XPN Weekend Arts Crawl: Famed Philadelphia choreographers and photographers open new shows, festivals galore, and more!


Two renowned Philadelphia choreographers unveil new works, both of them this weekend only…

At  FringeArts the world premier of Midway Avenue is a one woman show by Nichole Canuso about growing up in Philadelphia in the 1980s and the selectivity of memory…

Koresh Dance Company premiers Promises I Never Meant to Keep at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre. Choreographer Roni Koresh looks “into the growth that occurs through life’s unpredictability, and the promises you never expected to make but find that you’ve kept in the end.”

Galleries around the city are opening new exhibitions on First Friday…

The Fabric Workshop and Museum presents the photographs of renowned Philadelphians Will Brown, David Graham and Ray K. Metzker through July 20th.  Also opening Friday at FWM  Abelardo Morell: Pictures in Three Museums. The Cuban born artist-in-residence photographed and juxtaposed artworks from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy and Barnes Foundation to create something new and will give a talk at Friday’s reception.

The Asian Arts Initiative is hosting a First Friday reception for  Participate, its 20th anniversary  interactive exhibition about what it means to be Asian American.  Attendees are invited to share their own history. Through May 23.

The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is celebrating the 30th birthday of the Philadelphia International Children’s Festival with theater performances and an outdoor Fun Zone that includes crafts, face painting, jugglers and more through Sunday.

There are also plenty of festivals to bring us outdoors on this first weekend of May…

The Philadelphia Science Festival Carnival boasts more than 150 exhibitors offering non-stop free, family-friendly experiments, interactive activities, games and the opportunity to meet scientists, engineers, and mathematicians. Saturday at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway…

Saturday’s Rittenhouse Row Festival features samples of spring fare from some 40 restaurants, live music, free wine tastings and more…

Also on Saturday the South Street Headhouse District’s Spring Festival offers eight blocks of music, food, children’s fun, arts and shopping on South Street between Front and 8th…and at the same time nearby the second annual German Maifest on the 700 block of South Street serves up German beer, dancers, music, food, and a May pole.

At Plays and Players Theater 1812 Productions presents This Is The Week That Is 2014 through June 1st, a satiric take on local and national politics.  It’s directed by famed Philadelphia comedian and actress Jennifer Childs, and is re-written nightly to reflect what’s in the news.

And there’s always more…

The Betsy Ross House shows movies on First Friday. This month’s, Plan 9 from Outer Space, is a science fiction thriller from 1959.

Twenty Two Gallery presents an exhibition of recent paintings & mixed media by artist Eric Fausnacht. Fausnacht describes his work as, “[fusing] the boundaries between a traditional animal painting and a contemporary modern portrait.”  Through May 11th.

Exhumed Films departs from its traditional horror programming for eX-fest, a 12-hour marathon showcasing exploitation films across multiple genres. Saturday at the International House Philadelphia.

The Worlds Largest Bar Crawl is happening Saturday as an attempt to get into the Guinness Book of World Records.  The crawl features over 100 bars located in neighborhoods throughout the city.

Ghostly Circus comes to life Saturday in Laurel HIll Cemetery with fire dancing, aerial performers, theatrical side-show, and a Dance with the Dead After-Party with DJ Michael Nighttime.

Theatre Exile presents the Philadelphia premiere of Annapurna, at Studio X through May 11, an American drama about lost love and reconciliation.

Temple University Department of Theater presents Odd Girl Out, the world premier of a docudrama adapted from Rachel Simmons’ book on bullying among teenage girls. Through Saturday.

MM2 Modern Dance Company is performing at Grounds for Sculpture for the opening of Seward Johnson: The Retrospective, with improvisations inspired by the artist’s work on Sunday.

The Chestnut Hill Gallery is hosting an exhibit of Alfred Ortega’s new works, beginning with an artist’s reception Saturday and running through May 17. He describes this work as centering on the “unknown, presence, the beauty of our existence.”

The art gallery at Franklin Commons in Phoenixville opens Celebration of the Feminine on Saturday, an exhibition focused on centering on women across cultures and femininity across time.



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