11 Things to Do This Week in Movies, Comedy, Storytelling and More

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Tell Me A Story @ Shot Tower Coffee | Wednesday, March 22
Hillary Rea’s series gathers some of the city’s most engaging storytellers to make you laugh, think and maybe cry. Always a good time. This time the topic is Near and Far.

A Tactical Urbanism Guide @ Johnny Brenda’s | Wednesday, March 22
Subtitled “Starting, Scaling & Growing Small Neighborhood Projects,” this program is about “designing, crowdfunding, maintaining, and building political support for citizen-driven public space design and activism.” Read more »

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)

FRIDAY, MARCH 17

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 »

Watch Hotel With Director Mike Figgis For Free

International House is screening Hotel on Tuesday. Photo provided

International House is showing Hotel on Tuesday. Photo provided

Two-time Academy Award nominee Mike Figgis, who wrote and directed Leaving Las Vegas, is in Philly this week screening two of his films, and both events are totally free. Read more »

There’s a Movie Shoot in Center City Tonight

Photo by Bradley Maule

Photo by Bradley Maule

There’s a movie shooting in Center City tonight.

I know what you’re thinking: Who chooses to shoot a film in Center City on a Friday night? Won’t the crowds be too much for actors, especially a movie that will star Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston?

Those are good questions, hypothetical quizzical reader, but I have an answer for you: The Untouchables will film on Market Street and JFK Boulevard between 15th and 20th streets, which is pretty empty on any night — even Fridays. And neither Hart nor Cranston will be in town tonight to shoot the film. Got it? Read more »

5 Questions: Jovan Adepo and Russell Hornsby on Fences

Jovan Adepo, left, and Russell Hornsby in Fences. Photo courtesy of David Lee/Paramount Pictures

Jovan Adepo, left, and Russell Hornsby in Fences. Photo courtesy of David Lee/Paramount Pictures

It’s not every actor who gets to work with truly legendary figures, and fewer still who get to work with such luminaries while also being directed by them. But that was the situation for Jovan Adepo and Russell Hornsby, a pair of gifted thespians who got to make the film adaption of the August Wilson play Fences, working alongside – and for – co-star and director Denzel Washington.

Reprising his leading role from a much rhapsodized Broadway production, Washington, along with stage co-star Viola Davis, meticulously choreographed the play so that it would take advantage of the more free-flowing visual cinematic form. He also surrounded himself with sterling young talent, including Adepo and Hornsby, who both play sons of Washington’s indelible Troy Maxon, albeit with different mothers. Recently, the pair of actors were in town to discuss the play, the genius of Wilson’s words, and what it was like to work with Hollywood royalty. Read more »

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Opens Thursday With Events for the Fans

Felicity Jones in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios, LucasFilm

Felicity Jones in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios, LucasFilm

Star Wars fans are serious about these movies. The latest installment in the hugely popular sci-fi series is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, set long before the last film, which was set after the first three, labeled episodes four, five and six, but largely unconnected to the newer prequel trilogy containing episodes one, two and three. Got that? Either way, rest assured there will be a Death Star, evil villains and scrappy heroes saving the day.

Rogue One opens tomorrow, December 15th, and the Philadelphia Film Society is heralding it with much fanfare, starting with a performance by Wookiedelphia, a Star Wars-inspired brass brand, before the 7 p.m. screening at the Prince Theater. The bar will be serving up themed cocktails from a galaxy far, far away. Read more »

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