Thursday, 1/28: Wale with Chiddy Bang and Fly Gypsy, The TLA, $18-21, All Ages
Wale, the current king of the Baltimore hip-hop game, is bringing his B-more beats to the TLA. With a Seinfeld-themed mixtape and a collaboration with Lady GaGa already under his belt, the man who got Elaine Benes to say “motherfucker” on his album will surely deliver a set of clever rhymes and Pop culture jabs that will make you think while you jam to the rhythm. To sweeten the deal, openers include Philly natives and Street artist-to-watch, Chiddy Bang.
Thursday, 1/28: Asobi Seksu, Kung Fu Necktie, $12, 21+
Do you find that your normal Thursday night line-up of BYOs and downtowns has left you with a massive spiritual void? Mope about it with shoe-gaze afficionados Asobi Seksu. Their spacey sound recalls sad person favorites like My Bloody Valentine and Swervedriver. Plus, it’s an acoustic set, so you can be alone with your thoughts and not a bunch of staticky noise.
Friday, 1/29: Michael Madonna Prince, The Barbary, $8, 21+
Head to Fishtown for what is arguably the most important night of the month: Michael Madonna Prince at the Barbary. If you wanna be startin’ something, make the pilgrimage in your little red Corvette to pay some months-late tribute to the fallen king of pop, and vogue through the glory days of your favorite ’80s icons. DJ Deejay will be playing all of your favorites. But if you can’t make it, don’t worry — it’s a monthly thing.
Wednesday, 2/3: Death of Autotune, Silk City, $5, 21+
Head to Silk City for a musical change of pace. Why not shift gears from the typical club bangers to a mellower, island rhythm with DJs Solomonic Sound System, Ital Sound, and Rascul International? This reggae party should be all you need to mellow out midweek.
Now — 2/7: Becky Shaw, Wilma Theatre, $10 student rush tickets
This smash-hit, offbeat-comedy thriller should dissuade you from playing matchmaker among your friends. After Susanna sets up a friend on a blind date with her husband’s coworker, their lives are changed forever.
Now — 2/14: Golden Age, Philadelphia Theatre Company, $10 student rush tickets
Ever wonder what kind of scandalous happenings take place behind the curtain at an opera? Check out the world premiere of Golden Age, the new play by Tony-award winner Terrence McNally, before it heads to D.C.’s Kennedy Center.
Now — 3/21: Blue Door, Arden Theatre Company, $5 student rush tickets
In the Arden’s new two-man, no intermission drama, a professor is visited by his ancestors who tell him about what shaped their lives.
Now — 3/15: Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists 1958-1968, University of the Arts, Rosenwald-Wolf, Hamilton Hall and Borowsky Galleries, Free
These days, Pop artists, from Warhol to Rauschenberg to Johns, have become household names. Besides their technique, the one thing this crew has in common is their gender. Where were the women when Pop was born? Seductive Subversion, a critical new show at the University of the Arts, expands Pop’s definition by reclaiming its feminine side.
Saturday, 1/30: Print Origami with Space 1026, The Print Center, 2:00 — 5:00 p.m., Free
One of Street’s picks for the best of Philagrafika, the Print Center is hosting a open house and workshop with the artists responsible for one of their main installations, the Space 1026 collective. Don’t miss this chance to perfect your origami skills using prints made by these talented artists and fun-loving Philadelphians. RSVP to email@example.com.
Wednesday 2/3: Zine Machine, Magic Gardens, 6:00 — 9:00 p.m., $10 Adults/$8 Magic Gardens Members
Street fave Magic Gardens presents a workshop on zine-making with presentations by local zine artists. Art supplies and locally-brewed beer are provided in the cost, but everyone is encouraged to BYO more refreshments and interesting art supplies. Get there early to make sure you get a space!
Wednesday, 2/3: Penn First Wednesday, Institute of Contemporary Art, 6:30 — 10:00 p.m., Free
Penn alum and current Whitney-Lauder Curatorial Fellow Lucy Gallun will give a talk on her first ICA exhibition, Everyday Imaginary, which showcases animation works, in part two of the museum’s three part video series. Following the talk is a book party for the new collaboration between artist Zoe Strauss and poets Frank Sherlock and CAConrad, The City Real and Imagined: Philadelphia Poems.