27 Things to Do This Weekend

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FRIDAY, APRIL 14

Cinedelphia @ PhilaMOCA
Through April 29, Philadelphia’s beloved rock mausoleum plays host to the wonderful and strange Cinedelphia film fest, putting cult favorites and rare gems on the big screen. I watched a bunch of trailers earlier in the week and liked what I saw. By the way, PhilaMOCA is once again displaying a one-of-a-kind Ghanaian Movie Posters throughout the fest.

Stinking Lizaveta @ Johnny Brenda’s
Stinking Liz has been doing it dark, deep and instrumental in Philly for years. They continue to crush it on their latest, Journey to the Underworld. Victor Fiorillo just did a big ol’ piece on them. Read more »

Eight Things To Do in Lit, Movies, Theater and Comedy

Poet Andrea Gibson plays the Trocadero on Friday.

Poet Andrea Gibson plays the Trocadero on Friday.

Ghanaian Movie Posters @ PhilaMOCA | Wednesday, April 12
A rare non-screening angle on the Cinedelphia film fest calendar, and a recurring favorite: Deadly Prey Gallery in Chicago brings its collection of one-of-a-kind movie posters from the bygone “Ghanaian Mobile Cinema” days. Basically, merchants would travel around Ghana screening movies and artists from outside the entertainment industry would make posters to advertise those shows, often coming up with something new and fantastic. See Also: Let’s Watch Some Cinedelphia Trailers.

Black Thought Presents: Delirious @ Punch Line Philly | Thursday, April 13
The Roots MC continues his comedy series, this time featuring Wyatt Cenac (ex-Daily Show and TBS’s underappreciated People of Earth), Morgan Murphy, Cipha Sounds, Brandon Pankey and Michelle Buteau. Read more »

Arty Dozen: 12 Things to Do in Theater, Dance, Movies and more

Pilobolus Dance Theater presents Shadowland at the Annenberg Center, April 6-8.

Pilobolus Dance Theater performs Shadowland at the Annenberg Center, April 6-8.

Art in the Age of Injustice @ Da Vinci Art Alliance | Wednesday, April 5
Group exhibition of works by women artists, presented by the Philly chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art. Reception tonight, 6-8 p.m. Exhibition runs through April 26.

Oxford Coma III: Resistance @ Wooden Shoe Books | Wednesday, April 5
Poems of Dissatisfaction and Political Nihilism hosted by Angelo Colavita and featuring music by Little Strike. Doubles as a food drive for Food Not Bombs.

Understanding the Alt-Right @ Big Blue Marble | Wednesday, April 5
What’s a cuck? How many red pills is too many? A talk by Matthew Lyons, author of CTRL-ALT-DELETE. Read more »

Don’t Panic: 11 Things to Do in Theater, Literature, Pillow Combat and More

Kelly Writers House hosts a marathon reading of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy on Thursday. (Dan Gerhard/Wikimedia Commons)

Kelly Writers House hosts a marathon reading of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy on Thursday. (Dan Gerhard/Wikimedia Commons)

Suzanne Ciani @ International House Philadelphia | Wednesday, March 29
Okay, this is a music thing but I missed it yesterday and it deserves some love. Ars Nova Workshop presents a rare solo concert by the pianist/composer/“Diva of the Diode.”

Cryptopictos @ Fleisher/Ollman | March 30-May 26
Works by Reed Anderson, Isaac Tin Wei Lin, Patrick Maguire and Sarah Walker — “four artists who create abstract paintings using patterned perforations, lattice-like structures, fields of repetitive marks, and calligraphic gestures” to create cryptic pictures. Opening reception Thursday, March 30, 6-8 p.m. Read more »

Tonight: The Future is Female Festival

The Future is Female fest has been touring the U.S. and Canada all month long.

The Future is Female fest has put on shows in the U.S. and Canada all month long.

All month long, this program of 10-minute plays and staged readings has been popping up across the U.S. and Canada. Tonight The Future is Female Festival touches down in Philly (and three other cities) at Headlong Performance Institute (1170 S. Broad St.).

The lineup is different everywhere it occurs (this is a festival, not a tour), but each is built around the “future is female” theme. And all of the works are written by women, obviously.

Tonight’s program includes: Read more »

10 Things to Do This Week in Theater, Lit and Movies

Karen Allen is the best.

Karen Allen is the best.

Dungen @ PhilaMOCA | Wednesday, March 15
The Swedish psych-rockers perform their original score to 1926’s The Adventures of Prince Achmed, “understood to be the oldest surviving full-length animated feature film,” which will be screening at the same time.

qFLIX Philadelphia @ lots of places | Through March 19
Founded in 2014, qFLIX is Thom Cardwell and co.’s annual LGBTQ independent film festival featuring daily screenings and get-togethers. This year’s program includes several cool international selections — including Girls Lost (from Sweden), Strike a Pose (Netherlands) and Welcome to Dead Hotel (China) — but really the whole lineup is stacked. Read more »

Cirque du Soleil’s Toruk Is Set in the World of Avatar

Photo by Errisson Lawrence, Costumes by Kym Barrett © 2015 Cirque du Soleil

Photo by Errisson Lawrence, Costumes by Kym Barrett © 2015 Cirque du Soleil

Most Cirque du Soleil shows feel as though they take place in another universe: one without such rigid laws of physics. For Toruk – The First Flight, the creators took that concept even further, setting the show in what really is supposed to be an entirely different world. But it’s a world audience members will likely recognize.

Toruk is set in Pandora, created by James Cameron for his film Avatar. Rather than mimic the movie, the action in Toruk unfolds thousands of years before the events in the film, at a time when the Na’vi people are dealing with a mythic-like flying beast. Unlike other Cirque du Soliel shows, Toruk has a clear storyline, with the performers not only tackling acrobatic feats, but also acting and even speaking the Na’vi language. It’s the first time the company has designed a show to use an entire arena floor, with a set stretching out over 14,000 square feet.  Read more »

This Is Us Actor Brings His Play Lost Girls to Philly

Theatre Exile's production of Lost Girls opens in previews on Thursday, February 16th, and runs through Sunday, March 12th.

Theatre Exile’s production of Lost Girls opens in previews on Thursday, February 16th, and runs through Sunday, March 12th.

John Pollono is most comfortable in the theater, where a playwright has the final word. When he’s acting on television or in a movie, or watching one of his screenplays turn into a film, so much can change.

“I work a lot in features and in TV, but I keep going back to theater. It’s such a writer’s medium — I can collaborate on my own terms,” he says. With writing a movie, like his script for the upcoming Stronger, with Jake Gyllenhaal playing Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman, “there are so many people involved, so many variables. And it’s great, I love doing it, but theater is more of a pure form of writing. When you write a screenplay, writing becomes one of the facets of the filmmaking. With theater, writing is the singular facet,” Pollono says.  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 »

See a Rock Musical Mash-up Tonight Only in Old City

Rock musicals JIB and Lizzie team up tonight. Photo provided

Rock musicals JIB and Lizzie team up tonight. Photo provided

Get two for the price of one when the cast of the upcoming Lizzie joins the cast of JIB for a one-night-only collaboration, tonight at Christ Church Neighborhood House in Old City.

JIB is a new Kickstarter-funded rock musical out of Brooklyn, from Old Sound Room and the Windmill Factory, with songs by Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls and Jason Webley. It tells the story of a singer-songwriter, a reporter, and a dead composer, all unknowingly contributing to the same evolving score. And there’s a multimedia twist: Every night the show, including the audience, is recorded, creating a “live film.” Read more »

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