XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Tattoo as art, FringeArts in its new home, loads of theater for kids…and more!


Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 11.39.19 PMVillain Arts Presents the 16th Annual Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention, Friday through Sunday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The convention boasts over 800 local and international tattoo artists, as well as appearances from numerous TV personalities, burlesque shows, suspensions, a tattoo competition, and live music.

FringeArts presents The Room Nobody Knows on Saturday and Sunday. Written by Japanese psychiatrist-turned-playwright Niwa Gekidan Penino, the play is a surreal work about two brothers inhabiting an otherworldly apartment.


The Wistar Institute presents the Nikon Small World Exhibition, with a free opening reception Friday. Showcasing the winners from Nikon’s Small World microphotography contest, the exhibition features 20 microscope photos focusing on a range of subjects. Through March 7.

Dance/USA Philadelphia presents Dance In Public Places, running for the entire month of February. Thirty-seven dance companies from a wide range of styles bring their work to the second floor of the Gallery at Market East for day-long rehearsals.

True West, presented by Theatre Exile and directed by Matt Pfeiffer, tells the story of an intense rivalry between brothers. Through February 23.

And there’s more…

This weekend is full of events for the whole family…

If you and your kids are in the mood for fairytales, Media Theatre for the Performing Arts offers RumplestiltskinHedgerow Theatre has an interactive performance of Peter PanYes… And Collaborative Arts has Down with the Crown and the Mitchell Performing Arts Center offers Norton Juster’s Phantom Tollbooth.

If you’re looking for something a bit more contemporary, there’s Walnut Street Theatre’s presentation of Alexander, Who’s Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move, a play centering on a boy who is adamantly opposed to his family’s move.

In a somewhat different vein, Grasso’s Magic Theatre presents magician Mark Zacharia performing his one-man show Making 60 Minutes Seem Like an Hour.




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