Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.
Add/Drop is over, there’s snow on the ground and the weekend has come once again. The beginning of the semester can have a very impromptu, dive-in feeling so this weekend we look to a range of activities to inspire your inner-thespian.
For those unfamiliar, Ritz at the Bourse (among the locations the Philly Shuttle service stops by) is a movie theater located in the Society Hill area of Philadelphia. If you swing by in the evening, you can catch a movie and dinner in nearby Old City (Restaurant Week is still on until tomorrow night) or come in the day and enjoy the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, etc.
This weekend you can also watch several of the Oscar-hopefuls including “Doubt,” with Meryl Streep as a nun and Philip Seymour Hoffman a creepy priest; “The Reader” featuring Kate Winslet as a former concentration camp guard; “The Wrestler” which documents the deterioration of Mickey Rourke’s character Randy “The Ram;” and “Wendy and Lucy,” starring Michelle Williams as the wandering Wendy accompanied by her dog Lucy. The last film was co-written by alum Jon Raymond’s ’94 and is based on his short story “Train Chorus.”
If you’re interested in live theater this weekend, you can catch “Streetcar Named Desire” at the Walnut Street Theatre or “Jesus Christ Superstar” at the Kimmel Center. Fans of “Rent” will be excited to hear that Adam Pascal and Anthony Rap (of the original cast) will be in the performance running next week.
Finally, those on campus should not forget the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company Performance in LPAC tonight or tomorrow night’s Jazz Concert in Bond.