37 Things to Do with Your Long Weekend

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 »

37 Things to Do This Weekend

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 »

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Ryan Adams plays the Tower Theater on Saturday. (nastylittleman.com)

Ryan Adams plays the Tower Theater on Saturday. (nastylittleman.com)

FRIDAY, MAY 5

Russell Howard @ TLA
A one-off comedy show by the British standup best known for his Good News TV show/video series.

Dwight Yoakam @ Keswick Theatre
A genuine country music star comes Glenside. Did you know he did a ramblin’ cover of “Mama Tried?” Also: Did you know he dated Sharon Stone? Just a weird little fun fact.

Fronteras: A Door in the Desert @ FringeArts
Acrobatics and storytelling by Almanac Dance Circus Theatre collaborating with Mexican choreographer/theater artist Emmanuel Becerra. Read more »

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Almanac Dance Circus Theatre performs two shows at FringeArts this week. (Daniel Kontz)

Almanac Dance Circus Theatre performs two shows at FringeArts this week. (Daniel Kontz)

Fronteras @ FringeArts | May 3 & 5
Two shows featuring acrobatics and storytelling by Almanac Dance Circus Theatre collaborating with Mexican choreographer/theater artist Emmanuel Becerra. Wednesday is Fronteras: An Homage to Whatshername. Friday is Fronteras: A Door in the Desert.

Jake & Amir @ Helium Philly | Thursday, May 4
Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld of the long-running CollegeHumor video series Jake & Amir have a podcast called If I Were You and a pay-for-it video series called Lonely and Horny. Here’s the trailer. Read more »

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Tania Isaac performs at FringeArts this weekend. (LBrowning Photography)

Tania Isaac performs at FringeArts Friday and Saturday. (LBrowning Photography)

FRIDAY, APRIL 28

Star Party @ The Mann
This sounds pretty cool: a free concert and stargazing get-together at the Mann featuring telescopes and astronomers who know where to point them. The current forecast for tonight is “partly cloudy,” so fingers x’d. Part of Science Fest.

Hot Chip (DJ Set) @ Coda
Alexis Taylor and Felix Martin of the band Hot Chip spin records because they’re DJs, too.

Spirit of the Beehive @ Everybody Hits
Idiosyncratic indie rockers Spirit of the Beehive celebrate the release of Pleasure Suck in their hometown. Actually, “idiosyncratic” doesn’t cover it. This band seems to be infected with a rare strain of deep-tissue, Philly-borne weirdness once fleetingly observed in bands like Man Man and Echo Orbiter. It’s not just a sound, it’s an aesthetic illness that prizes catchiness and freakiness equally. This is beautiful mutant rock ’n’ roll. Read more »

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Piff the Magic Dragon plays Punchline Friday and Saturday.

Piff the Magic Dragon plays Punchline Friday and Saturday.

BalletX @ Wilma Theater | April 26-May 7
The Philly-based contemporary ballet company presents “Spring Series 2017″ which features “the U.S. premiere of Cayetano Soto’s Schachmatt, the Philly return of Matthew Neenan’s The Last Glass (2010), and a world premiere by 2017 Choreographic Fellow and PHILADANCO! alum Tommie-Waheed Evans entitled In Between the Passing.”

Swallow @ the Drake | April 26-May 14
Inis Nua stages the American premiere of Stef Smith’s Swallow, directed by Claire Moyer. “Beautiful and wrenching, Swallow brings us three characters whose lives are taking drastic turns.” Stars Corinna Burns, Felicia Leicht and Samy el-Noury. Read more »

27 Things to Do This Weekend

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FRIDAY, APRIL 14

Cinedelphia @ PhilaMOCA
Through April 29, Philadelphia’s beloved rock mausoleum plays host to the wonderful and strange Cinedelphia film fest, putting cult favorites and rare gems on the big screen. I watched a bunch of trailers earlier in the week and liked what I saw. By the way, PhilaMOCA is once again displaying a one-of-a-kind Ghanaian Movie Posters throughout the fest.

Stinking Lizaveta @ Johnny Brenda’s
Stinking Liz has been doing it dark, deep and instrumental in Philly for years. They continue to crush it on their latest, Journey to the Underworld. Victor Fiorillo just did a big ol’ piece on them. Read more »

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Screaming Females headlines Pilam's Human BBQ on Saturday. (Girlie Action)

Screaming Females headlines Pilam’s Human BBQ on Saturday. (Girlie Action)

FRIDAY, APRIL 7

First Friday @ All Over The Place
Yesterday I ran down five visual art shows you should check out: Chris Peters at Gravy Studio, Poets and Painters at Painted Bride, David Eichenberger at Space 1026, Wind Challenge 2 at Fleisher Art Memorial and JohnF at Head Games.

Art Unleashed @ University of the Arts
Annual exhibition and sale of some renown. This year’s Art Unleashed shines a spotlight on beloved multidisciplinary artist Shelley Spector. Through April 10.

Pigeon Poetry Slam @ PhilaMOCA
Live, original poetry in a competitive atmosphere, featuring award-wing poet and podcaster José Olivarez. Bring a haiku.

Cabaret @ Academy of Music
Theater critic David Fox had this to say: “Cabaret is a brilliant piece of theater, and it looks as good as ever here — in fact, I’ve seen the staging three times over the years (once on Broadway, twice on tour), and what I saw at the Academy last night strikes me as perhaps the most vividly acted of all.” Runs through April 9.

Cryptopictos @ Fleisher/Ollman
Group show of create cryptic pictures. Through May 26

The Fighter and the Kid @ The Trocadero
Live/standup interpretation of the podcast by ex-UFC fighter Brendan Schaub and comedian Bryan Callen.

Kingfisher @ Creep Records
The local psych/jam/funk/rock instrumental band releases its debut record.

Anna @ EgoPo Classic Theater
Theater critic David Fox had this to say: “Trees, lights, tents, rugs, screens — who could resist the gorgeous decorative excess of EgoPo’s Anna (scenery designed by the multi-talented Aaron Cromie)? Over the next two hours, this marvelous adaptation of Anna Karenina, devised by director Brenna Geffers and the ensemble, will build on that magic.” Runs through April 16.

Todd Barry @ Punchline
The dry-witted comedian sets up shop all weekend long.

Half Waif @ Everybody Hits
Nandi Rose Plunkett especially crushes it when her baroque pop synth sound bleeds into other genres, be it classical, Celtic or trip-hop.

The Prisoner of Zenda @ Hedgerow Theatre Company
Anthony Hope’s 1894 adventure novel — in which a hapless Brit must stand in for the king he happens to look like — gets a new adaptation by Matt Tallman. Through April 8.

DeadMau5 @ BB&T Pavilion
The DJ with the big giant mouse mask.

The Broken Heart @ Sedgwick Cultural Center
Quintessence presents the John Ford 1633 tragedy, performed in rotating repertory with Love’s Labor’s Lost. Through April 23

Pilobolus Dance Theater @ Annenberg Center
The renowned performance group presents Shadowland, “dreamlike dance narrative” about “about a teenage girl who wakes up one day to something incredible lurking behind her bedroom wall — her shadow.” Warning/bonus: The show contains “brief nudity, strobe lighting, haze and gunfire.” Through April 8

You for Me for You @ InterAct
Theater critic David Fox had this to say: “Don’t try too hard to make all the pieces fit. Mia Chung’s provocative, gripping, occasionally frustrating play is rich in ideas. Some are fully developed; others appear and disappear out of nowhere, without a resolution. Even the genre is an open question. You for Me for You is a comedy, a drama, a thriller, and pretty much everything in between. Don’t ask why — just go with it.” Runs through April 16.

Great Philadelphia Comic Con @ Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
Really, this is in Oaks, PA. Includes appearances by LeVar Burton, Alan Tudyk, Marina Sirtis and more pop culture/sci-fi notables. Through April 9.

SATURDAY, APRIL 8

Our Heavenly Bodies @ International House
A restored version of Hanns Walter Kornblum’s 1925 silent sci-fi film Wunder der Schöpfung with a live score performed by the band Coupler. Looks amazing.

Electrifest Day 1 @ the Rotunda
This two-day LGBT/QPOC wellness and healthcare festival is full of workshops, readings and live performances. Day 1 acts include King Azaz, Ramona Cordova, Pinkwash and more.

Swampoodle: A Philadelphia Noir Novel @ Big Blue Marble Bookstore
Author DP Curran presents his new novel, set in Irish North Philly “in the years between the Easter Uprising in Ireland the boon years of Prohibition in the underworld of Philadelphia and Atlantic City.”

Mumbo Jumbo: Jazz, Poetry and Invention @ African American Museum
This “family fun day” promises crafts, performances and such for the kids.

Dirt Day @ The Dirt Factory
If you want your soil tested, bring it. If you need “high quality organic compost” come on by. Plus learn about dirt.

PILAM BBQ XXXIX @ Pilam
The all-day barbecue/punk tradition continues with another “flesh-roastin’, face-meltin’ day of sacrifice” and live performances by Brandon Can’t Dance, Laser Background, Sad13, Screaming Females and more.

Ars Moriendi: Visions of Death Made Beautiful @ Mutter Museum
Joanna Ebenstein, co-founder of Brooklyn’s lamented Morbid Anatomy Museum, presents a “heavily illustrated talk.” Then writers Chris McCreary and David Spolum read pieces influenced by the Mütter’s collection.

Boss Hog @ Underground Arts
Cristina Martinez and Jon Spencer — ’90s punk-blues power couple — revived their old band to see if they’re still as loud and weird as they used to be. They are. “Shh Shh Shh” is off their comeback record, Brood X.

Emily Wells @ Boot & Saddle
Part trip-hop, part classical, a little hip-hop and rock and pop and soul. At shows, she loops her violin over echoey beats and belts out breathy vocals that build to big-belting choruses. I’m listening to her new odds-n-sods record In The Hot right this minute and her take on “In My Time of Dying” is sort of freaking me out.

Where We Belong: Artists in the Archive @ Historical Society of Pennsylvania
The South Asian American Digital Archive presents a “day-long symposium bringing together archivists, artists, activists, and academics to explore ways to challenge the systematic erasure of stories of marginalized communities in America.” Includes music, visual arts and dance by Rudresh Mahanthappa, Chitra Ganesh, Chiraag Bhakta, Joti Singh and Zain Alam.

Tom Brokaw @ Nesbitt Hall
NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw in conversation with his former producer at the Today Show, Karen Curry. Free.

Joe Jack Talcum & Dandrew @ Connie’s Ric Rac
Live music by two Dead Milkmen. Also a celebration of the release of a new EP by The Founders.

Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq @ Penn Museum
A new exhibition that explores “the ongoing destruction of cultural heritage in the Middle East by showing what’s at stake — the rich history of the region and the diversity of its people — and what’s being done to prevent the loss of this history and cultural identity.” Saturday’s opening reception features music, discussions and family activities.

SUNDAY, APRIL 9

Agnostic Front @ Boot & Saddle
Thrashy hardcore forefathers just dropped a fresh one, My Life My Way. Still heavy and ornery.

Electrifest Day 2 @ the Rotunda
The two-day LGBT/QPOC wellness and healthcare festival continues with more workshops, readings and live performances. Day 2 acts include SWARM, M|GHTHAUNT, Solarized and more.

Morgan James @ World Café Live
Soulful singer-songwriter with a Broadway bent. Check out her cover of a Hall & Oates classic.

Dancing Figures @ Class of 1923 Arena
Figure skating/dancing “featuring the choreographed works of Brooke Frieling.” Not every day you see something like that. Free, too.

Le Cabaret Melange @ Johnny Brenda’s
A “sort of” revival of Robert Drake’s late night cabaret/variety show with Jeffrey Marsh and lots of old favorites doing new stuff.

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Pilobolus Dance Theater presents Shadowland at the Annenberg Center, April 6-8.

Pilobolus Dance Theater performs Shadowland at the Annenberg Center, April 6-8.

Art in the Age of Injustice @ Da Vinci Art Alliance | Wednesday, April 5
Group exhibition of works by women artists, presented by the Philly chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art. Reception tonight, 6-8 p.m. Exhibition runs through April 26.

Oxford Coma III: Resistance @ Wooden Shoe Books | Wednesday, April 5
Poems of Dissatisfaction and Political Nihilism hosted by Angelo Colavita and featuring music by Little Strike. Doubles as a food drive for Food Not Bombs.

Understanding the Alt-Right @ Big Blue Marble | Wednesday, April 5
What’s a cuck? How many red pills is too many? A talk by Matthew Lyons, author of CTRL-ALT-DELETE. Read more »

23 Things to Do This Weekend

Tennis will attempt to initiate a staring contest with you at underground Arts on Saturday. Do not accept this challenge. (Luca Venter)

Tennis will attempt to initiate a staring contest with you at Underground Arts on Saturday. (Luca Venter)

FRIDAY, MARCH 17

Fishbone @ Underground Arts
The original lineup of this revered funk/punk/reggae/ska band returns. Kinda surprised this one’s not sold out. Kids today.

Coriolanus @ Lantern Theater
Says theater critic David Fox: “Every inch of the playing area (including some of the house) is pressed into service in Charles McMahon’s production, and the updated visual world cleverly suggests Road Warrior — with all the visceral impact that implies.” Runs through April 16. Read more »

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