The Crossing premieres Seven Responses in Philadelphia this weekend.
Seven Responses @ Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral
Philly-based chamber choir The Crossing commissioned seven top composers, including two Pulitzer Prize winners, to respond to Dietrich Buxtehude’s 1680 choral work The Limbs of Our Jesus. The results will be performed along with Buxtehude’s original over two nights. This is the world premiere; next up is Lincoln Center. Read more »
Monday night at Johnny Brenda’s presented a true musical triple threat. I went to see one of my favorite artists to emerge in quite a while, Adia Victoria. As the second performer of three, I also caught two other formidable performers — opener Julia Rainer and headliner Margaret Glaspy. On this day of the summer solstice, originality and great promise revealed themselves in all. Read more »
Watch goblin king David Bowie in Labyrinth at The Schmidt’s Commons.
Jodorowsky’s Dune @ CineMug | June 23-24
Coffee shop/video store CineMug is screening Jodorowsky’s Dune, a doc about cult director Alejandro Jodorowsy attempting (and failing) to make a movie out of the classic sci-fi novel. The scheduled Thursday showing sparked so much interested Cinemug added one on Friday. Both are BYOB. Read more »
Dixie Chicks (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for PMK)
For the first time in a decade, the Dixie Chicks brought their stirring country rock through the Philadelphia area on Saturday, June 18th. Natalie Maines, Emily Robison and Martie Maguire delivered a pointed and lively show at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden. Read more »
Florence + The Machine Photographed by Chris Sikich
It took Radio 104.5’s 9th Birthday Celebration to finally get Florence + The Machine in the Philadelphia area in support of their 2015 LP How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. It was certainly worth the wait as they put on a glorious headlining show to top of a day of acts that crisscross the strata of modern rock. Read more »
Brooklyn-based rockers Beverly played on Tuesday, June 14th, at Johnny Brenda’s in support of their new LP, The Blue Swell. Led by Drew Citron on lead vocals and guitar, they were a blast to behold. Energetic and swaying between punk and pop, they engaged a small but devoted Philly crowd. With orange sherbet and laser lighting as parallel and contrast to their eclectic sound, Beverly should be on everybody’s playlist. Read more »
The Secret Garden’s run was extended through Sunday. Photo by Mark Gavin
The Secret Garden @ Arden Theatre Company | Though Sunday, June 26
Based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 novel, this musical tells the story of a 10-year-old orphan sent to live with an unwelcoming uncle. Spoiler: She finds a secret garden. The show was scheduled to close June 19 but it’s been extended. Read more »
Jackie Burns and the cast of If/Then, now at the Academy of Music.
Here’s How It Starts: In Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s If/Then, now playing at the Academy of Music, the heroine — Elizabeth, recently divorced and at a personal crossroads — imagines her life on two different paths. In one, she’s Beth, a city planner rising in the ranks. In the other, she’s Liz (Liz-beth – get it?), who puts her career on hold in pursuit of romance with Josh, a doctor currently serving in the army.
If only even one of these roads led to a better show. Read more »
Deerhoof plays Union Transfer on Saturday. Photo by Asha Schechter
Tunji Ige x Michael Christmas @ Foundry at the Fillmore | Wednesday, June 22
Rappers Tunji Ige and Michael Christmas team up for the Bring Yo Friends summer tour. The young Ige came onto the scene in late 2014 with his self-produced mixtape, The Love Project, recorded in the basement of his dorm at West Chester University. Christmas, who has more of a mellow head-bopping sound, is from Boston.
Now through July 15th, Philadelphia magazine invites local entrepreneurs to submit their best business ideas for inaugural competition The Pitch. The top five finalists will present in front of a live panel of judges More >>