Xiu Xiu plays Johnny Brenda’s on Sunday as part of the Megapolis Audio Festival. (Alex Brown)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
World’s Largest Pop-Up Photobook @ Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
Every morning through September 26, visitors may watch artist Colette Fu as she works to construct the World’s Largest Pop-Up Photobook entitled Tao Hua Yuan Ji (Utopia: Source of the Peach Blossoms). Meet the artist on Friday, September 22.
Stephen Greenblatt @ Parkway Central Library
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author/Harvard prof reads from his new book, The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve. Read more »
PhillyCAM presents a screening of queer sci-fi film Kairos Dirt & the Errant Vacuum on Tuesday.
Red Velvet @ St. Stephen’s Theater | Through October 8
Lantern Theater Company presents the Philadelphia premiere of Lolita Chakrabarti’s play about a black actor preparing to play Othello at the same time riots Londoners are rioting in streets following the abolition of slavery.
Sanctuary Series: Mexika and Aztec Traditions in Clay @ Fleisher Art Memorial | Wednesday, September 13
Self-taught multidisciplinary artist Brujo De La Mancha uses pots, masks and other artworks in a discussion of “the histories of functional and symbolic sculpture” and “aesthetic guiding principles of the Mexika and Aztec ceramic traditions.” Read more »
Oh Sees, formerly known as Thee Oh Sees, play the Trocadero tonight. (Mini Van Photography)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
Emeka Ogboh featuring Ursula Rucker @ Parkway Central Library
Artist Emeka Ogboh and poet Ursula Rucker collaborate on “Logan Squared: Ode to Philly.” This is a preview event for Monument Lab: A Public Art and History Project, in which 20 artists install “temporary prototype monuments” on sites throughout the city. Runs September 16-November 19.
Warpaint @ Underground Arts
The dreamy indie rock veterans from L.A. released their excellent third record Heads Up! last year and now they’re the subject of a hardcover book by tour manager/photographer Robin Laananen called Us/Then. Here’s a taste: Read more »
Fielder will debut scenes from the next season of Nathan For You at the Keswick. (Comedy Central)
Nathan Fielder’s my favorite unreliable narrator right now. On his Comedy Central show Nathan For You, the quiet, uniquely awkward comedian utilizes bold ideas to help small businesses get an edge:
He tells an electronics store to sell HD TVs for a dollar, then makes it so customers have to crawl through holes and sneak past an alligator to get one. He painstakingly recreates an hour of meaningless interactions at a bar, just so the place could be called a theater and thus dodge a smoking ban. You might’ve heard about the time he convinced a coffee shop to rebrand itself as Dumb Starbucks — a move supposedly protected by parody laws. Read more »
Whit MacLaughlin’s Hello Blackout plays at the Drake through September 17. (fringearts.com)
Fringe Fest @ all over town | Through September 24
As always, the Fringe Festival is a behemoth — a massive celebration of art, theater, dance, music and more. There’s just way more stuff going on than we can do justice here. We highly recommend you peruse the Fringe site or guide and plan a few nights out. And of course, we’ll be making some recommendations below and throughout the fest.
Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story @ PhilaMOCA | September 6 & 7
Jon Brewer’s documentary explores the life and music and of guitarist Mick Ronson, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer who played with Bowie, Dylan, Morrissey and more. Read more »
Meek Mill plays NOTO on Sunday. (atlanticrecords.com)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
Comedy for Gentlemen @ The Republican
Erin Dohony and Rachel Fogletto host night of comedy at South Philly’s esteemed go-go establishment. Samantha Kelly, Geoff Jackson, Gina Gibbons, Michael Kelly and Jessa Reed will perform.
Which Reminds Me @ Act II Playhouse
Tony Braithwaite wrote and stars in this one-man show. Features stand-up comedy, music, storytelling and more. Runs through October 11. Read more »
Photograph by Hannah Van Sciver
Alice Yorke thinks people have a Google alert for the word “abortion.”
The 31-year-old South Philly resident was well aware that her musical comedy about the controversial topic would stir some opposition. And one night after the play debuted, opposition arrived – with massive, graphic, anti-abortion signs in hand. Read more »
James Davis of Comedy Central’s Hood Adjacent plays Helium this week. (cc.com)
Excuse My Dust @ Good Good Comedy Theatre | Wednesday, August 30
Philly writer/”eloquent dirtbag” Jaime Fountaine hosts a night of literature and comedy featuring Joey Sweeney, Mel Bentley, Andy Futuro and Annie Paradis.
James Davis @ Helium | August 31-September 3
The very funny comedian behind Comedy Central’s Hood Adjacent plays four nights. Read more »
A still from Viva Amiga: The Story of a Beautiful Machine, which is up for Feature Length Indie Film of the Year at the Philly Geek Awards this Saturday.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 25
Smooth Jazz Summer Nights @ Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
The free, smooth jazz series finishes with a double-header: saxophonist Grace Kelly and trumpeter Lin Rountree both playing the big stage by the river.
Hari Kondabolu @ Helium
The hilarious standup comedian you may have seen on Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell or heard on the podcast Politically Re-Active. I posted a bunch of his clips yesterday. Friday and Saturday.
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Christine Larsen is up for Comic Creator of the Year at the Philly Geek Awards on Saturday.
Black Aesthetics: Philadelphia and the Black Arts Movement @ African American Museum | Thursday, August 24
A conversation moderated by Blake Bradford, director of the Lincoln University-Barnes Museum Studies Program and centered around PhilAesthetic: 40 Years of Collecting African American Art, AAMP’s exhibition highlighting the Black Arts Movement.
The Head @ PhilaMOCA | Thursday, August 24
The Philadelphia premiere of The Head, written and directed by Jim Hartman. Also: trailers and short films by Ian Kimble, Matt Spade, JP Hoffman, Frank Horror and M. Sean McManus. Judging by the film titles — The Creekside Strangler, Incinerator, et al. — I’m guessing these are scary movies. Plus that one guy’s last name is Horror. (P.S. This event seems like an unofficial ramp-up for Liberty Massacre 4; see below.) Read more »