7 Shows to See in Philly This Week: Tom Petty, Dipset, The Black Keys and More



 

OutBeat, the Nation’s First Queer Jazz Festival, Heads to Town This Week

Terri Lyne Carrington

Terri Lyne Carrington

Our sister blog, G Philly, has presented lots of coverage on OutBeat, the nation’s first ever LGBTQ jazz festival, that’s playing right here in Philly this upcoming week. However, this event isn’t just for those who fall in the LGBTQ spectrum: it’s a major musical fest for jazz lovers that is bringing some of the best musicians in the genre to our city. Read more »

Paris Hilton’s $13,000 Dog Purchase Could Have Bought 315 Books for Philadelphia School Students

Paris Hilton (via Shutterstock)

Paris Hilton (via Shutterstock)

Last week, our own Victor Fiorillo reported on a crowdfunding campaign being conducted by a AP History teacher at Philadelphia High School for Girls to purchase books for the cash-starved district. We’ve been told the teacher, Mr. Mark Hoey, has reached his goal via the generosity of strangers on the internet.

But what if Paris Hilton helped? Read more »

11 Things To Do In Philly This Weekend

The Philadelphia FringeFest continues this weekend.

The Philadelphia FringeFest continues this weekend.

Here’s our Friday-Saturday-Sunday fun-time list of events in the Philly region: we’re loving how art-centric this September weekend is shaping up.

 

Additional reporting by Bryan Buttler.

Tickets to Philly Engagement of Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella On Sale Today

The cast of Cinderella.

The cast of Cinderella.

Did you know that Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella did not make its Broadway debut until 2013? Originally written as a screenplay, the much-loved musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale aired in 1957 with the lovely Julie Andrews as the title role (there were subsequent re-makes of the made-for-TV musical, including that one in 1997 starring Whitney Houston as the Fairy Godmother and Brandy as Cinderella, but let’s conveniently forget that even happened…).

Finally, Cinderella made it to the Great White Way last year, and lucky enough for Philadelphia, the National Broadway tour opens at the Academy of Music in November. Tickets for the Thanksgiving holiday engagement go on sale today at 10:00 am. Read more »

WATCH: Philly DJ Aaron Ruxbin Subject of New Documentary Series

Philly videographer Mike Cessario just wrapped on the pilot of a proposed documentary series that follows local electronic dance music (EDM) pioneer and Actual Records founder Aaron Ruxbin

Cessario tells me he decided to shoot a film that focuses on Ruxbin because of the DJs unlikely story. He was a Drexel University business grad who “ditched the cubicle to create a grimey underground dance music empire in Philadelphia,” he says. “EDM has exploded and DJs are the new rockstars, but I want to show the less-glamorous side of the business—the side that actually powers 90 percent of [the Philly EDM scene].”

These days, Cessario says, Ruxbin basically lives out of his car while putting on sold-out shows at TLA and, for a little side money, a strip club called Purple Orchid. All that’s captured in pilot, with commentary by local MC Buddy Leezle and DJ Jack Deezl.

Cessario hopes this short film will attract investors who may be interested in backing a more-blown-out documentary. If not, this could be the only episode we’ll see. “This will remain a conceptual pilot for a series until we find more support. If we don’t, it will die and go to the pilot graveyard.”

Check it out above.

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