FRIDAY, AUGUST 11
Marah @ Ardmore Music Hall
The veteran Philly rock band always puts on a memorable show. Rolling Stone called one of their records the “Best Americana Album You’ve Never Heard” and they’re right except I’ve heard it. It is really good, though.
Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast @ Helium
Philly comedians Matt McCusker and Shane Gillis host the first live edition of their podcast with guests John McKeever, and Tim Butterly.
Questival Philadelphia 2017 @ all over town
The details are vague about this “24-hour adventure race” but the photos show smiling people running and climbing walls and kayaking and stuff.
Trump’s America: A Comedy Show @ Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Inc.
Political comedy at Kensington’s favorite comic shop, featuring performances by Setoiyo, Marjorie Fineberg-Winther, Marlenas McMahon-Purk, Jim Breslin, Hannah Harkness and Maddie McLennon.
Ursula @ PhilaMOCA
Bold, shouty rock ’n’ roll from Philly. Ursula is loud and lo-fi, but they have an artsy side:
Guys and Dolls @ Bucks County Playhouse
Theater critic David Fox had this to say: “Any opportunity to see Guys and Dolls — near the top of the top among American musicals — is a treat, and I especially looked forward to it at Bucks County Playhouse. It’s an ideally intimate venue, as well as one rich in history and atmosphere. The cast has many terrific performers (BCP does very well with casting in general). Most of all, the director is Hunter Foster, Artistic Associate here, who two summers ago led an exceptionally intriguing version of Stephen Sondheim’s Company.” Read the entire review here. Runs through Aug. 12.
Frankie Rose @ Johnny Brenda’s
This serves as a de facto album release show for Brooklyn/L.A. dream-pop artist Frankie Rose, since her new record Cage Tropical comes out the same day. The music is inspired, somewhat, by the work of oft-retired overnight paranormal radio show host Art Bell.
Ace @ the Annenberg Center
A comedy about a NYC cab driver with a past, written and performed by Ted Greenberg (Emmy-winning writer for Late Night with David Letterman). Runs through Aug. 12.
Jon Lovitz @ Helium
Standup comedy by the SNL/NewsRadio alum. Remember when Trump referenced Lovitz during his presidential campaign? That was so weird. Everything’s weird now. Lovitz performs through Saturday.
Huffamoose/Stargazer Lily @ Milkboy Philly
A pretty sweet bill for Philly music fans of a certain vintage. Huffamoose, of course, had several memorable albums and hit or two in the late ’90s/early 2000s. Stargazer Lily is Steph Hayes’ recently revived dreamy, folk-pop outfit.
Tommy & Me @ FringeArts
A revival of Ray Didinger’s play about helping to get NFL player Tommy McDonald into the Hall of Fame. Runs through Aug. 20.
Blowdryer @ Everybody Hits
Loud, fun, punk rock featuring Sarah Everton (formerly of Bleeding Rainbow). Every Blowdryer show is a good time.
Best of Ottawa Animation Program 2016 @ Lightbox Film Center
Short film favorites from the most recent Ottawa International Animation Festival. Features Nick Vokey’s Fired on Mars, Rune Spaans’ The Absence of Eddy Table, Paul Johnson’s Begone Dull Care 2015 and more.
The Room @ Ritz at the Bourse
Watch the infamously terrible movie at midnight. Uber home in silence.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 12
Cinema Novo @ Lightbox Film Center
“A film essay that poetically investigates the eponymous Brazilian film movement, the most prominent in Latin America in the past century”
Allday @ Voltage Lounge
Easygoing R&B/hip-hop from Adelaide, Australia.
Chris Stapleton @ BB&T Pavilion
The Kentucky country artist comes to town. Stapleton’s not opposed to rocking out, but don’t lump him in with the pandering, bro-country crowd. He’s more old-school, singing songs about whiskey and being sad.
Night of the Living Dead @ TLA
The TLA gets back to its movie house roots with two screenings (8 p.m. and midnight) of George A. Romero’s 1968’s influential zombie horror classic.
Yellowman @ Milkboy Philly
The Jamaican reggae/dancehall artist has seen it all and kept going.
Anna Drezen @ Good Good Comedy Theatre
Comedy by the SNL writer/Reductress editor. She also the author of Reductress: How To Win At Feminism and How May We Hate You?
The Vernes @ Kung Fu Necktie
The Vernes do wobbly, catchy pop. The slower stuff’s like Casiotone for the Slightly More Outgoing, but the faster songs are more garagey. (P.S.: Show up early for Strange Parts.)
Semi-Composed: Metamorphosis @ The Performance Garage
A music and dance performance by Vervet Dance and friends. “Philadelphia-based Vervet Dance director Loren Groenendaal with New York City-based pianist Melinda Faylor present structured improvisational compositions from the past decade of collaboration along the themes of metamorphosis and change.” Two performances: 6 and 8 p.m.
Ki:Theory @ Boot & Saddle
Joel Burleson has been making electronic/rock music since 1999, sometimes remixing the likes of Daft Punk, Ladytron and Rodrigo y Gabriela. He’s also done stuff for TV soundtracks and commercials. Psst. Can you believe this music video was banned? I found it on YouTube dot com. Don’t tell any one:
Grunge-A-Palooza @ The Ardmore Music Hall
A rare occasion when the “a palooza” suffix makes sense. The lineup includes bands paying tribute to Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots and more. (P.S. I wrote a little thing about grunge yesterday.)
“O-bon” Japanese Summer Festival @ Tired Hands Fermentaria
Outdoor family festival in Ardmore featuring music, dance, food, kids activities and more.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 13
Joe Mande @ Underground Arts
This really funny standup comedian used to do sketch comedy with Harris Wittels and wrote for Parks & Rec, Kroll Show and Delocated. He shows up on Earwolf podcasts from time to time. Comedian Rachel Fogletto has just been added as the opener.
Angelo Moore @ Ortlieb’s
Angelo Moore of Fishbone will play solo under the Dr. Madd Vibe moniker and debut a new short film called Optimistic Yes. The Sideshow Prophets and Joe Keyes & The Late Bloomers will also perform.
Valley Queen @ Johnny Brenda’s
This L.A. folk-pop band caught the eye of both Stereogum and NPR last summer and drew comparisons to Fleetwood Mac and Florence and the Machine. Singer Natalie Carol has some serious chops.
Oolala/Papa Ed Stokes & Kunu Bi/Jupiter Blue @ Germantown Kitchen Garden
See some bands and sample some stuff from Young American Cider and Germantown Kitchen Garden. Potluck dinner at 5, music at 6.
Free Screen Printing Workshop @ Warehouse on Watts
South Silly Craft Coven hosts a workshop teaching basic screenprinting techniques that you can use at home. Read up on what you should bring.