XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Shut Up And Dance, Kids Corner Music Festival, Travel and Adventure Show, Wine Week–and spring!

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unnamedMetropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA) is in its 25th year of providing meals free of charge to folks with serious illnesses, 3 meals a day, 7 days a week.  How do they do it?  In part with a lot of volunteer help. And also with the great assistance of Pennsylvania Ballet dancers, who for the 23rd year are raising money for MANNA with a gala evening of short works of dance created in their spare time.  Shut Up & Dance Saturday at the Forrest Theater promises another dazzling performance with a pre-show cocktail reception and after show dance party, and it’s one of MANNA’s main sources of income.  XPN’s Michaela Majoun hosts.

The 2015 Kids Corner Music Festival is Sunday at World Cafe Live Philadelphia, and part of the weekend long KindieComm Industry Showcase.  The Fest features XPN’s award-winning Kids Corner host Kathy O’Connell and family favorites The Pop Ups, Joanie Leeds & The Night Lights and The Not-Its.  The industry event brings together a host of artists in the kindiecomm realm, a term for independent children’s music that brings the sensibility of the singer-songwriter to themes aimed at kids under 12.

Tweak of Nature at the Main Line Art Center, the 11th annual Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition, is a group show bringing together the work of Seunghwui Koo (New York), Tasha Lewis (New York), and Kate Stewart (Philadelphia).  The exhibition has photo-based constructions, whimsical sculpture, large-scale paintings, and site-specific installation.  These artists manipulate our perception of nature and create new beings and realities that surprise, challenge, and delight.  Through April 21st.

Downtown Haddonfield, NJ, hosts Pet-A Palooza Saturday afternoon. Downtown Haddonfield shops and eateries donate a percentage of their proceeds to the Camden County Animal Shelter. You can bring your pet or if you don’t have one, adopt one…and enjoy a pet parade and live music.

Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew at Lantern Theater has a new twist. The classic battle of the sexes is expressed through words and tango dancing, and asks the provocative question, “Who will lead?” Curtain Up says: “Nobody does Shakespeare comedy better than Lantern Theater Company!” Through May 3.

The Fairmount Food Crawl Saturday is a traveling buffet/barhop to 14 neighborhood bars and restaurants.  But vegetarians be advised:  a whole pig is divided up with different parts served in each stop and paired with a signature cocktail at each.

The second annual Philly Wine Week is eight days of wine tasting and wine education at a number of local restaurants along with special events like a French film screening, wine based cocktail competition, and grape vs. grain showdown.  The gala opening Opening Corks is Sunday at the  Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

The first ever Philadelphia Travel & Adventure Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center promises inspiration and expert advice about travels far and near.  Also folk dances, food demonstrations and hands-on activities including a scuba diving pool and a rock climbing wall.

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Rashomon begins its run at Luna Theater based on the classic Japanese film by Akira Kurosawa that tells a story of deceit and murder from three points of view to explore the nature of truth. Through April 11.

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