19 Things to Do in Philly This Weekend
Now that Halloween weekend is over, it’s time to enjoy November and the calm before the onslaught that is holiday season. Take advantage of the forecasted nice weather this weekend by checking out the Apple Festival at Peddler’s Village, or the vendors at Clover Market and the fall-version of Art Star Craft Bazaar. Show off your dance moves at Shake It Up Saturdays, or just watch the pros do it at the So You Think You Can Dance or BODYTRAFFIC performances. And of course, there’s plenty of shows for film and music fans, like a midnight screening of camp classic Clue, and Marina and the Diamonds at Electric Factory. We round up all that and more below.
As part of their series of showing a midnight flick every Friday, Ritz at the Bourse has chosen amusing 1985 film Clue for this weekend, based on the board game and a story by John Landis. Stars like Tim Curry and Christopher Lloyd appear in this comedic take on the classic murder mystery. Friday, November 6th, 12 am, $10, Ritz at the Bourse.
Milly (Toni Collette) and Jess (Drew Barrymore) are each other’s other half, best friends who have been side by side since they were little girls. When Milly discovers she has a tumor, they need their friendship more than ever as they ride out the roller coasters of life, love and hardship. Through November 12th, various times, Ritz East Theatre.
This Friday, a reception for artist Ellen Harvey will be held at Locks Gallery, to welcome the exhibition of her newest installation, which explores both the natural landscape and the man-made. Drawing on images of forestry and historical architecture, Harvey’s installations at Locks and at the Barnes Foundation follow from her 2013 D.C. exhibit, The Alien’s Guide to the Ruins of Washington D.C. Through December 12th, 10 am, free, Locks Gallery.
The loud Massachussets-born, tell-it-like-it-is comic is back, touring the States and writing new material for a future standup special. In Philly, he became something of an infamous comedic legend after chewing out a particularly boisterous crowd back in 2006 (watch above). Friday, November 6th, 7 pm, $19-$69, Wells Fargo Center.
InLiquid Presents “Under the Skin” and “Body Language”
For First Friday, local-artist-championing nonprofit InLiquid is hosting art openings at two Old City galleries. Susan Wallack’s “Under the Skin,” opens at Engagement Studios (222 Vine Street, 6 to 9 pm). Wallack’s work, a collection of collage, assemblage and mixed media paintings, “draw upon her early experiences at museums and galleries and the joy that accompanied them.” Down the street at Painted Bride (230 Vine Street, 5 to 7 pm), four artists, Laurie Beck Peterson, Lauren Findlay, Lauren Rinaldi, Ali Thompson, come together for a group exhibition called “Body Language.” There you’ll find engaging works that concern “the body, depictions of femininity, and public expression of private self,” placing “precedence of personal narrative over social norms or expectations.” It’s supposed to be nice on Friday night, so take advantage of what might be one of our last warm-weather First Friday strolls in a while. Friday November 6th, various times and locations, free.
After a host of collaborations, classes and workshops in the Middle East, dance troupe BODYTRAFFIC returns to Philly for performances through the weekend. Presented by the company Dance Affiliates in their NextMove series, the performance will premiere three programs that move from jazz, a hip-hop/contemporary/ballet fusion, to a concluding piece inspired by the light before sunset. Through Sunday, November 8th, 3 pm, $37-$57, Prince Theater.
Philly spoken word poet Ursula Rucker does not hold back emotionally, and for the First Person Arts Festival, brings a personal memoir that examines the struggles of her mother’s life and how it has impacted her own. She reminds us how intricately we are shaped by our experiences of living in the family we were born into, but also how we can endure our hardships to learn strength and resilience. We learned all that in a Q&A we had with her this week. Read the rest of it here. See what else is happening during the First Person Arts Festival here. Friday, November 6th, 8 pm, $12-$15, Plays & Players Theatre.
Legends don’t fade; they keep sparkling. The Atlantan Empress of Soul Gladys Knight graces the stage at the Academy of Music with The O’Jays, who after almost 60 years of performing, still carry the torch for Philly soul. Knight’s latest 2014 gospel record, Where My Heart Belongs, is her 30th to climb the top 40 of the Billboard R&B chart. Friday, November 6th, 8 pm, Academy of Music.
Highly Suspect — Apple Music’s 2015 pick for New Artist Spotlight — is proof that rock is far from dead. The Brooklyn transplants’ debut album, Mister Asylum, is concise but full of powerful songs laced with heavy guitar and expletives. The lineup will be rounded out with And The Kids, The Yetis, and The Sixties. Listen before you go: “Lydia.” Friday, November 6th, 8 pm.
The Fall Art Star Craft Bazaar will take place this Saturday and Sunday, claiming the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum as its new home. While you shop the rows and rows of handmade goods, be sure to check out the venue’s world-class collection of vintage racing cars. There will also be craft tables, food trucks, photo booths, and Victory beer on tap to maximize your craft bazaar experience. Through Sunday, November 8th, 11 am, $3, Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum. –Lauren McGrath
Get a partner and your best moves together for a free couple’s salsa class with Society Hill Dance Academy. All skill levels are welcome — even if you’re convinced you’ve got two left feet. Dancers will get a $5 voucher to the Market and Shops at Comcast Center, as well as a $50 gift certificate and free class voucher courtesy of Society Hill Dance Academy. Saturday, November 7th, 1:30 pm, free, The Market and Shops at Comcast Center.
Welsh pop star Marina Diamandis is primarily a one-woman show, her fans referred to affectionally as the Diamonds. Her third album Froot reflects a deeper, more mature outlook after her previous electronic pop album and alter ego, Electra Heart. Her smile and energy is bubbling and infectious, and she is one of the few pop stars who creates real eras with every record — so snatch up those secondhand tickets for her Neon Nature Tour if you can. Listen before you go: “Froot.” Saturday, November 7th, 8:30 pm.
For the second year in a row, Sly Fox is hosting a Belgian-style day of racing and beer. Enjoy the beer garden and tasty foods like pizzas and meatball sandwiches, as you cheer on your family and friends in this multi-terrain cycling race. Even kids can join in! Sunday, November 8th, 9 am, $0-$30, Pottstown Brewery, Pottstown, PA.
The Clover Market is highly acclaimed in Philly for its selection of vintage items and antiques. With over 100 vendors, you can find jewelry and clothing, collectibles and artwork, and enjoy crafts, music, and food trucks. Sunday, November 8th, 10 am, pay as you go, 7 North Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA.
If you ever wondered what Americans ate in the days of the Civil War, Mütter Museum has an interactive exhibit as an answer. Listen to music that the soldiers heard, talk with soldiers and surgeons, and sample a range of items like soda biscuits, candies and hotchpotch. Try out the “gangrene” ice cream by the Franklin Fountain, and then see what your own arms would look like gangrened. Sunday, November 8th, 10 am, $11-$16, Mütter Museum.
Few things say fall (and America!) like freshly picked apples. Take home a bushel, and get your hands on some tasty fritters, cider, apple butter, cakes and donuts. Enjoy pie-eating contests and live entertainment. You can also reserve an apple pie for pick-up, and purchase a festival VIP package for extra perks.
Through Sunday, November 8th, 10 am, pay as you go, Peddler’s Village.
The first ever Philly-wide Veterans’ parade kicks off this weekend, honoring all those who served from the Delaware Valley/Tri-State area. The All Veterans Parachute Team will also land at Independence Hall, and each of the Armed Services from the American wars will be recognized, including the Tuskegee Airmen and the Pearl Harbor survivors. Sunday, November 8th, 12 pm, South Broad and Walnut Streets.
Coming a couple months after the Fox show’s season finale, the Top 10 contestants of Season 12 are taking their skills on the road for a North American tour. They’ll show Philly why they were the cream of the crop at the Academy of Music this weekend. Sunday, November 8th, 8 pm, $45-$69.50, Academy of Music.
Lera Lynn has many Southern roots: Houston, Nashville, and Athens, Georgia. Her sound gets to the heart of American music, with soul, a slow country swing, and almost haunting vocal melodies. Not only has she collaborated with the likes of Rosanne Cash, but she produced music for HBO’s dark, star-studded crime series True Detective. She is joined at the World Café Live by Swedish singer and former Swedish Idol contestant Anna Bergendahl. Listen before you go: “Lying in the Sun.” Sunday, November 8th, 8 pm.
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