XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, Israeli film, a celebration of pi, and more!



The 245th Annual Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade comes to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Sunday with traditional St. Patty’s garb, dancing, costumes and music. The marching begins at 16th & JFK at noon.

The Leprechaun Run raises funds for the Special Olympics Saturday. The 30th annual five-mile run starts at the steps of the Art Museum and follows MLK Drive.

The Rosenbach Museum hosts a tour of rare books by Irish authors including James Joyce, Sunday.

Irish culture takes the stage at the Society Hill Playhouse with the return of Lafferty’s Wake, complete with Irish folk music and humor, through April 12.

Apples-from-the-Desert-Poster_2The Israeli Film Festival of Philadelphia runs through March 29.  Apples From the Desert is a drama about a Jewish girl who decides to explore the secular world and Orange People tells of three generations of women who grapple with issues of family, femininity, folklore, and food.

Sunday starts the first of a new monthly comedy show at L’etage.

The Franklin Institute is celebrating National Pi Day Saturday to honor the mathematical constant that is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.  Festivities include games, lessons, and pie launching and eating contests!

Brotherly-Love-of-the-Philadelphia-Gay-Mens-Chorus-1The Philadelphia Gay Men’s chorus invites the audience to join them in belting out classics by Judy Garland, Barbara Streisand, and Cher to Adele, Amy Winehouse and Cyndi Lauper in their new show Proud Marys: A Diva Sing-A-Long on through Saturday.

Alchemy Dance presents Intersect at the Arts Bank at the University of the Arts Friday and Saturday. The Shakespeare-inspired contemporary work explores the visceral idea of the Outcast and is set to original music by composer Jonathan Bowles.

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