What to Do Tonight

Victor's (non-St. Paddy's Day) picks: A future funk queen, a hunky actor at the Arden, and John Waters in Bryn Mawr

I guess it’s St. Paddy’s Day today, judging by all the green on the bus this morning. But I distinctly remember being stuck behind the Erin Express a few days ago and seeing green-bead-wearing partiers falling down drunk in the street. At noon. So I’m confused. How long does this “holiday” last? No matter, because I am doing everything I can to avoid St. Paddy’s Day — the one night of the year I do not going out drinking. If you’re inclined to go out and guzzle green beer with the amateurs, you’re on your own. But if you need some non-St. Paddy’s Day suggestions, here are my three best:

You may not know the name Janelle Monae, but you will soon thanks to her tutelage under Outkast and Diddy and her forthcoming full-length May debut (she was somehow nominated for a Grammy without even having an album out). The future funk queen performs tonight and tomorrow at Johnny Brenda’s. A steal at $12.

Don’t forget about the Arden’s fantastic production of Romeo & Juliet, with the part of Romeo being played by Philadelphia’s Sexiest Actor, Evan Jonigkeit. Tickets ($34) are still available for tonight’s 6:30 p.m. performance (you can get back home in time before all kinds of leprechaunic hell breaks loose).

And if you’re looking for something just a bit more lowbrow, the Bryn Mawr Film Institute begins its John Waters tribute tonight with a screening of Hairspray —Victor Fiorillo

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