23 Things to Do This Weekend

Tennis will attempt to initiate a staring contest with you at underground Arts on Saturday. Do not accept this challenge. (Luca Venter)

Tennis will attempt to initiate a staring contest with you at Underground Arts on Saturday. (Luca Venter)


Fishbone @ Underground Arts
The original lineup of this revered funk/punk/reggae/ska band returns. Kinda surprised this one’s not sold out. Kids today.

Coriolanus @ Lantern Theater
Says theater critic David Fox: “Every inch of the playing area (including some of the house) is pressed into service in Charles McMahon’s production, and the updated visual world cleverly suggests Road Warrior — with all the visceral impact that implies.” Runs through April 16. Read more »

Martha Graham Dance Company Comes to the Prince Theater

Martha Graham Dance Company's Appalachian Spring. Photo by Hibbard Nash

Martha Graham Dance Company’s Appalachian Spring. Photo by Hibbard Nash

Martha Graham Dance Company @ Prince Theater | November 3-6
Not to be confused with drag queen extraordinaire Martha Graham Cracker, this is the legendary dance troupe in a rare Philly visit. They’ll be performing Graham’s Appalachian Spring, Errand into the Maze and Dark Meadow Suite, along with Lamentation Variations, a remix of the choreographer’s solo piece Lamentation. Stay after the Friday evening or Saturday matinee show for a post-performance discussion with the dancers.

Jerome Bel @ FringeArts | Thursday, November 3
If nudity on stage isn’t your cup of tea, you might want to skip French choreographer Jerome Bel’s controversial, self-titled early work. But considering this is the same guy who brought us Gala at the Fringe Festival, I think you’d be making a mistake. Read more »

Is This Giant Early-Morning Yoga/Dance Party Coming to Philly?

Daybreak Seattle | Photo via Facebook

Daybreaker Seattle | Photo via Facebook

Fact: Sober dancing is not for everyone. I get it. But if you are one of the brave yoga-loving souls who isn’t afraid to get your booty pop on without a few pre-booty popping beers, then you’re going to want to go here to tell the folks at Daybreaker that you really (really, really, REALLY) want them to bring one of their early-morning yoga-and-dance parties to Philly.

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iStand is a Personal Take on Civil Struggle

Photo by Bill Hebert

Photo by Bill Hebert

The Black Lives Matter movement hit home for choreographer Lauren Putty White last year when Freddie Gray died in police custody in Baltimore. The UArts grad is a Baltimore native and she watched her hometown erupt in violence while a state of emergency was called.

Putty White’s response was to channel her emotions into her art, creating iStand: Stories of An American Civil Struggle. The dance performance premiered at West Philly’s Community Education Center and now the Painted Bride is remounting it for one day, timed to the presidential campaigns.

“It’s that much more relevant now, because more people are being vocal with the election coming up,” Putty White says. “More people are speaking out. People are fired up.” Read more »

How To Make Art Without Paying For It

Photo by Plate 3 Photography

Photo by Plate 3 Photography

The dancers and choreographers behind Birds on a Wire want to make it easier for up-and-coming artists in Philly to break into the scene. But trying to handle all of the “non-art-based stressors and challenges” is as tricky as it sounds, says Artistic Director Melissa Cameron.

“I’m finding it’s a bit of a balancing act,” she says, “staying in constant conversation with the artists to find out what their needs are and understand what skills they want to develop, and to brainstorm ways of helping them get the resources they need in order to achieve the goals they’ve set for themselves.”

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“I Woke Up Like This” Morning Dance Party in Center City This Thursday

Ticketleap's first "I Woke Up Like This" morning dance party | Photo via Facebook

Ticketleap’s first “I Woke Up Like This” morning dance party | Photo via Facebook

You know what’s even better than sleeping in? Waking up with a full-blown dance party, complete with coffee, Gangster Vegan Organics juice and plenty of Beyoncé references. And that’s just what you’ll get at Ticketleap’s second “I Woke Up Like This” morning dance party, going down from 7 to 9 a.m. this Thursday.
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New Philly Reality Show Saturday Morning Fever Debuts Tonight

Dancin’ on Air - Saturday Morning Fever - reality TV - Philadelphia

The Stars of Saturday Morning Fever, a new reality TV show based on Dancin’ on Air. It premieres tonight on Fuse at 11.

Dance shows have been a staple of Philadelphia television pretty much since television started. American Banstand got its start in West Philly. In the 1980s, Dancin’ On Air was big on Channel 17. Much like Bandstand, a national show was launched on its back: Dance Party USA. (Fun fact: The first host of Dancin’ on Air was Dave Raymond — the original Phillie Phanatic.)

After a few episodes of the old Dancin’ on Air were aired on WPHL in 2011, the station relaunched the show the following year. The show moved to PhillyCAM on Saturdays at 10 in 2013. Much like its predecessors, the show has inspired a national show. Only instead of another dance show, this time it’s a reality show: Saturday Morning Fever debuts tonight at 11 on Fuse. Read more »

Field Guide: The 28 Concerts, Shows, and Events to Put On Your Calendar Now


Living legends, world premieres, international talent and Justin Bieber: You’ll find all of these (and more) here in the City of Brotherly Love this winter and spring. It can actually be a little overwhelming, if you don’t know where to start. So here, we present a well-edited (but wildly diverse) list of the very best bets in music, theater and the arts this season. If you can’t find something to do here, we don’t know what to tell you.  Read more »

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