XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Record Store Day, Earth Day on the way, Philadanco at home, and more!



The seventh annual Record Store Day is Saturday to celebrate independent music vendors around the country.  Numerous new albums and reissues, by everyone from Greenday to DEVO, are being released exclusively for Record Store Day, and local participants  include Creep Records, Repo Records, Main Street Music, Hideaway Music.

Earth Day has been held on April 22nd every year since 1970 and in that spirit…the Clean Air Council‘s 33rd Annual 5K Run for Clean Air on the banks of the Schuylkill River Saturday celebrates sustainability and improvements in the region’s environmental health….Farm Fest  at Eakin’s Oval features locally grown food and beverages, movies and live music… The National Archives of Philadelphia presents Archives Alchemy: The Art of the Dumpster Diver, through April 24, a group show by artists who use recycled materials.MOTH

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, in conjunction with the Mosaic Society of Philadelphia, presents Shattering Expectations: Mosaic 2014 through Sunday. The show looks at the work of the region’s most accomplished mosaicists, and is juried by Nancie Mills Pipgras, the former head of the Society of American Mosaic Artists.

The internationally famous dance company Philadanco returns to its hometown for Blood, Sweat and Dance. The show blends African American-based dance with ballet, jazz and modern, and features a company premier by renowned dancer-choreographer Ulysses Dove. Through Saturday at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts.

The Free Library of Philadelphia‘s eighth annual Philadelphia Book Festival through Saturday is at neighborhood libraries and the Parkway Main Branch, featuring author appearances and other events during National Library Week

People’s Light and Theatre Company presents Dear Elizabeth through April 27 based on the correspondence between acclaimed American poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell.

And there’s more…

The National Constitution Center offers Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello, a new exhibition  through October 19 that follows the lives of six slave families who lived and worked at Jefferson’s plantation…also there, Living News, a performance that synthesizes video, music and contemporary news broadcasts. Through June 14.

Media Theatre for the Performing Arts presents Sunset Boulevard through May 18. Tony nominee Ann Crumb portrays Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway musical based on the classic 1950’s film.

Philadelphia Artists’ Collective presents Mary Stuart, the story of two imprisoned 16th century queens, only one of whom can ascend the throne. Through Saturday.



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