Our picks for what to do the first week of November range from Manayunk’s cocktail festival and a lecture presented by Serena Williams to the annual First Person Arts Festival. Plus, don’t miss a series of great music events, including Dead and Company, and a handful of theater openings.
It’s a nearly 24-7 happy hour on Main Street Manayunk as Jake’s, Coopers, Derek’s, Kildare’s, Bourbon Blue, and more serve up speciality drinks at amazing prices all week long. Now through November 8th, various times, pay as you go, various restaurants throughout Manayunk.
hilly favorite Jeff Coon is “heading over the bridge,” so to speak, to star in the classic musical Brigadoon in Pitman, NJ. Coon will be playing the lead of Tommy in this Lerner and Loewe-tuner. Now through November 22nd, various times, $28, Broadway Theatre of Pitman.
Those who are huge fans of Philly theater shouldn’t miss this Monday evening’s celebration, which will crown some of the best actors and actresses in the region. Monday, November 2nd, 7 pm, $75, Merriam Theatre.
See amazing new works in progress by Anomie Fatale, Lightning Rod Special, Andy Tierauf, University of the Arts School of Dance, and Nicole Quenelle. Monday, November 2nd, 7 pm, free, FringeArts.
The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presents the world-renowned British/Canadian pianist in a one-night-only performance, featuring the works of Bach, Beethoven, and more. Tuesday, November 3rd, 8 pm, $28, Kimmel Center.
A wide variety of performers and personalities — from WDAS DJ Patty Jackson to poet Sonia Sanchez to comedian Doogie Horner — take part in the city’s 14th annual festival of memoir and documentary art. November 4-15, various locations.
Kevin Glaccum directs this world premiere for Azuka Theatre, examining issues of incarceration and sexuality. November 4-22, various times, Adrienne Theatre.
Simpatico Theatre Project joins forces with Drexel University for this new family-friendly adaptation of the poignant Richard Adams novel, with animal puppets designed by local talent Aaron Cromie. November 4-22, various times, Mandell Theater.
If you’ve been on YouTube in the past year, you’ve no doubt seen and heard their inventive, old-timey covers of Madonna, Lorde and Guns N’ Roses. November 5th, 8 pm, $35-$49, Keswick Theatre.
Choral Arts Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Bach Collegium are presenting a unique pay-as-you-wish concert this Wednesday, featuring a wine pairing after the performance. Wednesday, November 4th, 7 pm, pay-as-you-wish, Saint Clement’s Church.
This Ethiopian sci-fi thriller features a post-apocalyptic world, spaceships, witches, and Santa Claus. It’s a first-come, first-serve screening of this Philly-area premiere. Wednesday, november 4th, 8 pm, free, PhilaMOCA.
Next up in Dance Affiliates’ six-months-spanning NextMove Dance Festival at The Prince Theater is six performances by L.A.’s BODYTRAFFIC, who blew audiences away in a performance at the Annenberg Center two years ago. The visit features three Philadelphia premieres, including The New 45, a jazzy number with choreography by Richard Siegal and music by Clark Terry, Oscar Peterson and Harry Belafonte. November 4-8, various times, $37-$57, Prince Theater.
Legendary tennis all-star Serena Williams will be giving a lecture this Wednesday at Penn’s Irvine Auditorium, followed by an interactive Twitter Q&A session. Wednesday, November 4th, 8 pm, $50, Irvine Auditorium at University of Pennsylvania.
Rockers will be pleased to hear that Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, John Mayer, and Bob Weir will be invading Philly for one night only this Thursday evening. Thursday, November 5th, 7 pm, $50-99, Wells Fargo Center.
Philadelphia Stories is launching a new project: a serial novel where each chapter will be written by a different area writer. This Thursday, get a preview of the book at a celebratory reading. Thursday, November 5th, 8 pm, free, Tattooed Mom.
Everybody loves a winner, and this Thursday, First Person Arts will name the “Best Storyteller in Philadelphia.” This extremely popular event usually sells out, so make sure you order your tickets now. Thursday, November 5th, 8 pm, $17-22, World Cafe Live.
It’s the first full-length play ever produced at Gayborhood piano bar Tavern on Camac, and it tells the story of two unlikely companions who meet at the Byberry Mental Hospital on the outskirts of Philly. Thursday, November 5th through Sunday, November 22nd, various times, $25, Tavern on Camac.
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