Scott Stapp of Creed Is Playing at SugarHouse (Really)

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Last month, an event blew up on Facebook: Supposedly, Limp Bizkit was holding a free concert at the Sunoco on Wayne Avenue in Dayton, Ohio, on April 20th. More than 9,000 people RSVPed on Facebook for the event, leading the Dayton Police Department to tweet that such a concert was not happening.

It was all a joke — one people extended by actually showing up at that gas station on 4/20.

Since then, it’s become an Internet trend to make fake Facebook invites for random bands to play random chain stores. For example: Gin Blossoms LIVE at Applebee’s of Port Richmond, scheduled for June 5th. (There’s an acoustic set opener by Ed & Dean from Collective Soul.)

With that in mind, peep this news: Scott Stapp, lead singer of the band Creed, will be playing SugarHouse Casino on July 9th. This, my friends, is not a hoax. Scott Stapp is playing the Fishtown casino. Read more »

Six Performances to See This Week

Pennsylvania Ballet's "A Program of Firsts"

Pennsylvania Ballet’s “A Program of Firsts”

A Program of Firsts — Pennsylvania Ballet @ The Academy of Music | May 12th–15th
The company performs its inaugural production of George Balanchine’s Serenade, the first ballet the celebrated choreographer created in the United States. Danced to Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C, Op. 48, the ballet entwines unexpected events, like students falling or arriving late, into the choreography. Continuing the theme of firsts, nationally renowned choreographer-in-residence Mathew Neenan, cofounder of Ballet X, presents a world premiere for the company. Rounding out the program, Liam Scarlett showcases a company and North American premiere of Asphodel Meadows, comprising three compelling pas de deuxs set to the compositions of Poulenc. Read more »

THEATER REVIEW: Questioning the Nature of Belief in The Christians at Wilma

Erika LaVonn and Paul DeBoy in The Christians at the Wilma Theater. (Photo by Alexander Iziliaev)

Erika LaVonn and Paul DeBoy in The Christians at the Wilma Theater. (Photo by Alexander Iziliaev)

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

The Bible is full of promises to the faithful, though most are unlikely to be realized during our temporary stay on earth; also, they’re fairly vague. So it falls to emissaries — pastors and the like — to give us clearer directives on the correct path to everlasting glory.

But “Time is filled with swift transitions,” as the church choir sings in Lucas Hnath’s sly, thought-provoking The Christians, now on stage in a marvelous production at the Wilma. We regularly encounter difficult situations that test our faith. And what happens if we’re wrong — if what we thought was the path to righteousness isn’t what we’ve been taught? Will our spiritual leaders have the honesty and fortitude to tell us? Read more »

Music Roundup: 11 Shows to Catch This Week



Jarle Bernhoft and the Shudderbugs @ The Foundry | May 12th
Norwegian retro soul-singer and multi-instrumentalist Bernhoft stops in Philly along his world tour. His Grammy-nominated R&B album, Islanderdelves into a disconnect between his ability to soothe the soul of listeners while simultaneously feeling isolated from them. Influenced by a scope of sounds from Swedish pop to Stevie Wonder, the album also has traces of political undertones, revealing the artist’s commitment to social advocacy. Read more »

Why 1812 Productions Is Putting on Spanish-Captioned Performance of I Will Not Go Gently

Jennifer Childs in I Will Not Go Gently - 1812 Productions

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Fernando Mendez had done 5,000 words of translation, and it seemed like a lot. Then he looked at what was remaining in the text of the play, and he realized he wasn’t even a third of the way done. “You don’t even want to know” how long it took to translate the whole thing, he told Philadelphia magazine.

In all, Mendez translated 18,630 words. And, this Wednesday at the Plays & Players Theater, there will be a Spanish-captioned performance of Jennifer Childs’ one-woman play, I Will Not Go Gently. Mendez’s translation will be displayed on captioning equipment on a side of the stage.

The impetus for a Spanish-captioned performance came out of 1812 Productions’ work in ESL (English as a Second Language) classes at Newcomer Learning Academy at Franklin Learning Center.

“We have a whole group of students we’re not able to serve because of the language barrier,” says Childs, who is also the producing artistic director and co-founder of 1812 Productions. “We can connect with them in the classroom but we can’t bring them to see our work.” Tyler Melchior, the marketing and public relations director for 1812, suggested  the company use its existing captioning equipment to subtitle the performance. 1812 had previously used it to put on shows for deaf and hard-of-hearing people. Read more »

Everyone Freak Out: Bruce Springsteen to Play Citizens Bank Park


If you missed the Boss on The River Tour when it came to the Wells Fargo Center back in February, you have a second shot at scoring tickets.

This morning, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band announced a September 7th show at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, one of eight new stops. The tour, which started in January, celebrates the 35th anniversary of the 1980 album The River (think “The Ties That Bind” and “Hungry Heart”). At the Philadelphia show, the band will play a selection of River songs sprinkled with a few Springsteen classics.

So far, the tour’s shows have been running over three hours. Clips have been magical; the Boss has as much energy as ever.  Read more »

Q&A: Jen Childs on I Will Not Go Gently

Jen Childs starring in "I Will Not Go Gently."

Jen Childs starring in “I Will Not Go Gently.”

1812 Production’s newest production, I Will Not Go Gently, features Jen Childs as a washed-up British rock star, Sierra Mist, seeking a return to stardom. Between settling in the ’burbs, adjusting to the iTunes age, and captivating the awe of her teenaged daughter, it’s a long road back to the top of the charts for a faded ’80s icon.

The show runs through May 15th at Plays and Players, 1714 Delancey Street. We talked with Childs at 1812’s production offices in South Philly.

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THEATER REVIEW: Azuka’s Moth Is a Harrowing Visit to Young Adulthood

Nicholas Scheppard and Hannah Parke in Moth at Azuka Theatre. (Photo by AustinArt)

Nicholas Scheppard and Hannah Parke in Moth at Azuka Theatre. (Photo by AustinArt)

They make quite the odd couple, the two leading characters in Declan Greene’s provocative Moth. She (Claryssa) is a Goth fashion plate, complete with the sullen, sometimes aggressive attitude to go with it. He (Sebastian) is younger, but towers over her — he’s also gawky, awkward, eager to please, and emotionally vulnerable.

Did I mention they are in high school together? Read more »

29 Things to Do in Philadelphia This Weekend

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Ben Folds and yMusic, this weekend at the Fillmore

Ben Folds & yMusic @ The Fillmore | May 6th 

In his latest world tour, the renowned rock sing-songwriter collaborates with sextet instrumental troupe yMusic. The group, which exquisitely synthesizes orchestration and popular music, features local cellist Gabriel Cabezas, who is a product of the Curtis Institute of Music and has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra.  Read more »

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