Rap and Rides

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.

Hey, Swatties, it’s that time of the week again. I know you’ve been eagerly anticipating the very moment when you could click this link and see what is in store for you this weekend. Anticipate no longer!

Tonight and tomorrow night at 8PM, a staged reading of Sam Goodman’s ’10 Eats Shoots and Ladders will take place in the Frear Ensemblre Theatre in LPAC. This is the final production of Goodman’s Honors Playwriting Thesis. The show is directed by guest artist Rebecca Wright and features the talents of Glenn Stott ’12, Sirkka Natti ’11, Nell Bang-Jensen ’11, and Nick Allred ’13. The show is described as “the comic travelogue of two adventurers charting a course through the absurdities and pitfalls of romance and the clichés of the romantic comedy.” Entrance is free of charge.

Three bands (Junk Science, Tone Tank, and Scott Thorough) are slated to perform at the first Olde Club show of the semester tomorrow night starting at 10PM. Junk Science is an MC/DJ duo from Brooklyn; Tone Tank is an English DJ interested in creating “underground dance music” by mixing classic favorites with the latest dubs; and Scott Thorough, also from Brooklyn, is a rap/hip hop act. All three acts are a part of the Brooklyn-based rap collected Nuclear Family.

The hit musical The Irish & How They Got That Way, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning Frank McCourt (author of the acclaimed Angela’s Ashes) returns to Philadelphia. The show is an “irreverent but affectionate history” that weaves together comedy and classical songs and stories to narrate the past century of the Irish in America with vibrant humor and bitter irony. This production is part of the Kimmel Center’s Off Broadway at the Kimmel series. Showtimes for this weekend are 8PM tonight, 5PM and 8PM tomorrow night, and 3PM Sunday afternoon. Tickets range from $35-$47; more information here.

Another event that isn’t necessarily artsy but is still awesome and should be attended is the Philadelphia International Auto Show, presented by the Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia. Cars of all sorts will be displayed, from the Chevrolet 2010 Camaro and Volva 2010 C30 to the Aston Martin Vantage and the Lamborghini LP 560 Spyder. The show will also feature some green technology cars, like the Honda Insight, Toyota Prius, and Tesla Roadster. A list of some of the featured cars can be found here. This event takes place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and tickets costing $10-$12 can be purchased online here.

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