Samantha Fish plays the Folk Festival tonight. (Brian Rozman)
FRIDAY, AUGUST 18
Philadelphia Folk Festival @ Old Pool Farm, Schwenksville, PA
The annual, jumbo-sized celebration of folk, bluegrass and roots continues. Tonight: Old Crow Medicine Show, Samantha Fish, David Amram, The Infamous Stringdusters and tons more.
Roast of Your 15-Year-Old Self @ Good Good Comedy Theatre
This NY comedy show hosted by Alise Morales features comedians ripping into the people they used to be. Embarrassing secrets will be revealed. Featuring Nick Schug, Dan Vetrano, Molly Hanulec and more. Read more »
Bhuban Majhi screens on Sunday.
Many of the films in this year’s Mustard Seed Film Festival (Friday-Sunday, August 18-20) aren’t just making their Philly debut, they’re getting their first screenings for international audiences. Some of these movies were filmed places many Americans never get to see — India, Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal — while others offer views informed by the diaspora.
The films will be screened at venues all over town including Lightbox Film Center, Twelve Gates Arts and, on Friday, in a tunnel beneath the Reading Viaduct. Below are a few trailers that caught my eye. Click here for the full Mustard Seed lineup. Read more »
The French animated film The Girl Without Hands screens at PhilaMOCA on Saturday.
Philly is Charlottesville March and Rally @ Congregation Rodeph Shalom | Wednesday, August 16
Gather then march down Broad Street in opposition to white supremacy. Concludes with a rally at Arch Street United Methodist Church (55 N. Broad St.).
That Just Happened: Cliff Hanger @ Good Good Comedy Theatre | Wednesday, August 16
That Just Happened puts on after-shows (a la Talking Dead) about TV shows that don’t exist. This week, Daniel Lewis Cupps and Shane Barbera — plus a ton of other comedians live or via video — will discuss the new HBO show Cliff Hanger (which, again, does not exist). Here’s the description: “Clifford ‘Cliff’ Hanger and his best friend go on a rock climbing adventure, only to find their worlds turn upside-down.” Read more »
Joe Mande plays Underground Arts on Sunday.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 11
Marah @ Ardmore Music Hall
The veteran Philly rock band always puts on a memorable show. Rolling Stone called one of their records the “Best Americana Album You’ve Never Heard” and they’re right except I’ve heard it. It is really good, though.
Gina Yashere @ Punchline Philly
Standup by the British comedian/actor. She also popped up on the Daily Show in March as their Brexit expert. Through Saturday. Read more »
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure plays at Fringe Arts tonight. Strange things are afoot at the Circle K.
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure @ La Peg/FringeArts | Wednesday, August 9
This didn’t occurred to me the first 100 times I watched this movie, but, like, were Bill and Ted stoners? What else would explain their poor attention span and low cognition? Not to mention their “be excellent to each other” mantra.
Feminist Karaoke Night for Charity @ Win Win Coffee Bar | Thursday, August 10
DJ Sara Sherr — whose Sing Your Life Karaoke just won a Best of Philly nod —hosts a karaoke party benefiting Soroptimist International of Rittenhouse Square. Read more »
Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble plays Johnny Brenda’s on Saturday.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 3
Ghostly Circus: Heaven’s Theatre @ Laurel Hill Cemetery
BYO blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy an evening of fire dancing, aerial performance, theatrical sideshows and more. Food truck and cocktails will be sold. Show up on time or you’re not getting in.
Comedy for Gentlemen @ The Republican
Standup comedy at South Philly’s most revered go-go club. Erin Dohony and Rachel Fogletto host, Raquel Dominguez, Tom McDonough, Jes Bolduc and Dan Vetrano perform. Read more »
Activist Brittany Ferrell in Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis’ documentary Whose Streets? about protests in Ferguson, Missouri. (photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.)
This year’s edition of the Blackstar Film Festival — the annual celebration of filmmaking from the African diaspora and global indigenous communities — is packed with events that put storytelling front and center. The fest runs August 3-6, with most screenings taking place at the Lightbox Film Center (formerly known as International House). The schedule is packed, but here are some highlights, including lots of trailers.
Who Gets To Tell Which Stories? @ Institute of Contemporary Art | Thursday, August 3
This panel discussion on cultural appropriation features filmmakers Iyabo Boyd, Michael Premo, Felix Sutcliffe and Numa Perrier (co-founder of Black&SexyTV).
Wilmington 10 — USA 10,000 @ Lightbox Film Center | Thursday, August 3
A screening of Haile Gerima’s 1979 underground film about political prisoners in the United States, particularly the Wilmington 10, whose cause was taken up by Amnesty International. Read more »
Married comedians Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher play the Troc on Thursday. (Robin Van Swank)
Summer Coven, Had Me a Blast @ Martha | Wednesday, August 2
The 215 Festival presents an evening of poetry readings by Alina Pleskova, Amy Saul-Zerby, Nicole Steinberg, Gina Myers and Elizabeth Scanlon (editor of The American Poetry Review).
Moshe Kasher & Natasha Leggero @ Trocadero | Thursday, August 3
A double-bill by two very funny comedians who are also married to each others. They’re calling it the Endless Honeymoon Tour. The New York Times did a funny, pretty adorbs story on the two of them recently. Read more »
Martha Graham Cracker. Photograph by Kevin Monko
1. Roger Waters
It seems a full-blown Pink Floyd reunion is as likely as Jerry Garcia coming back from the dead, and Waters, the brain behind much of the band’s catalog, has hinted that this 60-plus-show tour may be his last. Expect tunes from Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall, Animals and Wish You Were Here, plus a mind-boggling stage production. August 8th, 9th and 11th at the Wells Fargo Center
2. “Mohamed Bourouissa: Urban Riders”
Look for depictions of the well-known urban cowboys of North Philadelphia in this exhibition of more than 85 works by the Algerian-born artist, whose media include photography, sculpture, drawings and video. $25 Barnes admission too steep? The museum is free the first Sunday of each month. Through October 2nd at the Barnes Museum, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Read more »
Nite Jewel plays Johnny Brenda’s on Friday. (Leo Garcia)
FRIDAY , JULY 28
Nite Jewel @ Johnny Brenda’s
Supporting her new record Real High (and its corresponding b-sides collection, Real Low), L.A. artist Nite Jewel, aka Ramona Gonzalez, is touring for the first time in five years. Inspired by Janet Jackson and other titans of pop/R&B, Nite Jewel woulda crushed it on q102 in 1989. Works today, too.
In the Steps of Trisha Brown @ Lightbox Film Center
A behind-the-scenes movie about choreographer Trisha Brown staging her classic work Glacial Decoy in Paris. Read more »