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24/7 Musical discovery. A unique mix of emerging and heritage blues, rock, world, folk, and alt-country artists.

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World Cafe Archives

Join Talia Schlanger as she navigates the World Cafe through performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists.

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John Cusack: Say Anything
The 1989 comedy/drama “Say Anything” brought popular culture the love story of Lloyd Dobler (actor John Cusack) and Diane Court (actress Ione Skye). An eternal optimist seeks the heart of a “brain trapped in the body of a game show hostess.” Ranked by Entertainment Weekly as one of the greatest modern movie romances (and #11 on the list of 50 best high-school movies), “Say Anything” made a star out of John Cusack who went on to success in multiple films including “High Fidelity,” “Grosse Point Blank,” and “Being John Malkovich,” among others. Now, join John Cusack for a screening of “Say Anything” followed by a LIVE conversation regarding his career and the making of “Say Anything.” Roger Ebert called the movie “one of the best films of the year” when it was released. Fans will now get the opportunity to experience a moderated discussion, with John answering audience questions as well.

presented by Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
06/2019/22 - 06/2019/22
Inspired by the "kids for cash" scandal in Luzerne County in the early 2000s, this compelling new work of musical theater gives voice to the families who fought back against a corrupt political machine that turned children into commodities. Commissioned and developed through the Lantern's New Works Program, this intimate American roots rock drama is the inaugural work of Kittson O'Neill and Tony Award-winning sound designer and composer Robert Kaplowitz.   WORLD PREMIERE Book by Kittson O'Neill Music by Robert Kaplowitz Lyrics by Kittson O'Neill and Robert Kaplowitz Directed by Matthew Decker Music Direction by Amanda Morton

presented by Lantern Theater Company
05/2019/23 - 06/2019/30
Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel’s critically acclaimed play with music is about the creation of the controversial Yiddish play God of Vengeance and is a joyful celebration of art and love.

presented by Arden Theatre Company
05/2019/23 - 06/2019/23
Circuit City
Poet and noise musician Camae Ayewa (Moor Mother) presents her first theatrical work, a futuristic exploration—part musical, part choreopoem, part play—of public/private ownership, housing, and technology set in a living room in a corporate-owned apartment complex.   Framed by Ayewa’s bold poetry and bolstered by new Moor Mother music performed live by Irreversible Entanglements and the Circuit City Band, Circuit City is an afrofuturist song cycle for our current climate.

presented by FringeArts
06/2019/20 - 06/2019/22
Kidchella Music Festival 2019
Smith Memorial Playground’s wildly popular Kidchella Music Festival is back for a sixth year with three fun-filled concerts for children and families scheduled for Friday, June 14, July 12 and August 9! Each date will feature live music in the 6 ½ acre Playground by nationally acclaimed Children’s Music artists in addition to youth performances, arts stations, special giveaways, and yummy food trucks. At 4pm families are invited to Smith for free play in the Playground and youth arts performances and lawn games in the Youth Arts Zone. Families may purchase dinner from a variety of popular food trucks or bring food for a picnic in the Playground. The main concert will begin at 6pm and will feature a fantastic lineup of family-friendly music curated by Support for Kidchella provided in part by Franke Group, Friends Central, WXPN’s Kids Corner,, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation.

presented by Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse
06/2019/14 - 08/2019/09
My Buddy
Directed by Lisa Dawn Miller, My Buddy takes the audience on a journey that explores the deep bond between a father and son. Sharing personal anecdotes, Sandy brilliantly captures the nuance of his father’s comedic style as he reminisces about a lifetime together, including the 10 years they spent touring on the road, sharing stories and memories from the beginning days of Buddy’s career, to his skyrocketing success as a movie star and night club entertainer, to being the most sought after comedian of his day – to his rule breaking, fearless comedic truth, which broke barriers paving the way for today’s comedians.

presented by Bristol Riverside Theatre
06/2019/28 - 06/2019/30
Jackson Pines and Mike Frazier
PMC Presents: Jackson Pines and Mike Frazier Friday, June 21, 2019 Doors 7:30pm | Music 8:00pm About Jackson Pines: “[A] duo from Jersey — Jackson, to be specific, nestled in the pine barrens — core members Joe Makoviecki (vocals, guitar) and James Black (bass) teamed up with some heavy-hitting friends for their debut LP Purgatory Road, which came out on February 8th. The record is an expert set of indie folk, drawing on the melodies and arrangements of bluegrass and mountain music but incorporating it tastefully into Makoviecki’s songs, which are very much of the now.” - John Vettese, WXPN, The Key About Mike Frazier: Mike Frazier is a lyric-spinning Virginian who blends Americana, folk and rock n roll music to tell tales of life in the Shenandoah Valley. He released his debut LP “Elegy” on AF Records and is slated to release his sophomore LP on Geneva Records in May of 2019.

presented by Philadelphia Folksong Society
06/2019/21 - 06/2019/21
Oshima Brothers and Rainbow Girls
PFS Presents Oshima Brothers and Rainbow Girls Sunday, June 23, 2019 Doors 7pm | Music 7:30pm Oshima Brothers' magnetic sibling sound and contagious joy result from a lifetime of making music together. Raised in a musical family in rural Maine, the brothers have honed a harmony-rich blend of contemporary folk and acoustic pop. On stage, Sean and Jamie create a surprisingly full sound with dynamic vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, octave bass, loops, and percussion. Rainbow Girls are an eclectic folk trio hailing from the golden countryside just north of California's Bay Area. Comprised of three unique musical talents - Vanessa May, Erin Chapin, and Caitlin Gowdey - they seamlessly combine soul-touching harmonies, vari-textured instrumentals, and poignant lyrical content into an unusually beautiful sonic tapestry.

presented by Philadelphia Folksong Society
06/2019/23 - 06/2019/23
One Man, Two Guvnors
This uproarious, fast-paced farce follows the mixed fortunes of failed musician Francis Henshall. The plot is simple. Down on his luck and perpetually hungry, Francis suddenly finds himself employed by two bosses. One is disguised as her recently deceased infamous gangster brother while trying to extort money from her dead brother’s fiancée’s dad.   The other is her boyfriend, who killed her brother and is hiding from the police until they can be reunited. Simple, right? Richard Bean adapts Goldoni’s 1753 commedia A Servant of Two Masters and turns it into a hysterical British sex comedy set in the swinging sixties in Brighton, England.   The Philadelphia premiere of this award-winning adaptation will star Quintessence and 1812 favorite Sean Close.

presented by Quintessence Theatre Group
06/2019/05 - 06/2019/30
Who's Your Daddy
Think You Know the Founding Fathers Find Out by Taking Our Historic Cemetery Tour Friday and Saturday - 4:30 PM At Christ Church Burial Ground 5th and Arch Streets Our tour will reveal some very unique fathers found in the soil of our cemetery. A special end of tour quiz will test your attention and cognizance following the journey. (….and at the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where started and know the place for the first time.) T. S. Elliot The tour takes place in an outdoor cemetery. There is limited wheelchair access. Tags: TOURS ENTERTAINMENT FAMILY HISTORY LECTURES & LITERATURE SPECIAL EVENTS

presented by Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
06/2019/21 - 06/2019/22
Crazy for You
Music & Lyrics by George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin•Book by Ken Ludwig Co Conception by Ken Ludwig & Mike Ockrent•Inspired by material by Guy Bolton & John McGowan•Originally produced on Broadway by Roger Horchow & Elizabeth Williams•Original Broadway Choreography by Susan Stroman Directed by Gina Lamparella Treasured Gershwin songs meet sparkling, sensational dances in the ultimate feel-good musical comedy for the summer season. From acclaimed Lend Me a Tenor and The Three Musketeers funnyman playwright Ken Ludwig,this Tony Award-winning musical sends a banker with show business stars in his eyes from New York to Deadrock, Nevada on official business. Mistaken identities, love at first sight, and hijinks hilarity resuscitate an abandoned theater and the spirit of a small town. With a wealth of memorable tunes including “I’ve Got Rhythm,” “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” Crazy for You bubbles over with spectacular show-stopping numbers.

presented by Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
06/2019/12 - 06/2019/30
Love Is Here to Stay
It’s the music you know and love. Filled with hit after hit, Love Is Here To Stay features the standards in pop culture we’ll never forget. You’ll enjoy songs like It Had to Be You, Just in Time, and Ain’t Misbehavin’

presented by Bristol Riverside Theatre
06/2019/13 - 06/2019/23
Betty’s Summer Vacation by Christopher Durang
Christopher Durang’s 1999 comedy leaves a trail of tears from the merely perverse to the apocalyptic in a route that (audience be trigger warned) includes scenes involving the whereabouts of a severed penis, homage to Mr. Durang's artistic ancestor, Joe Orton. Twenty years since its creation, the play’s themes conjure current events, including the Michael Jackson scandal via the documentary Leaving Neverland; daily discussion of the Rule of Law (or lack thereof); Lorena Bobbitt’s Amazon docuseries Lorena, and the ongoing discussion about the effects of the group psychology. Featuring: Kassy Bradford, Anthony Crosby, Chris Fluck, Carlos Forbes, Josh Hitchens, Kirsten Quinn, Bill Rahill, Amanda Schoonover and Tina Brock Directed by Tina Brock Set Design: Dirk Durossette Costume Design: Millie Hiibel Lighting Design: Josh Schulman Sound Design: Adriano Shaplin June 11 – 30, 2019 Walnut Street Theatre Independence Studio on 3 825 Walnut Street, Third Floor

presented by Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium
06/2019/11 - 06/2019/30
Nitrate Kisses
Nitrate Kisses explores eroded emulsions and images for lost vestiges of lesbian and gay culture in this first feature by a pioneer of lesbian cinema, Barbara Hammer.   A forbidden and invisible history of a marginalized people are put in context by the contemporary sexual activities of four gay and lesbian couples. The role of sexuality in the historic present underscores the resistance of two cultures, gay and lesbian, struggling to survive in the complex interaction of power and domination of a dominant heterosexist ideology.   Preceded by: Sisters! (Barbara Hammer). This screening is part of Lightbox Film Center’s new series, Queering the Lens, a selection of groundbreaking nonfiction films that re-imagine or “queer” the form of documentary. Join us prior to this screening at 6pm for Lightbox’s Back Porch Beer Garden!

presented by LightBox Film Center at International House Philadelphia
06/2019/21 - 06/2019/21
Late Night Catechism
Call it Loretta Young meets Carol Burnett. This is part catechism class, part stand-up routine. It is the longest running one-woman show in Off-Broadway history. The New York Times calls it, “hilarious, well-written and inspired.” Jeffrey Lyons from TV’s Sneak Previews calls Late Nite Catechism “something to savor and enjoy….one of the most intimate, rewarding shows in town.”

presented by Bucks County Center for the Performing Arts
06/2019/26 - 06/2019/30
The Great Leap by Lauren Yee
It's 1989 and Manfred Lum, renowned for his basketball hustle in Chinatown, tries to talk his way onto a college team destined for a "friendship" game in China. Coach Saul blocks him hard, but Manfred rebounds and launches himself on a journey to a homeland he's never known. Bouncing between Beijing and San Francisco, between 1989 and 1971, this clever and theatrical play looks at America's arms-length relationship with Communist China and the post-Cultural Revolution through a story about two generations of basketball players. Smart, funny and heart-pumping, Lauren Yee's THE GREAT LEAP will have you on your feet for the final buzzer. Performances run May 31 - June 23, 2019

presented by InterAct Theatre Company
05/2019/31 - 06/2019/23