Kickstarter Taking Over Roxy Theater for Free Mini Film Festival

Kick Starter Film Festival

Kickstarter will takeover the Roxy Theater for one day next month for its 5th annual film festival that’s taking place simultaneously across the U.S. and Canada in 31 other theaters. This will be the first time the Kickstarter Film Festival comes to Philadelphia, with a lineup that includes a couple big-name-film-festival faves, an animated flick, and a documentary—all of which were funded through the popular crowdsourcing site.

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Arden Theatre Company’s Latest to Be Set in a 2,600-Gallon Pool

Doug Hara, seen in the original, Broadway and regional productions, directs Metamorphoses at the Arden. | Photo by Teresa Wood

Doug Hara in the Arena Stage production of Metamorphoses. He’ll direct the Arden’s adaptation. | Photo by Teresa Wood

If you know the work of Mary Zimmerman, the theatre artist whose play Metamorphoses opens the season of Philly’s Arden Theatre Company this year, you know she doesn’t do anything small. The writer and director is known for over-the-top scenery and production values—from a giant sleepwalking plank that emerged over the orchestra pit at the Met’s La Sonnambula to her lavish staging of Disney’s The Jungle Book.

So it’s no surprise that her recent staging of her play Metamorphoses called for a giant pool on stage, and that’s exactly what the Arden is planning to construct: 2,600 gallons of water will invade the space, and performers will use the aquatic landscape throughout the play, which is adapted from the classic Ovid poem. The Arden even warns that audience members may get wet. Read more »

9 Must-See Independent Shows at the Fringe Festival

Cast of Renegade Company's Damned Dirty Apes!

Cast of Renegade Company’s Damned Dirty Apes!.

As usual, there’s way too much to see at this year’s 19th iteration of the Fringe Festival, with 143 different events split between the “curated” shows, a.k.a. the performers who are invited and paid for by the festival, and the “independents,” a.k.a. the come-one-come-alls, which include everything from a comedy hypnosis show to stuff you should actually see. Today, we’re focusing on the latter to bring you our 9 must-see independent shows. (Click the show titles for ticket links.)

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Kevin Hart Hosting Free Tail Gate Party on Saturday [CONTEST CLOSED]

UPDATE [8/28/2015, 12:19 pm]: All our tickets have been given away! Thanks for playing.

ORIGINAL: Kevin Hart is doing up Philly hard this weekend. Besides his show on Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field, he’ll be jogging with locals in a pop-up 5K on Saturday morning, and later that night he’ll host a private tail-gate party at Lincoln Financial Field.

The party will feature live performances by D.C.-born rapper Wale and NYC’s DJ Envy, and Hart will come later for what the event’s sponsor, Miller Lite, calls a “”What Now? surprise” Since his tour’s called “What Now?,” I’m assuming that means he’ll do a little standup sneak peek of the show.

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The First Family of Reggae Returns to Philly this Saturday

Stephen Marley

Stephen Marley

The good news for all you reggae fans is that Philly welcomes Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Bob Marley’s second son, Damian “Jr. Gong,” Bob’s youngest son, and Jo Mersa, his grandson, this Saturday as they kick off their Catch a Fire tour at the Mann Center’s Reggae Fest. The bummer is we don’t get even more of the Marleys: No Ziggy, Julian, Ky-mani.

It’s notable that those Marley men are now all older than their father was when he died in 1981 at age 36. Stephen is 43 and Damian is 37. Yet, Bob Marley’s musical presence and message of love and tolerance in the world seem as in demand as ever. (Forbes magazine’s 2014 ranking puts Bob Marley behind only Michael Jackson and Elvis in postmortem earning power. And only the Marley estate’s income is on the rise.). I spoke with Stephen, an eight-time Grammy winner, over the phone to talk about Saturday’s upcoming show and his impressions of Philadelphia.

And yes, it did sound like I was talking to Bob himself. Their voices are eerily similar. And yes, he did address me as “mon” a few times.

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PHS to Salute National Parks at 2016 Philadelphia Flower Show

Mikhail Kolesnikov/

Yosemite National Park | Mikhail Kolesnikov/

After a nod to Tinseltown last year, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) has decided to go with an even more wholesome, distinctly American theme for its 2016 Philadelphia Flower Show: a salute to our national parks.

“Explore America” will celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service, with floral displays drawing inspiration from our 408 national parks—every place from Cape Cod and Valley Forge to Yosemite and the granddaddy of them all, Yellowstone. The displays will include flora and fauna indigenous to these landscapes, so expect wildflowers, desert plants, greenery from towering redwood forests and fragrant pinelands, the whole shebang.

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Hanson, Avicii to Play Free Forbes Under 30 Music Festival at Penn’s Landing

This year’s Forbes Under 30 Summit, the annual, three-day gathering of young entrepreneurs, will be capped off with a free music festival. Headliners announced today include Hanson (all grown up!), Avicii and electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling. The show takes place on October 6th from 7 to 11 pm at Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing.

All headliners will speak during the festival, with additional remarks from musician Sara Bareilles and the co-founders of, Tom Lehman and Ilan Zechory.

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