When Mayor Michael Nutter declared this Rolling Stones Week in Philadelphia, he probably hadn’t considered including Faces keyboardist and Stones collaborator Ian McLagan (famously during 1978’s Some Girls tour, recently documented on the Live in Texas ’78 BluRay) as part of that schedule. I’m here to right that wrong by placing McLagan’s performance at the tiny Tin Angel alongside the Stones’ more epic undertaking at Wells Fargo Center, because, in its own way (especially as up-close as I was to the Stones, thankfully) each event shared a similar intimacy.
When The Postal Service did the ol’ ritualistic “thank you all good night see you soon” thing about an hour into their set, we had to wonder if it really was goodbye. But the more pressing questions were...
- Hadn’t they already torn through the entirety of 2003’s Give Up?
- What exactly did “soon” mean given that it’d been about a decade since their last Philly show?
- Why the hell did I skip that show at the North Star way back when?
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.
FRIDAY JUNE 14
- Trent Harris (the guy who made a film about two dudes trying to find a suitable place to bury a cat in the desert) gets his own retrospective at PhilaMOCA. His new film (woman travels the world to solve a murder) gets its Philly premiere tonight.
- Titus Andronicus plays Union Transfer if that's your thing.
- The Trans Literary Salon — poetry, storytelling, memoir — takes place really soon at Leeway.
- Pretty sweet line-up at the Babary tonight: Make Do and Mend, Cheap Girls, Diamond Youth and Captain We're Sinking.
- Here's a video of a fox with a jar on its head.
- Mikronesia does the whole ambient electronic robo hypotoad thing at the Rotunda.
- That Marc Silver album release show is tonight at Johnny Brenda's
SATURDAY JUNE 15
- Practice is screening a bunch of their favorite films, including Green Porno, in which Isabella Rossellini acts out the strange reproductive habits of marine animals and insects. Undoubtedly, it will be tasteful and charming.
- Femme-centric funk-punk at the Troc.
- If you like to rock, rollick and/or rummage, this event made be for you.
- Air sex contest — or public acts of ghost boning?
- Rebirth Brass Band at the Blockley.
- Don Bikoff's playing his first show in Philly since 1965! Who's Don Bikoff?! Dunno. He never plays here.
SUNDAY JUNE 16
- A FREE trapeze performance/concert along the Schuylkill. And it only took a $12,000 Kickstarter campaign to make it happen.
- "Modern Misfits Art & Fashion Collaborative is an up-and-coming group of artists focused on bringing unique thrift store and handmade goods to the public." Okay, cool. At Goldilocks.
- Hey look, International Noise Conference USA is in town. It's at Pageant Soloveev. Fifteen minute sets.
- Ninjas vs Zombies! Shit Movie Fest screens the best of the worst films starring these hapless humanoids.
- Give your dad a hug.
Hey, Salinger fans, there's a new documentary coming out in the fall about the reclusive writer (even though the trailer makes it look more like a mystery thriller). Featuring interviews with members of Salinger's inner circle who have never spoken on the record before, director Shane Salerno says the film will answer some big questions about the mystery man's private life. And we might just find out what's in Salinger's secret vault where reportedly 45 years worth of never-before-seen writings are stashed. Salerno even rounds up a few celebrities to gush about how Catcher in the Rye changed their lives. We'd see this just to hear what Danny DeVito has to say.
Maybe you've walked by Independence Hall and seen historical reenactors decked out in elaborately uncomfortable 18th century costumes with studied old-world affectations on their faces, and wondered who the person was behind the character. What do they do with their free time? Can they shake off their characters' worst traits when they clock out? Where does history end and real life begin?
A Man Full of Trouble attempts to answer these questions, if unintentionally. The forthcoming dark comedy short, written and directed by Michael Johnston as his Temple MFA thesis project, stars Barrymore Award-nominee Keith Conallen (who was recently featured in The Wilma Theater's Under the Whaleback) as a suicidal Alexander Hamilton reenactor whose pride alienates him from coworkers and ignorant tourists. The film also stars Corinna Burns (who played opposite Conallen in Johnston's previous film Irina) and Dito Van Reigersberg (a.k.a. Martha Graham Cracker) as fellow historical reenactors whose own trajectories cross Conallen's in scenarios that mirror Hamilton's own tension-fraught relationships. The film was brought to life on the heels of a successful Kickstarter campaign that has received social media support from showbiz heavyweights like Jonathan Ames (creator of HBO's Bored to Death) and producer Ted Hope (The Savages, 21 Grams).
Check out these pictures from the first day of shooting at West Philly's Woodlands Mansion, and stay posted for details on their film premiere at the Mansion in fall 2013.
Punk-rockers, "Crusty" Craig Lewis wants you to know you're not alone. A fixture of the Boston punk scene since the 80s, Lewis is coming to Philadelphia to talk candidly about his lifelong battle with mental illness, how he coped after hitting rock bottom and what he's done to stay sane. You might need to bring some tissues.
Lewis started his "Punk Rock, Mental Illness and Recovery" tour to combat a deep-seated stigma towards mental illness and psychiatric medication in the punk community, he said in an interview with Cut the Shit (a Toronto-based zine). "I see countless punk rock peers of mine suffering and struggling and I want to help them learn how to make their lives better and to help them liberate themselves," he said. As part of his message, he's trying to sway the anti-pharmaceutical diehards by saying that, even though these medications are produced by huge corporations that often test on animals, a medicinal approach can help some people live vastly better lives.
When he isn't touring, Lewis works as a certified peer mental health counselor who helps patients from a similar background through their recovery. Toward the end of summer he'll be putting out You're Crazy, a collection of first-hand accounts from punk-rock peers chronicling their lowest lows, prompting us to imagine a new genre: the self-help zine.
WHEN: Monday, June 10 at 7 p.m.
WHERE: A-Space Anarchist Community Center, 4722 Baltimore Avenue
$5-$10 sliding scale
It starts tonight. Runs through Sunday. More info here.
A football team seems like something every high school would have. Maybe not a music program or a math league, but definitely a football team, right? But without available funding, Kensington students didn’t have one — that is, until Ellwood Erb, a Fishtown native, started one with his own money in 2011. Erb had been living in Maui for years where he worked in the art business, but he left what most would consider paradise to help his community. And so he rounded up a team, named them the Kensington Tigers, and began practice on a field made of rocks, glass and old railroad ties, a field so dangerous that the public schools sports association won’t allow them to play home games. Dreaming big, Coach Erb envisions cleaning up the field (a $1.6 million endeavor), bringing out cheerleaders and a marching band, and having his own “Friday Night Lights Under the El” some day.
With an ambitious character at its core and an underdog element, it was only natural that the Tigers' tale be told through film. Rise of the Tigers, a 40-minute documentary directed by Matthew Albasi (a recent Temple alum) and Max Pulcini (a Temple senior and, full disclosure, former CP intern) follows the team's trials and tribulations over the course of a year while entering the homes of its players. Premiering tonight at the Wells Fargo Center, the screening will double as a fundraiser since the Tigers rely solely on donations.
With this film, the directors wanted to show another side of Kensington, one that was, well, optimistic. “There’s this stigma that these kids don’t want to achieve, that when you would hit them, they couldn’t get back up” said Pulcini. “This football team shows that these kids can rise above all these obstacles in their ways, this football team is making it and that’s not something that goes along with Kensington in the public’s eye.”
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