After a jam-packed weekend, Philly Tech Week blows past Manic Monday with a host of activities taking place in venues across Philly through April 12th. Some of the week's highlights? On Monday Tech Mix It Up: A Diversity Networking Affair welcomes people from minority backgrounds, including ethnicity, race, sexual orientation and people with disabilities, to gather to discuss ways to "crack the bro-grammer code." On Tuesday, Hive 76 is pulling vintage video games out of its closet for an evening of friendly throwback competition. On Wednesday play Tech Quizzo at Grey Lodge Pub, and Thursday sees the Rad Girls Philly launch party at the Philadelphia Art Alliance. But I'm just scratching the surface. Go here to see the week's full itinerary. Through April 12th, various times, locations and prices, phillytechweek.com.
Philly storytelling queen Hillary Rea is gathering some of her funniest friends for a night of deceptive raconteuring. Here's how it works: After a series of "personal, awkward, outrageous, gripping, and twisted tales" from each performer, Rea and the audience will do some interrogating to uncover the fibber. Performers include Chip Chantry, T.J. Hurley, Rose Luardo and R. Eric Thomas (pictured). Tuesday, April 8th, 6 p.m., free, Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk.
Rare-video scavengers Video Pirates kick off the 2014 Cinedelphia Film Festival with Video Wars, an indie film shot in Philly and Mount Airy in 1980. It's the first feature film for Mario Giampaolo, and features a handful of hotties from that year’s Miss Hemisphere pageant. The festival continues through April 26th with an itinerary full of other hard-to-find gems. See the full schedule here.
The April edition of Martha Graham Cracker's monthly cabaret series at L'Etage finds the hairy, dolled-up chanteuse sharing the stage with a handful of other Philly vocal talents. Her duet partners include Buried Beds lead singer Eliza Hardy Jones, drag queen Brittany Lynn, Johnny Showcase, and songwriter/musician/rapper Calvin Okunoye. This is the first time Martha's presented a cabaret in this format, though one can't help but think back to one of the cabaret queens earlier shows, "In Bed With Martha," where she invited local singers to crawl under the covers with her and belt out some tunes. Thursday, April 10th, $15, L'Etage, 624 South 6th Street.
Philadelphia favorite Kevin Allison, star of MTV’s The State and Reno 911: Miami, returns to the city of Brotherly Love for one night only to present a live taping of his popular podcast,RISK!, an award-winning storytelling platform that challenges performers to share daunting and revealing memories and experiences they never thought they’d share in public. The evening, presented by First Person Arts, is the fourth time RISK! has been presented in Philadelphia; this time, the storytelling showdown will take place at Underground Arts, and will feature local storytellers Thomas Dixon, Kitty Hailey, Teresa Marquard, and G Philly's own Alexander Kacala. Friday, April 11th, 8 p.m., $20, Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street. —Bryan Buttler.
Looking for something else? Visit our Philadelphia Event Listings page for a good rundown of local goings-on through June.