Arts Project of Cherry Grove presents Philly playwright Tom Weinberg's Sunrise at Hyde Park, his latest musical production based on Peggy Stafford's Eleanor & Hick. The play concerns an heated 1932 interview between Associated Press reporter Lorena Hickok (played by Ezra Berkley Nepon) and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt (Heidi Hayes.) The dialogue between the two powerhouses sparked a friendship for the ages. Years later, a museum curator named Ray Corry (Andrew Crowley) prods Hickok to share 30 years of letters that were exchanged between the two women, and discovers that they may have been a little more than just friends. July 23-26th, 8 p.m., to reserve tickets email [email protected], William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street.
Dance takes centerstage at the Koresh Dance Company festival. The second annual installment seeks to show off a range of performance styles from 24 different companies—everyone from Brian Sanders' JUNK and The Rock School to the Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers. For a full list of performers check out the festival schedule. July 23-27, $25-$35 for individual tickets, $70-$100 for festival passes, Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S Broad Street.—Jayson Flores
The Bearded Ladies Cabaret (BLC) present their second week of Andy: A Popera. So far the show has enjoyed a pop-up style performance run everywhere from 30th Street Station to local street corners to supermarket aisles, but it has moved on to phase two of its journey: the lobby at The Wilma. The Facebook event page says the show will seek to "figure out the enigma of Warhol" through singing-and-dancing "luminaries such as Edie Sedgwick, Candy Darling, Marilyn Monroe, Dr. Peter Never, and Soup Cans." It's a must-must see. Wednesday, July 16th through July 27th, various times, $10-$25, The Wilma Theater, 265 South Broad Street.
The top 13 contestants in the new Gayborhood competition to find Philly's best comedian will lay their standup routines aside tonight for an evening of live singing. It'll be worth going just to hear Needles Jones croon a ditty. Wednesday, August 6th, 9 p.m., Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar, 200 South 12th Street.
This week at Wednesday Night at the Drive-In, bartender Ashley Coleman is streaming a couple of our favorite "genderly challenged classics": Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and To Wong Foo: Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar.Wednesday, July 23rd, first movie starts at 9 p.m., Tavern on Camac, 243 South Camac Street.
Season 4 RuPaul's Drag Race alum Dida Ritz (pictured) is coming to Philadelphia for a special performance during this week's Drag Wars 4 competition. This week's theme is "12 Days of Christmas," so come ready to see a bunch of Philly's up-and-coming queens taking on Christmas classics skewed only the way a drag queen can. Miss Ritz won't know what hit her. Thursday, July 24th, 10 p.m., Voyeur Nightclub, 1221 Saint James Street.