XPN Weekend Arts Crawl… Fringe Festival, honey bees and City Hall’s new Dilworth Park

Part of the FringeFest's Experiment #39 experience...courtesy of http://fringearts.com/
Part of the FringeFest’s Experiment #39 experience…courtesy of http://fringearts.com/

The annual performance extravaganza, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, starts today with the grand opening of the new FringeArts building on the Delaware River, as reported on the XPN Morning Show.  The new facility houses La Peg restaurant and bar, a performance venue, and the Festival Bar, the go-to watering hole during the next 17 days of offbeat and cutting edge dance, theater, music that is the Fringe.

As always, some events at Fringe are chosen by FringeArts, others are self mounted.  Among this weekend’s curated offerings…

Experiment #39, pictured above,  from The Institute of Psychogeographic Adventure starts with a psychological survey that leads audience members on a  a personalized walking tour of Old City with a twist…artists pop out at strategic times to give surprise performances.  As The Bard said, “All the world’s a stage…”

What I Learned About Outer Space is an experimental dance performance co-created by Pennsylvania Ballet, FringeArts, and the Curtis Institute of Music. Fifteeb dancers from Pennsylvania Ballet team up with three popular contemporary choreographers, all to music performed by Curtis Institute composers and alumni.

Perennial Fringe favorites New Paradise Laboratories debut their new show The Adults at Painted Bride Arts Center with their usual physicality and dark humor in a wholly original story about what happens when adults misbehave on a family trip.

courtesy of http://www.flyingkitemedia.com/innovationnews/phillyhoneyfest082614.aspx
courtesy of http://www.flyingkitemedia.com/innovationnews/phillyhoneyfest082614.aspx

The fifth annual Philadelphia Honey Festival is presented by the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild in conjunction with the Wagner Free Institute of Science which hosts Friday events Buzz About Bees, an informational workshop for kids, and Honey Happy Hour for adults….with the Wyck Historic House, Garden, and Farm hosting Saturday’s talks by honey experts, hive viewings, and children’s events…and with Bartram’s Garden, on Sunday there are honey tastings, garden tours, a cooking contest.

Digital rendering of the finished Dilworth Park...courtesy of Center City District
Digital rendering of the finished Dilworth Park…courtesy of Center City District

Ladies and gentlemen…Dilworth Park!  The new place to be outside City Hall has its debut this weekend with concerts, picnics, live music and games. The new 120,000 square foot park features a programmable water fountain, lawn, grove of trees, and in the winter, ice skating!

The 4th annual Haverford Music Festival 2014 offers continuous live music Saturday from noon to 9:30 p.m. at the  intersection of Eagle and Darby Roads in Havertown. Appearing are local faves Ben Arnold, David Falcone, The Cabin Dogs, Nixon’s Head, Chico’s Vibe, Audra McLaughlin from NBC’s The Voice, and others as well as food, a beer garden and children’s activities. Admission is free! Donations, raffle tickets, and T shirt sales go to supporting Haverford Township projects and programs.

Oedipus the Musical starts Friday at the PlayGround at the Adrienne a humorous take on Sophoclese’s famous tragedy, through September 21.

It’s First Friday in Old City Philadelphia, Lancaster, and with openings at other galleries, too…

The Esther Klein Gallery is testing the human nose with its A Big Stick of Confidence exhibit. Creator Clara Ursitti wants to keep mystery behind the details of the exhibit, but says it’s like a psychology experiment that encompasses non-verbal communication. Through October 18.

Famed Philadelphia artist Virgil Marti open his debut solo show, Forest Park, at Locks Gallery Friday with new looking glasses, fantastical woodland cement sculptures, and saturated landscape vistas on quilts to explore the sublime and romanticism throughout history.  Through October 18th.

Chestnut Hill Gallery opens Phillip Cohn Everyday Impressions. with an artist’s reception Saturday. Cohn’s colorful painting is of everyday people and places. Through September 27th.



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