What to Do Tonight

Victor's picks for Thursday: Taylor Swift, electronica at the Electric Factory, and — for crying out loud — Melissa Manchester in Sellersville

To all you parents out there who haven’t picked up your Taylor Swift tickets yet (including the one who just called me all stressed out because her girls were begging her for tickets), know that both shows at the Wachovia Center — tonight and Friday — are basically sold out. There is a chance that last-minute seats will open up, and if you’re in South Philly anyway, a visit to the box office may not be a bad idea, as they sometimes have a stash of tickets on hand. But if you’ve just got to get tickets — as in, “Oh mom, I’m just going to die if I don’t see Taylor Swift” — it looks like you may have to go the way of the scalpers.

If, on the other hand, you’d like to avoid the tweens, head to the Electric Factory where electronica duo Air have come all the way from Versailles to help you get your groove on. It’s a $40 dance party. And don’t forget about Janelle Monae’s aforementioned future-funk extravaganza at Johnny Brenda’s.

If you’re not content with hearing just the recorded “Don’t Cry Out Loud” every time it comes on B101, you can go to the Sellersville Theatre tonight to see its creator, songstress Melissa Manchester, perform it live. If you have no idea where Sellersville is, don’t worry, neither did I until I Google Mapped it and discovered that it’s just off 309, less than an hour from Center City. Granted, two hours in the car and the $50 ticket will probably preclude you from attending, but who knows? Maybe there are a few closeted fans out there.

But obviously, given the atmospheric conditions, what you really should do is call a friend and leave work early so you can snag a sidewalk table somewhere and toast the imminence of Spring. I’ll probably be at the table next to you. — Victor Fiorillo

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