Shakespeare in Clark Park has teamed up with Team Sunshine Performance Corporation to make this year’s Henry IV: Your Prince and Mine, a production of epic proportions. They recruited a hundred actors from 36 Philadelphia neighborhoods to portray soldiers in an intense battle scene. There’s a Conversation Station before each show to discuss the work that went into the production, and a Pub Prelude at Gojjo Bar, where four actors give a sense of what it was like to be a pub-goer in the age of Henry IV. All the events are free, the play runs just under two hours with no intermission, and in case of rain, the proceedings move to the UPenn Ice Skating Rink on Walnut Street.
The third annual BlackStar Film Festival, which chronicles the worldwide black experience, has as this year’s theme Music is the Weapon. There are 40 films to see in various venues in and around the UPenn campus, you can get individual tickets or festival passes, and there are many free events–receptions, panels, book signings, and an award ceremony.
The 31st MusikFest starts Friday in Bethlehem, PA, and runs through August 10th. Over the years this musical feast has grown into a real extravaganza on 15 stages offering some 300 plus acts that include The Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Weezer, Steely Dan and The Moody Blues. There’s a good bit of dance performance, too, and fireworks, food, artisans and interactive displays under the historic Steel Stacks.
Friday evening at The Barnes Foundation the exhibition The World is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cezanne comes to life in a new way. Relâche, Philadelphia’s Ensemble for New Music for the past 35 years, and Peter Price, who creates sonic environments for dance, present Sonic Cezanne: an Improvisatory Exploration of 21 Masterpieces. Together they create a sound palette of color, depth, and texture to interpret the 21 images that comprise the Cézanne exhibition. After that some discussion of the exhibit and the evening ends with beats from DJs Hiding Place and Bloodfaceman.
Sunday starts the 2nd Annual Philadelphia One-Minute Play Festival at the Adrienne. Over 60 mini-plays are performed in quick succession as actors and playwrights switch moods and scenes in seconds. The three-day fest is a collaboration of Philadelphia’s InterAct Theatre Company, which commissions and produces new plays, and the New York City based One-Minute Play Festival, America’s largest and longest running short form theater company.
Leader and vocalist of the band Renaissance, Annie Haslam, has also become known in recent years as a painter. She opens a new exhibition at New Hope’s Celt-Iberia Traders at the artist opening Saturday evening and will be on hand to discuss her ”intuitive abstract impressionistic” style of work.
The 4th annual Southeastern Asian Dragon Boat Festival is Saturday at Penns Landing and it’s free, a chance to not only see these colorful boats race in the marina, but also experience the tastes and sounds of Southeast Asian culture.
For First Friday FringeArts has a chance to get your guide for the upcoming Fringe Festival while enjoying free beer and music from King Britt and from live plants (!), and dance performances by Kate Watson-Wallace and others at the FringeArts building and the Race Street Pier across the street on Columbus Boulevard.
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