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Pig Iron Theatre opens this year's Annual Fringe Festival with an hour-long dance/theatre piece, "Love Unpunished", Sept. 3 - 11,  recreating the unforgettable  evacuation of the World Trade Center on 9/11 featuring a 20 feet long series of stairs (above) where the cast of nine will perform. 

Pig Iron Theatre opens this year's Annual Fringe Festival with an hour-long dance/theatre piece, "Love Unpunished", Sept. 3 - 11,  recreating the unforgettable  evacuation of the World Trade Center on 9/11 featuring a 20 feet long series of stairs (above) where the cast of nine will perform. 

Popular recording artist and cabaret performer Freda Payne brings her much lauded performance as Ella Fitzgerald to the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope through Sept. 5.  An accomplished scat singer in her own right, Ms. Payne's "A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald" will cover all bases from Ella's "A Tisket, a Tasket" through the legendary performer’s historic world tours and  immense acclaim in her native land. Ms. Payne's latest recording is ""Let There Be Love".  www.buckscountyplayhouse.org or at 215-862-2121. Masks are required.  • 

Across the river in Camden a new exhibit spread over six sites  and suitable for visitors of all ages stresses environmental concerns and the need for personal involvement in keeping our cities clean. Among the attractions  is a 36-foot long  sculpture of a cat composed of old car hoods and a 15-foot tall figure that eats trash, among others on display. Free now through Oct. 31.  www.anewviewcamden.com or  856-757-7000.  • 

Another NJ attraction that revives childhood memories and adult reminiscences is the celebrated and unique Lucy the Elephant in Margate. Dating back to 1881, this six-story-tall pachyderm has survived many near fatal disasters and for a while was even a BNB type rental property as well as a wedding site and a destination for multiple lightning strikes. LGBQT enthusiasts will be glad to know that Lucy flies the rainbow flag. Closing date for a $1.4 million restoration is Sept. 20 and Lucy will be restored to youthful beauty in some nine months. Details at 609-984-0473.  • 

Birdlovers and birdwatchers might wish to join in a nationwide effort to keep our favorite songsters and their like safe as they migrate through the night to southern climes and often wind up the victims of fatal collisions caused by artificial light. One way to ease their journey is to turn off outside lights at bedtime. Through Nov. 15. www.birdsafephilly.org. • 

This year's Annual Philadelphia Fringe Festival, the 25th iteration of this hugely popular city-wide entertainment cornucopia, runs from Sept. 9 through Oct. 2, but leave it to Pig Iron Theatre to burst through the rules with their own Fringe show, produced in tandem with Swarthmore College where Pig Iron was born and grew up.  Their new show is "Love Unpunished",  "an hour-long hypnotic dance theatre piece" set in the World Trade Center moments before the 9/11 terrorist attacks on our nation, focusing on  the grisly and panic-inducing evacuation of the towers. The set depicts some 20 feet of emergency stairs as the playing area for a cast of nine including Pig Iron co-founders Quinn Beauriedel and Dito van Reigensberg, directed by Dan Rothenberg and David Brick,  Sept. 3 - 11 at the Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut St.  215-413-1318.  • 

Back at last after the 2020 cancellation, the Jay-Z Rock Nation curated extravaganza this year will be tightened somewhat and performed on just two days, Sept. 4 and 5, bringing to The Parkway internationally-acclaimed acts and groups and attracting thousands of locals and tourists to this annual jamboree. This tenth anniversary festivity  is a ticketed event with the Rocky stage returning to the Museum of Arts’ steps. Major beneficiary this year is the ACLU of Pennsylvania Among the dozens of major talents highlighting these two days are on Saturday Young Thug, Kehlani, Mean Lee Stallion, among many others, and on Sunday, Justin Bieber, Freddie Gibbs, Doja Cat and Roddy Ricch set to attract some 50,000 to 60,000 per day. Masks are required as are proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of admission to the site. Doors open at Noon both days.Tickets at 888-512-SHOW; information at 215-599-0776.  • 

The Mann Music Center in Fairmount Park offers ALT 104.5 on Sept. 5, "Sad Summer Festival" featuring Journeys and four other attractions at 4 p.m. on the Skyline Stage. Then on Sept. 7, King Crimson with the Zappa Band performs at 7:30 p.m. in the TD Park Pavilion.  5201 Parkside Ave. 215-546-7900.  • 

At the Dell, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m.marks showtime for the Patty Jackson Party,  2400 Strawberry Mansion Drive.  215-685-9560.  •

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