Steve Coleman and Five Elements: Philadelphia Residency. The Chicago- born jazz saxophonist and band are doing a variety of performances and workshops around town at the Rigby Mansion in Germantown, the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, and other locales through Oct. 18. Details at m-base.com.
Blame it on Keith Richards and the inexorable passage of time. Since the Rolling Stone's memoir Life became a million-selling sensation in 2010, book publishers have been keen to get music celebrities to bare their souls and tell lewd and licentious tales about their creative heydays.
When conventional stage patter is all but verboten and the pioneering German krautrock band principally responsible for bringing electronic music to the masses in the 1970s plays a rare show here, how do its members wordlessly say, "Hello, Philadelphia! How you doin'?"
Once upon a time in South Philadelphia, Passyunk Avenue had more gravy joints than foodie eateries. There was no hot social-media controversy about colonizing gentrifiers taking selfies while nibbling French food on the rooftop of a shuttered school building.
Dan DeLuca's Picks: Divine Hand Ensemble, 'Art of the Memoir,' Scot Sax and Suzie Brown, Francois-Xavier Gbre, Pentagram
Divine Hand Ensemble. Philadelphia classical theremin player Mano Divina leads his eight-person string ensemble on two Pope Francis-related gigs. Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Eakins Oval stage before the Papal Mass, and 6 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Church on Rittenhouse Square.
One more night of sin before the Holy Father comes to town: On the eve of Pope Francis' historic visit to Philadelphia, Madonna, named after the Virgin Mother, and a woman who has used rebellion against the Catholic Church to fuel her three-decade career as pop provocateur, served as the pontiff's opening act in South Philadelphia.
Diana Ross. From "Where Did Our Love Go" to "Back In My Arms Again," the Supremes epitomized Berry Gordy's Sound of Young America in the mid-1960s and gave the Beatles a run for their money for chart domination at the height of the British Invasion. The 71-year-old Ross makes a rare appearance on her In the Name of Love tour. 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Mann Center.
In a recent The New Yorker - the one with a Harry Truman-esque Kanye West holding up a newspaper headlined TRUMP DEFEATS KANYE on the cover - there's a lengthy "Letter From The Vatican" by Alexander Stille about Pope Francis' efforts to "sh
Back in 2001, the Philadelphia psych-rock pop band Dr. Dog made a cassette-only album called Psychedelic Swamp. The concept album concerns a man named Phrases who gets trapped in a marsh, where he receives an encoded tape from outer space that needs to be translated into music by Dr. Dog.
Made in America, the Jay Z-curated festival now in its fourth year on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, was bigger than ever. On its first day the festival drew, per police estimates, a record 64,457 fans, making it difficult to move among the five stages once the crowd started swelling by midafternoon. There were also more acts than ever - more than 60 over two days.
Dan DeLuca is an Inquirer pop music critic. But his "In the Mix" column in the Weekend section ventures further afield, into books, movies, TV, the Internet, graphic novels and anything you might call "popular culture."