Cue the lasers for Made in Philadelphia

Head to Johnny Brenda's Aug. 31 at 9 p.m. for Made in Philadelphia, starring Martha Graham Cracker.
Head to Johnny Brenda’s Aug. 31 at 9 p.m. for Made in Philadelphia, starring Martha Graham Cracker.
Credit: Jeff Fusco

On Saturday night Philly’s favorite drag queen, Martha Graham Cracker, will compete with the Made in America Festival for your attention with a music extravaganza at Johnny Brenda’s called — wait for it — Made in Philadelphia.

“After the second Made in America Festival was announced, and I still didn’t get an invite, I figured, what the hell, we know lots of talented people, too,” says Miss Cracker, aka Pig Iron Theatre co-founder Dito van Reigersberg. “So my pianist Victor Fiorillo and I created the Made in Philadelphia Festival, inviting some of the best Philly talent that will be on display at this year’s Fringe Festival.”

The lineup includes Geoff Sobelle dancing on ice skates, Johnny Showcase singing and, of course, Martha Graham Cracker, backed by the Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret and belting out tunes in that hysterical, irreverent, impressive way she does – only this time the set includes an entire album, voted on by Facebook fans. As for which album it will be, you’ll have to show up to find out: “All I can tell you is that it’s from the ’80s, it’s epic, and it requires lots of fog and lasers, both of which Johnny Brenda’s has plenty of.”


Grimm choice: Tax fraud trial could dog NY…

Rep. Michael Grimm may be splitting his time between the campaign trail and a courtroom where he is due to face tax evasion charges.


Met Opera, unions extend talks for 72 hours,…

Met Opera agreed to extend negotiations with its labor unions for 72 hours, preventing a threatened lockout, the organization said late Thursday.


MAP: New York City street closures August 2…

Summer Streets, the NYC Triathlon, the Ecuadorian Parade and festivals will cause traffic delays and street closures in New York City this weekend.


Winning $7 million New York lottery ticket sold…

The only $7 million winning New York Lottery ticket for Monday's Cash4Life drawing was sold at a Queens 7-Eleven, officials said on Tuesday.


Interview: Brendan Gleeson on 'Calvary' and his very…

Brendan Gleeson discusses how "Calvary" began over drinks and how his priest character is the opposite of the officer he played in "The Guard."


Interview: Chris O'Dowd does funny and serious in…

Chris O'Dowd talks about "Calvary," an Irish comedy-drama about a priest (Brendan Gleeson) under fire.


'Alive Inside' and 'Code Black' are documentaries with…

Two new documentaries — "Alive Inside" and "Code Black" — portray different issues but suffer from the same problem.


Caught a Ghost catches a soul/rap vibe

Jesse Nolan says Caught a Ghost's sound aims for two things everybody likes: soul music and '90s rap.


Yankees land Stephen Drew, Martin Prado at trade…

Yankees land Stephen Drew, Martin Prado at trade deadline


Playing the Field: Valentine's Day coupling edition

  It’s Valentine’s Day, a day created by Hallmark to make couples spend loads and loads of money on candy, flowers and gourmet dinners. Or…


Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.


Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.


What do you wear to a career fair?…

Getting that gig starts with presenting the most polished and memorable version of yourself, so refer to our expert fashion advice.


Editors pick: Margiela's finger armor ring

These cool rings from Maison Martin Margiela are designed to overlap over the finger, covering each joint like armor.


Givenchy champions diversity

Riccardo Tisci's uses a variety of ethnically diverse ladies for his spring campaign including Erykah Badu.


Don't settle for the hotel fitness center with…

Travelers who want to skip the hotel fitness center in favor of local gyms that may offer better equipment, classes and amenities can turn to…