Welcome, faithful readers, to another exciting edition of the Geekend! This one is full of Wizard World Philly events, so I hope you’ve got your cosplay ready!
Wizard World-Related Events
Wizard World Philly is about to take over the city for the next four days, starting today and lasting until Sunday. With huge names like Matt Smith, Nathan Fillion, Whoopi Goldberg, and Christopher Lloyd in appearance, it’s no wonder four-day tickets are sold out. But even if you can’t make it out to the convention itself, there are plenty of after parties to attend.
Friday night, hit up PhilaMOCA for their free Creator Pro Am Drink & Draw at 7:30 p.m. (P.S. If you’re a new user, get a free ride with Uber using the promo code WIZARDPHL.) Later that night, MilkBoy will be hosting a Wizard World After Party, featuring Chronicles of Sound, Triforce Quartet, and DJ Cutman. Tickets are $12, but if you’ve got a Wizard World wristband, they’re only $10.
The party continues on Saturday well after you finish walking the convention center halls.
PhilaMOCA presents The Return of Comic Strip! the exclusive post-Wizard World burlesque event. Tickets are $12 in advance, $20 for front-row VIP seats, or $15 at the door. See comic-inspired acts and tributes to your favorite characters from local performers Hayley Jane and Liberty Rose (producers of Broad Street Burlesque), internationally renowned cosplayer Stella Chuu, and the award-winning Minnie Tonka.
Also that evening is the Trocadero’s Wizard World After Party featuring Peelander-Z. Admission is free with your comic con wristband, or $10 without. For an early night, head to Underground Arts to see a Star Trek tribute tribute show presented by The Roddenberries Galvanize, and members of the Peek-a-Boo Revue in the Black Box; Tickets are $10, and doors open 7 p.m.
Friday, June 20
There’s more to this weekend than just the comic convention.
At 3 p.m., there’s the Love Letters Hands-On Tour at the Rosenbach for $5. From 5-8:45 p.m., the Art Museum’s Art After 5 features tenor saxophone master Michael Pedicin. The event is free with museum admission. At 6:30 p.m., David Boies and Theodore Olson vs the Supreme Court will be at the National Constitution Center. “The pair will relive their five-year journey to win the right for gays to marry, from Proposition 8’s adoption by voters in 2008, to its defeat before the highest court in the land in Hollingsworth v. Perry in 2013.” Tickets cost $20-$35, and include a copy of the book Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality.
At 8pm, photographers should “grab your cameras, tripods and flashlights, and capture the ethereal wonders of Laurel Hill Cemetery after the sun goes down.” Lunar Stroll: Photographing Laurel Hill After Hours will begin at 8pm at Laurel Hill Cemetery. Also starting at 8pm is the John Carpenter Sci-Fi Double Feature featuring Starman and Escape From New York, presented by Exhumed Films and screened at the International House. The stroll is $20 and the movie screening is $15.
At 9pm, the Trocadero will be host to Dracula’s Ball, featuring Iris and Samantha Diaz, Carfax Abbey, and James O’Barr. Tickets cost $16.50 and the show is all ages. At 9:45pm, the Colonial Theatre will be showing a screening of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me for $9. And at midnight, the Ritz at the Bourse will have The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
And, as always, there’s comedy provided by Philly Improv Theatre! On Friday night, they’re hosting three back-to-back shows with Sketch Comedy: Baby Shoes at 9, Variety Comedy: Atomic Cinema Vault at 10:30, and Sketch Open Mic: Sketch Up or Shut Up at midnight. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.
Saturday, June 21
On Saturday, The Hacktory will teach you to sew a felt monster at their Intro to Soft Circuits class, beginning at 1 p.m for $35. At the International House at 2 p.m., their family matinee will be Spirited Away for $5. And at the Colonial Theatre, they’ll be showing Jaws for $9, starting at 4 p.m. We’re gonna need a bigger calendar!
Head back to Philly Improv Theater to catch the boundary-pushing Dynamite Series featuring The Wadsworth Constant at 7:30 p.m., and two sessions of PHIT’s improv comedy show House Team Night at 9 and 10:30 p.m. Once again, tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.
Wrap up your night at the Laurel Hill Cemetery, where they’ll be having The Soulstice starting at 6pm. “To mark the 150th birthday of the Cemetery’s main bridge, The Antemortem Society is hosting a unique preservation party that will raise funds to restore the historic site.” Tickets cost a whopping $50, but include wine, beer and cocktails at an open bar, snacks from Chewy’s Gourmet Food Truck, a ‘Make Your Own S’mores’ dessert station, and photos at the Mausoleum Photo Booth. Yum!
Sunday, June 22
Sunday night, PhilaMOCA will be showing The Past Is A Grotesque Animal: A Film about Of Montreal at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The film “is a personal, accessible look at an artist – Kevin Barnes, frontman of the endlessly versatile indie pop band of Montreal whose pursuit to make transcendent music at all costs drives him to value art over human relationships.” Tickets are $10 for each show.