World AIDS Day, Philly Zine Fest, This Is the Week That Is and more

The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, November 30-December 6, 2023

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Five drag performers on stage, seeming to be in dance and song, with a collage banner behind them
Code Red is back for its 11th year raising awareness on World AIDS Day. (Photo courtesy of Relief Communications.)

We’ve got a handful of events coming up this week in Philly. A few staples highlight the week, including This Is the Week That Is, Philly Zine Fest, and a performance of The Fantasticks. We also have an autumn-inspired writerly workshop and an impactful video art event at the ICA.

Stay safe, Philly!

This Is the Week That Is
Through December 31, 2023
Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia

The satire comedy that has been a staple for 18 years is now running through the end of the year. The blend of SNL, The Daily Show, and The Carol Burnett Show is “on a mission to tell the truth and make it funny.” Be sure to catch our review next week, too!

The Fantasticks
Through December 31, 2023
Opening night: December 1, 7:30pm
Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia

The classic musical romance story comes to Mt. Airy courtesy of Quintessence throughout December. From Off-Broadway for 55 years, the comedy tells a story about a pair of young neighbors being tricked into falling in love by their parents.

Autumn Expression
Thursday, November 30, 4-5pm
Virtual on Zoom

Author, educator, and BSR’s own Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer will host a workshop for Blue Stoop’s Thursday on the Stoop series this week, focusing on themes of harvest, loss, and transformation through writing prompts and poetry. You don’t have to strictly be a poet or fiction writer to participate! All writers are welcome, and it’s free.

Day With(out) Art 2023: Everyone I Know Is Sick
Friday, December 1, 6pm
Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 South 36th Street, Philadelphia

The ICA and Visual AIDS will present Everyone I Know Is Sick, a program of five videos generating connections between HIV and other forms of illness and disability. The program is inspired by a statement from Cyrée Jarelle Johnson in the book Black Futures, which was one of my favorite books I’ve read this year.

Philly Zine Fest
Saturday, December 2, 10am-5pm
Mitten Hall at Temple University, 1913 North Broad Street, Philadelphia

The Soapbox Community Print Shop is hosting a festival highlighting zines from the community, with a variety of topics and subjects ranging from the personal to the political,and everything in between. The festival turns 21 this year,and is free for all attendees—all ages are welcome.

Code Red
Sunday, December 3, 5-9:30pm
Brooklyn Bowl, 1009 Canal Street, Philadelphia

The 11th annual Code Red, hosted and created by Michael “Cherry Pop” Tambon, comes to Fishtown this weekend. Over 90 drag performers will entertain and raise funds in the spirit of World AIDS Day for local HIV organizations.

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