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PW's Weekend Picks: Flower Show; Gender Weave Project; and more

Friday February 27th, 2015 05:25:54 PM By PW Staff
Friday, Feb. 27 ART The Gender Weave Project When you walk through the doors of the Mt. Airy Art Garage this month, you will encounter a big, beautiful, deep-red vagina. Well, three of them actually: the red one, plus a blue and a yellow. They're plush, velvety and beautifully-constructed... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Calendar: Feb. 25-March 4

Tuesday February 24th, 2015 10:23:44 PM By PW Staff
Wednesday, Feb. 25 SCREEN 42 In honor of Black History Month, the Wynnefield branch of the Free Library screens 42, the biographical film following baseball legend Jackie Robinson as he breaks the color line and becomes the first African-American player in Major League Baseball, debuting as first... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

And then there was theater: UArts and Pig Iron form unique pact

Wednesday February 25th, 2015 07:17:17 PM By Bill Chenevert
Get Gabriel Quinn Bauriedel and Joanna Settle talking about theater and, unless you’ve seen a play or two, you might feel a little overwhelmed—but they’re just really pumped about their new partnership. Bauriedel, co-founder of Pig Iron Theatre Company, will co-direct a new... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

PW's Weekend Picks: River-Palooza; GayBINGO; and more

Friday February 20th, 2015 07:30:29 PM By PW Staff
Friday, Feb. 20 PERFORMANCE The Vulgar Early Works Philly-based dance/performance duo Magda & Chelsea’s subversive humor and angst-ridden cries against society are transformed into a performance that falls somewhere between a TED Talk, modern dance, therapeutic seminar, stand-up... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

When food addiction looks a lot like drug addiction

Wednesday February 18th, 2015 10:01:23 PM By Josh Kruger
Theatre Exile's "The Whale" depicts a man who's let his life go derelict. It hit me pretty close to home.   The last days of any active addict's life are usually spent in profound isolation. Occasionally, he might peer out through the blinds on his windows. Sometimes, visitors might call on... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Calendar: February 18-25

Tuesday February 17th, 2015 10:27:02 PM By PW Staff
Wednesday, Feb. 18 STYLE Philly Fashion Week: Women of Substance & Style Philly Fashion Week’s 15th annual Black History Celebration at Rittenhouse’s Joan Shepp boutique honors women who have made and continue to make a difference in Philadelphia. A portion of the day’s sales... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

PW's Weekend Picks: Valentine's Day; Mardi Gras; and more

Friday February 13th, 2015 03:58:48 PM By PW Staff
Friday, Feb. 13 SCREEN A David Cronenberg Triple Feature Freaky body horror, part 2: One of cinema’s most influential mavericks is the focus of this triple feature. The daring ‘80s-’90s cult classics Scanners, The Dead Zone and Naked Lunch will all be screened in a marathon... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

It's the week to get a tattoo—why do you want one?

Wednesday February 11th, 2015 08:03:17 PM By Timaree Schmit
“It’s the one decision in my life I’ve never second-guessed,” my friend Jessy said. For her 33rd birthday, she sat for several hours at the mercy of an artist at Body Graphics, off South Street, whose style matched the vision she’d imagined being inked across her skin.... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Calendar: February 11-18

Tuesday February 10th, 2015 09:40:27 PM By PW Staff
Wednesday, Feb. 11 PERFORMANCE Shaping Sound Emmy Award-nominated choreographers Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance and Kyle Robinson introduce a creative mash-up of dance styles and musical genres in one explosive onstage performance featuring artists from Dancing with the Stars and So... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

A man for all seasons: Theater mainstay James Ijames

Wednesday February 11th, 2015 04:56:05 PM By Bill Chenevert
James Ijames has carved a really nice niche in Philadelphia’s theater community. A Temple University acting alum, Ijames hit the ground running after school and scored some incredible parts, including a Barrymore-winning role in the Wilma Theater production of Angels in America Part One:... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

PW's Weekend Picks: Oscar; Ghostbusters; Love Train; and more

Friday February 6th, 2015 06:22:04 PM By PW Staff
Friday, Feb. 6 STAGE Opera Philadelphia: Oscar The 40th-anniversary season of Opera Philadelphia, one of the most progressive opera companies in America, is cruising along now, and, with its second production, Oscar—a same-sex love story inspired by Oscar Wilde—breaking down... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Ursula’s ultimate: Performing her memoir live onstage

Wednesday February 4th, 2015 03:41:35 PM By Sheena Lester
It’s been 20 years since velvet-voiced Philadelphia poet Ursula Rucker was introduced to the world on “The Unlocking,” the vividly visceral, sexually super-charged stanzas that closed out Do You Want More ?!!!??!, the sophomore album by The Roots that served as their major-label... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

If #blacklivesmatter, then Black History Month matters a lot

Wednesday February 4th, 2015 02:35:50 PM By Sheena Lester
Philadelphians give props to the African Americans who inspire them — in history, and right here and now. Upon meeting the family of my now-former husband in North Philly, I was struck that the younger of his two nieces, precious five-year-old Shavonne, sat playing with an all-white... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Calendar: February 4-11

Tuesday February 3rd, 2015 11:31:14 PM By PW Staff
Wednesday, Feb. 4 AUTHOR Jeremy and Jessica Nolen Brauhaus Schmitz’ exective chef Jeremy Nolan and pastry chef Jessica Nolen celebrate the release of their first cookbook, New German Cooking: Recipes for Classics Revisited, which offers modern twists on traditional German dishes. Tonight,... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

PW's Weekend Picks: Philly Auto Show; Tiberino: The Art of Life; and more

Friday January 30th, 2015 05:14:11 PM By PW Staff
Friday, Jan. 30 BENEFIT Justice for Brandon Fundraiser The scenario, tragically, isn’t a new one: Black male gets stopped by the police, officers feel threatened, and the man ends up dead via gunfire from their weapons. In Brandon Tate Brown’s case, the 26-year-old North ... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Calendar: Jan. 28-Feb. 4

Tuesday January 27th, 2015 09:47:39 PM By PW Staff
Wednesday, Jan. 28 GAMES The Big Quiz Thing Fans of Jeopardy, masters of trivia, put your knowledge of minutiae to the ultimate test at World Cafe Live’s Big Quiz Thing. Bring along your smartest friends and answer questions about pop culture, music, history, art and sports to win bragging... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

PW's Weekend Picks: John Oliver; Snowball; and more

Friday January 23rd, 2015 05:37:40 PM By PW Staff
Friday, Jan. 23 COMEDY John Oliver Take a heap of absurdist-addled audacity, mix in some oversized intelligence and a few sprinkles of spastic sarcasm, and you’ve got the spot-on recipe for satirist/occasional actor John Oliver. This week’s your opportunity to watch the man in... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Calendar: January 21-28

Tuesday January 20th, 2015 10:45:26 PM By PW Staff
Wednesday, Jan. 21 EXHIBIT Caryn Babaian: Nature in Chalk Biology professor/artist Caryn Babaian’s dramatic drawings focus on the rich complexity and beauty of living systems within the natural world. She incorporates traditional Hindu and Buddhist mandalas and other spiritual symbols in her... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

PW's Weekend Picks: Rosie Herrera Dance; PennApps; and more

Friday January 16th, 2015 06:54:12 PM By PW Staff
Friday, Jan. 16 DANCE Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre There’s something about Rosie Herrera: her sincerity, warmth and the way that she approaches performance with open-hearted creativity. Her specialties, as well as the artistic allegiances she’s built within her dance company, are... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Calendar: January 14-21

Tuesday January 13th, 2015 10:22:02 PM By PW Staff
Wednesday, Jan. 14 STAGE A Life in the Theatre David Mamet’s play-within-a-play is a behind-the-scenes comedy about the relationship between a seasoned actor and a promising newcomer who are forced to share a dressing room—and the spotlight. Through Feb. 1. $36.50. Walnut Street... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]


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