11 Things to Do in Theater, Dance, Books, Movies and Comedy

Andy Borowitz, Jérôme Bel, U-God and more. Weather permitting, of course.

Randy Rainbow plays Fillmore Philly on Thursday. (randyrainbow.com)

Lamont “U-God” Hawkins @ Parkway Central Library | Thursday, March 8
A co-founder of one of the most important hip-hop groups of all time celebrates the release of his new memoir, Raw: My Journey into the Wu-Tang. The Washington Post called it a “a classic rags-to-riches tale, from drug dealing on the streets of New York City during the crack epidemic in the 1980s to fame and fortune. It’s a nostalgic look back on hip-hop music and the wild times in New York City before it became a playground for the rich.” Later in the evening, head over to Kung Fu Necktie for a show by U-God and Kool Keith.

Randy Rainbow @ Fillmore Philly | Thursday, March 8
The comedian/political commentator is known for his snarky, fearless YouTube videos. He sing, too:


20/92 Video Festival @ Icebox Project Space | Thursday, March 8
Icebox directors Ryan McCartney and Timothy Belknap curated this screening of artists’ videos in unusual scales/formats. “Our dedicated projection system which allows for a continuous image to be cast upon its eastern and northern walls, at a maximum size of 20’ x 92’ with a resolution of 3646 x 768.” Includes works by Natasha Le Sourd, Ben Mosca, Tyler Bohm, Michael Covello Odalla, Shana Hoehn, Jack Hogan, Minjoo Lee and many more.

Adult Swim Presents: Mr. Pickles Thrash-tacular @ TLA | Thursday, March 8
Somehow this metal show is connected to the Adult Swim cartoon about an evil, dead-eye border collie. If you appreciate art that doesn’t appreciate subtlety, you might like Exodus and Mr. Pickles. Will there be a screening of the show, or appearances by its stars and creators? Not as far as I can tell. But, attendees may “take photos in the Mr. Pickles hellacious dog house” and ponder why the TLA billed the event as “trash-tacular.”

Matt Braunger @ Helium | March 8-10
Standup by the veteran comedian/actor.


The Borowitz Report Live with Andy Borowitz @ Keswick Theatre | Thursday, March 8
The best-selling author and comedian is really knocking it out of the park in the New Yorker these days. The Borowitz Report reads like liberal fantasies. Recent editions include: Kushner Close to Obtaining Clearance for Other Government Facility, Sarah Huckabee Sanders Organizing “Million Liars March” to Support Hope Hicks and Trump Wonders Who Will Read Classified Documents Aloud to Him Now That Jared’s Gone.

Test Flights @ Circadium School Of Contemporary Circus | Thursday, March 8
The Mt. Airy school of circus arts presents “a new multi-disciplinary work-in-progress live performance series.” This free show includes trapeze, hula hoop, music and more.

Mohawk @ PhilaMOCA | Friday, March 9
The Philly premiere of a new thriller by Ted Geoghegan (director/co-writer) and Grady Hendrix (co-writer), who will also be in attendance.


Lydie Breeze Trilogy Part II: Aipotu @ Christ Church Neighborhood House | March 9-18
EgoPo continues its performance of the trilogy written by John Guare and directed by Lane Savadove, with music by Jay Ansill and Cynthia Hopkins. In part two, “Lydie, Joshua, Dan, and Amos settle on Nantucket to create a Utopian commune to heal the scars of war.” Stars Melanie Julian as Lydie.

Gala @ FringeArts | Friday, March 9
French dancer/choreographer Jérôme Bel revives his 2016 Fringe Festival show featuring amateur dancers alongside season pros.

Plan 9 from Outer Space featuring Rifftrax! @ South Street Cinema | Sunday, March 11
The MST3K veterans mock Ed Wood’s sci-fi cult favorite, once regarded as the worst movie of all-time.