La Peg’s Winter Film Series Kicks Off With A Huge Feast

BabettesFeast

La Peg and Fringe Arts had a pretty good thing going with their summer film series. As a matter of fact, it was such a good thing (and so successful, and so much fun) that they’ve decided to keep things rolling with a winter version.

And they’re kicking it off with a huge, lavish, expensive and HIGHLY exclusive showing of the Academy Award winning Danish language classic, Babette’s Feast, accompanied by a dinner that recreates the famous meal at the center of the film, and rare wine pairings from the producers featured in the film (the vintages, obviously, will be different because, like chef Peter Woolsey says, it’s pretty tough to lay hands on an 1860 Veuve Clicquot these days).

Anyway, you wanna see the menu? You know you wanna see the menu. Check it out below.

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Circadium Brings the Circus to Feastival

Eric Michaels of Circadium practices acrobatics. He'll be performing on straps at Feastival.

Eric Michaels of Circadium practices acrobatics. He’ll be performing on straps at Feastival.

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 »

6 Racy Fringe Festival Shows to See

Peter Jones and Teddy Fatscher in Carried Away. Photo by Steve Belkowitz

Peter Jones and Teddy Fatscher in Carried Away. Photo by Steve Belkowitz

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 »

FringeArts 2016: People to Watch

Photograph by Claudia Gavin

From left to right: Ben Grinberg, Nichole Canuso, Alex Torra, Mary McCool, and Cory O’Niell Walker. Photograph by Claudia Gavin

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.

The Acrobat
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 »

Get a Peek at the Fringe Festival Tonight at Scratch Night

Kelly Filios, Joshua Tewell and Aneesa Neibauer are in Bodas de Sangre/I Only Came to Use the Phone. Photo by Rosie Simmons

Kelly Filios, Joshua Tewell and Aneesa Neibauer are in Bodas de Sangre/I Only Came to Use the Phone. Photo by Rosie Simmons

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 »

Mentally Prepare for the DNC with Political Theater

Russ Widdall is Robert Kennedy in New City Stage Company's Roseburg. Photo by Alex Lowy

Russ Widdall is Robert Kennedy in New City Stage Company’s Roseburg. Photo by Alex Lowy

The Trump Card @ FringeArts | Thursday, July 21
Mike Daisey, called “the master storyteller” by the New York Times, performs his monologue about the embarrassment that is Donald Trump for the second time at FringeArts. Unlike Melania’s convention speech, Daisey’s words aren’t cribbed. Read more »

BalletX Leaps into the Surreal

Dancers Gary W. Jeter II, Edgar Anido and Daniel Mayo rehearse for BalletX’s Summer Series. Photo by Bill Hebert

Dancers Gary W. Jeter II, Edgar Anido and Daniel Mayo rehearse for BalletX’s Summer Series. Photo by Bill Hebert

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 »

Paging Donald Trump’s Lawyers: Controversial NYC Playwright Bringing New Trump Play to Philly

Mike Daisey

Mike Daisey

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 »

TOP PICKS: The Best LGBTQ Events This Weekend

Stro Productionz is back with another installment of Beards N Queers this Friday night.

Stro Productionz is back with another installment of Beards N Queers this Friday night.

FRIDAY EVENTS

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 »

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