XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Fleisher arts festival, Father’s Day festivities, a walk through baseball history and more!

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It’s the 8th annual Artspiration at The Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial in Queen Village, a community arts center with a long history. Since 2007, this free festival has offered visual arts workshops led by local artists, dance and music performances, comedy shows, and storytelling. There’s even an open drum circle where all are invited to grab instruments and join in. This year’s highlights include performances by the West Philadelphia Orchestra and Fleisher’s own Cambodian Dance Class.

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Many places are celebrating Father’s Day Sunday…

The Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park has a Father’s Day Classical Dance Performance featuring teachers and students.

Mount Airy Village celebrates the day with a free Daddy’s Day Concert of dad and granddad themed songs in styles ranging from soul to rock at the corner of Carpenter Lane and Greene Street.

Admission to The National Museum of American Jewish History’s exhibition Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American is free on Sunday in honor of Father’s Day.   This first large scale exhibition about the history of Jews and baseball speaks to the experience of minorities in this country and the importance of the game of baseball in the integration of immigrants from many countries into American society.  Through October 26th.

It’s Stars and Stripes Saturday at the Betsy Ross House at the end of a week long Flag Day Festival. The event is The City of Philadelphia’s Official Flag Day Celebration and  takes visitors back to the first Flag Day celebrations held at the Betsy Ross House in the 1890s.  There is also a naturalization ceremony for new citizens.  A similar celebration is happening on Independence Mall.

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The Pennsylvania Ballet culminates its 50th season with A 50th Finale: The Ultimate Celebration on Friday and Saturday at the Merriam Theater.  The program includes both a favorite and a brand new work by resident choreographer Matthew Neenan, a lush Jerome Robbins ballet set to Chopin, and an experiment in abstract movement by William Forsythe accompanied by an electronic soundscape.

And there’s more…

The sixth annual Full House: A Series of Cabarets is presented by Quince Productions at the Red Room at Society Hill Playhouse all weekend.  Each show is unique and has different performers.

The first annual Philly VegFest is Saturday at Head House Square, where patrons can watch vegan cooking demos, celebrate vegan culture, listen to live music, and learn more about the plant-only diet.

Concert Operetta Theatre, the only concert operetta theater in the United States,  presents the Philadelphia premiere of Frederica, about the early romantic life of German poet Johann Goethe. It’s at the Academy of Vocal Arts on Saturday and Sunday.



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