Sunday the Odunde Festival celebrates its 39th anniversary as one of the largest African American street festivals in the country, filling 12 blocks of South Street with music, dance, authentic African, Brazilian and Caribbean wares and food. There’s a unique procession to the Schulykill River to offer fruit and flowers to the Yoruba river goddess Oshun on what promises to be a stellar day, sunny with a high of 80. All are welcome!
The second annual Philadelphia International Children’s Film Festival is all weekend at the PFS Theater at the Roxy in Center City. The Philadelphia Film Society has partnered with the New York International Film Festival, one of the longest running and most acclaimed children’s film festivals, to present animated, live action and experimental features and shorts from around the world, and some Q&A’s with filmmakers, to open children’s minds to the breadth and variety of films created for them.
The one and only Village People headline the music at the 26th annual Philadelphia Pride Festival Pride Day Sunday, capping off a weekend of LGBT activities. There’s a parade, of course, starting at noon from 13th and Locust to Penns Landing, and for the first time ever, under Pennsylvania’s new law, same sex couples will marry at Independence Mall during the parade. Philadelphia’s emcee extraordinaire Henri David hosts the entertainment at Penns Landing which also features the terrific trio BETTY and a boy band of classically trained musicians called Well Strung (!) who play and sing music from Mozart to Lady Gaga.
Philadelphia’s remarkable repository of public art grows bigger on Friday when the Association for Public Art celebrates the installation of a massive new work called Symbiosis on the Ben Franklin Parkway. The sculpture by New York based artist Roxy Paine is on loan for a year. It depicts one of the most powerful images from nature, a tree, composed of industrial materials — stainless steel pipe, plate and rods — which have been fashioned into an organic looking form. The artist has been working all week to put the sculpture in place for its first public display ever and will speak at a free public reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the installation site.
And there’s much more…
It’s First Friday in Old City Philadelphia, with open galleries, new exhibitions, and music in the streets.
America’s oldest residential street, Elfreth’s Alley in Old City Philadelphia, opens its doors to visitors on its annual Fete Day Saturday. Wear your lace cap and apron!
The 83rd annual Rittenhouse Spring Arts Festival covers Philadelphia’s most famous square with art in all media, all of it for sale, all weekend long.
It’s the last weekend to see the Act II Playhouse production of Man of La Mancha. The Tony Award winner based on Cervantes’ tale of Don Quixote has live music and cuts the grand scale of the original down to 10 players on this intimate Ambler stage.
Also the last chance to see the two exhibitions Matt Neff:Second Sight, which uses prints, photographs, sculpture and experimental materials, and Terry Adkins & The Common Press: 7th Ward, a portfolio based on pioneering demographic study of the neighborhood where The Print Center is located.