Author Jennifer Weiner is at the Free Library on Friday.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14
Jennifer Weiner @ Free Library of Philadelphia New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner, who’s from Philly, will be at the Parkway Central Library talking about her new book of essays, Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing.
Philadelphia, Goddamn: Art in Dissent @ Little Berlin
Little Berlin and Streets Dept put together this exhibit of socially conscious art featuring “artists that seek to expose, reveal, represent, and reflect the truths of our time.” Check out the opening reception Friday and then come back October 26th, when contributing artists Aubrie Costello, Carlos Lopez Rosa, Michelle Angela Ortiz, and Nether will talk about their inspirations in a panel discussion moderated by Street Dept’s Conrad Benner.
Matteo Scammell and Dito van Reigersberg in The Legend of Georgia McBride. Photo by Mark Garvin
Unless you’re immersed in the Philly theater scene, you probably know Dito van Reigersberg only as Martha Graham Cracker, a hirsute drag queen with an innuendo-laden sense of humor and an impressive set of pipes who regularly delights the crowds at L’Etage and other venues around town. But van Reigersberg, a co-founder of Pig Iron Theatre Company, is temporarily trading in his signature persona for a slightly more conventional drag queen — one who lip-synchs instead of singing live — in Matthew Lopez’s The Legend of Georgia McBride.
The Plough and the Stars is at the Annenberg Center. Photo by Ros Kavanagh
The Plough and the Stars @ Annenberg Center’s Zellerbach Theatre | October 13-16
Abbey Theatre’s revival of The Plough and the Stars, set during Ireland’s Easter Rising 100 years ago, stops in Philly as part of a limited U.S. tour. The play was first performed at the Abbey, Ireland’s national theater, in 1926. On Friday there’s a cast meet-and-greet after the performance.
Grounded @ InterAct Theatre Company at the Drake | Through October 23
Kittson O’Neill plays The Pilot, a role Anne Hathaway is tackling for the upcoming movie version, in InterAct’s production of Grounded. The story is about a fighter pilot whose unexpected pregnancy leads to an assignment operating military drones in the Nevada desert. Read more »
Catch Chali 2na and Naughty Professor at Ardmore Music Hall.
A Recital for Terry Adkins @ FringeArts | Wednesday, October 12
Composer and electronic musician George Lewis and collective Ensemble Pamplemousse pay tribute to the late musician and artist Terry Adkins through sound and images. It’s part of the Institute of Contemporary Art’s ongoing Endless Shout exhibition.
Kittson O’Neill in Grounded at InterAct Theatre. (Photo by Kathryn Raines/Plate3)
The blue sky – its vastness and freedom – first enthralls the Pilot in Grounded. But as the title suggests, the downward pull of earthly responsibilities proves inescapable.
Did I mention that the character — the only one in George Brant’s solo play — is female? It’s the first of several sly touches in Grounded. From the start, she tells us how much she loves the thrill and power of her career as a wartime fighter pilot. She parties hard, too. Casual sexual encounters are described unflinchingly. We’re charmed by the Pilot (embodied here by Kittson O’Neill with a winning smile and a touch of crude swagger) in part because, not long ago, this kind of “player” role was exclusively male territory. Not anymore. Read more »
Tracy Morgan attends FX Networks upfront premiere of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story on March 30, 2016, in New York. Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP
Tracy Morgan considers himself to be very fortunate. But he’s not lucky. As he tells me on the phone, “Luck is for losers.”
The Saturday Night Live alum and 30 Rock scene-stealer has made his return to the stage two years after a car accident that left him in a coma with a traumatic brain injury and took the life of a close friend, fellow comedian James McNair. After a long recovery, Morgan made his first big appearance at the 2015 Emmys, stepping up to the mic to a standing ovation. A few weeks later he returned to his old stomping grounds to host SNL, and earlier this year kicked off his Picking Up the Pieces standup tour.
Morgan approaches our conversation about the King of Prussia stop of the tour with his signature loose style, though he’s quick to tell me to move on when the interview touches on topics he doesn’t want to discuss. Those include politics (he isn’t interested) and an upcoming film with It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s Charlie Day (he doesn’t want to jinx it). Read more »
Pumpkins and hayrides at Wilcox Farms in Boyertown |Photograph by Steve Schultz
It’s time to celebrate the best season of the year, Philadelphia. We survived the swampy heat of summer, and now it’s cool, crisp days for as far as the eye can see.
Make the most of the changing leaves and autumn breezes by heading to a picturesque rural farm. (Don’t want to leave Center City? No problem — check out the fall happenings at Reading Terminal Market and Franklin Square below.) From hayrides to spooky attractions, bonfires to pumpkin contests, these 15 fall festivals will get you in the spirit in no time.
And, hey, if all else fails, you can always treat yourself to a pumpkin-spice latte.
Sly guy Baxter, making his move. Photo by Daryl Peveto
Robots are like those creepy clowns that have been popping up everywhere, only more scientific. They’re at once attractive and repulsive: sort of human, clearly not really human, with an undercurrent of someday-we’ll-take-over-your-world. I got to write about robots for Philly Mag’s September issue, and on Thursday I got to attend a preview of the Franklin Institute’s new “Robot Revolution” exhibit, which opens this Saturday and runs through April 2nd. Read more »
Ethan Lipkin, Kirsten Quinn, and Michael Toner in Molly Sweeney at Irish Heritage Theatre. (Photo by Carlos Forbes)
Though Brian Friel’s lyrical play Molly Sweeney might be categorized as a medical case study, it begins in a garden. Molly, a lovely woman around 40, is reminiscing about her childhood. She remembers being with her father, who asks her to name the flowers, and identify precisely where they are. Soon it’s clear that this is bittersweet — Molly is blind, and her father is making sure she’s self-sufficient.
As portrayed by the luminous, charismatic Kirsten Quinn, we are on Molly’s side from the get-go. She’s forthright, good humored, never self-pitying. So we feel invested when we learn there’s a surgical procedure that might at least partially restore her sight.
That story is the arc line of Molly Sweeney, a tale both intimate and vast — because restoring Molly’s sight won’t necessarily help her understand the world; in fact, it could be destabilizing. Read more »
Parks on Tap pops up this weekend for the last session of the season. Photo by Albert Yee
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7
Parks on Tap @ Lemon Hill
Last week I told you Parks on Tap was ending but the traveling pop-up beer garden has been such a hit that it’s coming back for one more weekend, once again at the Lemon Hill mansion in Fairmount Park. On Sunday the theme is Oktoberfest, with German brews and a German Oompah band playing in the evening.
Oktoberfest @ 23rd Street Armory
Brauhaus Schmitz is turning the 23rd Street Armory — all 16,000 square feet of it — into a German festival, with music, dancing, food and, of course, plenty of beer. It’s on for Saturday and Sunday too.