Study Hall Comedy Inspired by Lectures- director Mike Marbach talks about their upcoming virtual shows!

Study Hall Comedy Inspired by Lectures, one of Philadelphia’s longest-running improv comedy shows, combines lectures and laughs in one fantastic hour long show what has  never been seen before and will never be seen again. The troupe recently launched weekly online shows (every Wednesday at 8PM EST) and has an upcoming fundraiser to help keep Study Hall going! I talked to Study Hall’s director, Mike … Continue reading Study Hall Comedy Inspired by Lectures- director Mike Marbach talks about their upcoming virtual shows!

Fun facts about the Automat, an iconic waiter-less restaurant concept that was popular in Philadelphia.

-By Jane Roser Feature image: City Ave. and 54th St., 1949. Image courtesy of Free Library of Philadelphia Print & Picture Collection Joseph Horn and Frank Hardart opened their first café at 39 South 13th Street in 1888. It had no tables – just a counter and stools. Hardart had visited Europe and was impressed by their “waiter less restaurants.” He bought equipment from the … Continue reading Fun facts about the Automat, an iconic waiter-less restaurant concept that was popular in Philadelphia.

STUDY HALL comedy show, featuring Drexel University professor Michael Yudell, goes online

Courtesy of Bryan Buttler Media Relations, LLC Photo by Sam Abrahamas Study Hall Comedy Inspired by Lectures, one of Philadelphia’s longest-running improv comedy shows, combines lectures and laughs in one fantastic hour never seen before and never to be seen again. Drexel University’s Professor Michael Yudell and guests from all over the world provide a lecture on a wide variety of topics and the amazingly … Continue reading STUDY HALL comedy show, featuring Drexel University professor Michael Yudell, goes online

Philadelphia’s Wilma Theater announces new globe arena with individual audience boxes

Courtesy of Bryan Buttler Media Relations, LLC Like many theaters around the country and across the world, The Wilma Theater in Philadelphia has put considerable thought into how they can bring their next season (beginning in late 2020 or early 2021) to audience members, all while ensuring that the health and safety of both patrons and artists remain a top priority.  After consulting with a … Continue reading Philadelphia’s Wilma Theater announces new globe arena with individual audience boxes

Wilma Theater launches new digital production, CODE BLUE

Courtesy of Bryan Buttler Media Relations, LLC COVER IMAGE: Anthony Martinez-Briggs and Ross Beschler in CODE BLUE. Photo by Kristin Finger   The Wilma Theater in Philadelphia is pleased to announce the release of a new digital performance which takes its inspiration from absurdist theater (such as Beckett’s NOT I) and the Wilma HotHouse Company’s bold physical performance style, all recorded on iPhones.  CODE BLUE, … Continue reading Wilma Theater launches new digital production, CODE BLUE

Philadelphia Zoo sets date to reopen to the public, tickets go on sale this week

Courtesy of Aversa Public Relations and Philadelphia Zoo Philadelphia Zoo is set to reopen to the public on Thursday, July 9th. “We are thrilled to welcome our members and guests back to the Zoo,” says Vikram H. Dewan, the Zoo’s President and CEO.  “On the first visit back, guests will find that some of the procedures look a bit different, but with more than 1300 … Continue reading Philadelphia Zoo sets date to reopen to the public, tickets go on sale this week

Arden Theatre Company announces 2021 Season

Courtesy of Bryan Buttler Media Relations, LLC Feature photo: Katharine Powell as Blanche and Akeem Davis as Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire. Photo by Wide Eyed Studios   The Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia has spent considerable time looking at how they can safely move forward with a 2020/21 season. As the company reviews different options and numerous paths forward, their guiding principle is … Continue reading Arden Theatre Company announces 2021 Season

Wilma Theater to stream James Ijames’ KILL MOVE PARADISE to benefit Black Lives Matter Philly

-Bryan Buttler Media Relations, LLC Photo: Brandon Pierce, Avery Hannon, Anthony Martinez-Briggs, and Lindsay Smiling in James Ijames’ Kill Move Paradise. By Johanna Austin, http://www.AustinArt.org. To support the ongoing Justice for George Floyd and Black Lives Matter movements, The Wilma Theater in Philadelphia will stream their 2018 production of James Ijames’ KILL MOVE PARADISE from today, June 8, 2020, to June 21, 2020, featuring members … Continue reading Wilma Theater to stream James Ijames’ KILL MOVE PARADISE to benefit Black Lives Matter Philly

PhillyCAM offers free virtual trainings in creating video/audio content, graphic design, and journalism.

In June, PhillyCAM is offering a series of live, virtual classes in video and audio content creation, graphic design, and journalism. The series is free and open to the public. PhillyCAM is the community media center that trains Philadelphians in broadcast production and airs original content on Philadelphia’s public access television and WPPM 106.5 FM. With its production facilities closed due to the COVID-19 shutdown, … Continue reading PhillyCAM offers free virtual trainings in creating video/audio content, graphic design, and journalism.

Lorie-Lu School of Dance- sisters celebrate five decades of keeping things on pointe

-Joei DeCarlo For sisters Lorraine Speziale and Lucille Speziale-Bunion, dancing is in their blood. So much so that the siblings decided to share their love of dance with the rest of the neighborhood. The Lorie-Lu School of Dance & Gymnastics celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Lorie-Lu opened its doors at 11th & Moyamensing in 1970 and students today call their 1625 S. 11th Street … Continue reading Lorie-Lu School of Dance- sisters celebrate five decades of keeping things on pointe