Food from many of the best chefs in Philadelphia, plus all the cocktails you can handle, is enough of an excuse to splurge on a ticket for Thursday’s Feastival. But if you need another reason, come for the acrobats. Read more »
The 20th Philadelphia Fringe Festival kicks off this Friday and runs through September 24th, with 15 curated shows, tons of independent “Fringe Around the City” performances, and music-heavy late-night events at FringeArts.
We already told you where to get the Fringe Fest guide, the local talents to watch and how to get a sneak peek of the shows. And now we’re telling you where to see the naked people, hear the R-rated language or tackle the off-limits topics — or all three. Here are six Fringe Festival performances for the grown-ups only. Read more »
September is one of our favorite months of the year. No, not because the kids finally go back to school — well, that too — but because September brings the annual FringeArts Festival, showcasing the weird, the wonderful and, okay, sometimes the wrenchingly bad. Here are five local talents to watch.
Ben Grinberg, 26
Exile 2588, Painted Bride Art Center, 9/8-9/23
When he’s not playing saxophone with local theater rock band Red 40 & the Last Groovement, he’s making his body do seemingly impossible things with his Almanac Dance Circus Theatre. He’ll use dance, trapeze work and other circus movement to tell this “acrobatic folk-music space-epic adaptation” of the ancient Greek myth of Io—set 572 years in the future, of course. Read more »
Earlier this month the guide to the 20th Fringe Festival came out, and we told you to start marking off which of the 1,000 performances you want to check out. Now you can watch trailers — live. Tonight is Scratch Night at FringeArts, a works-in-progress series where Philly artists test out material, giving the audience a look at what goes into developing a new show. It’s free, though donations are suggested. Read more »
BalletX Summer Series @ The Wilma Theater | July 6-17
Choreographers Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and BalletX co-founder Matthew Neenan team up with “experiential art shop” Klip Collective for two world premiere ballets backed by video projections. Ochoa’s work is inspired by surrealist painter Rene Magritte (he did the apple-face man in the bowler hat, like in the photo above); Neenan’s is in honor of the late writer Toni Hamilton. Read more »
New York-based author Mike Daisey has published more than two dozen monologues, with subjects that have included everything from Burning Man to L. Ron Hubbard to Steve Jobs. His work is not without controversy. In 2012, the popular public radio show This American Life retracted and apologized for a story it ran about Daisey’s visit to the Apple factory in China, explaining that “many of Mike Daisey’s experiences in China were fabricated.”
Well, Daisey’s latest work will no doubt be controversial as well. In July, the “master storyteller,” as the New York Times labelled Daisey, will perform his brand new monologue The Trump Card at FringeArts — just in time for the Democratic National Convention. We got him on the phone to discuss. Read more »
Beards N Queers Celebration
9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar, 200 South 12th Street; over 21.
Stro Productionz returns with another all-inclusive event, hosted by Louie A. Ortiz-Fonseca, that celebrates beard culture, fresh cuts, unique styles, fashion, and individuality in the Gayborhood. Don’t miss the giveaways and best beard contest. Please note that free entry will be given to anyone wearing Timberland boots, so no need to worry whether you’ll be able to get in. More details at stroproductionz.com. Read more »
Machinal @ Latvian Society of Philadelphia | April 20 to May 8
Feminism! Murder! American Expressionism! EgoPo Classic Theater is putting on the 1928 drama Machinal, inspired by the life of Ruth Snyder, who was executed at Sing Sing Prison for teaming up with her sidepiece to kill her husband. Here’s an unexpected photo of her being electrocuted. Philly theater staple Mary Tuomanen, who looks like an entirely different person in every play, takes on the female anti-hero role.
Mi Voca Su Voca @ SEI Innovation Studio at the Kimmel Center | April 20-22
The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts is highlighting poetry with this one-man show from Edwin Torres, who developed it in part while in residency at the Kimmel’s SEI Innovation Studio. He’ll incorporate “themes ranging from growing up Puerto Rican in New York City to fatherhood to his Nuyo-Futurist evolution.”
There’s a bunch of pre-teen female actors putting on a performance at FringeArts later this month, and, no, it isn’t Annie.
“They are regular kids,” said Employee of the Year‘s co-creator Abby Browde, the New York-based artist who has worked with the cohort of children since 2014 as part of the performance group 600 Highwaymen. “None of them are industry kids.”
Yet, these girl actresses are given quite a daunting task in Employee of the Year: They tell the story of one woman’s life from start to finish through the use of movement, monologue, and song. At first, Browde and her artistic partner, Michael Silverstone, weren’t necessarily committed to using kids in the performance. Read more »