The 19th annual Fringe Festival kicks off tonight and will run through September 19th with over 100 performances from international theater troupes and local art-scene movers and shakers alike. If that sounds a little overwhelming, you're totally right. We take a stab at making your Fringe decision-making a little easier with a guide to the "curated shows" (the folks—many from outside Philly—who are getting paid to perform) and the "independents" (intrepid Philly artists who sign up to take part on their own dime.) Check out those guides here and here, respectively. And get to know some of our favorite players in this year's festival in our photographic slideshow, here.
After a full day of Fringe Festival-ing, head to the official after-party spot for the Festival, the FringeArts building. There, throughout the festival, DJ King Britt and performance artist Kate Wawa have curated a lineup of free and ticketed musical acts and performers that you can enjoy while enjoying beer, spirits and bites from the bar. To find out what’s happening this week, go here. FringeArts, 140 North Columbus Boulevard.
Join Angie from Studio 34 this Tuesday for a Sunrise Yoga class that is sure to be a perfect way to start your day at The Porch. This an all-levels session: All you need to bring is your own mat and some zen. Tuesday, September 8th, 7 am, free, The Porch, 2955 Market Street
World renowned jazz pianist Tony DeSare will be performing for free on Wednesday at the East Passyunk PHS Pop-Up Garden. DeSare has graced the stages of the Cafe Carlyle, Birdland, and the Blue Note, and will be performing this special concert in conjunction with the Philly Pops. Wednesday, September 9th, 12 pm, free, East Passyunk Pop-Up Garden, 9th and Wharton Streets
Longwood Gardens has teamed up with People's Light to create a unique immersive theatre production called Lost in the Meadow. Guests will follow actor-travelers throughout the Meadow Garden and, using headphones, will be able to listen in on conversations across the massive space. Through September 19th, 6 pm, $45, Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square
Did you know that Isaac Asimov lived in Philly? Learn this and other fun facts about Sci-Fi at this panel discussion at the Free Library on Wednesday lead by Jon McGoran and featuring a half-dozen notable writers and academics. Wednesday, September 9th, 7 pm, free, Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street
The one and only Julie Dexter will be hosting this month's Sittin' In at the Kimmel Center on Wednesday evening. This improvisational jam session features some of the hottest local talent, along with Emcee Ciarra and The IIIVibe Collective. Wednesday, September 9th, 8 pm, free, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia's own Beanie Sigel, rapper, artist, actor, and performer, will be performing a one-night only concert at the TLA on Wednesday evening. Wednesday, September 9th, 8 pm, $35, TLA, 334 South Street
If these cats with a selfie stick are making you a bit disgusted, then head on over to The Porch on Thursday afternoon for a selfie session with actual animals from the Philadelphia Zoo. You'll be able to pose with critters at a Visit Philly XOXO Photo Spot. Thursday, September 10th, 12 pm, free The Porch, 2955 Market Street
Join the Tim Brey Trio this Thursday evening while enjoying some delightful sips at Bar Volver. The hip and happening jazz performers will be joined by vocalist Michael Andrews for a late week way to wind down. Thursday, September 10th, 7:30 pm, $10, Volver, 300 South Broad Street
Forget the fat lady singing: This long-awaited partnership between Opera Philadelphia and The Bearded Ladies takes everything that you think you know about opera and turns it on its head. From Campbell's Soup games to nudity, this sure isn't your grandmother's Verdi. Opens Thursday, September 10th, 8 pm, $30, 1526 North American Street
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