You could be the next Johnny Utah, brah.
If you have ever witnessed the ’90s blockbuster Point Break, you’re familiar with FBI rookie Utah—played by Keanu Reeves—who is forced undercover into the savage world of the L.A. surf community, riding gnarly waves and sparking an intense bromance in an attempt to take down a group of surfers who double as hard-knock bank robbers.
William Way Community Center‘s IndiGoGo party was everything I hoped it would be. For the first time, the annual fundraiser brought together 11 Philly party producers who put on a hell of a shindig Saturday night at Underground Arts. The affair took up five (Six? I lost count) rooms within the Loft District venue—each featuring DJs, circus performers, go-go dancers, and there was even one where you could get spanked by porn star Colby Keller.
Oftentimes when something seems too good to be true, it certainly is. But we haven’t found the loophole in what Underground Arts is offering tonight. The performance space is offering a $5 all-you-can-eat barbecue buffet as well as Bluegrass music and beers from Saucony Creek Brewing Company and Fegely’s Brew Works.
INTERVIEW: Rising Pop Star Betty Who Talks Heartbreak, Gay Weddings, and Getting Ratchet For Her Philly Fans
Aussie pop diva on the rise Betty Who will surely shake up things when she takes the stage at Underground Arts Saturday (March 22) to perform songs from her much-buzzed-about upcoming EP Slow Dancing. I had the chance to chat with Ms. Who on the phone this week, when we gabbed about everything from looking like Pink and dealing with heartbreak to what it was like having her song used in that Home Depot gay marriage proposal video that went viral.
Arm-chair philosophers, master debaters and undergrads who may use the word “performative” a bit too much unite for The Philly Pigeon and Team Sunshine‘s interactive debate, The Society of Civil Discourse. Combining performance with participation, intellectualism with inanity, and debating with dating, think of the event as a variety show you star in, or maybe an impromptu dissertation at speed-dating night.
The “interactive debate/appreciation/bullshitting” event happens in two phases: Phase One begins with a brief induction ceremony, then participants can visit the four facilitated talking stations (and mingle and get drinks.) These free-roaming stations allow guest debaters to wax philosophic on things they love and hate, and meet fellow experts who may or may not have made-up passions. In Phase Two, professional performers and audience members form teams to compete in five rounds of debate, with topics chosen by the audience. This round will include personal testimonies that, again, could or could not be fake, miming, and a rambling of fake statistics.
Underground Cinema: In its brand new film series, Underground Arts screens rarely seen flicks with a “full movie-theater experience.” (That means mounds of popcorn and a full-service bar.) On the reels for the first edition is Maori Boy Genius, This Way of Life and The Dumpsta Collection, a doc rife with 17 years of “filth” from Philly’s Dumpsta Players. Tue., Feb. 11, 6 p.m., free, Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St.
When two killer bands play on the same night in Philadelphia, Julia West pins them against each other in Show Off. Two bands enter, one band – well, you get it.
Philadelphia is already known as a physical theater hub in the United States, and now our puppet arts movement is growing. (That’s right, I said puppets.) Imaginative creators like Sebastienne Mundheim, Aaron Cromie and Peter Gaffney are at the forefront of the charge, and last summer, Swarthmore College hosted a six-day national puppet festival. This month, Gaffney debuts Gesualdo, in Heaven, a work about 16th-century Italian murderer-nobleman Carlo Gesualdo, with life-size wooden puppets and live music. Sesame Street this is not.
COOK, Bonfire/Electric Factory are kicking off the first in a series of visiting chef appearances at Underground Arts this evening. The concept is that chefs have become the new rockstars and Underground Arts is bringing food and music together with guest chefs whipping up playful and affordable bar food for concert goers. Tonight’s show is a first Thursday club night and will feature Tennis, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Savoir Adore and On and On. Jen Carroll will be behind the burners for the inaugural event. Admission is $15 and all food proceeds benefit Philabundance.