XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Travel the world at home with events representing Japan, India, Germany and more!

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Photo by Irina Bak | www.irinabak.com
Photo by Irina Bak | www.irinabak.com

The Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia celebrates the return of spring with the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia.  There’s the Cherry Blossom 5k Saturday, weaving through the historic Centennial District, and the grand finale Sunday, the all day Sakura Sunday at the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park, with among other activities a prize for the prettiest pet in pink!Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 12.23.17 AM

Among many theatrical offerings,  Quince ProductionsThree Days of Rain, through April 26 at Walnut Street Theatre Studio 5, has three actors portraying characters in 1995 in Act I and their parents circa 1960 in Act II…Lantern Theatre‘s production The Train Driver explores redemption and brotherhood in the new South Africa through May 4… Quintessence Theatre Group has its first American classic, the  ancient Greek tragedy brought into contemporary New England in Eugene O’Neill’s Mourning Becomes Electra, through April 27.

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The Fleisher/Ollman Gallery opens Department of Neighborhood Services Friday with an artists’ reception. This group show uses a variety of media to explore the role of graffiti in urban environments. Through June 7.

Group Motion Dance presents the final weekend of its Spiel Urh Fest: 2014 Branching, Saturday and Sunday at the Community Education Center, featuring Manfred Fischbeck/Group Motion’s colalboration with composer Andrea Clearfield, an original film installation, Green Chair Dance Group, and more.

And there’s more…

Environmental action through the arts is the theme of Saturday’s National Water Dance put on by students, faculty and alumni of Temple University at the Race Street Pier. In the last three years National Water Dance has grown, now involving over 70 institutions in 30 states.  Temples’ offering, choreographed by Colleen Hooper, will bring attention to the fragility of our water systems.

Water is also a theme at Locks Gallery.  Endless Source has new intimate paintings in oil on board and other works by Neysa Grassi that highlight her relationship to water.  Also at Locks, Warren Rohrer’s paintings from the 1980s that deal with human perception of color. Through April 30th.

Malavika Sarukkai brings her acclaimed take on Indian dance to the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Saturday.

Bucks County Playhouse presents In The Mood, a tribute to Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and other big band greats of the 1940s, complete with costumes and choreography of the time…while I’m a Stranger Here Myself: Musik from the Weimar and Beyond at the Prince Music Theater explores German music from the time just before World War II.

Center City Theatre Works presents They’re Playing Our Song through April 26, a musical about the real-life relationship of one of the most prolific American songwriting teams of the 20th Century, Marvin Hamlisch and Carol Bayer Sager.

And another songwriter is the subject of Beyond Genesis, Saturday and Sunday at the Steel River Playhouse in Pottstown. Melange Contemporary Dance has created a concert experience using Peter Gabriel’s music for Genesis interpreted in choreography coordinated with visual effects.

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