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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.]

Calendar: October 15-22

Tuesday October 14th, 2014 10:03:16 PM
Wednesday, October 15 STAGE Til Divorce Do Us Part: The Musical A comedy inspired by the true story of a Broadway producer’s wife who attempts to pick up the pieces of her life after her husband cheats on her. The production features the appropriately titled original songs, “How the... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

PW's Weekend Picks

Friday October 10th, 2014 04:05:33 PM
Friday, October 10 COMEDY Gary Gulman Seeking fame on reality television is pretty normal; finding fame on Last Comic Standing, though, is pretty notable. Gary Gulman placed as a finalist in two successive 2004 seasons of the show, and he’s still getting attention a decade later.... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Suburban panic fuels the affecting "Detroit"

Friday October 10th, 2014 03:51:39 PM
Detroit is not a play about the Motor City, though that would certainly be enough to draw many local stage lovers to the Philadelphia Theatre Company’s 40th-anniversary season opener. No, Lisa D’Amour’s affecting Pulitzer finalist play is about a lot more than one place, even... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Calendar: October 8-15

Tuesday October 7th, 2014 09:16:10 PM
Wednesday, October 8 SHOW Sittin’ In: Pre-Boo The Kimmel Center’s free, monthly jam session continues with the Philadelphia Jazz Project and DJ Phsh. The performance will feature a sneak peek at the PJP’s upcoming Halloween performance led by trombonist/arranger Steve Tirpak.... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

PW's Weekend Picks: Oct. 3-5

Friday October 3rd, 2014 05:33:10 PM
Friday, October 3 DANCE Putty Dance Project: Going, Wanting in the Age of the Selfie Putty Dance Company, helmed by award-winning former Philadanco member Lauren Putty White, is asking some essentially 2014 questions: Why do we take so many pictures of ourselves? Are we genuinely enriching our... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Calendar: October 1-8

Tuesday September 30th, 2014 09:53:12 PM
Wednesday, October 1 AUTHOR Steven Pinker Cognitive scientist and linguist Steven Pinker is among our foremost experts on the different ways people communicate with one another. His latest book, A Sense of Style: A Writing Guide for the 21st Century, discusses how texting and social media has... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Florcy Morisset masters the art of moving on

Wednesday October 1st, 2014 02:30:51 PM
Florcy Morisset is glowing. Whether speaking warmly with a visiting painter, arranging for transport of his framed masterworks from Vivant Art Collection, her cozy Old City outpost, or sharing insight and advice with a photographer just passing through, Morisset’s face, like her spirit, is... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

PW's Weekend Picks: Zombie Prom, College Fest and more!

Friday September 26th, 2014 06:12:39 PM
Friday, September 26 STAGE Opera Philadelphia: The Barber of Seville There aren’t many other operas as big as this one—Mozart’s The Magic Flute maybe, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly perhaps. Pierre Beaumarchais wrote Le Barbier de Seville—what you know as The Barber of... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Pennsylvania Ballet stays on its toes

Wednesday September 24th, 2014 03:05:03 PM
Just off the 300 block of North Broad, on Wood Street, is PA Ballet’s pretty new rehearsal space: an old armored car garage that now holds five studios and their brand new artistic director’s office. Angel Corella (pronounced ahn-HEL) is scurrying through the hallways, weaving through... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Calendar: Sept. 24-Oct. 1

Tuesday September 23rd, 2014 08:33:35 PM
Wednesday, September 24 POETRY E-Verse Autumn Equinox Ernest Hilbert, author of Sixty Sonnets and All of You on the Good Earth, hosts an evening of poetry for the fall installment of his E-Verse radio show. Featured poets include Iain Haley Pollock, Kate Gale and Quincy R. Lehr. Stick around for... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

PW's Weekend Picks: Feria Del Barrio, Peace Day Philly and more!

Friday September 19th, 2014 06:56:16 PM
Friday, September 19 MUSIC Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions If there’s one thing Nintendo really knows how to nail in its video games, it’s memorable music. Throughout 2012 and 2013, their The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concert tour dazzled fans all around the... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Nightlife: Cooking Up Couture

Wednesday September 17th, 2014 03:57:16 PM
One could barely tell the fashion models from the rest of the stylish crowd at Cooking Up Couture, a late-summer food and fashion showcase in Northern Liberties that gathered personalities from TV shows including Top Chef, Bar Rescue and Hell’s Kitchen—alongside a fashion show by Ayolee... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

A futuristic fashion week with the Philadelphia Collection

Wednesday September 17th, 2014 03:46:03 PM
If there’s a characteristic that’s emblematic of fashion around here—more so than shiny fabric in Center City, more so than exuberant facial hair in Fishtown, more so than sweatpants in South Philly—it might be the inclination to hybridize the fashion world with other stuff.... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Calendar: September 17-24

Tuesday September 16th, 2014 10:02:16 PM
Wed., September 17 FOOD & DRINK Yards Beef and Beer Cruise Enjoy a beef and beer buffet and open bar featuring Yards’ brews while cruising the Delaware on the Spirit of Philadelphia. WMMR’s Jacky BamBam will be spinning the rock hits. 6:30pm. $56.90. Spirit of Philadelphia, 401 S.... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]


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