XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…celebrating the Schuylkill River and The Blob, the 20th Annual Bastille Day celebration in Fairmount, and more!



The Blobfest 2014 Streetfair is Saturday in front of the Colonial Theater in Phoenixville! This is an annual celebration of the original 1958 cult classic horror movie,The Blob, partially shot in Phoenixville, which was Steve McQueen’s first movie and had a hit title song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. In it a jellylike thing from outer space lands in rural Pennsylvania and starts consuming townspeople. The free street fair has a fire extinguisher parade, costume contest, and live music. Throughout the day, several Blob related movies will be screened, including the original Blob, The Blob and Mothra, and The Blob and the Giant Spider. Special guests include Kris Yeaworth, son of the director, and Wes Shank, “the caretaker of the blob silicone,” which he acquired in 1965. And The Blob itself will be in attendance!

image courtesy of www.invisibleriver.org
image courtesy of www.invisibleriver.org

Over a 2.5 mile stretch of the Schuylkill River on Saturday and Sunday choreographer Alie Vidich’s Invisible River intends to inspire, stun and educate Philadelphia. Vidich melds aerial stunts, dance, theatre, music and the beauty of the Schuylkill itself to ask viewers: what can we do to sustain this river for years to come? Audience members can catch the spectacle for free on the river banks or buy a ticket (in advance only!) for the full experienceboating along as the show moves downstream in a 65-boat flotilla of dragon boats, kayaks and row boats. 

courtesy of http://groffoto.com/2011/07/20/high-dungeon-let-them-eat-tastykake/
courtesy of http://groffoto.com/2011/07/20/high-dungeon-let-them-eat-tastykake/

Eastern State Penitentiary presents its 20th annual Bastille Day extravaganza Saturday, and this version of the French Revolution has it all — the experimental cabaret group the Bearded Ladies, baguettes, beheadings, confetti cannons, Tastykakes, and appearances by Napoleon and Ben Franklin! The show is free and many neighborhood restauraunts in Fairmount offer drink and food specials and a French themed bar crawl. You can even find help with dressing like a revolutionary to prepare!

image from www.balletx.org
image from www.balletx.org

Sunset o639 Hours is BalletX choroegrapher Matthew Neenan’s second world premiere this season and their Summer Series offering at the Wilma Theater. It’s based on a historical figure, Captain Edwin Musick, the pilot who attempted New Zealand’s first airmail delivery to Hawaii over 4,000 miles of open ocean. The original score, by New Zealand native Rosie Langabeer, features sounds of Maori and Pacific Island music. After the Saturday matinee Matthew Neenan, dancer Colby Damon, and critic Elizabeth Zimmer will discuss the creative process behind the production at A Pie, A Pint, and a Process.

The 22nd annual Haddonfield Crafts & Fine Art Festival takes over downtown Haddonfield, New Jersey, Saturday and Sunday with vendors offering everything from painting and sculpture, wood and leather, pottery and jewelry, to home goods and specialty foods.  Also live music and a Broadway revue!

In its 10th anniversary season Flashpoint Theatre Company presents a musical ghost story about a vaudeville star named George Herringbone.  Herringbone stars ten-time Barrymore Award nominee and F. Otto Haas Award winner Ben Dibble and runs at the Off Broad Street Theatre through July 29th.

Twenty-Two Gallery in Center City opens its Summer Group Show Friday featuring photography, oils; water color; sculpture; Sumi-e  and prints…through August 3rd.

There’s so much to see inside the Philadelphia Museum of Art, but for the second year, you can also see original art created in flowers outside the Museum!  Major American painter Cy Twombly left the Museum a plan for Lines in Four Directions in Flowers made up of more than 7,000 plantings arranged in strategically configured and colored rows.

The New York Times called the Tony-winning stage version of Alfred HItchock’s movie The 39 Steps “Theater at its finest. Absurdly enjoyable.”  The new production at Hedgerow in Rose Valley, which bills itself America’s First Repertory Theater, runs through August 17th.

The American Cancer Society’s 42nd annual Bike-a-thon on Sunday starts at the Ben Franklin Bridge and benefits cancer resarch with nearly 3,000 participants already signed up.



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