The Philadelphia Film Festival on Saturday screens "Before Hollywood: Philadelphia and the Invention of Movies," a documentary that tells the history of technical and scientific innovations made in Philly that eventually led to the dawn of modern filmmaking.
Mark Webber wrote, produced, directed, and stars in "Flesh and Blood," a semiautobiographical picture about his family's life in North Philly featuring a cast of nonprofessional actors, including members of Webber's own family. It will screen Saturday as part of the Philadelphia Film Festival.
The all-comedy theater company 1812 Productions opens its 21st season with a production of Jonathan Tolins' 2013 satire "Buyer & Cellar," a one-man show starring Dito van Reigersberg as an underemployed Los Angeles actor who gets a job working at Barbra Streisand's home.
Literary scholar - and best-selling general-audience author - Stephen Greenblatt will talk about his new book, "The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve," at the Free Library of Philadelphia on Friday Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Actor, director and playwright Thaddeus Phillips, familiar to Fringe audiences for his cutting-edge works, returns to the festival with his first children's show, the fantasy adventure "A Billion Nights on Earth," about a boy and his father who go in search of a lost toy and find themselves in a magical dimension.
Tirdad Derakhshani was born in Tehran, Iran, and raised in London and rural North Jersey, where he closely studied a theoretical, radical post-Hegelian approach to cow-tipping. He moved to Philadelphia in the mid-'80s to seek enlightenment, and instead received a B.A. in literature at Penn. While pursuing doctoral studies in modern religious thought and philosophy, he worked at the Inquirer as a news clerk, researcher, editor, and entertainment writer.
He hopes SideShow will help citizens better understand the vicissitudes of the Consumerist-Military-Industrial-Infotainment Complex, or, in other words, why Britney Spears has a tendency to shave her head, Brangelina to adopt children, and Lindsay Lohan to crave imprisonment.
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