Monday, 9/20: No Age with Small Black and Grandchildren. First Unitarian Church, $13, All Ages.
Noise-pop duo No Age are devotees to the DIY aesthetic — self-recording and compounding layers of fuzz and feedback atop sun-soaked melodies. The experimental outfit has become increasingly accessible since signing to Sub-Pop and, with almost a year since their last release, it’s not too much to hope that they’ll have some new material up their sleeves.
Thursday, 9/23: Titus Andronicus with Free Energy. First Unitarian Church, $13, All Ages.
Jersey punkers Titus Andronicus burst onto the scene in 2008 with a debut that earned the accolade of Best New Music from Pitchfork.com. Frontman Patrick Stickle’s angst-fueled intellectualism lends an air of sophistication to the band’s garage-rock anthems. Praised for their rollicking live shows Titus won’t disappoint as they play selections from their new Civil War-inspired LP.
Now - September 26: September at Vox Populi, Free Admission.
September is like Christmas for art enthusiasts at Vox Populi, one of Philadelphia’s predominant contemporary galleries. Four exhibitions are currently on view, including solo-shows of smoke artist Jamie Dillon and blind painter David Kontra. A group exhibition, entitled Paradise, includes works that treat on humanity’s fall from grace.
Now - September 25: Inhabit — Dana Hargove, Free Admission.
In this exhibition of 12 new paintings and installations Dana Hargrove explores systems of travel and transportation in arabasque wisps and angular compartments on a variety of odd-shaped wooden panels. The exhibition also includes a video installation that combines traditional animation with wall painting to explore notions of temporality and spatial relation.
Now - Saturday 9/18: Sanctuary, Theater East at The Hub, All Ages, $30.
Fringe festival darling and Momix alum Brian Sanders is back with Sanctuary, a 55- minute dance tour-de-force that puts Broadway's more mainstreamed "Stomp" to shame. Set in an abandoned industrial building in an unnamed post-apocalyptic city, Sanders uses violent, nostlagic choreography and innovative staging to convey a group of squatters' longing to revisit a stable past.
Now - Saturday 9/18: Marat/Sade, The Rotunda, All Ages, $20.
EgoPo, a group who has dedicated this season to the Theatre of Cruelty, creates a psycopathic cabaret in their recreation of Peter Weiss’s 1963 work. Come prepared to be overwhelmed by the sounds and sights of this play-within-a-play which takes place in a Revolutionary-era French insane asylum.
Now - Sunday 9/19: Between Trains, Gas and Electric Arts, All Ages, $22 with student ID
Prolific playwright Juanita Rockwell’s latest work combines acapella with beat poetry over a score of obscure instruments and atmospheric warblings. The work examines the human life course through a Buddhist perspective, analogizing birth to waking up naked and disoriented in a train station and language-acquistion to being stranded in a foreign country. As an added bonus there’s even a little nudity.