WEEKENDER: Tropical Storm Fest 6/7-6/9
Nothing says ideal June weekend like torrential downpours, flash flood warnings, and a buttload of festivals. LadyFest Philadelphia kicks off this Friday, June 7th, and rocks into the wee hours of Sunday June 9. The weekend-long feminist soiree, inspired by Sleater Kinney’s 2000 Ladyfest in Olympia, Washingston, reignites after a 10 year hiatus. Enjoy live music, interactive workshops, lively discussion groups, and more spread across three West Philly locations: The Rotunda,Locust Moon Comics & Movies, and Airspace Gallery. It also snagged the cover story of this week’s Philadelphia City Paper, here. (SCHED + TIX)
The fourth year of Duofest, the only improv festival in the world for comedic duos, will be presented by the Philly Improv Theater, 1500 Walnut Street, Suite 700 from June 6th to 9th. The festival will be stocked with 30+ of the best improv duos from around the country and the world, worshops with Asaf Ronen and Mark Chalfant, and parties. Look out for big hitters like 30 Rock star Scott Adsit. (SCHED + TIX)
America’s oldest residential street Elfreth’s Alley will open its doors for Fete Day, this Saturday from 12pm to 5pm. For $10 (students) to $55 (families), sample authentic colonial cookery, original plays, colonial games, scavenger hunts, and historic characters. (TIX)
The largest African American festival in the country, ODUNDE, is on Sunday, June 9, from 10am to 8pm on 23rd and South Streets. Observe one of the original models for African American festivals with up to 500,000 attendees, over 100 arts & craft and food vendors, and two stages for live music over the expanse of 12-city blocks. (SCHED)
And let’s not forget about the 25th anniversary of Philly Pride! Come out on Friday night to the Kick-Off Block Party from 6pm to 11 pm on 12th Street between Walnut and Spruce Streets and on Saturday, march in the the Annual Dyke March and attend the William Way Homecoming. At The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard between Market and Walnut Streets, from 12pm to 6pm don’t miss out on Sunday’s parade (see route here) and surrounding entertainment, including headliners Apprentice’s Omarosa Manigault, gay mentalist Bob Lawson, MC Henri David, and some of the year’s most abundant people-watching material.
But if you’re interested in dryness and mundane family outings, weather this weekend’s storm indoors and emerge with $15-$20 on Wednesday at Lucy’s Hat Shop (247 Market Street) to see Brat Productions’s, latest spaghetti-western rock musical The Last Plot in Revenge, showing June 12th-29th. Written by Brian Grace-Duff and directed by John Clancy with music from Peter Gaffney, Brat Productions presents dinner theater set in Revenge, Montana, a town rife with whiskey, harlots, charlatans, gunmen, spaghetti, and one enticing vacant cemetery plot. (TIX)