Just Do It
We always get a ton of stuff that doesn't make it into the official agenda for one reason or another. Or sometimes it does! Anyway, this is some of the stuff that CP staffers are attempting to get to this weekend their own selves. You have no excuse for boredom.
- Charles Bradley — the Screaming Eagle of Soul — plays Union Transfer tonight.
- If you have kids, you're probably trying to decide whether you want them to read. The Mount Airy Kids' Literary Festival at Blue Marble Books should help you out.
- Drummer G. Calvin Weston — you may recall him from the cover of City Paper back in October — presents Treasures Of The Spirit: The Music Of Mahavishnu Orchestra at The Kennett Flash in Kennett Square, PA.
- Chaz is still Unloved. He plays The North Star. Aw.
- Some people are excited about Gold Panda at Johnny Brenda's.
- Live graffiti and sticker art upstairs at Tattoed Mom? Better lay down some tarps, Sideshow 3.
- Ross Bellenoit gets his Quartet back together tonight at Fergie's.
- It's the second night of Jeff the Brotherhood at Kung Fu Necktie!
- Fancy-feeling people can get suited up for the new Barnes' first birthday.
- Aux and LadyFest are hosting a screening of Watermelon Woman, the first full-length film shot by an African-American lesbian, and also a pretty great time warp to '90s Philly.
- Artist Peter Quinn wants to draw 12,000 chalk body outlines on JFK Blvd. and he would like your help. It's an anti-gun violence installation called "American Casualties: A Drawing."
- Azar Lawrence at the Ethical Society, or A$ap Ferg at the TLA?
- It's the first day of the Punk Rock Flea Market.
- The 12th Annual East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention. Lots of signings, workshops, panels and such at the Enterprise Center in West Philly. Wonder if our old Milestone comics are worth something.
- We assume you already know about the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Trenton Avenue Arts Fest.
- End the Fed people will be out there doing their thing.
- Spaceship Aloha lands at Johnny Brenda's. You should investigate.
- Pop vocals with weird harmonies at The Sea Around Us at Ortlieb's.
- Philly Songwriters Project 2013 Contest Finals Showcase. That's a mouthful. And it's at the Blockley.
- Punk Rock Flea Market day 2.
- Calvin Johnson at Space 1026. (Not the Megatron one.)
- Haydn's The Creation oratorio in West Philly. (Technically true because: One CP editor and one CP writer are singing in it, and so will definitely be there. But we would have tried to go even if that were not true because the soloists are totally baller and anyway what the hell this is just a blog post. Consider this your disclosure.)
Halloween might be over, but no need to pack up your LED Tron costume just yet. Providing techno-geeks with one last chance to outshine one another before it’s last year’s news, The Hacktory is hosting the first annual Ghost in the Machine Halloween Party. Staffed largely by volunteers, the organization regularly hosts classes in categories from the more serious, like soldering, circuitry and Arduino, to the more silly, like DIY LED clothing and Nerf-gun modifications — so expect to see costumes that do way more blinking, glowing or shooting than usual. Riot grrrl DJs Avalon Clare, Squid Manus, and DJ Nu Ghost will keep the dance floor moving amongst lasers and interactive light shows, and those brave enough to enter the costume contest get a free drink ticket.
Sat., Nov. 3, 9 p.m., $10-15, Ukie Club, 847 N. Franklin St., thehacktory.org.
DJ Deejay, John D and friends will feed you with guilty pleasure and help you indulge in sappy, love-drunk jams this Sunday at the pool-party edition of their MakeOut Club dance party, where, they say, emo kids can get sweaty, get wet and "finally get some sun."
Mario Manzoni, a.k.a. Fame Lust, Philly's fabulous party photog, will be there to capture the debauch. He'll make a celeb out of you with his keen eye for kinky dancefloor romping.
"MakeOut Club isn't like any other party you've ever been to," says Manzoni. "It doesn't have the same "party people" crowd that you find in so many other places, probably because of the music. What you wind up getting with is part dance party part sing-along part make-out session." The party will be followed by a MakeOut karaoke after-party at the Barbary.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is now offering a $5 discount to its current special exhibition "Gauguin, Cézanne, Matisse: Visions of Arcadia" for all visitors to the recently debuted Barnes Foundation. Special exhibition tickets will include access to Main Building, the Perelman Building and the freshly spruced-up Rodin Musuem.
The offer stands until Sept. 3, the last day of "Arcadia," and is being held "in celebration of the opening of the Barnes Foundation on the Parkway and the shared artistic vision between the Barnes and the Philadelphia Museum of Art."
This Thursday marks the first Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll of the summer, at which 42nd to 50th streets along Baltimore erupt into a bounty of $1 deals from a range of University City businesses. It all goes down at 5:30 p.m.
Lentil wraps from Dahlak, patch kits from Firehouse Bikes, craft beer from Dock Street Brewery, vegan cupcakes from Green Line Cafe and yoga coupons from Studio 34 are just a few of the options offered along the West Philly promedade — all for a single Washington each. Walkers can also purchase one dollar memberships to the University City Historical Society and Cedar Park Community Association as well as various raffle tickets and coupons. The streets will be filled with live music, a farmers market and various other rogue vendors looking to cash in on the festivities.
In addition to July 19, there will also be Dollar Strolls held on Aug. 19 and Sept. 20, from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
This month's First Friday (tomorrow, July 6) in Old City will host US*U.S, a fashion collective of nine young, talented designers, for its debut fashion show. The team of fashionistas, lead by Rachel Saler of Corazon Swimwear and Lele Tran of Lele Custom Dresses, works off the sentiment of keeping Philadelphia textile manufacturing a competitive force.
US*U.S's mission is all about sustainable production, making a commitment to providing fair-trade-compensated work for local seamstresses. Corazon Swimwear also takes an interesting approach to design by incorporating Guatemalan textiles — an endangered species of highly intricate hand weavings — in all its pieces.
Don’t let the name fool you. Scala & Kolacny Brothers isn't a cough drop or a produce company but a Belgian women's choir conducted by Stijn Kolacny, whose soaring sonic soliloquies are arranged and accompanied by pianist Steven Kolacny. Together, the brothers and the lasses make some of the most heavenly frightening music this side of the Gyoto Monks.
Of their eleven albums, little of the material is their own. Instead, their haunting coo and unified sinister grandeur comes from the compositional songbook of artists that range from The Police to Kylie Minogue. But it's an ethereally sweet-and-strange version of the Radiohead’s “Creep” that put Scala & Kolacny Brothers on the map when David Fincher used it for the trailers of The Social Network. Since that time, the song has appeared on The Simpsons twice and has had other cuts run through TV shows like Sons Of Anarchy and Desperate Housewives. Lately, the Bros PBS special Live from Bruges became a hit of the cash-raising season. Give till it hurts — Scala & Kolacny Brothers makes it easy.
Sun. June 17, 8 p.m., $25-$35, Keswick Theater, 291 N Keswick Ave., Glenside, 215-572-7650, keswicktheater.com.
Artists are starving. Art collectors are billionaires. In an effort to reverse this age-old inequality, Inliquid presents the 13th installment of Art for the Cash Poor — a weekend block party dedicated to affordable art. Held at the Crane Arts Building (1400 N. American St.), the event features over 100 artists with offerings priced well under $100. From the clothing of Orgotton (yes, that's chic talk for “organic cotton”) to the dreamy etchings of Sheila Burstein, the event is the perfect place to track down a one-of-a-kind gift and support up-and-coming local artists — all without breaking the bank.
An all-star music lineup will provide the tunes, featuring local favorites The Downtown Club, New Brunswick rapper Wali Lundy and ambient/Mariachi/surf rockers Gringo Motel, just to name a few. If you need to catch some grub after all the jamming and art-collecting, a wide selection of Philly food trucks will be dishing out their delicacies. The whole shebang kicks off with a special opening party on Fri., June 8 at 8 p.m. and continues Sat., June 9 and Sun., June 10 from noon to 6 p.m.
Janet Morales and Stu Eli, owners of Three Potato Four, have an event for all you closet Antiques Roadshow fans out there. On June 9 and 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., their Manayunk store (376 Shurs Lane) will hold piles of vintage and found objects. Visitors will be able to find anything from surfboards to factory carts in the stock of the self-proclaimed "collection-loving couple."
The weekend will also include appearances from some solid Philadelphia treat trucks. Pitruco Pizza will be making pies all day Saturday, including a special breakfast pizza which one can only hope will live up to all the delicious ideas it inspires. On Sunday, Rival Bros. coffee truck will man the helm.
Delaware Ave. is gearing up for tonight’s grand opening of its newest restaurant/venue/general kickback spot. Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd.) will be an outdoor waterfront beer garden complete with regularly scheduled live (mostly local) music and a steady supply of barbecue and brews.
The stage at Morgan’s Pier will host a free concert every Saturday afternoon of the summer, starting June 9 with Philly psychedelic punk band Bleeding Rainbow. Following the bands every week will be a slew of international and local DJs, including Russel Alexander and Dave Tidey (aka Bottom Power), who will play tonight’s opening party.
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