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A project that is ‘part art, part healing’ looking for young adult participants

Posted on 18 November 2014 by Mike Lyons

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A free storytelling project aimed at youth ages 18-21 is looking for participants interested in sharing their stories while learning skills in live performance, mixed media performance and improvisation.

Project organizers want to reach out to the LGBT community and young adults dealing with poverty, addiction and special needs.

“The general idea is to create a nurturing environment where all participants feel included and safe, as well as given the skills to share about the meaningful experiences in their lives,” according to a flyer for the project.

Project Arts will run the project, which begins on Jan. 7 at The Rotunda and runs every Wednesday evening from 5-8 p.m. for seven weeks, culminating in a live performance.

More information is available at the Project Arts website here. There will be 15 spots available and the deadline to apply is Dec. 15. Decisions will be made by Dec. 20.

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Open bar, buffet, fortune tellers: Help support Curio Theatre at ‘The Carnival Macabre’

Posted on 16 October 2014 by Mike Lyons

4027323West Philly’s own professional theatre company, Curio Theatre, is throwing a party this Saturday to celebrate its 10th anniversary and raise money to help keep this important community resource going strong.

This year’s benefit, titled “The Carnival Macabre,” kicks off at 7 p.m. at the St. Francis DeSales Ballroom (917 S. 47th St.) and will include games of chance, fortune tellers, silent and live auctions and dancing. The Gold Standard Café will provide a buffet and there will be an open beer and wine bar along with a signature cocktail. Second Vision will supply the music.

Tickets are $50 and are available online here.

Speaking of Curio, the company recently announced the debut performance of the 2014-15 season: The Matter of Frank Schaefer, which will open Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. The performance takes on the story of the Methodist minister from Lebanon, Penna. who was defrocked after officiating at his son’s gay wedding.

“What grabbed us right away with the story of Frank Schaefer is that it felt like a civil rights movement was starting right in front of us,” said Curio Artistic Director Paul Kuhn.

That’s just a taste. We’ll have more information on The Matter of Frank Schaefer before the premiere. In the meantime, please do what you can to help support the amazing work at Curio.

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5 reasons you should go see Henry IV in Clark Park

Posted on 31 July 2014 by Mike Lyons

This year’s edition of Shakespeare in Clark Park debuted last night with a staging of Henry IV. Whether you are a Shakespeare or theater fan or not, here are five reasons you should get yourself down to the bowl (the remaining shows are on Thursday through Sunday, July 31-Aug 3, at 7 p.m.) :

 

5. Refreshments alfresco

Shakespeare in Clark Park always offers a good excuse to pack a picnic basket and a blanket or just grab an ice cream from the truck and chill to the sounds of Old English Early Modern English echoing through the bowl.

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4. Music

In addition to the terrific acting, this one features some pretty sweet period choir-type tunes and instrumentation.

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3. Terrific acting

These folks put on quite a show. For Free! (Although a donation at the end is much appreciated).

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2. Community

This may be the number one neighbor-watching event of the year. All kinds of folks dig Shakespeare in Clark Park.

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1. The epic battle scene.

We doubted that the battle scene, which features about 100 people from 36 neighborhoods around the city and dramatically gets underway about an hour in, could live up to the hype. It does – and then some. Smoke, swords, screaming, battering rams, barricades … seriously, you have to see this.

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Photos by West Philly Local.

 

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Philly Queer Media’s Media Activism Series starts next Thursday

Posted on 14 March 2014 by Annamarya Scaccia

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Starting next Thursday, Philly Queer Media will host its month-long Media Activism Series, showcasing politically charged and profound works by queer media artists throughout the city, including West Philly.

Philly Queer Media’s annual spring series, which runs from March 20th to April 22nd, will feature pieces from local creatives that cross the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, disability and class. From inspired documentaries to dance performances and book readings, the public and mostly-free events aim to raise the profiles of transgender and queer artists—much of which is Philly Queer Media’s mission—while also fostering dialogue, building communities, and sparking social change.

West Philly’s all-female circus arts collective, Tangle Movement Arts, is among the artists to be featured during the month-long festival. They’ll perform their new show, “Timelines,” from Thursday, April 3rd to Saturday, April 5th at the Christ Church Neighborhood House (20 N. American Street). Performances start at 8 p.m. each day, with a 3 p.m. matinee added on Saturday.

The festival will also end in West Philly, with the closing event, “Queering the Digital Humanities,” taking place on Tuesday, April 22nd on the sixth floor of the University of Pennsylvania’s Kislak Center for Special Collections (3420 Walnut Street). The three-person panel will discuss the crossroads of social justice activism, digital humanities, and queer media. The free, all ages event starts at 12 p.m.

For a list of other Media Activism Series performances, visit Philly Queer Media’s website.

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the start day as Friday. It is Thursday. We regret the error.

Annamarya Scaccia

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West Philly events roundup (Honey Festival, Go West! Craft Fest, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Fringe Festival, Hamilton Street Porch Sale and more)

Posted on 05 September 2013 by WPL

West Philly is the place to be this weekend (and all week for that matter). Actually it kicks off today. Here’s a little guide we compiled to help you figure out what to do. If you know of more events that your friends and neighbors should know about please post them as a comment below.

Thursday, Sept 5

  • sleepyhollowposterFree events and art installations at Clark Park’s Farmers’ Market (43rd & Baltimore), 3-7 p.m. For more information click here.

Friday, Sept 6

  • The 2013 Fringe Festival kicks off at various locations around the city. For more information on the festival events in West Philly, check our story here.
  • Free performance by Man Man at The Porch at 30th Street Station (30th & Market), noon. Presented by WXPN, this very special outdoor “Free At Noon” concert will feature Philadelphia-based Man Man, who come celebrating the September 10th release of On Oni Pond, a compelling mash-up of Fear Of Music-era Talking Heads, classic soul, psychedelia, hip-hop, and 50’s rock and roll.
  • Curio Theatre presents The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Clark Park “B” (43rd & Chester, in the bowl), 7:30 p.m., Free. Curio brings the unforgettable legend of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman to Clark Park for three nights, beginning Friday. There will be live music, cool sound effects and a real campfire. Bring a lawn chair/blanket/food/wine and prepare to be scared!
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Celebrate local arts and cultures at West Park Arts Fest this Saturday

Posted on 07 June 2013 by WPL

The 6th Annual West Park Arts Fest is happening this Saturday, June 8, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the theme “Friends Across Cultures.” The festival celebrates the richness of art and culture in Philadelphia and focuses on the resources in the Fairmount Park Centennial District. Around 2,000 people are expected to attend this free public event that brings together more than 30 arts, cultural, nature, science and community organizations from West Philadelphia and across the city.

The festival activities will include a youth Chess Tournament hosted by A.S.A.P., drawing and theatre workshops, storytelling, science demonstrations, book giveaways, face painting, and more. There will also be live music and dance performances by more than 100 professional artists and 200 talented children and youth. The event will also include a free guided historical trolley tour of the Centennial District with Kathy Lee, educator and Associate Producer of the Trudy Haynes Show. Please check out the flyer below for more information or visit this page.

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