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Weekender: Random Things To Do This Weekend May 16-18

Posted May 16th, 2013

Here’s 6 suggestions about what to see this weekend. There are more than 6 worthy possibilities, but we were too lazy to find them.

The Gambling Room Color Blue Note Wanna-BeThe Gambling Room opens this weekend at the Papermill Theater, 2825 Ormes Street (in Kensington). Starring Dan Tobin, Calvin Atkinson, and Sebastian Cummings. Written and directed by John Rosenberg. May 18th through June 9th, all shows are Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are $10. Read the Metro Article and the FringeArts Blog interview. Reeling from the death of their father, two young Americans attempt a coup d’état from a rooftop in Saigon.  John and Jack, rising stars in the US diplomatic corps carry out their father’s final command: meet the embattled President of South Vietnam, Ngo Dinh Diem, and furnish him with a list of American journalists to be silenced.

This is the last weekend to catch  Philly Improv Theater’s (PHIT)  The Bat, an improv show that takes place entirely in the dark. We are happy to report that this show first appeared at the 2011 Philly Fringe, great to see that it continues! At the Shubin (407 Bainbridge Street), May 16-18 at 7pm, with a midnight show on Saturday as well. Tickets at

Lauren Rile Smith and Sarah Nicolazzo rehearsing Invert! at The Sanctuary. Photo by Michael Ermilio.

Photo: Michael Ermilio.

Tangle Movement Arts has been creating a distinctive brand of circus-dance-theater for the past few years now, and May 16–18 at 8.30pm, they take over The Sanctuary at the Rotunda (4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia) with their new show Invert! (TICKETS!Invert combines vertical flirtation, glittery sequins, feminist history, and a cordless power drill. Tangle’s seven-woman cast travels through simmering duets, a torch-song trapeze solo, a celebration of campy drag traditions, and a tribute to Rosie the Riveter complete with on-stage power tools.

Dance Theatre of Harlem has returned! After an eight-year break, the company is back on its feet and they will be performing at the Annenberg Center for Performing Arts May 16-19 (with 2 shows on Saturday), 3680 Walnut Street. This is their first tour since coming back. Here’s an article all about the company’s return. Program includes work by Donald Byrd, Balanchine, Robert Garland, and Helen Pickett.

And let’s not forget the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Trenton Avenue Arts Festival. Both start around noon on Saturday, with the heart of the action at Trenton Ave and E. Susquehanna (in Philly, not Trenton as in that place in Jersey), just off Frankford Ave in East Kensington. It’s a great fair and the derby is fantastic because you get to see things like this: