10 Things to Do in Comedy, Art, Movies and Dance
Starring Ms. Pat, Hannah Trav, Dr. Who and more.
Ms. Pat @ Punchline | Thursday-Saturday, January 4-6
The Washington Post did a memorable story on this former drug dealer/felon turned suburban mom/comedian/author over the summer. Apparently Lee Daniels is helping her turn her life story into a sitcom. “I saw her stand-up act, and I was in tears,” Daniels told WaPo. “I’d never seen anything like it. Her voice was the voice of most black women that I knew, and yet she had overcome so many obstacles and was able to laugh about it and be able to make something good out of her life. To me, that’s an American hero. That’s the American Dream.”
The Sacrifice @ Lightbox Film Center | Friday, January 5
A screening of Andrei Tarkovsky’s final film, from 1986. “For Alexander, a philosopher troubled about man’s lack of spirituality, the prospect of certain extinction compels the ultimate sacrifice, and he enters into a Faustian bargain with God to save his loved ones from the fear which grips them.”
Hannah Trav’s “The Way I Remember It” @ PHIT | Friday & Saturday, January 5 & 6
Philly comedian Hannah Trav recounts her no-good year via standup comedy, sketches and video and sets it to the music of Bruno Mars somehow. Not sure exactly what this will look like, but it sounds pretty amazing. Two nights.
Sam Jay @ Good Good Comedy Theatre | Saturday, January 6
The SNL writer and standup performs two shows.
Salsa Caliente Three Kings Edition @ Painted Bride | Saturday, January 6
Take part in a group salsa lesson from Maestro Flaco (of Flaco’s Dance Factory) and then get down to the sounds of Ellas y Amigos.
Brand X / Dynamite Chicken @ Lightbox Film Center | Saturday, January 6
A screening of countercultural sketch comedy from the ’70s, before SCTV and SNL. Brand X (1970) is a satire of television and politics starring Abbie Hoffman, Taylor Mead, Tally Brown and Sally Kirkland. Dynamite Chicken: A Contemporary Probe and Commentary of the Mores and Maladies of Our Age… with Schtick, Bits, Pieces, Girls, Some Hamburger, a Little Hair, a Lady, Some Fellas, Some Religious Stuff, and a Lot of Other Things (1971) stars Richard Pryor, Tuli Kupferberg (of the Fugs) and The Ace Trucking Company.
Mighty Signs Photo Series by Katie Rey @ American Sardine Bar | Saturday, January 6
Photographer Katie Rey shows her “35mm double exposure film photographs of larger than life mid-century commercial signage.”
Lawrence Killebrew @ Helium | Sunday, January 7
The hilarious Philly comedian will be recording his new album, Comedy Hustle Live Part 2.
Dr Who & The Daleks — featuring Rifftrax @ South Street Cinema | Sunday, January 7
A screening of the 1966 non-canonical Dr. Who movie starring Peter Cushing, accompanied by the Rifftrax commentary. Standup Doogie Horner opens.
Philadelphia Psychotronic Film Society @ PhilaMOCA | Monday, January 8
Here’s your semi-annual reminder that the Psychotronic Film Society watches crazy intense movies on the second and last Mondays of every month. The screenings are free, so if it turns out you can’t hang you can just leave.