Second City improv, Bacon and Beer Fest, and more things to do in Philly

Second City improv, Bacon and Beer Fest, and more things to do in Philly


Jay Nash

Thursday, 8 p.m.

Tin Angel

20 S. Second St.

$12, 215-928-0770

At first listen, it’s obvious that Jay Nash is a seasoned songwriter, with his soulful voice atop folksy guitar strumming. Though he grew up listening to musicians like The Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan, it’s the connective aspect of music that lies at the heart of his songwriting.

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Storm Large withLe Bonheur

Thursday, 8 p.m.

The RRazz Room at the Prince Theater

1412 Chestnut St.

$40-$50, 215-422-4580

The soulful and sassy musician, actor and playwright brings you an evening of Broadway classics, American songbook favorites and a few rock anthems. She is known for lending her luscious voice to the band Pink Martini.

Shakey Graves

Saturday, 8:30 p.m.

Electric Factory

421 N. Seventh St.

$22 – $25, 215-627-1332

Alejandro Rose-Garcia, the man behind the moniker Shakey Graves, started writing songs that fell into the niche of the New York “antifolk” scene. He is known for his one-man band setup, as heard in his first album “Roll the Bones.” His latest oeuvre, “And the War Came,” bears the colors of rock and blues as other artists collaborated with him, including Esme Patterson of Paper Bird.


The Second CityHits Home

Friday and Saturday

Kimmel Center

300 Broad St.

$39-$59, 215-670-2300

Chicago’s famous improv comedy troupe Second City is back with a new series of side-splitting sketches and songs about Philadelphia, as well as some classic material from their existing arsenal. During their time here the skilled comedians are planning to make fun of Philadelphia’s history, events and even things like headlines in the Inquirer.

Ari Shaffir

Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Helium Comedy Club

2031 Sansom St.

$20-$34, 215-496-9001

The comedian describes his own work as a filthy puppet show minus the puppets. Though he grew up an orthodox Jew and spent two years studying at a Yeshiva in Israel, he came back to America, shied away from his religion and started doing comedy. His weekly series, “This is Not Happening,” has him and his comedian friends telling true stories in front of a live audience.



Through Dec. 13

Arden Theatre Company

40 N. Second St.

$36-$50, 215-922-1122

In Bill Cain’s new play set in the 1600s, leading playwright “Shagspeare” receives a commission from the government to write about the history of the Gunpowder Treason Plot. But there are holes in the government’s side of the story, and Shagspeare grapples with whether to write the lie, or stay true to himself.


Philadelphia Bacon and Beer Festival

Saturday, 2:30 to 5 p.m.

23rd Street Armory

22 S. 23rd St.

$46.50, [email protected]

Local restaurants and breweries combine forces to bring forth creatively delicious bacon dishes and tasty beers. Restaurants include The Avenue Deli, Dos Tacos and Standard Tap. Wash it down with beers from Allagash, Flying Fish and Iron Hill, to name a few. Event proceeds will go to MANNA.



Thursday, 8 p.m.


1607 S. Broad St.

Free, 267-314-5936

This whimsical 1986 fantasy stars Jennifer Connelly as 15-year-old Sarah, who has to solve a labyrinth in a mystical world to save her baby brother from a goblin king, played by David Bowie. Sarah encounters a host of otherworldly creatures played by puppets created by Jim Henson. Watch it at video store/coffee shop Cinemug; BYOB with a cork fee.