37 Things to Do This Weekend
Squeeze, Dee Dee Sharp, A Die Hard Christmas, the Flyers Wives Carnival and more.
Friday, November 17
A Die Hard Christmas @ Good Good Comedy Theatre
Universally beloved Philly comedian Doogie Horner celebrates the release of his new illustrated book A Die Hard Christmas with a live reading and other relevant entertainment.
Bardo Pond @ Kung Fu Necktie
Like lava, Bardo Pond cannot be stopped. The Philly band — leaders of the Psychedelphia scene — has been creating molten meteor rock since 1991. Their sound is heavy and acidic, but also nuanced and moved by deep tectonic grooves. Their latest, Under The Pines, was released in March.
Summer ’82: When Zappa Came To Sicily @ PhilaMOCA
A new documentary about wild music legend Frank Zappa and the infamous concert he played in Italy in 1982, featuring onstage and behind-the-scenes footage. Dweezil Zappa will be there for a meet and greet. The 7:30 screening is sold out but the 10:30’s still got tickets left, last I checked.
Self Care @ Little Berlin
A combination art show/reading. Philly artist J Pascoe’s work focuses on “how social settings and urban spaces are navigated by the general populace as well as her own anxiety and discomfort from interactions originating at these sites.” Readings by Candy Alexandra, Raquel Salas Rivera and Virginia Price.
Squeeze @ Keswick Theatre
Founded in 1974, Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford’s occasionally hiatused New Wave/power pop band released The Knowledge last month. It’s a trip, man.
Dennis Stroughmatt & Creole Stomp @ TK Club
Illinois fiddler Dennis Stroughmatt makes the case for French Creole music in the Midwest. Get up and dance.
Crimes of the Heart @ Calvary Center
Curio Theatre stages Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning dysfunctional family comedy-drama. Directed by Gay Carducci. Through December 9.
The Lone Bellow @ Union Transfer
The Brooklyn rock/Americana trio released Walk Into a Storm in September. It’s a pretty, rootsy record, stacked with upbeat crowd-pleasers.
The Black Heart Procession/Sam Coomes @ Boot & Saddle
Reunited California indie band the Black Heart Procession doesn’t have a new record out yet, but that just means the set lists are packed with old favorites. Absolutely show up on time for Sam Coomes — low-key one of the best songwriters on the planet — whose résumé includes Quasi, Blues Goblins and Heatmiser.
Labyrinth @ South Street Cinema
Jennifer Connelly, a bunch of Muppets and David Bowie’s codpiece star in this 1986 Jim Henson fantasy musical.
INAATE/SE/ @ Lightbox Film Center
Adam Khalil and Zack Khalil’s film transforms an ancient story from their Ojibway heritage about the first time indigenous people in North America met Europeans. It’s part documentary, part something else. The trailer looks pretty psychedelic. Stick around for a Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.
Big Jay Oakerson @ Helium
The Philly-born standup has appeared on Tough Crowd, Louie, etc. Through November 18.
Rasheeda Speaking @ Allens Lane Art Center
This workplace thriller and off-Broadway hit explores race and gender in the workplace. Written by Joel Drake Johnson, directed by Scott Grumling. Through December 3.
Saturday, November 18
Dee Dee Sharp @ World Cafe Live
A rare performance by this 72-year-old Philly soul legend who scored several Top 10 hits in the early ’60s both solo and with Chubby Checker. Among them: “Mashed Potato Time,” “Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes),” “Ride,” and “Do the Bird.”
Hot Snakes @ Underground Arts
Hot Snakes — featuring alums from Drive Like Jehu, Delta 72, Rocket from the Crypt and more — are post-punk/garage royalty. They just signed to Sub Pop and are expected to release a new record in the Spring.
Tom Papa @ Keswick Theatre
The NY actor/comic/Sirius radio show host has two comedy specials directed by Rob Zombie. That’s… unexpected.
Petal @ Everybody Hits
A solo show at The Cages by Kiley Lotz, the only constant in achingly gorgeous Scranton indie rock act Petal. Her latest EP, Comfort, dropped in September. Also on the bill: Born Without Bones, Super American and Tombo Crush.
Joe Bonamassa @ Academy of Music
Slick blues/rock with a big, brawny guitar front and center.
Andy Blitz @ Good Good Comedy Theatre
Standup comic and nine-time Emmy nominee Andy Blitz wrote for Conan for years, and appeared in many sketches — including the Slipnutz series. Blitz’s writing credits also include Eagleheart and Master of None, where he’s also co-executive producer.
The Frights/Vundabar/Hockey Dad @ First Unitarian Church
Just a fun night of rock ’n’ roll from San Diego, Boston and Australia.
Church Girls @ Johnny Brenda’s
Jangly, artful indie rock from Philly. Church Girls released Hidalgo back in September.
Entellekt @ Kung Fu Necktie
High-energy, braggadocious rap from North Philly.
Bearing Witness: Four Days in West Kingston @ the Penn Museum
“Part art installation, part memorial, and part call to action,” this exhibition focuses on the Tivoli Incursion tragedy in Jamaica in 2010. Runs through July 15, 2018.
Kid Flix Mix 2 @ Lightbox Film Center
An amazing collection of short films for kids from all over the world.
Mark Mulcahy/Summer Fiction @ Boot & Saddle
Mark Mulcahy (of Pete & Pete’s Polaris and Miracle Legion) released The Possum in the Driveway in April. Show up for Summer Fiction. Bill Ricchini’s heartworn indie band just dropped a new single called “Since You’ve Gone With That Boy,” and it’s bittersweet like Tigermilk.
My Fair Lady @ Sedgwick Theater
Quintessence Theatre Group presents the two-piano version of the beloved musical. Music by Frederick Loewe, lyrics and book by Alan Jay Lerner. Stars Leigha Kato and Gregory Isaac, directed by Alexander Burns. November 18-December 17.
John Carpenter @ Trocadero Theatre
The legendary horror/sci-fi director — Halloween, The Thing, Christine, etc. — just released Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998, a compilation of his compositions from those and other movies in his giant, bloody catalog.
Le Trou @ Lightbox Film Center
Prisoners plot their escape in this 1960 French film directed by Jacques Becker.
Sunday, November 19
Shilpa Ray @ Kung Fu Necktie
Bodacious Brooklyn singer Shilpa Ray and her band make bluesy garage-punk with a touch of ’60s girl-group sass. Utterly engaging rock ’n’ roll.
Dream Theater @ Merriam Theater
Deep, dramatic prog metal.
Bitch @ PhilaMOCA
Scottish director Marianna Palka wrote, directed and stars in this funny feminist satire about an overworked, underappreciated wife and mother who starts taking on the characteristics of a dog. It’s based on a true story. Not kidding. Sunday and Monday, November 19 and 20.
Silversun Pickups @ The Fillmore
The veteran alt-rock rock group just released Better Nature. It’s cool, catchy and easy on the ears.
Nails @ PhilaMOCA
An Irish horror film about a woman who wakes up from an accident paralyzed haunted by a supernatural presence. Directed by Dennis Bartok, stars Shauna Macdonald (The Descent). Sunday and Monday, November 19 and 20.
Brain Candy Live! @ Kimmel Center
Ex-Mythbuster Adam Savage & YouTube star Michael Stevens team up for and “educational stage tour” featuring “crazy toys, incredible tools and mind-blowing demonstrations.” I did a whole thing on it the other day.
Flyers Wives Carnival @ Wells Fargo Center
Raise money for a good cause while interacting all with your favorite Flyers plus Andrew MacDonald.
Bedouine @ Johnny Brenda’s
The earthy, Syrian-born singer-songwriter released a self-titled record in June. Fans of softly mysterious folk artists like Laura Marling will definitely fine something to love about Bedouine.