XPN Weekend Arts Crawl: Federal parks reopen, Philadelphia Film Festival, 215 Festival, AIDSWalk, Open Studios Tour and more!


Don’t take it for granted!  The LIberty Bell and national parks and monuments in our area are open again after the 16-day federal government shutdown.  It may be a good time to take the family to celebrate the history all around us.

Aids Walk Philly 12.previewThe weather is great this weekend for Sunday’s 27th annual AIDSWalk Philly, with all money raised going to 29 partner organizations in the Delaware Valley that provide services for those living with HIV/AIDS.  There’s also a qualifying run before the walk and the Dukes of Destiny perform at the end of the walk for their 27th time!  XPN Morning Host Michaela Majoun co-hosts.


The 22nd annual Philadelphia Film Festival brings over 100 films from 36 countries, including six locally made Filmadelphia movies, to local screens through October 27th.  Veteran actor Bruce Dern will receive a Lifetime Achievement award Saturday after a screening of the new Alexander Payne film Nebraska in which he stars; Kerry Bishe will be honored with the Rising Star Award and she is featured in two new films showing at the festival.


The 215 Festival this weekend brings the literary arts, readings and workshops, to various neighborhoods.  HIghlights of “Philadelphia’s Most Brazen LIt Festival” include a South Philly kick off with writer Neil Pollack (he’s also leading a yoga class), a Bibliodiscoteque dance party, and readings from musicians Wesley Stace and Tom Moon.  PIctured is poet Thomas Devaney, who is reading in Fishtown on Friday night.


The second part of the POST Open Studios tour opens galleries and studios West of Broad Street with self propelled and guided tours, exhibitions, workshops, and more.  It’s the largest studio tour in the region and one of the premier events of its kind in the nation, sponsored by the Center for Emerging Visual Artists.

And there’s always more going on…

It’s Halloween season and New Jersey’s historic Collings-Knight house is hosting Shades of Poe: 6 Rooms, 6 Spirits, 6 Tales of Woe, stagings of Edgar Allen Poe stories performed throughout the  historic house turned museum through October 31st.

Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet is the Philadelphia premiere of rising American playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney’s newest work presented by The Brothers Network through November 3rd at Plays and Players Theater.  A Q&A with director Daniel Student follows Sunday’s performance.

Latin and Spanish dance take the stage at The Kimmel Center, hosting the Argentine Tango Fire Company Sunday for their performance of Tango Fire Flames of Desire, tracing the long history of tango…and at the Free Library of Philadelphia  the Alborada Dance Company showcases a range of Spanish dancing styles in Taste of Spain.

Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio in Fairmount is showing the works of Kitty Caparella and John Cartwright, two artists who grapple with the fleeting, impermanent nature of memory.  THere’s a reception with the artists on Sunday.  Exhibition through October 26th.

As part of its Harry Potter Weekend, Chestnut Hill is hosting a pub crawl Friday and a collegiate Quidditch tournament Saturday.

This Saturday’s Bloktoberfest  fills South Street from Broad to 18th with craft beer vendors and free live music.

The Shofuso Japanese House in Fairmount Park offers a Family Moon Viewing Weekend a moon-viewing tea ceremony and party, sweets-making, a traditional Japanese choral performance, and storytelling.



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