For its competitive spirit and edgy dress code, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is Mr. & Ms. Philadelphia Leather Contest 2017. This time around, the Bike Stop and Philadelphians MC are asking you to “strap on your hottest gear, grab all your friends, and don’t forget your cellphone so you can vote online and help decide the winner!” Guests can expect to compete and/or vote for the Bar Wear, Hot Wear, Formal Wear, and Audience Vote categories. There is a cash bar with snacks, with an afterparty following the crowning of the winners. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 7th, at the Bike Stop, 206 South Quince Street. Read more »
Bob Marley @ Helium Comedy Club | February 1-4
Stand-up comic Bob Marley has performed on pretty much every late-night talk show, including David Letterman and Jay Leno. Here’s your chance to see him live. He’ll be performing six shows at Helium over four days, but the 7:30 p.m. set on Saturday is already sold out.
Jay Pharoah @ Punch Line Philly | February 2-4
You know Jay Pharoah from his years as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, or maybe you’ve just seen a video of his spot-on celebrity impressions. He’ll be doing five shows at Punch Line, starting Thursday night. Read more »
FRIDAY, JANUARY 6
Tango Night @ The Barnes
Let dancers from the Philadelphia Argentine Tango School show you how it’s done, and then get out on the dance floor and attempt to tango like the pros. Trio de la Plata will provide the live music. Also happening Friday evening, Andrea Hornick’s “Unbounded Histories,” a site-specific sound installation, opens in the Collection Gallery. Hornick will perform and discuss the project with curator Martha Lucy.
Philly Loves Bowie Week @ Various Locations
The nine-day David Bowie celebration kicks off Friday with an opening reception for the Bowie Art Show at Ruckus Gallery and, over at Doobies Bar, the first pour of Round Guys Brewing’s Bowie-inspired Loving The Alien, a BlackStar Saison.
Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls @ African American Museum in Philadelphia
The AAMP is showing the 1982 PBS video of Ntozake Shange’s choreopoem, for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf, starring Alfre Woodard and Lynn Whitfield. Before the free screening, there will be a guided tour of the museum’s related exhibit, “i found god in myself: The 40th Anniversary of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls,” which closes Sunday. Read more »
Get In @ Good Good Comedy Theatre | Thursday, December 1
John McKeever and Tim Butterly of Comedy Central’s Delco Proper, set in Delaware County, are kicking off a new weekly comedy showcase at Good Good Comedy Theatre along with the theater’s founders, Aaron Nevins and Kate Banford. Tickets are only $5 and they promise “an insane show with a stacked lineup full of surprises.” Read more »
Back for a third season, the dining room at Volver is serving new eight and 12-course tasting menus. The prices remain the same as last season, $95 for the eight-course menu and $150 for the 12-course menu. There is also an optional wine pairing available.
The dining room at Jose Garces’ flagship restaurant is open Wednesday through Sunday and reservations, which are required, can be made online or by calling Volver.
With great comic pairs, we often assume that one provides the broad stuff and the other plays straight man (or woman). Think of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, though my savvy performer friends always point out that his contribution is as necessary — and funny — as hers.
But how to characterize the team of Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman — both immensely funny comics, and both serious actors? Their pairing as Tammy and Ron on Parks and Recreation was instant comic legend. And of course, Mullally has countless fans who remember her as Karen Walker on Will and Grace. But what you might not know is that they appeared together to significant acclaim also in Sharr White’s play, Annapurna, a touching story of two lost souls.
Expect mostly comedy in their appearance here on Saturday evening — seeing as how the show is called Summer of 69: No Apostrophe, and the description promises “songs, funny talking, heavy ribaldry, light petting and an astonishing final act of completion.” Read more »
Friday, June 10
Korey Riker @ Kimmel Center
Kimmel Center Jazz Residency artist Korey Riker will perform a world premiere of jazz songs inspired by EDM — the drum and bass–heavy electronic dance music. Known for his tenor saxophone skills, Riker has played with the likes of Erykah Badu, Elvis Costello, the Roots and John Legend.
Philadelphia Latino Film Festival Opening Night @ Kimmel Center
PHLAFF’s opening night celebration includes the Philly premieres of two short films, Normal and Being Ñ.
The Shame Symposium @ FringeArts
Experimental performance duo Chelsea & Magda take a look at pleasure and shame through dance and theater. If you miss it tonight, there are performances Saturday and Sunday.
I wish I could say I’ve seen every one of Kelli O’Hara’s Broadway roles, but I’ve done pretty well — five out of ten, including very memorably Nellie Forbush in South Pacific, Babe in Pajama Game, and Clara in Light in the Piazza. I also saw her as Ella in Bells are Ringing at Encores in New York.
From this list, you will have deduced (if you didn’t know already) that O’Hara is a musical theater star. This is certainly true — her blue-chip soprano is one of the most beautiful voices around, and in fact, O’Hara’s early training was in opera, and she was a Met competition winner. Read more »
His instruments: He’s known for his badass tenor saxophone skills. He also plays flute, guitar, clarinet, and the EWI, short for “electronic wind instrument.”
Teyana Taylor @ TLA | Thursday, April 28
Apparently some people on MTV’s My Super Sweet Sixteen can do more than complain that their new BMW has the wrong color birthday bow on it. When R&B singer Teyana Taylor was on the show, she had just signed to Pharrell’s record label, then later moved to Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music to release her debut album, out now. Also, she may have been a character on Empire.
Yo-Yo Ma @ Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center | April 28 to May 1
The famed cellist has a slew of Grammys under his belt, including his most recent one for Best Folk Album. He’s teaming up with the Philadelphia Orchestra to perform American composer John Williams’ Cello Concerto, which Williams wrote specifically for Ma. If you’re not convinced: Williams wrote the score for every film you love, from Jaws to Jurassic Park.