XPN Weekend Arts Crawl: First Friday, Middle Eastern cinema, Chinese puppets, and much more!

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img_1389 It’s Philadelphia’s First Friday in Old City and elsewhere. 3rd Street Gallery has two new exhibitions: Interact by Heather Riley, exploring consumption and the role of objects in our lives, and a solo show by Kristine Flannery, abstract interpretations of cityscapes, flora, and the human figure. A097_C008_1204IZ

New Middle Eastern Cinema is presented by the University of Pennsylvania in conjunction with the Jewish Film Festival at International House,  Aziz Ayse and Facing Mirrors are screening on Friday and Horses of God and Rags and Tatters (pictured above) on Sautrday.Theatre Horizon

I Am My Own Wife is a Pulitzer Prize winning play based on the true story of a German man who survived both the Nazi and Communist regimes in the guise of a woman. The play, which runs through November 24, is a one man show presented by Norristown’s Theatre Horizon, and stars Charlie DelMarcelle in over 30 roles.

Screen Shot 2013-11-01 at 11.13.54 AMDream Journeys, a solo exhibition by Beijing born master puppeteer Hua Hua Zhang, defies the traditional boundaries of the gallery by using puppetry as a form of sculpture, installation and performance. Zhang’s work is deeply rooted in her upbringing during China’s cultural revolution, and deals largely with self expression in a climate of creative restriction. Hosted at the Asian Arts Initiative, the exhibition runs through January 24, and features an opening reception and performance Friday and a performance on Saturday..

And there’s always more going on…

A classic Pennsylvania dish is celebrated at the Reading Terminal’s Scrapple Fest on Saturday. Along with free samples of scrapple from six different regional producers, there’s live music.

Running through November 10, Broadway Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Academy of Music present ONCE, the eight-time tony winning musical chronicling the love between two Irish folk singers and featuring music loved by XPN listeners.

On Saturday the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, in conjunction with Mexican Cultural Center of Philadelphia, is hosting a Day of the Dead celebration. The event features an altar designed by Philadelphia artists and muralist Cesar Viveros, as well as traditional dance, music, storytelling and crafts.

The 36th Annual Muge Lithuanian Festival celebrates Lithuanian culture through traditional cuisine, music, dance, and crafts Saturday and Sunday at the Lithuanian Music Hall in Philadelphia.

Fugitive Scenes,opens Friday at Locks Gallery., The solo exhibition by New York based painter Ena Swansea, features her paintings that transformmundane moments into cinematic beauty. It runs through November 23.

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