Performers include family favorites Buttstacular Garlic Clove, Areola Grande and Jenny Streetpizza. Benefits Planned Parenthood. This is tonight.
Best of Secret Cinema Short Films @ the Maas Building | Friday, March 10
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Second City Live: We’re All In This Room Together is at the Kimmel Center on Friday and Saturday. Photo by Todd Rosenberg
Bob Marley @ Helium Comedy Club | February 1-4
Stand-up comic Bob Marley has performed on pretty much every late-night talk show, including David Letterman and Jay Leno. Here’s your chance to see him live. He’ll be performing six shows at Helium over four days, but the 7:30 p.m. set on Saturday is already sold out.
Jay Pharoah @ Punch Line Philly | February 2-4
You know Jay Pharoah from his years as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, or maybe you’ve just seen a video of his spot-on celebrity impressions. He’ll be doing five shows at Punch Line, starting Thursday night. Read more »
See Chip Chantry at Helium Comedy Club tonight.
Chip Chantry @ Helium Comedy Club | Wednesday, January 4
Chip Chantry, who won the Philly’s Phunniest contest at Helium a few years ago and has opened for Louis C.K., Dave Chappelle and Bob Saget, hosts Good Evening with Chip Chantry, a funny take on late night talk shows, but at the more reasonable hour of 8 p.m. Guests include Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher from the Found Footage Festival, Mary Radzinski, Brandon Vincent Jackson, Christian Alsis and Jake Mattera. Read more »
Photo from Facebook/Official Nikki Glaser
Get In @ Good Good Comedy Theatre | Thursday, December 1
John McKeever and Tim Butterly of Comedy Central’s Delco Proper, set in Delaware County, are kicking off a new weekly comedy showcase at Good Good Comedy Theatre along with the theater’s founders, Aaron Nevins and Kate Banford. Tickets are only $5 and they promise “an insane show with a stacked lineup full of surprises.” Read more »