Best Student Discounts at Philadelphia Arts Venues

We’ve done some research to put together this nifty, one-stop-shop of the best ways you can get the most out of that student i.d. card at local arts venues in Philly—everywhere from movie theaters to museums to games at Citizens Bank Park. (Just remember to take said i.d. card.)

Ritz Five in Old City

Ritz Five in Old City

Movie Theaters

Rave Cinemas
Student price: $8.25 weekdays and Sundays, $8.75 Fridays and Saturdays
If this price is still too steep, consider going on $5.50 Tuesdays and use the extra cash to get drinks at the Rave’s bar.

Landmark Theaters (Ritz at the Bourse, Ritz East, and Ritz Five)
Student price: $7.75 except Saturdays and holidays. $7 on “Bargain Wednesdays”
Go for the newest hipster films, stay for the intimate theater experience.

International House
Student Price: $7
Although most screenings are free, take advantage of the cheap ticketed films to watch independent movies from around the world.

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This Week at GayFest!: America’s First Gay Play Gets the Philly Treatment

Philly’s only LGBT theater festival, GayFest!, kicks off tomorrow (August 5th.) Now in its fourth year, Quince Productions founder and GayFest! producer Rich Rubin says the theme of the season is new meets old.

There are a handful of Philadelphia premieres—Next Fall, Some Are People, and You Know My Name—playing alongside old-school favorites. The Haunted Host, for instance, celebrates 50 years on the stage. “It is considered by many to be America’s first full-length gay play,” says Rubin. “I’m excited about combining the new and cutting-edge work with historic work. More than ever, there’s a real range of tone and style in the festival.”

So get out there and support our city’s sole LGBT film festival. Here’s a preview of what’s happening this week during the festival:

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Over 120 Shows Announced for Neighborhood Fringe 2014


FringeArts has announced the lineup for the 2014 Neighborhood Fringe: over 120 independently produced productions by both new and established artists to take place in an array of Philadelphia neighborhoods. The shows are in addition to the selection of performances by internationally renowned artists already scheduled for the 18th Annual Fringe Festival, running September 5th through the 21st.

The lineup of over 120 shows will ignite Philadelphia’s neighborhoods with a variety of artistic happenings, encompassing dance, theater, spoken word, visual art, and more. The performances will fill unique venues from West Philadelphia to Northern Liberties, including theaters, row houses, parks, nightclubs, even cemeteries.

Highlights from this year’s Neighborhood Fringe lineup include:

Dance-performance artist Gunnar Montana returns to this year's Fringe in "Resurrection Room."

Dancer-performance artist Gunnar Montana returns to this year’s Fringe in “Resurrection Room.”

Resurrection Room: By Gunnar Montana, the performance “follows a young woman as she stumbles upon a world with no rules, no life, no death. Get lost with her as she encounters everything from hot pink hostels to demon geishas, igniting a world that’s dead set on eating her alive.”

Intimate Exchanges: Presented by 1812 Productions, “Jennifer Childs and Tony Lawton star in Alan Ayckbourn’s sensational comedy of chance where each road taken is dictated by the audience, leading to a world of outrageous outcomes.”

The Ray Charles Experience: Artist Movin’ Melvin Brown presents a “soulful journey exploring the jazz, blues, gospel music of Ray Charles and his contemporaries, Nat King Cole, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, and more!”

BalletX at The Porch: BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet, will perform “beside 30th Street Station against the backdrop of the Philadelphia skyline.”

For a full list of Neighborhood Fringe shows, and more details about the upcoming Fringe Festival, head here.

The Fringe Festival will run from September 5th-21st. Tickets are available for purchase online.


Theatre Horizon Announces Its 2014-2015 Season Lineup

Steve Pacek, Adam Altman, Geneviève Perrier, and Damon Bonetti in Theatre Horizon's "39 Steps." Photo by Matthew J. Photography.

Steve Pacek, Adam Altman, Geneviève Perrier, and Damon Bonetti in Theatre Horizon’s “39 Steps.” Photo by Matthew J. Photography.

Norristown’s Theatre Horizon has unveiled the lineup for its 10th anniversary season, which Artistic Director Erin Reilly says is all about “giving voice to the voiceless.” Known for producing challenging yet inspirational dramas, Theatre Horizon’s upcoming season will include works by Stephen Sondheim and Suzan-Lori Park, with the stories and actors aiming to reflect the diversity of the local theater community.

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Quince Productions Announces GayFest 2014 Lineup

Steve Fales in "Confessions of a Mormon Boy."

Steve Fales in “Confessions of a Mormon Boy.”

Quince Productions has announced the line up for the fourth annual GayFest, the city’s LGBT theatre extravaganza, which runs at various venues throughout the city from August 5-23, 2014.  This year, the festival includes four main stage plays and a host of special events, one-night-only cabarets, performances, and one-man shows. Read more »

FringeArts Announces 2014 Lineup

The London production of TK's "100 Percent." The Philadelphia version will run during the 2014 FringeArts festival, TK.

The London production of Rimini Protokoll’s “100 Percent.” The Philadelphia version will run during the 2014 FringeArts festival, Sept 19-21.

The Philadelphia Fringe Festival announced the lineup of the “Presented” shows being staged at this fall’s festival, taking place September 5-21.

Out of the 11 theater, interdisciplinary and dance shows falling under the “Presented” category, six are world premieres, including three from our very own Pig Iron Theatre Company, New Paradise Laboratories and the Pennsylvania Ballet. The centerpiece of the festival is German artist collective Rimini Protokoll‘s interactive performance work 100% Philadelphia. The “part-theater, part-data-analysis” piece was cast with 100 Philadelphian non-actors, all chosen according to the city’s 2010 U.S. census data.

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Curio to Produce Play About Defrocked PA Pastor Frank Schaefer

Schaefer stands in front of Zion United Methodist Church of Iona in South Lebanon Township.

Schaefer stands in front of Zion United Methodist Church of Iona in South Lebanon Township.

The United Methodist Church purports to being guided by a simple principle: “All means all.” That sounds absolutely lovely, huh? But where was that ideology last winter when it decided to defrock Lebanon, Pennsylvania Reverend Frank Schaefer for officiating the marriage of his gay son? Are they really practicing what they preach?

That’s the concept being explored in Curio Theatre Company‘s upcoming The Frank Schaefer Project. The three-act show will delve into Schaefer’s story, something that Managing Director Gay Carducci tells me she was embedded in from the beginning. The idea to write it, however, didn’t hit her until, coincidentally, a member from the Calvary United Methodist Church (CUMC)  approached her about it. “Our theater is housed in an abandoned sanctuary in CUMC, and one day one of the members approached us and said, ‘I think this would make a great play.’ So the show fell in our laps — not just as a great idea for the theater, but as a story that needs to be told.”

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June Theater Guide: Colin Quinn, Paula Deen Meets Rodney King and Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll

Our guide to the best of what’s opening on Philly stages in June.

InterAct Debuts New Gay-Themed Play, Ritu Comes Home

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David Bardeen and Jered McLeniga in “Ritu Comes Home.” Photos by Plate 3/Kathryn Raines.

Last night, InterAct Theatre Company world-premiered its latest show, Ritu Comes Home, at the Adrienne Theater. The story follows Brendan and David, an affluent gay couple who live happy, carefree lives in Bryn Mawr, well, until their Bangladeshi “adopt a day” daughter Ritu shows up.

I had a chance to sit down with Brooklyn-via-New Jersey playwright Peter Gil-Sheridan over the weekend to chat about the show, why he set in Philly, where the inspiration comes from, and then we make some funnies about Venture Inn.

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Jesus Christ Superstar Mysteriously Cancelled Before Debut

Destiny's Child songbird Michelle Williams was set to play Mary in the touring production of "Jesus Christ Superstar" before the show was abruptly canned. Can girlfriend catch a break? s_bukley /

Destiny’s Child songbird Michelle Williams was set to play Mary in the touring production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” before the show was abruptly canned. Can girlfriend catch a break? Photo by s_bukley /

The star-studded North American tour of Jesus Christ Superstar that had punk icon John “Johnny Rotten” Lydon playing King Harold and Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child as Mary Magdalene was unexpectedly cancelled before debuting in New Orleans on June 9th. While details are scarce as to why the show was crucified, there have been some rumors that a rapidly expanding budget played a role. The tour was set to stop in 54 cities, including Philly, at the Wells Fargo Center on August 16th. All ticket holders are expected to receive a full refund.

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