XPN Weekend Arts Crawl: Old Pompeii, new dogs, Children’s films, the Philadelphia Marathon…and more!



The Franklin Institute’s new exhibit on display through April is One Day In Pompeii, featuring over 150 artifacts preserved by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the year 79 AD. The full body casts, bronze sculptures, and Gladiator’s helmets portray life in the Roman Empire and its tragic end.

Also this weekend, The National Dog Show returns to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks. Last year’s show brought us this flawless Wire Fox Terrier pictured at aright as best in show, This year 2,000 top dogs of over 150 different breeds are competing. Saturday’s events will be taped for a national television broadcast via NBC.

The Philadelphia Film Society presents the Philadelphia International Children’s Film Festival at the PFS Theater at the Roxy. The festival features a global selection of captivating films for kids ages 3 – 18, including a Belgian adventure film reminiscent of The Pink Panther called The Zigzag Kid.


The Philadelphia Marathon returns Sunday, with 30,000 runners competing in the marathon, half marathon, 8k race, and kid’s fun run. The marathon tracks through Fairmount Park and University City, ending at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Also worth noting…

The First Person Arts Festival continues through Saturday at venues around the City. Kevin Allison presents RISK! a series of dynamic and amazingly true stories .

New City Stage Company presents RFK, penned by Jack Holmes and starring The Wire’s Russ Widdall as Robert F. Kennedy. through November 24th.

Cuban artist Alex Queral carves faces into phonebooks, at the Projects Gallery through December 21st.

Juvenile In Justice, presented by InLIquid and the Juvenile Law Center, features the work of three artists who use their work as an attempt to inspire juvenile justice reform.



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