Hair's not so controversial nor is it groundbreaking now that, say, any given episode of House of Cards features as much sex and drugs as the once-shocking play, but the me-generation message rings as true as ever. Just replace free love with tinder and bongs with fancier bongs and it's practically a meditation on millenials. Catch Temple's production of the seminal boomer musical starting this Wednesday. Wednesday, March 26th, 7 p.m., Temple Theaters, 1301 West Noris Street.
If you're not hip to it, every month Universal Cave hosts CaveCast, a live podcast taping featuring a DJ playing music he/she loves. For the 15th iteration, Jamie Dillon (aka DJ Bloodfaceman) will play a set of Jamaican tunes. Have a PBR and enjoy the tunes, which organizers are quick to point out will be "much more than just reggae." Listen to previous CaveCasts here. Wednesday, March 26th, 9 p.m., $5, Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 South 18th Street.
Acclaimed choreographer Tere O'Connor brings his latest piece, BLEED, to town, with performances at FringeArts March 27-29. BLEED's Philly arrival has been much-hyped since the dance troupe's triumphant debut at the Brooklyn Academy of Arts in December. O'Conner brings brilliant contemporary choreography in a piece that examines consciousness in motion, collapsing, and expanding in meaning. BLEED is a culmination of a two-year choreography project, combining three of O'Connor's pieces into one brilliant meditation on movement and form. Thursday, March 27th, 7 p.m., FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard.
Alfred Jarry began his loose trilogy of absurdist classics as a boyhood doodle, and the schoolboy snark and snot shine through to this day. Ubu Roi presents imbecilic King Pere Ubu as a conquering colossus, with expansive appetites and a consciousness in a suitcase. Yes, it's weird, but it's this twisted juvenilia and exaggerated monstrousness that's made the Ubu plays an enduring example of modernism and the subject of this month's Philadelphia á la Pataphysique series. As part of the series' film portion, International House presents Ubu Roi, a French film adaptation of the first of the Ubu plays. In this one, we find Pere Ubu shouting muddled obscenities with heavily stylized grotesqueness. Somehow, this is still as cutting a satire of the political status-quo as it was in turn-of-the-century France. Merdre. Thursday, March 27th, 7 p.m., International House, 3701 Chestnut Street.
Starting this Thursday, UArts stages Cole Porter's classic tribute to theater, and its most famous contributor, Kiss Me, Kate. The play modernizes (although Porter's work is somewhat anachronistic at this point) Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew with a self-reflexive, play-within-a-play spin. Antics ensue as a bickering pair work to stage the Elizabethan classic, and get worse as gangsters come to collect a debt (modern, indeed). Thursday, March 27th, 7:30 p.m., Merriam Theater, 250 South Broad Street.
New Jersey songstress Nicole Atkins comes to Johnny Brenda's this Thursday, bringing Orbison-style croo-oooo-ooooning in retro-chic form. Atkins was named Rolling Stone's Artist to Watch and has become a regular musical guest on late-night TV. This is pop music, but with all the whiskey stains and cigarette burns of a skid-row barcalounger. Thursday, March 27th, 8 p.m., Johnny Brenda's, 1201 North Frankford Avenue.
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Groundswell Design Group’s track record (think last summer’s Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Pop-Up Garden) has left us in anticipation about what they’ll do next. Fortunately, the landscape architecture firm has quite a few projects in store this year, not least of which includes another PHS pop-up (this time at Penn Plaza).
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David Fierabend of Groundswell Design Group has become one of our favorite people. He and his company were behind the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Pop-Up Garden from last summer that we just can’t stop praising. His company is also responsible for the landscape architecture at Morgan’s Pier, Talula’s Garden and the Waterfront Winterfest.
An impressive list but that’s nothing compared to the projects they have planned.
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Film nerds/architect nerds/music nerds/nerds, this one’s for you:
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Peter Woolsey has been the face of Bistrot La Minette since it opened almost six years ago. But with another restaurant project on the horizon, Woolsey is turning over the day-to-day running of his restaurant to Kenneth Bush, a longtime employee who also has had experience working for the Garces Group.
Woolsey wouldn’t go into details regarding the new project but we have previously reported that Woolsey has been tagged as the man in the kitchen for the restaurant coming to the FringeArts space at Delaware Avenue and Race Street.
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Malvern, Pa. brothers Ben and Mike Lebovitz are premiering their TV pilot/short film Welcome to Brownsville this week at PhilaMOCA. The protagonist of the film is a puppet named Weird Larry, ”a registered sex offender who’s taunted into misadventures and epic musical numbers as he tries to escape to Thailand where he can freely be himself.” Before he makes it, though, he needs to get past a bunch of cops, racists, drug addicts and “monster scientists” who want to study his brain. Think Avenue Q, but even less kid-friendly. Catch the trailer here. 7 p.m., PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St.,tehmuppetz.com.
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Artists, theatergoers, critics, get out your calendars. The Philadelphia FringeArts 2014 dates have been announced. Read more »
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Local artists Ellie Brown, Seth Reichgott and Arlen Hancock are throwing a party tonight at Quig’s Pub to raise funds for their production of Dear Diary, Bye. The play is based on a journal Brown kept in 1984, so they’re calling the shindig Totally Awesome ’80s Party and planning all kinds of decade-specific shenanigans, like karaoke, dancing and even some ’80s-themed cocktails (Jack and Crystal Pepsi, perhaps?) Hancock will also perform a snippet of the show. 6 p.m.-9 p.m., $15-$20,Quig’s Pub, 1714 Delancey Place.
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The new FringeArts venue at Race Street and Columbus Boulevard opened back in October and has hosted a handful of shows since then. But the restaurant/bar component that FringeArts head Nick Stuccio has promised is still very much in the works. Now, we can confirm that Bistrot La Minette chef/owner Peter Woolsey will be in command of the kitchen. Read more »