Aug. 11-14: Weekend Highlights in Phila, NJ, Del


Pittsburgh’s Wiz Khalifa scored huge mainstream success in 2015 with “See You Again” starring Charlie Puth. The rap star is also a father (of son Sebastian with his ex-wife Amber Rose), a proponent of cannabis and a proponent of the multiverse, so much so that it’s the name of his eighth studio album, released last month. Wiz comes to Camden with Logic, who scored his own huge hit with “1-800-273-8255”, a song about depression and suicide that incorporates the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number. The Maryland-based rapper released his seventh album “Vinyl Days” in June.

arts and culture

Black designer Tamara Della Anderson founded Gumbo Lab to give female, transgender, feminine and queer theater artists the chance to have their voices heard. It started in December 2020, after a pandemic and racial unrest put black theater in jeopardy. Now, works produced by the lab are screened at a dedicated film festival to honor their efforts. Six short films will be screened, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers, during an in-person event and a virtual event on Monday, August 15.

  • What: Hybrid Film Festival
  • Where: Proscenium Theater at the Drake, 302 S. Hicks St., Philadelphia
  • When: Friday, August 12, 7:30 p.m.
  • How much: $7

A girl plays a guitar and a couple kiss beneath a mural of William Shakespeare on the south bank of the River Thames, as the capital is set to reopen after lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak, in London on Saturday July 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

If Shakespeare had had access to social media, he would surely have been considered one of the main influencers. Imagine the pleasure he might have given his prowess with words. Alas, his complete oeuvre was created more than 300 years ago. But in “Much Ado About Nothing”, as in many of his plays, the themes of love, relationships and human nature remain constant despite the passage of time. This production is staged by Theater on the Verge, founded amid the pandemic in 2021.

  • What: play
  • Where: Abington Art Center, 515 Meetinghouse Rd., Jenkintown, PA.
  • When: From Thursday August 11 to Saturday August 13 and from Thursday August 18 to Saturday August 20 and at the Green Lake Park bandstand on August 27. All performances start at 7 p.m.
  • How much: Free, upon registration

Staying in shape is hard enough, but in record heat it seems almost impossible, unless it’s fun. And that’s the premise of Afrodanze!, presented as an interactive dance experience. Workshops are held on Saturday and Sunday that incorporate African and Afro-Cuban movements in an easy-to-follow format. Native Nations Dance Theater founder Vaughnda Hilton leads the sessions. Also expect glow sticks and vendors.

  • What: Interactive dance event
  • Where: School of the Future, 4021 Parkside Ave., Philadelphia
  • When: Saturday August 13, Sunday August 14, 7 p.m.
  • How much: $25

In 2016, dancer/choreographer Debra Mosley-McCray and her daughter Kenya Woodson co-founded feet of faith dance company to provide affordable dance lessons to the West Philadelphia community. The couple, who have already won awards for their choreography, collaborated on ‘Faith’, their latest production. It includes 16 dancers from four to 44, including Mosley-McCray’s 12-year-old son.

(Community Center)

Christ Church Neighborhood House kicks off its first gaming competition on Saturday. Four plays will be whittled down to two that will be funded and supported in expanded releases for the Fringe Festival in September. Philadelphia-based playwrights were asked to provide works that encompass a “revolutionary spirit”. The four plays by Nick Jonczak, Chelsea Eaton, Peter Christian and Joe Madsen cover topics including suicide, the federal witness protection program and the impact of Senator Joe Manchin. The winners will be determined by a panel of judges and public reaction which will be assessed via voting cards. The winning plays will receive $1,000 each and will have access to CCNH resources, including their theater and rehearsal space.

  • What: Play competitive
  • Where: Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American St., Philadelphia
  • When: Saturday, August 13, 8 p.m.
  • How much: Free, upon registration
(Laurel Hill Mansion, Facebook)

If the noise and drama of a big city has stagnated your creativity, then one of the city’s historic mansions can help you get your mojo back. Laurel Hill Mansion at East Fairmont Park is calling for artists to paint, create and craft “en plein air” on their grounds this weekend. Use of the space is free for registrants, but you must bring your own easel or other equipment you need to take advantage of the opportunity for artistic expression.

  • What: Call for artists
  • Where: Laurel Hill Mansion, 3487 Edgely Drive, East Fairmount Park
  • When: Saturday August 13, 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • How much: Free, upon registration


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