Cher Kicks Off “Dressed to Kill” Tour With a Few Oops Moments

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On Saturday, Cher kicked off the U.S. leg of her “Dressed To Kill” tour at the U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix, Ariz., (she’ll hair-flip through Philly on April 28th) and, according to Billboard.com, there was a whole lot of wig drama going on. Apparently after three songs Cher burst into confessional mode, revealing to the sold-out crowd that some of her costumes underwent last-minute changes, she broke a nail on her right hand, and had flubbed the words to some of her songs. The 67-year-old pop goddess was also reduced to tears before the show, revealing on Twitter:

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INTERVIEW: Rising Pop Star Betty Who Talks Heartbreak, Gay Weddings, and Getting Ratchet For Her Philly Fans

Photo by Alexander Stein.

Photo by Alexander Stein.

Aussie pop diva on the rise Betty Who will surely shake up things when she takes the stage at Underground Arts Saturday (March 22) to perform songs from her much-buzzed-about upcoming EP Slow Dancing. I had the chance to chat with Ms. Who on the phone this week, when we gabbed about everything from looking like Pink and dealing with heartbreak to what it was like having her song used in that Home Depot gay marriage proposal video that went viral.

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CONCERT REVIEW: Arcade Fire at Wells Fargo Center

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Photo by Eric Tsurumoto.

One might assume a holiday like St. Patrick’s Day would hinder a band’s drawing power in a city as infamously Irish as Philly. But for Arcade Fire last night, all it really did was throw a emerald hue over a crowd of thousands — many of whom showed up honoring the band’s “formal & costume” dress code in some obnoxious green get-up or another.

At 8:45 p.m. sharp, the band emerged on a small, dimly lit stage toward the center of the arena, plodding through an abbreviated “My Body Is A Cage” before sprinting to the main stage of shimmering lights and mirrors for the proper opener, “Reflektor.”

While the night considerably favored tracks from their latest record, the band hardly shied away from old favorites like “Neighborhood #1,” “No Cars Go,” and the beloved finale, “Wake Up.”



Elaborate costumes, coruscating rotating backdrops and the group’s visceral delivery were more than enough to make up for frontman Win Butler’s occasional fumbling through his own lyrics — (“Ready To Start” started, ironically, with the wrong verse, but a sheepish grin on Butler’s part was all it took to render the flub endearing.)

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Philadelphia Event Listings

Our selective, day-by-day guide to the best of what’s happening in Philly. Send event listings to ticket@phillymag.com


Tuesday 4/15

FESTIVAL: Family Spring Break at Shofusu
10 a.m., Shofuso Japanese House & Garden, Fairmount Park

EXHIBIT: Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello
Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street


Wednesday 4/16

COMEDY: Godfrey
8 p.m., Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. 

THEATER: The Dumpsta Players’ Promtrash Broadway

EXHIBIT: Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello
Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street
11 p.m., Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 S0uth Street


Thursday 4/17

COMEDY: Godfrey
8 p.m., Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. 

THEATER: The Meeting* of the Order of Sodomites
8 p.m., $20, The Rrazz Room, 6426 Lower York Road, New Hope

EXHIBIT: Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello
Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street


Friday 4/18

COMEDY: Godfrey
7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. 

MUSIC: Boy George
9 p.m., TLA, 334  South Street

EXHIBIT: Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello
Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street


Saturday 4/19

ART: Dstructive Nature 2014 Presentation and Pop Up Shop
5 p.m., James Oliver Art Gallery, 723 Chestnut Street

ART: Opening Reception Occurences
7 p.m., Gallery 13 W, 4504 Regent Street

COMEDY: Godfrey
7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. 

EXHIBIT: Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello
Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street

OUTDOORS: Clark Park Cleanup/Celebration
3 p.m., Clark Park, Baltimore Avenue at 43rd Street


Thursday 4/23

WOMEN: Young Women’s Initiative Preview Party
6 p.m., North Bowl Lounge, 909 North 2nd Street

EXHIBIT: Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello
Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street


Saturday 4/26

FILM: Edie and Thea: A Very Long Enagement
2 p.m., Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 North Broad Street

CHARITY: Spring Fling Bingo
7 p.m., UUc, 401 North Kings Highway

FESTIVAL: Spring Oktoberfest
6 p.m., The Cannstatter, 9130 Academy Road


Sunday 4/27

Tour: East Meets West Over Tea (Ceremony and Tour)
1 p.m., Shofuso Japanese House & Garden, Fairmount Park


Monday 4/28

CHARITY: Spark: Sugar Rush
6:30 p.m., Hotel Monaco, 433 Chestnut Street


Thursday 5/1

COMEDY: Rob Schneider
7:30 p.m., Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. 


Friday 5/2

SOCIAL: Young Friends Part at Spring at the Mansion
8 p.m., $70, Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 South 18th Street

COMEDY: Rob Schneider
7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. 

CONCERT: Matt Pond, PA
8 p.m. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street

ART: Print // Line Opening Reception
6 p.m., Bridgette Mayer Gallery, 709 Walnut Street

VARIETY: Peek-A-Boo Revue’s 16th Birthday Show
8 p.m., The Trocadero, 1003 Arch Street


Saturday 5/3

FESTIVAL: Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival
12 p.m., Walnut Street, Broad to 19th Streets

COMEDY: Rob Schneider
7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. 

CHARITY: Blingo to CureDuchenne
7:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency, 201 South Columbus Boulevard

ART: Celebration of the Feminine Exhibit
1 p.m., Franklin Commons, 400 Franklin Commons Avenue

CONCERT: Spotlight on Award-Winning Students Free Gala Concert
7 p.m., Radnor Middle School Auditorium, 150 Louella Avenue


Tuesday 5/6

CHARITY: Pennsylvania Innocence Project 5th Anniversary Celebration
6 p.m., Kimmel Center Perelman Theater, 1500 Walnut Street


Wednesday 5/7

CHARITY: A Night of Broadway Stars: Celebrating 15 Years of Service to Homeless Youth
5:30 p.m., Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street

COMEDY: Hal Sparks
8 p.m., Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. 


Thursday 5/8

ART: PAFA Annual Student Exhibition Preview Party
4 p.m., PAPA, 128 North Broad Street

COMEDY: Hal Sparks
7:30 p.m., Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. 

DANCE: Director’s Choice “Mixed Bill” at PA Ballet
7:30 p.m., Academy of Music, 240 South Broad Street


Friday 5/9

LGBT: Fifth Annual David Acosta Revolutionary Leader Award
6 p.m., William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street

COMEDY: Hal Sparks
7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. 

COMEDY: Todd Barry
7 p.m., Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street


 Saturday 5/10

FOOD: Wine + Food Festival
5 p.m. (VIP), 6:30 p.m. (general tasting), Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, 6825-31 Norwitch Drive

COMEDY: Hal Sparks
7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. 

PARTY: Hawthornes 5th Annual Block Party
12 p.m., Hawthornes Beer Cafe, 738 South 11th Street


Sunday 5/18

CHARITY: The Durang Shebang
6 p.m., L’Etage Cabaret, 624 South 6th Street

CONCERT: Lower Merion Orchestra Free Performance
3 p.m., McShain Auditorium at Rosemont College, 1400 Montgomery Avenue, Rosemont


Saturday 6/7 

MUSIC: 2014 Chester County Blues BBQ
2 p.m., Wyndsor Farm, 2550 Ridge Road

VIDEO: Singer-Songwriter Joshua Thomas at Tin Angel

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There’s something about seeing shows at Tin Angel that leaves me, as Whitney would say, so emotional, baby. The cozy, narrow room. Romantic, candle-lit tables. The music. The last time I saw a show there, a Girls Rock Philly affair, I was literally moved to tears during one singer’s rendition of Minnie Riperton’s “Loving You.” On the stage she stood, hitting all those high notes, while I sat below sobbing like a baby, enamored by the gorgeous sound that was coming out of her mouth. I had a similar experience last night when seeing Joshua Thomas.

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GIVEAWAY: Win Tickets to See
Jessie Ware at TLA

JessieWare_WEBBritish singer-songwriter Jessie Ware is in the middle of her sprawling North American tour, and her romp through Philly is on the horizon. The bewitching songbird, who Clash describes as ”the missing link between Adele, SBTRKT and Sade,” is best known for her 2012 summer jam “Wildest Moments.” She’s on tour to promote her latest album, Devotion, and we have tickets to giveaway to her show next week at TLA.

To win a pair, be one of the first five people to email jmiddleton@phillymag.com with the subject line ” I want to see Jessie Ware!” 

The show takes place on Fri., Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. Her opening acts are Mikky Ekko, who duets with Rihanna on “Stay,”  and Brooklyn-based artists Denita and Sene. For more information on the show, and for ticket links, go here.

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Was Fiona Apple “Horrendous” In Philadelphia Performance?

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On Saturday night, Fiona Apple and her longtime collaborator Blake Mills brought their much-anticipated Anything We Want tour to Philadelphia’s Merriam Theatre. This was not a show for fair-weather Fiona fans who wanted to hear her “greatest hits”, as she didn’t touch material like “Criminal”, “Extraordinary Machine”, or her 2012 song “Hot Knife”, the latter made popular by this mesmerizing video released earlier this year:

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