17 Things to Do in Philly This Week

First Person Arts Festival, Serena Williams lectures at Penn, Manayunk Cocktail Week and more.
Scratch Night at FringeArts features a sneak peek of up-and-coming acts.

Scratch Night at FringeArts features a sneak peek of up-and-coming acts, like University Of The Arts School Of Dance: Sophomore Project.

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.

Manayunk Cocktail Week

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.

Philly favorite Jeff Coon is starring in "Brigadoon" in Pitman.

Jeff Coon is starring in “Brigadoon” in Pitman.

Brigadoon With Jeff Coon

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.

Barrymore Awards Ceremony

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.

November Scratch Night at FringeArts

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.

Angela Hewitt In Concert

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.

First Person Arts Festival

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.

Lights Rise on Grace at Adrienne

Kevin Glaccum directs this world premiere for Azuka Theatre, examining issues of incarceration and sexuality. November 4-22, various times, Adrienne Theatre.

things-to-do-phillyWatership Down at Mandell

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. 

Postmodern Jukebox at Keswick:

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. 

Bach@7—Something Old, Something New

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.

Free Screening of Crumbs

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.

BODYTRAFFIC at Prince Theater

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.

An Evening With Serena Williams

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.

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Serena Williams lectures this Wednesday at Penn. | lev radin / Shutterstock.com

Dead and Company at Wells Fargo Center

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.

Naked Came the Cheesesteak Launch Party:

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.

First Person Arts Grand Slam

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.

Merlin and Wart at Tavern on Camac

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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