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14 Things to Do This Week
Fringe Festival kicks off, all kinds of free events at the Porch, Movies on the Block in Kensington and more.
5 Questions With Director Robert Gordon
See his riveting Best of Enemies this weekend at Ritz 5.
17 Things to Do This Weekend
Philly Naked Bike Ride, the Philadelphia Podcast Festival, Art Market at Point Breeze Pop-Up and more.
Star Wars Drops Second Trailer on Instagram
It's 15 seconds of awesome.
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.
Best of Enemies is a documentary celebrating the fabulous enmity and erudite verbal brawling between liberal author Gore Vidal, and his arch-nemesis, conservative scholar and writer William F. Buckley Jr., on a series of ABC news specials during the 1968 political conventions. Co-directors Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet From Stardom) came across the unedited footage back in 2012 and knew instantly they wanted to make a movie out of it.
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.
With six documentaries under their belts — including the critic-loved Rock School and The Art of the Steal — Philly filmmaking duo Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce are embarking on new cinematic territory in a film that premieres in Philadelphia this weekend.
Slow Learners is the real-life couple’s first foray into narrative features. It’s a comedy starring Adam Pally and Sarah Burns as platonic friends who set out one summer to add some zest to their humdrum existence in Media, Pa. In the end, as you may surmise, the pair wind up falling in love. Joyce describes it as a summer-sex comedy from the teachers’ perspective, with influences from funny films like 40-Year-Old Virgin and Step Brothers. It gets its Philadelphia premiere on Friday, September 28th, when it opens at the Roxy.
I caught up with Argott and Joyce over the telephone to discuss their experience making the film. Here’s what they had to say on …
Philly artist Stephen Layne’s 12-foot-tall, 1,800-pound Joe Frazier statue has been bronzed and is finally ready to be erected in its permanent home at Xfinity Live. It will be unveiled in a special ceremony next month.
The statue captures the former heavyweight boxing champion mid-punch. It was modeled after a photograph of the moment Frazier floored Muhammad Ali to win the heavyweight title in 1971. Layne, who attended and taught at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, says he chose that pose because of the way it represents Philadelphia. “The moment captured in the sculpture reflects the work ethic of Frazier and the city he called home,” he says.
From now until 3 pm today, your Uber app will double as a furry-friend finder.
The Philly branch of the on-demand car company is teaming with Pennsylvania SPCA to bring folks puppy play dates all day with the tap of a button. If you select the “Puppies” option in the app, Uber will deliver an adoptable pet to office sites in Center City, Northern Liberties, Fishtown and the Navy Yard. You’ll get 15 minutes of playtime for $20. All proceeds benefit the PSPCA.
The complete directions on how to get your pup time are pasted below. For more information, including a map of office sites, go here.
Some of the biggest names in classical music—the late Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, Sondra Radvanovsky, Ekaterina Gubanova—are coming to Philly this fall, at least in digital spirit, as the Prince Theater launches yet another innovative series of programming that will feature big-screen broadcasts of performing arts. Read more »