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Welcome Spring with New Orleans style!

Join the B. Someday crew, friends and sponsors for the second annual annual Gala Celebration on Saturday, April 10, 2009, from 7pm to 11pm at The Angler Movement Arts Center, 1550 E Montgomery Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125. We invite you to join us for an evening of music and magnolias, hosted by radio personality Eric Herr, dancing to music by New Orleans blues band New Pony, victuals, beverages and auction items from local artisans and businesses, all to benefit Fishtown/Kensington’s only resident non-profit theatre company.

You’ve put on your crisp spring semi-formal clothes, but you’re ready to take off your shoes to dance. You’ll enter through ancient gates to a courtyard with a sculpture installation of buoyant dancers. Your senses are piqued as the verdant garden gives way to the open doors of a warehouse-turned-studio, resplendent in colors of hyacinth and bougainvillea. The smell of smoked barbecue from Johnny Brenda’s arouses your appetite,  and the music of New Orleans blues band New Pony gets your heart racing.  Join us as we celebrate another year of great entertainment by Fishtown’s only resident theatre company.

Your host, Eric Herr, is a staple of radio throughout the Delaware Valley, including WHYY, WRTI and KYW. New Pony is known throughout the greater Philadelphia area as practitioners of classic southern blues music. Bid on gifts from area businesses and local artists.  Johnny Brenda’s prides themselves on using fresh ingredients from local farmers and patient cooking.  You’ll taste the difference. All this will take place at The Angler Movement Arts Center. It’s a perfect night to celebrate the return of Spring. All proceeds from this gala benefit the programs of Walking Fish Theatre and B. Someday Productions. This event is made possible through the generous support of Eagle One Federal Credit Union.

Tickets are $60 per individual and $90 per couple.  Dress is semi-formal. You can always purchase tickets for our events at www.walkingfishtheatre.com, or by calling 215-427-WALK. There’s never a handling fee.  Come celebrate with us!

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Thank you for your patronage and Salon support!

Our Salon benefit on October 10 was a tremendous success! Thanks to everyone who volunteered, attended, bought raffle tickets, or otherwise enjoyed our event. It’s not only the whole B. Someday crew that wants to thank you. We also managed to get a brief interview with our guest of honor, Bertholt Brecht, who was surprisingly enthusiastic for a man who’s been out of the theatre scene for the last 30 years.

Bertholt Brecht, our guest of honor, honoring his guests.

Bertholt Brecht, our guest of honor, honoring his guests.

WALKING FISH ONLINE: So, Herr Brecht, did you enjoy yourself this evening?

BERTHOLT BRECHT: Entschuldigen Sie, bitte, but you can call me Bertholt, and of course, I had a wonderful time.

WFO: What did you like best about it?

BB: Where to begin? I have to say that the Salon is not only the past but also the future of art. And this reizende Dame, this lovely lady Carol Smythe, who opens her

Carol Smythe and Dave Bodoff in her garden

Carol Smythe and Dave Bodoff in her garden

home to us, such a generous woman, and her home and garden are so elegant. In the old days the nobility would open their homes for the artists to come and perform for their friends, because you know, coal, it’s not cheap stuff keeping the place warm. So you have the salon in your home, and people are invited, they come and perform their music, their poetry, perhaps they read the plays, although the audiences, they

Excerpts from The Good Puppet of Szechuan were performed at the Salon.

Excerpts from The Good Puppet of Szechuan were performed at the Salon.

want to see the set, ja? So maybe not so much the plays performed at salons, although you certainly did very well with the reading here tonight, and the lovely music from Melissa Santangelo. Maybe the plays in the living rooms are they way to go- ask Vaclav Havel. It’s where art becomes more personal- do we keep theatre at a distance, on the stage, or do we invite it into our some? Something to think about.

WFO: What did you think of the refreshments?

BB: I was very surprised by that kind man Bob Murphy and his ice cream from The Music Fountain. I usually prefer to just, uh, settle down with some whiskey and

Bob Murphy of The Music Fountain Cafe serving up sweet treats to the guests.

Bob Murphy of The Music Fountain Cafe serving up sweet treats to the guests.

tobacco and a good book and I’m good for the night. But the ice cream was delicious. Also, it was fantastic to taste the wines of Germany again from the gentlemen from Moore Brothers. But this is what theatre should do, and back in my youth I was angry but now I’m optimistic, it’s a way for people to come together and share their resources, and so many places gave delicious desserts and refreshments. You got the whole

Greg Morre, right, of Moore Brothers, serving German specialties to our guests.

Greg Moore, right, of Moore Brothers, serving German specialties to our guests.

list, ja?

WFO: Oh, yes. We were generously helped by Hinge Café, Mercer Café, Ida Mae’s Bruncherie, Rembrandt’s, George’s Pizza, The Aramingo Diner, Brown Betty Dessert Boutique, Wegman’s, Darlings Café, and like you mentioned, Moore Brothers Wine, the Music Fountain Café, and Palm Beer.

BB: I’m glad you know all that, because even in my forties I had to write stuff down and put it in my pocket. But you know what I can’t forget, is seeing all my old friends again, my lovely wife Helene, my good friend, that young man, what’s his name, changed his name to Peter Lorre? I love him. And of course the good Kurt Weill, he stopped talking to me after he went to New York, it’s been over half a century, but that “Mack The Knife,” it’s still a catchy tune.

WFO: There were some other friends of yours there as well, weren’t there?

Bertholt Brecht has a weakness for witty women.

Bertholt Brecht has a weakness for witty women.

BB: Well, I hope Ruth forgives me my sins, or at least I hope she quit smoking. And Elisabeth, people should know how much of The Threepenny Opera she wrote, it’s true.  Now, new people, that I did not know before, I am enamored of that Liz Bradley and Kaki Burns who did so much to make everything perfect, and that T. J., he is a wunderkind. But that Senator Joseph McCarthy? How’d he get in the door?

WFO: He said he wanted to contribute, he was anxious to meet you.

BB: Well, he should meet somebody else. You know, actually, I’m glad he was there. People like him should see what freethinkers can do, what happens when you bring people together and they give generously and make

L-R: Michelle Pauls, Sarah Corlett of the NKCDC, Bob Murphy of The Music Funtain, and Stan Heleva.

L-R: Michelle Pauls, Sarah Corlett of the NKCDC, Bob Murphy of The Music Fountain, and Stan Heleva.

art. But maybe that’s something that Senator McCarthy doesn’t get. So, the point is, many good people, good friends, good ideas, all coming together. That’s why we make theatre in the first place. This Stan Heleva, building this theatre, adapting my play, he is an ubermensch. I like him very much. He told me the play opens on November 6, so that’s not too far away. I like this with the puppets very much, seeing them change over time in production, I think this is sehr gut. They start out puppetssimple, they get more and more complex.

WFO: So, in retrospect, after having said all this, let’s revisit the original question; what did you like most about the party?

BB: All right; the ladies. Always the ladies. I might have been a Marxist and a curmudgeon, but I could never resist their sprightly charms.

ladies in black

The Music Fountain puts the Fun in Fundraiser!

Bob Murphy generously donated delicious ice cream,  and not only his but also his loved’ ones hard work, to provide a fantastic fundraiser for Fractured Fairy Tales.  His new ice cream parlor and coffee shop, The Music Fountain, located at 308 East Girard Avenue, is an oasis of good times and great music. The cool green and pink colors, retro fixtures and vast collection of vintage radios made more than one local hipster say, “This is just like the old Silk City Diner!” The jukebox is free and stocked to the brim with musical treasures. “I wanted to have at least half of it be great Philly music,” he said, before a wall lined with photos of Philadelphia pop legends from Jerry Blavat to Hall and Oates.

All of the proceeds from the delicious ice cream were donated to B. Someday for Fractured Fairy Tales, It was a beautiful moonlit night in Fishtown, and plenty of people stopped by to visit. Take a look!

Right to left, Bob, Mary, and friends from the Franklin Fountain.

Right to left, Bob, Mary, and friends from the Franklin Fountain.

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Great to have new neighbors!

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Mike Dura stopped by to give Michelle a shoulder to lean on.

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Generations of fun. Snow White's tiara, wand and elegant handmade cape could be yours for a raffle ticket. Contact us for details!

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Don't say 'cheese,' say "cream!"

Snow White and Harry Beast greeting the customers!

Snow White and Harry Beast greeting the customers!

Fractured Fairy Tales opens this weekend, and plays on the following dates and times: September 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 2009, at noon on Saturdays and 2pm on Sundays. Tickets are $5, and are available at the door or at http://www.livearts-fringe.org. Don’t forget to arrive about 30 minutes early to get a good seat! See you at Walking Fish Theatre!

Fathoms of fun at our Gala on the Sea!

Oh, what a night!

It’s great to have good times that remind you who your friends are.  The Walking Fish Theatre Gala On The Sea was not only a great party, but a tremendous outpouring of support from our friends and sponsors.

It couldn’t have happened without all the local businesses that supported us. The food at our Gala was a treasure trove of delicacies. Sweet and savory treats were donated by Las Cazuelas, Hot Potato Cafe, Johnny Brenda’s, Bistro Juliana, Otolith Sustainable Seafood, Cornerstone Market & Produce, International Food Distributors, Port Richmond Thriftway, Stock’s Bakery, EKTA Indian Cuisine, Quince Fine Food and Wegman’s Food Market.

We weren’t able to capture photos of everyone, but here’s a few. If you attended the Gala and got any great pictures you’d like to share, please let us know!

The Dan Ramos Trio provided Latin dance music that had everyone feeling good. Katharine Livingston provided a thrilling chair dance and the Rigor Mortis Revue performed grim comedy from the darkest depths.  What an unequaled night of merriment, and we can’t thank you enough for sharing it with us.

Finally, we’d like to congratulate the winner of our season-long Scooter Raffle. The winner of the Kinetic TFR Moped from G-Team Racing is William J. McKeon III. Congratulations, Bill! Long may you ride!

Sonja Bingham, with ocean eyes to die for, mixing up a Shipwreck.

Sonja Bingham, with ocean eyes to die for, mixing up a Shipwreck.

Fish Supporter Dana Fite and volunteer Cate Kingmill conceal a mermaid from the camera. Maybe you can see her.

Waking Fish Supporter Dana Fite and volunteer Cate Kingsmill conceal a mermaid from the camera. Maybe you can see her.

Sean and Joe's summer jackets lent a Gatsby-esque air to the evening.

Sean and Joe's summer jackets lent a Gatsby-esque air to the evening.

Nick Vicoli gets bussed by Rosie McNamara-Jones. We're such a friendly crowd.

Nick Vicoli gets bussed by Rosie McNamara-Jones.

Steve Kurtz, our Master of Ceremonies. You can hear him on Cruisin' 92.1 FM!

Steve Kurtz, our Master of Ceremonies. You can hear him on Cruisin' 92.1 FM!

Walking Fish supporters Joe and Helen Keller, looking over the auction items.

Walking Fish supporters Joe and Helen Keller, looking over the auction items.

Stan Heleva and Michelle Pauls, proprietors of Walking Fish Theatre and Artistic Directors of B. Someday Productions.

Stan Heleva and Michelle Pauls, proprietors of Walking Fish Theatre and Artistic Directors of B. Someday Productions.

Gala on the Sea, June 6, 7pm-11pm!

Join the  B. Someday crew, friends and sponsors for the first annual Gala on the Sea on Saturday, June 6, 2009 from 7pm to 11pm, at Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford Avenue. We invite you to an evening of marine fun. Mix and mingle with mermaid and triton performers. Enjoy dancing to music by the Dan Ramos Latin Trio, a silent auction, victuals and the opportunity to win a Kinetic TFR Moped, all to benefit Walking Fish Theatre, Fishtown and East Kensington’s only resident theatre company.

"Bring me culture and refreshment, I pray you..."

"Bring me culture and refreshment, I pray you..."

As Fishtown and East Kensington rapidly become neighborhoods of artists and craftspeople, Walking Fish Theatre is riding the wave of that change.  At our Gala on the Sea, you can be a part of it!  The Dan Ramos Latin Trio will perform their soulful blend of jazz, cha-cha and salsa. They are a staple of Philadelphia’s Latin music scene, and have played at such venues as The Kimmel Center and Zanzibar Blue. Radio personality Steve Kurtz, of Cruisin’ 92.1 FM, will host our benefit auction.

The real gala stars are the local  business owners who rally in support of Walking Fish Theatre. At the Gala, you can bid on gifts from sponsors such as Fishtown Jewelers, LifeSport, Lancaster Farm Fresh, or Kung Fu Necktie. Victuals will be donated by local restaurants including Otolith Sustainable Seafood and Bistro Juliana . Beverages will be provided by Philadelphia Brewing Company.  Finally, we’ll be awarding the Kinetic TFR Moped from Sponsor G-Team Racing of Fishtown, for which you can still purchase raffle tickets through June 5!

While you’re dancing, bidding and noshing, you can mingle with costumed mermaid performers. Late in the evening, you might even see some darker denizens of the deep, like pirates and zombie mermaids. Bring your camera!

Theresa Ramsay of the Neighborhood Parenting Program says, “Walking Fish is a terrific place for people to have meaningful, exciting live arts and entertainment in their lives, while feeling very much at home.”

"Did someone call for Flipper?"

"Did someone call for Flipper?"

Please note: Our location for the Gala has changed. We are sorry to inform everyone that Philadelphia Brewing Company can no longer hold events in their facility due to some insurance issues. Not to worry–the party is moving to the Fish!

Tickets are $60 per individual and $100 per couple. Scooter raffle tickets are $5 each. Dress is semi-formal, so show us how fabulous you are. You can always purchase tickets for our events at www.walkingfishtheatre.com, or by calling 215-427-WALK. There’s never a handling fee. Come celebrate with us.

Free party at Walking Fish this Saturday, May 2 from 2pm to 5pm- Don’t miss it!

What are you doing this weekend? Another wedding? Stay inside and listen to the rain? Knit a sock?

So you’re sayin’ to yourself,  “self… so, this is life. we are born, we live a little, we die. in between, what do we do? sleep, eat, goof around on the internet?

no! this is the summer I will change my life! This is the summer I will be Steve McQueen! Maybe even a real queen! This is the summer I will quit being such a wussy little baby and start using capitalization in my sentences so that people know that I Am Somebody, A Person With Purpose, With Dignity, Who Makes Things Happen! I Am A Mover, A Shaker, A Candlestick Maker, A Gingerbread Baker, perhaps even Ginger Baker, Josephine Baker, a cappucino-sipping Casanova, a booze-swilling Kerouac, a mad fishing Hemmingway! I am the Earth Mother and You Are All Flops, I will ride through the night with my breasts bared and my hair streaming out behind me, my wild young bohemian aura causing men and women to gnash their teeth with envy in my wake, yes, this is the year that I Will Be Somebody, I will be an agent of social change, where I walk, flowers shall spring up in my footsteps, when I shed sweat droplets, pearls shall tumble to the ground!  I will make our neighborhoods safe, our children educated, our women strong and our men good-looking, I will destroy all hatred and cruelty and we shall be a world of loving and thoughtful individuals who will teach the world to sing in perfect harmony!”

Where do you start?

The Kinetic TFR Moped gets 150 miles to the gallon, zooms up to 30 mph, and might be yours for a $5 raffle ticket.

The Kinetic TFR Moped gets 150 miles to the gallon, zooms up to 30 mph, and might be yours for a $5 raffle ticket.

Well, obviously, you’re going to need a motor scooter. Probably a little something like a Kinetic TFR Moped that gets 150 miles to the gallon with a cruising speed of 30 mph, allowing you to tell the oil industry to go stand in the corner. But you don’t exactly have that kind of cash. What are you going to do? Damn, it’s hard to be that sexy wild agent of social change.

Veteran burlesque goddess Annie A-Bomb tries out the magical moped.

Veteran burlesque goddess Annie A-Bomb tries out the magical moped.

BUT WAIT! We have a remedy! Come on down to the Walking Fish Theatre on Saturday, May 2, for the FREE Scooter Raffle Party! Free food, free beverages, free entertainment, and all we ask is that you buy a FIVE DOLLAR RAFFLE TICKET! Holy cow, that’s magnificent! Throw your arms around the universe and give it a big sloppy wet kiss! Your donation to Walking Fish Theatre provides quality entertainment, education and
community events to the underserved but blossoming community of Fishtown. It’s kind of like slots, except without the shame and flashing lights. It’s entirely possible that you might win that magical scooter of your dreams.

Ever wish you could have been part of Paris in the 1920’s, Greenwich Village in the 1960’s? Now’s your chance to be part of Fishtown in the Aughts.
For more information about Walking Fish Theatre, visit our website at http://www.walkingfishtheatre.com.

The party runs from 2 to 5 pm. Tasty treats graciously provided by Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe’s. Beverages provided by Philadelphia Brewing Company.

Live music with the acoustic stylings of Vince Friel and the Latin rhythms of percussionist Julius Rivera.

Final drawing of the raffle will be at the Walking Fish Gala By The Sea on June 6, 2009. Need not be present to win.

I will be there!  Will you? Come as you are and bring a friend. If you really want to knit a sock, bring it along.

Do you dare disturb the universe?