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Calendar: Nov. 26 - Dec. 3

Tuesday November 25th, 2014 10:51:02 PM
Wednesday, November 26 COMEDY Old Jews Telling Jokes Is Bubbe still kvetching about how you still haven’t found a nice Jewish boy? Change the subject, and schlep her to Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent’s hilarious show. Don’t know the difference between a sukkah and a shiva?... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

PW's Weekend Picks: PhilCon; Turkey Day Tailgate; and more

Friday November 21st, 2014 10:00:09 PM
Friday, November 21 CONVENTION PhilCon 2014 Filk, frack and Frankenstein! The Philadelphia Science Fiction Society returns to the spotlight as Philcon, the city’s annual sci-fi, horror and fantasy convention, celebrates its 78th anniversary this year. From Doctor Who and Star Trek to the... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Calendar: November 19-26

Tuesday November 18th, 2014 10:42:09 PM
Wednesday, November 19 DANCE Rang De Nila: Color Me Blue Classical Indian dancers Ishrat Hoque, Pranita Jain and Dina Denis perform an enactment of Indian artist Siona Benjamin’s paintings, set to Indian/jazz/hip-hop/Bollywood music. The dancers will each take on characters featured in... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Kúlú Mélé, Philly’s premier African dance corps, turns 45

Wednesday November 19th, 2014 05:43:31 PM
“I’ve been doing my homework,” jokes Dorothy Wilkie, the artistic director of Kúlú Mélé. “Dancing has taken me around the world, and it’s been a wonderful journey. I wouldn’t want it any other way.” Guinea twice, Ghana, Senegal,... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

PW's Weekend Picks

Friday November 14th, 2014 05:31:10 PM
Friday, November 14 WORKSHOP My Brother’s Keeper Hackathon A diverse group of youth participants take part in a three-day initiative that will provide them with the necessary resources to become world-class computer programmers. Teams will focus on education, restorative justice, food and... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Stephen King on writing a musical with John Mellencamp: 'I don't know how to do this'

Wednesday November 12th, 2014 12:12:30 AM
Their 'Ghost Brothers of Darkland County' plays Philadelphia on Nov. 13. Stephen King’s having a busy week. His latest novel, Revival, hit bookshelves on Tuesday—and on Thursday, Nov. 13, the musical he cowrote with John Mellencamp, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, will play a... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Calendar: November 12-19

Tuesday November 11th, 2014 11:35:55 PM
Wednesday, November 12 STAGE First Person Arts Podcast LIVE! Everyone has a story to tell. Listen as five Philadelphians tell their personal narratives on the theme “Talk to Me.” Award-winning radio producer Yowei Shaw will tape a radio documentary on stage with live music, sound... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Curio's Theatre's "Frank Schaefer" a matter of intolerance

Wednesday November 12th, 2014 05:07:35 PM
Let’s face it: the church has a problem with gays. Most churches, anyway—especially Protestant denominations, like the United Methodist Church. From the UMC horse’s mouth: “The practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching. Therefore self-avowed... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

PW's Weekend Picks: Philly Bike Expo, Beet Hunger Bash and more

Friday November 7th, 2014 07:10:36 PM
Friday, November 7 BENEFIT Philabundance’s Beet Hunger Bash It’s been 30 years since Pamela Rainey Lawler founded Philabundance; today, it’s the area’s largest charitable food bank, serving some 75,000 people every week, but back at the beginning, it was simply a woman in... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Calendar: November 5-12

Tuesday November 4th, 2014 09:18:21 PM
Wednesday, November 5 STAGE The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence See how four different Watsons, in four different eras, connected and communicated with the world using technology. Sherlock Holmes’ sidekick, Alexander Graham-Bell’s loyal assistant, a Jeopardy champion and an... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

PW's Weekend Picks: Halloween parties, Jewish Film Fest and more!

Friday October 31st, 2014 04:30:39 PM
Friday, October 31 PARTY All Hallows Eve Bash Rittenhouse Square’s organic, vegan cafe, P.S. & Co., hosts a Prohibition-era themed Halloween bash stocked with a gluten-free, plant-based menu of cocktails and edibles. Dance the night away with jazz/swing band Drew Nugent and the... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Calendar: Oct. 29-Nov. 5

Tuesday October 28th, 2014 10:36:12 PM
Wednesday, October 29 ART Myths & Monsters Centaurs and cyclopes come to life at Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School’s live figure drawing event celebrating mythological gods and goddesses. Try your hand at creating your own masterpiece; no drawing experience is necessary, and materials... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Terry Mutchler brings her love out from the shadows

Wednesday October 29th, 2014 04:29:27 PM
Penny Severns lived and died in Decatur, IL, achieving immense success in politics and governance in her 46 years before succumbing to cancer. She was an Illinois state senator, deeply involved in the Democratic National Party and narrowly lost bids for Congress, lieutenant governor and secretary... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

You’re all winners: Theatre Philadelphia bestows Barrymore Awards

Wednesday October 29th, 2014 04:35:50 PM
The Philadelphia theater community took center stage as a collective Monday night at the Merriam Theater, where 26 Theatre Philadelphia Barrymore Awards were handed out to honor and celebrate some of the city’s boldest and brightest performances. And even though a few rookies got welcome... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Calendar: October 22-29

Tuesday October 21st, 2014 10:10:49 PM
Wednesday, October 22 TALK Ebola: Truth and Myth Ebola. Fear of the word is spreading way faster than the disease. But this outbreak of panic isn’t much different from those that erupted when the world first learned of other communicable diseases. Dr. Edward Jasper, head of the Jefferson... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Dice Raw's "The Last Jimmy" is transformed into a hip-hop musical

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 03:21:31 PM
A crisply-casual Ozzie Jones saunters onto the Freedom Theatre’s John Allen Jr. stage from its right, playfully doing gym-quality squats to show his laughing stagehand pals how much his ailing back has improved. It’s of the rare moments of humor amid the very-serious business the... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Halloween: 15 Dance-Floor Blowouts

Tuesday October 21st, 2014 10:17:27 PM
Peter Sterling Halloween Ball Philadelphia’s sexy burlesque show is resurrected once again in the fourth annual Peter Sterling Halloween Ball, featuring Philadelphia’s DJ Perry Angelozzi and drag host Brittany Lynn. A creative costume could win you a three-night stay at the Excalibur... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

PW's Weekend Picks: Boo at the Zoo; AIDS Walk Philly; and more!

Friday October 17th, 2014 08:43:08 PM
Friday, October 17 MUSIC Era of Abba Philly POPS Orchestra travels down memory lane with ‘70s hits from the Bee Gees, John Denver, Carol King, Elton John and more. The show concludes with Finnish a cappella ensemble Rajaton’s reimagining of ABBA’s biggest hits, including... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

'Sin' historian Karen Abbott exposes secret lives of women spies

Wednesday October 15th, 2014 04:56:43 PM
PW's former star reporter delves into Civil War history in her new book, 'Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy.' Karen Abbott first hit The New York Times bestseller list with her 2007 book Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America’s Soul. It was a... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

John Hodgman on nerds, Obama, the end of the world and "Doctor Who"

Wednesday October 15th, 2014 04:44:12 PM
John Hodgman’s turn-of-the-millennium geek credentials are impeccable: He’s served as The Daily Show’s “resident expert” on all things, penned three thick volumes of comprehensive world knowledge entirely made up by him, and rocketed to widespread semi-fame as the... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]


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