Arts & Entertainment

New production explores reincarnation through puppetry 

Whether working with shadow puppets or aerial acrobatics, Leila Ghaznavi explores various vehicles of performance to convey a certain sensation.  “Because I like breaking gravity, finding the visual imagery that’s going to emphasize that emotional...

WaitStaff Sketch Comedy returns to FringeArts Festival

President Trump, the FringeArts Festival and South Philly housewives. These are just a few topics subject to mockery in WaitStaff Sketch Comedy’s latest variety extravaganza, “Sock It To Me!,” an hour-long series of sketches inspired...

“Making Home Movies” projects feature immigrant communities from across the city, including South Philly

Philadelphians originally hailing from Bhutan, Belarus and beyond have created a new collaborative film project hinging on the meaning of home.  Produced by Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Porch Light Program, a collaboration with the city Department...

New contemporary dance piece, “Honey,” comes to South Philly

Whether referring to a loved one or a supplement to tea, “honey” has a few meanings. In an upcoming FringeArts production, a company of contemporary dancers is conveying their own interpretations to the word. Choreographed by...

South Philly-based theater troupe produces new piece about scattering ashes at Wawa

In search for a sentimental space to scatter their father’s ashes, siblings Lee and Joey have settled on a worthy place - a Wawa parking lot. This type of quirky tale with heartfelt foundation speaks...

South Philly choreographer explores memories of her late mother in new theatrical production

Though Nichole Canuso will perform a solo in this year’s FringeArts Festival, the Philadelphia-based choreographer is not necessarily dancing alone. The longtime creative collaborator, whose Newbold-based dance company has been producing original work since 2004,...

Pennsport performing arts company produces fairytale featuring dance, puppets and poetry

An old auto mechanic's garage once sat at the corner of Federal Street and Moyamensing Avenue.  But, when Pennsport resident Jess Noel, founder of Philly Performance Art Club for Kids (PACK), discovered the property a...

New David Lynch-inspired play will be staged at Bok for the Fringe Festival

A mystifying death has rattled a quaint mountainside town.  Mirroring the premise of “Twin Peaks,” an early 1990s television sensation, a troupe of local thespians has transformed the surrealism of filmmaker David Lynch into an...

South Philly resident directs a one-woman twist on Sweeney Todd

In a society where the gap between the haves and the have-nots widens, Sweeney Todd, the subject of a Stephen Sondheim musical, seeks revenge by transforming into a demonic barber living in Victorian-era London.  Several...

New exhibition at Paradigm highlights nuances of street art  

Paradigm Gallery and Studio, 746 S 4th St., has transformed scattered Philadelphia street art into a cohesive exhibition. “Signs,” a multi-artist showcase running through Aug. 31, captures the city’s scope of streetscape creations, highlighting...
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