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Come From Away, Donkey Konga Line for CHOP, Share Your Heart Concert, and 18th Annual First Person Arts Festival Download

26:50 Download November 1st, 2019

Kristen speaks with James Earl Jones II (the very talented cousin of the guy you’re thinking) who stars in the Tony Award Winning Musical ‘Come From Away’, which is here in Philly at the Academy of Music through Sunday, November 3rd. The show tells the incredible story of 38 planes with 7,000 passengers that were grounded in the small town of Gander, Newfoundland, in Canada following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. This uplifting musical and true story depicts the best of humanity and should be seen by everyone. Not to be missed! Two shows Saturday, November 2nd: 2pm and 8pm. One show Sunday, November 3rd: 1pm. for tickets.

Then Benjamin Woodring, Chief Engineer at WHIP Radio at Temple University joins Kristen in the BEN studio to talk about a telethon going on Saturday, November 2nd at noon – for 24 hours – through Sunday, November 3rd at noon. The telethon happens online. Watch the stream at to see Benjamin and YouTuber Some Call Me Johnny play classic arcade games and “Donkey Konga Line” for 24 hours to benefit the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. ’Tune in’ at Click the link to donate if you can!

Then Mayra Herrera, Events and Marketing Coordinator and Meagan Twardy, Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator at Adoptions From the Heart return to BEN Around Philly to share the details on their 3rd Annual ‘Share Your Heart Benefit Concert’ at Manayunk Brewing Company. The concert benefits Adoptions From The Heart’s Birth Parents Scholarship Fund. Check out the event November 7th from 7pm to 11pm at Manayunk Brewing Company, and find more details at

Then Jamie Brunson, Executive Director of First Person Arts returns to BEN Around Philly to talk about the 18th Annual First Person Arts Festival, going on Sunday, November 3rd through Saturday, November 16th. First Person Arts believes that everyone has a story to tell and that sharing our stories connects us with each other and the world. The First Person Arts StorySlams are fun and entertaining, and open to anyone to participate. The festival features celebrities, authors, poets, workshops, and concludes on November 16th at World Cafe Live with the organization’s GrandSlam, with StorySlam winners competing for the title of “Best Storyteller in Philadelphia”. Check out for tickets, a festival outline, and more information.

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