Allison Crutchfield of Waxahatchee and her killer Hop Along tattoo. (Jesse Riggins)
Waxahatchee @ Johnny Brenda’s | Wednesday, March 15
Born in the Birmingham DIY scene, kickass singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield has adopted Philly and Philly has adopted her over the past half-decade or so. It’s a win-win. As Waxahatchee, Crutchfield turns personal turmoils and triumphs into gorgeously literary songs that stick in your ears all day long. She rocks:
Puddles Pity Party @ Trocadero | Friday, March 17
Puddles is a big giant clown who sings like God’s favorite demon. His shows are enthralling, unnerving and unforgettable. You should see Puddles perform at least once in your life. Read more »
Hats off to Regina Spektor. (Shervin Lainez)
Either you’re excited about Regina Spektor’s show tonight because you have tickets or you’re sad it’s sold out — or you and I don’t understand each other. Those are the three options, and all of them sound like a good excuse to watch a bunch of Spektor videos.
Based loosely on the story of the dude with the fateful haircut (loosely because, like, they didn’t have Wonder bread during Biblical times), this song is so lovely she did it twice. “Samson” first appeared on 2002’s under-appreciated Songs only to be polished/shortened for a wider audience on 2006’s Begin to Hope. It’s a genuine heartbreaker and the video, directed by animator Peter Sluszka, is appropriately moody, full of flickering black and white and magical abstraction. Read more »
John Zak and Renee Richman-Weisband in The Lyons at Isis Productions. (Photo by Kristine Di Grigoli)
Rita Lyons is the least cuddly Jewish mother you’ve ever seen. If you don’t believe me, just ask her kids (daughter Lisa and son Curtis). She doesn’t complain if they don’t phone. (More likely, she’ll ignore the call if she recognizes the number). She won’t tempt them with treats—Curtis is too pudgy already, as Rita is quick to notice. And forget about family visits—she hasn’t even bothered to tell them their father is at death’s door. Read more »
Creepoid plays Underground Arts on Friday.
FRIDAY, MARCH 10
Creepoid @ Underground Arts
A full night of Philly rock featuring Creepoid, whose pysch-grunge sound makes me think of Nirvana, Sabbath and the fact that every square inch of this city used to be a cemetery. Also on the bill: Ecstatic Vision, Mike Polizze of Purling Hiss and The Spirit Of The Beehive.
Pennsylvania Ballet @ Academy of Music
This “rollicking, lighthearted production” features pirates, swordplay and romance. Runs through March 19. Read more »
Live Nation today announced a new music festival that’s coming to Philadelphia. It has a lot of local flavor: It’s being curated by Hall & Oates. It also features local favorites G. Love & Special Sauce, Vivian Green, Marah, and Son Little. English rock band Tears for Fears will also play.
“HoagieNation is a wonderful and colorful place where the citizens are united by a love of cold meat and Amoroso’s rolls,” Hall said in a release. “P.S. they ALL got soul!” Oates’s press release quote was similarly weird: “Philly is famous for a lot of things, but the highlights just might be the amazing MUSIC and of course the HOAGIE!”
There’s only one sentence we can add here: Hey, where are The Hooters?! Read more »
R.E.M. (Lakewood Amphitheatre, Atlanta, 2008) Says Sikich: “I began shooting because of this band, my favorite band of all time. I had a point-and-shoot and was lucky enough to be in the front row. Little did anyone at the show know that this was their last show ever in their home state.”
Two things about concert photography in 2017:
1. There’s more of it now than ever before.
2. Most of it’s not so good.
The smartphone era has its upsides, but when it comes to enjoying and memorializing shows, I’d say it’s a net negative. Read more »
A rendering of what the Flower Show would look like if they only let a few people in. (GMR Design LLC)
Queerspace @ Tattooed Mom | Wednesday, March 8
This variety show promises “art, performance, bravery, panache and trash” while you drink beer and eat waffle fries. Performers include family favorites Buttstacular Garlic Clove, Areola Grande and Jenny Streetpizza. Benefits Planned Parenthood. This is tonight.
Best of Secret Cinema Short Films @ the Maas Building | Friday, March 10
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Aphra plays the Barbary on Wednesday.
International Women’s Day Benefit Concert @ Underground Arts | Wednesday, March 8
This benefit for the new Crossroads Women’s Center — “a grassroots, multi-racial, community-based, self-help center” in Germantown — is packed with righteous Philly talent: Louie Louie, Queen of Jeans, Molly Rhythm, Hemming, Ivy Sole, Grayling, Manic Pixi, Harmony Woods, The Pretty Greens, Troi Lauren, Ladybird, Resilient, Little Strike (see below) and Sweetbriar Rose. Read more »
Astronaut Karen Nyberg, STS-124 mission specialist, looks through a window in the newly installed Kibo laboratory of the International Space Station (June, 2008).
The Franklin Institute’s Night Skies in the Observatory series is always a good bet. Every month, chief astronomer/author Derrick Pitts leads a program that includes visits to the rooftop telescopes and the planetarium and it’s only $10.
But this Wednesday’s program is extra cool, because: Read more »
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is at the Academy of Music through Sunday.
FRIDAY, MARCH 3
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time @ Academy of Music
Theater critic David Fox called the touring production of this Tony Award-winning Broadway play a “visually brilliant theatrical adaptation” and “a must-see.” The show, in Philly through Sunday, is based on Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel, which is also the 2017 selection for the Free Library’s One Book, One Philadelphia program.
Princess Mononoke @ Ritz at the Bourse
Next up in the Midnight Madness movie series is Hayao Miyazaki’s critically acclaimed animated film based on Japanese folklore about a cursed warrior and a girl raised by wolf-gods.
Bluebeard’s Castle — Yannick and Opera @ Kimmel Center
Mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung and bass John Relyea join Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra in performing selections from Swan Lake and Bluebeard’s Castle. There’s a performance on Saturday, too.
Paul Mecurio @ Punch Line Philly
Investment banker-turned-comedian Paul Mecurio, who’s earned Emmy and Peabody awards as a writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and now works for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, performs at Punch Line Philly on Friday and Saturday. Read more »