Mad Poets Festival, SECRETS, Drive-in Concerts and more this weekend

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Zeek Burse kicks off this October's drive-in concerts series from People's Light. (Photo courtesy of People's Light.)
Zeek Burse kicks off this October's drive-in concerts series from People's Light. (Photo courtesy of People's Light.)

October is among us, and the weekend features a selection of events to get you into the spirit of fall. Tongue & Groove gives you the chance to (anonymously) let go of one of your secrets with its Fringe performance, Mad Poets hosts its 33rd annual festival, People’s Light repurposes the wheel with drive-in concerts, and The Crossing sings out in New Hope.

A friendly reminder that even though we’re 191 days into quarantine as of this posting, that doesn’t mean it’s over just because you’re over it. Wear a mask, wash your hands, and donate in support of Black Lives--especially Black women and trans people. If you don't know where to start, here's a list from the summer archives.

Happy Harvest Moon!

Mad Poets Festival

The local writing community Mad Poets is hosting its 33rd annual Mad Poets festival this weekend, starting on October 1 at 12pm through October 4 at 9pm. Check out the full list of performers via Literary Philly, and learn more about Mad Poets on their blog.

SECRETS with Tongue & Groove

Just in case this may have slipped past your Fringe radar, Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theater is bringing back its show SECRETS on Friday, October 2, at 7:55pm. The show casts ensemble members Bobbi Block and Seth Reichgott, who improvise a variety of characters and relationships inspired by your anonymously-submitted secrets. Tickets are free, but donations are encouraged.

People’s Light Drive-in Concerts

People’s Light’s drive-in series continues this fall with three performances, the first of which is this weekend with Zeek Burse on Sunday, October 4 at 4pm. The event is outdoors and ticketing is limited. Find out more online, and check out the other upcoming performers.

The Crossing presents The Forest

The Crossing will present a live performance called The Forest, which focuses on the symbiotic relationship between individual trees and the forest. The performance features 24 singers performing along a trail at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve in New Hope, Pennsylvania. Check it out on Saturday, October 3, and Sunday, October 4, at 4:30pm. Be sure to reserve your tickets in advance and read up on their physical distancing guidelines.

When Women Lost the Vote

With the election upon us, it’s a good time to learn the history of voting rights. The Museum of American History is running a new exhibition, When Women Lost the Vote: A RevolutionaryStory, 1776-1807, which explores the history of the nation’s first women voters and the political conflicts that led to their voting rights' being stripped away. The exhibition will be accessible virtually when it opens on Friday, October 2; it runs through April 25, 2021.

Image description: a man sings into a vintage-style mic, with a stylish black and gray outfit, in a black and white photo.

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