This weekend features a selection of performances sure to inspire. YallaPunk is fundraising for its community kitchen with a night of SWANA comedy and drag, Intercultural Journeys has a choir ready to sing its heart out, and Asian Arts Initiative hosts the popular indie music artist Japanese Breakfast as she tours the release of her new memoir. The Arden opens No Child… this week to fill out the weekend’s digital stage.
Be safe, wear a mask, and be love this weekend and every day after that.
In light of the recent bombings in Syria, YallaPunk is hosting Hungry For Laughs, a virtual comedy and drag fundraiser to benefit the YallaPunk Community Kitchen. Talented SWANA folks like Ahamed Weinberg, Kasha Patel, Nora Panahi, and Izzy Salhani will perform, with a drag intermission by Ana Masreya and Reem Seliem hosting. Catch the show live for free on Twitch on Thursday, April 29 at 8pm.
If you’ve got little ones who want to get their read on, check out the South Philly Reading Captains Virtual Read Aloud program on Friday, April 30 at 6pm. Register online and be sure to follow them on Instagram.
Intercultural Journeys has curated a collection of performances featuring the work of the students of Sister Cities Girlchoir, poet Denice Frohman, and composer and vocalist Ruth Naomi Floyd. The performances, developed over the course of six months, the collaboration focuses on “legacies of resistance and persistence by women and girls across genres, including the legacy of the voice, attempted silencing, and powerful advocacy of Philadelphia born-and-raised, world-renowned opera singer Marian Anderson.” The show streams on Friday, April 30 at 7:30pm and is free with a suggested donation of $15.
Asian Arts Initiative, teaming up with Union Transfer and Blue Stoop, hosts indie music idol Michelle Zauner with her literary debut Crying in H-Mart. Zauner, also known as Japanese Breakfast, is a memoir about growing up Korean American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity. Youngmi Mayer, comedian and co-host of the Feeling Asian podcast, will be in attendance along with Zauner. The event will stream on YouTube on Friday, April 30 at 7pm, with books available for sale at The Head and the Hand bookstore.
The Arden Theatre Company presents Nilaja Sun’s No Child…, a new digital production that explores the New York City public school system through the lens of a teaching artist, played by Philadelphia performer Taysha Marie Canales. The show is open now, running through May 9, 2021. Tickets are a suggested $15. Be sure to keep an eye out for our review coming soon, too!
Image Description: A Black woman teaching artist wearing a mask stands behind her desk, leaning over, with papers flying around in the classroom. Two student desks at the front of the class are empty, marking the edge of the frame. There are huge windows letting in plenty of sunlight. The wall is made up of brick. A clean, empty whiteboard is behind the woman.