9 Things to Do This Week: Movies, Flowers, Comedy

A rendering of what the Flower Show will look like.

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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Music: 6 Shows to See in Philly This Week

Aphra plays the Barbary on Wednesday.

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 »

Learn About “Sisters of the Stars” Under the Stars at the Franklin Institute

S124-E-008613 (10 June 2008) --- Astronaut Karen Nyberg, STS-124 mission specialist, looks through a window in the newly installed Kibo laboratory of the International Space Station while Space Shuttle Discovery is docked with the station.

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 »

18 Things to Do in Philly This Weekend

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is at the Academy of Music through Sunday. Photo provided

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 »

Cirque du Soleil’s Toruk Is Set in the World of Avatar

Photo by Errisson Lawrence, Costumes by Kym Barrett © 2015 Cirque du Soleil

Photo by Errisson Lawrence, Costumes by Kym Barrett © 2015 Cirque du Soleil

Most Cirque du Soleil shows feel as though they take place in another universe: one without such rigid laws of physics. For Toruk – The First Flight, the creators took that concept even further, setting the show in what really is supposed to be an entirely different world. But it’s a world audience members will likely recognize.

Toruk is set in Pandora, created by James Cameron for his film Avatar. Rather than mimic the movie, the action in Toruk unfolds thousands of years before the events in the film, at a time when the Na’vi people are dealing with a mythic-like flying beast. Unlike other Cirque du Soliel shows, Toruk has a clear storyline, with the performers not only tackling acrobatic feats, but also acting and even speaking the Na’vi language. It’s the first time the company has designed a show to use an entire arena floor, with a set stretching out over 14,000 square feet.  Read more »

THEATER REVIEW: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Adam Langdon and the Cast of Curious Incident of the Dog at the Kimmel Center. (Photo by Joan Marcus)

Adam Langdon and the Cast of Curious Incident of the Dog at the Academy of Music. (Photo by Joan Marcus)

In moments of stress, Christopher, the 15-year-old, brilliant but troubled hero of The Curious Incident of the Dog, comforts himself with facts, numbers, and a search for congruity (his behaviour suggests Asperger’s syndrome, though it’s not referred to explicitly). So, let’s start there. This visually brilliant theatrical adaptation (by Simon Stephens, directed by Marianne Elliott) is in Philadelphia through March 5.  Good timing: it’s here at exactly the moment when Mark Haddon’s novel on which the play is based is the centerpiece for this year’s One Book, One Philadelphia event—an initiative which is celebrating its 15th anniversary.  This tour of Curious Incident follows hit runs on Broadway (799 performances), and originally in the U.K. at the National Theatre (it opened in August 2012, and continues to run at London’s Gielgud Theatre). Read more »

5 First Friday Openings to Check Out

A section of Rae Chichilnitsky's Queen Esther, on display at the Old City Jewish Arts Center.

A section of Rae Chichilnitsky’s Queen Esther, on display at the Old City Jewish Arts Center.

The Color of Happiness @ Old City Jewish Art Center
Bright, colorful works by artists Rae Chichilnitsky and Robin Halpren-Ruder are on display in the Old City Jewish Art Center’s exhibit tied to the happy holiday of Purim, which starts the evening of March 11th this year (it’s the one where you get to dress up in costume). Friday’s opening reception is from 5-9 p.m., followed by a free Shabbat dinner.

Perceiving: Recent Photographs @ 3rd Street Gallery
Local photographer Keith Sharp explores the concept of perception in this series, experimenting with blocking the view of the subject or revisiting the same scene, but shifted. The First Friday event is from 5-9 p.m. There’s also an artist reception, on Sunday from 1-4 p.m. The exhibit will be up until April 2nd. Read more »

Music: 6 Shows to See in Philly This Week

Dua Lipa is at the Foundry at the Fillmore on Thursday. Photo by Nicole Nodland

Dua Lipa is at the Foundry at the Fillmore on Thursday. Photo by Nicole Nodland

Dua Lipa @ Foundry at the Fillmore | Thursday, March 2
This young pop singer out of London is on Entertainment Weekly’s list of “10 Artists Who Will Rule 2017” and her self-titled debut album, slated for a June release, made it onto Billboard’s roundup of the year’s 40 most-anticipated albums.

The-Dream @ Theatre of Living Arts | Thursday, March 2
Singer, songwriter and producer The-Dream, who co-wrote hits like Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” in addition to releasing his own studio albums, is on tour for a new EP, Love You to Death.

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Author Q&A: Judy Collins on How She Conquered Her Food Addiction

Photograph by Brad Trent

Photograph by Brad Trent

Singer Judy Collins doesn’t mind at all if you bring up the whole “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” homage. In fact, she’s meeting up with former boyfriend, songwriter Stephen Stills, in a couple of weeks, and they are headed out on tour together at the end of July. Never mind that the song is about their breakup — Collins says the fact that people remember it (and many of her songs, including “Both Sides Now” ) is a “fantastic honor,” and calls herself the “luckiest person in the world.”

It’s a bit of an odd thing to say after a 30-minute conversation about her alcoholism, bulimia, self-harm, and son’s suicide. In her new book, Cravings: How I Conquered Food, (not to be confused Cravings: All the Food You Want To Eat, by model and hilarious Tweeter Chrissy Teigen), Collins focuses on her journey through alcohol and food addiction. Read more »

Watch Hotel With Director Mike Figgis For Free

International House is screening Hotel on Tuesday. Photo provided

International House is showing Hotel on Tuesday. Photo provided

Two-time Academy Award nominee Mike Figgis, who wrote and directed Leaving Las Vegas, is in Philly this week screening two of his films, and both events are totally free. Read more »

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