XPN Weekend Arts Crawl: Science, fashion, opera and more!

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Science Fest

The Philadelphia Science Festival kicks of this weekend and runs through May 3. The festival encompasses a litany of events, ranging from Friday’s Astronomy Night to Sunday’s High Waterline: A Walking Art Experience. For the full listing of events, click here.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is hosting an opening celebration for its newest exhibition, Patrick Kelly: Runaway of Love, Saturday. The retrospective features eighty outfits from the late African American designer, who’s designs resounded throughout the world during the 1980s. The outfits are complemented by selections of Kelly’s African American memorabilia, videos of his fashion shows, and photographs by multiple renowned artists. Runaway of Love is accompanied by Gerlan Jeans Loves Patrick Kelly, an exhibition exploring Kelly’s influence on the Gerlan Jean Company. Both exhibitions are open to the public Sunday through November 30.

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Opera Philadelphia presents Don Giovanni, Friday through May 2 at the Academy of Music. Don Giovanni is Mozart’s classic opera chronicling the part-comic, part-tragic exploits of Don Juan. Opera Philadelphia’s rendition stars noteworthy alumni from the Curtis Institute of Music and the Academy of Vocal Arts.

The Philadelphia Antiques Show is taking place Saturday through Tuesday, with an opening preview night Friday. The show features guided tours, a number of lectures, and both a bar and cafe. In a similar vein, the Moderne Gallery is hosting an exhibition of the furniture of David N. Ebner, a leading figure in the American Studio Furniture Movement. The exhibition opens Friday with a book signing by Ebner and runs through June 30.

Koray Broussard & the Zydeco Unit present a Zydeco Dance Party at the TK Club Friday. Brussard hails from a long line of renowned Zydeco artists, but brings his own funky, soulful style into the mix. The show features a live dance lesson for all skill levels.

Penn’s Landing Playhouse presents Dear Mom, a new play. Inspired by actual letters written by daughters to their mothers, the play tells the story of a middle-aged woman confronted with having to say goodbye to her mother. Through June 4.

And there’s more…

Bluestone Fine Art Gallery presents Invented Surfaces: New Paintings by Natalie Hope McDonald, through May 15. The exhibition features new paintings that combine mixed media and drawing techniques to explore the subjectivity of memory and other themes.

International House Philly presents the Filadelfia Latin American Film Festival. The festival includes a screening of Cesar’s Last Fast, a documentary about activist Cesar Chavez’s  36 day hunger strike. Saturday.

The Academy of Natural Sciences presents Unnatural History: The Odd and Remarkable Dioramas of Lori Nix, a playful poke at what goes on behind the dioramas at a natural history museum. Through August 2.

The Penn Museum presents Year of Sound: Hollywood in the Amazon, a tribute to the groundbreaking work of a 1931 Penn expedition to the Amazon. Through July 27.

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