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Gabriel García Márquez, 1927-2014

Wednesday April 23rd, 2014 04:24:42 PM
When I was a young man, I often thought I was living in a magical time: legends of sports and stage, presidents and dictators, film stars walking among us. It was only later, much later, that I discovered the mundane that dwelt among all that enchantment. That was, perhaps, 1975—all the... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Calendar: April 23-30

Tuesday April 22nd, 2014 10:02:22 PM
Wednesday, April 23 LGBT Philadelphia Black Gay Pride Over the past couple years, Philadelphia Black Gay Pride has experienced a renaissance of sorts. Celebrating 15 years strong with new, young leadership and ambitious partnering with a ton of different community friends, the group’s 2014... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

PW's Weekend Picks: April 18-20

Friday April 18th, 2014 05:28:28 PM
Friday, April 18 DJS Carl Cox Get out those rave pants and glowsticks! Of course, one doesn’t have to be a seasoned club kid to appreciate the majesty of England’s own Carl Cox, but his DJ sets have been known to attract the hardcore rave crew. He’s really only got four... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Photographer Dustin Fenstermacher takes cats & spring break seriously

Wednesday April 16th, 2014 06:09:36 PM
There’s something very early-Annie-Leibovitz about Philadelphia’s photographer Dustin Fenstermacher; a name some people don’t believe is real. It is.With his recognizable editorial, portrait and documentation work, jumping between weightlifting competitions, lingerie football... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Calendar: April 16-23

Tuesday April 15th, 2014 11:40:03 PM
Wednesday, April 16 FOOD Fair Foods Fair Temple University’s Fair Foods Fair features guest speakers, samples of delicious fresh foods, food trucks and more. This is a great opportunity for the community to learn about the vitality of farm-fresh sustainable food. The event’s keynote... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

PW's Weekend Picks: April 11-13

Friday April 11th, 2014 08:27:33 PM
Friday, April 11 MUSIC Work Drugs It’s pretty exciting to see so many area bands putting out big records this year. We got new ones from the War on Drugs and Nothing and have Pattern Is Movement and Sharon Van Etten records to look forward to. And just last month, our friends from the... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Chekhov gets a modern update, two times over

Wednesday April 9th, 2014 02:55:51 PM
Since late March, the spectacular Russian playwright Anton Chekhov has gotten a contemporary reboot via two productions seeking to update the 19th-century dramatist for the 21st century. In Old City, Arden Theatre Company is staging its long-awaited production of Chekhov’s masterpiece Three... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Calendar: April 9-16

Tuesday April 8th, 2014 08:06:03 PM
Wednesday, April 9 EXHIBIT Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello On the corner of 7th and Market streets stands a colonial Georgian brick house that most of us walk right by without even noticing. It was in this structure in June of 1776 that Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

PW's Weekend Picks: April 4-6

Friday April 4th, 2014 03:52:37 PM
Friday, April 4 MUSIC H.R. (of Bad Brains) Back in 1977, seminal hardcore punk band Bad Brains first fired up its engines in Washington D.C., leaving a deeply-embedded skidmark on a generation with its fiery music. Political and social commentary threaded their way through the Brains’... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

10 Can’t-Miss Happenings at Philly Tech Week

Wednesday April 2nd, 2014 02:52:27 PM
This is your chance to play giant-sized Tetris on the side of the Cira Centre—plus normal-sized games from local developers like Cipher Prime. City Council Hearing on the Creative Class Discussion: How are city-based tech endeavors, and other creative-based entrepreneurial efforts, doing?... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Calendar: April 2-9

Tuesday April 1st, 2014 10:11:42 PM
Wednesday, April 2 SCEEEN Angry Planet: Volcanoes Peter Rowe, Canadian director and producer of the Angry Planet series, screens his newest feature-length film. Rowe has captured stunning images of active volcanos across the globe and weaves together fascinating stories of those living amongst the... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Laverne Cox at QPenn: Ain’t I a woman?

Wednesday April 2nd, 2014 04:20:41 PM
RuPaul’s Drag Race and its iconic host have caught a fair share of shade over some questionable language choices: most notably, each show’s “You’ve got she-mail!” announcement and “Tranny Chaser,” the track from Champion, Ru’s 2009 album. A couple... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

PW's Weekend Picks: March 28-30

Friday March 28th, 2014 05:09:53 PM
Friday, March 28 SCREEN Flaherty on the Road Aside from being a creative genius, documentary film pioneer Robert Flaherty sure knew how to pick a bride. Not only did his beloved Frances contribute to his visionary film projects during Flaherty’s brilliant career; after becoming a widow in... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

This savvy artist turns one-cent metal bits into priceless museum pieces

Tuesday March 25th, 2014 08:51:57 PM
Stacey Lee Webber is pounding the hell out of the screw on her anvil. We’re in a corner of her workspace at the converted Globe Dye Works factory in Port Richmond, where Webber shows off the moves of a blacksmith, forging something new out of base ore. But what she’s doing is the... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

The Head & the Hand presses forward for Fishtown

Wednesday March 26th, 2014 04:05:02 PM
Nic Esposito may own Philly’s smallest community-supported press, but he doesn’t necessarily see it that way. Rather, his The Head & the Hand Press is an independent publisher that happens to be in Philadelphia—and the difference is sort of really important. “I think a... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Calendar: March 26-April 2

Tuesday March 25th, 2014 06:16:57 PM
Wednesday, March 26 MUSIC Rock on Philly Local songstresses unite to demonstrate the everlasting power of women in music at this showcase presented by Rock on Philly in celebration of Women’s History Month. Catch Tara Hendricks, Victoria Watts and CC Davis singing their hearts out onstage.... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

PW's Weekend Picks

Friday March 21st, 2014 05:30:06 PM
Friday, March 21 PUPPETS Avenue Q: School Edition Avenue Q, the satirical take on life’s little anxieties as told through puppetry, has become a staple of contemporary musical theater. With so many of its staples touching on basic social issues, a show like Avenue Q can... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

The 2014 Philadelphia Spring Guide

Wednesday March 19th, 2014 04:21:52 PM
Screw you, seasonal affective disorder! We're gonna go to some shows, and spin some records, and see some art and theater and ALL THE OTHER THINGS. IN THIS ISSUE: Hear new music every single week through Memorial DaySmartest spring ever: Brainy celebrations top Philly's spring festival... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Philly theaters heat up the 2014 spring performance season

Wednesday March 19th, 2014 04:12:44 PM
That old adage that the show must go on was truly put to the test during this harsh winter, as ice-covered roads forced the cancellation of numerous performances. But now that spring is dawning, Philadelphia area theater companies are heralding the new season with excitement—and an abundance... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

'Equinox' at Arch Enemy launches Philly's spring art season

Wednesday March 19th, 2014 04:06:39 PM
Taken literally, the word “equinox” means the two days every year, at the beginning of spring and autumn, when the earth’s axis is neither tilting toward nor away from the sun, and when we enjoy precisely the same amount of daylight and nighttime in a 24-hour period. This season,... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]


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