10 Things to Do This Week in Theater, Lit and Movies

Martha Graham Cracker, Indiana Jones and the rise of the film fests.

Karen Allen is the best.

Karen Allen is the best.

Dungen @ PhilaMOCA | Wednesday, March 15
The Swedish psych-rockers perform their original score to 1926’s The Adventures of Prince Achmed, “understood to be the oldest surviving full-length animated feature film,” which will be screening at the same time.

qFLIX Philadelphia @ lots of places | Through March 19
Founded in 2014, qFLIX is Thom Cardwell and co.’s annual LGBTQ independent film festival featuring daily screenings and get-togethers. This year’s program includes several cool international selections — including Girls Lost (from Sweden), Strike a Pose (Netherlands) and Welcome to Dead Hotel (China) — but really the whole lineup is stacked.

Women’s Film Festival @ lots of places | March 16-19
Founded by Phuong Nguyen and Layne Marie Williams, the WFF is the other awesome film fest taking over screens all over town this week. Magical comedy Unleashed — featuring fairly-local comedian Kate Micucci (of Garfunkel & Oates) — kicks things off on Thursday night, with a Q&A to follow. They won’t let me embed the trailer, but you really oughtta see it.

Martha Graham Cracker @ Kimmel Center | March 16-18
The Philly drag cabaret superstar presents Lashed But Not Leashed, a musical comedy/drama featuring original songs with live accompaniment. It’s a BYO (!) performance in the SEI Innovation Studio, deep within the Kimmel compound.

Ben Seretan @ W/N W/N | Thursday, March 16
Author Seretan presents an evening of music and readings in celebration of Past The Breakers, his a new collection of poems and other writing from a “magical summer” he spent in Italy.

Raiders of the Lost Ark/Philadelphia Orchestra @ Kimmel Center | March 17-19
An idea that’ll melt your face: The 1981 Harrison Ford/Karen Allen adventure classic accompanied by a live performance of John Williams’ score by some of the best musicians in the world.

Victoria and Tennie’s Radical American Road Show @ The Whole Shebang | Saturday, March 18
A “devised, interactive performance” by area theater group Phenomenal Animals about “the true story of the first woman to run for president.” (Can’t make it Saturday? They’re doing it March 25 and April 2 at other places.)

Replica / Welcome to Fear City @ URBN Center Black Box | March 19 & 20
This PlayPenn Mini-Conference of New Plays offers workshops of Mickey Fisher’s Replica and Kara Lee Corthron’s Welcome to Fear City.

Screening: The Politics of Intimacy @ Ulises | Tuesday, March 21
Two feminist films that “exemplify the intimacy and immediacy of emergent video technologies in the early 1970s.” Includes The Politics of Intimacy (Julie Gustafson, 1972, 52 minutes) and Now (Lynda Benglis, 1973, 12 minutes). Also a good excuse to check out artsy independent bookstore Ulises, if you haven’t already.

Bad Movie Benefit Night @ Tattooed Mom | Wednesday, March 22
Watch the Wachowskis’ wild space adventure Jupiter Ascending and throw five bucks in the hat for Philly writer/comics creator Alex Smith whose partner had a stroke last year, leading to lots of financial burdens.

 

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