45 Things to Do This Weekend

Popular Irish folk band U2 plays the Linc on Sunday. (Anton Corbijn)


Marlon Wayans @ Punchline
The standup comedian and actor (White Chicks, Scary Movie) plays five shows over three nights, through Saturday. Wayans will star in his own sitcom on NBC starting in August.

Long/Gone @ The Rotunda
Visual artist Erik Ruin debuts his new 100-foot paper scroll that tells a story, while the Ominous Cloud Ensemble provides live musical accompaniment. Here’s a previous performance:


Elvis Costello & The Imposters @ Tower Theater
The official description is enticing, especially for longtime fans: “Costello will frame selections from 1982’s Imperial Bedroom album with ‘the songs that led in and out of that velvet-trimmed playhouse.’”

Dov Davidoff @ Helium
Standup by the Jersey-born comedian you may have seen on Shades of Blue and Chelsea Lately. Through Saturday.

Joy Riding @ Johnny Brenda’s
The Philly indie band featuring members of Up Up Down Down and Makeout Party celebrates the release of its debut album. Catchy stuff:

Crazy Rhythms: New Work By Keith Greiman and Tim Gough @ Pink Slime Gallery
The Philly artists will display “new prints, painting, drawings and doodles” while you drink Tecate.

Pride Parade and Festival @ Gayborhood
Friday: Pride kickoff party at 12th and Locust. Saturday: William Way Homecoming. Sunday: Parade from 13th and Locust in the Gayborhood to the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, where the festival takes place. More info here.

Get the Led Out @ Keswick Theatre
The longstanding local tribute act plays shows on Friday and Saturday. They know what they’re doing.

Fun Home @ Forrest Theater
Says theater critic David Fox: “Fun Home has virtuosity to spare, but what really shines through is its compassionate humanity. Alison Bechdel’s story is unusual — yet, its resonance is universal. … You will likely leave feeling better about life than when you went in — and in our current moment, what could be more valuable than that?” (Read the entire review here.) Through June 18.

DJ Juan MacLean @ Coda
The electronic solo artist and Six Finger Satellite guitarist/singer does a DJ set.

Michael Franti & Spearhead @ Electric Factory
The veteran rock/reggae/hip-hop group returns with more sunny jams. Here’s a video that feels like a commercial in search of a product.


The Ghostly Circus: Heaven’s Theatre @ Laurel Hill Cemetery
The annual show returns, offering, fire dancing, aerial artists and other wonders in the city’s favorite performance graveyard. Friday and Saturday.

Art for the Cash Poor @ Crane Arts
The annual sale by InLiquid gallery offers all pieces of artwork for $199 and under. Friday and Saturday.

Firefly Music Festival @ The Woodlands of Dover
Day two of the festival features Twenty One Pilots, Flume, Weezer, Miike Snow, Franz Ferdinand, AFI, OK GO, Banks, Benny Benassi, Lil Dicky, Bob Moses, Matoma, Stick Figure, NF, Big Wild, Alan Walker, Judah & The Lion, Shaed, Sofi Tukker, Missio, Meg Mac, Sir the Baptist, Quinn XCII, James TW, Kaiydo, Fickle Friends, Dreamers, Alex Wiley, Ayokay, Foreign Air, Klangstof and The Souvenirs. See my Firefly preview here.

Bloomsday @ Rosenbach Museum
Sit down in the street, close your eyes and listen to selections from James Joyce’ beloved novel Ulyssess. Probably this city’s longest-running literary tradition. Bonus: This year there’s a beer garden and food truck element.

The Same Difference @ Lightbox
A screening of Nneka Onuorah’s eye-opening documentary “about lesbians who discriminate against other lesbians based on gender roles.” Check out Onurah’s Instagram.


Liberty To Go To See @ Cliveden
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. Through Saturday.

How to Use a Knife @ The Drake
InterAct Theatre presents Will Snider’s drama starring Scott Greer as a tyrannical master chef at a Wall Street restaurant, directed by Seth Rozin. Through June 18.

SoLow Fest @ multiple venues
This D.I.Y./experimental arts festival offers solo performances in multiple disciplines at several locations over the next two weeks. All shows are pay-what-you-can. There are way too many cool-looking things happening to list here. Your best bet is to check out the schedule and tap into your adventurous spirit. Through June 25.

Dan Montgomery @ World Café Live
The veteran folk/blues/Americana troubadour from Memphis celebrates the release of his latest record, Gone. Listen to some of his stuff here.

Hir @ Louis Bluver Theatre at the Drake
Theater critic David Fox had this to say about the Simpatico production: “The twists and turns of Taylor Mac’s script are perhaps its most startling quality (and that’s saying something!). Nothing is sacred here — war, the military machine, drug addiction, safe spaces, and even gender politics are skewered with equal savagery. It’s also often laugh-out-loud funny.” (Read the entire review here.) Runs through June 25.

Get Pegged Cabaret @ FringeArts
John Jarboe of the Bearded Ladies Cabaret hosts an eclectic evening featuring performances by Nath Ann Carrera and Kemar Jewel’s Xcel Dance Crew. Watch this.


The Running Man @ PhilaMOCA
A 30th anniversary screening of the dystopian action classic about a game show contestant (Arnold Schwarzenegger) who kills people and then makes bad puns about it thus making it extra cruel.

Uncle Vanya @ Quintessence
Says theater critic David Fox: “While Chekhov deals with profound spiritual ennui, too often what we see [in this production] looks merely enervated. The acting is a mixed bag, though a few performances shine.” (Read the whole review here.) Runs through June 18.

Sigur Ros @ The Mann Center
Icelandic experimental drone pop.


Mutlu @ Boot & Saddle
The longtime Philly singer songwriter makes soulful, acoustic R&B.

Toxoplasmosis @ High Tide
An art exhibition. “Working through the means of found objects, painting, cast sculpture, and built environments, Michael Assiff, R.Lord, and Jonathan Santoro explore the symptoms of toxoplasmosis as a metaphor for the present American political landscape.”

A-Space Craft Fair @ A-Space
The beloved West Philly anarchist community center sells baked goods, art and such.

Louis Futon @ Fillmore Philly
This Philly electronic/hip-hop producer is good at making mixtapes and his name cracks me up.

Uhuru Flea Market @ Clark Park
A flea market with an activist edge. More info here.

Copy/Body Book Release @ Paradigm Gallery + Studio
Philly based-Empty Set Press celebrates the publication of COPY/BODY, a new chapbook by Maryan Captan.

Firefly Music Festival @ The Woodlands of Dover
Day three of the festival features The Weeknd, Chance the Rapper, Bob Dylan, Kesha, Galantis, Capital Cities, The Naked and Famous, T Pain, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Wale, Cashmere Cat, Daya, Francis and the Lights, Slushii, The White Panda, Bishop Briggs, Lewis Del Mar, Jacob Banks, Magic Giant, Barns Courtney, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Sunflower Bean, Kevin Garrett, Handsome Ghost, Steve James, Munia, Taylor Bennett, Andy Frasco & the U.N., Mondo Cozmo and CVBZ. See my Firefly preview here.

Deftones/Rise Against @ Festival Pier
A double-bill that makes fans of alt-metal/hardcore happy. It’s nice to see them happy.

2017 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour @ PhilaMOCA
A 95-minute program of seven short films — fiction, documentary, animation — screening twice a night for two nights. Saturday and Sunday. Here’s a trailer.

Sacrificial Slaughter @ Kung Fu Necktie
These veterans of thrash of sound like they’ve got machine guns for kick drums and a pharyngital demon for a lead singer.


Richard Barone @ World Café Live
Barone celebrates the release of Sorrows & Promises: Greenwich Village In The 1960s, which includes folk, blues and other music from that era.

Juice: A Summer Day Party for LGBTQ Womxn @ Life Do Grow Farm
Hip-hop/dancehall/afrobeat music to dance to, plus art, games and drinks. Includes a performance by artist/songwriter Gizzle.

Joe Pera @ Good Good Comedy
Standup by the guy who brought you Joe Pera Helps You Find The Perfect Christmas Tree and Joe Pera Talks You To Sleep specials on Adult Swim. Fellow NYC comedians Charles Gould and Dan Licata will also perform. Two shows, 8 and 10 p.m. Watch this.

Dracula’s Ball @ Trocadero
The annual party for people of a certain calling. Features music by the Birthday Massacre, Velvet Acid Christ, DJ Synthicide and DJ Azrael. Costumes encouraged.

I Knew Her Well @ Lightbox
Antonio Pietrangeli’s 1965 film about a young woman chasing her dreams of love and liberation in Rome.


Flynt Flossy @ Boot & Saddle
The rapper and founder of the Turquoise Jeep record label is best known for his viral videos “Treat Me Like a Pirate,” “Stretchy Pants” and “Did I Mention I Like to Dance.” He’s funny, but not exactly a straight-up comedy act.

Vince Gill @ Keswick Theatre
Vince Gill’s not just a Country Music Hall of Famer with tons of well-known songs — he’s a member of the freakin’ Eagles now. Uh Vince, there’s a documentary you should watch.

Firefly Music Festival @ The Woodlands of Dover
The final day of the festival features Muse, The Shins, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Dillon Francis, Phantogram, Busta Rhymes, Bleachers, Misterwives, Snakehips, The Strumbellas, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Illenium, Waka Flocka Flame, Hamilton Leithauser, Sir Sly, Jonas Blue, Blossoms, ARIZONA, 888, Secret Weapons, Goody Grace, NAWAS, Rozes and Saint Wknd. See my Firefly preview here.

Daniel Romano @ World Café Live
Canadian rock and country with a slightly psychedelic tint. Daniel Romano’s also a poet and visual artist. No idea whether those aspects will figure into the live show.


U2 @ Lincoln Financial Field
Adam Clayton and co. bring the Joshua Tree tour to Philly, focusing on the 1987 album — “With or Without You,” “Where the Streets Have No Name” — but playing other things too.

Lizzo @ Fillmore Philly
With a voice like a soul singer and tongue like a battle-tested MC, Minneapolis rapper Lizzo returns to make you feel good. Listen.

Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party @ Festival Pier
The first of several such parties this summer features The Revivalists, Missio, July Talk, Irontom and Vital Stats.

Worshipper @ Kung Fu Necktie
Scary, flashy heavy metal from Boston. The comparisons to Dio are accurate: Worshipper’s got an accessible, almost catchy sound. Still evil, though.

Here’s a List of Philly Wine Week’s Best Food Events

Wine Week/Facebook

Wine Week/Facebook

This city, try as it might, is still trying to find its identity when it comes to wine (our blue-collar roots coupled with some of the silliest liquor laws on the planet can really stifle an industry). But over the years, Philly’s wine world, led by a select few impassioned restaurant owners, beverage directors, general managers, and wine purveyors, scratched and clawed their way to the top, bringing with them some enviable wine programs. It was only in the last decade that Philly went from a town of “house whites” and red zinfandel to a town of orange wines and funky rosés.

So like it does every year, Philly Wine Week will showcase some of the city’s best wine programs with wine-focused events through the week (this week). For the full list of events, hit up the Wine Week website. Otherwise, here’s a list to get you started.

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Philly Nightlife Calendar: The 27 Best Things to Do in December

Johnny Showcase | Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

Johnny Showcase | Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

This Month’s Really Big Show

Johnny Showcase

If you want to know how we’ll be celebrating New Year’s Eve, look no further than sweaty South Philly funk wizard Johnny Showcase. The perpetually Spandexed singer and his 10-piece “absurdist soul outfit” are teaming up with Balkan brass dance band West Philadelphia Orchestra for a double bill sure to leave you too wrecked for the Mummers the next day. It’s okay; you can watch the parade on TV.

December 31st at Underground Arts.

And 26 Other Things to Do in Philly This Month
A Year With Frog and Toad

Nov. 23-Jan. 29 at Arden // Perfect for when the little ones really start getting on your nerves over the holidays.


Nov. 29-Dec. 11 at Wilma // Written, directed and performed by Lebanese-Canadian artist Wajdi Mouawad, Seuls tells the semi-autobiographical story of a man ripped out of his homeland as a child due to civil war. Critics have been raving.

The Carols
The Carols | Marc Garvin

The Carols | Mark Garvin

Dec. 1-31 at Plays & Players // Need a good laugh right about now? Look no further than this world-premiere musical from the always-funny 1812 Productions.

Norah Jones

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Philly Nightlife Calendar: The 27 Best Things to Do in November

Nowhere Fast, at La Peg at FringeArts this month |Photo by Travis Chantar

Nowhere Fast, at La Peg at FringeArts this month |Photo by Travis Chantar

The Legend of Georgia McBride

Through Nov. 27 at Arden // A drag queen-led musical comedy starring Dito van Reigersberg of Martha Graham Cracker fame.

“The Three Realms: A Dialogue Among Earth, Sea, and Sky”

Nov. 2-30 at Da Vinci Art Alliance // New works from three area visual artists, including Best of Philly-winning photographer Sarah Bloom.

Jérôme Bel

Nov. 2-3 at FringeArts // An early work from the provocative French choreographer.

Tegan and Sara
Courtesy Teagan and Sara

Courtesy Teagan and Sara

Nov. 3 at The Fillmore // Hard to believe they’ve been at this for more than 20 years.

Louis C.K.

Nov. 3 at Wells Fargo Center // Widely considered the best comedian of his generation.

“World War I and American Art”

Nov. 3-Apr. 9 at PAFA // Plenty of exhibits have focused on artistic responses to Vietnam and other, more modern wars, but this is the first major exhibition to examine how American artists viewed the “War to End All Wars.”

Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Nov. 4 at Wells Fargo Center // Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas in the flesh.

Temple of the Dog

Nov. 4-5 at Tower Theater // The kickoff to a hotly anticipated five-city tour from the grungy Pearl Jam/Soundgarden supergroup. Read more »

27 Ways to Celebrate Halloween Season in Philadelphia

Halloween is fast approaching, friends, so it’s high time you locked down your plans. To help you out, we’ve rounded up 27 Halloween events happening around town, from costume fêtes to costume pub crawls to costume runs and plenty more. (Seriously, don’t be that guy who shows up without a costume, okay?) Here’s to a frighteningly fantastic Halloween in Philly.

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Bernie Sanders Is Coming to the Free Library Next Month

Bernie Sanders - DNC

Bernie Sanders speaks at the 2016 Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

What will Bernie Sanders do after the election is over?

Sanders gained a huge gathering of followers during his run for the presidency. Though he lost the Democratic nomination to Hillary Clinton, not all of his supporters have joined him in backing the Democratic nominee and her running mate, Tim Kaine. When the election ends, Sanders will be back in Congress — with a higher profile than he’s ever had before. What will he do? Read more »

15 Fall Festivals and Autumn Outings You Can’t Miss This Year

Pumpkins and hayrides at Wilcox Farms in Boyertown |Photograph by Steve Schultz

Pumpkins and hayrides at Wilcox Farms in Boyertown |Photograph by Steve Schultz

It’s time to celebrate the best season of the year, Philadelphia. We survived the swampy heat of summer, and now it’s cool, crisp days for as far as the eye can see.

Make the most of the changing leaves and autumn breezes by heading to a picturesque rural farm. (Don’t want to leave Center City? No problem — check out the fall happenings at Reading Terminal Market and Franklin Square below.) From hayrides to spooky attractions, bonfires to pumpkin contests, these 15 fall festivals will get you in the spirit in no time.

And, hey, if all else fails, you can always treat yourself to a pumpkin-spice latte.

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29 Things to Do in Philly This Weekend

Philly Beer Week 2016

Philly Beer Week

Friday, June 3rd

Philly Beer Week Nothing says summer in the city like legions of discounted draughts. From rooftops to gardens to pop-up pubs, the anticipated tap-takeover kicks off this weekend with an itinerary of tastings scattered throughout Philly. (Here’s a fun drinking game: Take a sip every time a beer event is mentioned in this roundup.) Read more »

25 Things to Do Memorial Day Weekend in Philadelphia

25 Things to Do Memorial Day Weekend in Philadelphia

Philly’s first Memorial Day concert premieres at The Mann on Saturday | Photo courtesy of The Mann

Friday, May 27th

Opening of Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest @ Penn’s Landing  Cruise along the waterfront as the iconic ice skating rink converts to a rollerblading oasis for the summer season.

Devon Horse Show and County Fair Those mammoth Derby hats convene on the Main Line, as equine enthusiasts celebrate the 120th season of the oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed competition in the United States.  Read more »

The Best Things to Do, Places to Eat and Adventures to Have This Summer in Philly

Outdoor dining at Morgan's Pier on the Delaware Riverfront | Photo courtesy courtesy Morgan's Pier

Outdoor dining at Morgan’s Pier on the Delaware Riverfront | Photo courtesy courtesy Morgan’s Pier

Does anyone else feel like this year is flying by insanely fast? We’re currently staring down Memorial Day weekend, friends, marking the unofficial start of summer, if you can believe it. As all the rain these past few months has left us feeling ever so robbed of a postcard-perfect spring, we’re pinning all our hopes on what summer has in store for us here in Philly. Read more »

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