Philadelphia Weekly’s The Survivors Project eBook Reading
Mon., Nov. 19, Central Library
Overall vibe: Room 108 was standing-room-only, as PW Senior Editor Nina Hoffmann and her husband Joel told personal accounts of dealing with sexual abuse, read essays from last week’s cover story and invited allies from the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance and Women Organized Against Rape to talk.
Most memorable moment: The Survivors Project contributor Ari Benjamin Bank, featured both in last week’s issue and our ebook, was the only contributor to read his own personal essay on the library’s stage. There were few dry eyes when he completed reading to a standing ovation.
Scene stealer: During the Q&A session after the readings, several audience members outed themselves as current and future contributors. PW is still accepting submissions for a possible Volume 2. (Randy LoBasso)
RISK! True Tales Boldly Told
Friday, Nov. 16, Underground Arts at the Wolf Building. firstpersonarts.org
Overall vibe: Appreciative. The audience was so transfixed as comedic icons/hosts Kevin Allison and Janeane Garofalo shared the mic with the crème de le crème of Philly’s storyteller comics like R. Eric Thomas and Jamie Brunson that even the hippest of all hipsters among us wanted to scream the evening’s story’s theme—“THANK YOU!”—when we hit the 90-minute, end-of-show mark.
Most memorable moment: The depth of what Garofalo said didn’t hit home till I walked past a karaoke bar later, out of which hobbled a girl in red seven-inch stilettos and leather pants a size too small, leaning heavily on the arm of her friend, who said, “You sang so good. You have to audition for American Idol.” Walking around them, I thought, Thank God, Janeane Garofalo exists in the world and goes on stage wearing boots and dropping words like “misogyny” and names like “Joan of Arc.”
Scene stealer: Becca Trabin. Her brutal honesty about the day she stabbed her mother raised the temperature of the Wolf Building. (Jessica Foley)
pILLOW tHEORY + Alex Kelly + Brad Gunson & Gunson Roses
Thurs., Nov. 15, The Legendary Dobbs
Overall vibe: Regular patrons who politely clap in between songs, you know, because it’s nice, but silently long to get back to normal bar stuff.
Most memorable moment: PT’s chemistry and pop sensibility jelled together deliciously as they backed Kelly on the title track of her debut album, Orange Circle.
Scene stealer: The sexy, shoeless Kelly, who swayed, strutted and elegantly wove a tapestry of irresistible vocal punch for anyone fortunate enough to be paying attention. I was. Marry me? (Anthony Trivelli)