Let’s All Go to the Movies This Week

“Can I go home now, E.T.?” “No, Elliott. First I need to share my sickness with you.”

E.T. @ FringeArts | Wednesday, June 28
A child hides an invasive biological specimen from the authorities, putting himself and the entire community at risk and wasting a rare research opportunity.

High Teen Boogie @ PhilaMOCA | Wednesday, June 28
Hey, last time I spoke with PhilaMOCA’s Eric Bresler he was in Japan, and now he’s displaying his awesome collection of Japanese movie posters from the ’50s to the present. Cool. The posters will hang through July. The kickoff party on Wednesday includes a screening of 1982 Grease-inspired romp called High Teen Boogie. Read more »

42 Things to Do this Weekend

Boyz II Men plays the Wells Fargo Center with Paula Abdul and New Kids on the Block on Saturday. (Rory Shram)


Alejandro Escovedo Band @ Sellersville Theater
The Austin rocker was there when punk was young, and he’s still at it, backed by an all-star band featuring Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey. His latest is Burn Something Beautiful, which dropped last year.

Tigers Jaw @ Union Transfer
The Scranton indie rock band released a new record called spin last month (yes, all lowercase) but if it sounds different it’s because they’ve changed everything. Right nowTigers Jaw is just a duo, Brianna Collins and Ben Walsh. Still good though. Read more »

The Philadelphia Orchestra Does Return of the King at the Mann

“Next person who tells me to give the ring to the eagles gets turned into a newt.”

Peter Jackson’s action-packed conclusion to the Lord of the Rings trilogy won a stunning 1 trillion Oscars in 2004, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Costume, Best Makeup, Best Big Spider Scene, Best Painfully Long Hobbit Celebration, Best If All The Bad Guys Are Dead Why Is There Still An Hour Left In This Movie, etc. All the big categories.

Most relevant to this blog post, composer Howard Shore took the prize for Best Original Score for his work on The Return of the King. On Saturday, members of the Philadelphia Orchestra — along with the Mendelssohn Club and the Philadelphia Boys Choir — will recreate that ol’ Shore magic live at the Mann Center while you watch the movie on the big screen. Ludwig Wicki conducts.

Suggested topics for the ride home:

  • No, they couldn’t just give the ring to an eagle and let him drop it into the lava thing because you’re just going to end up with giant, evil, invisible eagle.
  • Why did Aragorn go off on that tangent about how men will forsake all their friendships one day? Not helpful.
  • Hey, did I see Bret from Flight of the Conchords in there? Yep. He’s in three Peter Jackson/Tolkien movies.
  • What if there were LOTR Garbage Pail Kids. i.e. Piggo Snortensen. That’s the only one I could think of. Never mind.
  • Is a single serving of lembas bread high in carbs?
  • Does Treebeard feel anything when acorns fall off his branches?
  • Ugh, that ghost army.

The Orchestra’s summer residency at the Mann continues with several movie and non-movie concerts including the Tchaikovsky Spectacular with fireworks on July 19, Jurassic Park on July 22 and Harry Potter and the Chamber Pot of Shame on July 28.

The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Saturday, June 24, 7:30 p.m. More info here.

14 Things to Do This Week

Adult Swim’s Joe Pera plays Good Good Comedy Theatre on Saturday. This is an artist’s rendering.

Liberty To Go To See @ Cliveden | June 14-17
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.

SoLow Fest @ multiple venues | June 14-25
This D.I.Y./experimental arts festival offers solo performances in multiple disciplines at several locations over the next two weeks. All show are pay-what-you-can. Solow starts with a launch party featuring preview performances (by Tiffany Bunch, Jess Conda, Michael Vandie and more) at Tattooed Mom on Wednesday, June 14. The reset of the fest runs June 15-25. There are way too many cool-looking things happening at this year’s SoLow to list here. Your best bet is to check out the schedule and tap into your adventurous spirit. Read more »

42 Things to Do This Weekend

!!! aka Chk Chk Chk plays Underground Arts on Friday. (Erez Avissar)


Unlimited Devotion @ Ardmore Music Hall
Two busy nights of jammy bands jamming out in tribute to the Grateful Dead. Talent includes: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Steve Kimock, John Kadlecik, Vinnie Amico, Aron Magner, Marc Brownstein, Michael Travis and a bunch more, with guest of honor Wavy Gravy. Find out who plays Friday and who plays Saturday here.

Southern Culture on the Skids @ World Café Live
This North Carolina rock/soul trio has been doing their thing since 1983, amazingly enough. Their thing, of course, is funny, high energy and kinda trashy music you can dance to. Make sure to get there in time to see the GTVs, fronted by Sam Steinig of longtime Philly rockers Mondo Topless. Read more »

15 Things to Do in the Next 7 Days

Ron Funches plays the Troc on Friday. (ronfunches.com)

The Legendary Wid @ Punchline Philly | Wednesday, June 7
The Philly comedy veteran hosts a packed bill that includes Dave Terruso, Mike Brooks, Hannah Harkness and tons more.

Adele Givens @ Helium | June 8-10
The veteran comedian has been seen in a number of TV shows and movies over the years, including The Hughleys, Def Comedy Jam and Beauty Shop. If you watch this clip, you will laugh, guaranteed: Read more »

54 Things to Do This Weekend

The 10th annual Roots Picnic is Saturday at Festival Pier. (Photo by: Mark Seliger/NBC)


Elizabeth Zharoff/Xavier Foley @ World Café Live
An alluring description for an atypical concert at WCL: “Two emerging composers and recent grads of the Curtis Institute of Music collaborating around their love of video games and their serious classical chops.” Elizabeth Zharoff is a soprano. Xavier Foley is a double bassist.

Talib Kweli/Vikter Duplaix @ Fillmore Philly
The two hip-hop stars do a Kiss-N-Grind DJ show at the Foundry performance space, upstairs in the Fillmore. Call it your Roots Picnic wind-up.

Michelle Biloon @ Good Good Comedy
A standup show by the Philly-based comedian heard/seen on Comedy Bang Bang, Chelsea Lately, 2 Dope Queens and more. Read more »

12 Things to Do in Comedy, Film, Dance, Art and more

Kumail Nanjiani leads the Big Sick Comedy Tour to the Troc on Wednesday. (photo from cc.com)

Big Sick Comedy Tour @ Trocadero | Wednesday, May 31
This stacked stand-up comedy tour features the stars of Kumail Nanjiani’s film The Big Sick. Performers include Nanjiani (Silicon Valley), Ray Romano (whom everybody once loved), Aidy Bryant (SNL) and Kurt Braunohler (Bunk, Hot Tub, etc.).

Photo Op with Kevin Hart @ Free Library | Wednesday, May 31
Buy your ticket ahead of time to get a signed copy of the Philly comedian/movie star’s new book I Can’t Make This Up and have a professional photo taken with him. Read more »

37 Things to Do with Your Long Weekend

Wale plays the TLA on Friday. (Dante Marshall)


Five Dollar Comedy Week @ Good Good Comedy
Cheap laughs and all new shows from the good people at Good Good. Continues through Saturday.

Final Fridays: Technologic @ Philadelphia Museum of Art
Tech and arts collide with events by Technically Philly, ChickTech Philadelphia, The Franklin Institute, The Hacktory and more. Includes a performance by Quindar (Wilco keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen and Philadelphia-based art historian James Merle Thomas) whose performance will include material from the Museum’s archives. Read more »

12 Things to Do in Movies, Comedy, Theater, Ghost Hunting and Weird Sports

The cast of One More River To Cross at Pulley & Buttonhole Theatre Company. It opens at the The Latvian Society on Thursday. (James Jackson/raveneyes.com)

Commonspace LIVE @ FringeArts | May 24-26
Continuing a week of shows for the Commonspace program, presented by First Person Arts and WHYY. Wednesday: Gentrified, personal stories about neighborhoods in flux. Thursday: Now You See Me, “three astonishing illusionists tantalize audiences with the mysteries of masculinity and race.” Friday: Targeted, personal stories about being an outsider.

Sand Mandala Creation @ Material Culture | May 24-28
Monks from the Drepung Gomang monastery in Tibet will spend five days using dyed sand to create intricate, transient works of art. Read more »

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