Two Favorites Return with New Shows in Philly

Gypsy Fuzz - Havrilla & Kurm

Brian Sanders Junk Snowball

by Debra Miller
Philadelphia Arts and Culture Correspondent

If you’re planning a trip to Philadelphia in the next month, be sure to mark your calendar for the return of two of the city’s most exciting performers, singer/songwriter Christine Havrilla and dancer/choreographer Brian Sanders (both featured in separate Central Voice posts in August and September).

First up, Havrilla will be rocking in the New Year at the Tin Angel, 20 S. 2nd Street in Old City, with two sets (at 8 and 10:30 pm) on December 31. She’ll perform signature songs from the Christine Havrilla Duo with Gretchen Schultz, along with cuts from her new Gypsy Fuzz CD, Searching.Finding.Living, which debuted in October, and was named one of Advocate.com’s Best Overlooked Albums of 2011. With Christine fronting Gypsy Fuzz on electric guitar, expect her original music and personal lyrics to be done in a dynamic and aggressive “’70s powerhouse rock” style. Tickets are available through the venue’s website at http://tinangel.com.

Following their smash hit, Dancing Dead, at this year’s Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Brian Sanders’ JUNK takes on a winter white theme with Snowball. Featuring Sanders’ daredevil, cutting-edge choreography and his incomparable troupe of young dancers, the non-profit company’s fundraiser is a one-night only event on January 21, at Hamilton Hall, University of the Arts, 320 S. Broad Street. With white cocktails and JUNK food, white dress, a winter wonderland of art installations, and additional performances by dancers from Cirque de Soleil, Koresh Dance Company, MOMIX, and Pilobolus, Snowball promises to be a night to remember. VIP reception begins at 7, general admission at 8. For tickets, log on to www.briansandersjunk.com.

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