Matt Pond says he’s going to retire the Matt Pond PA project. He plays Johnny Brenda’s on Sunday. (Sean Hansen)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
Philly Music and Arts Fest Day 1 @ World Café Live
A two-day celebration of beer and music from Philadelphia. Friday’s lineup includes: Slomo Sapiens, Kississippi, Chris Kasper, Harmony Woods, Eric Slick, Abi Reimold, Ceramic Animal, Skull Eclipses, Work Drugs, West Philly Orchestra and Cayetana.
X @ Underground Arts
Exene Cervenka, John Doe and friends will never stop touring, new album or not. Right on. The revered punk veterans will soon be the subject of an exhibition at the Grammy Museum in their hometown called “X: 40 Years of Punk in Los Angeles.” Read more »
Close Music For Bodies runs through September 24 at Christ Church Neighborhood House.
Close Music For Bodies @ Christ Church Neighborhood House | Through September 24
Michael Kiley sang with the catchy rock band Cordalene in the early 2000s, but he’s gotten a lot more experimental since then. In recent years, he worked on a series of sound installation/apps that layered and changed what listeners heard as they wandered through Rittenhouse Square and Race Street Pier with their earbuds in. Now Kiley brings us Close Music For Bodies, a decidedly non-technological audio experience in which audience members find themselves surrounded and infiltrated by singers on the move. Get ready to kick off your shoes. Not kidding.
Interior @ Our Lady of Mt Carmel Parish | Through September 23
Dance choreographer Leah Stein — a perennial favorite in Philly Fringe, not to mention the arts scene at large — teams up with violinist/composer Diane Monroe for an “intimate and expansive” audio-visual experience. 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 »
Philly Dance Fitness Class // Photo via Facebook
Cancel your Saturday morning gym class, people — this Saturday is Philadelphia Dance Day, the non-profit fest that aims to bring the community together by celebrating dance as a platform for creative expression and fitness. Meaning: You’ll be too busy pretending you’re Beyoncé to make it to the gym.
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They Live screens at Lightbox Film Center on Thursday.
They Live @ Lightbox Film Center | Thursday, July 13
No matter the political environment, somebody’s gonna tell you it’s like They Live out there. All you need are some special sunglasses to show you the monsters in our midst, be they Trump-voters, gun lobbyists, racists, whatever. If you don’t get the reference, consider this free screening of the 1988 John Carpenter action/horror classic starry Rowdy Roddy Piper.
Perfect Blue @ Christ Church Neighborhood House | July 14-23
Tiny Dynamite presents this play set in 2038, on the eve of a great extinction. Perfect Blue features two actors — one in Philly and the other in London via live video projection. Stars Emma Gibson and Harry Smith. Directed by David O’Connor. Designed by Jorge Cousineau. Read more »
Photo Courtesy of the Hard Rock Cafe
Remember the Om Slay Yoga Party at Midtown Village’s Hard Rock Cafe (yes, pop-up yoga is officially everywhere) back in March? Well, they’re back at it with another yoga dance party going down this Thursday, July 6th. And your ticket gets you a glass of wine, too — how’s that for Thirsty Thursday, plans?
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Dr. Alan Grant likes dinosaurs.
Jurassic Park @ FringeArts | Wednesday, June 21
Eat, drink and watch dinosaurs run wild in an outdoor setting. Upcoming screenings include E.T. (June 28), Friday (July 19), Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (August 9) and lots more. Hold on to your butts.
Solow Fest @ lots of places | Through June 25
The festival of daring dance performances continues. All shows are pay-what-you-can. Before you say you don’t think you like dance, check out the calendar. Read more »
Adult Swim’s Joe Pera plays Good Good Comedy Theatre on Saturday. This is an artist’s rendering.
Liberty To Go To See @ Cliveden | June 14-17
Now in its fifth year, the Liberty To Go To See show in Germantown’s historic Cliveden Mansion tells the story of the Chew family and their slaves and servants who lived there from the 1760s to the 1860s. The audience follows the action as it moves throughout the mansion.
SoLow Fest @ multiple venues | June 14-25
This D.I.Y./experimental arts festival offers solo performances in multiple disciplines at several locations over the next two weeks. All show are pay-what-you-can. Solow starts with a launch party featuring preview performances (by Tiffany Bunch, Jess Conda, Michael Vandie and more) at Tattooed Mom on Wednesday, June 14. The reset of the fest runs June 15-25. There are way too many cool-looking things happening at this year’s SoLow to list here. Your best bet is to check out the schedule and tap into your adventurous spirit. Read more »
Wale plays the TLA on Friday. (Dante Marshall)
FRIDAY, MAY 26
Five Dollar Comedy Week @ Good Good Comedy
Cheap laughs and all new shows from the good people at Good Good. Continues through Saturday.
Final Fridays: Technologic @ Philadelphia Museum of Art
Tech and arts collide with events by Technically Philly, ChickTech Philadelphia, The Franklin Institute, The Hacktory and more. Includes a performance by Quindar (Wilco keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen and Philadelphia-based art historian James Merle Thomas) whose performance will include material from the Museum’s archives. Read more »
Marc Maron plays the Merriam Theater on Friday.
FRIDAY, MAY 12
Marc Maron @ Merriam Theater
If you only know him as the host of WTF and the star of Maron on IFC, you’re not getting the whole picture. His thoughtfully acerbic standup shows are a stream-of-consciousness maelstrom of conflicting thoughts and anecdotes that make you laugh at the strangest things.
Nichole Canuso Dance Company @ The Bok
Even if you’re not a dance fan, you gotta admit this sounds excellent: “The Garden of Forking Path is a movement and sound installation that leads audience members via audio prompts on a headset through a sprawling fabric labyrinth.” Multiple performances on Friday and Saturday. Read more »