FRIDAY, JUNE 16
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:
Elvis Costello & The Imposters @ Tower Theater
The official description is enticing, especially for longtime fans: “Costello will frame selections from 1982’s Imperial Bedroom album with ‘the songs that led in and out of that velvet-trimmed playhouse.’”
Dov Davidoff @ Helium
Standup by the Jersey-born comedian you may have seen on Shades of Blue and Chelsea Lately. Through Saturday.
Joy Riding @ Johnny Brenda’s
The Philly indie band featuring members of Up Up Down Down and Makeout Party celebrates the release of its debut album. Catchy stuff:
Crazy Rhythms: New Work By Keith Greiman and Tim Gough @ Pink Slime Gallery
The Philly artists will display “new prints, painting, drawings and doodles” while you drink Tecate.
Pride Parade and Festival @ Gayborhood
Friday: Pride kickoff party at 12th and Locust. Saturday: William Way Homecoming. Sunday: Parade from 13th and Locust in the Gayborhood to the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, where the festival takes place. More info here.
Fun Home @ Forrest Theater
Says theater critic David Fox: “Fun Home has virtuosity to spare, but what really shines through is its compassionate humanity. Alison Bechdel’s story is unusual — yet, its resonance is universal. … You will likely leave feeling better about life than when you went in — and in our current moment, what could be more valuable than that?” (Read the entire review here.) Through June 18.
DJ Juan MacLean @ Coda
The electronic solo artist and Six Finger Satellite guitarist/singer does a DJ set.
Michael Franti & Spearhead @ Electric Factory
The veteran rock/reggae/hip-hop group returns with more sunny jams. Here’s a video that feels like a commercial in search of a product.
The Ghostly Circus: Heaven’s Theatre @ Laurel Hill Cemetery
The annual show returns, offering, fire dancing, aerial artists and other wonders in the city’s favorite performance graveyard. Friday and Saturday.
Art for the Cash Poor @ Crane Arts
The annual sale by InLiquid gallery offers all pieces of artwork for $199 and under. Friday and Saturday.
Firefly Music Festival @ The Woodlands of Dover
Day two of the festival features Twenty One Pilots, Flume, Weezer, Miike Snow, Franz Ferdinand, AFI, OK GO, Banks, Benny Benassi, Lil Dicky, Bob Moses, Matoma, Stick Figure, NF, Big Wild, Alan Walker, Judah & The Lion, Shaed, Sofi Tukker, Missio, Meg Mac, Sir the Baptist, Quinn XCII, James TW, Kaiydo, Fickle Friends, Dreamers, Alex Wiley, Ayokay, Foreign Air, Klangstof and The Souvenirs. See my Firefly preview here.
Bloomsday @ Rosenbach Museum
Sit down in the street, close your eyes and listen to selections from James Joyce’ beloved novel Ulyssess. Probably this city’s longest-running literary tradition. Bonus: This year there’s a beer garden and food truck element.
Liberty To Go To See @ Cliveden
Now in its fifth year, the Liberty To Go To See show in Germantown’s historic Cliveden Mansion tells the story of the Chew family and their slaves and servants who lived there from the 1760s to the 1860s. The audience follows the action as it moves throughout the mansion. Through Saturday.
How to Use a Knife @ The Drake
InterAct Theatre presents Will Snider’s drama starring Scott Greer as a tyrannical master chef at a Wall Street restaurant, directed by Seth Rozin. Through June 18.
SoLow Fest @ multiple venues
This D.I.Y./experimental arts festival offers solo performances in multiple disciplines at several locations over the next two weeks. All shows are pay-what-you-can. There are way too many cool-looking things happening to list here. Your best bet is to check out the schedule and tap into your adventurous spirit. Through June 25.
Hir @ Louis Bluver Theatre at the Drake
Theater critic David Fox had this to say about the Simpatico production: “The twists and turns of Taylor Mac’s script are perhaps its most startling quality (and that’s saying something!). Nothing is sacred here — war, the military machine, drug addiction, safe spaces, and even gender politics are skewered with equal savagery. It’s also often laugh-out-loud funny.” (Read the entire review here.) Runs through June 25.
The Running Man @ PhilaMOCA
A 30th anniversary screening of the dystopian action classic about a game show contestant (Arnold Schwarzenegger) who kills people and then makes bad puns about it thus making it extra cruel.
Uncle Vanya @ Quintessence
Says theater critic David Fox: “While Chekhov deals with profound spiritual ennui, too often what we see [in this production] looks merely enervated. The acting is a mixed bag, though a few performances shine.” (Read the whole review here.) Runs through June 18.
Sigur Ros @ The Mann Center
Icelandic experimental drone pop.
SATURDAY, JUNE 17
Mutlu @ Boot & Saddle
The longtime Philly singer songwriter makes soulful, acoustic R&B.
Toxoplasmosis @ High Tide
An art exhibition. “Working through the means of found objects, painting, cast sculpture, and built environments, Michael Assiff, R.Lord, and Jonathan Santoro explore the symptoms of toxoplasmosis as a metaphor for the present American political landscape.”
A-Space Craft Fair @ A-Space
The beloved West Philly anarchist community center sells baked goods, art and such.
Louis Futon @ Fillmore Philly
This Philly electronic/hip-hop producer is good at making mixtapes and his name cracks me up.
Copy/Body Book Release @ Paradigm Gallery + Studio
Philly based-Empty Set Press celebrates the publication of COPY/BODY, a new chapbook by Maryan Captan.
Firefly Music Festival @ The Woodlands of Dover
Day three of the festival features The Weeknd, Chance the Rapper, Bob Dylan, Kesha, Galantis, Capital Cities, The Naked and Famous, T Pain, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Wale, Cashmere Cat, Daya, Francis and the Lights, Slushii, The White Panda, Bishop Briggs, Lewis Del Mar, Jacob Banks, Magic Giant, Barns Courtney, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Sunflower Bean, Kevin Garrett, Handsome Ghost, Steve James, Munia, Taylor Bennett, Andy Frasco & the U.N., Mondo Cozmo and CVBZ. See my Firefly preview here.
Deftones/Rise Against @ Festival Pier
A double-bill that makes fans of alt-metal/hardcore happy. It’s nice to see them happy.
2017 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour @ PhilaMOCA
A 95-minute program of seven short films — fiction, documentary, animation — screening twice a night for two nights. Saturday and Sunday. Here’s a trailer.
Sacrificial Slaughter @ Kung Fu Necktie
These veterans of thrash of sound like they’ve got machine guns for kick drums and a pharyngital demon for a lead singer.
Richard Barone @ World Café Live
Barone celebrates the release of Sorrows & Promises: Greenwich Village In The 1960s, which includes folk, blues and other music from that era.
Juice: A Summer Day Party for LGBTQ Womxn @ Life Do Grow Farm
Hip-hop/dancehall/afrobeat music to dance to, plus art, games and drinks. Includes a performance by artist/songwriter Gizzle.
Joe Pera @ Good Good Comedy
Standup by the guy who brought you Joe Pera Helps You Find The Perfect Christmas Tree and Joe Pera Talks You To Sleep specials on Adult Swim. Fellow NYC comedians Charles Gould and Dan Licata will also perform. Two shows, 8 and 10 p.m. Watch this.
Dracula’s Ball @ Trocadero
The annual party for people of a certain calling. Features music by the Birthday Massacre, Velvet Acid Christ, DJ Synthicide and DJ Azrael. Costumes encouraged.
I Knew Her Well @ Lightbox
Antonio Pietrangeli’s 1965 film about a young woman chasing her dreams of love and liberation in Rome.
SUNDAY, JUNE 18
Flynt Flossy @ Boot & Saddle
The rapper and founder of the Turquoise Jeep record label is best known for his viral videos “Treat Me Like a Pirate,” “Stretchy Pants” and “Did I Mention I Like to Dance.” He’s funny, but not exactly a straight-up comedy act.
Vince Gill @ Keswick Theatre
Vince Gill’s not just a Country Music Hall of Famer with tons of well-known songs — he’s a member of the freakin’ Eagles now. Uh Vince, there’s a documentary you should watch.
Firefly Music Festival @ The Woodlands of Dover
The final day of the festival features Muse, The Shins, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Dillon Francis, Phantogram, Busta Rhymes, Bleachers, Misterwives, Snakehips, The Strumbellas, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Illenium, Waka Flocka Flame, Hamilton Leithauser, Sir Sly, Jonas Blue, Blossoms, ARIZONA, 888, Secret Weapons, Goody Grace, NAWAS, Rozes and Saint Wknd. See my Firefly preview here.
Daniel Romano @ World Café Live
Canadian rock and country with a slightly psychedelic tint. Daniel Romano’s also a poet and visual artist. No idea whether those aspects will figure into the live show.
U2 @ Lincoln Financial Field
Adam Clayton and co. bring the Joshua Tree tour to Philly, focusing on the 1987 album — “With or Without You,” “Where the Streets Have No Name” — but playing other things too.
Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party @ Festival Pier
The first of several such parties this summer features The Revivalists, Missio, July Talk, Irontom and Vital Stats.
Worshipper @ Kung Fu Necktie
Scary, flashy heavy metal from Boston. The comparisons to Dio are accurate: Worshipper’s got an accessible, almost catchy sound. Still evil, though.