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U.S. Museums that Celebrate Women

Want to fill in a few of the gaps your high school history books and mainstream museum visits have left when it comes to the contributions of women over the centuries? These seven museums throughout the country fill in some of the blanks as they celebrate the stories of women in the armed forces, sciences, arts, politics, and more.

National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC

The only major museum in the world solely dedicated to championing women through the arts, the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), seeks to inspire dynamic exchanges about art and ideas with collections, exhibitions, programs, and online content.

The museum’s permanent collection contains more than 5,000 objects by over 1,000 artists like Frida Kahlo, Grandma Moses, and Georgia O’Keefe, as well as names that aren’t as well known, but should be. Each year the NMWA hosts ten world-class exhibitions featuring women artists. The museum is also a resource for facts about gender disparity in the arts.

  • Hours of Operation: Monday – Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 12pm-5pm
  • Admission Fees: Adults – $10; Seniors 65 and up – $8; Students – $8; Children 18 and under – Free
  • Location: 1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, D.C.

United States Army Women’s Museum, Fort Lee, VA

The United States Army Women’s Museum is the only one of its kind – a museum dedicated to showcasing the history of contributions of women in the Army. From the American Revolution (where women had roles like laundresses and cooks) to the inception of the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) to present-day where women serve in combat, stories of female patriots are preserved within the halls of the museum.

The museum is also an educational institution that provides military history training to soldiers and civilians.

  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday – Saturday 10am-5pm
  • Admission Fees: Everything is always free
  • Location: 2100 ‘A’ Adams Avenue, Fort Lee, VA

International Women’s Air & Space Museum, Cleveland, OH

The International Women’s Air & Space Museum goes beyond Sally Ride and Amelia Earhart to document the history of all women in aviation and space, both past and present. Begun by a committee of Ninety-Nines (an international organization of women pilots), who saved memorabilia of women pilots, the museum opened in 1998.

The museum and its collection of artifacts, photographs, articles, textiles, art work, and paper items are located very close to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Great Lakes Science Center, and should not be missed when planning a visit to one of the other two.

  • Hours of Operation: Daily from 8am-8pm
  • Admission Fees: Free
  • Location: Burke Lakefront Airport, Rm 165, 1501 N. Marginal Rd., Cleveland, OH

Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, GA

Located on the Spelman College campus, the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art is the the only museum in the nation that emphasizes art by women of the African Diaspora. These dynamic, important works are presented through exhibitions and programs.

The museum’s permanent collection dates back to the 1940s and is comprised of over 350 objects – including ethnographic, African, three-dimensional, polychrome, and wooden artifacts – that include African art and works by celebrated artists of African descent. The museum features female artists of descent from Cameroon, Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and other regions.

  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 4pm; Saturday noon-4pm; closed holidays, summers, and official college breaks
  • Admission Fee: Adults – $3 suggested donation
  • Location: 350 Spelman Lane, Atlanta, GA

National First Ladies’ Library, Canton, OH

Where can you find a collection of miniature First Lady gown reproductions? At the National First Ladies’ Library. The museum isn’t about only the fashions of president’s wives, though. It’s the foremost repository of scholarly research, information, and education on the country’s First Ladies.

Part of the museum is located on the site of the family home of First Lady Ida McKinley. Another part of the museum – the education and research center – is at the former City National Bank building just a block away from the McKinley home. In the library is a rotating exhibit space, a 91-seat Victorian Theatre where films and documentaries on the first ladies are shown and lectures are held. The library also houses a collection of books somewhat similar to the first White House Library.

  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday – Saturday 9am-4pm; Sundays in June, July and August only 12pm-4pm
  • Admission Fees: Adults – $7; Seniors – $6;  Children 17 and under – $5
  • Location: Museum/Saxton McKinley House. 331 S. Market Avenue; Education and Research Center, 205 S. Market Ave. Canton, OH

Pioneer Woman Museum, Ponca City, OK

Since 1958, the Pioneer Woman Museum has preserved the legacy of women who contributed to Oklahoma’s development. The 10,000 square-foot museum showcases the influence women had on the development of the state as well as the nation as a whole. In the museum’s education center visitors will find craft demonstrations, special exhibits, an interactive timeline, and the Pioneer Woman Walk of Fame.

The building’s entrance represents the iconic sunbonnet of pioneer women, and written on 20-foot tall copper bonnet are the words, “I See No Boundaries” – fitting words for a museum dedicated to the enduring spirit of women—past, present, and future. Outside the museum is the Pioneer Woman, a 30-foot tall bronze statue of a pioneer mother (in a sunbonnet, of course) with a Bible in her hand and courage and determination on her face.

  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm
  • Admission Fee: Adults – $7; Seniors – $5; Students 6-18 – $4; Children 5 and under, and Active Military Personnel – Free
  • Location: 701 Monument Road, Ponca City, OK

National Women’s Hall of Fame, Seneca Falls, NY

2017 inductees to the National Women’s Hall of Fame include food activist, Alice Paul; athlete, Aimée Mullins; playwright and essayist, Lorraine Hansberry; and geneticist, Janet Rowley, M.D. These diverse women are just a handful of the females, honored in the museum, who have influenced other women and the country. The museum is purposefully located in Seneca Falls, the birthplace of the American Women’s Rights Movement.

This hall of fame is the nation’s oldest membership organization dedicated to honoring and celebrating the achievements of distinguished American Women. This group is 260+ women strong and grows each year. With special exhibits, events, and its annual Induction Weekend, the hall uses the stories of its inductees to help drive inspiration, innovation, and imagination.

  • Hours of operation: Wednesday – Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday – Tuesday 12pm-4pm
  • Admission Fee: Adults – $4; Students and Seniors – $3; Families – $8; Children 5 and under – Free
  • Location: 76 Fall St, Seneca Falls, NY

 

Photo by Klim Levene and Creative Commons.
Photo by Klim Levene and Creative Commons.

Loi Krathong, Thailand’s Festival of Lights

If ever there was a magical-looking festival, Loi Krathong in Thailand is it. A celebration to celebrate the release of any grievances from the past, the holiday, sometimes also called the Festival of Lights, is an enchanting event. Held annually across the country (this year on November 3), the festival’s origins are somewhat obscure, but the primary origin story calls it an homage to the country’s many rivers and goddess of water, which run like veins through the land.

Today, the holiday marks a ritual of absolution, a time to say goodbye to any misfortunes of the past year, and hope for upcoming luck. Participants create small boats – float-like structures made from banana tree trunks, bread, or sometimes Styrofoam – then make a wish and set them free, with a lit candle and incense upon their back. Celebrants often place locks of hair, nail clippings, or even bits of old clothes on the “boats” as a symbol of sending off the past. If the boat floats off out of sight, it’s a sign of good things to come.

Photo by John Shedrick and Creative Commons.

Made in the shape of lotus flowers, the krathong, or boats, represent symbols of Buddhism, Thailand’s primary religion. The candle represents knowledge and wisdom, the incense is purity, and the flowers stands for praying monks.

Regardless of religious affiliation, though, anyone is invited to participate, and visitors can join local revelers at various rivers and ponds and other waterways. Hotels also offer rituals, too, often right in the pools on their properties. In addition to Bangkok, the island of Sukhothai holds a massive celebration. In Chiang Mai, and across northern Thailand, Loi Krathong, which is held all over the country, coincides with the lantern festival called Yi Peng, where thousands of floating lanterns are released into the sky.

Each year, Loi Krathong is held on the night of the full moon during the twelfth lunar month (usually November by the Western calendar), at the end of the rainy season and the rice harvest. With its thousands of floating, flickering candles, dancers, and flowers everywhere, it’s a mesmerizing sight.

Photo by Klim Levene and Creative Commons.

Photo by Klim Levene and Creative Commons.

 

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New York Television Festival is for TV Lovers, Media Geeks, and You

The NYTVF launched in 2005 with the goal of “connecting its community of artists with leading networks, studios, agencies, production companies, and brands.” Every fall, artists and industry leaders gather in Manhattan for a range of exciting celeb-studded premieres, screenings, panel discussions, and events.

Lacking industry credentials but love TV? Worry not – the festival organizers have also included ticketing options that offer everyday fans access to these insider-y gatherings. 

Here are just a few of the events happening during the festival:

October 23, 7pm

OPENING NIGHT EVENT: truTV Presents AT HOME WITH AMY SEDARIS

Creator and star, Amy Sedariscordially invites fans to celebrate the launch of her new truTV comedy series — in which she shows off diverse, but necessary, homemaking skills — with a screening and talk-back alongside guest star, Cole Escola, and writer/producer, Jodi Lennon, ahead of the show’s network premiere.

October 24, 7:30pm 

NYTVF PRIMETIME WORLD PREMIERE: Sony Pictures Television Presents S.W.A.T.

One of the fall’s most buzzed about dramas, S.W.A.T., will debut at the NYTVF before its November 2 premiere on CBS. Fans will enjoy an exclusive premiere screening of the pilot episode followed by a talk-back featuring stars; Shemar Moore, Stephanie Sigman, and Lina Esco, along with executive producers; Shawn Ryan and Aaron Rahsaan Thomas.

October 26, 7pm 

NYTVF Creative Keynote: A Conversation with THE DEUCE 

Presented in partnership with HBO, the 2017 Creative Keynote will cast the female gaze upon THE DEUCE and its candid depiction of the rise of the porn industry in 1970s New York. Series producer and star, Maggie Gyllenhaal; executive producer and director, Michelle MacLaren; executive producer, Nina Kostoff-Noble; and Vice President of HBO Programming, Kathleen McCaffrey, sit for a talkback.

October 26, 8:30pm 

IFC Fan Panel: STAN AGAINST EVIL 

Before the November 1 return of IFC’s hit comedy-horror series, fans are invited to an exclusive, behind-the-scenes panel featuring creator, executive producer, writer, and star Dana Gould; producer/star, John C. McGinley; and star, Janet Varney — who will offer an inside look at the second season with more monsters, deadlier demons, and the same Stan.

NYTVF runs October 23 through the 28th, and non-industry attendees have two ticketing options. Splurge for a Festival Pass ($350) and you get these perks: priority access to all Independent Pilot Competition Screenings, NYTVF Primetime Events, Community/Creator Panels, Artist + Industry Happy Hours, NYTVF Writers Room, and select NYTVF Connect keynote conversations and special events. Can’t commit to a pass? Pick and choose from NYTVF Primetime events and Independent Pilot Competition (IPC) screenings when you opt for the Single Ticket (free, but they come with a $4.50 handling charge per online order).

Purchase tickets online by calling 718-350-8519 or emailing boxoffice2017@nytvf.cm.

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7 Outstanding Arts & Culture Events Happening This Month

From Marrakech to Los Angeles, October is filled with annual events and long-awaited openings. Music, visual arts, history, politics, and even fashion are represented in this roundup of the month’s best festivals and exhibits across the globe. Whether you’re wanting or jet set or stay closer to home, here’s the serious cultural collateral that will get your brain – and your body – moving.

La Fiesta des Suds, Marseille, France (Oct 20-22)

If ever there was a cutting-edge international music festival, La Fiesta des Suds is it. The southern French city of Marseille hosts this four-day event at Docks des Suds, the famous music venue and nightclub located in a former warehouse. Diversity abounds among the super-hip lineup, which includes rap, reggae, funk, and soul, plus regional pop genres from Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. Headliners include Syrian pop sensation Omar Souleyman, Afro-trap star MHD, and French hip hop duo Bigflo & Oli. Expect to party all night.

Halifax Pop Explosion (Oct 19-22)

Celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary this year, the annual Halifax Pop Explosion brings more than 150 artists, comedians, and speakers to various venues across the Canadian city. With a focus on new and innovative music from all over the world, even music aficionados are wowed by the new sounds they discover here. The concurrent HPX Music Conference caters to industry professionals and others who want to connect with musicians and executives over trends and networking.

Amsterdam Dance Event (Oct 19–22)

The Amsterdam Dance Event describes itself as the “biggest club festival in the world,” with 375,000 attendees and 2,200 performing artists. With performances taking place across the city in 120 different venues, this is one massive party. But ADE has a serious side, too; it also runs a professional conference for DJs, producers, and other industry pros. Whichever track you’re on, related exhibitions, documentary films, master classes, and artist talks are held throughout the daytime programming – if you’re awake for it, that is.

Dalí / Duchamp, Royal Academy of Arts, London (through January 3, 2018)

Two heavyweights of the art world, Salvador Dalí and Marcel Duchamp were also good friends. Although their work was remarkably different, the pair bonded over a shared sense of humor and skepticism, which led each to challenge conventional thinking. Dalí / Duchamp brings together roughly 80 works total, including well known painting and sculptures as well as lesser known photographs and correspondence between the two artists. The result is a refreshing take on the work on each.

Pacific Standard Time, various locations, Southern California (through Jan 18)

Exploring identity throughout place and time, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA brings an extraordinarily broad range of artworks to museums, galleries, and performing arts centers throughout Southern California. This five-month-long collective exhibit primarily focuses on modern and contemporary art; however, a handful of shows also explore the ancient world, including pre-Columbian works and objects, 20th-century Afro-Brazilian art, and more. Inspired by the area’s historical and current demographics, the show implicitly aims to “raise complex and provocative issues about present-day relations throughout the Americas and the rapidly changing social and cultural fabric of Southern California.”

Musée Yves Saint Laurent, Paris and Marrakech (ongoing)

This month, two new museums dedicated to the revolutionary French fashion designer will open to the public. On October 3, the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris opened in the building where Laurent worked for more than 30 years. Rotating exhibitions will show the house’s extensive collection. In Marrakech, a 40,000-square-foot building to open later this month will also house exhibitions dedicated to the designer’s oeuvre, as well as an auditorium and research library. Laurent famously fell in love with the North African city in 1966, and immediately bought a house there. Many of his collections were inspired by the place.

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5 October Museum Events for Adults Only, After Dark

Imagine spending the night in a museum without your kids or sipping cocktails while you explore exhibitions. Adult-only night at the museum evenings are popping up all over the United States. In October, these 21 and over events focus on haunted and magical themes.

A Night at the Museum Sleepover for Grown-Ups

A Night at the Museum Sleepover for Grown-Ups begins with champagne and jazz in the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall. Guests are allowed to roam the museum halls by flashlight, wander through museum halls viewing the 65-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil in the dark, then sleep beneath the looming 94 feet long, 21,000-pound blue whale model in Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. Advanced reservations are required. Cots are provided. Meals include a buffet dinner with wine and beer, evening snack, and a light breakfast.

Location: American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York
When: October 13-14, 2017
Tickets: $350, members: $300

After Dark:  Agave, Perception, and Collisions 

Every Thursday night, the San Francisco Exploratorium features “After Dark” programs for adults 18 years and older. On October 12, the agave plant will be the focus of the evening. Agave, Perception, and Collisions will immerse participants “in mind-bending experiences and unique, thought-provoking programs.” In the Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery, you can learn about agave’s unique relationships with bats in the desert ecosystem. Of course, tequila-sage smash cocktails and tequila-plum trifles will be served. In the Perception exhibit, adults will learn about emerging technologies, like the Glass Brain. The Glass Brain allows you to see real-time, 3D brain activity utilizing high-density EEG. If you would like to see a screening of Collisions, an advanced, separate reservation is necessary. This film is a “poetic virtual reality (VR) journey” to the remote Western Australian Pilbara desert with indigenous elder Nyarri Morgan of the Martu tribe. Prior to Western Culture contact, the tribe witnessed an atomic bomb test in the 1950s. Traditional ideas of caring for the planet coupled with modern issues of climate change are explored.

Location: Exploratorium, San Francisco, California
When: October 12, 2017; 6:00-10:00pm
Tickets: $17.95 in advance, $19.95 at the door

Haunted Museum: Year of the Monster

Live music, cocktails, and curated programs are highlights of the popular “After Dark” at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

The lights are low, the bar is open, and the music is playing. Armed with a cocktail and your closest friend, you venture into a prehistoric world where giant sauropods tower over the bustling crowd and two T-Rexes cast in multi-colored lights are frozen in battle.

This isn’t the museum of your childhood. This is After Dark.

Two October evenings of Haunted Museum:  Year of the Monster are planned for guests 21 and over. Adult trick-or-treating, spooky cocktail drinking, and dancing will entertain costumed adults. This event focuses on “brutes and beasts in legend and in nature.” Past “Haunted Museum” events at Carnegie have included live animal encounters, presentations by paranormal hunters, and ghostly storytelling. Face masks and costume weapons are not allowed.

Location: Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
When: October 21 & 27, 2017; 6:00-10:00pm
Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door, members: $13.50

Alder Afraid of the Dark?

The Adler Planetarium hosts an after dark event every third Thursday of the month. In October, the Alder Afraid of the Dark? is based on the 90s TV series Are You Afraid of the Dark?. Fernilab scientists will present on dark matter and particle physics. The dance floor will be pumping with Halloween classics like “Thriller.” There will be hands-on science experiments and spooky brews from partner breweries. In the full dome theater,  The Man from the 9 Dimensions, a Japanese film exploring “The Theory of Everything” will be shown. This popular event sells out quickly and promises to be fun and fearful!  Creative costumes are encouraged.

Location: Adler Planetarium, Chicago, Illinois
When: October 19, 2017; 6:00-10:00pm
Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door, members: $15 in advance

Adult Nights: Halloween at Hogwarts

Ever wanted to play Quidditch or drink real butterbeer? The North Carolina Museum of Natural History throws the ultimate adult-only museum party for fans of Harry Potter. Adult Nights:  Halloween at Hogwarts will begin by crossing Platform 9¾. During the evening, attendees can perfect their Defense of the Dark Arts and take a potions class. Don’t get lost wandering through the Forbidden Forest! Costumes are allowed, but no masks or weapons are permitted. The first drink is included with admission for Catalyst members. This evening sells out quickly.

Location: North Carolina Museum of Natural History, Raleigh, North Carolina
When: October 26, 2017; 7:00-10:00pm
Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door, members: $10

Adult Only Museum After Dark Dates

  1. Agave, Perception, and CollisionsSan Francisco, CA; Oct. 12
  2. Night at the Museum Sleepover for Grown-Ups-New York, NY; Oct. 13-14
  3. Alder Afraid of the Dark?-Chicago, Illinois; Oct. 19
  4. Haunted Museum:  Year of the Monster-Pittsburgh, PA; Oct. 21 & 27
  5. Adult Nights:  Halloween at Hogwarts-Raleigh, North Carolina; Oct. 26

 

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5 September Festivals You’ve Never Heard of (But Don’t Want To Miss)

Summer may be behind us here in the Northern Hemisphere, but that doesn’t mean you have to leave its good vibes behind. If you’re looking for a getaway, there are still plenty of good times to be had. Whether the festival circuit is your thing, you’re overdue to connect with nature, or you just have vacation time to use up, consider one of these off-the-beaten path adventures. From a celebration of cetaceans to famous bluegrass fiddlers, there’s a lot to do at these lesser known – but highly entertaining – festivals around the globe.

MASS MoCA Fresh Grass Festival, North Adams, Massachusetts

Located on 16 acres in bucolic, western Massachusetts, MASS MoCA revitalized the desolate industrial town of North Adams when it opened in 1999. Since then, the massive museum has grown to 28 buildings encompassing 500,000 square feet (with another 200,000 left to build out). This month, it hosts the bi-annual Fresh Grass Festival (September 15–17), where every inch of the museum’s campus becomes a pickers paradise, with fiddlers, mandolinists, singers, and more performing across stages and galleries. Pop-up shows and pros jamming out with fans are par for the course – which means you could be rubbing shoulders with names like Brandi Carlisle, Shovels and Rope, Del McCoury, and Son Little, among loads of other talent.

Life Is Beautiful, Las Vegas, Nevada

The Life Is Beautiful Festival, a three-day romp (September 22–24) through downtown Vegas, may change your whole perspective on the City of Sin. Forget gambling in daylight-dismissive casinos, this celebration of music, art, food, and ideas brings together acts like Gorillaz and Chance the Rapper, with food by Vegas’s top chefs. Dozens of artists from around the country also descend on the city, transforming its walls into a mind-blowing – and massive – outdoor gallery. If dusty fields and muddy tents just aren’t your thing, this urban extravaganza might be; it brings the full festival vibe – plus trendy cocktails (hey, it is Las Vegas, after all) – without all the dirt.

Galway International Seafood and Oyster Festival, Galway, Ireland

Oyster-loving Europeans have known about the Galway International Seafood and Oyster Festival (September 22–24) for a while, but news of its popularity is just starting to spread stateside. Shucking contests, tasting events, and celebrity chefs are all on the agenda – and we’re pretty sure people are throwing back a few pints of Guinness, too.

The Social Festival, Maidstone, England

Some of the electronic music scene’s brightest stars will show up at The Social Festival (September 29–30), which describes itself as “bringing a taste of Ibiza to the south east of England.” Celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, The Social is spread out across four giant arenas with a lineup that includes Carl Cox, Black Coffee, The Martinez Brothers, and festival founder, Nic Fanciulli. No matter the stage, electronic music fans are guaranteed a place to dance their asses off.

Hermanus Whale Festival, Hermanus, South Africa

This town on the southernmost tip of Africa leaps to life each year when it hosts the Hermanus Whale Festival (September 29–October 1) to celebrate, respect, and preserve marine wildlife. Sporting events, family activities, craft shows, an eco-village, and musical entertainment are all on the docket, but whale-watching, of course, is the main event. Ecologically-sensitive tours on land, air, and sea provide nature lovers and eco-tourists with thrilling views of majestic Southern Right whales as they return to their part-time home along the Cape Whale Coast.

 

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Get Ready for the Philly Fringe Festival

From September 7-24, Philadelphia hosts the 2017 Philly Fringe Festival, a 17-day, genre-bending arts extravaganza. This hotly-anticipated annual event features 130+ performances like adult-only puppetry, fetishy dances, and poetry married with 80s-era answering machines, but there’s stuff for the kids, too.

Highlights of Philly Fringe

Since 130+ performances divided by 17 days equals you can’t get to them all, you’ll have to pick and choose from all the worthy acts. Decision-making can get dizzying, so here’s a smattering of highlights from various genres – even though it’s tough to pick highlights from Philly Fringe’s embarrassment-of-riches schedule of events.

Labor of Love: Waitstaff Sketch Comedy, Philadelphia’s premier sketch comedy troupe, returns for its 16th Fringe Fest performing original sketches that run from “silly to sophisticated” and “rude to ridiculous.” It’s a safe bet the popular Real Housewives of South Philly will show up at some of the performances. (L’Etage Cabaret; 13 performances from Sept. 8-23)

Puppet-delphia Fringe Slam: An adults-only, late-night variety puppet show where both the puppets and their humans get “risky and frisky.” Musical acts and special guest stars join puppeteers from Philly, NYC, and beyond to share the stage with puppets for a wide-range of acts. (The Drake-Proscenium Theater; Sept. 23)

KINK HAÜS: Philadelphia-based choreographer and performance artist, Gunnar Montana, transports the audience to a brutal underground nightclub where “no f*cks are given, and fierceness is always welcome.” Anything goes at this performance of fantasy, fetish, and carnal desire. (The Latvian Society; 19 performances from Sept. 5-24)

Way of Words: Interactive poetry and visual arts collide with the muse of memory and the “urban wilderness” of Germantown where everyone is invited to write and read poetry, paint, collage, or just watch others experimenting with their creativity. A musical performance shows up somewhere in there, too. This is one of the many free events during Philly Fringe Fest. (Herman St. Studios; September 22-23)

Camper Fringe: Inside the Haas Biergarten at FringeArts is a 1962 Nomad camper where some definitely fringe-y action happens before and after various performances. On any given night there are tarot card readings, an interactive experience called Voicemail Poems that travels way, way back to the days of analog voice mail machines, or an oh-so-secret black market operation that sells small, intimate performances. (FringeArts; various days during Fringe Fest)

Family Fringe

Sure, there’s a lot at Fringe that goes above the heads of tots, but they don’t have to be left completely out of the fun. Get the younguns excited about the arts with several Fringe performances like the Liberty City Radio Theatre recreating the “golden era of the theater of the mind.” Actors will play multiple roles and create an old-time radio show written for modern audiences. The two performances during Fringe will vary but will include a “dash of superheroes, a pinch of noir and an ample serving of humor.” (Headhouse Cafe; Sept. 8 and 22 at 8pm)

If you’re going

  • With so many performances, the Festival Guide is your best friend. It’s online, but guide books are also distributed throughout the city.
  • Students, and those 25 and under, can get $15 Presented Fringe Festival tickets and $5 off Neighborhood Fringe Festival tickets, if the original price is $15 or more.
  • Get tickets early. About 40,000 fringe-y arts lovers attend the festival, and some events sell out quickly.
  • Philadelphia’s St. Benjamin’s Brewing produced a special beer in honor of the fest, Fringe Benefits – a hoppy American ale brewed with heather. It’s available at Le Peg, at FringeArts, and St. Benjamin’s Tap Room, both excellent choices to grab a bite during Fringe Fest.