21st annual Philadelphia Film Festival
As one of Philadelphia’s most important cultural events, the festival is eagerly anticipated by its enthusiastic and devoted audiences, including students, film lovers and arts supporters. Critically acclaimed by industry professionals, the festival aims to promote domestic and international films that might not otherwise be seen in Philadelphia. The two-week event showcases thought-provoking narrative features, live-action and animated shorts, locally produced films, and theatrical documentaries. Industry panels, director question-and-answer sessions, special event screenings and networking opportunities enhance the festival experience, providing Philadelphia audiences with unrivalled access to world-class films and the talent responsible for creating them.
“Ghost Hunting 101” at Elfreth’s Alley
Nearly 3,000 people have lived on Elfreth’s Alley over the last three centuries, and it seems that some of the residents have no intention of leaving — ever. On Oct. 20, join the Elfreth’s Alley Museum and the Oakford Paranormal Society for a special investigation of America’s longest lived-on street. Think you have what it takes to be a ghost hunter? Get hands-on training with state-of-the-art equipment led by a team of experienced paranormal investigators. The hunt will begin at 8 p.m. and includes access to126 Elfreth’s Alley and its courtyard. Tickets are available for $20. All levels of experience are welcome. Patrons are reminded that this is an indoor/outdoor event and to dress accordingly. Patrons will be required to sign a waiver before they are admitted onto the site. There is no bathroom on this site.
Elfreth’s Alley Museum, 124 Elfreth’s Alley
Saturday, Oct. 20, 8-9:30 p.m.
Adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ “The Screwtape Letters” at Merriam Theater
C.S. Lewis’ brilliant novel “The Screwtape Letters” reveals spiritual warfare from a demon’s point of view. A sold-out hit in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., this funny, provocative and wickedly witty theatrical adaptation, starring Max McLean as Screwtape, will change the way you think about how demons influence your everyday life. The event also features after-show talkback with actor Max McLean.
Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.
Friday, Oct. 19, 8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 20, 4 and 8 p.m.
The Pennsylvania Ballet presents the 49th season of “Giselle”
Surrender your heart to the ultimate ballet of the Romantic era. Haunting and poetic, Giselle tells the story of a peasant girl who falls in love with a prince and the heartbreak and despair that follow. With a moving score by Adolphe Adam and choreography by the French master Marius Petipa, Giselle offers both the promise of young love and the tragedy of it slipping away in one evening of stunning classical dance. Principal dancer Arantxa Ochoa will retire from the stage with Giselle after 16 years dancing with the Company to transition to her new role as principal instructor of the School of Pennsylvania Ballet. Ochoa’s final performance is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. Casting is subject to change.
The Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.
Thursday, Oct. 18 through Sunday, Oct. 28
Fall Festival at Schuylkill River Park
Friends of Schuylkill River Park will host their annual Fall Festival! This wonderful celebration of autumn will coincide with the 1 p.m. opening ceremony for the new Schuylkill River Park Connector Bridge, which will link Schuylkill River Park to our Schuylkill Banks. Don’t miss out on this exciting event!
Schuylkill River Park, 25th and Spruce streets
Saturday, Oct. 20, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Rain date: Oct. 21)