Scratch Night Hosted by Sam Tower and Nia Benjamin

The popular, long running monthly works-in-progress series.

Come see a roster of Philly’s most talented artists perform new material from shows they are working on in this fast-paced sampling of contemporary theater, dance, performance art, and everything in between. Scratch Night is hosted and curated by a different artist each month, and features four to six short performances by local companies and artists, offering an inside look at the future of performance. This month’s artists will be announced this November!

Join us at La Peg before or after the performances! La Peg has Happy Hour food and drinks specials 5-7pm and Happy Hour food only specials until closing.

60 minutes

Free RSVP, $5 Suggested Donation

About the Hosts

Sam Tower (she/her) is a director, maker, and producer based in Philadelphia. She is a Co-Artistic Director of Ninth Planet, a platform for live performance and creative experiences for curious people of all ages, with a focus on amplifying the work of womxn, gender-variant people, and people of color. Ninth Planet’s shows are designed to activate imagination, self-­reflection, and a sense of adventure through the collision of dance, theatre, music, and installation. For the last ten years, Tower has centered her artistic practice around collectively created projects, experimenting with co-authorship and long-form process, and creating intentional space for reflection, responsiveness, and deviation. As a facilitator of theatrical process, she aims to support socio­-emotional development and togetherness, building more just communities through art making. She is an Associated Artist with Applied Mechanics, has worked with Bryn Mawr College, Headlong, Simpatico Theatre, BRAT Productions, Martha Stuckey, Arden Theatre, and contributed as a company member of New Paradise Laboratories from 2012-2015. Tower also works with International Performing Arts for Youth as Engagement Manager, serving an international membership of professionals creating and touring performance for young audiences. 2017 Independence Fellowship Recipient. Training from Headlong Performance Institute and University of the Arts.

Nia Benjamin is the Co-Artistic Director of Ninth Planet, a performance platform based in Philadelphia. As a performer, teacher and visual artist, arts administrator and maker of devised work, Nia’s work is grounded in prioritizing the artistry and experiences of womxn of color. Her work examines the intersections between culture, identity and media and the undoing of narratives that decentralize black womxn’s importance within the larger cultural narrative. As an artist, her aim is to create accessible, challenging work that invites non-traditional audiences into performative spaces. Employing media and projection design, her work liberates performative work from conventional theatrical spaces.

Through collaborative play-making practices, Nia is interested in involving citizen performers and young people in the creation of new performance works. With an interest in finding new systems for generating devised work, Nia’s practice empowers creative teams to employ horizontal leadership models to upset patriarchal dynamics that exist within traditional theatre practices and alienate those who are historically marginalized.

Blue Stoop Presents: Tommy Pico

In conversation with Zach Blackwood

Tommy “Teebs” Pico is author of the books IRL, Nature Poem, Junk, Feed, and myriad keen tweets including “sittin on the cock of the gay.” Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now splits his time between Los Angeles and Brooklyn. He co-curates the reading series Poets with Attitude, co-hosts the podcast Food 4 Thot (part of Blue Heaven 2019), and is a contributing editor at Literary Hub.

Feed (forthcoming from Tin House Books 2019) is the fourth book in the Teebs tetralogy, partly an epistolary recipe for the main character, a juke box of nourishments, and a jaunty walk through the High Line park in New York, with the lines and the stanzas and the paragraphs and the dialogue and the registers approximating the park’s cultivated gardens of wildness. Amongst its questions, Feed asks what’s the difference between being alone and being lonely? Can you ever really be friends with an ex? What’s the perfect Mac & Cheese recipe? Feed is an ode of reconciliation to the wild inconsistencies of a northeast spring, a frustrating season of back-and-forth, of thaw and blizzard, but with a faith that among the mess it knows where it’s going.

Zach Blackwood is a poet, performance curator, and Artistic Producer at FringeArts. He made the chapbook, SEXY UNIQUE HOLLOW POINT, out now from glo worm press. He has poems published in peach mag, occulum, bedfellows magazine, maudlin house, and elsewhere. He is available on the world wide web @blackwhom.

Blue Stoop is a new literary hub in Philadelphia working to connect writers, bookstores, publishers, venues, and sponsors, both nationally and locally, to promote a richer and more sustainable literary community.

Doors at 7 / Show @ 7:30
Free (RSVP Encouraged)

Get Pegged Cabaret feat. Morgan Bassichis and Girl Poop

Hosted & Curated by John Jarboe

Like a poison cookie—tempting and treacherous, pleasing and perilous—Get Pegged Cabaret lures you inside a reimagined La Peg, then jumps you with unrestrained intimacy and live music and performance. Each night features uncensored and stimulating entertainment from the sexy, satirical, daring, delightful, queer, and most dangerous performers on the cabaret scene, a one night stand between a local Philadelphia artist and another performer from around the world.

November’s Get Pegged will be opened by Girl Poop and headlined by Morgan Bassichis!

Standing Room: $8
Table for 2: $30*
Table for 4: $60*
*There is an additional $15 food and drink minimum per guest seated at a table.
Star Producers: Linda & David Glickstein

About Morgan Bassichis
Experience an evening of stand-up comedy and music from New York-based performance artist Morgan Bassichis. Morgan has been called “a tall child or, well, a big bird” (by the Nation) and “fiercely hilarious” (by the New Yorker), and Morgan’s shows have been described as “out there” (by Morgan’s mother) and “super intense” (by Morgan). In Morgan’s own words, “I truly hope this evening will be useful to someone, somewhere.”

Morgan Bassichis is a comedic performer who has been called “a tall child or, well, a big bird” by the Nation and “fiercely hilarious” by the New Yorker. Recent shows include Nibbling the Hand That Feeds Me at the Whitney Museum (2019), Klezmer for Beginners at Abrons Arts Center (2019), Damned If You Duet at the Kitchen (2018), More Protest Songs! at Danspace Project (2018), and The Faggots & Their Friends Between Revolutions: The Musical at the New Museum (2017). Morgan has presented work at the Brooklyn Museum, Hirshhorn Museum, MoMA PS1, and the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art. Morgan lives in New York City, and has contributed writing to Artforum, Radical History Review, Captive Genders, and the Nightboat Books edition of The Faggots & Their Friends Between Revolutions. Morgan’s album, More Protest Songs! Live at St. Mark’s Church is available at music.morganbassichis.com.

About Girl Poop
Girl Poop is a femme foursome specializing in Pussy Pop Rock. Serving original tunes about sex, shame, self love, and secret pleasures, these pop queens deliver a high octane sugar rush that will leave you wet and stuck to your seats.

Girl Poop is Alicia Crosby, Kelly Conrad, Francesca Montanile, and Megan Thibodeaux. Terran Scott composes their backing tracks. The members of Girl Poop specialize in comedy, improvisation, directing, teaching, costume design, prop design, and producing. Companies they have worked with include Pig Iron Theatre Company, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, Team Sunshine, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Theatre Unspeakable, Philly Improv Theater, and Antigravity Performance Project.

About the Bearded Ladies Cabaret
The Bearded Ladies Cabaret is an interdisciplinary troupe of artists who reinvigorate and redefine the form of cabaret in the 21st century by fusing it with theater, opera, and dance. They play with nostalgia and humor to question the embedded social messages in popular culture and tackle the politics of gender, identity, and artistic invention with sparkle and wit. Their work has been seen all over Philadelphia including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Eastern State Penitentiary, Opera Philadelphia, the Wilma Theater, and FringeArts and they have brought their cabaret revolution to Miami, New Zealand, Seattle, Paris, Maryland, Delaware and New York City (Ars Nova, La Mama, and Joe’s Pub).

About John Jarboe
John Jarboe (she/he) is a cabaret artist, director, writer, historian, and host serving you revolution, herstory, queer community making, and a whole lot of glitter. He is the founding artistic director of The Bearded Ladies Cabaret. Going back to the interdisciplinary roots of cabaret, Jarboe is transforming opera, cabaret, and live performance from her home in Philadelphia, making work that is insistent on its liveness and interactivity, work that will make you sing, dance, clap and question. He plays host to a community of cabaret misfits from around the world, trying to stitch together the history of and practice of a much needed form.

En Route: Visit these Spots by Riding SEPTA

I’m Miles Taylor, a sophomore at UPenn studying urban studies, and I love public transportation. I’ve made it my goal over my four years here to ride every SEPTA service and document it all on my blog, Miles in Transit. I also volunteer for the SEPTA Youth Advisory Council and play tuba in the Penn Band.

The start of school is almost upon us, and with it comes the balancing act of classes, extracurriculars, and social activities. With all that stuff to keep track of, it’s really easy to forget that there’s a whole city out there! Philadelphia is one of the most interesting and diverse places in the country, and since we’re all living here for four years, we really should go and check it out. I regularly go out to experience what Philly has to offer, and part of the reason I’m able to do that is with the power of SEPTA.

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