Neighborhood strolls, My Life in Recipes, Live OUT Loud, and more

The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, May 16-22, 2024

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Shetty, an Indian woman, dressed in a yellow floral-print dress and red top, smiling looking up, in a portrait style photo

This week, the story isn’t only right in the neighborhood, but the story is the neighborhood. Third Thursdays return at Glen Foerd, Fishtown hosts its fourth annual Spring Sidewalk Sale, and Moorestown tries a similar neighborly event with its first Porch Fest. Then, get in touch with the deeper habitat roots with Joan Nathan’s My Life in Recipes book, which talks about her personal journey discovering Jewish cuisine from all corners of the globe. Also, Once on This Island and The Elephant in the Room explore where home can be and what makes home in the first place. And finally, celebrate living OUT loud with pride as the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus right on Broad Street.

Joan Nathan’s My Life in Recipes book release
Thursday, May 16, 6pm
Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall East

In honor of Jewish American Heritage Month, Michael Solomonov and Joan Nathan, important voices in Jewish food, pay a visit to the Weitzman for a one-night only culinary conversation. The night also sees the release of Nathan’s new book, My Life in Recipes: Food, Family, and Memories, which looks back at her life, her family history, and her personal journey discovering Jewish cuisine from around the world.

While in-person tickets are sold out, livestream tickets are still available.

Third Thursdays at Glen Foerd
Thursday, May 16, 6pm-8:30pm; every third Thursday through August 15, 2024
Glen Foerd, 5001 Grant Avenue, Philadelphia
Third Thursdays are back at Glen Foerd for the summer, a public event featuring live music, arts and crafts, food vendors, and more.

Once on This Island
May 16-June 16, 2024
Arden Theatre Company, 40 North 2nd Street

In search of her place in the world with guidance from the island gods, Ti Moune, a fearless young woman of the French Antilles, risks it all on a remarkable journey to reunite with the one who has captured her heart from the other side of the island. This classic musical from Amina Robinson, the first Black woman to win a Barrymore Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical (The Color Purple), will see previews beginning May 16 and an opening night on May 22.

Live OUT Loud
May 17-18
Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 South Broad Street

The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus will perform this tribute, which goes out ot the struggles and progresses of the LGBTQ+ community. The concert is the final of their 2024 season, and includes a special commissioned piece “Long Live the Queen (a her-story of drag)” by composer Andrea Clearfied and will be performed by lyricist and drag soloist Cookie Diorio.

The Elephant in the Room
May 17-19, 3pm, 7:30pm
Theatre Horizon, 401 DeKalb Street, Norristown, PA

Priyanka Shetty’s The Elephant in the Room returns to Philly for a limited engagement this weekend at Theatre Horizon. The witty, dark comedy about your typical Indian metal head and software-engineer-turned-actor who must navigate life as an immigrant arriving in Trump's America after quitting her IT job and moving to the US to pursue an acting career.

Fishtown’s 4th Annual Spring Sidewalk Sale
Saturday, May 18, 9am-3pm
Various locations

Fishtown Neighbors Association hosts its annual Spring Sidewalk Sale this weekend, inviting hundreds of homes and businesses from all over the neighborhood. The event serves as an opportunity for neighbors to reconnect, get outside, and clear their houses from household items that folks are ready to offer for sale, say goodbye, or pay forward.

Moorestown Porch Fest
Saturday, May 18, 12pm
Various locations

The first annual Moorestown Porch Fest will be an afternoon of over 75 live performances featuring local musicians on 20 porches throughout the center of Moorestown. The family-friendly event looks to bring the Moorestown community together, but is open to everyone.

Featured image: Priyanka Shetty’s 'The Elephant in the Room' returns to Philly this weekend. (Photo courtesy of Bryan Buttler.)

Image description: Shetty, an Indian woman, dressed in a yellow floral-print dress and red top, smiling looking up, in a portrait style photo

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