XPN Weekend Arts Crawl: First Person Arts Festival, Rehoboth Film Festival, Contemporary Craft Show, and more!


The First Person Arts Festival is on through November 16th at venues around the City, bringing stories of lives to the stage, from unknown storytellers to poet Sonia Sanchez and professional storyteller Mike Daisey and more. There’s an old fashioned taffy pull, workshops, and other events.

XPN Welcomes the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival now through this Sunday. Returning to Delaware’s Atlantic Ocean Coast, the indie film festival showcases about 100 features, documentaries, and shorts. Audience members get to participate by voting on best feature, best debut feature, best documentary, and best short.

It’s been five years since the Kun Yang Lin Dancers relocated to the Philadelphia community, and they are celebrating their anniversary tonight and Saturday at the Painted Bride. The program will feature a new piece choreographed by Olive Prince and a solo piece called Butterfly set to Puccini’s frightening music.


The Philadelphia Museum of Art Presents the 37th annual Contemporary Craft Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Of the 1000 applicants, 195 dynamic artists were selected, and all of their work is for sale.

This Friday and Saturday, the Community Education Center presents DanceAfrica Philadelphia, a spectacular African dance and music celebration.  The four companies featured in the show are Kùlú Mèlé African Dance and Drum Ensemble, Illstyle and Peace Productions, Kariamu and Co, and Farafina Kan.

More great events….

Opening this Friday, Inliquid Projects presents Juvenile In Justice at the Crane Arts Center, a project focused on the positive impact of creative education. This exhibit features photographic work by Richard Ross and ceramic work by Roberto Lugo. 

Murmuration Theater presents Makeshift, a brand new production by Jessie Bear at the Plays and Players Theater. The play tracks three characters as they navigate the remnants of the damaged world in which they live.

Penn Museum invites children ages 6-12 and their parents to 40 Winks with the Sphinx, an overnight expedition of the museum. Kids get to explore mummies and hieroglyphics, the world of the ancient Maya, and more!

Spotlight Theatre presents A Piece of My Heart, a play about the struggles of five nurses and a singer during the Vietnam War. Veterans will be admitted for free with a reservation.

Until November 30th, Orchard Artworks in Bryn Athyn presents The Bag Show, featuring Lian Sawires, Arlene Wartenburg, Reena Brooks & June Statmore. Forty local artists have created unique clutches, purses, totes and satchels on materials such as cotton, canvas, silk and satin.



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