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.
Thao Nguyen at Underground Arts. Photograph by Chris Sikich
Awash in memories personal to her, the crowd and this reviewer, Thao Nguyen, the powerhouse leader behind Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, delivered a stinging set at Underground Arts on Sunday. Playing behind their stellar 2016 release A Man Alive, Thao and company took Philly into Sunday morning with a vengeance. Read more »
Six regionally renowned bands of the ’80s and ’90s are sharing the Underground Arts stage Arts this Saturday for an alternative type of Lollapalooza whose artists are gathering for a greater cause – helping to fund cancer treatment for a beloved punk rocker named Kathleen Mullaney.
After the Levittown native was diagnosed with metastasized breast cancer last spring, Jason Cox, a close friend, used his influences as a recording engineer and record producer to organize “Kathapalooza!”Read more »
Fame and success has come to Lil Dicky so quickly that he’s made it look a little too easy. The 27-year-old rapper, whose real name is Dave Burd, carved out some fresh territory in the crowded world of rap a mere two years ago by head-faking the entire rap culture and taking it to the hoop the opposite way. (He’s a huge basketball fan and a serious three-point specialist.) He’s amassed a huge fan base with his comical, raunchy raps that espouse self-deprecation, hard work, thrift and authenticity, speaking the “truth” of his life, which is white, upper-middle class, well-educated and Jewish. Yet, he doesn’t neglect weaving in familiar rap themes like weed, sports and sex.
If he didn’t have an impressive “flow,” no one would really care how unique he was. But his most recent single, “$ave Dat Money” with Fetty Wap and Rich Homie Quan (and a cameo by NBA MVP Kevin Durant), has nearly 12 million views on YouTube in only one month. Let that sink in a moment, because there are so many reasons why that sentence should make your jaw drop.
Dr. Timaree (center) with creators Vaughn Sandman and Dean Kitagawa.
It’s a vending machine where you’ll be able to get a whole different type of candy: Called PinkBox, this nifty new invention takes products that you would find in a sex toy store and makes them as easy to purchase as a Diet Coke or a packet of Skittles.
From left: Jo-Anne Lee (Keanu handler/stunt double), Bob Babjak (Keanu fill-in plucked from the audience) and Michael Christoforo (Bodhi) at Point Break Live at Underground Arts last weekend. (Photo: Dan McQuade)
“My name is Johnny Utah,” the man on stage said. Everyone at Underground Arts screamed the next line along with him. “I am an FBI agent!”
The man on stage was Bob Babjak, a freelance copywriter in Philadelphia. Last Saturday night, he was playing “Keanu” at Point Break Live, a parody of the 1991 action/bank heist/surfing/skydiving film. The movie stars Keanu Reeves as Johnny Utah — a former Ohio State quarterback-turned-rookie FBI agent — tasked to investigate a sting of bank robberies committed by surfers wearing president masks.
The conceit of the stage show, written in 2003 by Jamie Keeling, is that Keanu didn’t show up to play the lead in that night’s performance. But the show must go on, and so the role of Keanu is cast from the audience right there. People who audition have to read two lines and perform a physical feat. Read more »
A few months ago, in our recurring end-of-the-week column Philanthropy Friday, William Way Development Director Michael Pomante hinted that, after the success of last fall’s IndiGoGo, the Center would be hosting another one at Underground Arts this winter. Well he wasn’t kidding: Plans have been made, DJs have been booked. Indigogo: A Queer Polar Dance Party is, well, a go-go.
Looking to shake those post-holiday, back-to-work, Monday blues? Head to Underground Arts for Drunk Piano, a free weekly series that mixes music, comedy, burlesque, and cabaret. The title says it all: Host Jay Davidson "invites a group of local and international touring artists as guest stars, gets them drunk, and then makes them play piano for the masses." For more information, click here. Monday, January 5th, 9 p.m., Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street.
This Portland, Oregon native was discovered working the New York music scene back in 2012. Since then, MTV has named her one of 2014's "15 Fresh Females Who Will Rule Pop.” See her before she hits the big time at World Café Live, which describes her describes like so: “If you put a mid-career Jenny Lewis album in a room with Regina Spektor's coloring, Joanna Newsom's lyric poetry, and a dose of Tina Fey's sharp wit,” you’ll get Kate Davis. That’s a tall order, but it has our ears perked. January 21st, 8pm, $9-$11, World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street.
You may recognize Turquoise Jeep Records from their two YouTube hits, "Lemme Smang It" and "Did I Mention I Like to Dance." The label currently has one album with four singles. Joining them on set will be Kosha Dillz. Kosha's new album guest appearances from underground hip hop vet Murs to rap queen Gangsta Boo. W.C. Lindsay will also be joining them. He tries to create a dichotomy for his music, which also creates a dynamic show. This will be a great Thursday night. January 22nd, 8:30, $15, Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street.
Marilyn Manson's reputation as one of the most vilified rockers in history precedes him. The man has become famous not only for his musical talent but for being a martyr against censorship—and just plain creepy. Come join Manson and listen to his new album, The Pale Emperor, that will be released January 20th. This concert is open for all ages. January 23rd, 8:30pm, $62.50-$68, Electric Factory, 421 North 7th Street.
Many people may know Reel Big Fish from when they started to become more mainstream in the mid-90s. They have been able to expand their following through movie appearances and playing tours worldwide. For all you ’90s fans, the lead singer and songwriter is still Aaron Barrett. Twenty-year vets Less Than Jake will be joining them on stage. January 24th, 8pm, $30.85, Electric Factory, 421 North 7th Street.
Electronic music artist Power Animal (aka Philly's Keith Hampson) will be joined at Bourbon & Branch this week by Pregnant, Idiot Forever and Raymond Chalme. Sunday, January 25th, 7pm, $7-$10, Bourbon & Branch, 705 North Second Street.
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Get a jazzy start on your weekend at the Philadelphia Museum of Art tonight. This week's Art After 5 programming features classic soul and R&B from the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble, who will pay a jazz-infused tribute to the greats with tunes by Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, and other favorites. The Great Stair Hall will offer delicious snacks and cocktails, wine, and beer. All galleries in the main building will be open for perusing, with guided tours available throughout the night. Museum admission can be purchased online. Friday, November 21st, 5 p.m.-8:45 p.m., $17.50-23.50 for non members, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Santa is coming to town–tonight! He will assume his post in Peddler's Village this evening and kick off the holiday season with a special Grand Illumination Celebration. The magical outdoor light display will be switched on at 6:15 p.m. sharp, followed by free cider and marshmallow toasting. Shops will be open until 10 p.m. for those looking to check a few gifts off their lists, and kids will be able to chat and take photos with Santa, write him a letter, and decorate gingerbread cookies in Mrs. Claus' kitchen. We rounded up even more of the season's tree lightings here. Friday, November 21st, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. (shops open until 10 p.m.), free admission & parking, Peddler's Village, 2400 Street Road, New Hope, PA.
Scottish indie rock band We Were Promised Jetpacks will take the stage at Union Transfer this evening. Their third full-length album, Unravelling, debuted earlier this year, with new member Stuart McGachan increasing the band's already intense, ferocious sound. Listen before you go: "I Keep It Composed." Tickets are available for purchase online. For more shows this weekend, check out our weekly guide to live music right here. Friday, November 21st, 8 p.m., $16-18, Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street.
From Shoppist: On Saturday, stop by Terrain in Glen Mills from 1pm to 6pm. There will be a huge array of holiday-inspired goodness like freshly cut Christmas trees the team has hand-picked, toasty wood fires, a Christmas village with over 20 types of greens to decorate your home, and pie-tasting in the garden cafe. They'll have their usual selection of decorations, ornaments and crowd-pleasing gifts for everyone. Plus, 10 percent of the day's profits will be donated to The Garden Conservancy in Westport and the Natural Lands Trust. More here.
Beginning this Saturday, you can bring the whole family to Linvilla Orchards to select your perfect Christmas tree. Hop on a hayride to the Christmas tree fields, pick your tree, and impress your gang by sawing it down yourself (saws provided)! The crew will do the rest of the work – like wrapping up your tree and tying it to your car – while you enjoy the festive farm and Christmasland display. Saturday, November 22nd-Tuesday, December 23rd, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, Linvilla Orchards, 598 Linvill Road, Media, PA.
You're invited to an afternoon of philanthropy, poetry, and art, this Sunday at The Bazemore Gallery. The afternoon will showcase the work of both local and international young artists, featuring the brand new "Opening Eyes" photo exhibit (on display through December 13th), a photographic journey by South African teens which depicts home and community. To complement the exhibit, there will also be a special poetry slam courtesy of local poets. Sunday, November 23rd, 12 p.m.-4 p.m., The Bazemore Gallery, 4339 Main Street, Manayunk, PA.
Looking for a night of LOLs to get a head start on those oncoming winter blues? Peek your head inside Adrienne Theater (2030 Sansom Street), where Philadelphia Improv Theater (PHIT) offers an affordable outlet to guffaw till your heart’s content. Choose from an array of House Teams comprising some of Philly’s most talented jokesters, each holding the power to give your abdominals a bit of a workout. Rock solid abs and a hell of a good time? It’s a win win! See who's performing this weekend here.
If you still haven't solidified plans for All Hallow's Eve, don't fret–we've got you covered. Check out our guide to Halloween weekend in Philly for all sorts of spooky festivities, from a full-blown costume ball to a tribute to MJ's "Thriller." We have your Dia de los Muertos–or Day of the Dead–celebrations planned too, including parties, festivals, museum tours, and more. No tricks, just plenty of treats all weekend long. Happy Halloween! Friday, October 31st-Sunday, November 2nd, various locations.
Get jazzy tonight at Woodmere Art Museum with a Halloween-themed Friday night music special: Playing the Boos. The band will play jazz riffs inspired by classic tunes like “Ghostbusters,” "Monster Mash,” “Thriller,” and themes from The Munsters and The Addams Family. The Victorian mansion will be decked out for the holiday, with tricks, treats, spooky stories, and a night of live music fit for the whole family. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Friday, October 31st, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., $22 or $12 for members, Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Avenue.
Get the first glance at Theatre Exile's latest production–Red Speedo–before opening night next week. The play follows an Olympic hopeful who stumbles upon a cooler filled with performance-enchancing drugs. It was penned by Lucas Hnath, dubbed one of "the brightest new voices of his generation" by The New York Times. The Philadelphia premiere of the deliciously dark and provocative comedy can be previewed all weekend at Studio X. Friday, October 31st-Sunday, November 2nd, various times, $10-25, Studio X, 1340 S. 13th Street.
If you're going to be forced to wear polyester-blend costumes tonight, you may as well be sipping cocktails, right? Head to International House for Night of the Philly Dead, a spine-chilling bash complete with a zombie-themed dance party, tunes by DJ Skeme Richards, eats provided by TV Chef Barbie Marshall, craft beer and themed cocktails, a costume competition, and much more. Tickets can be purchased online. Friday, October 31st, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $50-65, International House Philly, 3701 Chestnut Street.
If you're not already resembling something out of Night of the Living Dead come Saturday, get your (all day) drink on at the Crawl-O-Ween Bar Crawl. It's making stops at all the wicked watering holes around the city. Costumes and devilish behavior are encouraged. Tickets can be purchased online. Saturday, November 1st, 12 p.m.-2 a.m., $10-30, various locations.
Food and wine? Say no more. Chaddsford Winery will host 22 food trucks over two days this weekend, along with live, outdoor music and all the fine reds and whites your oenophilic soul could desire. Wine tastings are only $10 on Saturday and Sunday in honor of the event! For a full list of food trucks, click here. Saturday, November 1st-Sunday, November 2nd, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Chaddsford Winery, 632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, PA.
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