27 Things to Do This Weekend

Meek Mill plays NOTO on Sunday. (atlanticrecords.com)


Comedy for Gentlemen @ The Republican
Erin Dohony and Rachel Fogletto host night of comedy at South Philly’s esteemed go-go establishment. Samantha Kelly, Geoff Jackson, Gina Gibbons, Michael Kelly and Jessa Reed will perform.

Which Reminds Me @ Act II Playhouse
Tony Braithwaite wrote and stars in this one-man show. Features stand-up comedy, music, storytelling and more. Runs through October 11. Read more »

33 Things to Do This Weekend

Samantha Fish plays the Folk Festival tonight. (Brian Rozman)


Philadelphia Folk Festival @ Old Pool Farm, Schwenksville, PA
The annual, jumbo-sized celebration of folk, bluegrass and roots continues. Tonight: Old Crow Medicine Show, Samantha Fish, David Amram, The Infamous Stringdusters and tons more.

Roast of Your 15-Year-Old Self @ Good Good Comedy Theatre
This NY comedy show hosted by Alise Morales features comedians ripping into the people they used to be. Embarrassing secrets will be revealed. Featuring Nick Schug, Dan Vetrano, Molly Hanulec and more. Read more »

32 Things to Do This Weekend

Joe Mande plays Underground Arts on Sunday.


Marah @ Ardmore Music Hall
The veteran Philly rock band always puts on a memorable show. Rolling Stone called one of their records the “Best Americana Album You’ve Never Heard” and they’re right except I’ve heard it. It is really good, though.

Gina Yashere @ Punchline Philly
Standup by the British comedian/actor. She also popped up on the Daily Show in March as their Brexit expert. Through Saturday. Read more »

33 Things to Do This Weekend

Nobunny plays PhilaMOCA on Friday.


Shark Tank: The Final Episode @ PHIT
Extended for two more shows. A parody of the popular TV show about inventors seeking funding from rich people. Includes a large cast and video elements. Created by Max Sittenfield and Sean Keegan-Landis. Friday and Saturday.

Back to Back to Black: A Tribute to Amy Winehouse @ Ardmore Music Hall
Remember Jones and his 15-piece orchestra pay tribute to the singer who gave us “Rehab” and “You Know I’m No Good.” They perform her album Back to Black in its entirety. Read more »

33 Things to Do This Weekend

Japanese Breakfast plays Union Transfer on Saturday. (Ebru Yildiz)


James Baldwin: God’s Revolutionary Voice @ Church of the Advocate
A free celebration of the life and work of famous author, poet, playwright and American icon. Features an impressive list of speakers and artists including Ursula Rucker, Dr. Pamela Lightsey, Pastor Rene McKenzie, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Richard Watson, Lamont Steptoe and more. Runs July 7-9.

Charlie Wilson @ The Mann
The sultry, soulful R&B singer has an impressive catalog thanks to years of performing solo and with his brothers in The Gap Band — not to mention a slew of collaborations with the likes of Kanye, Snoop and R. Kelly. Read more »

27 Things to Do this Weekend

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story plays at the Kimmel Center through July 9. (Joan Marcus)


Buckingham McVie @ The Mann
Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac recently released their first album together as a duo and Rolling Stone says it’s pretty decent. Judging by the setlists from earlier tour stops, they’re doing a lot of Fleetwood Mac songs.

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story @ Kimmel Center
Upbeat musical theater featuring “That’ll Be The Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “Every Day” and lots more. Runs through July 9.

Dungeon Comedy Night @ Kung Fu Necktie
Dungeon Comedy throws its “Second Birthday Jawn,” featuring funny performances by Kilimanjaro Improv, Jared Keith, Daddy Bulldog, Rachel Fogletto and Skeletons, Etc.

Free Museum Days @ Museums All Over Town
Wawa Welcome America hosts several more days of free admission to local museums — June 30: Eastern State Penitentiary and the Penn Museum. July 1: African American Museum and One Liberty Observation Deck. July 2: Barnes Foundation and Philadelphia Museum of Art ( “pay what you wish”). July 3: National Liberty Museum and The Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection at Temple University. There are also a couple $1 admission deals — July 1: The Powell House. July 2: The Hill-Physick House.

Zodd Zundgren @ World Café Live
Ed Palermo Big Band performs the music of Todd Rundgren and Frank Zappa.

Movies @ All Over Town
Earlier this week, I did a roundup of interesting movies and movies playing in interesting places. Many of the are free. One of them is Jaws. Check it out.

Secret Nudist Friends @ Ortlieb’s
Philly’s Secret Nudist Friends laces its classic garage sounds with classic psych fringes. Their latest release, the Susan EP, dropped in March.

Arnez J @ Helium
The former host of BET’s ComicView and star of the comedy special Racially Motivated series (now on Netflix) does standup Thursday through Sunday.

Theatre Exile’s Wrecking Ball @ Studio X
Theatre Exile’s home is getting torn down so they’re throwing a dance party with food, cocktails, a raffle and more.

Let’s Start A Cult @ Good Good Comedy Theatre
“Have you ever felt as if your life lacks direction? Are you tired of always having to make decisions for yourself? Are you highly susceptible to persuasion?” Comedian Ari Fishbein sermonizes about escaping our broken society.

Northern Arms @ Boot & Saddle
Led by Keith Richard Peirce, the nine-piece “goth-americana” ensemble puts on some of the most most gratifying live shows — mixing elements of soul, jazz, rock ’n’ roll and other classic sounds into thoughtful, dramatic arrangements. But they’re a restless bunch, always looking for new sonic territory to explore, as evidenced by this rather racy new video from the new record, Chapel Cabaret. Anyway, here’s an old favorite:

Comedy Benefit for Philabundance @ Johnny Brenda’s
Doogie Horner host an evening of comedy by Brandon Vincent Jackson, Mekki Leeper, Steve Gerben, Michelle Biloon and Jim Tews to benefit the non-profit food bank Philabundance.

Philadelphia Orchestra & Fireworks @ Penn’s Landing
Led by fiery frontman Yannick Nezet-Seguin, the city’s most beloved cover band hosts a jam down by the river, followed by fireworks in the sky.

Pretty Girls Like Trap Music @ The Dolphin
Magglezzz, Baby.com and Buffy play trap favorites. How’s this for a tagline?: “WE CUTE, WE FUN & WE DJ BETTER THAN UR MAN.”


Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers @ Wells Fargo Center
Members of the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame since 2002, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers are back on the road, this time in celebration of 40 years of making music together. The band has had a ton of hits including “Refugee,” “Breakdown,” “American Girl,” “The Waiting” and “Mary Jane’s Last Dance.” P.S. Wanna read something cool? A small, Delaware-based production company worked on the videos for Petty’s current tour.

Empowering Women In Jazz @ World Café Live
The Women’s Coalition for Empowerment hosts a performance of Sistahs Attune, “a sisterhood of vocalists connected to jazz striving towards growth, musical excellence, and success as individual performers and as a collective.”

Diarrhea Planet @ Underground Arts
Look: I get it. The name is terrible. It’s not even so bad it’s good. It’s just dumb. But listen: Diarrhea Planet makes really excellent music, the kind of fun, bold rock you could listen to all day and almost forget what the band is called.

Boast Rattle @ Good Good Comedy Theatre
Kyle Ayers hosts as comedians go head-to-head trying to out-compliment each other to see who will be crowned Champion of Charity, Master of Magnanimity. The evening’s contestants include Michael S. Watkins, Cassandra Dee, Charles Blyzniuk, Kyle Harris, Kelsey Caine and Jack Comstock.

Loudflower @ APoetArtGallery
This art exhibition by SunnieWallflower is “dedicated to Fly Jawns & Honey Bees.” Includes live painting by Yesterday Nite and performances by Jahwula, Mecca Verdell and Nadjah Nicole. DJ John Morrison provides the music.

S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D. @ Johnny Brenda’s
Gabriel Starwood, sometimes seen wearing a mirror-ball helmet, is a visitor from the year 2776. He makes music with the help of his Vitruvian Android pals. This show celebrates the release of God of the Drones. Yesterday, I posted an exclusive track.

See-Through @ James Oliver Gallery
This multimedia group exhibition features the work of Michael Barker, Mark Basco, Tim McFarlane, Wendee Yudis and James Crowell.

Jerry Blavat & Fireworks @ Penn’s Landing
The Geater with the Heater hosts a fireworks display “choreographed to a soundtrack of our favorite artists from the tri-state area, including American Bandstand, Bon Jovi, the Jonas Brother, Boyz II Men and Patti LaBelle.”

The Lunar Year @ Boot & Saddle
Katie Burke is more than just a pretty voice, but damn does she have a pretty voice. The frontwoman of the folk/rock band The Lunar Year has the kind of vocal chops that push the music into ponderous places, letting it soar and crack at just the right moments. The lyrics, too, seem to well up from somewhere deep. The new album is Herodias and it’s worth your time.


The Cairo Gang @ Johnny Brenda’s
A well-known Ty Segall/Bonnie Prince Billie collaborator, Emmett Kelly has been making music under the name The Cairo Gang since the mid-2000s. His latest record, Untouchable, came out in March, and it’s just good old rock ’n’ roll — catchy and classic sounding.

Bruse Wane @ Kung Fu Necktie
The NYC rapper and CEO of Wane Enterprises’ most recent album is 2015’s Earl Manigualt Of Rap. He really goes for it with the Batman references.

Joy Again @ PhilaMOCA
The Philly lo-fi band released a five-song EP in January. Their music is tiny and catchy and makes you feel like you’re in the best basement in the world.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart @ World Café Live
The veteran indie-poppers newest record, The Echo of Pleasure, isn’t due out till September. Here’s an oldie but a goodie:

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 »

45 Things to Do This Weekend

Popular Irish folk band U2 plays the Linc on Sunday. (Anton Corbijn)


Marlon Wayans @ Punchline
The standup comedian and actor (White Chicks, Scary Movie) plays five shows over three nights, through Saturday. Wayans will star in his own sitcom on NBC starting in August.

Long/Gone @ The Rotunda
Visual artist Erik Ruin debuts his new 100-foot paper scroll that tells a story, while the Ominous Cloud Ensemble provides live musical accompaniment. Here’s a previous performance: Read more »

34 Things to Do This Weekend

Ryan Adams plays the Tower Theater on Saturday. (nastylittleman.com)

Ryan Adams plays the Tower Theater on Saturday. (nastylittleman.com)


Russell Howard @ TLA
A one-off comedy show by the British standup best known for his Good News TV show/video series.

Dwight Yoakam @ Keswick Theatre
A genuine country music star comes Glenside. Did you know he did a ramblin’ cover of “Mama Tried?” Also: Did you know he dated Sharon Stone? Just a weird little fun fact.

Fronteras: A Door in the Desert @ FringeArts
Acrobatics and storytelling by Almanac Dance Circus Theatre collaborating with Mexican choreographer/theater artist Emmanuel Becerra. Read more »

Weekend Roundup: Pop-Up Leather Shop, PGMC’s Bachelor Auction, Into the Woods in Drag and more


  • Cutn Paste hosts an Azealia Banks-themed dance party at The Bike Stop on Friday.

    Cutn Paste hosts an Azealia Banks-themed dance party at The Bike Stop on Friday.

    Theatre Exile presents The Whale, a tale about a man who gains over 400 pounds after the death of his partner. Our chat with actor Scott Greer here.

  • Cutn Paste, the monthly dance party at Bike Stop, is paying homage to Azealia Banks and her music with a “heavy metal/metallic/shiny/reflective”-themed evening. Tigga Calore is coming from New York to perform along with Philly’s own DJs Precolumbian and Nolita Selector. Wondering why they’re throwing a party after Banks made all those homophobic remarks? They explain here.
  • A handful of Philly’s “hairiest and witchiest” drag queens are hosting a First Friday event at Danger Salon—a good option if you’re looking to head out of the Gayborhood for the night.
  • There’s no better way to give back than dancing to Beyoncé remixes, and The Welcoming Committee and Philly AIDS Thrift are teaming up to provide that opportunity at this week’s straight bar takeover / fundraiser at Urban Saloon.
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    Bearlesque hits Tabu on Friday night.

    To celebrate 19 years of sex toy-selling and teaching local kink-wannabes about the wilder side of sex, PASSIONAL & Sexploratorium is hosting a party and sale on Friday.

  • Opera Philadelphia presents a chilling tale of one of literature’s greatest—and gayest—scribes in Oscar. The show opens this week.
  • Philadelphia Theatre Company presents one of the latest works by out playwright Terrence McNally, Mother and Sons. The Tony-nominated show concerns a mother who, on the 20th anniversary of her son’s death, decides to visit his ex-parter Cal.
  • Wolfstryker Leather is coming back to Tabu for a pop-up leather shop. The 50/50 benefit proceeds will be going to the Mazzoni Center.
  • First Friday means Bearlesque is coming to Tabu at 10pm, and this time around the boys are hungry for trouble.

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