Calendar: May 17-23

FRIDAY, MAY 17Fundraiser | Give After Dark


Fundraiser | Give After Dark

You should give whenever you can, but after dark is a pretty good time to do it. Wander through Reading after hours and be enticed by the open bar and by the entertainment provided. All the money you spend will go towards homeless families, so don’t be so conservative. | 7:30 pm. $150. Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th St.

Music | Rodrigo y Gabriela

This acoustic duo has a history of selling out venues, like Red Rocks and the Royal Albert Hall. They’re also no stranger to success – they were invited by President Obama to perform at a reception for the President of Mexico in 2010. Their intense strums hit deep through speakers, so we could only imagine how impactful their live performances are. | 8 pm. $40. Franklin Music Hall, 421 N. 7th St.

Party | Fistful of Kisses

Get hit in the face with some queer bops for a good cause. This is a monthly dance party that gives all donations earned to a different charity each month. This month’s charity is the Philadelphia Dyke March – an annual rally for the visibility of self-identified dykes. | 10 pm. Free. Dahlak Paradise, 4708 Baltimore Ave.

Comedy | Rob Lowe

Where do we even begin with this guy? From “The Outsiders” to “Parks and Recreation,” Lowe has cemented himself in our memories. Remember that sex tape, too? Pretty legendary, but he probably doesn’t want you to remember that, so just try not to bring it up if you go to see him. | 8 pm. $49. Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.

LGBTQ | The Wedding of Ruby and Sapphire

We are gathered here today to join some drag queens for a sickening show. Your ticket price also gets you some free wedding cake. Dress in your formal best for this celebration of love. | 10 pm. $20. The Victoria Freehouse, 10 S. Front St.

Music | Tash Sultana

The one-person band is here to make you wonder, “how the fuck do they do all that?” Sultana literally makes it look all too easy by taking on guitar, vocals, synth and keys all by themselves. The hard work effortlessly pays off in harmony to create a dreamy universe of poppy soft rock in every song. | 8 pm. $29.50. The Met Philly, 858 N. Broad St.

Music | The Floozies

Your favorite whores have rolled into town. This band of brothers is dedicated to getting funkier with every set they play. As evident through their latest 2018 single “I Want It All,” this duo’s music is uninhibited electro craziness. | 8:30 pm. $20. Theatre of the Living Arts, 334 South St.

Dance | PHLeX: Philadelphia Lindy Hop Exchange

Dance all weekend long to the talented stylings of local jazz musicians. Force someone to dance with you and you could make a new friend. Good music is simply supposed to get you moving, so if any of these bands playing are any good, you’ll be bouncing off the walls the whole weekend. | 8 pm. Prices vary. Locations vary.


Party | Pon De Barbary

Some reggae, some Sean Paul, a little Major Lazer. This is one of those dance parties you don’t have to feel guilty about getting too lit at. The host – There’s Drinking to Be Done – already knows what you’re going to be doing at this party. | 10 pm. $5-$7. The Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave.

Party | Bloom & Bass Pool Party

Now that the sun is coming out, you should be, too. Daybreaker is here to remind you that dance parties are scientifically proven to benefit our health and happiness. Shake off that winter and early spring depression with a good game of Marco Polo. | 9 am. $15-$35. Vesper Day Club, 1031 Germantown Ave.

Music | Addiction: Bach & Brown

Technology is fucking destroying us – not surprising. This is the world premiere of the musical performance “Phony,” which is about a couple meeting for dinner with nothing to talk about. It all relates to how addicted we are to modern technology. It hits pretty close to home, but if you wanna stay woke, you should probably check this out. | 8 pm. $30. Carpenter’s Historic Hall, 320 Chestnut St.

Festival | Peddler’s Village Strawberry Festival

Forty-first time’s the charm. This annual festival celebrates all things about the juicy fruit. There will be the usual food, drinks and family friendly activities. If you aren’t absolutely sick of strawberries at the end, then you didn’t do it right. | 10 am. Free. Peddler’s Village, 2400 Street Rd.

Party | Color(Scheme): A Queer Day Party

The newest party for queer and trans people of color. This jawn is really serious about people celebrating their identity while supporting other POC. There will be drinks, hip-hop and trap music, and a black art exhibition. Just show up and turn up for a great time. | 1:30 pm. $10. Haute Restaurant & Lounge, 1420 Locust St.

Music | Lawn Jawn

Yup, that’s exactly what it is. To dig a little deeper, though, it’s a music and arts festival. Local bands and artists will be turning it out on a small area of grass on Drexel’s campus. Luckily, this is open to the public. | 1 pm. Free. Race Lawn, 3310 Race St.

Interests | Spirit, Soul & Body Vendor Expo

It’s never enough to just take care of your physical body. This is the perfect event for anyone who needs to rejuvenate themselves completely. There will be several vendors here focused on helping you to heal your mind, body and spirit. | 1 pm. $20. Courtyard by Marriott, 4100 Presidential Blvd.

Food & Drink | (Not Just) Wheat Beer Fest

Lots of local bands and breweries will be serving up their best at this fest. For a minute, we thought, “well, what other fucking kind of beer is there?” We’re guessing there will be some great beers offered for our gluten-free friends to enjoy. | 12 pm. Prices vary. South Philadelphia Tap Room, 1509 Mifflin St.


Party | Brunch So Hard

Motherfuckers ‘gon find you… on a boat, with a mimosa in your hand. This is a full on party aboard the Spirit of Philadelphia with drinks, games and live performances. That shit sound cray enough for you? | 11 am. $80. Spirit of Philadelphia, 401 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.

Music | Joe Jack Talcum

This guy’s fine like baby powder. He was the frontman of the punk band “The Dead Milkmen,” but he’s been flying solo for a while and blessing us with his guitar ever since. He’ll be splitting the bill with S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D and F. Woods and the Fellow Humans. Are you a human too? Well, perfect – this is just the show for you. | 4:30 pm. $10. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St.

Music | Rock at the Troc

We’re shedding a tear for the fallen. You better come out to the last blowout show at the legendary theater. A fat bill of local bands, like The Three 4 Tens and Alright Junior, will be performing all day. | 2:15 pm. $15. The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St.

Party | Nitty Gritty: Dirty Dancing 60s Dance Party

Maybe all the new music out is too shitty for you. Maybe the songs of the 50s and 60s are some of your guilty pleasures. Maybe you’re just old. We don’t really give a shit what your reason for coming out to this is. Just come out – you’ll have the time of your life. | 10 pm. $5. Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar, 254 S. 12th St.

Party | The Thrifty Disco

This jawn seems pretty nifty. Philly AIDS will turn into a club after hours and three DJs from 97.1 WKDU will spin tracks. All the cash made from this night will be given to Bebashi Transition to Hope, a nonprofit focused on awareness for hunger relief and breast and sexual health. | 9 pm. Prices vary. Philly AIDS Thrift, 710 S. 5th St.

Fundraiser | Cocktails for Kitties

Have a drink or two – for the sake of the cats. This is a fundraiser for the Stray Cat Relief Fund to celebrate all their efforts in taking care of cats and their successes. You basically have no soul if you don’t wanna come out and support this event. | 11 am. $40. Seer Interactive, 1033 N. 2nd St.

Party | Yavideo’s The Cookout: Old Skool Edition

Throwing it back to the 80s and 90s for you old heads out there. This is so “old skool” that you have to be 25 and over to enter. You know the drill – 80s and 90s hip hop and R&B music, food and games. Grammy nominated artist Mr Cheeks will be performing, and there will be “Yatta Yatta punch,” whatever the hell that is. | 7 pm. $20. Mad Rex, 1000 Frankford Ave.

Event | Claim Malcolm X Day

Gather with your community to celebrate X’s birthday at the park named in his honor. Guests speakers, live entertainment, and areas for children and wellness will fill up your day. Show your face and throw your fist in the air. | 12 pm. Free. Malcolm X Park, 400 S. 51st St.


Fundraiser | Ladyblades: Taking Aim to End Abuse

Let out all that inner frustration in support of women. This axe throwing tournament will benefit Women Against Abuse. Say “fuck you” to physical violence by throwing an axe right in its face. | 6 pm. $45. Urban Axes, 2019 E. Boston St.

Music | MONO

This genre-defying band is anything but one note. They have released an album every few years or so since forming in 1999, their most recent being “Nowhere Now Here” which dropped in January. These Japanese rockers go on a world tour every year, and at this point, have visited over 57 countries. It sounds like it’d be fun to take a trip with them. | 8:30 pm. $10. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St.

Music | The Royal Treatment

This luckily has nothing to do with the royal family that we don’t really give a shit about. It’s a night of songs from music’s most memorable artists sung by Philly musicians. Aretha, MJ, Prince… all the artists we’d bow down to. Party like you’re at the Palace. | 7:30 pm. $20. L’Etage, 624 S. 6th St.

Discussion | Privacy, Politics and Protests

Recently, it’s like our social media usage has been reduced to sharing dumbass memes with our friends. Although we know it’s melting our brains, social media has played several influential roles in our lives, like helping to organize social movements such as Black Lives Matter. Sit down for a discussion on just how it’s played a role in the three Ps above. | 5:30 pm. $35. World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, 1 S. Broad St.

Music | Assuming We Survive

If we do, we’re going to this fucking show. This band is a pop punk powerhouse that has worked its way up through the ranks since 2007. These guys are actually playing a show with Sum 41 later this month. Check out their EP “Chapters” from 2018 before coming out. | 6:30 pm. $12. Voltage Lounge, 421 N. 7th St.

Learn | Linguistics of Love

You know we love you, but we just don’t know how to express it. This workshop will teach you how to communicate your love and appreciation for your significant other. Pre-written greeting cards and teddy bears don’t mean shit – you gotta say what you feel. | 6 pm. Prices vary. Fishtown Wellness Center, 430 Belgrade St.

Music | Worriers

Like this band, we’re all punks worrying about something. They’re not afraid to get political with their music, which we definitely love. Having toured with The Wonder Years in the past, the four members are familiar with Philly. | 7 pm. $10. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St.

Comedy | Early Evening Late Show

You don’t have to be in NYC to sit in the audience of a late night show. Host Kristen DeWitt will own the late night format in this hour of comedy and variety. If you’re one of those people that gets all their news from Colbert or Fallon, you’ll probably love this. | 7:30 pm. $5. Philly Improv Theater, 2030 Sansom St.


Party | Election Night Party

Let’s get fucking lit off freedom and democracy! After you vote in the Philly Primary, let loose at this celebration of all the work our public servants have done to preserve democracy in our beautiful city. The drinks will keep on coming as the results come pouring in. | 8 pm. Free. Love City Brewing, 1023 Hamilton St.

Music | Woofstock

The summer concert series everyone is barking about is back for the season. There will be outdoor performances from a rotating roster of local bands. Let your pups run free as you let loose in the park every Tuesday for the rest of the summer. | 5:30 pm. Free. Seger Dog Park, 1001 Rodman St.

Music | Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals

If only we all had as much energy as this guy. He’s collaborated with huge artists like Mac Miller and Chance the Rapper throughout his short career so far. He just keeps getting better with every album he drops – his elevation as an artist is obvious in “Ventura,” which came out this April. | 7:30 pm. $29.50. The Met Philly, 858 N. Broad St.

Music | Warpaint

These girls give us some Red Hot Chili Peppers experimental vibes. Their music is transcendental art rock that has some serious other-worldly qualities to it. We haven’t heard anything new from them since 2016, but keep an ear out. | 8:30 pm. $27.50. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St.

Music | American Footballl

Toss the pigskin around with these down-to-earth guys that have been around for about 20 years. They had an EP and a self-titled album in the 90s that didn’t do so well at the time, but later were considered to be quintessential emo. After splitting up and getting back together in 2014, much to the joy of emos worldwide, they continued to make tour and make music and released two more self-titled LPs. | 8:30 pm. $25. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St.

Music | Past Life

These Philly guys formed in 2016 – they’re just baby indie rockers. Since then, they’ve released two EPs, the latest of which was released with Mad Dragon Music Group, Drexel University’s student-run record label. Come out and witness a band that has truly created their own kind of sound. | 7 pm. $7. The Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave.

Learn | Nature Photography DIY Workshop

Having a macro lens will usually make any nature picture look legit, but if you want to learn how to do it the proper way, this is the right class for you. Wander through one of Philly’s lush forest areas and learn how to capture the beauty you see. | 6:30 pm. $15. Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Rd.

Music | PILE

Is it possible to ever get sick of touring the world? Apparently not for these rockers from Boston who have played over 1000 shows since forming in 2009. “Green and Gray,” a new album, was just released this month, giving them yet another excuse to get back on the road. | 7:30 pm. $15. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St.


Event | ACLU Greater Philadelphia Chapter Annual Gathering

Let’s check in and see the social progress we have made. It may not be much, but at this event, we’ll figure out how to keep moving forward. The Deputy Director of the ACLU’s racial justice program will speak on criminal justice reform, while the executive director warns us of the challenges in the way of progress. | 5:30 pm. Prices vary. ACLU of Pennsylvania, 1800 John F. Kennedy Blvd.

LGBTQ | Plus One: A Brand New Drag Show

This is the very first party of many for this monthly show. Join a different DJ and diva every month for a different kind of experience every time. Maybe you’ll even bring a different plus one to each of them – we won’t judge. | 10 pm. Free. The Dolphin Tavern, 1539 S. Broad St.

Music | Jonatha Brooke

Brooke is a folk queen of past and present. She’s been in the game since the 90s and found some major success when she did two songs for the 2002 film “Return to Neverland.” She’ll probably be playing some new music from her EP “Imposter” that came out this April. | 8 pm. $30. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.

Party | Soul Cruisers Dance Party

A classy affair for your Wednesday night pleasure. The Sensational Soul Cruisers are an eleven-piece horn band playing all the essential music of the 60s-80s. From Motown to soul, these smooth criminals know how to get us in a horny mood. | 8 pm. Prices vary. Morgan’s Pier, 221 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd.

Art | You Can’t Fail

This is an art series featuring works from over 20 local creators. Experience all types of creative expression through all kinds of mediums – photography, dance, comedy, sculpture, etc. The only way you can possibly fail is by missing out on this. | 8 pm. Free. Tattooed Mom, 530 South St.

Learn | Claiming Your Identity: An Otherness Workshop

When you know you’re different from others, it sucks to know you’ll never exactly fit  in. Through the Japanese art of taiko, the topic of “otherness-” how we have been singled out from “others-” will be explored. Move freely to the intense drum beats and dig deep into your story. Your openness could make one less person feel like an outcast. | 6:30 pm. Free. Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine St.

Music | Fake Pockets

Can we just talk about how useless fake pockets on clothes are? They’re just despicable. Anyway, this isn’t about that. Fake Pockets is an indie rock band from Asbury Park. They’re so underground, in fact, that they only have two singles released on all their streaming platforms. | 8 pm. $12. The Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave.

Interests | Curator Fest

If you create things, hang at this collaborative event and meet other creatives. Photographers, designers, artists and DJs all can’t do their jobs completely without some creative help from others. Great minds think alike, and any great Philly artists looking to make some connections will all think of going to this. | 8 pm. $10. Voltage Lounge, 421 N. 7th St.


Food & Drink | The Community Table

There isn’t enough events out there that are simply about sitting down and making conversation. That’s exactly what this jawn is, though. It’s a mostly home-cooked dinner hosted by a local business coach who just wants to bring a community together. Would you pass the potatoes over to us, please? | 6 pm. $43. The Collective Table, 218 Market St.

Music | Betty Who

Betty’s been through it all in her music career. She’s been signed to a major record label, and even created the theme song for the second season of Queer Eye. But she’s broken free of all that and is flexing her indie pop wings while being free of any labels. | 8:30 pm. $21. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St.

Performance | Fox Chase Boy

An anything goes, solo performance about the life of a Philly native. It seems like Gerard Argeros is going to cover everything about his life story, from his super personal issues to the political and cultural climate of his coming of age. Be ready for a candid and crazy  storytime. | 7 pm. Free. Maas Building, 1325 N. Randolph St.

Music | Archspire

Heavy fucking metal times four. Archspire and the three supporting artists on this bill are touring the whole country in less than a month. The Vancouver native band be playing their newest album “Relentless Mutation” in full. | 6 pm. $18. Voltage Lounge, 421 N. 7th St.

Learn | Pick Your Own Path

We’re not sure we ever want to feel like we’re living during the Cold War again. Honestly, though, there’s always scary political tension going on today, anyway. This is a choose your own adventure type of event that puts you in the shoes of a 50s cowboy during the Uranium boom. Use your wits to make different decisions than those that were made during the USSR arms race. | 6 pm. $10. Science History Institute, 315 Chestnut St.

Food & Drink | Guac Off 2019

You won’t feel guilty about binging on unlimited chips and guac here. When it’s all for a good cause, you can’t hold back. This culinary competition of local restaurants’ best guac is all to benefit MANNA, an organization that prepares meals for people with life-threatening illnesses. | 6 pm. $35. Morgan’s Pier, 221 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd.

Learn | How to Ask for Money (Without Shame)

We think we’ve all shamefully asked for money before. This event isn’t really about how to ask your parents for money when you’re in your 20s – it’s more so for organizations and getting funding for ideas. More grown-up, and important, than you would think. | 6 pm. Prices vary. Cultureworks Greater Philadelphia, 1315 Walnut St.

Music | Joanne Shaw Taylor

Taylor’s pretty damn big in the UK, and she’s set on being just as famous across the pond. She’s a solo blues artist who started out in 2009 and is not stopping any time soon. She actually just released a single, “All My Love,” this past week. | 8 pm. $25. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.

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    Alex is a reporter most passionate about arts and entertainment writing. She has been working for PW since March 2019, where she has been lucky enough to learn more about Philadelphia’s vibrant culture and interview some of her favorite artists, such as The Black Keys.