Posts Tagged ‘First Person Arts’

When an Ensemble Becomes a Family: The Cast of Pa’lante Stops by Happy Hour on the Fringe

Posted November 9th, 2018

“Pa’lante is one thing we have in common. From childhood, we know, the LatinX people know that pa’lante means struggle, that you’ve got to move forward every day, that you have to work hard in order to have a tomorrow…”


Throughout the year, First Person Arts provides a platform for Philadelphians to share their personal stories, but every November, the year of programming culminates with the First Person Arts Festival, two weeks of first-person accounts of love, loss, pleasure, pain, and everything in between. happy hour on the fringeGabriela Sanchez, Philadelphia native, actress, and founder of Power Street Theatre, will be bringing the stories of a diverse group of LatinX art makers to the First Person Arts Festival stage with her show Pa’lante.

Ivan Vila, Virginia Sanchez, Alexandra Espinoza, Rachel O’hanlan-Rodriguez, Diana Rodriguez, Tony Mendez, and Erlina Ortiz join Gabriela in sharing their personal experiences in this piece of devised theatre. Pa’lante is about how members of the LatinX community find themselves “navigating Latinidad, navigating legacy, navigating tradition, navigating the five senses” and “how people navigate moving forward with their bodies and their spirit.”

Over wine, Ivan, Gabriela, and Virginia tell Happy Hour on the Fringe hosts, Raina and Tenara, more about what the audience can expect from Pa’lante. They give us a BTS look at the process of creating the show—how the cast came together, what it is like to be a part of a diverse ensemble telling “multidimensional and intergenerational” stories, their new extended family, the common threads that connect the individual stories, and what ‘pa’lante’ means to them.

Listen to Episode 16 of Happy Hour on the Fringe above or on our Spreaker page.

Come see Pa’lante Nov 11 & 12 at FringeArts. Tickets available at FringeArts.com.

Alumni News: Mike Daisey at First Person Festival

Posted August 26th, 2013

A few days ago we ran a piece on Mike Daisey‘s moon cycle of monologues; you may have seen Mike at the 2009 Live Arts Festival, with How Theater Failed America or The Last Cargo Cult. He’s swinging through Philadelphia again, but not until November, when our friends at First Person Arts welcome Mike for a brief run of his new show The Secret War at the 2013 First Person Arts Festival. Tix on sale next month.

–Nicholas Gilewicz

The Weekender: Prop Tent, BlackStar Film Fest, queer beats, and a puppet (r)evolution

Posted August 1st, 2013

Pizza Tent is here and this month’s First Friday is a biggie! From 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Columbus Avenue and Race Street, come to the Tent and help yourself to a free pizza dinner and propositions by San Francisco-based artist team Futurefarmers and local artist Salem Collo-Julin, and a statement from TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone. After the Tent, Small Stakes: Performance Edition will carry the night through from 7:00pm to 9:00pm featuring a special concert by West Philadelphia Orchestra.

black-star-fest-300uwThe 2nd Annual BlackStar Film Festival runs this weekend from Thursday, August 1st and runs until Sunday, August 4th. The festival, a filmic celebration of the infinite experiences cultivated by the African diaspora, touts more than 75 films by black independent filmmakers, stimulating discussion panels boasting cinematography big-hitters like Bradford Young (Middle of Nowhere, Pariah), a King Britt concert at Johnny Brenda’s, and reputable attendees including Spike Lee. Tickets to individual films range from 5 to 12 dollars and full festival passes at 125 dollars! Take a look at the schedule, browse the program guide, and have at it. (TIX)

The city will run rampant with fiercely beauteous punk, rock, electronic, and hip-hop beats when Phreak N Queer Arts & Music Festival rolls around this weekend. Uplifting queer voices from Philadelphia through the celebration provocative, daring artwork, the four-day extravaganza will kick off August 1st and crank out performances and visual exhibitions sure to spark vigorous conversations around the way we perceive the multiplicity of LGBTQ* identities. Check the festival website and Facebook for day-to-day schedules, venue details, and prices!

PrintThe Puppet Festival (r)Evolution blows through the halls of Swarthmore College, 500 College Avenue, Swarthmore Pennsylvania this Monday, August 5th, through the 10th. Join the week-long shaking up of the puppeteering world by participating in workshops, talks, parades, exhibits, films, and performances such as The Woodchopper Opera and Dreams In the Arms of the Binding Lady. Browse the schedule and read the festival blog!

944586_10151663628624317_1263411083_nJoin First Person Arts at City Hall Courtyard on Monday at 5:30pm as they wrestle through the overwhelmingly transient societal issues surfacing as a result of  the recent conclusion of the Trayvon Martin case. Philly reACTS| The Heart Beneath the Hood: Artistic Action for Trayvon Martin, is a free event hosted by Laiya Stclair of Hot 107.9 and feature performances by poets Sonia Sanchez and Michelle Myers, Freedom Theatre’s youth vocal ensemble, actor/tap dancer Khalil Munir, jazz vocalist/composer Ruth Naomi Floyd, hip-hop artist Badia, DJ Foxx Boogie, jazz musician Ernest Stuart, and an address from Mayor Nutter. Share your personal connections regarding the verdict and trial procession at video and audio stations, bring a hoodie for collecton, and join the Philadelphia community in reconciling differences in an effort towards understanding and unity.

–Maya Beale

The Weekender: What You’re Doing and Why

Posted July 13th, 2012

Nick G’s daughter, Dr. Paddles, will adorable up the South Philly Summer Fest on Sunday. You cannot out-cute her.


>>>Friday: David Lynch movie-themed art opening? Count us in. Philebrity comments upon the amusing and ongoing naming contest going on over the Eraserhood/Spring Garden/Callowhill/Loft District/Chinatown North/GilewiczTowne neighborhood, but we pretty much all agree that Eraserhood is the best. Eraserhood Forever opens tonight at PhilaMOCA, 521 North 12th Street, Eraserhood. $10.

>>>Friday: Are you in New York? Batz, a parody of Elevator Repair Service’s Gatz (this writer’s favorite play of ever, FYI), is up tonight and next Friday at Joe’s Pub, reading from old Batman comics. The run time is only 90 minutes, which makes me sad: wouldn’t a proper parody perform the entire Batman oeuvre? If you’re not in New York, you can find something comparable here in Philly from these folks, from time to time. And don’t forget: ERS comes back to Live Arts this year with Arguendo.

>>>Saturday: Germantown has crazy cool historic properties. This weekend kicks off the neighborhood’s Second Saturday series, where 15 different spots are open to visitors from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Our friends at First Person Arts are joining forces there, offering their second First Person Story Market, where you can buy personal stories from a variety of performers. FPA’s at Wyck House, 6026 Germantown Avenue, Germantown, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

>>>Saturday: R5 Productions and Morgan’s Pier are throwing some nice free shows this summer. Saturday sees the return of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, who are pretty good. Morgan’s Pier, 221 N. Columbus Avenue, Old City(ish). Show at 6:30 pm, 21+, free!

>>>Sunday: The South Philly Summer Fest, hosted by Sweet Jane Vintage and Lucky 13 Pub, brightens up East Passyunk Avenue. Bands! Drinks! My baby in baby sunglasses! 1800 block of E. Passyunk Ave., 1:00 to 8:00 pm. Free!

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Photo by Nicholas Gilewicz