Tastykake toss and more things to do in Philadelphia this weekend



Bastille Day Celebration

Saturday, 5:30 p.m.

Eastern State Penitentiary

2027 Fairmount Ave.

Free, 215-236-3300


Gender-twisting cabaret troupe The Bearded Ladies reenact the French Revolution with song and dance, emceed by Edith Piaf and featuring cameos from Napoleon and Joan of Arc. In keeping with tradition, when Marie Antoinette cries out “Let them eat Tastykake!” thousands of Tastykakes will rain down from the prison’s towers.

The Sounds of France

Friday, 6 p.m.

Barnes Foundation

2025 Ben Franklin Pkwy.

$20-$25, 215-278-7200


French and American artwork intertwine as the Barnes celebrates Bastille Day with La Vie en Rose Band, led by French singer Tiphanie. Sip a glass of complimentary French wine as you enjoy fine art and beautiful music.


Patti LaBelle

Thursday, 7 p.m.

Dell Music Center

2400 Strawberry Mansion Drive

$20-$75, 215-685-9566


Philadelphia-based soul diva Patti LaBelle kicks off the 2015 Essence of Entertainment concert series. Known for pop hits like “Lady Marmalade,” “Stir it Up” and “If You Asked Me To,” this iconic singer is on hand to help celebrate the rebirth of the Dell Music Center.

Dave Monks

Thursday, 8 p.m.


1100 Chestnut St.

$12-$15, 215-925-6455


Tokyo Police Club’s frontman Dave Monks has released his first solo EP, “All Signs Point to Yes.” In contrast to the band’s electric, produced sound, Monks has taken more of a minimalistic approach to this solo effort, often with only his voice and an acoustic guitar at the forefront with minimal percussive support.

Waterfront Sessions with Spaceship Aloha andGlass Ghost

Thursday, 8 p.m.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

S. Columbus Blvd. at Spruce St.

Free, 215-922-2386


Spaceship Aloha — otherwise known as Christopher Sean Powell — is a self-taught rhythm scholar and producer. In this project, he makes Polynesian-instilled beats with electronic sounds. Joining him is Brooklyn-based duo Glass Ghost, who incorporate an array of instruments into their nearly unclassifiable sound, ranging from keyboard to orchestral instruments, as well as acoustic and electronic percussion.

The New Pornographers

Sunday, 8 p.m.

Union Transfer

1026 Spring Garden St.

$30, 215-232-2100


The long-running indie power-pop outfit has created a new sprightly album, “Brill Bruisers.” With bassist/producer John Collins back in the production mix, he and Dan Newman were channeling Xanadu and “Electric Dreams” by ELO when they made the songs.

Jungle by Night

Sunday, 8 p.m.

World Cafe Live

3025 Walnut St.

$10- $12, 215-222-1400


A combination of Afrofunk, hip-hop and psychedelia, this group of talented Amsterdam natives churns out stylistically diverse tunes that will get your foot tapping. Having opened for artists such as The Roots and Mayer Hawthorne, the members of Jungle by Night make high-energy music with serious chops.


New FrenchFilms: ‘Reality’

Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

PFS Theater at the Roxy

2023 Sansom St.

$10, 267-639-9508


Part of a collection of humorous and cutting-edge films from France is “Reality,” “Rubber” director Quentin Dupieux’s odd piece about a director who is given money to fuel his first horror film. The only catch is that he has 48 hours to get his hands on the best groan of pain in the history of horror. It also features Jon Heder in a rat costume.


‘No Sex Please, We’re British’

Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

Hedgerow Theatre

64 Rose Valley Road

$15-$34, 610-565-4211


The young wife of a bank manager sends a mail order for Scandinavian glassware, but instead receives Scandinavian porn. The couple must figure out what to do with the barrage of photographs, books and films. To complicate matters in this farce, the man’s mother, his boss, a police superintendent and a friend get involved.

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