47 Things to Do This Weekend
Dan Deacon, Eddie Bruce, Spaceballs and more.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 26
Weird Science @ Philadelphia Museum of Art
Baltimore-based electronic musician and showman Dan Deacon headlines this Final Fridays event at the PMA. Also includes insight into art conservation, an “unconventional gallery tour” in which med students attempt to diagnose the maladies of the people in paintings and sculptures and more.
Inara George @ Boot & Saddle
The Bird and The Bee singer/bassist/Bird plays a solo show in support of her just-released solo record, Dearest Everybody. This may be the most gorgeous thing you’ve heard in awhile:
Secret Cinema presents Two-Reelers @ the Maas Building
Secret Cinema digs up once-beloved comedy heroes whose short, two-reel films played before the main attractions from the 1920s to the 1950s. I wrote a larger post about this event on Monday.
Umphrey’s McGee @ The Fillmore
The longstanding jam/prog/everything band plays two nights in support of their just-released eleventh album, It’s Not Us. Friday & Saturday, January 26 & 27.
The Great Silence @ Lightbox Film Center
Sergio Corbucci’s 1968 snowy western starring Klaus Kinski.
Hands-On Tour: Lesbian and Gay Lives @ The Rosenbach
A tour and discussion of the lives and work of Oscar Wilde, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo and other queer artists. Includes access to some of the museum’s rarely displayed items.
Super Bonanza @ Milkboy
Philly rock band Super Bonanza, led by singer/two-string bassist Joe Oxman, celebrates the release of a new record. Also on the bill: Bosom Band and 2Tones Clash.
Kayo Dot @ Kung Fu Necktie
Boston/Brooklyn metal/prog/avant garde act Kayo Dot put out a memorable record called Plastic House on Base of Sky a few years ago. No new album’s been announced, as far as I can tell, but Toby Driver and co. are surely up to something.
The Devil Makes Three @ Electric Factory
It’s not every day that a bluegrass/roots band plays the Electric Factory, but this Santa Cruz band has the chops to get the job done.
AWFUL Wrestling Sanctuary Slam @ Fleisher Art Memorial
AWFUL = Art Wrestling Federation Urban League. Wind Challenge exhibition artist Jerry Kaba is putting on a wrestling show featuring Philadelphia artists.
Dan Cummins @ Punchline
The veteran standup has released several albums including Chinese Affection (2015) and Don’t Wake the Bear (2016). Through Saturday.
Sensitive Guys @ The Drake
InterAct Theatre Company presents’ MJ Kaufman’s satirical play set on the campus of a small liberal arts college, where a men’s peer education group and a women’s survivor support group try to work together to end sexual violence. Directed by Evren Odcikin. Through February 11.
Typhoon @ Union Transfer
The 11-strong indie ensemble from Portland, Oregon, released Offerings a couple weeks ago. It’s an ambitious record, inspired by favorite filmmakers (Lynch, Fellini, Nolan) and divided into four “movements” (Floodplains, Flood, Reckoning, and Afterparty). It’s spooky business.
Dinos After Dark @ The Academy of Natural Sciences
The Academy turns its Dinosaur Hall into an indoor beer garden. Also: live animals and fossil prep. Pay-what-you-wish.
Dear Diary LOL @ FringeArts
AntiGravity Theatre Project revives its Fringe Fest favorite, “a comedic theatre performance born verbatim from the real-life tween-teen diaries of middle school girls.”
Spaceballs @ South Street Cinema
A screening of Mel Brooks’ beloved 1987 Star Wars parody. “God willing, we’ll all meet again in Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money.”
Henry Rollins: Travel Slideshow @ Trocadero
The punk singer-turned-raconteur shows photos from his world travels and tells the stories behind them. The Thursday show is sold out, so they added one on Friday.
Philly Comedy Wrestling @ The Adrienne
Joe Tuzzi and Drew Klemens host a unique comedy show that features live wrestling and commentary, plus sketches.
Destroyer / Mega Bog @ Underground Arts
If you like your music idiosyncratic and lovely, buy your ticket now. Destroyer is Dan Bejar, beloved wildcard of the New Pornographers gang, making curious, restless rock music. He released his 11th record, Ken, in October. Mega Bog is Brooklyn’s Erin Birgy making freaky, jazz pop. Her latest is called Happy Together.
Black Atlas @ Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College
Research-based artist Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn created this exhibition of photos and documents “reflecting upon the administration of racialized labor for transporting artifacts from across the world to the collections of European museums.” A reception and artist talk will take place Friday, February 2. Through March 9.
Porco Rosso @ Ritz at the Bourse
A Midnight Madness screening of Studio Ghibli/Hayao Miyazaki’s 1992 animated favorite about a pilot with a pig head.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 27
MØ & Cashmere Cat @ Electric Factory
So this is how they dance in Scandinavia. MØ’s an electronic pop artist from Denmark. Cashmere Cat’s a DJ from Norway.
Groundhog Day Festival @ John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge
For the kids. Learn how animals survive the winter. A “Groundhog Burrow Parade.” Maybe catch sight of Tinicum Tim, the John Heinz’s “resident weather-soothing groundhog.” But it’s not even Groundhog Day, you say? Kids don’t know that. They don’t know anything.
Ain’t Nothing Radical About This: A Show Celebrating Women @ Creep Records Store
This giant music/art show boasts a lineup of “all women, and/or pro-women empowerment artists and musicians.” Art by El Blanco Rabbit, Jordyn Simner, Adi Meirzon, Natalie Anton, Amelia Moore Tattoos and more. Music by Dirty Purple, Snakeboy, Hestina, Smile Black, Lavva Girl, Kerin Maguire and more. Proceeds go to Philly-based org Women Against Abuse.
Matt de la Peña and Loren Long @ Parkway Central Library
Author Matt de la Peña and illustrator Loren Long will sign their new children’s book Love.
Granger Smith @ Trocadero
Granger Smith’s a Nashville country artist who sometimes goes by Earl Dibbles Jr. when he feels like being extra, extra country (grab some guns, put on the overalls and a trucker cap, etc.). The Smith stuff’s more sincere:
Prize-winning Cartoonists vs. T***p @ Big Blue Marble Bookstore
Fantagraphics cartoonists Ann Telnaes and Dwayne Booth (aka Mr. Fish, from Philly) will show off their new politically charged books: Trump’s ABC and And Then the World Blew Up.
The Donuts / The Donut Holes @ Milkboy
Pleasantly rootsy and secretly excellent rock ’n’ roll by longtime Philly rockers.
Michael Brooks @ The Grape Room
The comedian records his live album Watch This. Hosted by Alyssa Al-Dookhi. Chip Chantry will also perform.
The Naked Sun @ Boot & Saddle
Named after an Isaac Asimov novel (says Google), Philly band The Naked Sun plays psych/roots rock. They just dropped their first full-length, War with Shadows. Give ’em a listen.
Make Up or Break Up @ Good Good Comedy Theatre
It’s host John Deary’s birthday, so this “Newlywed Game with a sadistic twist” show is inviting some of its favorite couples to go back through the ringer. Special guest host Jillian Markowitz.
Chris Barron of The Spin Doctors @ Kennett Flash
Best known for his old band’s hits like “Two Princes,” “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” and “Jimmy Olsen’s Blues,” Barron has more recently pursued a solo career as a singer-songwriter. Last year he released Angels and One Armed Jugglers.
I guess I’m never sure that print is truly linear: Q & A @ Ulises
This event celebrates David Reinfurt and Robert Wiesenberger’s book Muriel Cooper, about the groundbreaking designer and artist. Includes a discussion with Reinfurt, designer Mark Owens and the Art Museum’s Katie Reilly.
Leon: Protector of the Playground @ Oak Lane Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia
My old pal and comic book creator Jamar Nicholas signs copies of his hit graphic novel.
Dead Moon Night: A Tribute to Fred Cole @ Liberty Vintage Motorcycles
Heavy, messy and fiercely independent, Oregon’s Dead Moon were everything you wanted in a rock band. On Saturday, fans will gather at a Fishtown motorcycle shop to pay respects to beloved frontman Fred Cole, who passed away in November at age 69. Several bands will take on the Dead Moon catalog and related sounds. Among them: Bong Daemon, Dad Mom, The 99’s and Stepdad.
Philadelphia Auto Show @ Pennsylvania Convention Center
Look at cars past present and future. Several famous vehicles will be in attendance including K.I.T.T., the A-Team van, the Mystery Machine, Mater from Cars and two different Vin Diesel rides. Through February 4.
Chinese New Year Celebration @ Penn Museum
Celebrate the year of the dog with movies, music, dance, martial arts demonstrations, storytelling, calligraphy and other family-friendly activities.
The Infamous Stringdusters @ Union Transfer
Bluegrass/folk/country band Charlottesville, VA.
The O’Jays @ SugarHouse Casino
Philly music royalty.
Ladies First: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief for Puerto Rico @ World Cafe Live
Performers include Danielle and Jennifer, Mixed People, Prima Donna, Roxy Rollz & Sylvia Platypus
Quizzo Bowl XIV @ World Cafe Live
Johnny Goodtimes hosts his long-running annual trivia contest. Plus music by the Wallace Brothers and comedy by Financial Advisor Gregg Gethard.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 28
Jeffrey Gaines @ Ardmore Music Hall
The veteran rock-soul-folk singer-songwriter plays a big hometown show to celebrate the release of his first studio record in 15 years, Alright.
Oral Presentations @ Good Good Comedy Theatre
Comedians “expound upon real topics of their choosing, in the format of a classic high school oral presentation.” Hosted by Chris Wood. Presenters include Zak Krone,
Rose Luardo, Hannah Trav, Aaron Abramowitz and Brandon Vincent Jackson.
Eddie Bruce Remembering the Latin Casino @ World Cafe Live
The Latin Casino is one of my favorite bits of Philly music history. The club, which started in Center City and later moved to Cherry Hill, was a hub of entertainment to several generations of local fans. My aunt saw Telly Savalas play there. Richard Pryor, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Jimmy Durante and hundreds of others played there. Sammy Davis, Jr. did a residency. The Cure’s first-ever show in North America was at the Latin. In this multi-media show, veteran entertainer Eddie Bruce pays tribute the beloved bygone club and the artists who played there.