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.

www.antigravitytheatreproject.org
www.francescamontanilelyons.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/antigravitytheatre/

Instagram: @antigravitytheatreproject

 
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Dear Diary LOL
Sep
22
10:00 PM22:00

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.

www.antigravitytheatreproject.org
www.francescamontanilelyons.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/antigravitytheatre/

Instagram: @antigravitytheatreproject

 
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Dear Diary LOL
Sep
22
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.

www.antigravitytheatreproject.org
www.francescamontanilelyons.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/antigravitytheatre/

Instagram: @antigravitytheatreproject

 
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Dear Diary LOL
Sep
21
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.

www.antigravitytheatreproject.org
www.francescamontanilelyons.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/antigravitytheatre/

Instagram: @antigravitytheatreproject

 
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Floydada
Sep
16
7:30 PM19:30

Floydada

  • 5th Side Space (Maas Building Garden Space) (map)
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Texas 1927: How can two sparring sisters, struggling to come to terms with their past, salvage their relationship? By turning the old family store into a cabaret with live music, live poetry… and live DADA! 

Buy tickets here!

Explore Peculiar Works Project here!

Enjoy a special Floydada appearance at Scratch Night at Fringe Arts on Friday, August 25! Details here!

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Floydada
Sep
15
7:30 PM19:30

Floydada

  • 5th Side Space (Maas Building Garden Space) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Texas 1927: How can two sparring sisters, struggling to come to terms with their past, salvage their relationship? By turning the old family store into a cabaret with live music, live poetry… and live DADA! 

Buy tickets here!

Explore Peculiar Works Project here!

Enjoy a special Floydada appearance at Scratch Night at Fringe Arts on Friday, August 25! Details here!

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Floydada
Sep
14
7:30 PM19:30

Floydada

  • 5th Side Space (Maas Building Garden Space) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Texas 1927: How can two sparring sisters, struggling to come to terms with their past, salvage their relationship? By turning the old family store into a cabaret with live music, live poetry… and live DADA! 

Buy tickets here!

Explore Peculiar Works Project here!

Enjoy a special Floydada appearance at Scratch Night at Fringe Arts on Friday, August 25! Details here!

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Floydada
Sep
13
7:30 PM19:30

Floydada

  • 5th Side Space (Maas Building Garden Space) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Texas 1927: How can two sparring sisters, struggling to come to terms with their past, salvage their relationship? By turning the old family store into a cabaret with live music, live poetry… and live DADA! 

Buy tickets here!

Explore Peculiar Works Project here!

Enjoy a special Floydada appearance at Scratch Night at Fringe Arts on Friday, August 25! Details here!

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Game Show Show
Sep
10
8:00 PM20:00

Game Show Show

Prizes! Bonus Rounds! Catastrophe! Commercial Breaks? Found Theater presents an absurd new work set in the world of a televised quiz show. Join the contestants as they chase their dreams beyond reality – where the wrong answer could mean the difference between life and death.

$15 general admission
$10 student
get your tickets here!

This show is one of Deb Miller's top picks for the 2017 Fringe Festival. Read about all here picks here.

Explore Found Theater Company further here.

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Game Show Show
Sep
10
2:00 PM14:00

Game Show Show

Prizes! Bonus Rounds! Catastrophe! Commercial Breaks? Found Theater presents an absurd new work set in the world of a televised quiz show. Join the contestants as they chase their dreams beyond reality – where the wrong answer could mean the difference between life and death.

$15 general admission
$10 student
get your tickets here!

This show is one of Deb Miller's top picks for the 2017 Fringe Festival. Read about all here picks here.

Explore Found Theater Company further here.

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Game Show Show
Sep
9
8:00 PM20:00

Game Show Show

Prizes! Bonus Rounds! Catastrophe! Commercial Breaks? Found Theater presents an absurd new work set in the world of a televised quiz show. Join the contestants as they chase their dreams beyond reality – where the wrong answer could mean the difference between life and death.

$15 general admission
$10 student
get your tickets here!

This show is one of Deb Miller's top picks for the 2017 Fringe Festival. Read about all here picks here.

Explore Found Theater Company further here.

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Game Show Show
Sep
9
2:00 PM14:00

Game Show Show

Prizes! Bonus Rounds! Catastrophe! Commercial Breaks? Found Theater presents an absurd new work set in the world of a televised quiz show. Join the contestants as they chase their dreams beyond reality – where the wrong answer could mean the difference between life and death.

$15 general admission
$10 student
get your tickets here!

This show is one of Deb Miller's top picks for the 2017 Fringe Festival. Read about all here picks here.

Explore Found Theater Company further here.

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Game Show Show
Sep
8
8:00 PM20:00

Game Show Show

Prizes! Bonus Rounds! Catastrophe! Commercial Breaks? Found Theater presents an absurd new work set in the world of a televised quiz show. Join the contestants as they chase their dreams beyond reality – where the wrong answer could mean the difference between life and death.

$15 general admission
$10 student
get your tickets here!

This show is one of Deb Miller's top picks for the 2017 Fringe Festival. Read about all here picks here.

Explore Found Theater Company further here.

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Game Show Show
Sep
7
8:00 PM20:00

Game Show Show

Prizes! Bonus Rounds! Catastrophe! Commercial Breaks? Found Theater presents an absurd new work set in the world of a televised quiz show. Join the contestants as they chase their dreams beyond reality – where the wrong answer could mean the difference between life and death.

$15 general admission
$10 student
get your tickets here!

This show is one of Deb Miller's top picks for the 2017 Fringe Festival. Read about all here picks here.

Explore Found Theater Company further here.

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Game Show Show
Sep
6
8:00 PM20:00

Game Show Show

Prizes! Bonus Rounds! Catastrophe! Commercial Breaks? Found Theater presents an absurd new work set in the world of a televised quiz show. Join the contestants as they chase their dreams beyond reality – where the wrong answer could mean the difference between life and death.

$15 general admission
$10 student
get your tickets here!

This show is one of Deb Miller's top picks for the 2017 Fringe Festival. Read about all here picks here.

Explore Found Theater Company further here.

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Expiring
Aug
4
8:00 PM20:00

Expiring

  • 5th Side Space at the Maas Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

"Expiring" by Noelle Mercer and Julian Shapiro-Barnum is a one-act, two-person play that explores themes of change, endings, race, and sexuality. The play, which takes place in the dark Vermont woods, follows longtime friends Kris and Ari's late night unearthing of past hurt as they navigate moving into a future away from high school, home, and each other. 

Performances on Wednesday, August 3, and Thursday, August 4, at 8pm.

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

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Expiring
Aug
3
8:00 PM20:00

Expiring

  • 5th Side Space at the Maas Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

"Expiring" by Noelle Mercer and Julian Shapiro-Barnum is a one-act, two-person play that explores themes of change, endings, race, and sexuality. The play, which takes place in the dark Vermont woods, follows longtime friends Kris and Ari's late night unearthing of past hurt as they navigate moving into a future away from high school, home, and each other. 

Performances on Wednesday, August 3, and Thursday, August 4, at 8pm.

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

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Archive Discoveries: Unseen Curiosities from  the Secret Cinema Collection
Jul
22
8:00 PM20:00

Archive Discoveries: Unseen Curiosities from the Secret Cinema Collection

On Saturday, July 22, The Secret Cinema will return to the historic Maas Building with an all-new program called Archive Discoveries: Unseen Curiosities from the Secret Cinema CollectionIt features a mélange of fascinating short films from the past, representing a variety of genres and subject matter. None have been shown in previous Secret Cinema programs; indeed, few of these films are likely to have been seen anywhere in recent years.

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

The Secret Cinema's private archive contains literally thousands of reels of 16mm (and 35mm, and 8mm) features, theatrical shorts, cartoons, newsreels, television shows, educational films, travel films, industrial films, and home movies. Together, they add up to well over three million feet of often rare celluloid, with several prints thought to be the only extant copies in the world.

Some of the more interesting of these amazing films will again see the light of a projector bulb in Archive Discoveries… This previously ungroupable group of short films will include films that were made to entertain, to teach, to encourage commerce and to alter opinion. Spanning many decades, they show wondrous places, styles and things that have long-since vanished. Some of them now seem campy, others still have valid lessons to teach, but all are fascinating, and extremely unlikely to be seen anywhere else.

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Rough & Tumble, Show & Tell
Jun
20
6:00 PM18:00

Rough & Tumble, Show & Tell

A work-in-progress showing as part of SOlowfest 2017, Rough & Tumble, Show & Tell is a kinetic, intimate flirtation between power and pleasure, control and vulnerability, audience and performer. Allowing sensuality and personal desire to drive the process, Lilli--" the performer" welcomes audiences into her tiny rodeo of grief, sexuality, control, and power. 

Run time is approx 30 min. and designed for audiences of about 6-10 people. Email lillian.ransijn@gmail.com to reserve a seat. 

Saddle up, Cowboy!

Additional showing on Wednesday, June 21, at 6pm.

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Gala in the Garden
Jun
8
6:00 PM18:00

Gala in the Garden

Join us for "Gala in the Garden," the 15th Anniversary Celebration of the Leah Stein Dance Company!

We will be honoring Deenah Loeb, former board chair of Leah Stein Dance Company and Executive Director of the City Parks Association.

There will be special performances by Settled Arrows & Leah Stein Dance Company and a silent auction.

Click here to R.S.V.P.
Your ticket is a tax-deductable donation.

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En Royal Presents...
Mar
18
to Mar 19

En Royal Presents...

En Royal is a new production company that values change in the arts. 
M&Ms are Forever by Morgan Doman
Red All Over by Mike Fresta
Directed by Colin O'Gorman, Mike Fresta and Morgan Doman

Tickets are $12 for 1 and $20 for 2! CASH ONLY!

Reserve Your Tickets ------> https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16bmn8nptU7CNtPfWhJIh2lRcP6A7o5xDj7QfvdLD4-U/edit

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Tango Guitar Workshop with Alejo de los Reyes Part I
Mar
14
4:00 PM16:00

Tango Guitar Workshop with Alejo de los Reyes Part I

Developed for guitarists, this workshop traces tango back to its roots in Argentine folk music and presents the fundamentals of tango guitar playing. Conducted in two parts in chronological order.

PART 1: Tuesday, 3/14 4-6:30pm
- Fundamentals of tango rhythm on guitar
- Tango voicing and chords
- Origins and influences of tango, from Spanish Baroque music to the music of the Pampas region
- Right hand techniques of Chacarera and Zamba rhythm
- Early tango style: Carlos Gardel and his guitars

PART 2: Tuesday, 3/21 4-6:30pm
- Fundamentals of pick technique development of South American music
- Brief study on various ways of producing sound with a pick: joint and separate finger, wrist and arm action
- Characteristics of guitar ensembles playing South American music
- Notable guitar ensembles of the 20th and 21st century

$60 per session $100 for 2 sessions (Recommend taking both as they build on each other) 

Register by 3/6 via facebook or DuoTIntaRoja@gmail.com

To learn more about Alejo, visit www.alejodelosreyes.com

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Act Local 101: Turn PA Blue, Larry Krasner, Reclaim Philly
Feb
28
6:30 PM18:30

Act Local 101: Turn PA Blue, Larry Krasner, Reclaim Philly

An informative evening about local politics and the fight for our State.
Philly friends, come get better educated about local activism, making a difference and working on change in our (very sensitive swing) State of Pennsylviania, in local swing districts and in Philadelphia.
If you are already an activist, or interested in working for change, yet want to know about how to more effectively participate... This is an event for you.
Please come! Refreshments provided.  
6:30pm gather and mingle
Presentations start at 7pm sharp.

Larry Krasner is a civil rights lawyer who specializes in criminal defense and police brutality matters, has worked as a public defender in Philadelphia for about six years before opening his private practice, Krasner & Long, LLC. He recently announced his candidacy for the office of Philadelphia District Attorney. He is largely known for representing activists, including members of the Occupy Philly and Black Lives Matter movements, as well as Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy, who was accused of assaulting an off-duty police officer in February 2016. Read more at http://www.phillymag.com/news/2017/02/09/larry-krasner-joins-da-race/#7kpFRLsQq9FOaycu.99

RECLAIM Philadelphia: Founded by former Bernie staff and volunteers, Reclaim Philadelphia is committed to continuing the Political Revolution in the City of Brotherly Love! Reclaim Philadelphia is committed to the idea that this state of affairs is not inevitable. In a city—a country—tending towards ever greater inequality in wealth and power, we seek policies and candidates, and we develop strategies and tactics, to redistribute that wealth to the poor, to enfranchise the dispossessed, and to invest in the commons. We believe that grassroots organizing can bring people together, and that—together, with members in every neighborhood in the city—we can unsettle the complacencies of the powerful.
We reject racism and discrimination on the basis of gender and sex, and we seek to stop these evils at their root. We insist that a viable economic future cannot be built through choking children with smog and despoiling the planet; that a warming globe is a grim threat to everyone everywhere, the poor most of all. We categorically reject the notion that police are entitled to menace entire swathes of the city with racial terror and to shoot unarmed black men and women in the streets.

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