Da Vin­ci Fest, Cross­ing Gen­res,’ Cabaret of the Exiled’ and more this weekend

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Brendan Manklang Kingston and Kelly Conrad perform in a previous NOT YET RATED. (Photo by Erin Pitts.)
Brendan Manklang Kingston and Kelly Conrad perform in a previous NOT YET RATED. (Photo by Erin Pitts.)

The Halloween season is in full bloom with Not Yet Rated’s improv horror-comedy show and cabaret from Theatre Exile. Al-Bustan hosts a cross-cultural concert, Annenberg's got the jazz, and Obvious Agency is calling us, quite literally.

Halloween is Not Yet Rated

Halloween is a season, and an attitude, making the return of Not Yet Rated the perfect performance for the weekend. NOT YET RATED: An Improvised Horror Comedy is coming to your home, using horror movie tropes to create a new movie for every performance. The horror is composed of performers from multiple cities, including Philadelphia, and kicks off Thursday, October 22, at 8pm through Halloween night. You might even catch BSR contributors Kelly Conrad and Daralyse Lyons there. Find out more online.

Da Vinci Fest Live

The first-ever Da Vinci Fest Live arrives on Thursday, October 22, featuring digital events that celebrate the intersection of art and science in Philadelphia. Check out the full list of virtual events here.

Crossing Genres

On Friday, October 23, at 7:30pm, Al-Bustan is having a cross-cultural concert, Crossing Genres. The performance will take “the audience on a journey” through Arab, Korean, and Latin musical traditions. After the show, a live conversation with the artists will be held. Purchase tickets online for the virtual show.

Main Menu

Obvious Agency is bringing us their sixth work, Main Menu, a 30-minute live performance piece that takes place entirely over the telephone. Mimicking a customer service call, players meet Annie, a new interactive Voice Response System designed by “the corporation.” There are three ways to play, and tickets are available on a sliding scale. Main Menu runs Friday, October 23, through November 1.

Tivon Pennicott Duo jazz with Annenberg

The Annenberg Center is hosting three-time Grammy award-winning tenor sax player and Georgia native Tivon Pennicott for a night of jazz on Thursday, October 22, at 7pm. The seasoned sax player teams up with Kenneth Salters for a multi-instrumental performance led by two Black jazz players. Find out more on Annenberg Center’s website.

PhillyCAM People Power Media Fest

PhillyCAM is running four weeks of programming to celebrate the legacy and build the future of community media and free speech in Philadelphia with the People Power Media Fest. A list of workshops, panels, and films will premiere now through Friday, November 20. Check it out to see what fits your voice.

Cabaret of the Exiled

On Wednesday, October 28, at 7pm, Theatre Exile will broadcast its Cabaret of the Exiled on Zoom. Emceed by best-selling author and playwright R. Eric Thomas, the event will feature performances by Miss Martha Graham Cracker, Anthony Martinez-Briggs of ILLDOOTS, Dot Levine, Trey Lyford, and more. Check out the full list, and reserve your spot online.

Image description: two actors making quirky facial expressions on a stage, behind two black boxes, in front of a black curtain.

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