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The number of years the Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center is celebrating as a hidden gem in Fairmount Park. In celebration, this fall the House and Gardens are planning a selection of concerts, demonstrations and a multimedia exhibit courtesy of artist Aaron Mannino. Now if anyone knew how to get there without opening Waze, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll all be very impressed. Q 

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How bad did the smell at a workstation of a Philadelphia Police detective get for their colleague to refer to them as â&#x20AC;&#x153;filthy savageâ&#x20AC;? and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;grotesque, primal animal?â&#x20AC;? Philly.com reported Tuesday that Police Commissioner Richard Ross is looking into the insults as racially motivated. Apparently, this letter distributed by a white detective, also made remarks about the education level and about this officerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parents and was placed within the homicide unit in addition to the mailboxes of AfricanAmerican detectives. Q

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The number of days from the date of this issue to the start of the Eagles season. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also the number of seconds it took the Birds to run the beloved Philly Special and the number of points (41-33) the Eagles defeated the evil empire that is the Patriots by in the Super Bowl. Q

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The number of games and/or weeks itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reported the Eagles will be without wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. Jeffery, who underwent shoulder surgery in the offseason, led the team in touchdown catches (9) last season. Reports also claim however that Jeffery will be activated to the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 53-man roster and hopes to take the field in Week 3. Q 

-- Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz on if heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be the starter for the season opener at home against the Falcons on Sept. 6. Should Wentz not be able to go, remember the Birds have Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles as the No. 2. A very, very, good problem to have.

REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE Best name on the team award goes toâ&#x20AC;Ś Eagles defensive tackle Aziz Shittu. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll give the runner up award to second-year offensive tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai. Say that 10 times fast.

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#MeToo creator Tarana Burke spoke to a sizable crowd in Philadelphia earlier this month, noting that the movement she created has done little for the women who need it the most, despite its resounding popularity as hashtag.

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ess than one year ago, the hashtag #MeToo sparked a revolution to confront the pervasiveness of sexual assault in this country. That one tweet, written by actress Alyssa Milano, failed to cite #MeTooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creator, robbing Tarana Burke of her years of work.



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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh, my god. Those white people are going to steal my stuff,â&#x20AC;? Burke laughed to a packed audience during a recent appearance at the Suzanne Wright Theater in Center City. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Afraidâ&#x20AC;? that her work would be erased from the history books, adding to overall erasure of Black efforts and accomplishments, Burke posted a video from 2014. The video depicted Burke at Philadelphiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual March to End Rape Culture, where she gave a speech

explaining #MeToo â&#x20AC;&#x201C; three years before the hashtag hit the twitterverse. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Number one, you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mine,â&#x20AC;? the sexual assault survivor and activist said. But she also realized the movement is at the same time, not hers. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People will ďŹ nd any reason to blame women. We invent ways to blame women,â&#x20AC;? Burke continued, warning it deďŹ&#x201A;ects from the issue of sexual assault. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those rich, elite white women did not wake up and decide to take something from me.â&#x20AC;? Burke added the subsequent Hollywoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Times Upâ&#x20AC;? movement is separate from the #MeToo campaign. In turn, all of the donations to Timeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Up during the hype of the tweet never made their way to Burkeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s organization, which maintains a stronger focus on women of color of sexual assault since they are a more at-risk population. In the last year, #MeToo has partnered with The New York Women's Foundation to provide grants to local grassroots organizers ďŹ ghting for the cause. Wrestling with the shell-shock of the trending ##MeToo on social media was just one topic of many during Burkeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s discussion. Hosted by the The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, the night included a brief speech, a conversation with the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s president and CEO, Craig Snyder, and a Q&A with the audience. During the Q&A, Burke answered a question that encompassed Attorney General Josh Shapiroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent report of rampant sexual abuse in Pennsylvania churches. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A real big key for some of these religious institutions is coming to the reality that this is in your church, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in your mosque, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in your synagogue, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s everywhere,â&#x20AC;? said Burke, the senior director of Girls for Gender Equity, which provides opportunities for girls and women of color. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Sometimes] it takes a revolution inside the church thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not about the leadership. It is about the people standing up and saying this is the reality and whether you want to face it or not, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still going to be here. This is how movements build and people decide to push back collectively.â&#x20AC;? Burke noted #MeToo has spiritual roots, citing Phillyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church as the movementâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birthplace .

â&#x20AC;&#x153;What [Reverend Dr. Alyn E. Waller] did was he allowed us to create a sexual assault survivorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ministry in the church,â&#x20AC;? explained Burke, who currently lives in New York. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The congregants were the ones to say this is a pain, this is a collective trauma that we recognize in this congregation that we have the power to do something about. Help us. And based on that, he was like â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;What can I do?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Burke acknowledged #MeToo has also had negative ramiďŹ cations on the conversation of sexual assault. She discussed its weaponization in the political sphere, such as forcing former Sen. Al Franken to resign from ofďŹ ce, to shortchanging discussions of consent into only â&#x20AC;&#x153;guilt and innocence,â&#x20AC;? such as with actor Aziz Ansari. Burke did not hold back from the hard questions, referencing journalist Ronan Farrell in how she views crediting the stories of sexual assault. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This work is not about believing all survivors or believing all women. You see that all the time, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;believe all women.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe that. I do believe that we have to listen to all women, that we have to listen to all survivors. Even that is revolutionary,â&#x20AC;? said Timeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2017 Person of the Year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is revolutionary for a woman to have the space to stand up and say â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;this thing happened to meâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and not be shut down immediately and not be pushed to the shadows and not be made to be silent.â&#x20AC;? Burke explained that â&#x20AC;&#x153;#MeToo is not to blanket the conversation, but to be a basis to drive the conversation forward and talk about sexual assault on a â&#x20AC;&#x153;spectrum.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to be able to talk about it in that way, because it is dangerous if we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a disservice to the survivor if we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t,â&#x20AC;? explained Burke. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s respectful to give survivors their own conversation and their own moment.â&#x20AC;? After the talk, a report surfaced that actress and director Asia Argento, the ďŹ rst accuser of sexual assault against director Harvey Weinstein, allegedly paid off claims that she sexually assaulted an underaged actor who was 17 at time. Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s age of consent is 18. Burke took to Twitter on Aug. 20 to write â&#x20AC;&#x153;there is no model survivor.â&#x20AC;? Q TWITTER: @ANDREAJCANTOR

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Mina "SayWhat" Llona has worked her way from a programming manager to one of the most prominent voices in hip-hop radio.

Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got lots to say Power 99 mainstay Mina â&#x20AC;&#x153;SayWhatâ&#x20AC;? Llona talks longevity and a rise as Phillyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most prominent voices in the hip-hop game BY GREGORY DALE

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ome people ďŹ gure out their true lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s calling through trial and error. But as soon as Mina â&#x20AC;&#x153;SayWhatâ&#x20AC;? Llona ďŹ rst got behind a microphone, she instantly knew it was going to be her destiny. The media personalityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard work and talent have granted her numerous opportunities over a short period of time. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also broken down barriers in the process. She ďŹ rst captured Phillyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ears and hearts after working as a co-host on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rise and Grind Morning Showâ&#x20AC;? on iHeart Media's Power 99 (98.9-FM), where she soon became one of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most notable Latin voices on the radio. She also became the ďŹ rst Latina to do mornings on the station. However, after working in that role for six years, she parted ways last December to pursue

new opportunities. Currently, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a personality on Sirius XMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Heat,â&#x20AC;? an on-camera contributor on Fox 29 Philadelphia, and she hosts a weekly podcast called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Minaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House.â&#x20AC;? Her hustle alone proves she loves her craft â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and a passion for music is at her core. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I was a kid, I listened to a lot of music and I always had an ear for it, she told PW during a recent interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For me, it was like a game. I used to guess, like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;oh, this is a song that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to hear on the radio pretty soon.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; And most of the time, it would happen.â&#x20AC;? Born in Union City, N.J., a working-class town thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s north of Jersey City, Llona was reared by her mother, who was from Peru. Her father died when she was young. As a kid, Llona was enrolled in private school, where she excelled from the beginning. She was also heavily involved in sports. In mid-

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major and she was very supportive,â&#x20AC;? Llona said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She told me that she used to be on the radio in Peru â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which was crazy because I never knew that about her.â&#x20AC;? From there, Llona scooped up internships at Syracuseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Top 40 radio station Hot 107.9 FM and also New York Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hallmark hip hop station, Hot 97 FM. Growing up in the New York metropolitan area, Llona said she had listened to the latter all of her life. She looked up to Angie Martinez, another Latin radio personality, and Miss Jones, who was a fellow Syracuse alum. After losing out on an internship at the station twice, she was ďŹ nally hired as a programming intern and worked under Ebro Darden, the programing director at the time. By the end of her term, Darden offered her a job in promotions to solidify her foot in the door. But it was only part-time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take that job because I needed something full-time,â&#x20AC;? Llona said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have rich parents or anything. At that time, it was really hard for us ďŹ nancially. My mom was living with my aunt and it was rough. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really have a home to go to. There were no options.â&#x20AC;? Llona graduated from Syracuse in 2008, when America was right in the midst of an economic recession. At the time, jobs were scarce and the competition to obtain a coveted radio job was ďŹ erce. On top of that, she explained that she ran into more hurdles when she was ďŹ rst getting started. When applying to numerous stations, she said she was pigeonholed into just doing urban radio. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I tried to get an internship at a pop station and they were like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really ďŹ t our demographic,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Llona said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s almost like when you work in urban radio, people want to put you into that hole.â&#x20AC;? Shortly before her graduation, she scored a job at Siriusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Heatâ&#x20AC;? in New York in programming. During this time, she added the moniker â&#x20AC;&#x153;SayWhatâ&#x20AC;? to her name after being inspired by De La Soulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Buddy.â&#x20AC;? Though everything seemed like it was coming together, she couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t shake the urge to do on-air work. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would tell the programming director what to play and I was involved in his music meetings,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But, I was starting to feel like the programming part of it was taking more precedence over my on-air stuff. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to be a programmer. Look at Ebro. he was a programmer then he got on-air. You have to choose. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do both efďŹ ciently.â&#x20AC;? Thereafter, she set out on a part-time job search for on-air positions. She had applied to stations in Delaware, Connecticut and New Jersey. Finally, after building a good rapport with Ken Johnson, Power 99â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programming director at the time, he offered her a spot on the stationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s morning show in 2012. The gig called her to co-host with personalities Mikey Dredd, MuthaKnows and Uncle O. The latter would leave the station at the end of that year. Garnering that opportunity was pretty ironic. Llona explained that although she grew up listening to Hot 97, she also listened to Power 99 as a kid when her family would travel to vacation in South Jersey in the summer. But although she was familiar with the station, she had to force herself to

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Real life corporate world life served as inspiration for director Trey Lyfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest Fringe creation, The Accountant, a curated FringeArts piece beginning Sept. 1.

The sum of life Trey Lyford returns to the Fringe Festival as the sole creator of theater thinkpiece, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Accountantâ&#x20AC;? BY ANDREA CANTOR

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hen taking inventory, what does a life add up to? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what theater artist, playwright and director Trey Lyford wants to answer in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Accountant,â&#x20AC;? showcasing its world premiere at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s FringeArtsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Fringe Festival. Based on Samuel Beckettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play "Krapp's Last Tape," Lyford combines narrative, visual theater and sleight-of-hand into a sobering, but humorous, piece. Centering on a middle-aged desk clerk, this FringeArts curated show meditates on accounting for oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life and the transition into obscurity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think people who know my work will see a lot of similarities to the work I have done before. [But] there is a little bit more of a serious side to this work,â&#x20AC;? Lyford explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It's probably the most personal piece I've made. It really was coming out of my own kind of stagnation after I had a few deaths

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In Lyfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play, paper carries the weight of a character in its representation of the antiquated and the expediency of todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s culture and society. But, before becoming a fully developed theme, the artist was ďŹ rst taken by simple sheets of paper during a temp job where he saw a man at a desk surrounded by stacks of it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He looked right out of a Dickens novel,â&#x20AC;? Lyford said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;who is that guy? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to make a show about him one day.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Lyford ďŹ rst put pen to paper during the recession, a period of time that would become the basis of the the playâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rst iteration. As time went on, Lyford pulled away from the speciďŹ city of the piece and focused more on the metaphor of taking stock of life. In past Fringe Festivals, Lyford and Geoff Sobelle, both co-artistic directors of the performance company rainpan 43, co-created â&#x20AC;&#x153;all wear bowlersâ&#x20AC;? (2005), â&#x20AC;&#x153;Amnesia Curiosaâ&#x20AC;? (2006), and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Elephant Roomâ&#x20AC;? (2011). Sleight-of-hand and magic have played some part in all of Lyfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pieces. As opposed to a

magician who centers attention on his trick, Lyford folds illusion inside the storyline, using it as a narrative device to disarm his audiences to the mercy of his playâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[It] just allows for these surreal poetic moments to kind of blossom out of the piece,â&#x20AC;? said Lyford of the magic technique. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What things are, the things you see, they start to come apart, and you can enter into a dream narrative or a dreamscape situation when you play with illusion.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Accountâ&#x20AC;? will be Lyfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rst Fringe Festival as the sole creator, a ďŹ tting new venture given the pieceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s autobiographical nature. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When life gets really real, you have to face it in different ways and some people face it with great expression and some people face it with a kind of numbness,â&#x20AC;? said the awardwinning artist. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I'm looking at my own experience of those times and seeing how that can be translated into a show.â&#x20AC;? Without a partner, he still isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t alone. His 10-year-old daughter, Coralie Holum Lyford, is there, acting by his side in the three-person performance. Coraline gets her acting chops from her father and mother, Suli Holum, a co-founder of Pig Iron Theater Company. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My dog doesn't do theater yet,â&#x20AC;? Lyford jokes of his theatrical family. An accomplished actress in her own right, Coraline recently starred in â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Billion Nights,â&#x20AC;? created by Thaddeus Phillips and Steven Dufala, which performed at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, Connecticut. As to what Lyford hopes the audience takes away from his piece, he responded: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope that they are able to experience for themselves a quiet and a silence that allows for things to happen and to trust that silence.â&#x20AC;? Q The Accountant | Sept. 6-9. 1pm and 8pm showings. $15-$29. Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American St. fringearts.com/event/the-accountant-4-2/ TWITTER: @ANDREAJCANTOR

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Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all smiles for Jennifer Blaine, who prepares for the upcoming Fringe Festival with another show, 16 in total since the eventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inception.

Platinum status With â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ridiculous,â&#x20AC;? comedic Fringe vet Jennifer Blaine lays claim to 16 performances BY ANDREA CANTOR During the Philadelphia Fringe Festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inaugural year in 1997, Jennifer Blaine was in the alley way of Quarry Street Cafe, now Cafe OlĂŠ, performing her solo show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Safety in Numbers.â&#x20AC;? At the time, the New York transplant was a newbie in town, only in Philly for a relationship that would eventually end. But as one relationship ended, another blossomed. As Blaine put it, it was â&#x20AC;&#x153;a love affair with the Philadelphia audience.â&#x20AC;? Flash-forward to 2018, the actress and comic is still on the Fringe Festival scene, getting ready for her 16th show, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ridiculous,â&#x20AC;? at L'Etage. From performing at a Starbucks to Old City Coffee, the Fringe diehard has viewed the annual arts festival as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;launchpadâ&#x20AC;? for raw works. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would create a new show and I'd have it reviewed at Fringe, so then I could have a press kit,â&#x20AC;? said Blaine. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I could promote the show to colleges and theater festi-

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vals and go throughout the year and perform.â&#x20AC;? Blaineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strategy proved successful when her 2013 Fringe Festival show, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dirty Jokeâ&#x20AC;? was picked up by the Annenberg Center in 2015. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It's such an opportunity to open yourself up to an audience that you wouldn't have reached otherwise,â&#x20AC;? Blaine advised to up-and-comer Fringe artists. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have no idea where it could end up for you.â&#x20AC;? Blaine utilized the Festival not only to get shows picked up, but also to gain added comfortability on the stage. The stand-up comic, known for her characters, has opened for George Carlin and performed with Chris Rock and Joe Piscopo. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You come out [on stage] to 700 people that do not know your work and you get to turn them on to your perspective and your comedy,â&#x20AC;? Blaine recalled of opening for Carlin at the Tropicana. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because I had practice coming from Fringe ... I felt really ready for bigger things.â&#x20AC;? But even as â&#x20AC;&#x153;bigger thingsâ&#x20AC;? came and went, Blaine

continued coming back to the Fringe Festival as an â&#x20AC;&#x153;accessibleâ&#x20AC;? platform to hone her craft. Acknowledging there can be hits and misses when performing unďŹ nished works, the risk of the festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s experimental nature can pay off with some unforgettable rewards. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you hit a Fringe show that is special and that really connects for you, it changes you,â&#x20AC;? noted Blaine. Blaine will be taking a â&#x20AC;&#x153;riskâ&#x20AC;? of her own this Fringe season. Diverting from her traditional character acting, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ridiculousâ&#x20AC;? will just center on one character â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Blaine. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bit of an experiment for me,â&#x20AC;? said Blaine of her upcoming performance that will blend standup and narrative storytelling. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to explore what is the true self. I feel like we're in a moment where things are very fraught and very toxic, and I really just want to bring humor and open-heartedness and just take a risk to be even more intimate with the audience.â&#x20AC;? Intimacy with the audience is a key component for Blaineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show, which maintains a â&#x20AC;&#x153;call and response qualityâ&#x20AC;? to its evolving structure. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think of the audience as the other scene partner,â&#x20AC;? explained Blaine. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I actually have people come up to do games, so there is some interaction.â&#x20AC;? In true Fringe fashion, Blaine is still deciding on a few elements to the show, including revealing some secrets about her own life. Additionally, it appears the Fringe Festival is well on its way to becoming a family tradition as Blaineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughter, Lily Blaine Sussman, 11, will make her debut Fringe appearance as an artistic collaborator and dancer in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paprika Plains.â&#x20AC;? But back to Ridiculous, where Blaine says the audience is in for quite the experience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I'm saying that it's standup, I'm saying that it's storytelling with a narrative, and because there are all of these different pockets in the piece where I'm having the audience participate, I also don't know what is going to be,â&#x20AC;? said Blaine. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It's an invitation to go into the unknown, which is what creativity is all about.â&#x20AC;? Ridiculous | Sept. 14-23. $20. Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Etage, 624 S. 6th St. fringearts. com/event/ridiculous-3/ â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ANDREA CANTOR | @ANDREAJCANTOR

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Fringe marks the first time renowned live performance artist Tania El Khoury will host her work in Philadelphia.

One stop Fringe shop Lebanese live artist Tania El Khoury will have not one, but five interactive pieces with â&#x20AC;&#x153;ear-whisperedâ&#x20AC;? her gift to this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fringe Festival BY ANDREA CANTOR

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ebanese live performance artist Tania El Khoury, 32, will be featuring her â&#x20AC;&#x153;ear-whisperedâ&#x20AC;? series, comprised of ďŹ ve interactive works, at this seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fringe Festival as part of its curated section. Presented in partnership with Bryn Mawr College, Fringe-goers will have the opportunity to step into the immersive works that deal with the stories of the 2011 Syrian uprising. This is the ďŹ rst time El Khoury has presented her work in Philadelphia, a city she told PW she likes because of its rich history. The ďŹ ve pieces of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;ear-whisperedâ&#x20AC;? series, as well as speaker events with the artist, will take place throughout the city and at Bryn Mawr College. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel like within this form of immersive pieces, there is a lot there that have political potential, like inviting audiences to bear witness to other people's stories, but also inviting people to embody certain realities, to embody different character,â&#x20AC;? said El Khoury, who holds a PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London. In addition to her many accolades and awards, El Khoury received the Anti Festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International Prize for Live Art. As part of the award, she is currently in Finland working on a new piece about the politicization of electricity in Lebanon, which is set to premier after the Fringe Festival and take place in a power plant. Philadelphia Weekly spoke with the busy artist, across timezones, about her ďŹ ve pieces of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;ear-whisperedâ&#x20AC;? series: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gardens Speak,â&#x20AC;? the world premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tell Me What I Can Do,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;As Far As My Fingertips Take Me,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Camp Pauseâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stories of Refuge.â&#x20AC;?

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Gardens Speak â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted the audience to feel that someone is actually talking to them from under the soil,â&#x20AC;? said El Khoury of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gardens Speak.â&#x20AC;? In Syria, many activists were killed and buried in gardens during the Assad regime. In â&#x20AC;&#x153;Garden Speak,â&#x20AC;? audience members will dig through a simulated garden to ďŹ nd one of 10 audios that tell the story, in ďŹ rst person, about one of the countless victims who were buried in gardens. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[The audio] was made through interviews, through conversation with family members and friends of those who were killed at the beginning of the Syrian uprising,â&#x20AC;? explained El Khoury. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was a long process of research. Just to understand why was that happening, but also to get some of these stories and then [write and record the] stories â&#x20AC;Ś in ďŹ rst person.â&#x20AC;? El Khoury also wrote a book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Garden Speakâ&#x20AC;? that will be available for purchase at â&#x20AC;&#x153;ear-whisperedâ&#x20AC;? events. Gardens Speak | Sept. 12-23. Times vary. $20. Hepburn Teaching Theater at Bryn Mawr College, 150 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr. fringearts.com/event/gardens-speak/

Tell Me What I Can Do El Khoury received a lot of response to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gardens Speak,â&#x20AC;? many in the form of letters asking the artist what they can do to help with the plight in Syria. In turn, El Khoury has transformed the growing piles of letters into an art installation that spells out the sentence, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tell Me What I Can Do.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Gardens Speakâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; was about so much oppression. What it means to me now is also to look back at that early period of the Arab uprising and think how helpful [people] were and we were even at the time where there was death being forced on us,â&#x20AC;? said El Khoury. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But now, with what's happening around us and what happened in Syria, it's very hard to see that hope again. And that's what I tried to also reďŹ&#x201A;ect in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Tell Me What I Can Do.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? In this world premiere, the installation also highlights responses to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gardens Speakâ&#x20AC;? from activists from the uprising. However, some of the responses could not make it into the piece, since they were conďŹ scated by police. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Tell Me What I Can Doâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is reďŹ&#x201A;ecting on the last ďŹ ve years, and what happened to us and where have we been, all of us, even early collaborators. Where are they now in the world after trying to ďŹ nd refuge in different places,â&#x20AC;? explained El Khoury. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But [it is] also all of the material that I've accumulated â&#x20AC;Ś to reďŹ&#x201A;ect more generally about what artists do with all the baggage that they carry with them.â&#x20AC;? Tell Me What I Can Do | Sept. 12-16, 19-23. Times vary. Free. Goodhart Hall Common Room at Bryn Mawr College, 150 N Merion Ave. fringearts.com/event/tell-mewhat-i-can-do/

As Far As My Fingertips Take Me In an intimate, one-on-one experience with a Palestinian refugee in Syria, audience members only use the senses of touch and sound. Divided by a gallery wall, visitors place their arm through a hole on which musician and street artist Basel Zaraa, from the Yarmouk Camp, will draw the story of a Syrian refugeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s travels to Sweden. During the 12-minute session, participants will listen to an audio about stories of border discrimination. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The idea was to actually actively invite someone who had the experience of being a refugee, but as part of his identity, to be born into it, and for us to reďŹ&#x201A;ect on the fact that this is not something that just happened now,â&#x20AC;? said El Khoury. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[The performance] started as a conversation between the Baseel almost a joke of me saying, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;maybe people need to feel, like literally feel, a refugee to understand them.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? As Far As My Fingertips Take Me | Sept. 6-14. Pii Gallery, 242 Race

St. $15. Times vary. Every 15 minutes for an audience of one. fringearts.com/event/far-ďŹ ngertips-take/ As Far As My Fingertips Take Me | Sept. 19-23. Times vary. Firstcome, ďŹ rst-served. Free. Taft Garden at Bryn Mawr College, 150 N. Merion Ave, Bryn Mawr. fringearts.com/event/far-ďŹ ngertips-take/

Camp Pause In collaboration with Abir Saksouk from the Dictaphone Group, a research and performance collective El Khoury co-founded, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Camp Pauseâ&#x20AC;? is a video-based performance of four people living in the Rashidieh Refugee Camp. Located on the coast of Lebanon, a sea separates the camp from Palestine. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Camp Pauseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is looking at people's relationship with that sea as an open space, but at the same time as people who are being trapped within the conďŹ nement of a camp,â&#x20AC;? explained El Khoury. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The video came naturally as a format there, because you cannot â&#x20AC;Ś bring much out of it, other than sound and video.â&#x20AC;? Camp Pause | Sept. 12-Dec. 14. Times vary. Free. Canaday Library Rare Book Room at Bryn Mawr College, 150 N. Merion Ave, Bryn Mawr. fringearts.com/event/camppause/

Stories of Refuge What is a day in the life of a refugee? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stories of Refugeâ&#x20AC;? centers on the many Syrians who ďŹ&#x201A;ed after the 2011 uprising to European countries, many who entered through unofďŹ cial borders, to ďŹ nd refuge. In collaboration with Petra Serhal from Dictaphone Group, El Khoury gave Syrian refugees in Munich, Germany, hidden cameras so they could ďŹ lm their lives for a day. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC; El Khoury and Serhal then added audio to the visuals captured of interviews with the refugees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The video has also been used out of necessity because they were ďŹ lmed in camps where refugees are,â&#x20AC;? explained El Khoury about the use of video. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People are not allowed to enter these spaces, some of them are quite surveilled.â&#x20AC;? Audiences can watch the footage while sitting on metal bunk beds. Stories of Refuge | Sept 6-28. 11am-5pm. Free. Twelve Gates Arts, 51 N. 2nd St. fringearts.com/ event/stories-of-refuge/ Q TWITTER: @ANDREAJCANTOR

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Festival Q&A: Nick Elmi One half of Fringeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highly anticipated FEASTIVAL event sits down with Philly Weekly BY KERITH GABRIEL

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hite tents. Bright lights. Under the Ben Franklin Bridge. This year will mark the ninth that a pairing of the arts and some of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best culinary chefs combined to beneďŹ t the 18-day Fringe Festival, beginning Sept. 6. FEASTIVAL comes each year without question full of the usual swank and pomp youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d expect. You can be sure that Phillyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s selfproclaimed foodies and her Instagram brigade will be out in full force, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all for a great cause as more than 30 restaurants and bars will pair to deliver neighborhoodinspired dishes for one night only. FEASTIVAL has raised more than $3 million for the Fringe Festival, according to organizers, and the planning and execution of the night over the last few years has been courtesy of Philly chef-restaurateurs Michael Solomonov and Nick Elmi. We got the latter to let us know what goes into preparing for a onenight event, feeding Philadelphia, and the surprising camaraderie in the industry among top chefs all vying to be the best in the city.

working with new ďŹ&#x201A;avors. We're also providing the chefs with cooking equipment so they will be making their dishes live at the event.

How much fun is it to plan FEASTIVAL each year? When does planning the event actually begin?

When you're not in the kitchen, what's can you find Nick Elmi doing?

Planning FEASTIVAL is a lot fun. Really, the day after the event we start planning for the next year. This year was really exciting for Mike Solomonov and I because we got to dream up an entirely new concept. It was great to have chefs we admire join us on this ride and be open to teaming up to make something theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never made before.

What sorts of things did you and Michael Solomonov discuss when it came to the planning and execution of dishes for FEASTIVAL? FEASTIVAL is a Philly event. We knew we wanted to provide a focus for the chefs to draw inspiration from, and our city was the obvious choice. Once we decided to use the neighborhoods as inspiration, that helped us put together the pairings and ďŹ gure out which pairings to assign to neighborhoods. We wanted to push the chefs outside of their comfort zones and have them

You both have a handful of successful eateries all over the city, but how hard is it to maintain top dog status with so many great restaurants and restaurateurs vying to be the best? Philly's food scene has changed so much over the years and there are a lot of talented chefs here. It really keeps you on top of your game, but everyone is supportive. It's like we're all pushing each other to do better. Every time a chef accomplishes something, I'm happy for them â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and then I want to do more.

What excites you about the Fringe Festival's return every year? There is nothing else like it in Philly! The shows are amazing and crazy. You never know what to expect, but it's always a great time.

Spending time with my family. The restaurants keep me pretty busy and I also do a lot of traveling (Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m currently at the MAD Symposium in Copenhagen), so I take every opportunity to hang out my wife and kids.

Why'd you choose Philly to host your establishments? I moved here when I was 19 to take an internship at Brasserie Perrier because I wanted to see a different city and immediately fell in love with Philly. I traveled around a bit in my 20s but I ďŹ nally came back for good in 2008. Philly always felt like my home. Now I have a wife, two kids and three restaurants so I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t leave, and I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want it any other way. Q Audi FEASTIVAL | Thursday, Sept. 27. 7-10pm (VIP, 6pm) FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd., phillyFEASTIVAL.ticketleap. com/2018audiFEASTIVAL/ TWITTER: @SPRTSWTR

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Digital Fringe BY ANDREA CANTOR

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A Stroke of Luckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Tom Luther presents an audio/visual restructuring of having a stroke and the recovery process. It is an experience that can make people understand better of what they have experienced, have not experienced or could one day experience. http:// tomlutherpiano.com/a-stroke-of-luck.html

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These women â&#x20AC;&#x153;wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t shut up,â&#x20AC;? so stop trying and start listening. Presented by Bady Works, these women will cover the issues that need attention and resolution. In a night of personal storytelling, topics will include white privilege, the wage gap, racism, gentriďŹ cation, sexual harassment, police violence, and more. | Sept. 7-9, Sept. 14-16. 6pm, 7pm. $15. Rose Valley Storytelling House Concerts, 3 Rose Valley Road. fringearts.com/event/no-we-wont-shut-up-6/fringearts.com/event/no-we-wont-shut-up-6/

Do you need the lowdown on all things â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fringeâ&#x20AC;?? Art Isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Easy has got all of the commentary you desire wrapped into a digital piece that also highlights the two-person company's work. Gain perspective on the craft and needs of an artist as you enter a digital wonderland of performance. facebook.com/pg/artisnteasyofďŹ cial/ videos

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Death Is a Cabaret Olâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Chumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Who says a graveyard has to be all doom and gloom? REV Theatre Company will liven up the night, and maybe those eternally asleep, with a cabaret like no other. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not already heading over to Laurel Hill Cemetery to watch this show, there will also be free cocktails. Not too shabby, right â&#x20AC;&#x153;olâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; chumâ&#x20AC;?? | $30. Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave. Sept. 14-23. fringearts.com/event/death-isa-cabaret-ol-chum-6/

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ShakesBEER Rouletteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Warning, this ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t your ninth-grade Shakespeare class. Fans of the playwright, games, and/ or beer will get a kick out spinning the wheel of Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most iconic works. The scene the wheel stops on will be performed by the Manayunk Theatre Company. | Sept. 1315, Sept. 20-22. 7pm. One 9pm showing on Sept. 21. Bourbon Blue, 2 Rector St. fringearts. com/event/shakesbeerroulette-7/

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;CRAVEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Humansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; How far can humans be pushed? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Humansâ&#x20AC;? centers on 10 acrobrats who will leave the ropes and harnesses at hope and instead use each other to do physically outstanding acts. In a performance that ruminates on the idea of trust, strength and perseverance, Circa performers will strip humanity down to its core. | Sept. 28: 8pm. Sept. 29: 2pm. Prices vary. Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St. fringearts. com/event/humans/

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Starting on a new path gets dicey when those old skeletons creep up behind you. Trying to attain â&#x20AC;&#x153;personal holiness,â&#x20AC;? John is tested when his guilty pleasures start resurfacing. Presented by CAUTION Theater Co., ďŹ nd out whether he can forever let go of what he craves the most. | Sept. 14-16. 2pm, 8pm showings. $10. Black Box Theater, URBN Center Annex, 3401 Filbert St. fringearts.com/event/crave-5/

Center City â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Almost Pregnantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Faced with infertility, Becca physically undergoes assisted reproduction and mentally as well as spiritually journeys through the scientiďŹ c and theological questions of her current state. With two live puppets as her conďŹ dants, Becca brings in the Jewish traditions of questioning and storytelling through humor, reďŹ&#x201A;ection and inquisitiveness. Overlooking the whole scene is an onstage violinist, playing Beccaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fate. | Sept. 11-16. Times vary. $20. The PlayGround at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St. fringearts.com/event/almostpregnant-6/

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Fly Eagles Flyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; For all those Philly underdogs, this show by â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tribe of Foolsâ&#x20AC;? is for you. When Gwen ďŹ nds her inner green, the newly converted Eagles fan is met with backlash from all sides of the spectrum. Whether she is called out for not being â&#x20AC;&#x153;a real fanâ&#x20AC;? or a hypocrite to her feminist roots, Gwen struggles to reconcile the different facets of her life to fully enjoy her new fandom. | Sept. 8-22. 2pm and 8pm showings. $15-$25. Louis Bluver Theatre at the Drake InterAct Theatre Company, 302 S. Hicks St. fringearts.com/event/ďŹ&#x201A;y-eagles-ďŹ&#x201A;y/

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Stifters Dingeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Streetplayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

â&#x20AC;&#x153;A play without actors. A performance without performers,â&#x20AC;? reads the performanceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ofďŹ cial description. Intriguing! Inspired by the 19th century poet and writer Adalbert Stifter, currentday German composer Heiner Goebbels crafts a musical masterpiece comprised of stage props. Making the inanimate animate, the stage comes alive as various props play the musical score. With an overlay of recordings of political ďŹ gures and artists, the performance ruminates on the idea of the unknown and its political ramiďŹ cations. | Sept. 7-9. Times vary. $15-$29. The Navy Yard, Building 611, 1120 Flagship Drive. fringearts.com/event/stifters-dinge/

Join the Renegade Company on a trip into Kensingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s past, present and future. Written and performed by the neighborhood residents, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Streetplayâ&#x20AC;? engages and challenges audience members to envision coexistence. Through a performance, personal story-sharing and activities, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Streetplayâ&#x20AC;? invites you to â&#x20AC;&#x153;take control of the narrative and aid in the rewritingâ&#x20AC;? of Kensington. | Sept 6-16. 6pm. Free. Allegheny El Stop, 3200 Kensington Ave. fringearts. com/event/kensington-streetplay-8/

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Chaos Theoryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; The presidential election happened in 2016, midterms are coming and the world feels like itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pulling at the seams. When the standard rules are out the window, leave it to veteran Fringe artist and multi-disciplinary game designer Jessica Creane to make sense of whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s left. A performance that includes interactive games and comedic mathematical lectures, put on your thinking caps for a night of humor and wit. | Sept. 6-8. 8pm. $15. New Liberty Distillery, 1431 N. Cadwallader St. fringearts. com/event/chaos-theory-3/

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;feral wild girl childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; This one is for the Fringe diehards. Nothing says the annual Fringe Festival like this fully immersive and interactive play about a hospitalized child who paints on the walls. With art, dance and even karaoke as an escape from impending mortality, performance artist Magda will take you on a trip into the mind of a gravely ill but wild child. Beware the splash zone, wear clothes you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mind getting paint on! | Sept. 5-30. 3pm and 8pm showings. $15. Bok, 1901 S. 9th St. http://fringearts.com/event/feral-wild-girl-child-16/

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Le Super Grand Continentalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The William Penn Storyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

Hey, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Fringe Festival, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got to big â&#x20AC;&#x201C; super grand even! Put on your dancing shoes and shimmy on over to the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a collaborative spectacle of dance. The Montreal-based choreographer Sylvain Ă&#x2030;mard returns from her 2012 Fringe Festival performance with 200 Philadelphians of all backgrounds to perform a synchronized dance. For an evening of joy and movement, this is one you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to miss. | Sept. 8: 4pm and 8pm. Sept. 9: 4pm. Free. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. fringearts.com/ event/le-super-grand-continental-2/

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hip-hop meets alt-rock meets jazz-funk meets 18th-century Quaker ideology.â&#x20AC;? Presented by Brotherly Love Theatre Company, in partnership with Pennsbury Manor, Pennâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s country estate, audiences can learn the story of Phillyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s founding father and the 17th century through a contemporary and accessible lens. This musical is perfect for the whole family to enjoy. | Sept. 9 and 16: 4pm. Sept. 13 and 19: 7:30pm. $20. Lemon Hill Mansion, 801 Lemon Hill Drive. fringearts. com/event/the-william-penn-story-4/

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Variations on Themes from Lost and Foundâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;: Scenes from a Life and other works by John Bernd

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In homage of choreographer John Bernd, delve into the artistic genius of a man taken too soon during the height of the AIDS crisis. This is Berndâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last seven works meshed into one performance piece. Berndâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s friend and collaborator Ishmael Houston-Jones and choreographer Miguel Gutierrez blend Berndâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last seven works into one performance piece. Houston-Jones once asked, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What would contemporary dance be like if the gay/dance communities hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lost a whole generation of creators to the epidemic?â&#x20AC;? In an attempt to answer this question, the collaborators give rise to what Berndâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s later pieces could have been. | Sept. 14-15: 8pm. Sept. 16: 2pm. $15-$35. Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 North American St. fringearts.com/event/variationson-themes-from-lost-foundjohn-bernd-2/

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Lockhardtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Timely and pertinent to conversations around gun control, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lockhardtâ&#x20AC;? centers on an AP English class during a school shooting. Presented by Heart-Soul-Control HSC Productions, teacher Ms. Hendricks must ďŹ gure out whether school protocol and procedure are enough to save herself and her students. | Sept. 7-8, 14-15. 8pm. $20. Arcadia Stage at the Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2nd St. fringearts.com/ event/lockhardt-4/

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Despicable Me 3â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

Grab a blanket, your favorite snacks and all your little minions to watch â&#x20AC;&#x153;Despicable Me 3.â&#x20AC;? Take advantage of the remaining summer nights with the third movie in the animated trilogy about the reformed supervillain Gru and his three adopted children. | 8pm. Free Great Plaza, 101 S. Columbus Blvd. facebook.com/events/170227443681208/

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Jill McCracken, Alyssa Joseph and Scavengers Like Me

An evening of indie soul songwriters and alt. pop/folk goodness! Jill McCracken hits Philly supporting the release of her new album â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shake Me Up,â&#x20AC;? joined by beloved Philly acts Alyssa Joseph and Scavengers Like Me. | 8pm-midnight. $8-$10. Bourbon & Branch, 705 N. 2nd St. ticketfly.com/purchase

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Flow Tribe End of Summer Beer Garden

Come visit the MĂźtter Museum for the annual End of Summer Beer Garden before the holiday weekend with full museum access. Enjoy access to the entire MĂźtter Museum during these exclusive late-night hours and drink specialty beers and sangrias in the Benjamin Rush Medicinal Garden. | 6-10pm. Free-$12. Mutter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 19 S. 22nd St. eventbrite. com/e/end-of-summer-beer-garden

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tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Labor Day Weekend in Philly, so that can only mean one thing â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Made in America! Back at the Parkway, music mogul Jay-Z has curated nearly 70 acts for the iconic two-day music festival. Headlining this year are Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj and Post Malone. It probably goes without saying that this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fest comes after much heated debate with the City on its future locale. But seeing as how Mayor Jim Kenney has seen the error of his music ways, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s let bygones be bygones and enjoy an incredible lineup of talent on the Parkway â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Made in Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rightful home. Sept. 1-2. Times vary. $175. Ben Franklin Pkwy. madeinamericafest.com

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An evening you will forget for the rest of your life

Two comedians and a banjo. Need more of a hint? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Steve Martin and Martin Short of course! The comic legends and real-life friends are touring with their variety show that will be ďŹ lled with laughs and music. Joining the pair will be Grammy Award-winning bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jimmy Kimmel Liveâ&#x20AC;? keyboardist Jeff Babko. While the artists joke that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a forgettable evening, it is still a night you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to miss! | 8pm. Prices vary. The Mann Center for Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave. manncenter.org

Get into the ďŹ&#x201A;ow of the week with Flow Tribe. The six-member American funk rock band will be bringing their New Orleans beats for your listening pleasure. | 8pm. $15. The Foundry, 29 E. Allen St. thefillmorephilly. com/

FRIDAY, AUGUST 31 COMEDY

Wonder Bus Tour with Emily Kinslow

Imagine this: Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in Hollywood, California, taking a behind-the-scenes tour through your favorite TV showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s set. Now imagine watching your fave stars chatting, ďŹ ghting and ďŹ&#x201A;irting between takes creating a blooper reel before your very eyes. Stop imagining. Hop on the Wonder Bus Tour and ďŹ nd out. | 9-10pm. $10. Philly Improv Theater, 2030 Sansom St. phillyimprovtheater. ticketleap.com/wonderbus-tour-with-emilykinslow-08-31-2018/

DRINKS

Wines and Beers of the American Revolution

So what did the Founding Fathers drink anyway? Which Founding Father is considered the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Father of American Wineâ&#x20AC;? and why? How cool was Philly during its heyday as the largest metropolis in North America and the capital city of the United States? Learn about Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drunkard history as you sample wines, ciders and beers like those enjoyed by Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Franklin while founding a new nation right here in the City of Brotherly Love. |

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7-8pm. $29. Pinot Boutique, 227 Market St. pinotboutique.com/events/

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and a long weekend! | 8pm, concert. 9:30pm, ďŹ reworks. Free. Great Plaza at Pennâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Landing, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd. facebook.com/events/164477890902984/

OKTOBERFEST

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Black Pantherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in Clark Park

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wakanda forever!â&#x20AC;? Wear your best superhero outďŹ t and take an adventure to Wakanda to see the smash hit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black Pantherâ&#x20AC;? under the stars! In attendance will be Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, the only Black-woman owned shop of its kind, for activities, giveaways and a costume parade. Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy a free movie in beautiful Clark Park! Food will be available for purchase. | 7-10pm. Free. Clark Park, 4300 Baltimore Ave. facebook. com/events/959582730880235/

COMEDY

Weeding Out The Stoned

Sixteen comedians enter. All but one of them are stoned. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up to all of us to ďŹ nd the sober individual so the entire audience can win prizes! OfďŹ cer Alex Grubard administers ďŹ eld sobriety tests, takes audience testimony, and asks trivia questions of Phillyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier drug-induced comics as we all seek justice by weeding out the stoned. | 8:30-10pm. Good Good Comedy Theatre, 215 N 11th St. goodgoodcomedy.com/weed/

Labor Day Volksfest

Every Labor Day Weekend (Saturday, Sunday, and Monday) the Cannstatter holds its very popular Volksfest (Oktoberfest) party. Three days full of great food, fantastic entertainment, prizes, vendors, rides for the kids and much more. | Noon10pm. Free-$11. Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Road. facebook.com/ events/2647383145487297/

MARKET

Pretzel Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Weekly Farmers Market

Who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t love a good farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s market? Come to this weekly market and shop among vendors who feature locally grown produce, meats and plants as well as locally produced spirits. The market also highlights local artists, bands and food trucks! | 10am-2pm. Free admission. 4300 Silverwood St. facebook. com/events/1741084689306303

ATTRACTION

Farewell to Summer: Closing Weekend at Blue Cross RiverRink

Take one last spin on the carousel, Ferris wheel and roller skating rink before Summerfest closes up shop for the season. The venue will be having fun, family-friendly activities and events all weekend long. | Sept. 1-3. Times vary. Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Columbus Blvd. facebook.com/events/234891230587470/

Family Day

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the ďŹ rst Sunday of the month, which means free admission at the Barnes, family activities and entertainment! Visitors have access to the collection and the chance to view the Renoir: Father and Son/Painting and Cinema exhibition before it closes on Monday. | 10am-5pm. Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. facebook.com/ events/2093029467692337/

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MUSIC

Smooth Jazz Summer Nights: The Baylor Project

Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s get jazzy. This is the last night of the free, outdoor concert series that highlights renowned jazz and blues musicians from across the globe. The Baylor Project will play out the end of August with those smooth jazz beats. | 7:30-9pm. Free. Great Plaza at Pennâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Blvd. facebook.com/ events/604292319936469/

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 LABOR DAY

Labor Day Concert with Fireworks

Celebrate the traditional end-of-summer with a free concert by The U.S. Army Band Downrange, followed by ďŹ reworks. What a spectacular way to celebrate Labor Day â&#x20AC;Ś

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Mad Decent Block Party Presents: Diplo and Friends Art Star Pop Up Market

Shop â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;til you drop at this weekly, handmade pop up market curated by Art Star within Spruce Street Harbor Park. Peruse crafts as well as local produce and plants by the waterfront. You never know what you just might ďŹ nd. | Noon-5pm. Free. Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd. artstarcraftbazaar.com/aboutspruce-street-harbor-park/

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Welcome to the Party,â&#x20AC;? with music spinning by DJ Diplo. Even if you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t attend Made in America, get a taste of the fest with Diploâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;friendsâ&#x20AC;?: Cashmere Cat, Jai Wolf, Anna Lunoe and Dirty South Joe. | 10pm. $40. The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen St. concerts1. livenation.com/mad-decent-block-partypresents-diplo-philadelphia-pennsylvania-09-02-2018/event/02005510EEB80FFA

MUSEUM

PECO Free First Sunday

Fun with Fabulous Fungi with Faith Watson

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ground fruiting structures: knobs, buttons, shelves, cups and umbrellas we all know as mushrooms. While this hike is not about touching or eating the fungi, it will make for some great photography. | 10-11:30am. Free. The Cedars House, 200 W. Northwestern Ave. fow.org/event/fun-fungi-fw1/

MUSIC

& Family Festival

Celebrate Labor Day with a day jampacked with activities. Start with a preparade kickoff rally, then parade and ďŹ nish off with the Philadelphia AFL-CIO Family Celebration. Enjoy food, refreshments, kids activities, crafts and live music as you celebrate Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s workers. | 8:30am-2pm. Free. Sheet Metal Workersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Local 19 Union Hall, 1301 S. Columbus Blvd. facebook. com/events/221841861830048/?active_ tab=about

MUSIC:

Comfy Screen/Play Presents: Prince + Questlove: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Under The Cherry Moonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

Celebrate Princeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Under the Cherry Moonâ&#x20AC;? and its brilliant soundtrack with a special brunch. The event will feature a screening of the ďŹ lm followed by an exclusive video interview with renowned Prince expert Ahmir â&#x20AC;&#x153;Questloveâ&#x20AC;? Thompson. The afternoon will close out with a live music performance and set from Questlove, inspired by the ďŹ lm and featuring songs from Princeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s catalogue. The entry price includes one rafďŹ&#x201A;e ticket to win a custom designed Prince-inspired jacket from Miss TLC. | 1pm. $30. World Cafe Live Philadelphia, 3025 Walnut St. ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1740680?utm_ medium=ampOfficialEvent&utm_ source=fbTfly

FITNESS

Wissahickon Warriors Yoga

Get into warrior position and tap into your inner chi. Bring a mat for this all-level yoga class. Come for a great stretch and post-class pint. The yoga class happens every Sunday. | Noon-1pm. $12. Wissahickon Brewing Company, 705 W. School House Lane. wissahickonbrew.com

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 OPEN MIC

Community Drafts

Think you got the creative chops to take the stage? Show off your talent at this monthly open mic series open to all artists of all genres. Performances should be kept to less than 15 minutes. | 8-11pm. Free. Lucky 13 Pub, 1820 S. 13th St. facebook.com/ events/1663602477101621/

LABOR DAY

Philadelphia Labor Day Parade

Get Comfy and settle in for a night of music! Unwind with a lineup of indie rockers, including The Sharp Shadows, Kangaroo and Slophouse. | 6:30pm. $7. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. kungfunecktie.com/ event/1742621-comfy-philadelphia/

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XPN Welcomes Mac DeMarco Storytime in the Square

For the perfect summertime activity for kids of all ages, come for a storytime reading at Franklin Square Pavilion. The weekly stories are read by Margaret Bernardi of the Independence Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. | 10-11am. Free. Franklin Square, 6th and Race streets. facebook.com/ events/225681314817962/?event_time_ id=225681321484628

MOVIES

Philadelphia Psychotronic Film Society Meeting

Calling all movie buffs. Come for free screenings of cult/weirdo/B-movie fare. BYOB and watch a ďŹ&#x201A;ick with other ďŹ lm lovers. After signing into three meetings, you will receive an enamel pin of the Philadelphia Psychotronic Film Society Logo. | 7:30-9:30pm. Free. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St. psychotronicphilly.org/

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Paradiseâ&#x20AC;? tells the story of Isa, Daz, Grif and Tiny, four Black men who ďŹ nd themselves stuck in a cosmic waiting room in the afterlife. This play, inspired by the ever-growing list of slain unarmed black men and women, depicts these men as symbols of life and hope. Gone but never forgotten, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kill Move Paradiseâ&#x20AC;? illustrates the possibilities of collective transformation and radical acts of joy. The show runs through Sept. 23. | 6:30-8:30pm. $33. Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St. tickets.wilmatheater.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=55043

THEATER

Irving Berlinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Holiday Innâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

Come to opening night of the Walnut Street Theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest musical production. Broadway veteran Jim leaves the bright lights of show business for the quiet of a country farm. But life just isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the same without song and dance, so Jim turns his farmhouse into a fabulous inn with dazzling performances to celebrate each holiday, from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July. But can Jim also work the same magic on his love life?

FRINGE FESTIVAL

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Acrobatics, live music, botany and cheesesteaks. The company behind Fringe hits â&#x20AC;&#x153;Exile 2588â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Leaps of Faith and Other Mistakesâ&#x20AC;? returns to its roots in this indooroutdoor extravaganza of jaw-dropping circus feats, courage, camouďŹ&#x201A;age and contradictions. Going on through Sept. 16, come check out the opening night of your new favorite show. | 8pm. $25. The Garden at The Maas Building, 1320 N. 5th St. fringearts.com/

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cian and reggae icon Ziggy Marley returns to the Mann to support his seventh full-length studio album, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rebellion Rises.â&#x20AC;? Fully written, recorded and produced by Marley, this passionate and indelible new collection of music encourages people to stand together in activism through love. | 6pm. $30-$50.50. The Mann Center for Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave. manncenter.org/events/ziggymarley

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Hanging Bubble Terrarium Workshop

As summer comes to a close, bring some greenery to into your home sweet home with your very own succulent terrariums! Your ticket includes all the ingredients you need to create your terrarium and step-by-step guidance through the entire design process. You will also learn some of the best kept secrets to making sure your succulents thrive in their new home! | 7-8pm. $20. The Schmidtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Commons, 1001 N. 2nd St. eventbee.com/v/buckscountyflowers/ event?eid=149662183#/tickets event/jeannejeanjohnjawn-15/

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hour that features Poocha Coladas. Treat your best pal to homemade dog-friendly â&#x20AC;&#x153;cocktails.â&#x20AC;? Proceeds beneďŹ t the community outreach program at the PSPCA. For every dog that ďŹ nds their forever home at the Pittie Party, the rescue partners pledge to open a spot in their adoption programs for a pit bull from the Animal Care & Control Team of Philadelphiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shelter. | 5-8pm. Free. The Trestle Inn, 339 N. 11th St. eventbrite.com/e/pittie-party-w-pspca-tickets49358645036?aff=efbeventtix

DRINKS

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Scrubsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Trivia

Grab your stuffed dog and come for some â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Scrubsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Trivia. It will be a fun night of ďŹ ve unique and challenging rounds of trivia, celebrating the wacky doctors of Sacred Heart. | 8-10pm. Free. Punch Line Philly, 33 E. Laurel St eventbrite.com/e/scrubs-trivia-registration-48376617766?aff=efbeventtix

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 CAUSES

Pittie Party w/ PSPCA

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Parks on Tap: Pleasant Hill Park

Why go home after work when you can have brews and bites with Parks on Tap? The next stop for the traveling beer garden is Pleasant Hill Park, along the Delaware River in the Torresdale section of Northeast Philadelphia. Kick off the latest stop with a happy hour that beneďŹ ts the park. | 5-10pm. Free admission. Pleasant Hill Park, Linden Ave. facebook.com/events/1672473302841764/

Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plucked, sucked, and tucked â&#x20AC;&#x201C; beauty has met its match! Join Honey and her foulmouthed mama on a darkly comedic, highglitz musical misadventure taking on an army of pint-sized glamazons for Grand Supreme glory! Will she win? Mama say a prayer! An ugly story in a beautiful world. About kids, for adults. | 8:30-9:45pm. $15-$18. Philly Improv Theater, 2030 Sansom St. eventbrite.com/e/ philly-fringe-2018-close-your-legs-honeytickets-48790780538?aff=efbeventtix

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 FILM FESTIVAL

Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival

Grab the popcorn because the Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival is in town. Featuring an eclectic mix of alternative movies from around the world, the festival will screen more than 45 movies. In addition, the ďŹ lm fest will have local art and special guests from the ďŹ lm industry. | Sept. 6-9. Prices and times vary. Proscenium Theater, 302 S. Hicks St. filmfreeway.com/PhiladelphiaUnnamedFilmFestival/tickets

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Poetry vs. Hip-Hop

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poetry vs hip-hop. Who will have the better line and rhyme? Hosted by internationally award-winning poet and comedian Queen Sheba, this nationally touring show is all about the master of the verse. | 8pm. $10-$25. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. worldcafelive.com/event/1745403-poetryvs-hip-hop-philly-philadelphia/

BOOK LAUNCH

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Building the Cycling Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

Celebrate the release of the book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality.â&#x20AC;? Expect beer, food, laughs and learning as Melissa and Chris Bruntlett discuss the process of the Netherlands becoming the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top cycling nation, and how North American cities are starting to implement Dutch-inspired ideas and infrastructure. | 6:30-8:30pm. Free. Firth & Wilson Transport Cycle, 1105 Frankford Ave. 5thsq.org/ building_the_bicycling_city

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Meet and Greet: Rep. Bullock and Rep. Sims

This show is performed in Italian and English, and deals with past Italian immigration and recent immigration that happens worldwide, the values that immigrants bring along, and their life-long difďŹ culties and upsets. | Sept. 5-8. 5pm & 7pm. $29. History of Italian Immigration Museum, 1834 E. Passyunk Ave.

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