25 Things to Do This Weekend
Summer Fiction, IGORR, Rostam and the Super Bowl.
Friday, February 2
Sp3 @ FringeArts
Experimental modern dance company <fidget> presents a work using sound and movement to examine themes of technological and political alienation. Lead artist is Peter Price. Choreography by Megan Bridge. Through Saturday, February 3.
Groundhog Day All Day @ South Street Cinema
Twelve straight hours of Phil Connors, bing, world peace, you never thank me, woodchuck chuckers, don’t drive angry, etc. Noon to midnight.
Rostam / Joy Again @ Union Transfer
The classically trained pop/soul/electronic artist has quickly escaped the orbit of his old band, Vampire Weekend, with a memorable solo debut, last year’s Half-Light.
Josie Long @ Good Good Comedy Theatre
The British comedian/writer has appeared on Drunk History, @Midnight and several other funny shows.
Ichi the Killer @ Ritz at the Bourse
A midnight screening of the “new 4K digital restoration of the uncut version” of the 2001 Japanese crime-horror film. There will blood.
Black Pulp! @ African American Museum in Philadelphia
This new exhibition at AAMP promises to be a dazzling and thought-provoking trip through the not-so-distant past. Curated by William Villalongo and Mark Thomas Gibson, the show includes magazines, comic books, posters and other artwork by Black artists and publishers, plus other artists who “foreground the Black experience.” Black Pulp! includes historical and contemporary contributions — by Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Alain LeRoy Locke, Jackie Ormes and more — to rebut and contextualize the images. Among the artists whose work will be displayed are Derrick Adams, Laylah Ali, Renee Cox, William Downs, Felandus Thames, Hank Willis Thomas, Kara Walker and dozens more. The show opens Friday, February 2 with a free (with RSVP) reception, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Runs through April 29.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly @ Painted Bride
A juried art exhibition presented by InLiquid. The artists were asked to respond to modern notions of masculinity. Includes pieces by Lauri Andreacchio, Justin Bursk, Kitty Caparella, Andrew Chalfen, and many more. Reception is Friday. Runs through March 19.
IGORR @ Voltage Lounge
French producer named Gautier Serre makes trippy, disturbing uruk-hai metal-folk. Here, watch people twitch in mud and scream like digital poltergeists. There are some pretty parts, too, but.
Michelle Wolf @ Punchline
Upbeat then suddenly, uniquely dark, Michelle Wolf’s recent comedy special on HBO had me laughing with surprise. Wolf grew up in Hershey, PA, and worked at several big banking companies before switching to comedy. She’s currently a contributor to The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Through Saturday, February 3.
Ty Asoudegan @ Connie’s Ric Rac
The MACH22 guitarist hosts a Blues Night, also featuring Michaela Debenedictis, Zach Birnbaum and James Dean Spalding. BYO guitar (or other instruments) if you want to jam.
He Walked by Night @ Lightbox Film Center
Alfred Werker/Anthony Mann’s 1948 noir/thriller was inspired by the true story of Erwin “Machine Gun” Walker. Also playing: Open Secret, another crime picture from 1948.
Emancipator Ensemble @ TLA
Portland DJ/producer Emancipator and his live band play electronic, trip-hop and other chill sounds.
Those Who Talk Back @ Asian Arts Center
This exhibition by Aram Han Sifuentes “invites all to enter her interactive library, which houses the Protest Banner Lending Library, and U.S. Citizenship Test Samplers.” Visitors are permited to check out the signs like library books. Reception is Friday. Runs through April 6.
The Builders and The Butchers @ Johnny Brenda’s
It’s a rare occasion when this Portland rock band comes round are way. Dig their heavy folk and gospel-ish blues tunes about black dresses and black elevators and other things that make you think of damnation, death and hell. Ryan Sollee’s got a voice like a tormented angel. P.S. Stick around for the swing and swagger of Philly’s own TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb.
Saturday, February 3
Flint Eastwood @ Coda
Stark, sparkly “spaghetti western inspired” (huh?) electronic pop by Detroit siblings. They keep it simple and danceable.
Enter Shikari @ Union Transfer
Just a little feel-good electronic-tinged rock from Liverpool. Their latest, The Spark, dropped in September of last year.
Black Label Society @ Electric Factory
After making his bones shredding for Ozzy in the ’90s, Zakk Wylde has embarked on several music journeys, all of the southern-metal variety. Founded in 1998, Black Label Society has been his homebase. They just released their latest record, Grimmest Hits.
Summer Fiction @ Johnny Brenda’s
Catchy, classic sounding rock/pop/folk from Philly. Singer/guitarist Bill Ricchini finds his groove in that sweet spot between Pet Sounds, Big Star and dare I say Nick Drake?
Lover for a Day @ Lightbox Film Center
Two screenings of Philippe Garrel’s 2017 film. Looks like a lovely date movie.
G. Love & Special Sauce @ Fillmore Philly
Hard to believe, but “Cold Beverages” dropped almost 25 years ago. That’s how long G. Love, he of boozy diction and Elvis-y charm, has been a fixture in Philadelphia music.
Tommy Emmanuel CGP @ Keswick Theatre
Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel is known for his dazzlingly intricate finger-picking style.
It’s A Guy Thing @ Good Good Comedy Theatre
Mitra Jouhari (seen on Broad City) and Catherine Cohen (Difficult People) say they don’t get “guy stuff,” so they’ve asked some fellow comedians to lecture them: Betsy Kenney, Steven Markow, Pat Regan, Cassandra Dee and Shannon Fahey.
4 the Luv of Hip Hop w/ DJ Pete Rock @ Underground Arts
A night hot hip-hop spun by Pete Rock (as in Pete Rock & CL Smooth), one of the most respected and influential DJs in the biz. Show up on time to support the local talent: DJ Aktive, JaE The Artist and Tray Verse.
My Chemical Slow Dance @ Fillmore Philly
Formal attire is encouraged but not mandatory at this emo prom. Drink, dance, get your picture taken in front of a cheesy backdop.
Sunday, February 4
The Super Bowl @ TV
The Eagles are playing the Patriots. This will be the only occasion in which I will recommend watching football over anything else.