They Live @ Lightbox Film Center | Thursday, July 13
No matter the political environment, somebody’s gonna tell you it’s like They Live out there. All you need are some special sunglasses to show you the monsters in our midst, be they Trump-voters, gun lobbyists, racists, whatever. If you don’t get the reference, consider this free screening of the 1988 John Carpenter action/horror classic starry Rowdy Roddy Piper.
Perfect Blue @ Christ Church Neighborhood House | July 14-23
Tiny Dynamite presents this play set in 2038, on the eve of a great extinction. Perfect Blue features two actors — one in Philly and the other in London via live video projection. Stars Emma Gibson and Harry Smith. Directed by David O’Connor. Designed by Jorge Cousineau.
Comedian Psychoanalysis @ Good Good Comedy Theatre | Friday, July 14
Comedians Robert Ecks and Jon DelCollo perform their acts and then get psychoanalyzed by therapist Katie McSchank. Hosted by Joe Bell & Michael S. Watkins.
Dawson City: Frozen Time @ Lightbox Film Center | Friday, July 14
Bill Morrison — director of Decasia — presents this documentary telling the story of a lost treasure trove of films from the early 1900s discovered “in a sub-arctic swimming pool deep in the Yukon Territory.”
WOMEN @ Community Education Center | Saturday, July 15
“WOMEN, choreographed by Nicole Bindler in collaboration with three dancers from Diyar Dance Theater, is a hybrid dabke/contemporary dance that explores the parallels between the conquest of Palestinian land and Palestinian women’s bodies. The dancers create a map of Palestine with stones on the stage and on the geography of their bodies.”
RISK! True Tales, Boldly Told @ World Cafe Live | Saturday, July 15
Kevin Allison, alum of the great comedy troupe The State, has been hosting this storytelling series since 2009. Basically, funny, interesting people get up there a tell stories they swore they’d never share. I’ve attended a few RISK!s over the years. They’re always hilarious, surprising and touching in strange ways.
Check It @ Philadelphia Printworks | Saturday, July 15
A free screening of “a feature-length documentary about a black gay gang struggling to survive in one of Washington D.C.’s most violent neighborhoods.” Directed by Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer, Check It was released by Louis C.K.
Bastille Day @ Eastern State Penitentiary | Saturday, July 15
“Let Them Eat Tastykake” is the rallying cry at this annual street festival on Fairmount Avenue. Then Butterscotch Krimpets come flying down from the prison to the crowd below. Oh and there’s a (mock) beheading of Marie Antoinette. Entertainment provided by experimental cabaret troupe The Bearded Ladies.
Bring It! Live @ Merriam Theater | Sunday, July 16
Hip-hop majorette and dance performance. Two shows: 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
3-DEMENTIA @ Lightbox Film Center | Sunday, July 16
Exhumed Films screens 35mm prints of “some of the greatest 3-D films of all time” including Friday the 13th Part III 3-D (1982), Treasure of the Four Crowns (1983), Rottweiller (1983), Hit the Road Running (1983) and Revenge of the Shogun Women (1977). Worth Keeter, director of Rottweiller and Hit the Road Running will introduce his films.