A Jewish-Palestinian Lesbian Couple Walks Into a Bar

Eman El-Husseini and Jess Salomon.

Eman El-Husseini and Jess Salomon.


After a year of marriage, and some concern over whether one of them might actually be a spy, Jess Salomon and Eman El-Husseini have decided to stay together no matter what.

“We’re in this for the long haul,” Salomon says. “It doesn’t matter what either of us does, we aren’t going to break up. Mostly because we can’t let people be right.” Read more »

21 Things to Do This Weekend

Friday, June 24

The Crossing premieres Seven Responses in Philadelphia this weekend.

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 »

CONCERT REVIEW: Margaret Glaspy at Johnny Brenda’s

Margaret Glaspy Photographed by Chris Sikich

Margaret Glaspy
Photographed by Chris Sikich

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 »

Zombies Rise at Laurel Hill Cemetery

Watch goblin king David Bowie in Labyrinth.

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 »

CONCERT REVIEW: Radio 104.5 9th Birthday Celebration at BB&T Pavilion

Florence + The Machine Photographed by Chris Sikich

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 »

CONCERT REVIEW: Beverly at Johnny Brenda’s

Beverly Photographed by Chris Sikich

Beverly
Photographed by Chris Sikich

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 »

8 Plays and Exhibits To See This Week

The Secret Garden's run was extended through Sunday. Photo by Mark Gavin

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 »

THEATER REVIEW: In If/Then – Beginnings, Endings, and Everything in Between

Jackie Burns and the cast of If/Then, now at the Academy of Music.

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 »

Music: 7 Shows To See This Week

Deerhoof plays Union Transfer on Saturday. Photo by Asha Schechter

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.

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