ArtsNovember 8, 2012 at 5:44 am

Four Faves From First Person Arts

The 11th annual First Person Arts Festival, presented by Penn’s own LPS program, is back.

Grand Slam
Christ Church Neighborhood House
20 N. American St.
11/8, 8 p.m.
$20 ($16 for First Person Arts members)

If poetry slams are just too been–there–done–that for your liking, try the StorySlam. A group of performers will compete for the title of “Best Storyteller in Philadelphia” in front of a panel of celebrity judges. In a night that will be sure to make you reminisce about your old English class (in a fun way), the performers will give it their all telling their personal stories.

Humanizing History
Christ Church Neighborhood House
11/10 and 11/11, 12 p.m. both days
$15 ($12 for First Person Arts members)

Sure, you could go to a church to absolve yourself of your Halloween sins, but this event sounds much more intriguing (and slightly less daunting). Discover the “human history” of Philadelphia while exploring the cavernous underground archives of Christ Church, some of which date back to 1695. If reading old manuscripts isn’t your thing, there’s always the fantastic view from the top of the church’s steeple.

The Taxi Tapes
Ortlieb’s Lounge
847 N. 3rd St.
11/15 and 11/16, 7:30 p.m. both days
$15 ($12 for First Person Arts members)

Think all of your cab drivers from downtowns past have been oblivious to your drunken misadventures? Think again. Comedian Sam Dingman weaves personal tales with revealing audio recordings from his days driving a New York City taxi. If the presence of “toothless convicts” and “frozen embryos” in his stories are any indication, you’re in for some wild tales.

PNC Arts Alive Story Day: All Roads Lead to Philadelphia
Christ Church Neighborhood House
11/17, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
$10 ($8 for First Person Arts members)

On the final day of the festival, enjoy some fantastic cuisine from local food trucks and soak up some performances from the best of Philly’s arts scene. This includes the 2 p.m. premiere of “We Rise,” an interdisciplinary project focusing on the stories of teens from around the city. A couple hours later, Juerga, an all–female flamenco group, will offer a fun jam session. Bring a red rose and your spiciest dance moves!

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