Category Archives: Entertainment

Art, music, shows, festivals, and festivities happening in Philadelphia.

South Philadelphia UA Riverview Plaza $12 Million Renovation

The UA Riverview Plaza movie theater in Pennsport, South Philadelphia is expected to receive a $12 million renovation starting Spring of this year. This is the beginning of a larger plan by Cedar Realty Trust to transform the aging Riverview Plaza strip mall in South Philly into a waterfront row of luxury apartments, retail shops, and lively restaurants, anchored by the center’s soon-to-be-transformed movie theater.

The real estate trust plans to redevelop the center over 7 to 10 years in three phases. The first two phases will consist of about 260 apartments and 125,000 square feet of retail. The redevelopment will start at the shopping center, which spans the western side of South Columbus Boulevard, from Washington Avenue to Dickinson Street, in the city’s Pennsport neighborhood.

These plans come amidst the beginning construction of stadium district’s South Philadelphia Live Casino, soon to be opened at 900 Packer Ave. It is to be expected that major projects and developments in far South Philadelphia will erupt in the next few years and enliven the neighborhoods with new restaurants, entertainment, and nightlife.

Riverview proposal plans and photos can be found on Philly.com.

South Philly Stadium Casino: Live! Casino starts construction

Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia, an affiliate of The Cordish Companies, has announced that Gilbane Building Company will serve as the General Contractor for the new $700 million project of the Stadium casino located at 900 Packer Avenue between 10th and Darien Streets, in the heart of the South Philadelphia Stadium District.

Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia will transform the South Philadelphia area into an integrated sports, entertainment and casino resort destination. The 1.5-million-square-foot facility will include 2,200 slots and table games, more than 150 table games, a boutique hotel, nationally-recognized restaurants, live entertainment venues, valet parking, and an approximately 2,700 space parking garage.

Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia plans to develop the far South Philadelphia to create significant economic opportunities for local residents and businesses. A Pre-Bid Contractor Information Session will be held on Friday, January 11, 2019 from 10a.m.- Noon at Xfinity Live!, 1100 Pattison Avenue in the South Philadelphia Stadium District. The event is open to the contracting public and will include a project overview, bid package information, and the opportunity to meet with the Estimating Team and representatives from the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) will also be available.

Cordish officials have told the state that demolition of a former Holiday Inn will begin soon, and construction of the new casino and hotel would start January 2019.

11th Hour Theater Company 2018-2019 Season

Next Step Concert Series

The Next Step Concert Series is intimate, spontaneous and inventive – everything you love about 11th Hour.  New and seldom seen musicals are stripped down to their very essence…good storytelling and incredible music. This season 11th Hour is bringing you three beautiful and moving musicals as well as an exciting brand new musical that is in development at 11th Hour.

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Grey Gardens

Book by Doug Wright
Music by Scott Frankel
Lyrics by Michael Korie
Directed by Steve Pacek
October 6th-14th, 2018
The Proscenium Theatre at the Drake

Based on the 1975 documentary, Grey Gardens is the hilarious and heartbreaking story of Big Edie and Little Edie Bouvier Beale, the eccentric aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. This 2007 Tony Award nominee, is the tale of once bright names on the social register who became East Hampton’s most notorious recluse cat ladies.

“The score is a meticulously fashioned piece of musical theater that gains in depth the more you listen to it.” — NY Times

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Children Of Eden

Book by John Caird
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Based on a concept by Charles Lisanby
Directed by Michael Philip O’Brien
December 1st – 9th, 2018
The Proscenium Theatre at the Drake

Perfect for the holiday season, join 11th Hour for a joyous and inspirational musical based on the genesis story and unlike any you have seen before. Featuring a beautiful score by musical theatre great, Stephen Schwartz, this universal story about about parents, children and the unbreakable bond between them is sure to be a hit for the whole family!

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Bonnie and Clyde

Music by Frank Wildhorn
Lyrics by Don Black
Book by Ivan Menchell
Directed by Megan Nicole O’Brien
January 5th – 13th, 2019
The Proscenium Theatre at the Drake

This infamous couple blazed a trail in America’s crime history and now their story is hitting the 11th Hour stage. With an eclectic score, combining blues, gospel and rockabilly music by legendary musical theatre composer Frank Wildhorn, this electrifying musical tells the story of America’s most notorious lovers and bank robbers, and how they took the country by storm.

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Something Like A War

Book by Jesse Bernstein
Music & Lyrics by Jake Blouch
May 17th – 19th, 2019
Directed by TBD
Musical Directed by Dan Kazemi
The Louis Bluver Theatre at the Drake

In this folk/bluegrass musical, a Tennessee town that was rocked by the Civil War pins its hopes on a friendly game of baseball played by recently-returned soldiers of both armies. But when ex-Confederate discover they’ll be playing on the same team as a newly-freed slave, the tensions that boil over threaten to make the new peace more dangerous than the war ever was. This new musical has been commissioned by 11th Hour is being developed with the help of The Independence Foundations New Theatre Works Initiative.

 

11th Hour Theater Company
2329 South 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148
267-987-9865
info@11thhourtheatrecompany.org

Shyamaween 2017: Philly Halloween Party

Where are you celebrating halloween this year? Join M. Night Shyamalan and Dr. Bhavna Shyamalan along with friends, special guests and celebrities, and generous donors for Philadelphia’s premiere Halloween party on October 28, 2017.

Shyamaween is the one fundraiser you won’t want to miss. The exclusive charity party will include special performance by Andra Day (for VIP), delicious eats from the Vetri Family, Open Bar, Live Auction, and more! Expect to meet M. Night and other celebrities.

Tickets start at $250 per person and can be purchased on the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation website. All proceeds go to support the leaders of the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation that are doing amazing work to end poverty and inequality in their communities around the world.

M Night

The venue is in Philadelphia, but the exact location is still a secret as of now. Our team is going this year, so we’ll be sure to update everyone on the night of fun.

BalletX Spring Series 2017 at The Wilma Theater

From April 26th through May 7th, BalletX will present 13 performances of its Spring Series 2017 at The Wilma Theater on S Broad St. BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet and resident dance company of The Wilma Theater, has built a repertory of 61 world premieres since its 2005 inception.

BalletX Spring Series 2017 will feature the U.S. premiere of Cayetano Soto’s Schachmatt, the Philly return of Matthew Neenan’s The Last Glass (2010), and a world premiere by 2017 Choreographic Fellow and PHILADANCO! alum, Tommie-Waheed Evans, entitled In Between the Passing…

Behind the scenes | Photo by BalletX

Tickets to Spring Series 2017 at The Wilma Theater are available online at www.balletx.org, by phone at (215) 546-7824, or in person at the Wilma box office at 265 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Choreographer: Cayetano Soto (2017 Choreographic Fellowship Mentor), Tommie-Waheed Evans (2017 Choreographic Fellow), Matthew Neenan

Dancers: Andrea Yorita Caili Quan Chloe Felesina Daniel MayoFrancesca Forcella Gary W. Jeter II Richard VillaverdeZachary Kapeluck Roderick Phifer Megan Dickinson (Guest Dancer)

Schedule:

  • Wednesday April 26, 8:00 PM
  • Pre-Show Q&A with Artistic Collaborators, 7:00 PM
  • Thursday April 27, 8:00 PM
  • Post-Show Q&A with Choreographers
  • Friday April 28, 8:00 PM
  • Saturday April 29, 2:00 PM
  • Saturday April 29, 8:00 PM
  • Sunday April 30, 2:00 PM
  • Sunday April 30, 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday May 03, 8:00 PM
  • Thursday May 04, 8:00 PM
  • Friday May 05, 8:00 PM
  • Saturday May 06, 2:00 PM
  • Saturday May 06, 8:00 PM
  • Sunday May 07, 2:00 PM

Southeast by Southeast Art Exhibit & Reception

The Asian Arts Initiative often offers free exhibits open to the public. On February 5th, Philadelphians are invited to the opening night reception for Southeast by Southeast Community-Focused Art and Solo Work by Shira Walinsky. This exhibit is runs from opening night through the end of August. For more information on free exhibits, see the Asian Arts Initiative calendar.

Southeast by Southeast Event
Community-Focused Art and Solo Work by Shira Walinsky Exhibition runs from February 5th, 2016 – April 29th, 2016. Opening Night Reception: February 5th, 2016

Founded in 2011 as a partnership between Lutheran Children and Family Services and the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Southeast by Southeast has offered a safe and supportive community space for immigrant and refugee families to lean about one another, gain access to important social services, and lend their voices to public art projects. This exhibition features both Walinsky’s work and that of the Southeast by Southeast community, connecting the Chinatown North and South Philadelphia neighborhoods through cross-cultural storytelling and sharing.

Asian Arts Initiative
1219 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Halloween for the Family in Whitman South Philly

Halloween is here already! If you and your family are looking for things to do in Philly, look no further than the Whitman neighborhood of South Philly. The Halloween events around the area focus on kid-friendly and family fun.

If you don’t want your little ones wandering the streets late at night to trick-or-treat, consider taking them to trick-or-treat at the Whitman Library! Take your kids to the Whitman Library located at 200 Snyder Ave on Monday, October 26th at 4pm. That will give kids the chance to go home and change after school – if they aren’t already in their costume!

Whitman Halloween

Looking for something a little more interactive for the family? On Thursday, October 29, Mifflin Square Park is hosting their Annual Halloween Park Cleanup & Mask Making Contest at 6th & Ritner Street from 3:30-6:30pm. Bring your joy and share it with the neighborhood!

Whitman Halloween Mifflin Square
Locals paint Mifflin Square Park for Halloween

Rooftop Yoga at South Bowl in October

On October 18th and 25th, South Bowl on 19 East Oregon Avenue will offer one-hour of yoga on their rooftop, which is used as a rooftop bar on weekends. After the yoga session, yogis get the the option of free with tots, chips and salsa, and drink specials.

Did we mention it’s a bowling alley, complete with a full bar, pool table, and kitchen?

The class is $15. All profits go to keeping Breathing Room yoga studio up and running, the goal of which is to provide low-price, high-quality yoga to the Port Richmond area.

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Call and reserve your spot because each class will be capped at 30 people.