The Weekender: What You’re Doing and Why
Another weekend is upon us! The Fourth and all its festivities are but a distant memory at this point, so party onward:
>>>All Weekend: It’s that time of year again! The 17th annual Philly QFest opens tonight in celebration of the international queer and LGBT film scene. With talent from all corners of the globe, the festival creates a venue for people to speak to the lived experience of queerness as it exists in Iran, India, Iceland, Chile, the U.S. and beyond. And if filmgoing just isn’t enough for you, the festival also promises nights full of after parties and special events. Check out the website for the full schedule and grab your tickets here.
>>>All Weekend: July 7th marks the kick-off for the first Philly Japan Arts Matsuri (PJAM)—a three-day-long music and film festival put on in support of the victims of Japan’s recent earthquake. Held at the Prince Music Theater, all proceeds will be donated to the Japan Disaster Relief Fund. The festival offers up a diverse range of films; from the story of a punk-rock Buddhist monk (a 2011 Sundance film) to action films about the Yakuza, the schedule has something for everyone’s taste. But wait! There’s more! Friday and Saturday night’s programming are also chock full of musical artists from across the electro-digital-hip-hop board. Tickets start at ten dollars. Check out the schedule for each night and grab your tickets here.
Abraxas, directed by Naoki Katô, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival
>>>All Weekend: Opening tonight and running through next weekend, No Regrets: A Piaf Affair promises to be a thrilling show for lovers of cabaret, Edith Piaf, Paris, and drag shows. Performed by the Bearded Ladies Cabaret, the show originally premiered at PIFA 2011, where it sold out. Now, the Cabaret is back, revisiting the piece at The Wilma Theater. The show runs July 7 -10 and again, next weekend, July 14 – 16. Grab your tickets here. Doors open at 10PM (ID required).
>>>Thursday: Head down to University City for The Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll. Restaurants serve up samples right off their menus. For the price of a dollar, you can enjoy everything from Dahlak’s samosas to Dock Street’s beers. The stroll runs 5:30-8:30PM.
>>>Saturday: If a cabaret performance just isn’t enough for you, hop over to Peek-a-Book Revue’s burlesque show at World Café Live. This self-described “neo-burlesque” troupe promises a night of comedy, musical performance, and, in true burlesque tradition, some entertainment of a more scandalous nature. Saturday night only, the troupe is putting on two shows—one at 6PM and one at 10PM. Get your tickets here!