XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Festivals for peaches, prawns and pretzels, Shakespeare in modern dress, hanging with founding fathers, and more!

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photo coutesy of http://voxpopuligallery.org

The unique and unconventional Penumbra is performed only once on Saturday evening after an entire year of preparations. Set in the black box atmosphere of Vox Populi, the show combines elements of music, dance, and visual arts that aim to stimulate all senses.

“The two-hour choreographed ballet dance performed by local ballerinas Marina Kec, Jenna Frome, Caitlin Dagle, and Nicole Battestilli will first address the sonic thrum of Ecstatic Vision, who make it their mission to pummel your eardrums with beefy sheets of psychic rapture. The first act will be followed by Atlanta import Entertainment with a visual piece tailored to kinky and manic post-punk synth tunes. Closing out the bill, Canada snakes through time signatures and vibrant tones to weave a lush aural tapestry.”

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The  25th Pennsylvania Dutch Fest runs through Saturday at Reading Terminal Market featuring the usual Pennsylvania Dutch foods there, but also handmade furniture, toys, and quilts. Out on Arch Street there’s an urban country fair offering Amish buggy rides, horse drawn wagon rides around the Market, a farm animal petting zoo, and live bluegrass music.

Peaches are celebrated in Bucks County at Peddler’s Village with the annual Peach Festival and Sidewalk Sale: lots of live music and a peach pie eating contest each day. The smells and flavors of summer while it’s still with us, peachy!

Meanwhile, something fishy is going on in Havre De Grace Maryland at their annual Seafood Festival.  There are big helpings of finny food, of course, as well as arts and crafts and live music, including Three Dog Night.

The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre is getting raves for its production of Love’s Labour Lost, through August 17th at the URBN Annex on Filbert Street. The inquirer says “So much Imagination, so much pleasure!”

It’s close to your last chance to see Bridgette Mayer Gallery’s summer show called Young and Fun:”Abstraction.” The work comes from seven renowned painters, four of them Philadelphia based, who use non-representational forms.  Through August 15th.

The  Sejong International Music Festival comes to the Curtis Institute of Music Field Concert Hall Friday and Saturday featuring young musicians from around the world who represent the future of chamber music.

Don’t take Philadelphia history for granted! Independence After Hours lets you party like it’s 1776 with an 18th century style dinner at City Tavern and a visit to Independence Hall to hear Jefferson, Adams and Franklin working out the Declaration of Independence.

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