33 Things to Do This Weekend
Music, movies, comedy, theater and more
FRIDAY, MARCH 31
Lambchop @ Underground Arts
Kurt Wagner and his alt-country rock band is back with FLOTUS (For Love Often Turns Us Still), released late last year. Their first video from the record is a collaboration with filmmaker Elise Tyler and highlights their hometown of Nashville.
Phantasm @ Boot & Saddle
Prog/thrash metal that makes use of “power tools, live looping, unconventional percussion” and other atypical instrumentation.
La Giara, The Water Jug @ World Café Live
Longtime Philly Brazilian band Minas Ensemble help celebrate the release of Patricia King’s new book La Giara (The Water Jug), “a memoir about immigration and longing.”
Ella, Louis & All That Jazz @ Kimmel Center
A weekend-long celebration of Ella Fitzgerald, and her collaborations with Louis Armstrong, on her 100th birthday.
WXPN Music Film Festival @ Prince Theater
Music-themed movies on the big screen all weekend long, including The Last Waltz, Sgt. Pepper, Almost Famous and more.
Bardo Pond @ Johnny Brenda’s
The intrepid Philly pysch torchbearers continue their long trudge to victory with In The Pines, released last week.
Food/Film: Better Off Dead @ Fringe Arts
Twenty bucks gets you a screening of the classic 1985 comedy classic (?) and a meal based on the movie: Grilled octopus, franch fries, franch dressing and more.
Cryptopictos @ Fleisher/Ollman
“Four artists who create abstract paintings using patterned perforations, lattice-like structures, fields of repetitive marks, and calligraphic gestures” to create cryptic pictures. Through May 26
Flannel: A Grungy ’90s Revival @ World Café Live
Live interpretations of Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Weezer, Green Day and more. Also on the bill: White Limo, a Foo Fighters tribute band.
The Prisoner of Zenda @ Hedgerow Theatre Company
Anthony Hope’s 1894 adventure novel — in which a hapless Brit must stand in for the king he happens to look like — gets a new adaptation by Matt Tallman. Through April 8.
Final Fridays: Rebel, Rebel @ Philadelphia Museum of Art
“A night to celebrate art world renegades, in honor of the 100th anniversary of Marcel Duchamp’s ‘The Fountain’ scandal.” Includes a “Dada-inspired scavenger hunt” by the Dufala Brothers, a performance by Brian Sanders’ JUNK, music and more.
The Courtneys @ Boot & Saddle
This fuzzy, buzzy Vancouver band has a ’90s alt-nation feel, with grungey guitars and sweet vocals competing for your attention.
The Menzingers @ Fillmore Philly
Riding high on the release of last month’s After the Party, these reborn Scranton/Philly punks are ready to play one of the city’s biggest rock rooms.
Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present @ International House
Tyler Hubby’s movie about the revered and under-appreciated musician/filmmaker.
George Clanton @ PhilaMOCA
That’s the real name, supposedly, of electronic/retro-pop/vaporwave artist Mirror Kisses. Come early for Philly gritty pop artist Aphra.
The King and I @ Academy of Music
Broadway Philadelphia presents the Rodgers and Hammerstein favorite through April 2.
SATURDAY, APRIL 1
Films at AAMP: A Moving Image @ The African American Museum in Philadelphia
A screening of A Moving Image in partnership with BlackStar Film Festival. “Following the screening, activist, scholar and artist Nehad Khader will moderate a discussion and audience Q&A between director Shola Amoo and Church of Broken Pieces photographer, Shawn Theodore.”
Betches Who Brunch @ Punchline Philly
Comedy showcase featuring Mary Radzinski, Chip Chantry, Michelle Biloon, Jessa Reed and Dan Vetrano.
Chicano Batman @ Fillmore Philly
The beloved L.A. Latin-influenced rock band returns with a new album, Freedom Is Free.
Redistricting: Drawing The Lines @ New Century Trust
Philly UP Elections Committee hosts a discussion on gerrymandering and redistricting.
Philadelphia Pillow Phight 2017 @ Washington Square Park
BYO pillow. Youtube can attest to our city’s long history of public pillow fighting. It’s madness.
No Fools Allowed Concert @ The Trocadero
From the official description: “Hosted By All Flamers Own Rocstar P, Music By Dj2short, Osama (Murda Gang), Superstar Yay, Young Spittah, Brucey Da Rapper, Supa & (La 0200) Crew, Yog Jp, Cess, Reek Ivan, Stizz Gambler, Elijah Royce, Bravo & O Dollaz, Mr Hoodmuzic, Burn Da General, City Rominiecki, Dada Wop, & Many More.” Do these words mean anything to you at all?
Blue October @ Electric Factory
Alt-rock from the veteran Texas band.
Featuring It’s Marvin, Your Cousin Marvin Berry @ Kung Fu Necktie
“South Philly’s number 1 Back to the Future Tribute” pays homage to recently departed guitar hero Chuck Berry. And Back to the Future, one assumes.
Adapt! @ Wilma Theater
Reviewer David Fox had this to say: “I can imagine some audiences loving Blanka Zizka’s playwriting debut, a memoir-ish chronicle of a young Czech woman leaving her country in the 1970s. But though it was often very striking to look at (more on that in a minute), I find the script hyperextended and tedious, largely recycling familiar tropes on immigration and assimilation. … When Adapt! works, it’s due to the staging and design. Zizka also directs here — in that familiar role, she shines.” Runs through April 22.
Thao @ Johnny Brenda’s
A solo show from the fun and fiery frontwoman of The Get Down Stay Down.
Fools Night Out @ Painted Bride
Painted Bride celebrates April Fools Day with a Parisian Carnival themed fundraiser. Features drinks, dancing and music by PhillyBloco.
SUNDAY, APRIL 2
The Dark Military @ The Trocadero
A screening of the feature film by writer/director Loren W. Lepre. “An innocent but thrilling Halloween attraction turns out to be a life-changing — or life-ending — game of survival for the youth of a small country town.”
Glen Phillips @ World Café Live
A solo performance by the Toad the Wet Sprocket frontman.
Artists for the Resistance! @ Space 1026
A silent auction of pieces donated by artists from all over the country. Proceeds go to Planned Parenthood.
Begin Anywhere 06 @ Fleisher Art Memorial
Bowerbird presents the “sixth event of the Begin Anywhere series, a performer-driven, salon-style concert series curated and performed by the musicians of the Arcana New Music Ensemble.” Includes pieces by Karlheinz Stockhausen,
Padma Newsome, Jennifer Higdon and more.
Past Life @ Kimmel Center
The Israeli Film Festival concludes with this touching drama by writer-director Avi Nesher.
Mayflower Madame @ Kung Fu Necktie
Psych rock and shoegaze from Norway. Also on the bill: Heavy Flow, Hidden Lights and Tanning.