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 is now open and accepting bids until the end of January! Visit the URL below and bid – proceeds benefit the Cancer Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

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


FRIDAY JANUARY 3

Philly Loves Bowie Week WXPN Kick-Off Concert
@ World Cafe Live / 3025 Walnut St
Noon / FREE but must advance register below
info: https://www.xpn.org/events/free-at-noon

To officially kick off the 2020 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 2020! In advance of their full concert January 4 at the Theatre of Living Arts on South Street! This noontime concert is FREE, but you must register in advance.

We Can Be Heroes: A Bowie Inspired Art Exhibition 
Opening Reception
@ National Liberty Museum / 321 Chestnut St

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

The National Liberty Museum will be participating in these Bowie-themed events with an exhibition in our GlassAccess Gallery called, We Can Be Heroes: A Bowie Inspired Art Exhibition. Artists who use glass, clay, paint, pencil, video, and other materials are invited to submit their works which relate to the general theme of David Bowie. Many of the pieces will be available for sale. This pop-up art exhibit will be on display through February 3, 2020.


SATURDAY JANUARY 4

Bowie Tarot Card Readings
@ Rebel Rebel Salon / 2603 E Allegheny Ave

11am-6pm / $25 per person
info: https://www.rebelrebelphilly.com/

Come see what the Star Man has written for you in the cards! A personalized 30 minute tarot reading with Arlene and her “Starman” tarot deck.  $25 per person (100% of all proceeds will go directly to CHOP in David Bowie’s name). By scheduled appointment only!   There are only 8 appointment times available and must be pre-paid and pre-booked. First come, first served!  Call or Text Rebel Rebel Salon to secure your reading! 267-858-0964

Candy Volcano presents The Year of Diamond Dogs
@ 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 1974 album Diamond Dogs by performing it in its entirety – plus some special Bowie nuggets!   

Let’s Dance! A Bowie Blitz Dance Party
@ Foto Club / 3743 Frankford Ave

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 17th year and hosted by DJ Robert Drake. Join him as he welcomes his friend and legendary DJ Heaven Malone, who produces the Bowie Ball in Chicago each year! Together they will celebrate David loud and proud –  so be sure to put on your red shoes and dance the blues! Join us for the 4th 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.


SUNDAY JANUARY 5

Bowie Yoga
@ Rebel Rebel Salon / 2603 E Allegheny Ave

2pm / $25 per person
info: https://www.rebelrebelphilly.com/

Take off your red shoes and yoga away the blues with us during an hour of Bowie Yoga, led by our personal yoga instructor, Leslie! and all to the sounds of the Star Man himself!This is a yoga class for all levels! (beginners welcome, you can do this! we pinky promise!) Mats and water will be provided! $25 per person (100% of all proceeds will be donated to CHOP in David Bowie’s name) 10 spots available at 2pm. If this class fills up, we will gladly open up a second class at 4pm that day as well! All spots must be pre-paid and pre-booked to reserve. First come, first served! Call or Text Rebel Rebel salon to secure your mat: 267-858-0964  

The 4th Annual Philly Loves Bowie Brunch
@ Chatayee Thai / 1227 Walnut St

11am-3pm / FREE / $ menu
info: https://chatayeethai.com/

Join us at Philly’s newest authentic Thai restaurant – 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, complete with special Stardust cocktails, benefiting the Cancer Center at CHOP, in David Bowie’s memory.

Exclusive Q&A Session with Donny McCaslin
Ardmore Music Hall / 23 Lancaster Ave

5pm / $10 WITH purchase of Donny concert ticket

Gareth Bird of BBC Radio Manchester sits down with Donny McCaslin in advance of his concert to discuss his friendship and working relationship with David Bowie. This 45-minute conversation starts at 5pm – allowing you time for dinner before the evening concert (info below)

Donny McCaslin Group & Gail Ann Dorsey
Ardmore Music Hall / 23 East Lancaster Ave

7pm / $
info: https://www.ardmoremusic.com/e/donny-mccaslin-bowie-s-blackstar-w-gail-ann-dorsey-bassist-david-bowie–79014820455/

Days before his January 2016 death, David Bowie released his final album, Blackstar. While the record represented an endpoint for the legendary artist, it also marked a new beginning for jazz lifer Donny McCaslin who, armed with his saxophone, defined Blackstar‘s visionary stylistic fusion. 

Now, three years after Blackstar‘s release, McCaslin returns with a new album, Blow., a new definitive statement that fully realizes Bowie’s influence and McCaslin’s evolved artistic direction. “Before working with him, things like this didn’t seem possible to me,” McCaslin says of Blow. “The affirmation of that project and how wonderfully that turned out artistically — I feel like anything is possible now.”

Opening for Donny will be Gail Anne Dorsey – with a long career as a session musician mainly on bass guitar, she is perhaps best known for her lengthy residency in David Bowie’s band, from 1995 to Bowie’s death in 2016.


MONDAY JANUARY 6

The Philly Loves Bowie Bownut!
@ Federal Donuts / all locations/ 
$

Our friends at Federal Donuts will unveil a brand new Bowie Donut (Bonut?) to both celebrate his legacy and raise money for future generations to do the same! Available in all Federal Donuts stores – TODAY ONLY – with proceeds benefiting the Cancer Center at CHOP in David Bowie’s memory. Come early as once they sell out, they are sold out!

Bowie Happy Hour
@ Pinefish / 12th & Pine Sts

4:30-6:30pm

It’s Bowie all week long at Pinefish Happy Hour 4:30-6:30pm – Jan 6-11!

Kick back to the sounds of Bowie with $6 Martinis, French Wines, and Craft Beer. Small plates and buck-a-shuck oysters and clams. A portion of proceeds to benefit Bowie/CHOP fund.

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 6) 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

Special Screening of THE SIGMA KIDS
@ The Roxy Theater / 2023 Sansom St

7:00pm  screening / $
info: http://filmadelphia.org/events/sigma-kids/

The Philadelphia Film Society joins Philly Loves Bowie Week by screening local filmmaker Anthony Crupi’s sincere postcard showcasing Philly’s love for Bowie in his new film The Sigma Kids – a documentary exploring the story of David Bowie’s time in Philadelphia recording his timeless album “Young Americans” which sealed both his own unique bond with the city and the lifelong friendships between his biggest fans – The Sigma Kids. Partial proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Cancer Center at CHOP, in David Bowie’s memory.=

All Bowie Quizzo
Doobies Bar / 2201 Lombard St

9:30pm – free (21+)

Think you’re on top of your game with regard to Bowie trivia? Let’s see how good! Our own Sigma Kid Patti – owner of Doobies (THE Bowie Bar) and one of the organizers of Philly Loves Bowie Week – will host and entirely Bowie-centric quizzo. Special drafts include Round Guys brewing’s 2020 PLBW release Young Americans Blonde Sour, 2017’s PLBW Loving The Alien Saison, 2018’s Sigma Kids Double Dry Hopped Saison and 2019’s Never Get Old Session IPA. Prizes for the winners! A portion of each sale of a Bowie Beer will benefit our charity, the Cancer Center at CHOP.


TUESDAY JANUARY 7

Bowie Happy Hour
@ Pinefish / 12th & Pine Sts

4:30-6:30pm

Kick back to the sounds of Bowie with $6 Martinis, French Wines, and Craft Beer. Small plates and buck-a-shuck oysters and clams. A portion of proceeds to benefit Bowie/CHOP fund.

Bowling For Bowie
@ North Bowl / 909 N 2nd St

5-9pm

Join us after work (5-9pm) – bring the family! – and bowl while accompanied by a Bowie soundtrack! Partial proceeds from lane rentals, etc will be donated to the Bowie Fund to benefit the Cancer Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia!

Tacos In Space
@ Doobies Bar / 2201 Lombard St
6-midnight  

Tacos in Space with Food Junkets Tacos & special guest chef Jim Clark (line cook at Zahav!) – featuring four beer specials from Round Guys Brewing!

Tacos include
Turkey Leg Confit – juniper berry, black pepper, garlic & lemon zest salt rubbed turkey leg roasted in duck fat. Served w/ cranberry sauce onion jam and celery leaf.
Smokey Eggplant & Bell Pepper – with garlic, lemon, sea salt & olive oil – served with Shellbark Hollow Farm goat yogurt.
New Year’s Black Eyed Peas Taco – refried black eyed peas, collard greens salad and fermented salsa with fried beets, shredded cabbage and cotija cheese.

Round Guys Bowie Beers all $5 each during Philly Loves Bowie Week.

As part of Philly Loves Bowie Week: January 3-12, 2020 – we’ve created a family-friendly event that combines the music of Bowie with the joy of bowling!


WEDNESDAY JANUARY 8

Bowie Happy Hour
@ Pinefish / 12th & Pine Sts

4:30-6:30pm

It’s Bowie all week long at Pinefish Happy Hour 4:30-6:30pm – Jan 6-11!

Kick back to the sounds of Bowie with $6 Martinis, French Wines, and Craft Beer. Small plates and buck-a-shuck oysters and clams. A portion of proceeds to benefit Bowie/CHOP fund.

Sing Your Life Karaoke presents BowieOke!
@ Johnny Brenda’s / 1201 Frankford Ave
8pm / FREE / $ menu / 21+
info: http://www.johnnybrendas.com/

Sara Sherr of Sing Your Life Karaoke presents a very special Bowie edition – and thanks to the fine folks at Johnny Brenda’sthe 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+)

Baby Can Dance: A Bowie Burlesque Show
@ Ruba Club / 416 Green St
8pm / $ / 21+
info: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4482099

We’re back at it again! From burlesque to buskers – a night of live local performances to celebrate our Starman! Presented by Baphokiss Productions, this unique night is happening at the beautiful Ruba Club and hosted by Lady Baphomae and MasoKiss.

Performances by:
America Online @ AOL. com
& Bugalú Boogie / Bella La Blanc / Shannon Turner / Peachy Keen / Rigor Mortits / Nat Freaner / Jaeda / Evie Apple / Icon Ebony Fierce

Stage Kittens: Lord Baphomae / Lizzy Love
DJ: Brettzo / Door: Monty Caldo

Tickets $12 / $15 (Day of) / $20 VIP (includes an event poster signed by the cast and guaranteed seating). Proceeds from the door benefit our cause in David Bowie’s memory.


THURSDAY JANUARY 9

Bowie Happy Hour
@ Pinefish / 12th & Pine Sts

4:30-6:30pm

Kick back to the sounds of Bowie with $6 Martinis, French Wines, and Craft Beer. Small plates and buck-a-shuck oysters and clams. A portion of proceeds to benefit Bowie/CHOP fund.

Me & Mr. Jones:
My Intimate Relationship with David Bowie
@ Franky Bradley’s / 1320 Chancellor St

Jan 9: 7pm doors – 8pm show
Jan 10: 6pm doors – 7pm show / $ / 21+

info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/87561981243

It’s Bowie all week long at Pinefish Happy Hour 4:30-6:30pm – Jan 6-11!

Last year during #PhillyLovesBowie, the Philly debut of Me & Mr. Jones: My Intimate Relationship with David Bowie sold out to an amazing reviews! This year we are bringing it back for TWO NIGHTS! Me & Mr. Jones 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. Ticket proceeds benefit the Cancer Center at CHOP, in David Bowie’s memory. 

The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret
@ L’Etage / 6th & Bainbridge Sts
7pm / $ / 21+
info: https://www.facebook.com/MarthaGrahamCracker/

The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret was birthed unto Philadelphia in 2005 when Dito van Reigersberg (Martha) called pianist Victor Fiorillo and said, “Let’s play some music together.” Since then the Cabaret has embraced all genres of music – and will celebrate the legend that is Bowie at tonight’s live event. Special ticket packages will be offered to benefit the Cancer Center at CHOP, in David Bowie’s memory.  (21+)


FRIDAY JANUARY 10

Bowie Happy Hour
@ Pinefish / 12th & Pine Sts

4:30-6:30pm

Kick back to the sounds of Bowie with $6 Martinis, French Wines, and Craft Beer. Small plates and buck-a-shuck oysters and clams. A portion of proceeds to benefit Bowie/CHOP fund.

Me & Mr. Jones:
My Intimate Relationship with David Bowie
@ Franky Bradley’s / 1320 Chancellor St

Jan 10: 6pm doors – 7pm show / $ / 21+
info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/87562175825

Last year during #PhillyLovesBowie, the Philly debut of Me & Mr. Jones: My Intimate Relationship with David Bowie sold out to an amazing reviews! This year we are bringing it back for TWO NIGHTS! Me & Mr. Jones 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. Ticket proceeds benefit the Cancer Center at CHOP, in David Bowie’s memory. 

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

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

With TSOT DJ Elvin T spinning Bowie on Vinyl, Go Go by Trestle Special Bobbie O’Reilly, Classic David Bowie Videos, $4 Craft Draft Beer Specials and $7 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.

A Black Celebration presents 
A Bowie Masquerade Ball 
@ Ruba Club / 416 Green St

10pm / $ / 21+
info: https://www.facebook.com/events/739940459814260/

DJ Baby Berlin and guests gather to celebrate Jareth the Goblin King as A Black Celebration embraces Labyrinth with a masquerade ball and dance party! Philly Loves Bowie co-organizer Robert Drake will be on hand to host the costume contest and award sweet prizes – but sadly, no crystal orbs! Remember, I ask for so little. Just fear me, love me, do as I say and I will be your slave. But whatever you do, don’t remind me of the babe! Partial proceeds from the door benefit the Cancer Center at CHOP, in David Bowie’s memory.

The 4th Annual Philly Loves Bowie Memorial
@ Doobies / 2201 Lombard St
5pm-2am /FREE / $ menu
info: https://www.facebook.com/doobiesbar/

Gather Bowie fans as we salute the man who meant so much to so many. Weather permitting, we’ll be creating a huge temporary chalk memorial outside of Doobies – we’ll have plenty of chalk, all you need to do is bring your creativity. Chalking begins at 4pm and goes ’til last call. Additionally, there will be Bowie arts and craft projects inside as well as Bowie music and video throughout the night.

(21+ to enter – all ages to create art outside)


SATURDAY JANUARY 11

Bowie Happy Hour
@ Pinefish / 12th & Pine Sts

4:30-6:30pm

Kick back to the sounds of Bowie with $6 Martinis, French Wines, and Craft Beer. Small plates and buck-a-shuck oysters and clams. A portion of proceeds to benefit Bowie/CHOP fund.

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 2020 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 is returning to the stage with an amazing lineup. Dan Kauffman (Glim Dropper) returns as the music director, bringing back many of the same amazing backing band members featured last year. Lance Davis (Grady Hoss and the Sidewinders) returns as the vocal director and has tapped once again, Jeffrey Gaines, Ava Cherry (Bowie ex-band member and muse) Ari Rubin from MINKA, Michael Baker from OOLALA, and Alyssa Lee (Steal the Sky) and Michael LeCompt (Philly Favorite) to sing Bowie’s hits and a set of interesting selected songs from his catalog. In addition, Main Light is generously sponsoring this All Ages event and providing a full amazing light show.

We all know David Bowie’s death on January 10th 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. The event will feature over 25+ of Bowie’s greatest songs and will cover Bowie’s catalog from Space Oddity on. This will be a true Bowie experience that won’t want to be missed by true fans of his music, art and fashion. We challenge concertgoers to be as outrageous as you can with fashion. Dress like you always wanted to be, but maybe never had a reason to do so in the past. Now’s your chance – Bowie would’ve wanted it that way!

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-2/


SUNDAY JANUARY 12

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!

haZy cosmic jive: a Bowie tribute @ Ribby
Bridgeport Ribhouse / 1049 Ford St, Bridgeport PA

6pm
info: https://www.facebook.com/events/484059368892744/

On the final day of Philly Loves Bowie Week, head out to Bridgeport PA and experience the Bowie tribute band “haZy cosmic jive” perform the full “Ziggy Stardust” album and other Bowie classics. At the Bridgeport Ribhouse … good food, great music & never a cover charge! Instead, all donations given at the door will go to the Cancer Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, in memory of David Bowie.