PIFA Comes to Town

5 can't-miss events for you and your peewees


Bearded ladies, a flying trapeze, clowning around in the past. Juggling a month’s worth of PIFA can be as intimidating as a three-ring circus.

Allow us to tame the beast. Here, your top five headliners.

Time Machine

What: Where you’re going, you don’t need roads — just a 100-foot tunnel filled with touch screens and video installations (which sets the mood for the entire festival).
Why: Heartbeat-powered lights? Eat your heart out, Marty McFly.
When: Thurs.-Apr. 27. Mon., Tues. & Sun., 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Wed.-Sat., 10 a.m.-midnight.
Where: Kimmel Center, Commonwealth Plaza, 300 S. Broad St.

Wide Awake: a Civil War Cabaret
What: Hoop-skirted belles and damsels in drag battle it out in Bearded Ladies Cabaret’s musical.
Why: The troupe’s gender-bending antics would make Lincoln blush.
When: Thurs.-Apr. 6.
Where: Innovation Studio at the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St. Schedule and tickets ($29) at pifa.org.

Fly School Circus Trapeze Classes

What: Impressed by Jean Shrimpton boldly wearing a hemline no woman had worn before, the school’s allowing students to boldly soar where they’ve never soared before.
Why: Instructors are on hand for sweaty-palmed newbies.
When: Thurs.-Apr. 27. Daily, 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Where: 313 S. Broad St. Tickets ($55) at pifa.org.


What: In the free 90-minute workshop, comedian and storyteller Hillary Rea gives participants a crash course on ad-libbing scenes using the Armando technique.
Why: It’s Sunday Funday.
When: Apr. 7, 11 a.m. Arrive early to secure admission.
Where: Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St., Merck Arts Education Center, tier 2.

Dance Space
What: Fiber optic stars twinkle as the dreadlocked Savion Glover ball changes across the stage in the show’s world premiere.
Why: Space jam for grown-ups and kiddos alike.
When: Sat., 8 p.m.
Where: Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. Tickets ($20-$65) at pifa.org.

Photo: Courtesy of Evelyn Taylor

Fly School Circus Trapeze Classes
313 S Broad St
@ Cypress St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
300 S Broad St
bt Spruce & Pine Sts
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Academy of Music
240 S Broad St
@ Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19102