Arts and music events in Philadelphia, Nov. 2-Nov. 4

Posted: November 02, 2012


Dialing 215

Adopted son John Wesley Harding opens another Cabinet of Wonders for the 215 Festival. Out pops Alec Ounsworth (of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah fame), Dean & Britta, The Spinto Band and more. For more 215 events, see "Mixed Bag" (below).

Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., Cabinet of Wonders, 9:30 p.m. Friday, $15 (21-plus).

Lots more to Mo'

We love the special, modern spin Keb' Mo' brings to the blues - with earnest, lilting tunes, heart warming vocals and polished band arrangements.

Keswick Theatre, Easton Road and Keswick Avenue, Glenside, 8 p.m. Friday, $29.50-$49.50, 215-572-7650,

New spin on an old fave

Sometimes bands doing a complete album tribute treat the material with too much carbon-copying respect. Not so The Darcys with their modern-rocking, tonally reshaped "Live Interpretation of Steely Dan's 'Aja.'" Rey Pila opens.

Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 7:30 p.m. Saturday, $10 (21-plus), 215-291-4919,

New Orleans state of mind

Celebrate the funkiest side of Big Bayou music, courtesy of Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk and adopted son Anders Osborne, plus the rockabilly of Low Cut Connie.

The Blockley, 38th and Chestnut streets, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, $20-$40, 215-222-1234,

Election yuks

Late-night TV talk hosts have reportedly made more jokes about GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney than on all Democratic candidates combined. But we bet The Capitol Steps will be an equal opportunity destroyer, in their last-minute, get-out-the-jokes, song and spit-take extravaganza.

Keswick Theatre, Easton Road and Keswick Avenue, Glenside, 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, $29.50, 215-572-7650,

Buzz bombing

Like hip-hop and electronica? Be dazed and amazed by the cool fusion of both by savvy mixologist Pretty Lights (aka Derek Vincent Smith). Also tapping a techno vein - Keys N Krates and Eliot Lipp.

Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow streets, 8 p.m. Sunday, $20-$32, 800-745-3000,

Climate shift

Can we blame the shrinking ozone layer for Justin Bieber's decreased land mass, too? The tween idol's return is but two days away, yet seats are still available!

Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St., 7 p.m. Sunday, 215-336-3600,

Alt rock bundle

Crunchy, nourishing and easy on the ears, Motion City Soundtrack has an urgent new album message ("Go") to deliver, in company with piano-rocking Jukebox The Ghost, Now, Now plus I Was Totally Destroying It.

TLA, 334 South St., 6 p.m. Sunday, $22/$25, 900-745-3000,


The Beatles' Boyee

Richard Lester may be Brit-based, but the director of "A Hard Day's Night" (and Penn alum) is a Philly boy, born here in 1932. International House hosts a Lester retrospective, including the John Lennon anti-war flick "How I Won the War," "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and the very British "The Bed-Sitting Room."

International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut St., Friday through Sunday, $7-$9 per screening, 215-387-5125,

Gotta go to Mo's

Mitchell B. Modell, CEO of Modell's Sporting Goods, shaves his head and dons a Wilfred Brimley-worthy fake mustache in the Season 4 premiere of CBS' "Undercover Boss."

8 p.m. Friday, CBS 3.


Dog walk

Dog lovers, get yourselves (and your doggy pals!) to South Philly. The Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is holding its sixth annual Mutt Strut, a party for pooches of all stripes that includes a Halloween costume contest, "Ask the Vet" and "Ask the Trainer" booths, and an obstacle course, among other fun.

Register at to receive a PAWS eco-bag and dog bandanna on day of event.

FDR Park, 1900 Pattison Ave. Registration opens at 9 a.m., Strut begins at 11 a.m., Saturday, $25 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under, 215-238-9901,

Words up

The 215 Festival, celebrating words in all of their glorious forms, returns after a short hiatus courtesy of's Joey Sweeney. Events range from lectures and talks, a dance party (Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 9 p.m., Saturday, $5) and a young adult book conference (Underground Arts, 12-6 p.m., free). If you go to one event, we suggest the free event featuring "The Daily Show's" John Hodgman, who will talk about his most recent book That Is All (Underground Arts, 8 p.m., Sunday, free with registration at The festival runs through Sunday.

Check out for more information.

- Compiled by Jon Takiff,

Molly Eichel, Ellen Gray

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