The Weekend Roundup, July 14, 2021

The Skin of Our Teeth, William Penn Summer Music Fest, comedy with Crossroads and The Afternoon After this weekend

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Four actors dressed in 1940s attire stand behind a bench, looking towards the actor on the far right in surprise.
Surviving apocalypse after apocalypse with The Skin of Our Teeth. (Image courtesy of Quintessence Theatre Group.)

The heat is on (and so are the air conditioners)! Coming up, Bristol Riverside Theatre continues its Summer Music Fest—'80s-style. Then, Crossroads Comedy gets us back on the laugh track with a series of shows and workshops, Sam Kap and Aaron Bell host more laughs with The Afternoon After, and Quintessence Theatre Group gets into the funny business with The Skin of Our Teeth. Check out the new book from Black yogi Jessamyn Stanley, who’s been spearheading intersectionality and wellness in Western yoga, and (re)discover the works of Senga Nenudi at the PMA.

William Penn Summer Music Fest

Bristol Riverside Theatre continues its Summer Music Fest with Totally Awesome 80s. Running July 16 and 17 at 8pm and July 18 at 3pm, the performance promises to take audiences back to the decade of big hair and acid-washed jeans with an outdoor concert.

Laughing together with Crossroads

Crossroads Comedy Theater is hosting a series of live performances for the fans and workshops for comedians themselves. A handful of shows run this weekend, July 16-18, featuring improv sketches and musicals, a comedy show inspired by the news, and a visit from the N Crowd. The workshop this weekend focuses on comedians who may need to dust off their skills after such a long hiatus.

More laughs with The Afternoon After

The Afternoon After is bringing a free outdoor comedy show to Wine Dive (1506 South Street) on Sunday, July 18, at 3pm. Hosted by Sam Kap and Aaron Bell, the showcase features performances by Alejandro Morales, Masha, Matt Butler, Jesse Draham, Nichole Spain, Sam Bansner, and headliner Chanel Ali. Reservations are free (with a 2-item minimum) and are required before attending the show.

The Skin of Our Teeth

The Quintessence Theatre Group will run a virtual production of Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth from Monday, July 19 through August 1. The play follows a suburban New Jersey family over the course of 5,000 years dodging apocalypse after apocalypse by the, well, skin of their teeth. The allegorical comedy will be available to stream online for $29.

Rediscovering Senga Nengudi

The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s exhibit Senga Nengudi: Topologies is closing its run on July 25, making this one of the last weekends you’ll be able to see it. The exhibition highlights sculptures made from everyday materials, archival documentation, video, and sound, capturing fifty years of Nengudi’s work.

Jessamyn Stanley at the Free Library

Stanley is the author of Yoke: My Yoga of Self-Acceptance, a series of autobiographical essays about self-love, impostor syndrome, cannabis, and the missing spiritual element to Western yoga. The virtual conversation will be held on Wednesday, July 21 at 7:30pm with host adrienne maree brown.

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