PW's Weekend Picks

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In his 17 years of despotic rule, Pinochet managed to accumulate hundreds of human rights violations (not to mention embezzlement and tax evasion charges). The numbers are astonishing: Nearly 30,000 citizens tortured, over 80,000 interned and at least 1,200—but perhaps as many as 3,500—simply executed for standing in his way. He is, essentially, on par with Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden among the grossest human beings to have recently walked the earth. His legacy is still potent and powerful.

Arias, on a trip to South America that included an exploration of Pinochet’s long-lasting devastation on survivors of his regime, started to pay special attention to those born during his tenure’s terrifying aftermath. She recruited people who, in El año en que nací, tell their stories and their parents’ stories, too. This isn’t exactly a play; there’s no book to stick to here. It’s all in Spanish, but subtitled in English and partially projected on a screen serving as a backdrop for photos, maps, news clippings and saved bits of history. Dance and music will be employed, as will, no doubt, heavy emotion and grief, allowing folks aged 20 to their early 30s to show us, in an exceptionally colorful and expressive way, how history trickles down. El año en que nací aims to reinforce, to the next generation, how wrongs will not be ignored and how recalling painful pasts can open our minds to a more optimistic, brighter future. / BILL CHENEVERT

Through Sun., Jan. 19. Various times. $20-$29. FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd. 215.413.9006.

Five Minute Follies featuring The Magic of Salazar
Award-winning magician Anthony Salazar has performed across the country, from the top casinos in Atlantic City to a guest spot on MTV’s My Super Sweet 16. Salazar will be joined by other performers, including comedians, singers and a tap dancer, for Five Minute Follies, an ongoing family friendly tribute to the golden age of variety entertainment shows. 3pm. $15-$18. The Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St. 1800.838.3006.

Fitness, Body Love and Sexercise: A Workshop with Dr. Timaree
In this week's cover story, Sexologist, podcaster and PW cover model Timaree Schmit writes about the relationship between fitness and sexuality. Hear more at her Sexploratorium workshop, where you’ll learn how exercise science can help improve your sexual experience—not least by enabling you to reach more positions. 7pm. $15-$20. Sexploratorium, 317 South St. 215.829.4986.

Beautiful Thing
Mauckingbird Theatre Company presents Beautiful Thing, written for the stage by Jonathan Harvey, a play about teens surrounded by a drug and violence addled Southeast London landscape. 7:30pm. $15-$25. Skybox at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St. 215.923.8909.

Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades)
Tchaikovsky explores obsession in this tale of a gambling army officer, desperate to learn the secret behind three winning cards, jeopardizing his love, possessions and ultimately his own life in the process. The Academy of Vocal Arts revives this Russian drama, sung in its native tongue with English subtitles. 7:30pm. $10-$60. Helen Corning Warden Theater, 1920 Spruce St. 215.735.1685.


Hip Hop Fundamentals
Since gracing PW’s cover last June, Hip Hop Fundamentals met their fundraising goal to bring their breakdance education show into numerous Philly schools—and have even done a TED Talk. Now, they’re spending Martin Luther King, Jr. Day giving a free performance of their most popular show, using “culture young people create to engage them in learning academic content,” according to founding member Stephen Lunger. The group’s TEDx Bermuda performance was specifically about how to change the way education works in the United States. Their performance on King Day—at the African-American Museum—will focus on the history of civil rights in America. / RANDY LOBASSO

Mon., Jan. 20, noon. Free. African American Museum, 701 Arch St.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service/ Macy’s Family Day
The National Constitution Center joins this years’ 19th annual Greater Philadelphia King Day of Service with a day of honor for MLK. Visitors can enjoy a day of musical and dramatic performances, as well as participate in a sewing service benefiting the Women Against Abuse shelter. 9:30am. $5. National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St. 215.409.6600.

Eastern State Penitentiary
Eastern State celebrates MLK’s legacy all weekend—with tours emphasizing the effect that the civil rights movement had on the prison. In addition, readings from King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” will be delivered by professional actors. Informal Q&A sessions will follow each reading to discuss the relevance of King’s words today. Through Mon., Jan 20. Various times. Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave.

Art Sphere
Founded in 1998, Art Sphere encourages civic responsibility and neighborhood restoration through various forms of art. Volunteers for their MLK Day celebration will paint over graffiti, restore murals and brighten playground equipment. The event honors King’s ethos of collective effort to accomplish community goals. 10am. Fishtown Recreation Center, 1201 E. Montgomery Ave. 215.350.1968.

National Liberty Museum
This year, The National Liberty Museum has teamed up with MLK365 to provide a free workshop based around the icon. The “upstander” workshop will feature guided museum tours, craft projects and continuous showings of King’s famous speeches. Pre-registration for the days’ free events is required, as seating is limited. 11:30am. Free. National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut St. 215.928.2500.

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