October 8th and 9th
Academy of Music
The gritty Canadian singer and guitarist has always had a huge Philadelphia fan base, and his shows here are the stuff of legend. He performed a solo set and one with Crosby, Stills and Nash at Live Aid, he headlined a special 2008 concert to commemorate the end of the Spectrum, and his 2007 Tower shows were memorialized by filmmaker Jonathan Demme in the documentary Neil Young Trunk Show. If you don’t catch at least one of his two performances here this month, you’ll be missing out.
The Barber of Seville
Academy of Music
Rossini’s most crowd-pleasing classic (think “Figaro”), presented by Opera Philadelphia.
Opening night of the debut photo exhibition from Joshua Scott Albert (yes, the guy behind the notorious Staphmeal blog), who takes captivating photos of Philadelphia. With a performance from veteran local punk act Thorazine.
Saint Joan, Betrayed
The inventive 2013 Fringe hit from Philly theater-makers Aaron Cromie and Mary Tuomanen.
Midtown Village Fall Festival
The city’s funnest street throws a big old party.
As in the mastermind of the groundbreaking 1970s British outfit Roxy Music.
Rapture, Blister, Burn
October 8th to November 2nd
The New York Times called this 2012 work from the playwright behind Becky Shaw “intensely smart” and “immensely funny,” which seems like the best combination you could ask for on a stage.
The Comedy Central star was voted both “Class Clown” and “Teacher’s Worst Nightmare” in school. Seems apt.
An Evening with David Sedaris
An NPR favorite.
October 15th and 19th
Wells Fargo Center
One of the few bands their age that have any business still touring.
The Philadelphia Film Festival
From the folks behind Rittenhouse’s re-envisioned Roxy Theater. Expect everything from contemporary Francophone cinema to movies from homegrown Philadelphia talent.
Central Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia
With his new book Black Prophetic Fire, which offers provocative (of course) perspectives on Malcolm X, MLK Jr. and Frederick Douglass, among others.
“Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography”
October 21st to January 4th
Philadelphia Museum of Art
More than 250 of the finest prints from one of a handful of 20th-century photographers who turned the medium into a widely accepted art form.
Not your cup of tea? The good news for you, then, is that this is (supposedly) their final final tour. For the rest of you, rock on!
Did the guy with one of the filthiest mouths in comedy learn to talk that way at alma mater Abington High?
Boot & Saddle
Of Sonic Youth fame.
The eighth annual installment of Exhumed Films’ brutal (and all-night) scary-flick celebration.
STINKER OF THE MONTH:
9 t0 5: The Musical
Through October 19th
Panned by major critics wherever it goes. Take heed and spend your arts and entertainment money anywhere else.
Originally published as “What’s Worth Seeing in October” in the October 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine.