Oct. 31 - Nov. 09 , Luna Theater , $15-$25
Luna Theater opens its new space just off South Street with Anthony Burgess’ stage adaptation of his 1962 novel, perhaps best known via Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 film. Gregory Scott Campbell’s production is going for those not familiar with either. The teenagers among the many characters speak “Nadsat,” Burgess’ artfully fabricated Anglo-Russian-Cockney-slang patois, so keep the program glossary handy. Burgess, a linguist, is nearly Shakespearean in his cleverness with words — for...
Oct. 31 - Nov. 10 , Theatre Exile , $20-$40
I doubt I need to tell you this, but Cock is not about a rooster. No, playwright Mike Bartlett's comedy-drama is the story of fraught sexual triangle. The ballsy title suggests there will not be much beating around the bush (OK, I'll stop now), but in the end, Cock is surprisingly tame. Read the full review.
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Nov. 09 , 11:30pm , Chris' Jazz Cafe , $10
Catch this young rising star like you've never seen him before, performing two special sets of reworked hits, jazz standards and signature originals. Part of the "Late Night Bands" music series. Find out why this singer/songwriter/producer has catapulted from Arkansas teen to the forefront of industry buzz when you join us for his second headlining concert and label showcase....
Nov. 01 - Dec. 01 , Muse Gallery , Free
Nancy Kress swears she’s not judging you. But her paintings in the exhibit “Connected Disconnect” might make you feel bad anyway. While traveling across Italy by train, she sketched commuters who were wholly absorbed in their iPhones and iPads. Their absolute detachment from the outside world borders on being unhealthy, even unsafe. Kress later converted the pieces into busy, earth-toned paintings, which pair nicely with her chunky, semi-abstract landscapes also on display at Muse.
Nov. 01 - Nov. 23 , Cerulean Arts , Free
Kathranne Knight’s pretty, minimalist drawings reveal just how little an artist has to do to successfully portray an image. Her abstract pieces in the “Reverberance” exhibit are almost entirely made up of mere lines, yet they strongly suggest mountains, seas and grasses. Knight says the tendency to see complex images in her drawings, like imagining faces in clouds, reflects something deeply rooted in humans.
Nov. 01 - Nov. 30 , Indy Hall , Free
Thomas Buildmore’s spray paintings of flowers are drippy, pop-inspired delights that draw from Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock. Buildmore develops them from memory, not by observing petunias or dandelions. That process can be unpredictable. “The works are about control, and also the lack thereof,” he says. “I think that’s what keeps me coming back. They are exciting to make, and maybe that transcends a little bit to how they are viewed.” He hopes the works create a dialogue with...
Oct. 31 - Dec. 29 , Institute of Contemporary Art , Free
It’s possible to enjoy the work of artist Jason Rhoades for the experiential nature of it — shut down your brain and enjoy a chaotic-looking, well-constructed mess without trying to puzzle out what it means. It can be purely entertaining to look, listen and interact without wondering about the “why” behind it all. But the Institute of Contemporary Art’s “Jason Rhoades, Four Roads” — the first major U.S. survey of Rhoades’ work — steers you toward “why.” And once...
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Nov. 05 - Mar. 30 , Academy of Natural Sciences , $5 plus general admission
Roaring, moving, life-size animatronic dinosaurs invade the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University for a multi-sensory experience for the whole family. State-of-the-art and scientifically accurate—down to the feathers on T. rex—Dinosaurs Unearthed features more than a dozen realistic, full-bodied dinosaurs, as well as skeletons, fossil casts of skulls, claws and horns, real specimens of mosasaur and Spinosaurus teeth, an Oviraptor egg and the ever-popular coprolite (dino poop)....
Nov. 06 - Nov. 16
Story time generally gets ditched with diapers, but for 12 years the First Person Arts fest has proven that adults are good listeners, too. This year’s installment brings together monologists, writers, singers and dancers over the course of 10 days. Philadelphia’s first poet laureate, Sonia Sanchez — along with esteemed peers Toni Morrison and Rita Dove — will kick off the festival with a meeting-of-the-minds panel discussion. And for those of you wondering, yes, the festival also...
Nov. 07 - Nov. 09 , Kimmel Center , $53-$130
[ classical ] Recently minted Curtis grad Yuja Wang has created a sensation with her fashion statements; short, skin-tight dresses barely coating her lithe, petite body. Yes, even classical music is show biz, but this spectacular talent would impress in a burlap sack. Wang is a stunning technician, and also a wonderfully expressive artist. There is a brilliant singing line and a remarkable lucidity in her playing that is completely engrossing, excellent attributes as she...
Nov. 06 - Nov. 09
[ dance ] DanceAfrica is the country’s longest-running festival of African and African-American dance and culture, so it’s about time the City of Brotherly Love jumped in on it. Our piece of the action is a four-day festival featuring local dance troupes Kùlú Mèlé African Dance and Drum Ensemble, Kariamu and Company: Traditions, Illstyle and Peace Productions, along with special guest Farafina Kan from Washington, D.C. You don’t have to just watch, either; other...
Nov. 07 - Nov. 10 , Pennsylvania Convention Center , $15
The 37th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show includes works from 195 craft artists, selected from more than 1,000 applicants. Artists from Lithuania will be featured. The Show is presented each November by the Museum's Women's Committee and the Craft Show Committee for the benefit of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
All work is for sale. Visit pmacraftshow.org for a full schedule of special events including demos and tastings.
Nov. 09 - Apr. 27 , Franklin Institute , $27.50
The ancient Romans were pretty great city planners, except for that time they built a handful of city-states smack dab in the center of the Campanian volcanic arc. And the mythology surrounding Pompeii, the city that was demolished in the wake of the presently-active Mount Vesuvius's eruption in roughly 79 AD, would still go unlearned if a revolving crew of architects and archaeologists hadn't excavated the site nearly 300 years ago. Fast-forward to this weekend, when over 150 artifacts from...
Nov. 09 - Nov. 10 , Pennsylvania Convention Center , $8-$25
Bike nerds unite: the Philly Bike Expo is back for its fourth year and promises something for every level of cycling aficionado. Novices and experts alike can delight in the Bicycle Fashion Show — this year modeled by the Philadelphia Bicycle Polo Club during a live game — while those interested in taking their love to the pavement can participate in the night-before group ride. There are also seminars; check out, especially, the Women's Panel on Sunday, featuring speakers like Women Bike...
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Sep. 12 - Dec. 29 , Philadelphia Art Alliance , $5
The Philadelphia Art Alliance’s fall centerpiece exhibition explores the roles of family, collaboration, fabrication and the passage of time in a site-specific setting, taking up the entirety of PAA’s interior space as well as the roof and exterior. Song Dong and Yin Xiuzhen: “The Way of Chopsticks,” on view Sept. 12 to Dec. 29, 2013, and supported by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, investigates domestic, cultural and generational environments literally, through found objects,...
Nov. 09 , 9:30 p.m. , Johnny Brenda's , $13
[ singer-songwriter ] That last Cursive record, I Am Gemini, was a little goofy. Being a concept album about long-lost twin brothers, it veered much too far from Tim Kasher’s most comfortable songwriting subject matter: Himself. Indie rock’s favorite sad dad is revered for all his crises and self-loathing; that’s probably why Domestica or The Ugly Organ still resonate. Adult Film (Saddle Creek), Kasher’s second solo record, wisely mines...
Nov. 09 , 9:00 p.m. , First Unitarian Church , $15
[ pop/electronic ] Khaela Maricich is in love. That’s probably the most conspicuous message of The Blow’s new, self-titled album (Kanine). Sure, she penned one of the past decade’s most enduring, endearing statements of indie-pop affection (“Parentheses,” from the last Blow album, way back in 2006), and once plainly subtitled a record “Love Songs” — but, she suggests, she was only faking it then. This time it’s for real. “A kiss was just something to do...
Oct. 31 - Nov. 17 , Power Plant Productions , $20-$45
If taking a leisurely walk down a garden path tends to put you more in touch with your senses, then you can relate to Nichole Canuso’s The Garden. Of those who partake of this piece, Canuso says: “Ideally, they’re able to come out of the other side feeling a little more open, more connected to their surroundings and their bodies.” Be advised that this is strictly an urban garden, and not even a green one — the performance happens in the basement of Power Plant Productions in...
Oct. 31 - Nov. 10 , Adrienne Theater , $32-$38
Searing and provocative, or pretentious and gimmicky? You'll have to decide for yourselves about Jackie Sibblies Drury's We Are Proud to Present. I'm more in the latter camp than the former, but there's no doubt it's a show that will have audiences talking—and InterAct's production, beautifully staged by Pironne Yousefzadeh and well-acted across the board, makes a good argument for the piece. We Are Proud is a play about making a play—the plot deals with a group of performers...
Nov. 09 , 8:30 p.m. , Electric Factory , $37-$48.10
This has been well-established as a banner year for triumphant musical returns, with Justin Timberlake, Boards of Canada, The Knife and The Blow dropping their first albums since 2006, while Daft Punk, David Bowie, Mazzy Star, Luscious Jackson and the Dismemberment Plan broke even longer silent streaks. But nothing could really top shoegaze-crystallizing demigods My Bloody Valentine, who kicked off the trend back in early February by returning, almost suddenly, after an absurd 22 years, with...