The 215 Festival is a fun weekend of events in Philadelphia that celebrate theater, literature, music, and food. The lineup for 2009 that was announced on Facebook (215 Festival on Facebook) is a diverse mix of fun filled events. And it even kicks of with a preliminary event of Karaoke Obscura on September 13th at Tritone that benefits the Morton Michael Elementary School in the Mantua section of Philadelphia, to help them try and revitalize their defunct school library (Karaoke Obscura). Here’s a look at what else this years fest has to offer!
Haunted Poe Preview Presented by Brat Productions
A tell-tale heart begins to beatâ€¦
160 years after his mysterious death, Edgar Allan Poe returns from the grave to haunt you with his most terrifying tales and poems. FAQ Rules In a 10,000 square foot warehouse in South Philadelphia, Brat Productions presents a unique and utterly theatrical take on a Halloween traditionâ€”the Haunted House. You move from room to room. Down twisting hallways. Through the heart of darkness. Into the unknown.
Grounded in some of the best-known and most chilling works ever written, HAUNTED POE offers an immersive, multiple-sensory experience devoted to Poe’s peculiar genius. The show features scenarios adapted from â€œThe Tell-tale Heart,â€ â€œThe Raven,â€ â€œThe Black Cat,â€ â€œThe Fall of the House of Usher,â€ â€œThe Masque of the Red Death,â€ â€œThe Cask of Amontillado,â€ â€œThe Murders in the Rue Morgue,” â€œThe Pit and the Pendulumâ€ – and more!
Costumes, masks, puppets, hidden passageways, magic lanterns, optical illusions, music and video all serve to take Poe’s themes of madness, suspense and the supernatural to a frightening new level. In each room, around every corner, a new surprise awaits. Think you know Poe? His words will haunt you â€“ Evermore! Preview nights are on October 2nd and 3rd.
Bushwick Book Club event
The Bushwick Book Club meets the first Tuesday of every month at Goodbye Blue Monday and employs the delirious talents of local songwriters who plumb the depths and scrape the ends of a chosen literary gem to create that rare and beautiful thing – a new song. All songs are then displayed, spread wide, in one hour. It’s an hour-long orgy of book-related songs and book-inspired food and drink. If that doesn’t sound indulgent enough, I don’t want to know you, you sick, sick bastard. On October 2nd The Bushwick Book Club travels to Philadelphia, PA for the 215 Festival. The location is still to be determined so tune into their website.
Bushwick Book Club
Dance party at National Mechanics, 10:00pm – 2:00am
Features librarians as DJs and we will be requesting book donations for Books Through Bars at the event. Last years happened on December 20th, and not only did it raise money for the Free Library of Philadelphia; It’s DJ’s spun an epic assortment of hip-hop, motown, new wave, rock, twee, you name it! So this years should be no exception.
Food Bloggers Brunch
National Mechanics. 11am – 2pm
Enjoy the delicious brunch selections at National Mechanics while interacting with a panel of Philadelphia food bloggers (from Fries With That Shake, etc) and local food writers who will be discussing their foodie adventures in Philadelphia. So come out and enjoy the bars Build Your Own Bloody Mary Brunch while talking food with some serious bloggers.