Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe (September 3 - 18, 2010): Enjoy performing artists from Philly and around the world! The Somers Team shares their picks!
Fringe is Back for Fall
Oh no, not that fringe. Fringe is something entirely different in Philadelphia. Live Arts and Fringe Festival is one of those yearly events that is so inherently Philadelphian that you can't help but love it, hate it, and be confounded by it all at the same time. You go to a bunch of shows that are mind-blowing that showcase some of the city's greatest talents (and some visiting performers from around the world). You take in at least two performances that you consider skipping out on halfway through but then you end up staying because it's actually kind of interesting once you give it a chance. And then there is that one event that you simply just do not understand and feel slightly and wonderfully disturbed by it for several days.
This is Live Arts and Fringe. This is what it's about. This is Philadelphia.
2010's roster of events gives us some neighborhood-specific action and since we are downright neighborhood-obsessed, we are focusing on these picks. If you read our blog often, you know that we try not to leave the many neighborhoods of Philadelphia uncovered. We snap photos, we poke around in the local coffeeshops, and we get to know the most hidden crevices, the fringe, as you would, of Philadelphia.
Without further ado, we present to your our Neighborhood Live Arts/Fringe Picks, from September 3 - 18:
If you're in Kensington... Check out the Cheap Guy HOF, Class of 2010, in one of Kensington's newest spaces, the Papermill Theater. The series of short plays is put on by Hella Fresh Theatre. The show opens on Saturday, September 4 and runs every Saturday and Sunday throughout the Philly Fringe. Papermill Community for the Arts, 2825 Ormes Street, Kensington. Times vary, $10. Try Fresh Juice at the Mascher Space Co-op. Sept. 5-6, Sept. 11. $10
Find yourself in the Fringe hotbed of Northern Liberties? Take part in AFOOT: Northern Liberties, a walking tour with the neighborhood set as a "game board", you'll be given a series of clues that your team will have to solve for prizes and swag. Saturday, September 4, and Saturday, September 11, from 11 - 3pm. Teams leave every 10 minutes, $10.
Nothing good on TV in your South Philly rowhome? The Real Housewives of South Philly will perk you up. The Waitstaff Sketch Comedy Troupe does not disappoint. Sept. 5, 8, 12,14, 16, 19. $15.
Near the Schuylkill River Trail? Constants, from Movement Brigade, explores the history of Philadelphia as the Schuylkill River remains the same. Sept 13-18, free, reservations required.
Are you a Poe fan lurking near Callowhill? There are two options for you. The Mutter Museum will be showing the Tell-Tale Heart from the aptly named Nevermore Theatre Project on Saturday, September 4, and September 11, and Sunday, September 12. $10. Or you can try Edgar Allan Poe Comes Alive! at 1831 Brandywine St. from Traveling Jones Theater. Sept. 3-4 and Sept. 17-18, $14.
Stretching Out West?Whose City? from the Media Mobilizing Project Art & Culture Collective is a collage of art, poetry, and music, inspired by the people that live, work, and play in Philadelphia. Sept. 3-4, Sept. 10-11. $5.
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