Thursday, March 26, 2015

POSTED: Thursday, March 26, 2015, 12:24 PM
The second annual East Coast Beard and Mustache Championship took place on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at the TLA on South Street. (Colin Kerrigan / Philly.com)

The last weekend in March is upon us. Any reason to celebrate, right?

Nobody puts Baby in the corner. The two-week run of “Dirty Dancing” continues this weekend at the Academy of Music (Broad and Locust Streets) at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, 8 p.m. on Friday, March 27, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 28 and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 29

The latest work from Koresh Dance Company, “Aftershock,” uses artistic director Ronen Koresh’s emigration from Israel to the United States as inspiration for a choreographic representation of building a new life in a foreign land. You’ve got two chances to see it: Thursday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. and Friday, March 27 at 8 p.m. Another performance is slated for Saturday, March 28 at Koresh Kouture: a High Fashion Performance, Silent Auction and Gala, running from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. All of this weekend’s Koresh entertainment is held at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre (480 S. Broad St.).

POSTED: Thursday, March 26, 2015, 3:00 AM
Jack Forbes Wilson as Liberace. (Photo by Michael Brosilow courtesy of the Walnut Street Theatre)

Nothing thirsty about this Thursday.

For an author talk: New York Times bestselling writer Emily Spivack comes to the Kelly Writer’s House (3805 Locust Walk) to discuss Worn Stories, a collection of personal narratives concerning nostalgia and clothing and what lead her to the project. Catch her at 5 p.m.   

For a satire: Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” plays at 7 p.m. at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute (824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr).

POSTED: Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 2:08 PM
Ian Merrill Peakes as Macbeth (center) battles Jahzeer Terrell (left), Terence MacSweeny, and Sean Bradley in Arden Theatre Company's production of "Macbeth." (Mark Garvin)

Take your pick: There’s a wide selection of Shakespearean greats onstage all around the city within the coming weeks.

For one more show only, Friday, March 27 at 10 a.m., children and their parents can get a bite-sized dose of Shakespeare in “Romeo and Juliet” at Widener University’s Alumni Auditorium (off of East 14th St., Chester).

A bloody power trip for the ages, “Macbeth” takes audiences on a passionate thrill ride through Sunday, April 19 at the Arden Theatre (40 N. 2nd St.). Shows begin at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 11:22 AM
The War On Drugs perform as Dead Greg at Johnny Brenda's on September 12, 2014. ((Colin Kerrigan / Philly.com))

Thursday, March 26: Title Fight

Title Fight hail from Kingston, PA, a small town near Wilkes Barre — where they originally formed as an emo-y punk act (think: hardcore vocals and song titles like “No One Stays at the Top Forever.”) Since then, they’ve evolved into a more complex and nuanced rock band, whose evolution likely mirrors the tastes of their first fans (because no one stays emo forever either). Formed in 2003 by twin bros Ned and Ben Russin, plus Jamie Rhoden — with Shane Moran hopping aboard soon after — the band’s first break came after a tour with New Found Glory in 2009; they released their debut record, Shed, 2 years later. Subsequent tours followed; their fan base grew; and these days they’re comfortably settled on ANTI- Records (Dr. Dog, Man Man), who released their new, shoegaze-y record Hyperview last month. Wait, did I say comfortably settled? I take it back. What makes Title Fight so impressive is their constant evolution — and while we dig Hyperview’s reverb and dreamy soundscapes, we have no doubt their next record will bring something different yet. For now though, we’re happy to wade in their vibes, if only temporarily.

7:30 at Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., sold out.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 3:00 AM
A scene from the 1st Annual Bourbon Battle at the Trestle Inn on March 27, 2013. (Philly.com)

Taking all the guesswork out of planning.

For newbies: If you’ve never sunk your teeth into the migratory fish, shad, then today’s your chance to get your hands on a free smoked shad sandwich, starting at 11:30 a.m. at Oyster House (1516 Sansom St.). Get there quickly, only 100 shad virgins will get the deal.

For a drink: Raising funds for the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society is Trestle Inn’s (11th and Callowhill Streets) Bourbon Battle from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Four local bartenders will put the moves on a bourbon cocktail and attendees will vote on their fave. 

POSTED: Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 2:27 PM
The egg hunters were off and running at Cherry Hill West High School in 2012. (Tom Gralish/Staff Photographer)

The closest thing to searching for buried treasure is taking it to the fields and woods for an Easter egg hunt. Here are some picks that your kids (and a few for you too!) will be sure to enjoy.

Saturday, March 28
Pickering Manor North Field (26 N. Lincoln Ave., Newtown): 3,500 candy-filled eggs will be up for grabs starting at 9 a.m. Hunts broken down by age, including an adult and grandparents hunt. (Rain date Saturday, April 4.) 

West Laurel Hill Cemetery (215 Belmont Ave., Bala Cynwyd): Chocolate and prize-filled eggs will be hidden on cemetery grounds for the 10 a.m. hunt. Music, raffles, photos with the Bunny, magic and caricatures are also planned. 

POSTED: Monday, March 23, 2015, 1:26 PM
Local actors UArts students and alumni prepare a scene during rehearsals for "The Total Bent" which will be performed on March 28 as part of the Polyphone Festival. (Courtesy photo)

As if things weren’t thrifty enough with Five Dollar Comedy Week (through Sunday, March 29), you’re in for another performance score with the Polyphone Festival, University of the Arts’ five-day festival of five musicals for only $5.

Pairing UArts students and alumni with local and national theater professionals, the festival brings both new and classic material to the Merriam Theater (250 S. Broad St.) stage for five 7:30 p.m. performances — one a night — from Tuesday, March 24 through Saturday, March 28

First up on Tuesday, March 24, is the story of how a pie to the face became the impetus for Anita Bryant’s destiny for gay rights championing in the musical “Pied!

POSTED: Friday, March 20, 2015, 3:58 PM
Caitlin Feeney and Andrew Jeffrey Wright perform Pluppets at The Bit Show (photo courtesy of Kate Banford)

If you thought $5 could only get you a Citywide Special, think again.

Five Dollar Comedy Week returns to Philadelphia on Monday, March 23 through Sunday, March 29 and includes 30 shows. The series will take place at the Plays & Players Theater (1714 Delancey St.).

Shake off those winter blues with some of these comic skits and workshops.

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