What’s Worth Seeing in October: Neil Young, Thurston Moore, Midtown Village Fall Festival, and More

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Neil Young

Neil Young
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
October 1-5
Academy of Music
Rossini’s most crowd-pleasing classic (think “Figaro”), presented by Opera Philadelphia.

“Salvage”
October 3rd
The Fire
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"

“Saint Joan, Betrayed”

Saint Joan, Betrayed
October 3-4
Annenberg Center
The inventive 2013 Fringe hit from Philly theater-makers Aaron Cromie and Mary Tuomanen.

Midtown Village Fall Festival
October 4th
13th Street
The city’s funnest street throws a big old party.

Bryan Ferry
October 4th
Tower Theater
As in the mastermind of the groundbreaking 1970s British outfit Roxy Music.

Philadelphia Orchestra
October 8-11
Kimmel Center
An all-Rachmaninoff program, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. (For our interview with him, go here.)

Rapture, Blister, Burn
October 8th to November 2nd
Wilma Theater
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.

Amy Schumer
October 11th
The Borgata
The Comedy Central star was voted both “Class Clown” and “Teacher’s Worst Nightmare” in school. Seems apt.

David Sedaris

David Sedaris

An Evening with David Sedaris
October 14th
Merriam Theatre
An NPR favorite.

Fleetwood Mac
October 15th and 19th
Wells Fargo Center
One of the few bands their age that have any business still touring.

The Philadelphia Film Festival
October 16-26
Various locations
From the folks behind Rittenhouse’s re-envisioned Roxy Theater. Expect everything from contemporary Francophone cinema to movies from homegrown Philadelphia talent.

Cornel West
October 17th
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.

Motley

Mötley Crüe

Mötley Crüe
October 24-25
The Borgata
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!

Bob Saget
October 25th
The Borgata
Did the guy with one of the filthiest mouths in comedy learn to talk that way at alma mater Abington High?

Thurston Moore
October 25th
Boot & Saddle
Of Sonic Youth fame.

24-Hour Horror-Thon
October 25th
International House
The eighth annual installment of Exhumed Films’ brutal (and all-night) scary-flick celebration.

STINKER OF THE MONTH: 

9 to 5 musical

“9 to 5: The Musical”

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.

DO THIS: Questlove Playing This Weekend at UNIQLO Philly Love Fest

Questlove001The Roots drummer Questlove is spinning a set in town this weekend at the free UNIQLO Philly Love Fest on Saturday, October 4th, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The festival, taking place at Smith Memorial Park Playground and Playhouse (3500 Reservoir Drive) is a welcoming celebration of sorts for the new UNIQLO store opening in Rittenhouse at 1608 Chestnut Street on October 3rd. The afternoon will feature all kinds of activities, like runway shows, carnival games, food trucks and a variety of kid-friendly shenanigans. But our eyes are on the closing affair:

Questlove will end the party with a free set from 4:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

More information can be found here.

Weekend Roundup: “First Comes Love,” “The Gran Varones” Debuts, Bruce Yelk Gets Back in the Nightlife Game, and More

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Anna and Eli in Barbara Proud's new book featuring longterm LGBT couples, First Comes Love.

Anna and Eli in Barbara Proud’s new book featuring longterm LGBT couples, “First Comes Love.”

Wilmington photographer Barbara Proud brings back an expanded version of her Kickstarted photo exhibitFirst Comes Love,” a collection of touching black-and-whites that feature longterm LGBTQ couples in our area. This time, however, she’s launching the “First Comes Love” book, all the images in bound form that will look fabulous on your coffee table. Check out some of the images in the slideshow above. 6 p.m., exhibit runs through October 30th, Hamilton and Aaronson Galleries, University of the Arts, 320 South Broad Street. 

Opera Philadelphia presents The Barber of Seville, starring out baritone Jonathan Beyer as Figaro. He told us in an interview this afternoon that he’s playing the character as “mildly gay.” Catch a free screening of the performance at Opera on the Mall Saturday at 7 p.m. September 26th to October 5th, Academy of Music, 240 South Broad Street. 

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GIRL TALK: Fortune Feimster On Working With Tina Fey, Joan Rivers, and How Being a Lesbian Drives Her Comedy

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One of my favorite Chelsea Lately roundtable regulars, Fortune Feimster, is performing this Thursday through Saturday at Philly’s Helium Comedy Club. The out lesbian took some time to chat with me on the phone before flying in this week. We gabbed about what it’s like being a lesbian in the comedy game, working with Tina Fey on the recently (and unfortunately) canned Cabot College, and she even weighs in on the recent attacks that happened in Center City, sharing what she does to stay positive when life gets a little too heavy.

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3 Unique Film Festivals To Look Out For in October

Found Footage Festival

john johnnyThe Found Footage Festival (FFF), currently in its 10th year, is coming to Johnny Brenda’s Thursday, October 2nd for two showings at 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. This special event is a guided tour through wacky and weird found VHS footage, hosted by curators Joe Picket and Nick Prueher, who provide commentary and “where are they now” stories from the videos’ stars. FFF has been featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and NPR.

Highlights from this year’s show include footage of the strangest home-shopping hosts you’ll ever meet: John & Johnny. As part of the festival’s 10-year anniversary celebration, Pickett & Prueher did some investigating into this crowd-pleaser from years past. Not only did they dig into old footage to find some never-before-seen John & Johnny clips, but they hired a detective to reunite the two hosts: “They’re living on opposite sides of the country, but we reunited them for the first time in 26 years,” says Prueher. “We videotaped it, so we’re showing not only the long-lost John & Johnny footage, but we’re showing the reunion.”

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INTERVIEW: Shooting the Breeze With Aziz Ansari

Comedian and actor Aziz Ansari returns to Philadelphia this week after filming his last special, Buried Alive,” at the Kimmel’s Merriam Theater in 2013. This time he’s moving to a much bigger venue, the Wells Fargo Center, on Friday, September 26th. We caught up with him this week via an email chat to see what to expect from this latest go round, titled simply Aziz Ansari: Live!

Photo by Lucas Michael

Photo by Lucas Michael

A couple years back, you added a few extra shows to the last leg of your tour—one of which was here in Philly, where you ended up filming your most recent special, “Buried Alive.” Anything particular about this city that drew you back, or was the Kimmel Center just really, really telegenic?

The first shows I did there were really fun. I loved the crowd, and the Kimmel Center is a really beautiful theater. As soon I as saw it, I knew it was a contender for a place to film a special. I knew if we could come back and do it again and film it, I’d be happy with the special. And I was.

Given your penchant for experiencing the hometown cuisine of every city you hit, where are you excited to eat once you cross to our side of the Ben Franklin Bridge? 

I honestly don’t want to say the places, because what if the Aziz murderer is reading this?!

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PHOTOS: Chubby Checker, Jerry Blavat and Others Polish Their Plaques on Philly “Walk of Fame”

Tuesday volunteers from Philadelphia Music Alliance, Avenue of the Arts Inc., and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 8 polished all 121 bronze plaques along the Avenue of the Arts’ “Walk of Fame. Volunteers started at 8 a.m. and finished around noon. 

The plaques recognize the musical talent of those who were born in Philadelphia—from singers Patti LaBelle and Bessie Smith to legendary DJ Georgie Woods and songwriter Linda Creed. The volunteers got down on their hands and knees using steel wool, tooth brushes, cloths and polish to bring the plaques back to their original shine. (Most were laid over 20 years ago).

On hand to see their stars shine once again were radio personality Jerry Blavat, Chubby Checker, Earl Jones, Kenny Gamble, and Joseph Tarsia. Also spotted: Teddy Pendergrass II, who was on hand to polish his father’s plaque, and Philly-born musicians Jade Starling and Whey Cooler from Pretty Poison.

Check out the newly shining stars located between Walnut and Spruce Streets. You might want to bring sunglasses, they’re bright.



What to Expect at City Bisco 2014

1488150_10153205524648136_7294115853091530615_nPhilly jam giants Disco Biscuits (DB) might have taken a summer off from their 14-year-strong electronica festival Camp Bisco. But commitment to their fledgling hometown annual run City Bisco has hardly stalled. Adding a third day and two new venues to this year’s chapter, the party’s only on the up and up.

For unfamiliar ears, the Biscuits’ claim to fame is their trademark trance fusion—a genre-bending hybrid of jam, electronica and psychedelia that opened countless doors for likeminded torchbearers of The Grateful Dead and Phish.

Where last year’s City Bisco lineup favored hip-hop legends Big Boi, Method Man and Redman, this year’s supporting acts complement a return to the roots for the hometown heroes.

The Biscuits will have the stage to themselves for night one, a sold-out show on Thursday, September 24th at the Trocadero (because Thursdays are contractually reserved for throwing back to the 90s at this point).

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