XPN Weekend Arts Crawl: Rowers who race, jewels that dance, and much more!

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head-of-the-schuylkill-regatta-680uw Fall is in full swing, and it’s again time for The Head of The Schuylkill Regatta on Saturday and Sunday.  Master rowers from around the world race the 2.5 mile course. What used to be a small competition for college rowers when it started in 1971, the Regatta expects 6,500+ competitors this year.

Diamonds IziliaevThis is the final weekend for the Pennsylvania Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s Jewels, the full length ballet inspired by jewely master Claude Arpels.  The ballet unfolds in three sections…Emeralds, with music by Faure….Rubies, with a score by Stravinsky…and Diamonds danced to a Tschaikovsky score.  Through Sunday at the Academy of Music.

k-martin_she-1rbgThis is the last weekend to see She, a solo exhbition of recent works by internationally acclaimed artist Knox Martin at the LGTripp Gallery in Old City.  Sinuous contours and vibrant shapes move across these paintings, and there’s a brand new work called Genesis. A leading member of the New York School, Knox Martin was a noted avant garde artist and mentor to Robert Rauschenberg, but he continues to transcend labels.PHM_Desk_zone_1_bg

The Philadelphia History Museum currently showcases several intriguing exhibitions, including Face to Facebook, which shows how Philadelphians have portrayed themselves from the 17th century to present day in portraiture and photographs.  Included is a painting of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart, early types of photographs from the 1800s, and informal photos of Philadelphians by University of the Arts students, and early photographic equipment.

Other events of interest:

Finding Infinity, running through November 9 at the Bridgette Mayer Gallery, features sculptures, prints and paintings of the world renowned aritst Ryan McGinness, who also created a monumental mural that was just dedicated this month on the far side of the University City Science Center.

 Taller Puertorriqueno’s exhibition Vejigantes of Puerto Rico explores figures of symbolic cultural identity that evolved from carnivals and festivals in Puerto Rico.  There’s a reception Friday for the artists, whose work ranges from the traditional to the contemporary. Through January 11, 2014.

Comedian and actress Janeane Garofalo is at World Cafe LIve Philadelphia Friday.  A fixture in the media landscape for over 20 years, she has been on television on Saturday Night Live, The West Wing, and The Larry Sanders Show among many others, and in movies Reality Bites, Ratatouille, and The Truth About Cats and Dogs, among others.

Halloween is next week! Einstein Medical Center Montgomery’s Nightmare at Elmwood is two evenings of ghoulish activities for the family at Elmwood Park Zoo in Norriwtown, Friday and Saturday…and the Delaware Shakespeare Festival presents Shakespeare/Poe billed as “A night of readings from the dark side” at three locations.  This is the last weekend. 

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