Dance to Audien at SoundGarden Hall. Photo provided
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.
Last Wednesday night, Floetry brought their soulful message to a sold-out TLA. Recently reunited, the band of Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart gave an electrifying performance to an audience that could not get enough of the profound musical vibes of the British/hometown heroes.
Originally from London, the band has made a home of Philadelphia, and the show had a decidedly hometown feel. Songs like “Say Yes” and “Hey You” resonated with a timeless quality. With two memorable albums to dig into, Floetic and Flo’Ology, Floetry could easily excite the fans both new and old. Read more »
The indie and electronica fan will have a good time this week on the music scene, especially at Union Transfer. With the classic indie rock of Minus the Bear, the masterful synths of Neon Indian, or the futuristic pop melodies of Grimes, it might just feel like summer again. Feeling more in the mood for a throwback icon? Catch Don Henley of The Eagles at the Academy of Music. Click through to each day, or check out the full list below.
When folksy WXPN-favored singer-songwriter Rhiannon Giddens shows up for her $42-a-head gig on Friday night at the TLA on South Street, she’ll be welcomed by that wonderful ambassador of Philadelphia conflict: the giant inflatable union rat. Read more »
Canadian pop diva—and rising gay icon—Kiesza added some new dates to her upcoming North American tour, and it looks like she’ll be coming to Philadelphia this spring. If you’re a fan, you’re losing your mind right now, but it’s about to get crazier: She’s coming with Betty Who.
Swank up your happy hour this evening by enjoying post-work libations and live music at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Tonight's Art After 5 programming features a performance from Northern Arms–who we dubbed the Best Local Band of 2014. Revel in the group's unique mix of "evocative melodies and epic arrangements" as you sip cocktails, nosh on light bites, and explore the galleries. Museum admission is available for purchase online. Friday, January 9th, 5 p.m.-8:45 p.m., $17.50-$23.50, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. —Marquesa Rotuski
Just when you thought you had detoxed from all that New Year's Eve drinking, think again: the first ever Big Philly Beerfest is invading the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Friday and Saturday. Guests will be able to sample over 300 beers, all while raising funds for Animal Rescue Partners. There will also be a ton of food trucks and vendors to help you sober up! Tickets can be purchased here. Friday and Saturday, January 9th and 10th, 7:30 p.m., Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street.
From Foobooz: Because the crew at Little Baby’s seems completely incapable of doing a normal thing when a weird option presents itself, they’re having an ice cream auction. In January. But hey, if you’re a big fan and have just been dying to get your hands on some of their rare, lost, forgotten or out-of-print flavors, this is the night for you. They’re planning on digging through every freezer to find all the odds and ends of the past year, and will be putting every single one of them up for auction on Friday evening. Sean and Andrew Arsenalt from Brewery Arts are going to be this year's auctioneers, and they're also going to be offering up pours of some of their beers throughout the event. Admission is free (as are the drinks), but be sure to bring a cooler and some cash if you're interested in bidding on ice creams that you'll never see anywhere else--and likely never see again. Friday, January 9th, 8 p.m.-10 p.m., Little Baby's Ice Cream World Headquarters, 2311 Frankford Avenue. —Marquesa Rotuski
Grammy-nominated Wale is kicking off 2015 with his "Simply Nothing" tour at the Theater of the Living Arts, the second stop on his journey across the country. The performer, who is taking his show on the road to over 32 cities, will feature numbers from his upcoming album aptly called The Album About Nothing. You can get tickets here. Friday, January 9th, 8:00 p.m., TLA, 334 South Street.
If you're a fan of quirky, late-night movies, then the Ritz at the Bourse has a treat for you: a Friday midnight showing of the very strange and dark comedy The Room. This low-budget, R-rated flick about deception and lust will surely be even more humorous after you've had a few drinks before the show, and for $10, it's a fine way to close out your evening. Friday, January 9th, midnight, Ritz at the Bourse, 400 Ranstead Street.
Former Music Director of The Philadelphia Orchestra, Christoph Eschenbach, returns to the City of Brotherly Love for a series of concerts with the Fabulous Philadelphians. Good seats are still available for the shows, which feature the works of Strauss and Schumann. Tickets are available here. Friday, January 9th, 2 p.m., and Saturday January 10th, 8 p.m., Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street.
If you missed out on last week's First Friday art festivities because you were detoxing from the holidays, no fear: Napoleon Gallery is hosting the opening reception of "Distant Operator" by artist Marianne Dages this Friday. Dages, who has exhibited across the country and has taught at Temple's Tyler School of Art, presents a series of work on paper and object assemblage. Friday, January 9th, 6 p.m., Napoleon Gallery, 319 N. 11th Street.
Avoid impending frostbite this weekend by heading to Penns Wood Winery to get extra toasty. The winery is teaming up with local cheese and honey artisans to bring oenophiles an exclusive tasting and pairing experience every weekend in January. Each sit down pairing features five premium Penns Woods wines, coupled with a variety of cheeses and honey. This Saturday, enjoy live piano from Grace Anne Field as you sip and sample. Advance reservations are required: call (610) 459-0808 to secure your spot. Cheers! Saturday, January 10th, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, January 11th, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., $28 per person, Penns Woods Winery, 124 Beaver Valley Road, Chadds Ford, PA. —Marquesa Rotuski
Round up the little ones and head to Philadelphia's Magic Gardens for PECO Family Jams, a family-friendly monthly event series. This Sunday, get crafty and help adorn the gardens with winter flare by making beaded snowflakes. Afterward, join a tour at 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. and explore the glittering mosaics. Sunday, January 11th, 12 p.m.-4 p.m., $3-$7 (free for children 5 and under), Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, 1020 South Street. —Marquesa Rotuski
You may have put your Christmas decorations away for the year, but the folks at Longwood Gardens still have theirs up and fully illuminated. It is your last chance to catch the iconic holiday displays for the season: they'll be boxing their glittery goods up after this Sunday. Check out our feature on the holiday magic here. January 9th-11th, Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square.
If all of that holiday shopping is still taking a toll on your wallet, Philly Improv Theater has the perfect Sunday solution: a free mixer that is sure to tickle your funny bone. Join them for Super Free Sunday, where three of their improv students will be randomly picked to star in a created on-the-spot show. It's a great and humorous way to start off your week. Sunday, January 11th, 7 p.m., Philly Improv Theater, 2030 Sansom Street.
Two great groups of musical experimenters will take the stage at Fringearts this Sunday evening. The Instant Composers Pool Orchestra, formed in 1967, blends musical styles from bop to jazz to create a unique and memorable sound. Ken Vandermark and Nate Wooley are both highly in-demand jazz artists who are known for their improvisational works. Tickets available here. Sunday, January 11th, 8 p.m., Fringearts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard.
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If you watched Bianca Del Rio last season on RuPaul’s Drag Race, you could see that the queen—known for her sharp tongue and reads that would put Barnes and Noble to shame—is as kind as they come. She emanates warmth, she helps young queens in need, and she’s respectful. Case in point? She rang me five minutes before our scheduled phone interview this week. Early?! A drag queen?! Unheard of!
But it seems like that gentleness kind of stops when she struts out on stage, eye lashes batting, hand on hip. There she’s fiery. She’ll cut a bitch. She’ll probably even offend a few Asians. That’s her schtick, and frankly, that’s why we love her. We marvel at her quick wit, and wonder how in the hell she’s so spot-on every time. Perhaps she’ll divulge a few pointers when she brings her latest traveling show, “Rolodex of Hate,” to Philly’s TLA on December 10th.
She explains the show as being “a one-hour standup comedy special where I discuss situations and parts of my life that brought me to where I am today. I discuss who I am as a person, and how I became this little nugget of hate.”
Here are a few other things we chatted about (if you’re here solely for the ticket giveaway, scroll all the way to the bottom):
If waiting in line at Best Buy for a $100 flat screen television is your idea of a nightmare, don’t fear. We’ve rounded up some of the best events for everyone in the Philadelphia region on Black Friday that don’t involve a single shopping bag or cash register line.
A Philadelphia Nutcracker
This unique production of the holiday dance classic by the Philadelphia Dance Theatre takes the action and moves it to areas throughout 19th century Philadelphia, including Germantown, Mt. Airy, and Chestnut Hill. The Gothic-style Thomas Mansion on Wissahickon Avenue is the setting for the Act I party scene that everyone has come to know and love. You'll have to prance over David Kurtz Center to see the rest! (7:00PM, David Kurtz Center, 3000 W. Schoolhouse Lane, Philadelphia)
Polaris and Radiator Hospital at Johnny Brendas
Polaris, the house band lead by Mark Mulcahy, rose to fame in the 90's when they were featured on the now defunct The Adventures of Pete and Pete. They are teaming up with Radiator Hospital for a one-night only concert at Philly's notorious Johnny Brenda's. Tickets are going fast for what is sure to be a great night of fun and music. (8:00PM, Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., Philadelphia)
Black Friday Comedy Marathon
After you had to deal with all of your lovely in-laws the night before, you may need to laugh…a lot. No worries: Philly Improv Theatre is presenting a 24-hour series of comedy acts that run all day on Black Friday and into Saturday. Aptly called the Black Friday Comedy Marathon, the festival has something for just about everyone, including stand-up, variety shows, and sketch acts. With late-night sessions called "Porn: The Musical," this is one marathon that isn't for the faint of heart! (Starts at 10:00AM, Philly Improv Theatre, 2030 Sansom St., Philadelphia)
Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella: Kids' Night
The national tour of the Broadway hit Cinderella has two performances on Friday at the Academy of Music, but here's a deal that's just as good as a pair of glass slippers: the 8:00PM show has a special Kids' Night discount where young theatre goers can attend for up to 50% off. Don't miss the sweeping music, the award-winning costumes, and all of the tunes that you know from the multiple made-for-television versions of this classic musical. (2:00PM and 8:00PM, Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St., Philadelphia)
The return of the Morris Arboretum's most popular attraction starts Friday. Guests will be wowed by replicas of Philadelphia landmarks made out of all-natural materials, including barks, leaves, and twigs. Of course, there's the quarter mile of toy railroad track that weaves throughout the arboretum's winter gardens. (10:00AM, Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia)
Say Anything and Saves The Day Concert
It's one of the hottest tickets in town: bands Say Anything and Saves The Day are teaming up for a remarkable concert that celebrates the 10th anniversary release of Say Anything’s …is a Real Boy and the 15th anniversary of Saves The Day’s Through Being Cool. Reggie and the Full Effect will be joining them on stage as all three bands perform their albums in full for concert goers. Tickets are going extremely fast for the evening at the TLA. (7:00PM, Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St., Philadelphia)
Last Chance To See Full Circle: Works by Richard Pousette-Dart
It is your final chance to see the work of the twentieth century's most create draftsmen, Richard Pousette-Dart, at The Philadelphia Museum of Art. The exhibit, Full Circle: Works on Paper, features 60 of Pousette-Dart's most iconic works, including 6 of his notebooks. The exhibit closes on Sunday after a nearly three month run. (Opens at 10:00AM, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia)
A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place
Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street, or, more specifically, Sesame Place? This family-friendly holiday celebration features everyone's favorite characters from the television show in special Christmas shows and at Santa's Furry Workshop. Don't forget to bring your own little monsters to Cookie's Monster Land and stick around for the Christmas Light Show. (Opens at 1:00PM, Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne)
Mary Poppins at Walnut Street Theatre
Everyone's favorite magical nanny has flown into Philly. Based on the beloved Disney film, the Broadway treatment of Mary Poppins is playing the Walnut Street Theatre. A great family affair that has two Black Friday performances, the musical features everyone's favorite songs, including "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Feed the Birds," and my favorite tongue twister of all-time, "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!" Tickets can be purchased here. (2:00PM and 8:00PM, Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., Philadelphia)