Bowie Week @ A Glance

PhillyLovesBowie Online Auction

Due to demand, we’ve moved our annual silent auction to the web, so that all Bowie fans have a chance to bid dozens of items, each inspired by The Starman in its own way! The PhillyLovesBowie Online Auction will open Friday, January 7 2022 and accept bids until the end of March! Proceeds benefit the Cancer Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

https://www.32auctions.com/PhillyLovesBowie

FRIDAY JANUARY 7

Philly Loves Bowie Week WXPN Kick-Off Concert
@ World Cafe Live / 3025 Walnut St
Noon / FREE but must advance register below
info: link will be active at the end of December

To officially kick off the 2022 Philly Loves Bowie Week festivities, WXPN-FM has invited Candy Volcano to perform live on stage at World Cafe Live as their first Free at Noon concert for 2022! In advance of their full concert January 8 at the Theatre of Living Arts on South Street! This noontime concert is FREE, but you must register in advance. Link for registration will be online here in late December.

Deconstructing Bowie: Freedom in Eccentricity
Opening Reception
@ National Liberty Museum / 321 Chestnut St

5:30-8:30pm / free with museum admission
info: https://www.libertymuseum.org/

“I only find freedom in the realms of eccentricity.” – David Bowie

The National Liberty Museum is proud to announce our major winter exhibition Deconstructing Bowie: Freedom in Eccentricity, opening Friday, January 7, 2022, as part of the Fifth Annual Philly Loves Bowie Week, and continuing through March 2022.

Throughout his long career, David Bowie found personal freedom in his unique forms of cultural expression. Through music, art, and fashion, Bowie disrupted and rebelled against societal expectations and norms, introducing new and more critical ways of thinking about race, sex, and gender. This exhibition celebrates David Bowie’s legacy in the creative freedom he inspired in generations of artists that have followed in his wake, artists who have continued to push boundaries and inspire others to do the same.

In Deconstructing Bowie, we celebrate the timeless power of music and art to challenge cultural expectations and drive both personal and societal change.

The artwork on display in Deconstructing Bowie will be for sale, with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), in partnership with Philly Loves Bowie Week.

SATURDAY JANUARY 8

Candy Volcano presents Ziggy Stardust 50th Anniversary
@ Theatre of Living Arts / 334 South St

8pm / $
info: https://www.candyvolcano.com/

Once again Philly’s own Candy Volcano takes the stage to celebrate both Bowie as only they know how! This year, they’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of Ziggy Stardust – plus some special Bowie nuggets!   

Let’s Dance! A Bowie Blitz Dance Party
@ Broad Hall / The Divine Lorraine

Broad and Fairmount Sts
9pm / $5 / 21+
info: https://www.facebook.com/PhillySexDwarf/

Sex Dwarf is Philly’s long-running Rock of the 80s dance party, now in its 19th year and hosted by DJ Robert Drake. At this special dance party in the historic Divine Lorraine building on Broad Street at Fairmount, Drake will celebrate David loud and proud –  so be sure to put on your red shoes and dance the blues! Join us for the 5th annual dance party designed to truly showcase The Man and his Music!  Partial proceeds from the door benefit our cause in David Bowie’s memory.

Starman: The Bowie Tribute
@ City Winery Philadelphia

990 Filbert St
6pm doors / 8pm show / $20+ / 21+
info: http://citywinery.com/philadelphia

Together since 2014. Starman: The Bowie Tribute features an ensemble of New Jersey’s top musicians who perform David Bowie’s catalogue with care, humorous reverence and impeccable attention to detail. STARMAN is deeply dedicated to presenting David Bowie’s music and stage show authentically, both sound and vision. This includes multiple mid-set costume changes – executed flawlessly – which cover all styles and periods as his music and characters changed and evolved through the years.

STARMAN’S extensive song list gives them the flexibility to change up their sets at every show – rotating the unexpected, jaw dropping cuts, while still keeping the best known hits. No Starman show is ever the same!

SUNDAY JANUARY 9

The 5th Philly Loves Bowie Brunch
@ Chatayee Thai Philadelphia

1227 Walnut St
11am-3pm
info: https://chatayeethai.com/

Join us and raise a glass to celebrate the Starman! Once again our friend DJ Gareth Bird (from Manchester, England) will spin wall-to-wall Bowie while we take advantage of a unique Thai brunch menu and Philly’s legendary Chatayee Thai restaurant – complete with special Stardust cocktails, benefiting the Cancer Center at CHOP, in David Bowie’s memory

MONDAY JANUARY 10

Peter and the Wolf – narrated by David Bowie
@ Kids Corner / WXPN-FM

7pm

Be sure to listen to Kids Corner on WXPN Monday night (January 10) at 7pm Eastern as we broadcast the story of Peter And The Wolf – performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra and narrated by David Bowie. This 1978 recording is truly unique and showcases just how much David cared about children. 

Listen on the radio or live worldwide XPN.org

TUESDAY JANUARY 11

The BowNut Returns!
The Bowie Benefit Donut
@ Federal Donuts / all locations
today only
info: https://johnnybrendas.com

The tradition continues as Philly’s own Federal Donuts brings back their annual creation celebrating the Starman and helping raise monies for the Bowie Fund, benefiting the Cancer Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Stay tuned for details!

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 12

Sing Your Life Karaoke presents BOWIEOKE!
@ Johnny Brendas / 1201 Frankford Ave
8pm /FREE / 21+
info: https://johnnybrendas.com

DJ Sara Sherr of Sing Your Life Karaoke returns to present another very special Bowie edition of her amazing night of karaoke .. it’s BOWIEOKE and thanks to the fine folks at Johnny Brenda’s, the event is FREE to attend and sing your heart out! This event gets to capacity – so get there early and pick your song – and follow all the rules Sara dishes out! (21+)

THURSDAY JANUARY 13

Me & Mr. Jones: My Intimate Relationship with David Bowie
@ World Café Live / 3025 Walnut St
8pm / 21+
info:

Me & Mr. Jones: My Intimate Relationship with David Bowie explores the lifelong “soul love” that Brooklyn-based performer Raquel Cion has for David Bowie’s artistry and David Jones’s humanity. Cion’s personal stories and the deep cuts of Bowie’s diverse catalog rocket us through the inner space of this “half witch, half cabaret performer” (The New York Times): growing up as an outsider, navigating the celestial realms of love, mid-life crisis, loss, and creatively moving through cancer.

FRIDAY JANUARY 14

Sound & Vision Happy Hour
@ The Trestle Inn / 339 North 11th St

6-9pm / FREE / 21+
info: http://thetrestleinn.com/

With DJ Billa spinning Bowie on vinyl and Go Go by Trestle Special Vera Marrona – plusclassic David Bowie Videos, Craft Draft Beer Specials and Young Americans Sour. Portion of every Young Americans Sour donated the Cancer Center at CHOP, in David Bowie’s memory. Happy Hour Specials til 8PM. No Cover.

SATURDAY JANUARY 15

A Night of Stardust
@ Union Transfer / 1026 Spring Garden St
7pm doors – 8pm show / $25 general admission (advance)
info: https://utphilly.com/events/a-night-of-stardust-2/

A Night of Stardust returns to Union Transfer in 2022 once again as the grand finale of Philly Loves Bowie Week. The event has sold out four years in a row, Wilmington in 2016, World Cafe Live in Philly in 2017, and at Union Transfer in 2018, 2019 and 2020! It is returning with an amazing lineup … for details visit: https://www.facebook.com/nightofstardust

We all know David Bowie’s death sent a ripple effect to people all over the world. The music legend is easily one of the most influential musicians and creative innovators of all time. His impact on music, fashion, movies, art and style is almost impossible to measure. His courage to be different helped change the lives of millions, and helped shape the true artists of today.

A Night of Stardust will be a chance to celebrate his life with one of the biggest Bowie devoted shows YOU WILL EVER SEE. Tickets sell out very fast for this event – please do not wait!

From the vision of Gregory Shelton, and music direction of Dan Kauffman and Lance Davis, we’re excited to bring you ”A Night of Stardust.” A concert truly dedicated to one of the most important artists of our time and presented by some of the best musicians and artists in the DE/Philly/NYC/Baltimore/Chicago area.

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW – THIS EVENT WILL SELL OUT!

https://utphilly.com/events/a-night-of-stardust

SUNDAY JANUARY 16

A Snowy Bowie Skate
@ Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Penn’s Landing
Noon-6pm Family Skate FREE (fee to skate)

info: https://www.delawareriverwaterfront.com/places/blue-cross-riverrink-winterfest

Blue Cross RiverRink is now in its 25th year as an outdoor ice skating rink and sixth season as Winterfest. Join them for All Bowie All Day! From 1-4pm, family friendly activities including ice skating  to Bowie music, Labyrinth will play on the screens inside The Lodge and there will be Stardust face painting and themed drink specials too! If you’ve never been to Winterfest – this is a perfect time to check it out!