The First Person Arts Festival Begins Tomorrow, And Here Is Your Festival Preview

Starting tonight, this year’s First Person Arts Festival kicks off, hosting comedy, poetry, story slams, and more over the next eleven days. There’s a whole bunch of great stuff going on, and you can check out the full schedule here, and meet us after the jump for some of the festival’s stand-out events.

>>> First Person Arts Presents: An Evening with Marcus Samuelsson — Acclaimed chef and winner of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, Marcus Samuelsson, shares his bestselling memoir, Yes, Chef, and serves up a menu by Executive Chef Brian Coseo featuring Seared Salmon, Tunisian Braised Short Ribs, and some nice wine. — Nov. 7th, 6PM @ The Racquet Club of Philadelphia

>>> The First Person Arts Grand Slam — Winners from First Person Arts’ monthly StorySlams will compete for the title of “Best Storyteller in Philadelphia.” Hosted by R. Eric Thomas. — Nov. 8th, 8PM @ Christ Church Neighborhood House

>>> The Adam Wade Family Hour — Two-time Moth Grand Slam Winner, Adam Wade, puts on a show of his special brand of storytelling. — Nov. 9th, 9PM and Nov. 10th, 9PM @ Christ Church Neighborhood House

>>> Conversation and Song with Sonia Sanchez, Bernice Johnson Reagon, and Toshi Reagon — Philadelphia’s Poet Laureate Sonia Sanchez, musician Bernice Johnson Reagon, and folk/blues artist Toshi Reagon will perform on stage together, with conversation, music, and poetry, for the first time. — Nov. 14th, 7PM @ Christ Church Sanctuary

>>> PNC Arts Alive Story Day: All Roads Lead to Philadelphia — The festival’s final event is the all-day PNC Arts Alive Story Day, described as a “fun, festive day of stories, food, and performances for the whole family.” The day includes a story market, heritage workshops, a children’s reading nook, and more. You can see the day’s full schedule here. — Nov. 17th, 11AM @ Christ Church Neighborhood House