Just Announced: World Cafe 25 x Philadelphia Film Society 25 weekend film festival

Bridget Fonda and Matt Dillon in Singlers | photo courtesy of Philadelphia Film Society
Bridget Fonda and Matt Dillon in Singlers | photo courtesy of Philadelphia Film Society

It’s the World Cafe’s 25th anniversary and it’s the Philadelphia Film Society’s 25th anniversary and we’ve got a pretty cool way of celebrating – a weekend of classic music films, dancing and singing at the Prince Theater at 1412 Chestnut Street in Center City, Philadelphia.

Join us Friday, March 31st through Sunday, April 2nd as XPN and World Cafe team up with the Philadelphia Film Society to present the XPN Film Festival. Over the three days, six films will be screened including: the epic Talking Heads documentary, Stop Making Sense; two of Cameron Crowe’s most loved films about rock and roll — Almost Famous and Singles — Martin Scorsese’s legendary documentary of The Band’s farewell, The Last Waltz; and the ultimate record store nerd flick, High Fidelity (starring John Cusack and Jack Black).

David Dye and other XPN hosts will be hosting the screenings of these classics, including DJ Robert Drake, who will throw a Land of the Lost dance party to complement Stop Making Sense.

Get tickets and more information here; XPN Members will receive a discount code in their e-newsletter. Below, check out the exact screening times and dates. Hope to see you there.

    Friday, March 31

Mainstage / 8 PM
Stop Making Sense (Jonathan Demme, 1999, 1 h 40 m, rated PG) – Visionary director Jonathan Demme captured the Talking Heads at the height of their funky, twitchy powers in this classic concert doc, which combines footage from three legendary performances at LA’s Pantages Theater. Demme brings an extra dose of visual panache to the band’s already energetic performances, encapsulated in front man David Byrne’s goofy yet euphoric takes on classics including “Psycho Killer,” “Once in a Lifetime” and “Burning Down the House.”

Black Box / Special Event / 10 PM
Land of the Lost Dance Party – Rediscover the 1980’s pop & underground landscape with a great mix of cult classics and new wave anthems, woven together by DJ Robert Drake. On Friday, March 31, pull on your legwarmers and double loop your scrunchies for the XPN Music Film Festival’s Land of the Lost Dance Party, hosted by Drake himself. Spend the night at the Prince Theater, in tribute to the tunes and neon clothes of the 80s! $10 cover at the door, $5 in advance. Cover included in All-Access Pass purchase. This event is 21+.

    Saturday, April 1

Mainstage / 5 PM
The Last Waltz (Martin Scorsese, 1978, 1 h 57 m, rated PG) – Martin Scorsese’s documentation of The Band’s epic farewell performance is rightfully cited as one of the greatest concert documentaries of all time, and famously features a stacked roster of guests including Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison and Neil Young. Yet the world-weary virtuosos of The Band remain the stars of the show, and Scorsese gives their swan song a sense of cinematic grandeur befitting rock royalty.

Mainstage / Special Event / 8 PM
50 Years of Sgt. Pepper’s – Britishmania Live + Special Screening – Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with this all-night tribute to the Beatles’ extraordinary eighth album. We’ll kick things off with a stunning performance from Beatles tribute band Britishmania, who have played for ecstatic crowds all over the world. The show will highlight ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’, and feature selections from ‘Revolver’, and ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ – in full Sgt. Pepper’s regalia of course!

Stick around after the concert for a screening of 1978’s so-bad-it’s-awesome film Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, featuring Peter Frampton, the Bee Gees, Steve Martin, Alice Cooper, and Earth, Wind, & Fire. Don’t miss out experiencing this must-see with a signature drink and a crowd of Beatles fans like you! Tickets are $35 for general admission and $30 for PFS & XPN Members at the door, $30 for general admission and $25 for PFS & XPN Members in advance. This special event is included in All-Access Pass purchase.

    Sunday, April 2

Lobby / Special Event / 2 PM
Vinyl Marketplace – Start off the final day of the XPN Music Film Festival with the first-ever Vinyl Marketplace at the Prince Theater. Top Philadelphia record stores will be packing their milk crates and setting up shop in the Prince lobby before the 3:30pm screening of High Fidelity. Whether you’re just hunting for vinyl or sticking around for John Cusack’s tale of heartache, join PFS and XPN to wrap up this year’s celebration of music on film, and possibly go home with the record you’ve been search for. No ticket required.

Mainstage / 3:30 PM
High Fidelity (Stephen Frears, 2000, 1 h 54 m, rated R) – This romantic comedy favorite stars John Cusack as lovelorn record obsessive Rob Gordon, who decides to revisit several of his previous flames after being dumped by his latest girlfriend. Featuring a dynamite soundtrack and very memorable breakout role from Jack Black as a hilariously snobby record store employee, High Fidelity is a hilarious and touching ode to commitment-phobic music fanboys everywhere.

Mainstage / 6 PM
Singles (Cameron Crowe, 1992, 1 h 39 m, rated PG-13) – Perhaps the quintessential Gen-X movie, Cameron Crowe’s portrait of romantic malaise set in the grunge mecca of Seattle features a veritable who’s who of rock royalty circa 1992. Singles follows the complicated love lives of a group of twenty-somethings, including lovelorn waitress Janet (Bridget Fonda) and Citizen Dick front man Cliff (Matt Dillon). But the real star of Singles is its soundtrack, featuring Alice in Chains, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam.

Mainstage / 8 PM
Almost Famous (Cameron Crowe, 2000, 2 h 42 m, rated R) – Writer-director Cameron Crowe tapped his own life story to craft this heartfelt look at a precocious music journalist thrust headlong into the world of touring rock musicians and the “Band-Aids” who love them. On assignment for Rolling Stone, 15-year-old William (Patrick Fugit) aims to cover the hedonistic lives of rock band Stillwater and finds himself hopelessly infatuated with charismatic groupie Penny Lane (Kate Hudson). This contemporary film updates the classic coming-of-age tale with a heaping of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll.


Purchase passes here.

All Access Pass – $65 ($50 for XPN & PFS Members) – Valued at $80
Admits one to all film screenings and all special events

Film Pass – $40 ($35 for XPN & PFS Membes) – Valued at $50
Admits one to all film screenings

All tickets and passes from the Philadelphia Film Society here.



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