FRIDAY, JULY 14
Philadelphia Podcast Festival
Live recordings of some 55 podcasts including The Black Tribbles, Call Your Girlfriend, Black Girls Laughing, Lulu & Pop, Micheaux Mission, Never Forget Radio and so many more. Check out my post about the festival from yesterday. Runs July 14-23.
Waxahatchee / Cayetana @ Union Transfer
Two beloved Philly rock bands totally in their prime. Katie Crutchfield’s stellar songwriting really shines on Waxahatchee’s dreamy, powerful new record, Out in the Storm. Louder and punkier, Cayatena crushes it on their latest, New Kind of Normal.
A live recording of the popular comedy/pop culture podcast hosted by comedians/actors Casey Wilson and Danielle Schneider.
A Worker’s Lunchbox: An Evening of Song @ Slought
This concert will examine “traditional and modern songs relating to factory life.” Includes the music of Woody Guthrie, Grateful Dead, Tennessee Ernie Ford and more.
Perfect Blue @ Christ Church Neighborhood House
Tiny Dynamite presents this play set in 2038, on the eve of a great extinction. Perfect Blue features two actors — one in Philly and the other in London via live video projection. Stars Emma Gibson and Harry Smith. Directed by David O’Connor. Designed by Jorge Cousineau. July 14-23
Sam O.B. @ Johnny Brenda’s
The DJ/producer/musician formerly known as Obey City. If you like this, you like him:
Zac Brown Band @ BB&T Pavilion
Country music. Friday and Saturday. If you attend one of these shows you have to go to Wheeler Walker on Sunday (see below) as penance.
Oso Oso @ Everybody Hits
The NYC band’s latest record is The Yunahon Mixtape. It’s sweet, strong indie pop. Fans of The Get Up Kids should take note. P.S. Mom Jeans is on the bill. You should see them too.
Comedian Psychoanalysis @ Good Good Comedy Theatre
Comedians Robert Ecks and Jon DelCollo perform their acts and then get psychoanalyzed by therapist Katie McSchank. Hosted by Joe Bell & Michael S. Watkins.
Dawson City: Frozen Time @ Lightbox Film Center
Bill Morrison — director of Decasia — presents this documentary telling the story of a lost treasure trove of films from the early 1900s discovered “in a sub-arctic swimming pool deep in the Yukon Territory.”
The Spinto Band @ Boot & Saddle
The latest record by this veteran indie rock band from Wilmington is 2013’s Cool Cocoon, but their instant classic from 2005, Nice and Nicely Done, was recently reissued. Here’s hoping a whole new generation discovers this great song:
Joe DeRosa @ Punchline
DeRosa grew up in the area and regularly performed standup at the Laff House. These days he lives in L.A. and performs comedy and music, in addition to co-hosting the Emotional Hangs podcast with Kurt Braunohler. Through Saturday.
Pursuing a Career in Illustration @ Indy Hall
A talk with Daniel Fishel, a staff editorial illustrator for Thrillist who was spotlighted in Forbes and Print magazine. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post and more.
Last Kind Words @ Brickbat Books
A reading by up-and-coming area writers. Quoth the description: “Erik Bader reads the final chapter of his recently completed novel. Allen Crawford reads selections from his new work-in-progress.”
Steve Rannazzisi @ Helium
Standup by the comedian and actor from The League. Through Saturday.
Woods @ Underground Arts
The long-lasting folk-pop band from Brooklyn released its latest EP, Love Is Love back in April.
Berserk! Summer Movie Party @ William Way LGBT Community Center
The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania and Secret Cinema host a screening of the 1967 thriller starring Joan Crawford. The IMDB says “A scheming circus owner finds her authority challenged when the show is targeted by a vicious killer.” Awesome. Watch the trailer.
SATURDAY, JULY 15
RISK! True Tales, Boldly Told @ World Cafe Live
Kevin Allison, alum of the great comedy troupe The State, has been hosting this storytelling series since 2009. Basically, funny, interesting people get up there a tell stories they swore they’d never share. I’ve attended a few RISK!s over the years. They’re always hilarious, surprising and touching in strange ways.
Monument Lab: Summer Sound @ Franklin Square
Mural Arts offers a glimpse into the Monument Lab project, an “expansive, interactive project, coming to Philadelphia’s Center City squares and neighborhood parks in fall 2017.” The event also features music, refreshments and more.
Clark Park Music and Arts Festival @ Clark Park
This free all-day festival features food, crafts, face-painting and music by The Dead Milkmen, West Philadelphia Orchestra, I Think Like Midnight, Rockers Galore and more.
Skeme Richards @ Brewerytown Beats
The respected Philly DJ/producer drops his latest mixtape, New Library Sounds.
Moody Blues @ The Mann
The British rock band who performed hits like “Nights in White Satin” and “Tuesday Afternoon” celebrates the 50th anniversary of their 1967 record Days of Future Passed. Did you think it was “Knights in White Satin”? Yeah, I used to think that, too.
Lupe Fiasco @ Electric Factory
The show goes on for this stream-of-consciousness Chicago rapper who escaped an unhappy deal with Atlantic Records and went indie. Released in February, Drogas Light is full of runaway-train storytelling and mesmerizing trap beats.
Graffiti Pier Cleanup @ Graffiti Pier
In case you don’t know, Graffiti Pier is the most photogenic part of Philadelphia (and that’s saying something). But it’s also basically overrun with garbage. You like the place? You like to go and fish and take photos and all that? Then you gotta do the work. Cleanup supplies provided. Wear things you maybe never want to wear again.
Martha Graham Cracker @ Johnny Brenda’s
Philly’s favorite drag/cabaret queen hosts an evening of entertainment that also includes Special Guest Ms. Red 40, Judith Priest and Mary Radzinski. Saturday and Sunday.
Philly Phinefest @ Ardmore Music Hall
HR of Bad Brains, Mason Porter, Hezekiah Jones, HighKick, Chris Grunwald & The Slow Response and more.
WOMEN @ Community Education Center
“WOMEN, choreographed by Nicole Bindler in collaboration with three dancers from Diyar Dance Theater, is a hybrid dabke/contemporary dance that explores the parallels between the conquest of Palestinian land and Palestinian women’s bodies. The dancers create a map of Palestine with stones on the stage and on the geography of their bodies.”
Negative Approach @ Underground Arts
Veteran pessimistic hardcore punks from Detroit. Cheer up, you guys.
Check It @ Philadelphia Printworks
A free screening of “a feature-length documentary about a black gay gang struggling to survive in one of Washington D.C.’s most violent neighborhoods.” Directed by Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer, Check It was released by Louis C.K.
Bastille Day @ Eastern State Penitentiary
“Let Them Eat Tastykake” is the battle cry at this annual street festival on Fairmount Avenue. Then Butterscotch Krimpets come flying down from the prison to the crowd below. Oh and there’s a (mock) beheading of Marie Antoinette. Entertainment provided by experimental cabaret troupe The Bearded Ladies.
SUNDAY, JULY 16
Idina Menzel @ BB&T Pavilion
A live concert by the actress and singer (Rent, Glee, Frozen). She sang “Let It Go,” which won an Oscar and a Grammy and made my nieces insufferable for like a year.
Taste of the Runway @ Asian Arts Initiative
A fashion show featuring designers BellaDonnaPrimaDonna, Clothigami, Fashion by Shi’da, Jenée Dionne, King O, Kloset Slayer, Noface Apparel, Noneillah, Ruby Dawn Designs, S5Clothing, Semaj’ Clothing, Shelsy TiTy, Stellar Design and Susel Reyes.
Hosted by Jazmin Taylor. Food by featured chef Courtney Clifton of Amuse Bouche Catering Company.
3-DEMENTIA @ Lightbox Film Center
Exhumed Films screens 35mm prints of “some of the greatest 3-D films of all time” including Friday the 13th Part III 3-D (1982), Treasure of the Four Crowns (1983), Rottweiller (1983), Hit the Road Running (1983) and Revenge of the Shogun Women (1977). Worth Keeter, director of Rottweiller and Hit the Road Running will introduce his films.
Gaelynn Lea @ PhilaMOCA
This singer and classically trained violinist crushed the competition in NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest in 2016. Fans of Joanna Newsome, “Little Boxes” and Elliott Smith will all find lots to love in Gaelynn Lea’s folky, thoughtful, moody music.
Reggae in the Park @ The Mann
Giant afternoon reggae festival featuring Ziggy Marley, Beres Hammond, Sizzla, Capleton and lots more. By “the park” they mean Fairmount Park, where the Mann is.
Bring It! Live @ Merriam Theater
Hip-hop majorette and dance performance. Two shows: 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.