BalletX short films, REC Philly Creator Talk, and history for the future this weekend

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'Quiplash to Save America' will fundraise with comedy weekly in support of democracy. (Image courtesy of Aubrie Williams.)
'Quiplash to Save America' will fundraise with comedy weekly in support of democracy. (Image courtesy of Aubrie Williams.)

Fall is with us. The weather is cooler, the days are shorter, and it feels like a brand-new thing every year. This year’s first autumnal weekend features a light but heavy-hitting round-up including plenty of talks, panels, comedy, and dancing to help you ground yourself for the season.

Black Lives Matter. And Happy Bi Visibility Day.

BalletX Short Films

On September 23, BalletX kicks off its 15th anniversary season with a world premiere of four dance films, available on their BalletX Beyond platform. Stories range from narratives based on the Underground Railroad, island life on Guam, and Revisionist Westerners. Find out more online.

Laughing for Democracy

Starting on September 23 at 8pm and following up every Wednesday after, local comedians Aubrie Williams and Shannon DeVido will host a comedy fundraiser to benefit Democratic Congressional candidates across the US in what’s being called Quiplash to Save America. ASL Interpretive services will be available for the streams, too. Sign up now, and find out the full guest list and who they’re supporting each week online.

Talking history with Annette Gordon-Reed

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Annette Gordon-Reed teams up with the Museum of the American Revolution for a free lecture on Thursday, September 24, at 6pm. The lecture looks to “examine how we can wrestle with—and have an honest dialogue about—the complexities in our nation’s history.” Register ahead of time, and check out Gordon-Reed’s book The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family.

Untold Voices in Voting

On Thursday, September 24, at 8pm, Nikki Brake-Sillá will help conclude the Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival’s celebration of 100 years of the 19th Amendment. Presenting a staged reading of her play In Defense of Ourselves, a story that follows various people through three different points in time, including the Women’s Suffrage of 2019, protesting segregation in Washington D.C. one year before the lynching of Emmet Till, and the day after the 2016 election. Sign up here.

Starting a Movement

The season is a time to clean up, settle in, and prepare for the deep work of the coming months. REC Philly is hosting a Creator Talk with local leaders Lyonzo Vargas, Conrad Benner, and Kiera Smalls, with host William T. Toms. Check out the panel on Friday, September 25, at 6pm online.

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