XPN Weekend Arts Crawl: Festivals celebrate Philadelphia as a design hub and historic port, and a little known Tennessee Williams play has its regional premiere…plus more!


design-philly-sign-587 Since 2005, the citywide DesignPhiladelphia Festival has brought major public attention to all the ways in which design defines and enriches our lives and in which Philadelphia is hub of design innovation.  This year’s festival just got underway and is on through October 18th, with multiple daily events…exhibitions, lectures and public forums, runway shows, book signings, parties, workshops, pop up experiences, and open studios in a variety of venues across the city.


Appropriately for the Columbus Day weekend, the Independence Seaport Museum celebrates Philadelphia’s maritime past with the 2nd annual Old City Seaport Festival all this weekend.  Tall ships at the Museum, deck tours, river tours, and crafts are some of the festivities, some events are ticketed.

4 T A little known Tennessee Williams play gets its area premiere to start off the ninth season of the South Camden Theatre Company.  Kingdom of Earth, also known as The Seven Descents of Myrtle, is a Southern Gothic play set in 1960 during a stormy night on the Mississippi River.  A man and his bride return to his ancestral home to fight for control of the estate and in the process display the passion and forthrightness for which the master American playwright is known.  Through October 27th.

Also this weekend…

Embroidered X-rays created by Matthew Cox and the paintings of Andrew Graham are on view at Pentimenti Gallery through October 19th.

The British darkly comedic love storyBlink has just opened at Inis Nua Theatre Company, and runs through October 27.

Wagner Free Institute of Science has a family open house on Saturday and a program called Claws: A Spooky Creature Feature featuring live animals from the Elmwood Park Zoo.  Kids are invited to dress in costume and explore this Victorian museum and education center.

Reading Terminal Market has a Harvest Festival Saturday that will spill out onto Filbert Street, which will look like an urban farm, complete with hay bales, corn stalks, a pumpkin patch, tractor rides and seasonal foods.

Painted Bride Art Center presents The Secret HIstory of Love from Sean Dorsey, a trailblazer transgender dancer/choreographer named one of the top 25 to watch by Dance Magazine, showing the ways which LGBT people have romanced in decades past.




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