44 Things To Do This Weekend (Weather Permitting)
Really hoping the snow doesn't cancel the Peeps diorama contest.
Friday, March 18
- Hip-Hop Lives @ Bourbon & Branch MC Flipside’s night of beats and rhymes returns with a full lineup: Philly Slick, Armpit, Electric City and Elzhi (of Slum Village).
- Wolfthicket @ Martial Posture Martial Arts Studio A new theater/dance show by Lily Kind and Adam Stone of the brand new duo Pidgin. Through Sunday.
- Dust + Dignity: Exhibition Party/Pop-Up Shop @ Painted Bride Celebrating the music/art exhibition curated by King Britt, Rich Medina and other big names from the Philly DJ scene.
- Spellbound Darkwave Dance Party @ Voltage A dark, cold bill featuring Hot Guts plus DJs Dame Luz, Nightwitch and Mr. Manic.
- Pink Mass @ Kung Fu Necktie “Pansexual pervert punk grind, conjuring the unholy powers of sex, Satan and violence to destroy the ears and genitals of earth’s human filth.” That’s the real show description, except it was in all caps.
- Dogs On Acid/Fake Boyfriend/Fred Beans @ Siren Records Doylestown record shop puts on a good rock show. I like how their FB page is always instructing us to “remain stoked.”
- Marge/Big Hush/Lonesome Leash/Hot Tears @ Eris Temple Arts If you haven’t checked out Marge yet, you should.
- PostSecret The Show @ The Kimmel Center The popular confessional web site/art project becomes a live show. I interviewed PS founder Frank Warren earlier this week. TL;DR: The web doesn’t have to be a mean place and the Zodiac Killer has not contacted him.
- Andy Sandford @ Boot & Saddle Standup Sandford has appeared on Conan and Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Also on the bill: Michelle Biloon, Ryan Shaner, Joseph Dougherty, Aaron Hertzog, and Alison Zeidman.
- Chewing the Scenery @ Icebox Project Space This group show at the Crane Arts Building is curated by Jonathan Santoro and Meredith Sellers. Through Saturday.
- Nice And Fresh @ Cliveden “Pop Up Performances of New Theater and Dance” at Germantown’s historic mansion, featuring Olive Prince Dance, Chris Davis, Annie Wilson, and Josh McIlvain/SmokeyScout Productions. Friday and Saturday.
- Young Voices Monologue Festival @ InterAct This edition of the annual festival features 18 monologues by students from 17 different area schools. For a taste the funny, poignant, inventive pieces, check out InterAct’s #AMonologueADay posts. Through Saturday.
- Sworn Virgin @ International House Laura Bispuri’s 2015 film about an Albanian woman escaping a life of wifehood and servitude by swearing to stay a virgin and living life as a man.
- Northern Liberties Variety Show @ Johnny Brenda’s “Freaks! Phoneys! Yo mama!” What. No idea what this event is.
- The Sound of Music @ Academy of Music Our resident theater critic David Fox found this production of the very popular musical surprising and entertaining: “In short, this is The Sound of Music for the whole family: The kids will eat it up — and adults just might find something unexpected in it.” Read his review. Runs through Sunday.
- Mike Pays Heats @ Everybody Hits These Drexel kids released Tape 1 Play in January, and it hits me in a weird way: a little Wolf Parade, some Adam Arcuragi, kinda folky, kinda punky. Also on the bill: The Obsessives, Semiotics, Broken Beak.
- Among the Unburied @ Haverford College Three artists “invite us consider a world of ghosts as firmly planted in the complex geopolitics and cultural schisms of Colombia, the Pacific Northwest, and Korea.” This is the opening reception/gallery talk; the exhibition in the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery runs through April 29.
- Tangle Movement Arts @ Neighborhood House “RetroAct” collects and reimagines pieces from the all-woman aerial dance troupe’s first five years of performances. Expect campy comedy and seriously dazzling trapeze work. Through Saturday.
- Prisoner’s Song @ Rotunda Music/visual art performance featuring shadow puppets, projections, sound collage and more by Erik Ruin and Gelsey Bell.
- Get Pegged @ FringeArts Cabaret starring Heath Allen, Chris Davis, Messapotamia Lefae and more. Hosted by John Jarboe.
- Tortoise @ Underground Arts Millions now living will never rock.
Saturday, March 19
- Jombiverse @ A Space Visual arts by painter/Flickrstar Jombi Supastar and music at your friendly neighborhood anarchist community center.
- Noir at the Bar: The Final Curtain @ Society Hill Playhouse A night of readings by authors with high body counts: Ed Pettit, Jen Conley, Dana King, Jon McGoran, Duane Swierczynski, Dennis Tafoya and more.
- Straphangers/Thorazine @ Kung Fu Necktie Rock you can drink to.
- Swarm/King Azaz/Kilamanzego/Ex. by V. @ Beaumont Wherehouse Hip-hop, punk, experimental and more at 50th and Beaumont. Also features DJ Alex “spinning that soulful noise, that crunktronica, that ratchet queer cyborg shit.”
- Hermit Thrushes/Data/Radon Chong/Rachel Adler @ Space 1026 A night of weird, artful music. Puppet warning.
- Rangda @ Boot & Saddle Drag City band featuring dudes from Sun City Girls, Six Organs of Admittance and more.
- 3rd Planet Festival @ World Café Live In March of last year, a young Drexel grad named Emily Selke died in a plane crash, along with her mother Yvonne. Planning music festivals was one of her dreams. Which brings us to the 3rd Planet Festival, celebrating Emily and Yvonne’s lives with a full day of music starting at 2 p.m. Features Bombadil, Oxymorrons, Kodiak, Family Volleyball and more.
- Natural History Collections: The Newest Biological Frontier @ Wagner Free Institute Research zoologist Dr. Kristofer Helgen of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History talks about discovering new species.
- 3D Printing Workshop @ Franklin Institute Make a machine make something for you.
- Grand Opening @ Ps & Qs for Her A counterpart to the dude-oriented clothing shop Ps & Qs on South Street, this new Pine Street location focuses on women and children.
- The Blackfinity Gauntlet @ Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse Black podcasters and other “blerds” celebrate the beloved Frankford Avenue comics/coffee shop.
- Indigo Girls @ Scottish Rite Auditorium The closer you are to Collingswood, the closer you are to fine.
- Hoodie Allen @ Electric Factory Frat rap.
- Smash Palace @ World Café Live Veteran Philly rock.
- Mock Suns @ Johnny Brenda’s Record release show for Mock Suns’ new Stay True. Available on white vinyl. Laser Background and Sun Hat are also on the bill. Stick around for DJ Julia Factorial.
Sunday, March 20
- Peeps Diorama Contest @ Big Blue Marble The sugary Easter chicks and bunnies will be arranged in cute little scenes.
- Megadeth @ Electric Factory Metal. Mustaine and co. will also be doing a meet & greet earlier in the day at FYE.
- TCGM Honors: Barbara Bullock @ The Colored Girls Museum The Germantown artist Barbara Bullock — whose painted collages have been impressing fans and critics for years — is celebrated as part of Womens Herstory Month.
- Brandi Ou Dance @ CHI Movement Arts Center “Converge” and other works in progress by Caroline O’Brien with Jason Harris, Evalina Carbonell and Olive Prince Dance.
- Best Vegan Cheesesteak Contest @ Union Transfer Taste tests, celebrity judges, etc.
- Philly Queer Brunch @ Repair The World: Philadelphia A “potluck brunch fundraiser to support the Philly Student Union.”
- Eric Rich/Lake Mary @ the Fire Thoughtful music to bliss out to.
- Snow @ Outside Fuck you, groundhog. We had a deal.