michele zipkin

Second City improv, Bacon and Beer Fest, and more things to do in Philly

MUSICJay NashThursday, 8 p.m.Tin Angel20 S. Second St.$12, 215-928-0770www.tinangel.comAt first listen, it’s obvious that Jay Nash is a seasoned songwriter, with his soulful voice atop folksy guitar strumming. Though he grew up listening to musicians like The Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan, it’s the...

Friday, November 13, 2015, 1:44 AM

What to do in Philadelphia Nov. 5-8

BOOKSPatti Smith:“M Train”Friday, 7:30 p.m.Free Library of Philadelphia1901 Vine St.$30, 215-567-4341www.freelibrary.orgThe latest creation from the Godmother of Punk is essentially an autobiography, focusing on the cafes and hangouts she worked in throughout the world. Told through writing that...

Friday, November 6, 2015, 12:52 AM

Gladys Knight and three more shows to see in Philly this weekend

1. Sister Sparrow and the Dirty BirdsFriday, 7 p.m.World Cafe Live3025 Walnut St.$12-$15, 215-222-1400www.worldcafelive.comSome serious rock, blues, jazz and high-energy vocals combine in this gem of a group formed by singer and songwriter Arleigh Kincheloe in 2008. Typical guitar, bass and drums...

Thursday, November 5, 2015, 11:50 PM

Carrie Brownstein at the Merriam and more things to do Oct. 29-Nov. 1

MUSICMarchfourthSaturday, 7 p.m.World Cafe Live3025 Walnut St.$15 to $25, 215-222-1400www.worldcafelive.comGet ready to dance the night away this Halloween with the renowned jazz-funk-gypsy-brass big band that travels the country bringing the party wherever they go. Described as a Vaudeville circus...

Thursday, October 29, 2015, 9:30 PM

Four shows to see this weekend in Philly, Oct. 15-18

The Dear HunterThursday, 8 p.m.Union Transfer1026 Spring Garden St.$20, 215-232-2100This modern progressive rock band began as a side project for Casey Crescenzo, past member of the Receiving End of Sirens. Comprised of a hodgepodge of instruments and styles, the band recently made a self-titled...

Thursday, October 15, 2015, 3:42 PM

9 things to do in Philly this weekend, Oct. 15-18

FESTIVAL Harry Potter FestivalFriday and SaturdayChestnut HillPay as you go 215-247-6696 Chestnuthillpa.comCharming Chestnut Hill transforms into the magical world of Harry Potter. Grab your broom for the Quidditch Cup Tournament and stick around for the film screenings (of course!), sorting hat...

Thursday, October 15, 2015, 1:49 AM

8 things to do in Philly this weekend, Oct. 8-11

MUSICThe Wood BrothersSaturday, 8 p.m.Union Transfer1026 Spring Garden St.$25 - $27, 215-232-2100www.utphilly.comThis trio of seriously skilled musicians makes folk music flecked with hints of jazz and blues. The band’s latest release, “Paradise,” is steeped in the paradox that pursuing the things...

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 3:17 PM

Three shows to see this weekend

FRIDAY:Noah Gunderson8 p.m.World Cafe Live3025 Walnut St.$18, 215-222-1400www.worldcafelive.comThis young songwriter is wise beyond his years. Heavily influenced by existential philosophy, his latest album, “Carry the Ghost,” addresses the meaning behind how we relate to each other and attempts to...

Thursday, October 1, 2015, 12:28 PM

4 things to do in Philly this weekend that aren't the papal Mass

Whether you're a sinner or a saint, here are four things to do during #PopeinPhilly.1.The Pope’s Favorite Films: ‘La Strada’Thursday, 7:40 p.m.Prince Theater1412 Chestnut St.$8 - $10, 215-422-4580www.princetheater.orgThis 1954 Italian drama, directed by Federico Fellini, tells the story of the...

Thursday, September 24, 2015, 2:20 PM

10 fun things to do in Philadelphia before the pope takes over

FOOD AND DRINKMt. Airy Street FareThursday, 6 p.m.Germantown Ave. between Sedgwick St. and Mt. Airy Ave.Free, 215-844-9167www.gomtairy.comCome hungry, because 50 of the area’s best food trucks and restaurants will be at this lively street fest. And come hungry for entertainment: The fare offers...

Thursday, September 17, 2015, 12:40 PM

9 things to do in Philadelphia this weekend, Sept. 10 to 13

MUSICChelsea WolfeThursday, 8 p.m.Underground Arts1200 Callowhill St.$15www.undergroundarts.orgChelsea Wolfe’s music falls somewhere along the disparate lines of gothic, folk, electronic and metal. Many of her songs are experimental, with distorted guitars and blurry vocals. She cites filmmaker...

Thursday, September 10, 2015, 11:33 AM

6 things to do in Philadelphia this weekend, Sept. 4 to 6

CABARETThe AbakeningFriday, 11 p.m.Underground Arts1200 Callowhill St.Free, info@undergroundarts.orgwww.undergroundarts.orgLate Night Cabaret kicks off at the Black Box at Underground Arts with Philly's own hip-hop/jazz outfit Black Landlord and seasoned actor/director Greg Giovanni of the Big Mess...

Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 9:05 PM

11 things to do in Philadelphia this weekend, Aug. 27 to 30

BEER GARDENBeer Garden Fever at the Mutter MuseumThursday, 5:30 p.m.The Mutter Museum19 S. 22nd St.Free, 215-563-3737www.muttermuseum.orgPhilly’s museum of medical oddities is opening up its own pop-up beer garden to feature its own unique beer. The brew, Umlaut Fever, is a saison made with fennel...

Thursday, August 27, 2015, 12:02 AM

8 things to do in Philadelphia this weekend, August 20-23

MUSICAdia VictoriaFriday, 9 p.m.Johnny Brenda’s1201 N. Frankford Ave.$10, 215-739-9684www.johnnybrendas.comThis Nashville-based songwriter brings true country grit. Her initial release, “Stuck in the South,” showed off a raw voice that will undoubtedly make some serious imprints on the music scene....

Thursday, August 20, 2015, 3:30 PM

10 things to do in Philadelphia this weekend, August 13-16

FESTIVALSPhiladelphia Folk FestivalThursday to SundayOld Pool FarmClemmers Mill Road andSalford Station Road, Schwenksville$27.50 to $230, 215-247-0293www.pfs.orgThe Philadelphia Folk Festival has been drawing the crowds for more than 50 years. Bring your camping gear or just come for the day to...

Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 4:11 PM

9 things to do this weekend in Philadelphia, August 6-9

MUSICEzra FurmanSaturday, 8:30 p.m.MilkBoy Philly1100 Chestnut St.$10 - $12, 215-925-6455www.milkboyphilly.comThe lead singer of rock band Ezra Furman and the Harpoons will be flying solo for this performance. Furman’s one-man work is a little more folk, sporting piano, clarinet and glockenspiel....

Thursday, August 6, 2015, 6:00 AM

8 Things to do in Philadelphia this weekend

MUSICLaura MarlingSaturday, 8:30 p.m.Union Transfer1026 Spring Garden St.$25, 215-232-2100www.utphilly.comPerhaps you’ve heard the music of this English folk songwriter on independent radio stations like WXPN. An integral player in the revival of modern folk music, this young musician writes songs...

Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 10:16 PM

9 things to do in Philadelphia this weekend

MUSICEmily KingSaturday, 8 p.m.Underground Arts1200 Callowhill St.$20, info@undergroundarts.orgwww.undergroundarts.orgThis soulful songwriter has shared a stage with the likes of Alicia Keys, Chaka Khan and Erykah Badu. Her writing skills, tight musicianship and smooth, expressive voice make her...

Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 4:35 PM

Tastykake toss and more things to do in Philadelphia this weekend

BASTILLE DAYBastille Day CelebrationSaturday, 5:30 p.m.Eastern State Penitentiary2027 Fairmount Ave.Free, 215-236-3300www.easternstate.orgGender-twisting cabaret troupe The Bearded Ladies reenact the French Revolution with song and dance, emceed by Edith Piaf and featuring cameos from Napoleon and...

Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 5:37 PM

How to celebrate July 4th in Philadelphia

Check out these Independence Day celebrations leading up to the big 4th of July Jam and fireworks spectacular.THURSDAYIndependence Day BBQ CelebrationThursday, 6 p.m.International House3701 Chestnut St.$5-1$2, 215-387-5125www.ihousephilly.orgI-House residents and members of the community unite for...

Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 9:15 PM