XPN Weekend Arts Crawl–The Philadelphia Flower Show heralds spring and flamenco heats up Philadelphia!


The 2014 Philadelphia Flamenco Festival begins Saturday offering performances at a number of venues by internationally acclaimed contemporary flamenco dancers. The festival is presented by Philadelphia’s resident flamenco company Pasión Y Arte and runs through March 16th.

The world’s largest and oldest indoor flower show starts Saturday filling the Pennsylvania Convention Center with the sights and smells of spring.  The 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show: ARTiculture was developed in collaboration with art museums and draws on the mutual inspiration of painting and floral arts.  Through March 9th.

Azuka Theater‘s world premier of Skin and Bone opens Saturday. The second in Jacqueline Goldfinger’s Southern Gothic trilogy, Skin & Bone follows the lives of two elderly sisters, Midge and Madge, as they run a broken down bed and breakfast in a small northern Florida town. Through March 25th.

Native Americans from around North America will converge on the University of Pennsylvania Museum Saturday for the opening of a new long term exhibition Native American Voices: The People-Here and Now.  There will be music, dancing by Native Nations Dance Theater, family workshops, and more.

Historic Fort Mifflin on the Delaware celebrates the end of World War I and the roaring 20s with the Mud Island Speakeasy, a costume event with dancing to music of Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society and soldiers in military dress of the era.

International House Philadelphia presents the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival presenting Rafea: Solar Mama about a single mother in a poor desert village in Jordan and Born This Way, a film about sexual identity intolerance in Cameroon.

For those who are addicted to the public TV series Downton Abbey, Costumes of Downton Abbey opens at the Winterthur Museum Saturday. Forty historically inspired costumes from  television show will be on display through next January and there are several special events.

And there’s always more going on in Philly…

Friday is opening night of a world premiere by local playwright Barbara Pease Weber at Old Academy Players.  The Pearl is the story of two middle-aged sisters who live by the sea and share a secret past: They were once mermaids, until love for two unworthy sailors left them land-locked and broke.  Through March 16th.

The Fleisher Art Memorial presents DISPLAY, an audiovisual experience, through March 21st, featuring the work of Yangbin Park, Raul Romero, Juan Antonio del Rosario, and Jamaal Tolbert projected through the windows of Fleisher’s Center for Works on Paper Building.

Philadelphia Dance Projects presents Nora Gibson and John Scott through Saturday. Local choreographer/dancer Nora Gibson seeks new formalism in dance, whereas John Scott, from Dublin Ireland, seeks to expose the tenor of movement relationships.



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