Seven Last Chances to Fringe

Close Music For Bodies runs through September 24 at Christ Church Neighborhood House.

Close Music For Bodies @ Christ Church Neighborhood House | Through September 24
Michael Kiley sang with the catchy rock band Cordalene in the early 2000s, but he’s gotten a lot more experimental since then. In recent years, he worked on a series of sound installation/apps that layered and changed what listeners heard as they wandered through Rittenhouse Square and Race Street Pier with their earbuds in. Now Kiley brings us Close Music For Bodies, a decidedly non-technological audio experience in which audience members find themselves surrounded and infiltrated by singers on the move. Get ready to kick off your shoes. Not kidding.

Interior @ Our Lady of Mt Carmel Parish | Through September 23
Dance choreographer Leah Stein — a perennial favorite in Philly Fringe, not to mention the arts scene at large — teams up with violinist/composer Diane Monroe for an “intimate and expansive” audio-visual experience. Read more »

15 Things to Do In Movies, Comedy, Art, Theater and More

PhillyCAM presents a screening of queer sci-fi film Kairos Dirt & the Errant Vacuum on Tuesday.

Red Velvet @ St. Stephen’s Theater | Through October 8
Lantern Theater Company presents the Philadelphia premiere of Lolita Chakrabarti’s play about a black actor preparing to play Othello at the same time riots Londoners are rioting in streets following the abolition of slavery.

Sanctuary Series: Mexika and Aztec Traditions in Clay @ Fleisher Art Memorial | Wednesday, September 13
Self-taught multidisciplinary artist Brujo De La Mancha uses pots, masks and other artworks in a discussion of “the histories of functional and symbolic sculpture” and “aesthetic guiding principles of the Mexika and Aztec ceramic traditions.” Read more »

Five Fringe Shows to Check Out This Week


The Bald Soprano continues through September 24 (

The big, giant Fringe Festival continues this week, offering rare and unusual performances of theater, dance, art, music and more. Here are five Fringe shows we recommend you check out post haste. Fringe runs through September 24.

The Bald Soprano @ Bethany Mission Gallery | Through September 24
Absurdist theater devotees Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium are once again staging a showed aimed at boggling and bedazzling. The Bald Soprano, Eugene Ionesco’s first and perhaps best-loved play, concerns two husbands, two wives, a maid and a fire chief who get together for some small talk that leads them to entertaining and strange places. It’s funny, but that’s not all it is. IRC’s producing artistic director Tina Brock directs, does sound design, and stars alongside Bob Schmidt, Tomas Dura, Sonja Robson, John Zak and Arlen Hancock. Read more »

Louis Kahn Exhibition Opens This Week

Louis Kahn’s National Assembly Building in Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Raymond Meier)

Architect Louis Kahn — the subject of a major retrospective at Fabric Workshop and Museum — was as enigmatic as he was distinctive. Born in Estonia and based in Philly, Kahn was known for creating stark, imposing, modernist buildings that are sprinkled around the world: California, Texas, India, Bangladesh. Sadly, only few of them landed near his hometown (among them, UPenn’s Richards Medical Research Laboratories and the Wharton Escherick Studio in Malvern).

“Kahn gave us a remarkable string of masterpieces that includes the Salk Institute and the Kimbell Art Museum, and yet he was one of those shambling geniuses whose life was a mess of contradictions,” Inga Saffron wrote the New York Times earlier this year. Read more »

8 Things to Do in Art, Movies, Comedy and More

Christine Larsen is up for Comic Creator of the Year at the Philly Geek Awards on Saturday.

Black Aesthetics: Philadelphia and the Black Arts Movement @ African American Museum | Thursday, August 24
A conversation moderated by Blake Bradford, director of the Lincoln University-Barnes Museum Studies Program and centered around PhilAesthetic: 40 Years of Collecting African American Art, AAMP’s exhibition highlighting the Black Arts Movement.

The Head @ PhilaMOCA | Thursday, August 24
The Philadelphia premiere of The Head, written and directed by Jim Hartman. Also: trailers and short films by Ian Kimble, Matt Spade, JP Hoffman, Frank Horror and M. Sean McManus. Judging by the film titles — The Creekside Strangler, Incinerator, et al. — I’m guessing these are scary movies. Plus that one guy’s last name is Horror. (P.S. This event seems like an unofficial ramp-up for Liberty Massacre 4; see below.) Read more »

The Hit List: The 10 Best Shows in Philly in August

Martha Graham Cracker. Photograph by Kevin Monko

1. Roger Waters
It seems a full-blown Pink Floyd reunion is as likely as Jerry Garcia coming back from the dead, and Waters, the brain behind much of the band’s catalog, has hinted that this 60-plus-show tour may be his last. Expect tunes from Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall, Animals and Wish You Were Here, plus a mind-boggling stage production. August 8th, 9th and 11th at the Wells Fargo Center

2. “Mohamed Bourouissa: Urban Riders”
Look for depictions of the well-known urban cowboys of North Philadelphia in this exhibition of more than 85 works by the Algerian-born artist, whose media include photography, sculpture, drawings and video. $25 Barnes admission too steep? The museum is free the first Sunday of each month. Through October 2nd at the Barnes Museum, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Read more »

OPINION: “Philadelphia Assembled” Is No Template for a Modern City

If the times were a-changing in the 1960s, the cosmic speedometer has so accelerated that the times have already been transformed.

I’m talking about “Philadelphia Assembled,” a two-year “art” project sponsored by the Philadelphia Museum of Art that’s now in its second year, in which Dutch artist Jeanne van Heeswijk’s ideas about community and Philadelphia’s future have been given a world stage — thanks mainly to Carlos Basualdo, curator of contemporary art at PMA, who invited van Heeswijk to Philadelphia. Read more »

LGBTQ&A: Wit López

Wit López | Photo by Yvonne Badu-Nimako

Wit López is a disabled, gender-nonconforming/non-binary transgender mixed-media creator, performer, and independent curator. We speak with the visual artist on using their aesthetics to challenge cultural stereotypes surrounding desirability, race, and gender expression. Read more »

15 Things to Do in the Next 7 Days

Ron Funches plays the Troc on Friday. (

The Legendary Wid @ Punchline Philly | Wednesday, June 7
The Philly comedy veteran hosts a packed bill that includes Dave Terruso, Mike Brooks, Hannah Harkness and tons more.

Adele Givens @ Helium | June 8-10
The veteran comedian has been seen in a number of TV shows and movies over the years, including The Hughleys, Def Comedy Jam and Beauty Shop. If you watch this clip, you will laugh, guaranteed: Read more »

12 Things to Do This Week in Lit, Comedy, Art, Theater, Movies and Murder

Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff of the My Favorite Murder podcast play the Keswick on Sunday.

Style of Attack Report @ Vox Populi | Wednesday, May 10
Philly sci-fi collective Metropolarity celebrates the release of Style of Attack Report, an anthology of sci-fi/futurist writing. The evening includes readings by Rasheedah Phillips, Camae Ayewa, Alex Smith and more.

Full Moon Ride @ around town | Wednesday, May 10
Meet up with other bicyclists at the Italian Fountain at the Lloyd Hall parking lot on Boathouse Row. Ends at the El Bar in Fishtown. Read more »

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