Clive Barker—creator of creepy film franchises Hellraiser and Candyman—has a pre-Halloween treat for Philadelphia in his latest theatrical work Crazyface, which makes its Philly premiere this week courtesy of BrainSpunk Theater. The dark satire follows Tyl Eulenspiegel (Crazyface) and his family as they travel across Europe. Along the way, Tyl stumbles upon a magical box that he takes with him on his journey. As you can probably imagine, this complicates things a little. Suddenly Tyl finds himself tracked by three spies, a brother who wants to kill him, and madness just ensues all over the place. It's something exciting for the stage during this slowish local-theater summer. Don't miss it. Through August 24th, various times, $25, Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 North American Street.
Get a sneak peak at the 2014 Fringe Festival before it begins, every Monday evening in August at FringeArt's Scratch Night. Neighborhood Fringe artists will perform excerpts from their shows before they hit the festival. Tonight, you can catch Susan Chase, RealLivePeople, RHolt Productions, Philadelphia Artists’ Collective, and New Street Dance Group. Admission, and beer (!), is free. More information about the featured artists can be found here. Monday, August 11th, 7 p.m., FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd.
You finally have the chance to relive the splendors—or horrors—of the most prominent night of your senior year. The Oval is hosting Prom on the Parkway, where you could be crowned King or Queen. Don your freshest formal wear (neons suggested) as the best dressed partiers will win a $50 Visa gift card. The hottest tunes from the ’80s and ’90s will take you back to your glory days, plus there will be a photo booth to capture the memories, and eats from Foolish Waffles and Samosa Deb to fuel your dancing. At 9 p.m., get cozy with your date as Napoleon Dynamite plays on the big screen. Wednesday, August 13th, 5 p.m., The Oval, 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Philadelphia Weekly's 24th annual Concerts in the Park kicks off Wednesday with an evening of free jams in Rittenhouse. The aim of the event is to showcase "acclaimed and emerging artists on today’s breaking music scene." This week's lineup includes DJ Lisa Love, Katie Frank and the Pheromones (pictured), and Divers. Next week, look out for DJ Cash Money, Worldtown Soundsystem, and Pablo Batista and the Mambo Syndicate. Wednesday, August 13th, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., free, Rittenhouse Square Park, 18th and Walnut streets.
From Foobooz: Amis is hosting a Victory Brewing beer dinner. The four-course beer-centric feast is $65 and includes beer pairings with each course. Chef Brad Spence and his executive sous chef, Ned Maddock have created a menu focusing on the beer, barley and hops of Victory as an essential part of each dish. Wednesday, August 13th. More here.
Nerd Nite Philadelphia invites you to get geeky at Frankford Hall this Wednesday night. The city’s brainiest folk will gather to enlighten you about controversial librarians, enhancement drugs, and why size isn’t all that matters. There will be “nerdy video game inspired tunes” to enjoy in between intelligent musings. If you start feeling too highbrow, the slightly uncouth liters of beer swilling about will bring you back down to Earth. Get there early, as seats fill up fast. More information is available here. Wednesday, August 13th, 7:30 p.m., $5, Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue.
Check out the best new talent emerging from the Philly music scene at the Kimmel Center’s free, monthly jam session: Sittin’ In. The night will kick off with tunes from resident DJ Matthew Law aka DJ PHSH. Philly native, writer, and musician Ursula Rucker (pictured)—who has collaborated on over 50 songs with artists like The Roots—will host the jam session, sharing some of her powerful poetry with the crowd. Doors will open at 8 p.m. to the stylings of the DJ, with live music following at 9 p.m. Wednesday, August 13th, 8 p.m., Commonwealth Plaza at the Kimmel Center, 300. S. Broad Street.
Hey foodies, cancel any dinner plans you may have had for Thursday night: The city’s best street food festival is back. The Night Market will take over Lancaster Avenue this week with over 75 food vendors—all West Philly favorites, including The Grill Cheese and Little Baby’s Ice Cream, among many mouth-watering others. Local craft brews from Yards Brewing Company will be flowing, and The West Philadelphia Orchestra will have brass band sounds in full swing while you’re munching. Thursday, August 14th, 6 p.m.- 10 p.m., Lancaster Ave. & 35th Street.
A little saxophone and some cocktails never hurt anybody. Get your smooth jazz on this Thursday evening at Franklin Square, with a family-friendly lineup of live jazz performances. Hot Night, Cool Jazz promises great tunes, beer and wine for the adults, and crafts and carousel rides for the littles. Admission to the performance is free. Dancing encouraged. Thursday, August 14th, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street.
For those who like to plan ahead, we preview must-do events now through the end of August, including the Book of Mormon, Weezer, The Polyphonic Spree, and Tuesday's adults-only night at the Franklin Institute. For the full lineup, go here.
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