21 Things to Do in Philly This Weekend

The Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park opens Friday. Photo from Facebook

The Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park opens Friday. Photo from Facebook


Wintergarden @ Dilworth Park
It’s opening day for Wintergarden at Dilworth Park. The ice rink and cabin, where you can warm up with hot chocolate or cocktails, are both back for the season, and there’s a new attraction popping up: America’s Garden Capital Maze. For Veterans Day, the Philly Pops Festival Brass Quintet will perform and Technical Sergeant Christina Thompson and a Boy Scout Color Guard will sing the National Anthem.

Nowhere Fast @ FringeArts
The “rock noir cabaret” from Sam Tower and Brat Productions takes place in La Peg at FringeArts and features a live rock ‘n’ roll score and an all-female cast. If you can’t make it tonight, the show returns on November 17th.

Archive Discoveries: Unseen and Forgotten Favorites @ The Maas Building
Secret Cinema is digging into its archives for this hodgepodge of short films spanning several decades and running the gamut from Star Trek Bloopers to Alexander Calder: From the Circus to the Moon, a 1963 doc about the Philly-born artist. Read more »

THEATER REVIEW: Living In My Body, With All It Entails

The Company of In My Body at the Prince Music Theater.

The Company of In My Body at the Prince Music Theater. (Photo by Alexander Jonathan Ortiz)

I usually look forward to my theater evenings, but the night after the election, not so much.  Yet, if in that moment, I attended In My Body out of a sense of duty, I was glad I did.  Anatomically improbable as it sounds, this uplifting, inclusive little show has its heart in the right place, and also wears it on its sleeve.  Anyway, it’s touching, and helped lift my funk. Read more »

What to See at the 15th First Person Arts Festival

Nimisha Ladva will perform Uninvited Girl: An Immigrant Story on November 15th. Photo by Jen Cleary

Nimisha Ladva will perform Uninvited Girl: An Immigrant Story on November 15th. Photo by Jen Cleary

You’re out of luck if you don’t already have tickets to Friday’s sold-out “i found god in myself,” a conversation with award-winning playwright and poet Ntozake Shange. And next week’s All Star Slam is sold out too. But don’t despair: There are other plenty of other storytellers you won’t want to miss in this year’s First Person Arts Festival.

It’s the 15th year for the festival, which blends the storytelling chops First Person Arts is known for with dance, theater, comedy and film. Also, puppets.

Tonight, Jennifer Teege reads from her bestselling memoir, My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me, at the National Museum of American Jewish History. Teege, who’s black and German, discovered by accident that her grandfather was Nazi commandant Amon Goeth (portrayed by Ralph Fiennes in Schindler’s List). There will be a discussion afterward led by Stephanie Renee of WURD. Read more »

The Last Laugh and More Movies You Won’t Want to Miss

The Last Laugh, featuring Mel Brooks, is the centerpiece film of this year's Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival.

The Last Laugh, featuring Mel Brooks, is the centerpiece film of this year’s Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival.

Both the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival and the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival are going on this week and next, so we have some major movie-watching decisions to make.

The 36th annual Jewish film fest kicked off over the weekend and runs through November 19th, with 33 films from 12 countries. General admission tickets are $13 or you can buy a pass for multiple screenings. Students get in free.

This week’s spotlight film is By Sidney Lumet, a documentary about the director who made 12 Angry Men, Network and more than 40 other films during his long career; next week the spotlight is The Tenth Man out of Argentina, winner of two Tribeca Film Festival awards. Read more »

Music: 8 Shows to See in Philly This Week

Skinny Lister is on a U.S. tour.

Skinny Lister is on a U.S. tour.

Election Night Special @ L’Etage | Tuesday, November 8
It’s a singer-songwriter election night at L’Etage with Adeline Hotel and Minor Moonplay, plus Kristian Rodriguez and Leaf Print.

Tennyson @ Underground Arts Black Box | Wednesday, November 9
The siblings behind electronic duo Tennyson are barely out of their teens, but their experimental sound has a grown-up edge. Luke produces and is on keyboard, while little sister Tess plays drums.

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Where to Watch the Election Returns



Pickings are slim for election night watch parties, probably because most of us will be at home hiding under the covers, waiting for this all to be over. But if you’d prefer to be surrounded by people, drink in hand, when the race is called, Philadelphia 3.0, Philadelphia Citizen, Influencing Action Movement and Committee of Seventy are hosting an election returns watch party at the new City Diner at Broad and South streets, starting at 8 p.m. The $5 cover includes bar snacks.

Or head to Revolutions at Penn Treaty, the new entertainment venue in Fishtown next to the Fillmore, where the candidate-themed happy hour specials will start at 5 p.m. From 8 p.m. until we can’t take it anymore, the 6-foot HDTV projection screens in the Flair Street flair bar/club/bowling alley will all show election coverage, with MSNBC on the left screen, FOX News on the right, and CNN in the middle. Read more »

20 Things to Do in Philly This Weekend



UniverSoul Circus @ Fairmount Park
The UniverSoul Circus comes to Philly with clowns, contortionists, dancers, a 30-foot Wheel of Death and four brand new acts: the Fly High foursome from Cuba soaring on a Russian bar, Colombian aerialists Duo Roxanne, the Pagoda Bowl acrobats from China, and Airborne, a group of motorcycle daredevils from the U.S. The big top will be set up in Fairmount Park next to the Mann through November 27th.

A Well-Crafted First Friday @ Old City
Pick up the Craft NOW Philadelphia postcard at The Center for Art in Wood, The Clay Studio, Moderne Gallery, Snyderman-Works Galleries or the Wexler Gallery during First Friday festivities to get freebies and discounts at area businesses. There will also be Craft NOW specials at select bars and restaurants.

Terror Behind the Walls Remix @ Eastern State Penitentiary
It’s lights out at Terror Behind the Walls, literally. For the haunted attraction’s final weekend, the lights will be turned off for an even scarier experience.

Guards at the Taj @ Studio X
Theater critic David Fox calls Theatre Exile’s Guards at the Taj “compelling” with “striking imagery that is at once beautiful and frightening.” It runs through November 13th. Read more »

Martha Graham Dance Company Comes to the Prince Theater

Martha Graham Dance Company's Appalachian Spring. Photo by Hibbard Nash

Martha Graham Dance Company’s Appalachian Spring. Photo by Hibbard Nash

Martha Graham Dance Company @ Prince Theater | November 3-6
Not to be confused with drag queen extraordinaire Martha Graham Cracker, this is the legendary dance troupe in a rare Philly visit. They’ll be performing Graham’s Appalachian Spring, Errand into the Maze and Dark Meadow Suite, along with Lamentation Variations, a remix of the choreographer’s solo piece Lamentation. Stay after the Friday evening or Saturday matinee show for a post-performance discussion with the dancers.

Jerome Bel @ FringeArts | Thursday, November 3
If nudity on stage isn’t your cup of tea, you might want to skip French choreographer Jerome Bel’s controversial, self-titled early work. But considering this is the same guy who brought us Gala at the Fringe Festival, I think you’d be making a mistake. Read more »

“Songs for Syria” Was Inspired by Tragic Viral Photo


It was that photo of the boy — the bloodied boy sitting silently in an ambulance in Aleppo, sitting on a cheery orange seat.

Joan Heider, who does PR for a Center City law firm, and her friend Fae Ehsan, who works for the local chapter of a national nonprofit, were sitting in Heider’s apartment, talking about that photo, the one that had gone viral. That had put, yet again, a young face on the horror of war. “We have to do something,” Heider and Ehsan agreed. That’s when Heider’s then-roommate, Act II Playhouse managing director Eileen Cella, came home. “What are you two talking about?” she asked. They told her. She’d seen the photo, too. Everyone had.

“We have to do something,” Heider said again.

Cella thought about it. “I have a theater,” she said. Read more »

Arts List: 6 Exhibits to See This Week

Phoebe Hort, a student at One River School, will show her work at Savery Gallery on Saturday.

Phoebe Hort, a student at One River School, will show her work at Savery Gallery on Saturday.

Lino Tagliapietra: Painting in Glass @ Philadelphia Museum of Art | Through July 16, 2017
Lino Tagliapietra is known in the art world for his glass vessels, but these two-dimensional works are something different. The Art Museum is displaying five of Tagliapietra’s large-scale abstract panels that look like paintings at first, but come closer and you’ll see light playing off the kiln-fused glass.

Art Effect @ Savery Gallery | Saturday, November 5
The new One River School of Art and Design, from the guy who founded the School of Rock chain, is hosting a pop-up exhibition to display artwork from a selection of students in its studio residency program. Eleven budding artists, ages 12 to 17, will be featured in the one-night-only exhibit.

Live and Life Will Give You Pictures @ The Barnes Foundation | Through January 9, 2017
Time magazine named the Barnes’ first-ever photography show, “Live and Life Will Give You Pictures: Masterworks of French Photography, 1890-1950,” one of the 32 U.S. photo exhibitions you can’t miss.

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