4 Things to Do in Philly This Week:
Film nerds/architect nerds/music nerds/nerds, this one’s for you:
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.
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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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.
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 »
I told him, as kindly as I could, that it was his fault.
My generation creates because of what our parents taught us: What we think and feel matters enough to matter to others. We create because we came of age with the Internet and found ourselves at 17 or 18 or 19 craving some living, breathing community—some way for real humans to come together in real time and make something unique.
And in Philly, we create because we can.
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It seems like forever ago that we first heard about FringeArts, the waterfront arts venue just across from Race Street Pier. The 225-seat theater was scheduled to be open in time for the annual September festival bearing its name.
Finally, this week, tickets for the first events at FringeArts went on sale. And some folks in the arts community tell me they’re experiencing sticker shock. Read more »
Ah, 1992. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Everyone who was anyone was down with O.P.P. (best), George H.W. Bush was president (worst), and LA was erupting in riots over the Rodney King verdict (Sublime). Against this backdrop, playwright Greg Keller throws us into a subway car careening toward the Bronx in Mayor David N. Dinkins’ New York City. From there, the hope and reality of racial progress converge, leaving the play’s protagonists wondering just where that leaves them. And, in some sense, the audience is left with the same feeling.
Running as part of this year’s FringeArts festival (and just extended), Azuka Theatre’s production of Dutch Masters—the Philadelphia premiere—could not have come along at a more fraught time. In a sociopolitical climate shaken by the death of Trayvon Martin and the never-ending stop-and-frisk debate, and locally by the furor around “Being White in Philly” and Riley Cooper’s racially charged aggression, Azuka chose a banner year to take on the topic of race. Based on Saturday night’s performance, Azuka’s two-man show at the Off-Broad Street Theater is more than worth checking out.
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