Laura Baird plays Brickbat Books on Sunday.
Friday, October 20
Guns N’ Roses Was Here: 30 Years Later @ The Trocadero
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of GnFnR’s concert at the Troc on the Appetite for Destruction tour, an impressive coterie of local talent will perform music by the iconic band. Performers include: School of Rock students, Northern Arms, a reunited Welcome to My Face (a personal favorite), Mr. Johnny Showcase, Thorazine, the Flannel Chucks, Cynthia Hopkins and members of Stinking Lizaveta, Misstallica, The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret and Betty Whitetrash. Hosted by Casey Boy of the Preston & Steve Show.
Vita and the Woolf @ Johnny Brenda’s
Philly’s Vita and the Woolf is deliciously dramatic. Jennifer Pague’s hot-blooded vocals soaring over the cold, clean guitars, synths and dance beats. Powerful stuff. Read more »
The animated Chinese thriller Have A Nice Day screens at Ritz East October 20 and 29. (youtube.com)
As always, the Philadelphia Film Festival has put together an impressive lineup of features, documentaries and shorts. It’s a lot to sift through. Here’s the outside scoop on 14 films that look promising.
Too soon? This documentary intertwines the footage of 16 filmmakers — including Philly’s Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce — who were shooting all over the country on election day last year.
(October 21, 7:30 p.m. at Ritz East and October 28, 2:10 p.m. at Ritz East)
At the Drive-In
This documentary tells the story of the Mahoning Drive-In Theatre (in Lehighton, PA — about a two-hour drive from Philly) as its longtime owner/projectionist and a bunch of film buffs work to keep the place going. Read more »
Vivian Green plays with Musiq Soulchild and Bilal at the Electric Factory on Friday. (viviangreen.com)
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13
Wyclef Jean @ Stratus Lounge
The Old City club celebrates its fifth anniversary with performances by DJ Menace Cartel and hip-hop superstar Wyclef Jean.
Vimpir-Cuadecuc @ Lightbox Film Center
Pere Portabella’s 1971 film about vampires as a political metaphor, “filmed on the set of Jess Franco’s 1970 cult film Count Dracula starring Christopher Lee.” Also screening is John Smith’s short film The Black Tower (1987). Read more »
Everybody wanted to be slimed back then. (youtube.com)
In the late ’80s and early ’90s, every kid knew who Marc Summers was. These days he’s a friendly Food Network personality, but back in the day, he was the friendly host of Double Dare — the Nickelodeon game show that had contestants wading through oatmeal and sticking their hands up giant noses in search of that elusive orange flag.
For viewers of a certain age, it was the grossest, most hilarious thing on TV. How we dreamed of being the kid in the goggles and helmet sliding into the giant sundae or sitting in the giant bowl of spaghetti, trying to catch the gravy-covered nerf meatballs. Every episode ended with an obstacle course full of whipped cream, chocolate sauce, slime and every other disgusting thing.
It didn’t come out till years later that Summers — now based in Philly part time — had been suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder the whole time. So why’d he keep going? It was good TV.
The new documentary On Your Marc — premiering at the Troc on Friday — tells Summers’ insane, oddly inspiring personal obstacle course, from the Double Dare days to prepping his one-man-show on OCD, to the car accident, the cancer and everything else. It’s a wild ride. Here’s the trailer: Read more »
Author Lindsey Fitzharris launches the book tour for The Butchering Art at the Mütter Museum on Tuesday. (Youtube)
Diwali @ International House | Wednesday, October 11
A celebration of the Hindu “Festival of Lights” with food, music, dance, games and more. “Diwali is rooted in the Hindu philosophical story of the return of Lord Rama from his 14-year-long exile and his vanquishing of the demon-king Ravana. To honor and celebrate Lord Rama, and to illuminate his path home, villagers light diyas to celebrate the victory.”
The Lost Films of Weng Weng @ PhilaMOCA | Wednesday, October 11
Australian filmmaker Andrew Leavold screens a compilation highlights from films featuring Weng Weng, the little person actor known as the James Bond of the Philippines. Andrew Leavold wrote a book (and made a film) about his attempts to find the actor called The Search for Weng Weng. Read more »
Cabaret — starring John Jarboe and Charissa Hogeland — continues at Arden Theatre Company through October 22. (Ashley LaBonde, Wide Eyed Studios)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
Dinosaur Jr. @ Union Transfer
Does J. Mascis have the best strained voice in rock ’n’ roll? When he says he feels the pain of everyone, I believe him. His guitar, however, sounds really free, really unstressed and unburdened. Anyway, here are some Dinosaur Jr. emojis.
Rezz @ Electric Factory
The young Niagara Falls DJ just released her debut album Mass Manipulation, and with it, a 60-page comic book about the time she arrived on Earth from Neptune to entrance us with techno/industrial dance music.
Read more »
Nick Thune plays Punchline this weekend. (cc.com)
JusticeFest LIVE! @ Eastern State Penitentiary | Wednesday, September 27
District Attorney candidate Larry Krasner hosts a party to “end mass incarceration and reform our justice system.” Music by Lauren Hart, DJ Cosmo Baker, the Long Hots and Songs from the Inside (music composed at Graterford prison). Food by Revolution Taco and Foolish Waffle, beer by Yards. Bernard Hopkins will be there.
Music Video Book Club @ PhilaMOCA | Wednesday, September 27
A panel of comedians and music experts watch (possibly terrible) music videos and share their opinions. Hosted by Chris Cummins (Nerd Nite, Den of Geek). Ooh, there’s a trailer: Read more »
Matt Pond says he’s going to retire the Matt Pond PA project. He plays Johnny Brenda’s on Sunday. (Sean Hansen)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
Philly Music and Arts Fest Day 1 @ World Café Live
A two-day celebration of beer and music from Philadelphia. Friday’s lineup includes: Slomo Sapiens, Kississippi, Chris Kasper, Harmony Woods, Eric Slick, Abi Reimold, Ceramic Animal, Skull Eclipses, Work Drugs, West Philly Orchestra and Cayetana.
X @ Underground Arts
Exene Cervenka, John Doe and friends will never stop touring, new album or not. Right on. The revered punk veterans will soon be the subject of an exhibition at the Grammy Museum in their hometown called “X: 40 Years of Punk in Los Angeles.” Read more »
Jen Kirkman plays the Trocadero on Saturday.
(Robyn Von Swank)
Rock and Roll Man: The Alan Freed Story @ Bucks County Playhouse | Through October 1
George Wendt (Norm!) and Alan Campbell star in the world premiere of Gary Kupper’s musical about one of the fathers of rock ’n’ roll.
Ma’ Rosa @ Prince Theater Black Box | Wednesday, September 20
Philadelphia Film Society presents a screening of Brillante Mendoza’s 2016 film as part of their Passport to World Cinema series. Jaclyn Jose won Best Actress at Cannes for her portrayal of a meth-dealing convenience store owner in the Philippines. Read more »
Xiu Xiu plays Johnny Brenda’s on Sunday as part of the Megapolis Audio Festival. (Alex Brown)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
World’s Largest Pop-Up Photobook @ Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
Every morning through September 26, visitors may watch artist Colette Fu as she works to construct the World’s Largest Pop-Up Photobook entitled Tao Hua Yuan Ji (Utopia: Source of the Peach Blossoms). Meet the artist on Friday, September 22.
Stephen Greenblatt @ Parkway Central Library
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author/Harvard prof reads from his new book, The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve. Read more »