Today on Instagram, Taylor Swift released a video of her fight-training for her latest video, “Bad Blood.” TMZ calls her a terrible MMA fighter, but I don’t know, she looks pretty tough to me. I mean, sure, she’s swinging and missing like crazy, but that swing (and kick!) is pretty fierce.
This week, BrainSpunk Theater Company debuts the surreal and trippy Mercury Fur. Set in a post-apocalyptic London, it follows two brothers who make ends meet by trading objects stolen from places like the British Museum, and holding parties for wealthy clients “where their wildest horrific fantasies come to life.” It stars recent Swarthmore grad Joshua Tyler McLucas as one of the brothers. In anticipation, he chats with us about his multiple experiences with Mercury Fur, listening to terrible metal bands to get into character and why he wants to stay in Philly to pursue his theatrical endeavors.
My name is … Joshua Tyler McLucas. Josh in person, Joshua in writing (for a small maturity boost). In middle school I really wanted to be JT, but I wasn’t brave enough to actually ask anyone to call me that. Please don’t start now.
I am … an actor, a director (most recently of Mercury Fur as my Swarthmore College thesis and soon to be assisting Joe Paprzycki on Charlie Victor Romeo at South Camden Theatre Company), co-artistic director of [redacted] Theater Company, a web designer/developer, a guitar player, and absolutely clueless about what I want out of the real world.
Lifezette nabbed New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and his wife Mary Pat to play a game of “This or That.” The two are asked a series of questions, like “Bradley Cooper or Anderson Cooper?” and “Kim Kardashian or Snooki?,” and they have to choose which one they like best. It’s a fun little no-nonsense game until Governor Christie baffles by choosing Bon Jovi over Bruce Springsteen. Huh?! Christie’s supposed to be a huge Springsteen fan! What gives?!
Now in its fifth year, the awards were established to “celebrate and honor Philadelphia’s bustling geek community.” There are 13 categories—everything from Scientist of the Year and Streaming Media Project of the Year to Visual Artist of the Year, in which Cory J. Popp is nominated for his stunning videos that pop up regularly on Ticket and other Philly Mag blogs. Other arts-focused nominees include the GroundSwell, the advocacy and community engagement branch of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance who are nominated for Geek Story of the Year for their efforts to organize a campaign to prevent budget cuts aimed at the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. Longwood Gardens‘ light and sound show “Nightscape” also made the list, nominated in the I.R.I (In Real Life) Project of the Year category.
Director Judd Apatow is everywhere lately, making the media rounds to promote his new Amy Schumer-starring film (and from what I hear a must-see) Trainwreck. Last night he stopped by Fallon, where he got a chance to show off the trade that got him started in show business: standup. His 4-minute set is pretty great — especially the moment where he does his Bill Cosby impression and confronts the allegations against the legendary comedian.
As you may have seen, that giant rubber ducky that was to be the star of last month’s Tall Ships Festival didn’t have such a grand debut. It deflated, got hung on a docked ship and … well, it just wasn’t pretty. To poke a little fun of the situation, the Independence Seaport Museum is rolling out the Small Ships Festival that will feature—you guessed it—the world’s smallest rubber ducky—and one that should be heaps more reliable. A rep from the Museum tells me that the fleet of small model ships that will be on display come from the Philadelphia Ship Model Society. “The small boat regatta will take place in an inflatable pool on the terrace” and, may I add, will surely be ridiculously adorable.
In the 1970s, Paul Greenwald of Huntingdon Valley developed a board game for folks to play at home when they’re toking with friends. It wasn’t until this year, though, that the 64-year-old retired dentist began to market it. Amazon loved the idea, and Pass the Grass is now available on the e-shopping site for $24.95. You can also nab it via an app on Android devices for $1.99. Here’s how the game works, as told by Greenwald to the Daily News:
French street artist JR, who is known the world over for his stunning black-and-white photographic murals, is coming to Philadelphia next week to host a free screening of his 2010 Cannes Film Festival favorite, Women Are Heroes. In the film, JR “introduces women who sometimes look death in the face, who go from laughter to tears, who are generous, have nothing and yet share, who have had a painful past and long to build a happy future.” Check out the trailer: