XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Funny, serious and wry

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This Friday, Twenty Two Gallery is hosting an opening reception for its newest exhibition, Group Show and Red Filter 2014. Running through February 9th, the exhibition showcases original sculpture, painting, print work and photography from over 20 local artists. Featured artists include Mark Fields and Claire Seidl, as well as a group selection from Lambertville’s Red Filter Gallery.
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The William Way LGBT Community Center presents Love Comes First by B. Proud through February 28. Award winning, local photographer B. Proud celebrates queer relationships and families in this exhibition of photographic portraits of LGBTQ couples in long-term relationships. William Way is hosting an opening ceremony for the exhibition this Friday, featuring a clip from Proud’s film about the project and a musical piece inspired by the project.

Act II Playhouse is bringing in the new year with Let’s Pretend We’re Famous, a comedy cabaret written and performed by Tony Braithwaite and Jen Childs. The show celebrates both the famous and infamous with an evening of skits, songs and improv through January 26.

This Sunday only, the Michener Art Museum presents Lecture-in-Song: The Bucks/Broadway Connection. Pianist, singer and narrator Fred Miller reviews the historical linkage between the Bucks County Playhouse and Broadway. Numerous household names, including Grace Kelly, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and more, have been connected with the Bucks County Playhouse.

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Thirdbird presents ELEANOR, this Friday at Christ Church Neighborhood House. In this solo performance, Eleanor Bauer criticizes the state of the contemporary performing artist in a wry diatribe examining the conflict between authentic artistic production and the need for money, recognition and survival.

The Main Line Art Center is kicking off its annual Professional Artist Members Exhibition with an opening reception this Friday. The exhibition features a juried selection of works by its 2014 Local Artist Members, and runs through January 24.

And there’s more…

The Wilma Theatre on South Broad Street presents the world premier of Cherokee, the newest comedy from playwright Lisa D’Amore. Directed by Barrymore Award winner Anne Kauffman, and running through February 8, Cherokee tells the story of two couples who go on an ill-fated camping trip and the personal growth that ensues.

Legal Tender, presented by the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts through February 16, showcases the work of artists Emily Erb. Erb creates enlarged replicas of American money using the ancient Indian technique of silk painting.

South Camden Theatre Company presents the world premier of playwright Joseph Paprzycki’s newest work, Express Tracks, through January 26. The play examines the hidden fears of passengers, which are exposed when a commuter train running from Camden to Trenton breaks down.

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