ORGANIZATION, COMMUNITY AGENCY
University of the Arts - Gershman Hall (Gershman Y)
401 S. Broad St. Philadelphia, PA 19147
215-446-3027
  • Calendar
    Upcoming events
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      The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America's Jewish Vacationland
    • Saturday, September 24, 2016
    • This traveling exhibition by Marisa Scheinfeld includes resort and hotel memorabilia that Scheinfeld has collected over the years, as well as selected images from her "re-photographic" series, in which she used promotional shots from the region's glory days as inspiration for new photos showing the same settings as they look now.
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      PJFF Presents: When Comedy Went to School
    • Sunday, September 25, 2016
    • Much of modern comedy was born in the Borscht Belt hotels of the Catskill Mountains, where Woody Allen, Joan Rivers, Mort Sahl, Rodney Dangerfield, and other comic legends honed their craft. Exploring the roots and legacy of the Borscht Belt comedy circuit and the culture of the resorts and bungalows, this hilarious, intimate documentary features interviews with comedy icons including Robert Klein, Marc Maron, Jerry Lewis, Wendy Liebman, Sid Caesar, Jerry Stiller, and Jackie Mason. Writer/producer Lawrence Richards will be in attendance to discuss the film.
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      Israeli Dancing with Rak-Dan
    • Tuesday, September 27, 2016
    • Enjoy an evening of Israeli dancing led by internationally renowned expert Don Schillinger (Rak-Dan). All levels of experience welcome.
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      Seniors Using Our Brains
    • Wednesday, September 28, 2016
    • Come have a laugh and connect with friends, new and old, at this popular series designed by and for older adults who want to sustain or strengthen memory and cognition, to socialize, and to have fun. Facilitated by acclaimed author, spoken word artist, and oral history specialist ML (Maralyn Lois) Polak, the group engages in lively discussions and activities including storytelling, games, meditation, current events, and humorous skits.
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      JIFF: SINsational! Improv for the High Holidays
    • Thursday, October 6, 2016
    • Jewish Interactions for Forty/Fifty-Somethings (JIFF) presents a hilarious evening of improv and jokes to "atone" and meet new folks. Sharon Geller, an acclaimed improv instructor and comedic actress, will emcee.
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      Zombie Homecoming Dance GayBINGO!
    • Saturday, October 29, 2016
    • GayBINGO is a fabulous, irreverent, campy, wildly popular monthly event that has been entertaining Philadelphia audiences for 20 years. Celebrating a different theme each month, hundreds of people pack the hall in Center City's Gershman Y for a night of good old-fashioned Bingo - with a decidedly different twist. GayBINGO is hosted by the infamous Bingo Verifying Divas - a wild bunch of drag queens who entertain the crowd with their wacky humor and always outrageous costumes. It promises to be an evening of unbridled fun, complete with ridiculous musical numbers, hilarious drag queen antics, chances to win fabulous prizes and more. GayBINGO was named "Best of Philly (Gay Event)," won PGN's Lambda Award for Best Fundraiser, and was the subject of a popular WHYY documentary. It has also been featured in the LA Times, Washington Post, and USA Today. GayBINGO events have raised over $3.5 million to date in support of HIV/AIDS services.
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