Wale plays the TLA on Friday. (Dante Marshall)
FRIDAY, MAY 26
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 »
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 »
That movie you pretended to understand is coming back in style.
Dive Bar Secrets @ The Barbary | Wednesday, May 17
Comedy at the Barbary presents standup comic Chris Cotton. The dude recorded a comedy mixtape. Why don’t more people do that? Listen on Spotify.
Tell Me A Story @ Shot Tower Coffee | Wednesday, May 17
Hilary Rea’s storytelling series celebrates its sixth anniversary with true stories by Kathleen Ackert, Julie Hancher, R. Eric Thomas and more. The topic is “Six Degrees.” Read more »
Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff of the My Favorite Murder podcast play the Keswick on Sunday.
Style of Attack Report @ Vox Populi | Wednesday, May 10
Philly sci-fi collective Metropolarity celebrates the release of Style of Attack Report, an anthology of sci-fi/futurist writing. The evening includes readings by Rasheedah Phillips, Camae Ayewa, Alex Smith and more.
Full Moon Ride @ around town | Wednesday, May 10
Meet up with other bicyclists at the Italian Fountain at the Lloyd Hall parking lot on Boathouse Row. Ends at the El Bar in Fishtown. Read more »
Tania Isaac performs at FringeArts Friday and Saturday. (LBrowning Photography)
FRIDAY, APRIL 28
Star Party @ The Mann
This sounds pretty cool: a free concert and stargazing get-together at the Mann featuring telescopes and astronomers who know where to point them. The current forecast for tonight is “partly cloudy,” so fingers x’d. Part of Science Fest.
Hot Chip (DJ Set) @ Coda
Alexis Taylor and Felix Martin of the band Hot Chip spin records because they’re DJs, too.
Spirit of the Beehive @ Everybody Hits
Idiosyncratic indie rockers Spirit of the Beehive celebrate the release of Pleasure Suck in their hometown. Actually, “idiosyncratic” doesn’t cover it. This band seems to be infected with a rare strain of deep-tissue, Philly-borne weirdness once fleetingly observed in bands like Man Man and Echo Orbiter. It’s not just a sound, it’s an aesthetic illness that prizes catchiness and freakiness equally. This is beautiful mutant rock ’n’ roll. Read more »
Piff the Magic Dragon plays Punchline Friday and Saturday.
BalletX @ Wilma Theater | April 26-May 7
The Philly-based contemporary ballet company presents “Spring Series 2017″ which features “the U.S. premiere of Cayetano Soto’s Schachmatt, the Philly return of Matthew Neenan’s The Last Glass (2010), and a world premiere by 2017 Choreographic Fellow and PHILADANCO! alum Tommie-Waheed Evans entitled In Between the Passing.”
Swallow @ the Drake | April 26-May 14
Inis Nua stages the American premiere of Stef Smith’s Swallow, directed by Claire Moyer. “Beautiful and wrenching, Swallow brings us three characters whose lives are taking drastic turns.” Stars Corinna Burns, Felicia Leicht and Samy el-Noury. Read more »
FRIDAY, APRIL 14
Cinedelphia @ PhilaMOCA
Through April 29, Philadelphia’s beloved rock mausoleum plays host to the wonderful and strange Cinedelphia film fest, putting cult favorites and rare gems on the big screen. I watched a bunch of trailers earlier in the week and liked what I saw. By the way, PhilaMOCA is once again displaying a one-of-a-kind Ghanaian Movie Posters throughout the fest.
Stinking Lizaveta @ Johnny Brenda’s
Stinking Liz has been doing it dark, deep and instrumental in Philly for years. They continue to crush it on their latest, Journey to the Underworld. Victor Fiorillo just did a big ol’ piece on them. Read more »
Poet Andrea Gibson plays the Trocadero on Friday.
Ghanaian Movie Posters @ PhilaMOCA | Wednesday, April 12
A rare non-screening angle on the Cinedelphia film fest calendar, and a recurring favorite: Deadly Prey Gallery in Chicago brings its collection of one-of-a-kind movie posters from the bygone “Ghanaian Mobile Cinema” days. Basically, merchants would travel around Ghana screening movies and artists from outside the entertainment industry would make posters to advertise those shows, often coming up with something new and fantastic. See Also: Let’s Watch Some Cinedelphia Trailers.
Black Thought Presents: Delirious @ Punch Line Philly | Thursday, April 13
The Roots MC continues his comedy series, this time featuring Wyatt Cenac (ex-Daily Show and TBS’s underappreciated People of Earth), Morgan Murphy, Cipha Sounds, Brandon Pankey and Michelle Buteau. Read more »
Pilobolus Dance Theater performs Shadowland at the Annenberg Center, April 6-8.
Art in the Age of Injustice @ Da Vinci Art Alliance | Wednesday, April 5
Group exhibition of works by women artists, presented by the Philly chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art. Reception tonight, 6-8 p.m. Exhibition runs through April 26.
Oxford Coma III: Resistance @ Wooden Shoe Books | Wednesday, April 5
Poems of Dissatisfaction and Political Nihilism hosted by Angelo Colavita and featuring music by Little Strike. Doubles as a food drive for Food Not Bombs.
Understanding the Alt-Right @ Big Blue Marble | Wednesday, April 5
What’s a cuck? How many red pills is too many? A talk by Matthew Lyons, author of CTRL-ALT-DELETE. Read more »
Kelly Writers House hosts a marathon reading of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy on Thursday. (Dan Gerhard/Wikimedia Commons)
Suzanne Ciani @ International House Philadelphia | Wednesday, March 29
Okay, this is a music thing but I missed it yesterday and it deserves some love. Ars Nova Workshop presents a rare solo concert by the pianist/composer/“Diva of the Diode.”
Cryptopictos @ Fleisher/Ollman | March 30-May 26
Works by Reed Anderson, Isaac Tin Wei Lin, Patrick Maguire and Sarah Walker — “four artists who create abstract paintings using patterned perforations, lattice-like structures, fields of repetitive marks, and calligraphic gestures” to create cryptic pictures. Opening reception Thursday, March 30, 6-8 p.m. Read more »