The Weekender: What You’re Doing and Why
>>>Today, and every day: You can help keep Philadelphia’s culture afloat! Or at least Governor Rendell can, and you can write him a letter. Senate Bill 850 may have been extinguished but the coast isn’t clear yet. Soon, we’ll get the governor’s revised budget. Remind Gov. Rendell that arts and culture will never be expendable. Get more info and an easy-to-use template at the Greater Philadelphia Culture Alliance site.
>>>Saturday: Les Rivera, a Kill Me Now performer, also appears in Hidden City Philadelphia’s massive Battle Hymns performance. Closet history nerds rejoice: it takes place in the 23rd St. Armory, once a Revolutionary War stronghold. Hymns combines the military aura of the space with Leah Stein’s site-specific choreography and music from Alan Harler’s Mendelssohn Club Chorus. Artillery’s going artsy. June 13 (and also June 20), performances at 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm, 23rd St. Armory, 22 S. 23rd St., Philadelphia.
>>>Saturday and Sunday: While you’re at it, make it a weekend with Les and check out his Latin rock band El Malito y sus Caballeros. I can’t speak for his buddies, but El Malito promises a bit of baile to go with the guitar. June 13 at The Piazza, east side of N. 2nd St. between Poplar and Girard, 9:00 pm, and June 14 at The M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave., 8:30 pm.
>>>Saturday and Sunday: InLiquid‘s Art for the Cash Poor event lets us buy local artwork while reminding ourselves that we are rich in other things, like . . . well, not cash. For the tenth year in a row, some of the area’s best artists will sell their work for under $200 (and sometimes under $100). DJ and live music included! Plus (shameless plug alert) make sure to track down our own Live Arts/Fringe info station amid the budget bazaar. 1:00 to 6:00 pm, Crane Arts Building, 1400 N. American St., Philadelphia.
Photo courtesy Les Rivera