From the return of a local favorite to Spike Lee’s best film in some time, to flights of circus fancy, this weekend flies high. Here are the best things to do in Philly this weekend.
Things to do in Philly this weekend
Larry Fink: The Boxing Photographs
Photographer-activist Larry Fink has gone down several roads in his artistic life, capturing, as he has, the Beat poets of the 50s and 60s and Manhattan’s hoi polloi in the 70s. Yet, it was Fink did in 1990s that fills this new exhibition, The Boxing Photographs, as he hung out in gyms (including Philly’s famed Blue Horizon) and snapped men while in serious pugilistic action, as well as in the act of male bonding.
Opens Aug. 11, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave., philamuseum.org
With his “Line Segment Where Two Faces Meet (weight bearing and locomotive)” exhibition, Low-Beer creates a series of seemingly linear, and unrelated, objects meant to tell differing and divergent stories dependent upon the improvisational interaction among said item.
Aug. 10, 7 p.m., Space 1026, 1026 Arch St., 2nd Floor, free, space1026.com
Live + Counting Crows
Cauliflower-sprout haired Adam Durwitz’s Crows may be the headline, but most local will be at the BB&T for the reunion of Live, York, P.A.’s grungy, spiritualized favorite. Unlike most bands of the '90s and early 2000s, these guys aren’t resting on it laurels or relying purely on old songs, as its new single “Love Lounge,” is intense and loud.
Aug. 11, 6:30 p.m., BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J., $22, ticketmaster.com
Jeremih + Teyana Taylor
The nu-R&B singer behind the sinewy, sensual “Birthday Sex” and Kanye West’s most recent (and funkiest) protégé join forces for a stormy soul night at the UT.
Aug. 10, 8:30 p.m., Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St.. $40+, utphilly.com
You can’t discuss the history of 20th Century music, punk, rockabilly or its obsession with the origin story of American roots without mentioning howling vocalist-guitarist Phil Alvin, drummer Bill Bateman and bassist John Bazz: The Blasters. Kung Fu Necktie will be packed from wall to wall. Enjoy.
Aug. 12, 7 p.m., Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N Front St., $25, kungfunecktie.com
Night Market in Kensington
With only one more Food Trust Night Market left in 2018, it is essential to hike it to Kenzo to get your collective food truck fix (including new visitors Dim Sum House and Puyero Venezuelan Flavor), live crust punk and craft-something drink on.
Aug. 9, 6 p.m., Frankford Ave. and York St., thefoodtrust.org/night-market
Peddler’s Village Peach Festival & Sidewalk Sale
Along with being a great opportunity for a long drive to bustling, yet bucolic New Hope, this two day is dedicated to all things fuzzy, juicy and peachy in the name of National Peach Month.
Aug. 10- 12, 10 a.m., Peddler's Village, 2400 Street Rd., New Hope, free admission, peddlersvillage.com
Philadelphia Flying Trapeze grand opening weekend
The Philadelphia School of Circus Arts takes advantage of its role as birthplace of American circus-ry with this city’s first permanent outdoor trapeze school. Nearby the historic former St. Madeleine Sophie Church, you’ll find yourself soaring into the heavens – or at least up to 25 feet high per each 2 hour class.
Aug 10-12, 10 a.m., outside the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, 6452 Greene St., $63 per two hour class, phillycircus.com/flying-trapeze
Director Spike Lee’s most impactful film in a minute (and oddly humorous at times) tells the true story of a black police officer (played by “Ballers”’ John David Washington) infiltrating David Duke’s KKK (he being played by “The 70s Show”’ Topher Grace) with the aid of a Jewish police officer (Han Solo’s evil son Adam Driver).
Opens Aug 10, 7 p.m., Landmark Ritz East, 125 S 2nd St., landmarktheatres.com/philadelphia/ritz-east
Let’s Start a Cult/Weeding Out the Stoned/Joke Bath: Comedy
Chinatown’s Good Good Comedy has an unbeatable triple bill featuring a wealth of this city’s snarkiest stand-ups on this night – all involving some form of vice, with the late night event offering free beer, and the stoner bash acting as a game show.
Aug. 10 at 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Good Good Comedy Theatre, 215 N 11th St., $10, $12 and $12, goodgood.yapsody.com