FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
Comedy for Gentlemen @ The Republican
Erin Dohony and Rachel Fogletto host night of comedy at South Philly’s esteemed go-go establishment. Samantha Kelly, Geoff Jackson, Gina Gibbons, Michael Kelly and Jessa Reed will perform.
Which Reminds Me @ Act II Playhouse
Tony Braithwaite wrote and stars in this one-man show. Features stand-up comedy, music, storytelling and more. Runs through October 11.
September First Friday @ Arch Enemy Arts
Four shows: The Arch Enemy Arts 2017 Showcase group show (featuring Claus Word, Daniel Mythcity, Nicholas ‘Loaf’ Boyd and more), Kit Mizeres: Holy Water, Michelle Avery Konczyk: O’Night and Evan Lovett & Nick Baxter: Devoid.
I Love The ’90s Tour @ BB&T Pavilion
Sponsored by VH1, the I Love the ’90s Tour promises an upbeat nostalgia trip for oldheads of a certain age: TLC, Naughty by Nature, Mark McGrath, Montell Jordan, C+C Music Factory and Snap! (exclamation point theirs). I did a post on this show yesterday. I thought it was funny.
James Davis @ Helium
The very funny comedian behind Comedy Central’s Hood Adjacent plays through Sunday.
7 Beauties: The Films of Lina Wertmüller @ Lightbox Film Center
Lightbox continues its Lina Wertmüller film series with Seven Beauties (the 1975 Oscar-nominated film that gives the series its name) on Friday, and Summer Night (1986) and Ferdinando and Carolina (1999) on Saturday.
Sorted @ The Dolphin
All the indie kids are dancing to The Smiths, LCD Soundsystem, New Order, Gorillaz, and more.
Project Concrete Pt.1 / N. Hertzberg @ Kung Fu Necktie
Ambient/ experimental electronic music. This is what drones hear when they’re dreaming of attacking their masters.
YallaPunk Festival @ several locations
This three-day festival celebrates music/film/art made by people of Middle Eastern and North African descent. YallaPunk opens with shows at Johnny Brenda’s and The Barbary. Saturday includes workshops at Ulises book shop and Crane Arts Building — “Arab isn’t always Muslim and Muslim isn’t always Arab,” “We’re here, we’re queer, and we’re MENA” and more — followed by more music. The festival concludes with a solidarity workshop at W/N W/N Coffee Bar on Sunday.
Kait & Jess & Friends @ Good Good Comedy Theatre
L.A. UCB comedians Kait Thompson and Jess Ross return to Philly for a night comedy with their funny friend.
The Bounce @ The Barbary
DJs Emynd and Bo Bliz make you dance.
Washington’s Blue Sash @ Museum of the American Revolution
The sash George Washington wore when he took command of the Continental Army is on display, paired with a 1776 portrait of Washington by Charles Willson Peale. Through October 9.
Fantastic Beasts @ Clark Park
The first of 100 Harry Potter movies that don’t have Harry Potter in them, Fantastic Beasts follows young Newt Scamander as he navigates the difficult terrain of government bureaucracy in hopes of changing his name to something less wizarding, like Bill or Gary. Gary Scamander.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
MattyB @ The Trocadero
This 14-year-old rapper/singer was born too late. If it was 1992, this video would totally have been shamelessly tacked onto the end of a Beverly Hill 90210 episode in a corporate promotional crossover-type maneuver. Hell, he might’ve even scored a guest spot as the friend who shoots himself playing with his dad’s gun.
Puppies and Portraiture @ American Philosophical Society
Learn about pets in paintings, then play with adoptable dogs from PAWS.
A Sea of Pussy Hats @ A-Space
This solo art show by Ebony Malaika Collier is inspired by “responses to the Nouveau Civil Rights Movement and the Election of the 45th POTUS.”
Spellbound @ Voltage Lounge
Nina Belief performs at a night of darkwave, coldwave, goth rock and more.
Perpetual Groove @ Ardmore Music Hall
The longstanding rootsy jam band from Georgia.
The Seventh Art Stand @ Lightbox Film Center
Subtitled “Short Films From and About the Middle East for Young Audiences,” this program features movies from Iran, Syria and Yemen.
Marbled Eye/Dark Web @ Beautiful World Syndicate
Just a good, free rock show. Marbled Eye, from Oakland, has a jangly indie sound.
Made in America Festival @ Ben Franklin Parkway
HOV’s supermassive hip-hop (and pop, and R&B, and rock) festival returns to take over the Parkway. Saturday: J. Cole, Solange, Migos, Queen of Jeans, Alex G., etc. Sunday: Run the Jewels, Jay Z, Japanese Breakfast, Chainsmokers, Pusha T, etc.
Dave P. @ The Dolphin
Mr. Making Time promises “a transcendental futuristic sound experience.” Free before midnight.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
Meek Mill @ NOTO Philadelphia
The popular Philly rapper and friends celebrate the release of Wins and Losses.
Underground System @ Johnny Brenda’s
This Brooklyn afrobeat/dance/jazz/pop band is always looking for inventive ways to make you shake your ass. Guaranteed good time.
Shinyribs @ World Café Live
Austin musician Kevin Russell’s preferred genres include swamp-funk and country-soul. His Twitter bio features a litany of wondrous appellations including: the Pavarotti of the Pineywoods, the Walt Whitman of Thumb Wrestling and the Bruce Lee of Ukulele.
THOT Riot @ Signatures
LGBTQIA dance party featuring fetish booths, techno tarot and music spun by Mia Secreto, Icon Ebony Fierce, Xxxstian Beauty and more.
Beer & Honey: A Night of Poetry @ Pentridge Station
Apiary literary magazine takes over the Pentridge beer garden to celebrate APIARY 9: Sanctuary with music, poetry and more. Performers include Black Boy Fly, Empty Set Press, Jasmine Combs and more. Free but donations are encouraged to help cover printing costs.