Medusa Volution
Sep
17
to Sep 20

Medusa Volution

Medusa Volution takes a darkly comedic look at what is really going on with Medusa and her sister archetypes, intertwining their stories with those of modern womanhood, ultimately with a hopeful urge toward transcendence.

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TURF
Sep
13
8:00 PM20:00

TURF

  • 1325 North Randolph Street Philadelphia, PA, 19122 United States (map)
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Inclined Dance Project presents T U R F  

T U R F is an immersive dance experience that places the audience in and around the performance space in an unconventional theater setup. Inspired by our perceptions of environments, transitory locations, and our ability to deal with change, the work features 6  dancers maneuvering their way through an ever-evolving landscape forcing the artists to adapt to continual change. Performed by New York City based Inclined Dance Project, the all-female cast invites the audience to experience dance from a fresh point of view and explore new perceptions of their own environments.

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TURF
Sep
12
7:00 PM19:00

TURF

Inclined Dance Project presents T U R F  

T U R F is an immersive dance experience that places the audience in and around the performance space in an unconventional theater setup. Inspired by our perceptions of environments, transitory locations, and our ability to deal with change, the work features 6  dancers maneuvering their way through an ever-evolving landscape forcing the artists to adapt to continual change. Performed by New York City based Inclined Dance Project, the all-female cast invites the audience to experience dance from a fresh point of view and explore new perceptions of their own environments.

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Male Tears: A Clown Castration
Sep
8
to Sep 9

Male Tears: A Clown Castration

  • 1325 North Randolph Street Philadelphia, PA, 19122 United States (map)
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Brick and Bristle explore masculinity the only way possible, through a red nose and booty shorts. When does masculinity become toxic? With the smallest masks, these two clowns seek to unmask a space where masculinity can be vulnerable. Is castration inevitable? Don’t manspread too much.

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Creative Concepts in Jazz
Aug
21
7:30 PM19:30

Creative Concepts in Jazz

Come out to the 3rd Installment of the Creative Concepts in Jazz series at the Maas Building (downstairs - enter through garden). Hosted by U.S.E. (Urbina, Scarano, Eldred). This month we have the Greg Snyder Trio (featuring John Swana), Mike Lorenz and Chelsea Smarr, and of course, U.S.E. $10 and BYOB.

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Jonathan Davenport | Moonheart | Green and Glass
Apr
18
8:00 PM20:00

Jonathan Davenport | Moonheart | Green and Glass

MAAS Building's "The 5th Side" (Garden Entrance)
Thursday 4.18
8pm
$10

//Jonathan Davenport//

Featuring collaborators Ricardo Lagomasino (Lucy Dacus, Lithuania, Deleted Scenes), Tom Deis (Uni Ika Ai, Via Audio), Isaac Stanford (Slowey and the Boats, The Sunset Club), and Ilan Isakov (Compositions Innumerable), Jonathan Davenport (Dirty Projectors, Buried Beds) presents romps and ruminations on love, nature, and doom.

//Moonheart//

Moonheart is an electro-soul duo made up of singer/guitarist Kim Mayo and producer/keyboardist Michael Sachs. Together, they create a sound at once surreal and deeply personal; Mayo’s intimate storytelling and warm, eclectic vocals blended with Sachs’s lush, driving production bend and weave to create a sound at once deeply familiar and refreshingly new. Based in Brooklyn, the duo crystallized in the Winter of 2015, and released their first EP, Blow, in October 2016. The trio of songs, connected in their minimalism, romance, and nostalgia, have been described by The Line of Best Fit as "an eerie delight that leaves the listener prying for more,” and as a collection of “tender pop songs that drift between genres effortlessly” by Gold Flake Paint. They are set to release their second EP, feel it out, via Otherfeels in October of 2018.

//Green and Glass//

Green and Glass spins melodic on top of mountain grooves, using sonar to navigate the case of the missing crescendo. Green and Glass is a mysterious vessel. Band members are Sam Decker, Dave Flaherty, Andrew McGovern, Lucia Stavros, and Ryan Dugre.

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Imposter | Eldred, Scarano, Urbina
Mar
12
7:30 PM19:30

Imposter | Eldred, Scarano, Urbina

Doors at 7:30pm
$5 Cover // BYOB

8pm | Imposter
Imposter is an experimental trio featuring Isabel Crespo, Emilio Mesa, and Skyler Hill. Rooted in their experience with free improvisation, Imposter aims to bridge the gap between acoustic and electronic mediums by using effected voice, saxophone, and guitar/keys in nonconventional ways. Their debut album will be out on March 1st.

9pm | Eldred, Scarano, Urbina
Sandy Eldred (bass), Matt Scarano (drums), and Andrew Urbina (saxophone) started playing together in late 2017. Their instant affinity for improvising together over unique forms is what propelled their current project. Each member contributes compositions to the bands collectively focused sound. The trios first record is to be released in 2019.
https://youtu.be/9t24wvfsBvQ

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Secret Sunset Show with Martha Stucky and Guests
Feb
24
5:00 PM17:00

Secret Sunset Show with Martha Stucky and Guests

Join us for an intimate solo show featuring Martha Stucky w/ special guests Mariah Del Rio & Logan Roth, Emily Bate, and Liana Moskowitz.
Martha “I'll be playing originals and some covers. Let's just say if 90's country pop is your thing then this show is also your thing.”
What: An intimate concert at sunset
When: Sunday, February 24th; Doors at 5:00p
Where: Hi5 Studio at The Maas Building & 5th Side. (IMPORTANT: You will enter through the garden at 1320 N 5th Street)
How: Reserve your tickets NOW. Seating is limited!

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Secret Cinema: Andy Warhol & Friends
Jan
25
8:00 PM20:00

Secret Cinema: Andy Warhol & Friends

Secret Cinema presents ANDY WARHOL AND FRIENDS:
'60/'70S ART DOCUMENTARIES at Maas Building

On Friday, January 25, The Secret Cinema will return to the historic Maas Building with a new program showcasing documentaries from the 1960s and 1970s about the contemporary modern art world, with a heavy emphasis on Andy Warhol and his Factory scene. While we've previously presented several screenings devoted to films made BY Warhol, we've never shown any of the films that comprise ANDY WARHOL AND FRIENDS: '60/'70S ART DOCUMENTARIES (the "Friends" in our title refers to coverage of or comments by other major artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Jackson Pollack, Willem de Kooning, and several others).

There will be one complete show at 8:00 pm. Admission is $9.00.

As always -- still -- Secret Cinema programs are shown using 16mm (not video, not digital) FILM projected on a giant screen.

ANDY WARHOL AND FRIENDS: '60/'70S ART DOCUMENTARIES will include:

ANDY WARHOL (1973) - This excellent, nearly hour-long look at Warhol at the start of the Seventies includes interviews with many friends and contemporaries of the artist and filmmaker, who is himself seen at the Factory, the Cannes Film Festival and the Brooklyn Museum. Many art works and film clips are presented, as are Henry Geldzahler, Barbara Rose, Emile de Antonio, Phillip Johnson, Taylor Mead, Brigid Polk, Viva, Paul Morrissey, Jasper Johns and many more. Andy is fascinating and funny as always, declaring that "Department stores are the new museums," and that he'd be a better president than Richard Nixon because, "I'd put carpets in the streets."

ANDY WARHOL AND ROY LICHTENSTEIN (1966) - This incredible film, from the golden age of CINÉMA VÉRITÉ, was made by PBS-predecessor National Educational Television. It starts with a fairly relaxed interview with Pop Art pioneer Lichtenstein, who shows his studio. Warhol is then interviewed about various topics (including his legendary appearance at his ICA show in Philadelphia). He's then shown using silkscreens with Gerard Malanga, threading up THE 13 MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMEN on his own 16mm projector in the Factory…and then discussing his new discovery, rock band the Velvet Underground. In the absolute best footage of the group that exists, the full original lineup perform live takes of "Venus in Furs" and "Heroin" while Andy and Gerard fill silver balloons with helium. If only we'd had access to this reel when we presented our VELVET UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVALS!

ART OF THE SIXTIES (1967) - This wide-ranging film was produced by Leonard Harris, culture critic for New York's WCBS-TV (and the actor playing Senator Pallantine in TAXI DRIVER!). Seen talking and working are artists Claes Oldenburg, Donald Judd, Robert Rauschenberg, George Segal, Jackson Pollack, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, light show artist Rudy Stern, installation artist Les Levine, filmmaker Len Lye, and more.

The Maas Building was previously a brewery and a trolley repair shop. This beautifully restored 1859 brick and timber workshop today serves as a multipurpose art event and catering space. Free street parking is available.

SECRET CINEMA WEBSITE: http://www.thesecretcinema.com ·

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Q4 Music Festival: A Beef and Beer Fundraiser for Quartette: The Fil
Oct
7
7:00 PM19:00

Q4 Music Festival: A Beef and Beer Fundraiser for Quartette: The Fil

QUARTETTE: THE FILM is on its way into PRODUCTION!

As we get ready for our rapidly upcoming shoot dates, we are working hard to make our fundraising goal. If you haven't heard about our film, check out our crowdfunding campaign HERE:

www.gofundme.com/quartette-the-film

As one final farewell to summer and kickoff to fall, we are hosting the Q4 Music Festival: A Beef and Beer Fundraiser for Quartette: The Film. Open to the public, we are asking $20 Donation ($12 for kids - yes, this is a family friendly event!) at the door for entry. Already donated? Check your email for an official invite!

With your $20 donation, you get:
***Food and Drink (OPEN BAR!!!)***
***One raffle ticket for our DOOR PRIZE ($60 VALUE)***
***Entry for 4 LIVE MUSIC performances by local musicians***
***DJ and DANCING***

Performances By:
DJ Paramount - Anthony Lovelace
Kelly Filios
Hakase
Jac with No K
The Late Bloomers

THERE WILL BE MORE RAFFLE PRIZES VALUED UP TO $300!

Doors at 7:30pm
Live music, DJ, and Dancing until midnight
Beef, Beer, and soft drinks included (vegetarian option will be available)

We hope to see you there - and again, we appreciate your support towards our independent film project.

Bianca Sanchez
Producer
Q4 Beef & Beer
Quartette: The Film

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True West
Sep
22
8:00 PM20:00

True West

Written by Sam Shepard, True West is a character study that examines the relationship between Austin—a screenwriter—and his older brother Lee. Set in the kitchen of their mother’s home 40 miles east of Los Angeles, Austin and Lee find themselves forced to cooperate in the creation of a story that will make or break both of their lives.

Tickets are $20 and available for purchase here: https://fringearts.com/event/true-west/

Wednesday, September 12 at 8pm
Thursday, September 13 at 8pm
Saturday, September 15 at 2pm and 8pm
Sunday, September 16 at 2pm
Wednesday, September 19 at 8pm
Thursday, September 20 at 8pm
Friday, September 21 at 8pm
Saturday, September 22 at 2pm and 8pm

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Jeanne/Jean/John/Jawn
Sep
9
8:00 PM20:00

Jeanne/Jean/John/Jawn

Incarcerated women fight wildfires. History books are whitewashed. Foundations erode. Tiny changes are imperceptible until they reach a tipping point. Jeanne/Jean/John/Jawn picks up at this moment of catastrophic potential to bring Almanac's signature blend of acrobatic flight, dance, live music, and experimental performance to an oasis of beauty among decaying industry and gentrified condos. Audiences will be asked to move throughout the performance.

Jeanne/Jean/John/Jawn is inspired in part by the story of botanist Jeanne Baret, the first woman to circumnavigate the globe (1766-1769), who did so dressed as a man. Equal parts dance, circus, and storytelling, the show embraces the spirit of fringe, smashing together a mylar shrouded funeral, aerial cargo net, and acrobatic stair dances with surprise appearances from eclectic characters including JeanBenét Ramsey and Jeanne Barét.

The show features live electronic and acoustic music by Red 40 and the Last Groovement frontwoman Martha Stuckey and a guest performance from Circadium School of Contemporary Circus acrobatics instructor Aidan O'Shea.

TICKET INFORMATION
General Admission $25, FringeArts Members save 30%.
Tickets available for purchase at http://fringearts.com/event/jeannejeanjohnjawn-15/
Seating is limited.
No one turned away for lack of funds.

RUNNING TIME
65 Minutes

Suitable for Children 14 and Up

CREDITS
Co-Created and Performed by:
Jess Adams**
Nick Gillette*
Ben Grinberg*
Desiree Hall**
Lauren Johns*
Aidan O'Shea

Live Music Written and Performed by: Martha Stuckey

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Tue 9/4 8pm -- Preview Performance
Wed 9/5 8pm -- Preview Performance
Thu 9/6 7pm -- Opening Night with party
Fri 9/7 8pm
Sat 9/8 2pm & 5pm
Sun 9/9 2pm & 8pm
Tue 9/11 8pm
Wed 9/12 9pm
Thu 9/13 9pm
Fri 9/14 7pm & 9pm
Sat 9/15 9pm
Sun 9/16 8pm

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ARCHIVE DISCOVERIES: UNSEEN CURIOSITIES FROM THE SECRET CINEMA COLLECTION
Jun
20
4:30 PM16:30

ARCHIVE DISCOVERIES: UNSEEN CURIOSITIES FROM THE SECRET CINEMA COLLECTION

The Secret Cinema will return to the historic Maas Building with another chapter of our ongoing series, ARCHIVE DISCOVERIES: UNSEEN CURIOSITIES FROM THE SECRET CINEMA COLLECTION. Once again we'll feature a mélange of fascinating short films from the past. As we go through our collection, reel by reel, we continually find films that don't
necessarily lend themselves to fitting into a themed group, yet are too interesting, or fun, or funny to not share. None have been shown in previous Secret Cinema programs. Indeed, few of these films are likely to have been seen ANYWHERE in recent years. 

This month's program accidentally has a recurring theme, however: several of the films are about music, in one way or another. 

As always -- still -- Secret Cinema programs are shown using 16mm (not video, not digital) FILM projected on a giant screen.

A few highlights from this new edition of ARCHIVE DISCOVERIES… include:

AMERICAN MUSIC: FROM FOLK TO JAZZ TO POP (1966) – A segment from a sprawling, behind-the-scenes documentary about the mid-sixties music industry. While not much rock 'n' roll is on display, we get to instead visit Nashville's Music Row and Grand Ole Opry, catch Peter, Paul & Mary at the Newport Folk Festival, hear interviews with Richard Rodgers and Duke Ellington, and watch Tony Bennett in the recording studio.

HUNGARIAN RHAPSODY (1930) – William Cameron Menzies was the most important and influential art director of Hollywood's golden age: Menzies created the look of everything from Douglas Fairbanks' THE THIEF OF BAGDAD to GONE WITH THE WIND to the visionary sci-fi masterpiece THINGS TO COME (which he also directed). In the early years of talkies Menzies, in partnership with pioneering film composer Hugo Riesenfeld, produced a series of short films that visualized operettas and other classical works. These films displayed much higher production values than typical one-reel shorts. HUNGARIAN RHAPSODY, based on Franz Liszt's folk music adaptations, is no exception, with gorgeous photography, special effects, sumptuous sets and a wordless story.

MUSICAL JUSTICE (1931) – An entertaining, and frankly weird theatrical short from Paramount starring Rudy Vallée, the famed crooner and bandleader who was arguably the first pop music star of the 20th century. Vallée plays the judge in a court of musical misdemeanors, while his band the Connecticut Yankees is the jury that deliberates, in closed-door jam sessions, over the fates of assorted oddballs charged with melodic
 offenses. Also appearing is the real-life voice of Betty Boop, Mae Questal -- who pleads with the court to not take her boop-oop-a-doop away(!) 

ELVIS WORK TAPE kinescope (1968) – Rare footage of rehearsal sessions for Elvis Presley's 1968 "Comeback Special" for NBC (which was actually titled SINGER PRESENTS...ELVIS). Revealed is some rather lascivious grinding among the dancers, throat clearing, guitar straps failing, and some mild cussing from the King.

Plus much, much more!

Admission is $9.
 

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Holistic Vision Improvement Workshop
Jun
9
12:00 PM12:00

Holistic Vision Improvement Workshop

To commemorate the release of the new 3rd edition of his book Give Up Your Glasses For Good: Holistic Eye Care for the 21st Century, Nathan Oxenfeld will be hosting a handful book launch events on the East Coast of the USA throughout the month of June 2018.

Event Description:
In this enlightening and interactive event, Certified Bates Method Teacher, Nathan Oxenfeld, will teach you three simple and relaxing ways to take better care of your eyes in order to both prevent and reverse all kinds of vision problems naturally. Once you start to take care of your eyes every day, just like you brush your teeth every day, you may begin to actually see more clearly day by day, and decrease your dependency on glasses and contacts to see.

After he successfully reversed his own myopia and astigmatism to the point of no longer needing glasses or contacts, Nathan began helping other people learn and apply the practices and principles of holistic eye care into their lives to achieve better eyesight and insight. He combines the Bates Method, which is a vision training system developed by an ophthalmologist, with Yoga, Meditation, Breathwork and more to address the underlying root causes of vision problems rather than just treating the symptoms with glasses, contacts, or surgeries.

This workshop is open to people of all ages with all types of vision problems, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, dry eyes, computer vision syndrome, eye strain, glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, and more!

During the workshop you will learn exactly what holistic eye care is, how to gradually wean off your prescription glasses, and learn three simple ways to see clearer without glasses. Please wear glasses to the workshop, not contacts. No experience is necessary, just an open mind and open eyes!

$30 to attend!

More at: https://integraleyesight.com/tour/

Register at https://squareup.com/store/integraleyesightimprovement/item/philadelphia-pa-workshop.

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Bario Neal x Sweetflag Sample Sale
Apr
13
3:30 PM15:30

Bario Neal x Sweetflag Sample Sale

Philadelphia's shopping event of the year is finally here! This time around Bario Neal is partnering with Sweetflag, an online retailer for inspiring and restorative home goods, accessories, and smoking accouterments with a distinctly feminine ethos. They'll have incredibly-priced, beautiful adornments and wares for the celebration of love and wellness! Plus, pick up a copy and meet the creators of Womanly Magazine, a publication, and platform that circulates updated health information to women around the world through the lens of art. 

Light refreshments served– RSVP today to shop and celebrate at the Maas Building, Philly's hippest wedding venue.

Visit www.bario-neal.com to learn more.

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Threads of Perception
Mar
24
to Mar 25

Threads of Perception

Christina Eltvedt, candidate for a Master of Fine Arts degree from Temple University, will present "Threads of Perception", a dance installation performance on March 24th + 25th, 2018 at 3PM at The MAAS Building at 1325 N. Randolph Street in Philadelphia. Admission is free and donations will be accepted at the door. 

Set in a surreal atmosphere of jumbled domesticity, "Threads of Perception", explores the idiosyncrasy of perception and the complexity of human relationships. Tethered to their environment by ropes made of multiple strands of yarn, three figures explore their personal limits in relation to each other. As they cross paths and interact, they become increasingly more entangled. The work will feature dancers Elizabeth June Bergman, Avi Wolf Borouchoff, and Christina Eltvedt. Set design by Emily Schuman and Alicia Crosby. Costumes by Julia Haines. Presented by Boyer College of Music and Dance.

Christina Eltvedt is a multidisciplinary artist currently in her third and final year of the dance MFA program at Temple University. Prior to moving to Philadelphia to pursue her graduate degree, Christina lived and worked in Chicago as an artist, performer, choreographer, and dance teacher for many years. Within that time, she danced with the Joel Hall Dancers, was a Danszloop Chicago ensemble member, and worked extensively with dance master Paul Sanasardo. Furthermore, she co-founded Fôr Dance Co. and has produced several full-length concerts. As an independent choreographer and self-produced artist, her work has been widely showcased on stages and site-specific locations nationally with a recent international debut in Gujarat, India. Christina holds a BA in sculpture and dance from Northeastern Illinois University and is a volunteer and advocate for Stand Tall International, a non-profit organization that provides life-saving spinal surgery for children in Tanzania.

Website: www.christinaeltvedt.com
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/174013339884740/

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Secret Cinema Two-Reelers!
Jan
26
8:00 PM20:00

Secret Cinema Two-Reelers!

Secret Cinema unearths vintage comedy TWO-REELERS at Maas Building

From the 1920s through the 1950s, audiences expected a full bill of entertainment from movie theaters. Besides a feature (or two) and coming attractions, they would also watch a newsreel, a cartoon, perhaps a travelog, and more often than not, a comedy short, or "two-reeler." 

Sadly, comedy shorts faded away as television became ubiquitous in  American households, and situation comedies took the place of the theatrical format. Today, the Three Stooges, Laurel and Hardy and Our Gang are the best-known stars of this vanished film genre -- but there were dozens of other stars and series that were familiar to talkie-era audiences.

Some actors who made comedy shorts became huge stars, like Bing Crosby,  Bob Hope and W.C. Fields. But others who were just as famous to moviegoers in the 1930s and 40s -- Leon Errol, Tom Kennedy, Andy Clyde and Billy Gilbert, to name just four once-prominent funnymen -- are, in the 21st century, obscure to all but the most savvy film buffs.

Well, nothing is too obscure for Secret Cinema, and on Friday, January 26, we will return to the Maas Building to celebrate this rich and varied corner of film history. TWO-REELERS will showcase a variety of rarely-seen comedy series and stars of yesterday.

There will be one complete show at 8:00 pm. Admission is $9.00.

The program is still being assembled, but below are details on just a few of the films to be shown. And full disclosure: To fit as much variety into this program as possible, we'll probably also include a few ONE-reel shorts (we thought TWO-REELERS made for a snappier program title!).

NO MORE WEST (1934, Dir: Nick Grinde) - Bert Lahr, later famous as the Cowardly Lion in THE WIZARD OF OZ, stars in this wild burlesque of Westerns. He plays "Gunpowder Bert," a henpecked man who dreams of the romantic frontier. He foils a robbery at a carnival shooting gallery, then somehow winds up sheriff of a Wild West town -- giving Lahr ample opportunity to display the trademark comic mannerisms that kept him working from vaudeville through his 1960s Lay's Potato Chips commercials.

CRACKED SHOTS (1934, Dir: George Stevens) - Producers of short films tried many pairings of actors in their search for perfect comedy chemistry; Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy labored for years in solo outings before producer Hal Roach realized they were funniest when together. 

CRACKED SHOTS features the short-lived team of Tom Kennedy and Will Stanton. Gruff-looking Kennedy (who, contrary to popular rumor, was unrelated to fellow two-reeler star Edgar Kennedy) was featured in countless comedy shorts, and with an assortment of partners. The British Stanton was, for most of his long career, mainly a character actor in bit parts. In this anarchic, somewhat weird short, Kennedy is pushed by Stanton to compete in a skeet shooting match that he is totally unqualified for. Things soon go wrong and his opponent takes umbrage, leading to an unrestrained (and comical) celebration of firepower. Stevens served as cinematographer on many Laurel & Hardy shorts before eventually becoming one of Hollywood's most distinguished directors (SHANE, GIANT). 

GLOVE SLINGERS (1939, Dir: Jules White) - This was the initial entry in an ill-fated series of Glove Slingers shorts, showcasing the misadventures of young pugilists, their amiable college friends, and a rotating cast of older comic players as handlers and trainers. The first two shorts (only) featured beloved third Stooge Shemp Howard in the role of "Uncle Pat," manager of fighter Noah Beery, Jr. Despite the direction by Jules White (who ran Columbia's short films department and thus oversaw their entire run of Three Stooges shorts), GLOVE SLINGERS displays a more naturalistic feel, with (somewhat) gentler comedy bits than seen in the usual Columbia/White house style of slapstick and sound effects. 

Leon Errol short to be announced (we have many to choose from!) - That Leon Errol is virtually unknown to modern audiences borders on the criminal. He emigrated to the U.S. from Australia, and then enjoyed a long career in vaudeville and on Broadway, with some tentative roles in silent slapstick films. It was not until Errol was in his fifties that he perfected the trademark characterization seen in nearly a hundred two-reelers, and numerous features (including several in the "Mexican Spitfire" series, with co-star Lupe Velez) -- and at his peak, the actor  was in his sixties. In these films, Errol plays a balding, somewhat-irascible man with a fondness for drinking and a knack for mix-ups with pretty girls -- leading to inevitable conflicts with his always-suspicious wife. Errol's flustered reactions to the tight spot she winds up in (sometimes innocently and sometimes not) provided the laughs in most of his 165 screen appearances.

MOVIE PESTS (1944) - One of the most prolific and best-known "stars" of 1930s and '40s comedy shorts was Pete Smith, responsible for 209 episodes of "Pete Smith Specialties," as well as another 80 films for other series. Yet Smith's face was unknown, for his specialty was adding sarcastic, wiseguy (and off-screen) narration to these comic looks at the everyday inconveniences of modern life. In this Academy Award-nominated short, Smith catalogs a litany of annoyances one is liable to encounter on a visit to the neighborhood movie theater. 

Plus much, much more!

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The Secret Cinema Afterschool Special:  School Life and Moral Guidance in the '70s & '80s
Oct
6
8:00 PM20:00

The Secret Cinema Afterschool Special: School Life and Moral Guidance in the '70s & '80s

Break out the Crayolas and circle Friday, October 6 on your inner child's appointment book -- that's when the Secret Cinema goes warm and fuzzy and presents THE SECRET CINEMA AFTERSCHOOL SPECIAL: SCHOOL LIFE AND MORAL GUIDANCE IN THE '70S & '80S at the Maas Building.

The program consists of several rare short films made for school projectors and television. While none of them are believed to be from THE ABC AFTERSCHOOL SPECIAL (which featured longer programs), some perhaps share that series' comforting and now nostalgic perspective on the problems of growing up. 

T.S.C.A.S. is yet another in the continuing series of "Greatest Hits" presentations that we are dusting off this year, to mark 25 years of the Secret Cinema. It was originally presented in our very first season at Moore College of Art & Design, in 1997 (and revisited in 2002 with a packed screening at the Print Center).

There will be one complete show at 8:00 pm. Admission is $9.00.

Some highlights of the program are:

INSIGHT: THE PARTY (1971) - Picture this...three high school couples make a weekend trip to the seaside home of someone's absent hipster uncle, with the primary objective of getting laid. A young Meredith Baxter (later Baxter-Birney of BRIDGET LOVES BERNIE and FAMILY TIES) counsels her nervous, virgin friend ("Hey, don't get uptight... all you have to do is relax. You've got it all together -- you've got a guy you dig with experience, a fantastic pad, the ocean -- the whole thing!"), all as a very long-haired Billy Mumy (LOST IN SPACE, BLESS THE BEASTS AND CHILDREN) sings and strums a James Taylor-ish love ballad in the background. This long-running series (25 years) was created by Catholic priest Ellwood E. "Bud" Kieser, for his Paulist Productions company.

In 2006, Mark Quigley and Dan Einstein of the UCLA Film & Television Archive presented a fascinating illustrated talk at the Orphan Film Symposium on this unusual series, called "A Meeting of Church and State: Television's Paulist Twilight Zone: INSIGHT (1963-1980)" It can be listened to (minus illustrations) here.

http://www.nyu.edu/orphanfilm/orphans6/audio/orphans6_day3_quigley.mp3

JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL (1977) - A 40-minute featurette offering embarrassing musical slices of life in school, most notable for the appearance of a 14 or 15-year-old Paula Abdul (who gives a perky performance singing "We're Gonna Have a Party!"). The plot focuses on a Ricky Segall-lookalike who wears puka shells and frets over asking a girl to the dance, between countless painfully cloying songs, like a modern, shorter (but perhaps not better) GREASE. The music was arranged by Julius Wechter, known to A&M Records fans as leader of the Baja Marimba Band.

The participation of Abdul, Wechter, and jazz composer Dave "Schoolhouse Rock" Frishberg (who appears as a rather sadistic shop teacher) marks this otherwise obscure film as having genuine "before and after they were famous" significance. However, we would be remiss if we did not point out an error in IMDB's listing for JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL: the cast member named Ira Kaplan did NOT go on to start the popular indie rock band Yo La Tengo.

REVENGE OF THE NERD (1983, Dir: Ken Kwapis) - Not to be confused with that Anthony Edwards feature film you're thinking of (that was made one year later, and with plural Nerds), this charming short film was initially seen on CBS' "Afternoon Playhouse" series. It follows a similar (if more concise) plot arc, however, with the titular hero using his superior skills with early microcomputers and other high-tech devices in an attempt to gain the respect of his intellectually inferior classmates.

...and more!
 

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 La Milonga Que Faltaba
Oct
1
to Oct 2

La Milonga Que Faltaba

For the first time at The Maas Building & 5th Side... Argentine Tango! All levels welcome for a workshop, performance, and social dance this Sunday, October 1 (7:30 pm to 12:30 am), featuring Marcelo El Chino Gutierrez & Lucía Conde de Ben, finalists in the 2017 World Tango Championships. Complete details here: http://philadelphiatangoschool.com/milonga.html

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Dear Diary LOL
Sep
23
8:00 PM20:00

Dear Diary LOL

AntiGravity Theatre Project presents Dear Diary LOL, a new comedic performance based on the real-life diaries of the show's cast. The ensemble invites you to cringe, laugh, and cry at their most confusing desires, deepest fears, secret shames, and terrible poetry written as coming-of-age girls in the late 90s/early 2000s. The production explodes these diaries with moments of direct address, music, and physical comedy, colliding the style of melodrama with the inherent humor found in the earnestness of their girlhood musings.

Admission is free (or Pay What You Can) and tickets can be reserved at http://fringearts.com/event/dear-diary-lol.

Dear Diary LOL is created and performed by Alicia Crosby, Sarah Knittel, Francesca Montanile Lyons, Gina Elizabeth Murdock, Jenna Strusowski, Megan Thibodeaux, and Michael T. Williams. Lead Artist: Francesca Montanile Lyons. Originally conceived under the title of This Song is for You as part of 2015 Pig Iron School's Dares Festival. This project is supported in part with funding from Small But Mighty Arts. Photos by Tim O'Donnell.

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