Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, UniverSoul Circus and more to do in Philly



The Great Harvest Cider and Beer Festival
November 5, 1-8 p.m.
738 S. 11th St.
Pay as you go

The street in front of Hawthorne’s Cafe closes to vehicular traffic Saturday for this annual festival that highlights a long list of mouth-watering hard ciders, pumpkin ales and other seasonal brews. Food and live bands round out the festival atmosphere, with performances by Classic rockers The John McNutt Band, bluegrass group Boulevard Express and blues artist Boy Wonder.

Clover Market
November 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Bryn Mawr
7 N. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Pay as you go

Get a head start on your holiday gift list at this weekend’s Clover Market in Bryn Mawr. The shopping extravaganza features dozens of vendors selling everything from antiques and jewelry to vintage clothing and home goods. Food trucks, like Bonjour Creperie, Milk + Sugar and Say Cheese, line up to fuel you up for a day of shopping. The Adam Monaco band will have your feet tapping with a live performance from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Bacon and Beer Festival
November 6, 2:30-5 p.m
23rd Street Armory
22 S. 23rd St.

Two of life’s most delicious pleasures collide for this afternoon-long stuff-your-face fest at 23rd Street Armory. Local restaurants from around the city, like Bru Craft & Wurst, City Tap House and Taproom on 19th, will be on hand to dole out plates of their most inventive bacon-based dishes. Fifteen local breweries supply the suds so you can wash it all down.


Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival
November 5-19
Various locations

The Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival returns Saturday with an opening night party and screening of acclaimed 2016 Israeli drama “One Week and a Day” at the Kimmel Center. After that comes a two-week schedule of around 30 films from around the world—everything from full-lengths and documentaries to classic movies, like “Grand Hotel,” highlighting the Jewish experience.


November 3, 8:30 p.m.
Good Good Comedy
215 N. 11th St.

Local comedian Shannon DeVido hosts a new monthly comedy show at Good Good Comedy that could be described as a mix of “The Daily Show” and ESPN. DeVido, featured on the Hulu sitcom “Difficult People” and “The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore,” hosts a rotating lineup of local comedians who offer humorous takes on the month’s sports stories through sit down interviews and “weird sketches.” The show was written by her, Philly’s Phunniest winner Chip Chantry and more. Laughs will surely abound.

Bridget Everett
November 4, 8-11 p.m.
The Fillmore Philadelphia
29 E. Allen St.

If you haven’t seen her irreverent musical sets on “Inside Amy Schumer,” you’ve likely cackled at her on TV series like “Lady Dynamite” or “Girls.” Alt-cabaret queen Bridget Everett brings all that to Philly Friday night for a special one-night-only performance at the Fillmore. She is a continual sell-out at Joe’s Pub in NYC, so you better snatch up those tickets quick.


UniverSoul Circus
November 3-27
Fairmount Park
52nd and Parkside streets

The country’s first African American-owned circus, UniverSoul Circus, sets up a big-top tent in Fairmount Park for three weeks of circus entertainment marking their 20th anniversary. Audiences should get ready for all the circus shenanigans, including contortionists, acrobats, airborne motorcycles and all kinds of aerial feats. Philadelphia is the final stop on this year’s tour, which organizers describe as an evening of “hip hop under the big top.”

Koresh Artists’ Showcase
November 5-6
Koresh Dance
2002 Rittenhouse Square

A lousy $10 affords you a chance to see some of the city’s most promising up-and-coming dancers, choreographers and performing artists before they make it big. Koresh Dance Company puts on this spotlight series to give emerging talents in Philadelphia the chance to do their thing in front of a larger audience. This time around, acts include Abigayle Cryderman, Emily Kline & Co. and Just Sole! Street Dance Theater Company.

“The Letter H”
November 6, 7 p.m.
University City Arts League
4226 Spruce St.
Pay what you can

For the first time ever, Jersey playwright Ken Brady brings to Philadelphia a free performance of his acclaimed one-man show “The Letter H.” Brady’s native Haddonfield plays a prominent role in the show, which has traveled the country with a message about the perils of Donald Trump presidency.


“World War I and American Art”
November 3-April 9, 2017
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
118-128 N. Broad St.

PAFA opens what it’s calling the first major exhibition that explores the ways in which American artists reacted to the first World War. Among the showpieces here is John Singer Sargent’s moving “Gassed.” It’s on loan from the Imperial War Museums in London and hasn’t been seen in the U.S. since 1999. That’s just one of 160 pieces—everything from paintings to photographs to sculptures—by 80 artists. If you want to peep it early, stop by the opening reception on November 3 from 6:30-8 p.m.

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