Image:  Notes 9/15/2021

Two more weeks of the 25th Annual Fringe Festival means many more tantalizing acts from the more than 200 bringing their talents to our city, among them (above), "Stellar/Rise" by Kyle Marshall Choreography, "a dance film of speculative fiction" inspired by Afro-futures, echos of jazz and the music of Sun Ra and Alice Coltrane, Sept. 24 and 25 at Fringe Arts, 131 N. Columbus Blvd.

The Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Show, the oldest such even in the nation, is back after a long absence and is now on view through Sept. 19 with more than 100 artists from far and wide in this recognized juried exhibition which fills the Square with art lovers, buyers and viewers. Sept. 18 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sept. 19 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walnut and 18th Sts. 610-299-1343.  •

A highly topical show through Oct. 17 at the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel U. is a photographic treatment of the impact of flooding on communities around the world due to changes in climate.  "Gideon Mendel: Drowning World" features 37 color photos, a display of found objects and a video covering ten years of hard work on the part of award-winning photographer Mendel. 1900 The Parkway. 215-299-1000.  •

The Women's Film Festival celebrates its sixth anniversary with a program of some 100 films and other events now through Sept. 26, a global collection of films "By, For or About Women". Screenings are in various venues in the city and attendees will have the chance to meet performers and filmmakers. Details at or at 800-537-7676.  •

Restaurant Week is back with a bang from Sept. 18 to 25 offering in most cases good deals on multi-course lunches at $25 and dinners at $40 plus taxes and tip. Reduced parking rates are also in effect and the venues are indoors, outdoors and take-out.  More information at or at 215-599-0776.  •

Theatre Exile  follows a new course in visiting various South Philadelphia parks to present R. Eric Thomas's "The Ever Present", a "family-friendly fantastic" free event featuring a local empty lot that turns out to be more than meets the eye. Final performances are on Sept. 18 at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. in Columbus Square;  Sept. 19, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. in Hawthorne Park. Directions and other information at 215-218-4022  •

Amici Opera Co's 25th season continues to pay tribute to gems of Italian opera, in this case one very familiar and another new to many opera-lovers. On September 18 at 4 p.m., Verdi's beloved "La Traviata" takes the stage, followed on Sept. 19 at 3 p.m. and Sept. 25 at 4 p.m. by Donizetti's "Rita", sung by young operatic hopefuls in costume with piano accompaniment. Masks are required, social distancing is guaranteed, and hand sanitizers are available. All performances at Redeemer UMC, 1128 Cottman Ave.  Founder/stage director Ralph Tudisco takes on the baritone leads. 215-224-0257.  •

For a change of pace, on Sept. 22, Dr. Christine Anderson of Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance offers a virtual lecture on " 'Oklahoma': The Show That Changed American Musicals Forever" and started Rodgers and Hammerstein on their long and brilliant careers as creators of some of the most memorable musicals ever. Hosted by the Free Library on Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. Register at https://bit/lyOklahomaMusical or information at 833-825-5357.

Cape May's East Lynne Theater Co. pays tribute to American humorist/screen writer/creator of "Gentleman Prefer Blondes" and many other popular works Dorothy Parker  through Oct. 16  Weds. through Sats.  at 8 p.m. with "Dorothy Parker" A Certain Woman" starring Suzanne Dawspm  performing New Yorker Magazine writer Parker's most appealing works.  121 Fourth Ave., 609 884  5898.  Then on Sept. 25, the Cape May Oktoberfest  holds forth beachside from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with Bavarian foods, live music, a beer garden and vendors selling antiques, crafts, collectibles and more. Handicapped accessible.   Carpenter Lane between Ocean and Perry down Jackson St. onto Beach Ave. or 609-884-5404.  •

Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Co. present "The Umbrella Dance" on Sept. 19 at 11:30  a.m., a free performance hosted by the Friends of Dickinson Square and appealing to all ages, a remix of the company's  traveling dance video installation and a chance to shop, see art and dance. 1600 Moyamensing Ave. 215-462-7720.  •

1807 & Friends open their chamber music season on Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. with  the Wister Quartet performing two Beethoven quartets, Op. 18 No. 2 and 5, then joined by the Dali Quartet in  Mendelssohn's Octet in E flat major, Op.20.  Academy of Vocal Arts, 1920 Spruce St., 215-438-4027 for tickets, information on disability accessibility. Proof of vaccination required.  •

The Philly POPS is in Verizon Hall Sept. 24-26 with "Sinatra...A Man and his Music" starring vocalist Michael Andrew and the huge POPS Orchestra with Emmy-Award winner Maestro Rickey Minor on the podium.  Broad and Spruce Sts.  Tickets, timings and pandemic restrictions at 215-893-1955  •

The 25th Annual Philadelphia Fringe Festival keeps rolling right along, astonishing audiences and pleasing so many as it barrels toward its final Oct 3 performances. Many great groups and artists have come to our town since the Sept. 9 opening and major attractions are still waiting to do their stuff through the final two weeks at various venues. Among them are Mexican dancer Maria Valencia  in "Air", and "707 Hazardous Moves" by New Paradise Laboratories, both ending on Sept. 18;  Dane Eissler directing EgoPo's "Alice, not your child's wonderland" an adaptation of Lewis Carroll;  and "Stellar/Rise" by Kyle Marshall Choreography.  Check it all out online at or get tickets and other details at 215-413-1318.  •

Dancefusion, Philadelphia's dynamic modern dance repertory company will present DANCE VOICES in collaboration with Movement Migration from Charlotte NC and New York City. The program will feature both companies in five powerful works in three in person performances on October 1st at 7pm and October 2nd at 3pm and 6pm at the Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American Street in Philadelphia. The concert will also host a Livestream performance on October 2nd at 6pm. Fringe Arts Tickets:  •

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