18 Things to Do This Weekend



Midnight Madness: Akira @ Ritz at the Bourse | Friday, April 29
The next installment in the Ritz at the Bourse’s midnight series is the Japanese animated sci-fi classic Akira, based on a graphic novel set in post-apocalyptic Tokyo. Tickets sold out quickly, so the Ritz added another showing starting at 12:10 a.m.

Louds @ Boot and Saddle | Friday, April 29
The members of this Philly-based indie band met while working at Mambo Movers, which is the best moving company in this city (in my opinion as someone who moves a lot). Louds is brothers Charlie and Petie Brooks and guitarists Alejandro Giraldo-Torres and Juston Stens.

Worldwide Warhol @ International House | Friday, April 29
Head to I-House for a free Andy Warhol double feature. First up is Restaurant (aka L’Avventura), followed by The Life of Juanita Castro. Each is only 34 minutes. Bryn Mawr College art history professor Homay King will introduce the films, and Penn art history PhD candidate Iggy Cortez will lead a discussion after.

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GIVEAWAY: See Carol Early and For Free Next Week at Ritz at the Bourse [CONTEST CLOSED]

Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett in a scene from "Carol."

Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett in a scene from “Carol.”

Folks were buzzing about Carol when it screened a few months ago at the Philadelphia Film Festival, but those of us who missed it have been champing at the bit for it to finally open in Philly theaters. Our wait comes to an end next Friday, when it opens at Ritz East.

Don’t want to wait that long? You’re in luck! We’ve been given 25 pairs of tickets for an early screening that’s taking place on Monday, December 21st at Ritz at the Bourse at 7:30 pm. To snag a pair, be one of the first 25 people to email me at jmiddleton@phillymag.com between now and Sunday, December 20th, with the subject line “Give me those Carol tickets!” I’ll respond with details on how to pick up your prize.

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INTERVIEW: Tab Hunter on Hollywood, His New Documentary, and Playing Baseball With Debbie Reynolds

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Jaguar PS / Shutterstock.com

“One of the favorite things my mother would always say was, ‘Nothing for show.’ So what happens? I end up in show business.”

That’s how Hollywood legend Tab Hunter recalls his mother, a woman he describes as a “strict, religious German.” She also had another catch phrase that stuck with Hunter: “We can’t play down young minds. Elevate your thinking.”

“That’s a great phrase,” he said. “We ought to tell that to film makers these days.” Read more »

10 Things to Do in Philly if You Hate Valentine’s Day

If the sight of those heart-shaped boxes of chocolate at CVS makes you ill or you can’t bare to think about waiting for three hours to get a table at some crappy Olive Garden, then this list is for you. For those who can’t stand the thought of Valentine’s Day, we rounded up a host of events that celebrate an anti-cupid spirit. Just make sure you don’t mistakenly leave your house wearing any red or, God forbid, pink.

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Movie Meter: The Theory of Everything Is Ready for Award Season, Dumb and Dumber To Is Ready for the Trash


The Theory of Everything: This biopic concerning the brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking, stricken to a wheelchair from ALS as a young man, sagely avoids many of the common melodramatic liberties that so often plague the genre. James Marsh’s film — which stars the phenomenal Eddie Redmayne as Hawking, and the luminescent Felicity Jones as his long-suffering wife — is a shoo-in for Oscar-nom glory. Expect nominations for its two young stars and likely for the film itself, which is a good deal more honest in its warts-and-all depiction of its subject than you might expect. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

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WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Runway of Love, Straight & Butch, Drag Kings, and A Very Tabu Prom

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The work of a true fashion legend will be debuting at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love is a fashion exhibit with a slew of inspirations and influences. The late Patrick Kelly, who died of AIDS in January 1990, is an unforgettable African-American designer that challenged the norm and brought new, edgy flair to the fashion world.

His goal was simple: he once said, “I want my clothes to make you smile.” His early work gained the attention of French Elle which featured him in February 1985. He pulled inspiration from his African American and Southern roots, his knowledge of fashion and art history, and the club and gay scenes of New York and Paris.

This is world class art, and definitely the kind of see-and-be-seen event to close off the month. Speaking of world class, one of Philly’s fiercest queens, Brittany Lynn, will be on the red carpet, so try not to show up looking busted. If you want a sneak peek, check out the preview of the exhibit. Click here to get your (free) ticket. Friday, May 30, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Free, Philadelphia Museum of Art



LAST CHANCE: Catch These 3 Great Films Before They Leave Philly Big Screens

Each Friday, a new slew of movies comes in to replace what’s already been playing. In order to keep you fully abreast of what you might be missing on the big screen, we offer a quick round-up of films about to move on to that great home video warehouse in the sky. This week: 

MOVIE REVIEW: Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

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There’s a certain irony when Elaine Stritch sings the lyrics of Stephen Sondheim’s “I’m Still Here” from the musical Follies: “Good times and bum times, I’ve seen them all and, my dear, I’m still here.”

Yes, Stritch has, indeed, seen it all — a show business career that has spanned over half a century, Broadway and film credits to boot, a drinking problem, Tony and Emmy Awards, dates with JFK and Marlon Brando, and a vicious case of diabetes.  Yet, the emotional and masterfully crafted documentary Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, which plays at Ritz at the Bourse for a limited engagement through March, highlights the one role Stritch hasn’t been able to adequately prepare for: the end of her life.

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