Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts takes audiences on a journey through the centuries, decades and years with the theme "If You Had a Time Machine…," opening Thursday, March 28. PIFA features a variety of programming for all ages with 50 partner organizations presenting performances and events across the city, with the Kimmel Center as the hub. Highlights include an innovative time machine exhibit, a sculptural light, sound, and video installation in the Kimmel Center Plaza and the following activities designed to commemorate historic events.
EgoPo Classic Theater presents "The Life (and Death) of Harry Houdini," Wednesday, March 27 through April 7. The world premiere examines the need to believe and the desire to prove as a mysterious magician's assistant takes you along through a series of Houdini's most famous magic acts, told through many of the magician's own lectures, Plays and Players, 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia. Harry Houdini's final performance was in 1936.
Onstage at Azuka Theatre is the World Premiere of "Everyone and I," a play about Frank O'Hara and the death of Billie Holiday, a new work by local playwright Elizabeth Scanlon, an editor of The American Poetry Review. The show is directed by Kevin Glaccum, March 28 through April 7, Hamilton Garden, Kimmel Center. Billie Holiday died in 1959.
For ten days only, Eastern State Penitentiary hosts its first annual "Pop-Up Museum" with the theme of "Inmate Life and Death," as temporary exhibit cases house historic photographs of inmates' and officers' daily lives, a 1903 mug shot book, inmate-carved models, and homemade weapons, all dating back to the historic prison's 142 years as an active, maximum-security facility, opening Saturday, March 23 through April 1, 2027 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia.
Act II Playhouse hosts "The Act II Price is Right," an original live game show hosted by Artistic Director Tony Braithwaite, Saturday, March 23, 8pm. Contestants are drawn randomly from the audience to compete in games inspired by classic television game shows, including "Name That Tune," "The $25,000 Pyramid," "Jeopardy," "Family Feud" and "The Price is Right." Cocktail hour begins 7pm, 56 East Butler Avenue, Ambler, PA.
- Public Radio