KindieComm, a brand new music conference, debuts this weekend at World Cafe Live Philadelphia. WXPN’s award winning program for children, Kids Corner, hosts the only independent music conference for family entertainers paired with a music festival specifically designed for kids ages 12 & under. Saturday evening is 21 years old + industry only showcase for family musicians and those who promote them and play their music. Sunday morning starts the family day with performances from Kids Corner favorites Trout Fishing In America, pictured above, Dan Zanes, and others.
Australian film and TV star Toni Collette appears as a veteran rock journalist on a quest to find a long lost rock star in a new feature film called Lucky Them screened Friday and Saturday by the Philadelphia Film Society at their PFS at the Roxy Theater in Center City. The Friday screening is hosted by XPN Morning Host Michaela Majoun and features a Q&A afterwards with screenwriter/producer Emily Wachtel, who spent ten years trying to get this movie made and succeeded (and yes, she’s the cousin of Waddy Wachtel, one of the most famous session musicians in rock!).
Woodmere Art Museum, housed in the historic 19th century Charles Knox Smith mansion in Chestnut Hill, focuses on local artists past and present. Its 73rd annual Juried Exhibition opens Saturday with the artists on hand to discuss their work. You can also click here to get 10 word biographies of each! Juror for this year’s show is nationally noted Philadelphia painter Sarah McEnearney. Through September 1st.
The annual Garden State Craft Brewers Festival is Saturday on the iconic Battleship New Jersey docked on the Camden waterfront. You can sample the wares of about 20 craft breweries from around the state, also food, live music, and tours of the ship.
Gallery Joe has a stunning group show of works on paper of a widely varied sort, though attention to detail is a characteristic of all of them. Sharka Hyland’s reproductions of text from Proust and Henry James are done freehand in graphite pencil in a font of her own devising, though they look like they were taken out of a book. Alex Paik’s colorful cut paper works (shown above) are at once geometric and painterly. In all there are 10 artists in the show, which runs through July 26th.
And other happenings…
Painted Bride Arts Center’s Courtyard Dancers present Asunder tonight and Saturday, a celebration of India before the partition, with dance, poetry, and songs.
The Bazemore Gallery’s States of Mind Exhibit opens Saturday in Manayunk (through August 2nd) . It’s the first US solo exhibition of Ella Kolanowska, a native of Poland who got her Masters at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Her inspirations are fashion, vintage fabrics and historic scenes, and this show features 14 paintings that interpret and translate the barrage of daily information using thousands of brush points to create the illusion of larger shapes.
The Free Library of Philadelphia hosts a free concert Saturday night in the 40th Street Summer Series. Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra performs their signature music, and Music Over Matter presents their soulful beats.