18 Things to Do in Philly This Weekend

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is at the Academy of Music through Sunday. Photo provided

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is at the Academy of Music through Sunday.

FRIDAY, MARCH 3

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time @ Academy of Music
Theater critic David Fox called the touring production of this Tony Award-winning Broadway play a “visually brilliant theatrical adaptation” and “a must-see.” The show, in Philly through Sunday, is based on Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel, which is also the 2017 selection for the Free Library’s One Book, One Philadelphia program.

Princess Mononoke @ Ritz at the Bourse
Next up in the Midnight Madness movie series is Hayao Miyazaki’s critically acclaimed animated film based on Japanese folklore about a cursed warrior and a girl raised by wolf-gods.

Bluebeard’s Castle — Yannick and Opera @ Kimmel Center
Mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung and bass John Relyea join Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra in performing selections from Swan Lake and Bluebeard’s Castle. There’s a performance on Saturday, too.

Paul Mecurio @ Punch Line Philly
Investment banker-turned-comedian Paul Mecurio, who’s earned Emmy and Peabody awards as a writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and now works for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, performs at Punch Line Philly on Friday and Saturday. Read more »

Cirque du Soleil’s Toruk Is Set in the World of Avatar

Photo by Errisson Lawrence, Costumes by Kym Barrett © 2015 Cirque du Soleil

Photo by Errisson Lawrence, Costumes by Kym Barrett © 2015 Cirque du Soleil

Most Cirque du Soleil shows feel as though they take place in another universe: one without such rigid laws of physics. For Toruk – The First Flight, the creators took that concept even further, setting the show in what really is supposed to be an entirely different world. But it’s a world audience members will likely recognize.

Toruk is set in Pandora, created by James Cameron for his film Avatar. Rather than mimic the movie, the action in Toruk unfolds thousands of years before the events in the film, at a time when the Na’vi people are dealing with a mythic-like flying beast. Unlike other Cirque du Soliel shows, Toruk has a clear storyline, with the performers not only tackling acrobatic feats, but also acting and even speaking the Na’vi language. It’s the first time the company has designed a show to use an entire arena floor, with a set stretching out over 14,000 square feet.  Read more »

5 First Friday Openings to Check Out

A section of Rae Chichilnitsky's Queen Esther, on display at the Old City Jewish Arts Center.

A section of Rae Chichilnitsky’s Queen Esther, on display at the Old City Jewish Arts Center.

The Color of Happiness @ Old City Jewish Art Center
Bright, colorful works by artists Rae Chichilnitsky and Robin Halpren-Ruder are on display in the Old City Jewish Art Center’s exhibit tied to the happy holiday of Purim, which starts the evening of March 11th this year (it’s the one where you get to dress up in costume). Friday’s opening reception is from 5-9 p.m., followed by a free Shabbat dinner.

Perceiving: Recent Photographs @ 3rd Street Gallery
Local photographer Keith Sharp explores the concept of perception in this series, experimenting with blocking the view of the subject or revisiting the same scene, but shifted. The First Friday event is from 5-9 p.m. There’s also an artist reception, on Sunday from 1-4 p.m. The exhibit will be up until April 2nd. Read more »

Music: 6 Shows to See in Philly This Week

Dua Lipa is at the Foundry at the Fillmore on Thursday. Photo by Nicole Nodland

Dua Lipa is at the Foundry at the Fillmore on Thursday. Photo by Nicole Nodland

Dua Lipa @ Foundry at the Fillmore | Thursday, March 2
This young pop singer out of London is on Entertainment Weekly’s list of “10 Artists Who Will Rule 2017” and her self-titled debut album, slated for a June release, made it onto Billboard’s roundup of the year’s 40 most-anticipated albums.

The-Dream @ Theatre of Living Arts | Thursday, March 2
Singer, songwriter and producer The-Dream, who co-wrote hits like Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” in addition to releasing his own studio albums, is on tour for a new EP, Love You to Death.

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Watch Hotel With Director Mike Figgis For Free

International House is screening Hotel on Tuesday. Photo provided

International House is showing Hotel on Tuesday. Photo provided

Two-time Academy Award nominee Mike Figgis, who wrote and directed Leaving Las Vegas, is in Philly this week screening two of his films, and both events are totally free. Read more »

18 Things to Do in Philly This Weekend

Celebrate Carnival at International House on Friday.

Celebrate Carnival at International House on Friday.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24

Carnival Celebration @ International House
Sample Brazilian and Caribbean food and drink, dance to music from DJ King, and watch samba and drumming performances by the Greater Philadelphia Caribbean Cultural Organization Masqueraders and One Nation Ensemble at I-House’s Carnival party.

Blockbuster Broadway @ Kimmel Center
Philly native Hugh Panaro, who played the title role in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway more than 2,000 times, and fellow Broadway performers Alli Mauzey and Nicole Parker join the Philly Pops for three shows this weekend. David Charles Abell conducts.

Dito & Aeneas: Two Queens One Night @ TLA
Stephanie Blythe, who just starred in Opera Philadelphia’s Tancredi, joins Dito van Reigersberg, aka Martha Graham Cracker, for a one-night-only drag cabaret written and directed by John Jarboe, artistic director of the Bearded Ladies. They’ll be singing a mix of pop songs, opera and classical tunes.  Read more »

5 Ways to Watch Movies That Aren’t Netflix

The Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival is screening Norman, staring Richard Gere, as part of CineMondays.

The Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival is screening Norman, starring Richard Gere, as part of CineMondays.

Throwback Thursday Quizzo & Movie
The Philadelphia Film Society is starting up a new Throwback Thursday series at the Prince Theater. The first Thursday of every month, PFS will host a Quizzo session tied to a “modern classic” movie, followed by a screening of the movie. First up, in honor of Women’s History Month, is A League of Their Own on March 2nd. Read more »

Watch the Oscars In Style With the Philadelphia Film Society

The 25th Philadelphia Film Festival opens with La La Land.

La La Land is up for 14 awards at the Oscars on Sunday.

The Philadelphia Film Society is rolling out the red carpet for Oscar night, literally. The fourth annual PFS Academy Awards party and screening is this Sunday, February 26th, and it’s a dressy affair. Guests will walk the red carpet at the Prince Theater (1412 Chestnut Street) before heading in to eat, drink, bid in a silent auction, and watch the awards show, which beats sitting on your couch in sweatpants dissecting the designer dresses.  Read more »

Broadway’s Phantom Joins the Philly Pops for a Show Tunes Series

Hugh Panaro sings with the Philly Pops during the orchestra's 2014 Christmas Spectacular.

Hugh Panaro sings with the Philly Pops during the orchestra’s 2014 Christmas Spectacular.

Hugh Panaro played the title role in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway more than 2,000 times, and somehow he never got tired of it.

“The thing that’s so great to me about theater is it’s a living, breathing organism. The variable that’s always different is the audience,” Panaro says. “There are nights that you might not be feeling well, you might be sick or physically tired, but there were never nights were I was like, ‘oh gosh, I have to do this again.’ I always was excited to do the show, and I think you have to have a certain amount of gratitude, to realize how lucky you are to have this role.”

The Philly native grew up in East Oak Lane and went to Temple before making his Broadway debut as Marius in Les Miserables. When he later joined the Les Miz cast at the Walnut Street Theatre, earning a Barrymore Award in the process, it was as Jean Valjean. But Panaro is best known for The Phantom of the Opera: He’s been cast as both Raoul and the Phantom, the latter on and off over 15 years. Read more »

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