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