23 Things to Do This Weekend
FRIDAY, MARCH 17
Fishbone @ Underground Arts
The original lineup of this revered funk/punk/reggae/ska band returns. Kinda surprised this one’s not sold out. Kids today.
Coriolanus @ Lantern Theater
Says theater critic David Fox: “Every inch of the playing area (including some of the house) is pressed into service in Charles McMahon’s production, and the updated visual world cleverly suggests Road Warrior — with all the visceral impact that implies.” Runs through April 16.
Lite/Mouse on the Keys @ Boot & Saddle
A night of high energy instrumental rock/jazz/kitchen sink from Japan.
Martha Graham Cracker @ Kimmel Center
The Philly drag cabaret superstar presents Lashed But Not Leashed, a musical comedy/drama featuring original songs with live accompaniment. Continues through Saturday.
Community Futurism: An Evening Curated By Moor Mother @ The Rotunda
This free show features two sets by this city’s experimental punk-poet laureate.
Decades Collide @ TLA
DJ Biz Markie (as opposed to singer Biz Markie) offers an “’80s vs. ’90s” dance party type situation.
The Body Wails, The Body Restores @ Painted Bride
A weekend of dance and dance workshops. The shows Friday and Saturday night include “Native Portals: Continuum Of Action (Witness)” by Lela Aisha Jones and FlyGround, “#SAY HERNAME” by Vershawn Sanders Ward and “Native Portals: Release” by Lela Aisha Jones and FlyGround. All explore issues of justice, resistance and human rights in America.
Women’s Film Festival @ several locations
Continues through Sunday — a day that features some intriguing short film programs. So much good stuff so might never get to see again.
Puddles Pity Party @ Trocadero
Puddles is a big giant clown who sings like God’s favorite demon. His shows are enthralling, unnerving and unforgettable.
Phil Hanley @ Punchline
“I had a huge problem with high school bullies… on the way to the show tonight.” I like this guy.
Raiders of the Lost Ark/Philadelphia Orchestra @ Kimmel Center
The 1981 Harrison Ford/Karen Allen adventure classic accompanied by a live performance of John Williams’ score. All weekend long.
Jens Lekman @ Union Transfer
The Swedish pop romantic returns to Philly in support of Life Will See You Now, released last month.
SATURDAY, MARCH 18
Tennis @ Underground Arts
Denver indie-pop duo Tennis returns to Philly with a new record, Yours Conditionally. “The group wrote the album half on land and half at sea during a months-long voyage through the Gulf of Mexico.” That means they’re pirates, right?
Abandoned Fairmount Park @ Powelton Village
The Philadelphia Parks Alliance presents a half-day tour of Fairmount Park’s less obvious attractions. Involves walking and driving plus possibly running and screaming.
Philly Rhymefest Part 2 @ 201 Bar
Live hip-hop featuring Lif Bux and more.
Victoria and Tennie’s Radical American Road Show @ The Whole Shebang
A “devised, interactive performance” by area theater group Phenomenal Animals about “the true story of the first woman to run for president.”
Simply Saucer @ PhilaMOCA
The return(?) of underappreciated ’70s “Canadian punk-psych pioneers.”
Borgore @ Electric Factory
Dubstep and dance from Israel. Some of his stuff is really dreamy and ambient and some’s just scary intense.
SUNDAY, MARCH 19
Jacuzzi Boys @ Johnny Brenda’s
Just good old-fashioned indie pop, like if the Black Lips got clean or Free Energy got dirty. Catchy stuff.
Bang @ Kung Fu Necktie
Did this Philadelphia band help invent heavy metal in 1969? No really, I’m asking you. Total Sabbath vibes.
Replica / Welcome to Fear City @ URBN Center Black Box
This PlayPenn Mini-Conference of New Plays offers workshops of new works by Mickey Fisher and Kara Lee Corthron. Sunday and Monday.