Notable Philadelphia: 5/16–5/22


Tuesday 5/16: Wavves and Needle Points. 8 p.m. at The Fillmore, $29.

Wednesday 5/17: Open Mic. 8 p.m. at Connie’s Ric Rac.

Goth Night. 10 p.m. at The Dolphin.

Thursday 5/18: Poetry reading featuring Elizabeth Scanlon and Geoffrey O’Brien, with host Thomas Devany. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

The Latecomer: An Anthology of Edgar Allan Poe. 7 p.m. at Laurel Hill Cemetery, $20.

Do The Dark/Accordion Noir. 7 p.m. at Doobie’s Bar.

Perfume Genius and serpentwithfeet. 7:30 p.m. at Union Transfer, $19.

Friday 5/19: Mike Lenert Book Release + Musical Performance by Lettuce Prey. 7 p.m. at Brewerytown Beats.

Midnight Madness: The Rocky Horror Picture Show. 11:59 p.m. at Ritz.

Saturday 5/20: Center City Book Launch for the latest issue of Philadelphia Poets (Vol. 23). 2 p.m.–4:30 p.m. at Philadelphia City Institute Free Library. Featuring: Amy Barone, Gil Fagiani, Ray Greenblatt, and more.

Arcadia, Indiana (a play). Additional readings by Davy Knittle, Kao Kue, and Michelle Myers. 8 p.m. at Little Berlin.

Poetry Workshop and Open Mic hosted by The Philly Pigeon Collective. 8 p.m. at 3750 Lancaster Ave.

Sunday 5/21: Haiku Deathmatch. 10 p.m. at Good Good Comedy, $5.

Rose McDowall (of Strawberry Switchblade). 8:30 p.m. at PhilaMOCA, $15.

Monday 5/22: Teen Beat: Teen comedians hosted by adult women. 7 p.m. at Good Good Comedy, $5.

Life and Prison in Palestine: A Cartoonist’s Eye. Mohammad Sabaaneh, author of White and Black: Political Cartoons from Palestine, presents his work on his US tour. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe.


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Shy Watson is a poet and painter, and the author of Cheap Yellow (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2018). She tweets @localsingle69. More from this author →