XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Facial hair, women’s film, Philadelphia’s flag all celebrated…and so much more!


275513Calling all fuzz! The 4th Annual East Coast Beard and Mustache Competition at theTLA Saturday is a face-off of the best, worst and wackiest facial hair on this side of the USA.

The Women’s Film Festival in Philadelphia at the Ethical Society all weekend explores the power of women in film and society, with over a dozen screenings.  All films are introduced by local poets who’ve written pieces inspired by the films.  There’s a masquerade party Saturday, a wrap party Sunday, local vendors and a silent auction lasting throughout the festival.


Tamagawa Taiko Drum & Dance Troupe comes to the Painted Bride Art Center Saturday for the 7th year in a row.  Award winners in Japan, the traditional music and dance combo appears in advance of the 2015 Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia, officially under way April 6-12.

Taller Puertorriqueño presents a Caribbean Carnaval en Philly Friday with dancing and traditional food. It’s also the closing ceremony for the group show of Latino artists living in Philly, Filadelfia: New Perspective, which runs through April 4.

image_27The new exhibit Growth and Form: Glass and Silk Sculptures opens Friday at the University City Arts League. Philadelphia artist Sarah Bakken says that “the world beneath the water’s shore, visions of microscopic life and clusters of fungi in a forest are all important sources in my art making. My work represents a desire for the exotic and the unknown.”  Her silk and glass assemblages are up through April 24th.

The 11th Hour Theatre Company presents A New Brain at The Skybox at the Adrienne as part of its Next Step Concert Series.Inspired by composer William Finn’s own experience. It’s the story of a neurotic, frustrated composer who’s diagnosed wiith a sudden terminal illness and searches for the song that he will be remembered by. His emotional journey leads him to singing nurses, nervous friends, and an overbearing mother, and he finds inspiration in an unpredicted place.  This weekend only.

Chromography: Writing in Color has opened at the Rowan University Art Gallery (through May 9th). Artists Melinda Steffy and Gerard Brown start  with different sets of symbols—Steffy with music and Brown with writing—and have translated distinct methods of communication into visual artworks. The artists will talk about their work at a reception on April 9th.

080327aThe Philadelphia Civic Flag is turning 120 years old! And it was the first official city flag in the nation!  Friday is Philadelphia Flag Day celebrated on the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum from noon to 2:00 p.m. and every March 27th going forward.  Festivities include raising of the flag, free historic Philadelphia civic flags, and bestowal of the Philadelphia Maneto Award to citizens who embody all that the city flag represents.  Wear your gold and blue and bring a bag lunch.

The second annual Love Run Philadelphia Half Marathon is Sunday.  The first one sold out to 10,000 runners.  This year every registered runner gets a free Phillies ticket.  Proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Education Supplies Fund. The race starts at Eakins Oval next to the Art Museum.

FringeArts presents Corps Exquis Friday. It’s a large-scale multimedia combination video installation, rock concert, avant-garde cinema, and experimental classical and electronic music concert. The exquisite corpse parlor game developed by the Surrealists in 1920s Paris has been translated into concert form by electroacoustic composer and performer Daniel Wohl  with the new music quintet Transit and a collective of New York-based video artists.






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