Philly, curated

Philly, curated: What to do with the next two weeks of your life

Don’t miss the toast of Mexico City on South Street.

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A.D. Amorosi has been covering the scene for more than three decades, and every two weeks he’ll bring to the fore the boldest music, theater, comedy, exhibitions, literature, dance and performance art Philly has to offer.


Over the next two weeks, this city will be awash in men in eyeball costumes (The Residents), bleak poetesses (Lydia Lunch) and a soulful avant-garde Mexican musical act (Natalia Lafourcade Silva), offering plenty of chances for fun and frolic.

Alex Torra & Team Sunshine Performance Corporation’s ¡Bienvenidos Blancos! (Welcome, White People!)

Thursday, April 26 to Saturday, April 28
FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd.

Torra, the Cuban-American onetime member of Philly’s Pig Iron Theater, conceived a bilingual underground history lesson where racy races, cultural exploitation and monetary embargoes meet in a free-for-all, occasionally musical event.

The Residents

Thursday, April 26
The Foundry at The Fillmore, 29 E Allen St.

There are few bands that’ve been as radically underground for so long as The Residents. Born as a noise-based, voice-processed and anonymously costumed ensemble in the early 1970s, the band has continued along the path of independence by releasing its own scabrous post-punk albums and video/DVD packages

Dani Mari

Thursday, April 26
Bourbon & Branch, 705 N. Second St.

The former queen of Philly’s open mic circuit has moved from the acoustic sound — because it pigeonholed her, she has said — into a new name (Primitive Heart) and tone (electronic music). She founded Female Frequency, a community dedicated to empowering female, transgender and nonbinary artists through the creation of music that is entirely female generated. In this show, she’ll show off her love of horror with vids inspired by Dario Argento movies.

Jazz Epistles with Abdullah Ibrahim

Sunday, April 29
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St.

Before pianist Abdullah Ibrahim became renowned as a regal jazz improvisationist, he was in a South African bebop band that made an album legendary for its politics, its expressionism and its rarity. (You’ve never heard it before, right?)

Lord Huron

Tuesday, May 1
Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St.

Band founder Ben Schneider and co. make the most elegant lo-fi campfire brand of folksy soulful rock and roll since Buffalo Springfield. The newly-minted quartet’s most recent album, Vide Noir, proves as much, and much more.

Weill/Menotti: Mahagonny / Medium

Thursday, May 3 to Sunday, May 6
Curtis Opera Theatre, Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St.

The cynical and rarely performed cabaret opera from Kurt Weill is teamed with composer Gian Carlo Menotti’s deceitful destructive theater song for a refreshingly dismal musical affair. I need a drink already.

No Age

Saturday, May 3
First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St.

Before coming to its newest album, Snares Like a Haircut, the Los Angeles noise rock duo consisting of guitarist Randy Randall and drummer/vocalist Dean Allen Spunt had the dubious distinction of running the gamut of American indie labels Sub Pop and Drag City. Bravo.

Utopia

Saturday, May 5
The Tower Theatre, S. 69th and Ludlow St., Upper Darby

Todd Rundgren is the blue-eyed soul son of Upper Darby known for dabbling in early electro-pop, but the Utopia collaborative was his true weirdo masterpiece; a high-minded, loudly existentialist prog-rock crew that made the Mahavishnu Orchestra seem focused in comparison.

Get Better Fest 5

Saturday, May 5
First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St. 

For the benefit of Black & Pink (an open family of LGBTQ prisoners and “free world” allies for the abolition of the prison industrial complex), Morris Home (which supports trans and gender variant individuals as they develop the knowledge, skills and supports necessary to promote sobriety) and Project SAFE (which provides advocacy and support for women working in street economies), a handful of hardcore acts — both local and national – party down for necessary funds.

Panda Bear

Sunday, May 6
Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St.

With a such a sweet nickname, how could Noah Benjamin “Panda Bear” Lennox end up connected with the weirdest, spookiest sounds? Good question, but it’s true, whether as a cofounding member of the experimental pop band Animal Collective or on his own solo output.

Lydia Lunch

Monday, May 7
Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 N Front St.

The darkly incendiary poetic diva of the noisy No Wave movement (think Teenage Jesus & the Jerks, 8-Eyed Spy) returns to Philly with a full band and with a new documentary, lensed by underground film giant Beth B, under her belt.

Natalia Lafourcade Silva

Monday, May 7
Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St.

The toast of Mexico City — María Natalia Lafourcade Silva — is a magical hot wind that blows smart intuitive lyrics across a sensual pop-soul soundscape, with her band Natalia y La Forquetina in tow.

Marian Hill

Tuesday, May 8
Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St.

This moody Philly-raised electronic duo — a Eurythmics for the 21st Century — might have stayed local, edgy and haunting if not for the powers that be, who used their slow-core jazzy songs for Apple Air’s ads. Will success spoil the girl boy outfit? One way to find out.

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