XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Chinese New Year celebrations plus vibrant theater and dance!



Moore College of Art & Design presents Pretty Vacant: The Graphic Language of Punk through March 15 with opening reception on Friday. The exhibition is a survey of the diversity of punk and post punk graphic design, from the musical world as well as the visual art world, and the places where they intersect.

Taken from the collection of Andrew Krivine, Pretty Vacant features posters, flyers, fanzines, handbills, record sleeves, badges and other graphic materials. For more information, read Shaun Brady’s interview with Krivine about the origins of his collection and how punk design of nearly 40 years ago is still influential today.


The Penn Museum presents its 33rd Annual Chinese New Year Celebration on Saturday. The festivities include martial art demonstrations, dance performances, and language workshops.

In celebration of 2014: the year of the horse, the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Organization presents an open air flower market – which contains more than just flowers, but also “traditional candies, fruits, arts and gifts, such as homemade lanterns [and] red envelopes.” The market runs on Saturday and Sunday in Chinatown and includes traditional gifts and art.

Koresh Dance Company presents the Koresh Artist Showcase on Saturday and Sunday.
The first show to be performed in Koresh’s new Rittenhouse Square home, the performance features choreography by Koresh Dance Company members and other local choreographers.

Fury is an examination of rage, revenge, and redemption in song, presented by Philomusica Chorale, with works from Verdi to Adele.  This 60-member community chorus is joined by professional musicians and the rock band Reckless Amateurs Saturday and Sunday at Christ’s Lutheran Church in Oreland.

 Old Academy Players perform Something Intangible through Sunday. Written by Philadelphia playwright Bruce Graham, the play follows the conflict between brothers Walt and Roy Disney as they created Fantasia.

And there’s more…

WXPN Welcomes One Child Born: The Music of Laura Nyro this Saturday at World Cafe Live in Wilmington. Singer-musician-actor Kate Ferber plays a character touched by Nyro’s music in this celebration of Laura Nyro’s impact on rock and roll.

Opening Saturday, The Barnes Foundation features Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders. Shonibare is a British Artist of Nigerian descent whose work is centered around the scholarly history of Europe. This exhibit features life size mannequins wearing Dutch and African wax fabrics.

In the world premiere of “Confetti” on Friday and Saturday at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Gabrielle Revlock investigates “two-ness” in a series of overlapping duets. Joined by a virtuosic hip hop dancer, a child, her very own mother and more, Revlock relates, reacts and opposes through a series of quirky, interlocking narratives.

Renowned juggler Al Grout mixes comedy, magic, juggling and audience participation in his fast-paced family show at the Sellersville Theatre 1894 on Saturday.

Memento, the Drexel Dance Ensemble Winter Concert, focuses on the subject of keepsakes and the meaning behind collecting souvenirs. The show features over 60 Drexel Student Dancers and runs through Saturday.

Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio presents Wax Poetic: Lisa Sylvester & Philippa Beardsley. Sylvester uses text to make the audience aware of the physical process of painting and drawing. Beardsley, conversely, portrays influences of film and everyday life in her small, contained paintings.



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