XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Easter, Passover and First Friday all in the same weekend!


easter-135[1]The 84th annual Easter Promenade starts Sunday at Passyunk and South and ends at 2nd Street Plaza. Emcee Henri David leads the parade, there’s a best dressed contest, a bunny hop, live music with the Philadelphia Freedom Band, and more.

The Passover League of Philadelphia, a nonprofit founded in 1933, continues its work of helping needy individuals and families celebrate the Passover holiday.

Historic Philadelphia has two Easter events.  Friday at the Betsy Ross House you can join 18th-century chocolate maker Mary Crathorne, for the latest in the free Colonial Chocolate Making series to learn how chocolate was produced and consumed during the Colonial era and enjoy free samples.  In the basement kitchen is a brand new exhibit about  chocolate’s patriotic history.

Sunday is the annual Great Egg Hunt at Franklin Square playground.   Kids 10 and under can hunt for eggs filled with candy and other surprises and it’s a free family event.

Richard Avedon: Family Affairs just opened at the National Museum of American Jewish History on Independence Mall and is the only United States stop for this display produced last year by The Israel Museum. Works are included from two of the influential photographer’s projects:  Allen Ginsberg’s family, Paterson, New Jersey, May 3, 1970 and a series shot during the 1976 presidential election for Rolling Stone…together making a kind of family album of cultural figures of the 1960s and 70s. Through August 2nd.

The third annual S.H.I.F.T. (Super Human Indie Female Troubadours) at Underground Arts Saturday features women artists and artisans and a musical showcase of some of Philadelphia’s finest singer songwriters.  Vendors offer everything from jewelry and art to botanicals and healthy food, and the 10 musicians include Ginger Coyle, Ali Wadsworth, and Lili Anel.

The April First Friday at Vox Populi includes Dance It Out: Party, Performance, Provocation in the AUX Gallery, co-curated by David Brick and Meg Foley.  “Quiet Circus” is an experiential performance lecture, Jenna Horton portrays a kid celestially obsessed with frog reproduction, Zornitsa Stoyanova shows a collapsing dance film from her “Mylar Storms” research. It’s artistically diverse…and it’s free!  Several art exhibitions are also opening at the gallery.

The Chemical Heritage Foundation has a First Friday culinary journey into the history and technology of alchemical recipes and early modern cooking with the Alchemist’s Cookbook.  It’s hands-on:  you can decipher sometimes inscrutable 16th- and 17th-century recipes and test your skills by re-creating a historical recipe. This event is presented in conjunction the exhibition Books of Secrets: Writing and Reading Alchemy presented with free admission through September 4.

Comedian, filmmaker, and YouTube personality Jimmy Tatro brings his Memoirs of a College Dropout to the Trocadero Friday. His YouTube channel, LIFE ACCORDING TO JIMMY has over two million subscribers. Jimmy goes after college stereotypes and portrays the ups and downs of college life..

Attic_TalkTwo new exhibitions open at Snyderman-Works Galleries: A Collaboration in Clay, ceramics made into human, animal, and experimental forms, and Wearable Objet d’Art: Alternatives in Polymer depicts purses and jewelry.  Through August 25th.

Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None continues at the Walnut Street Theatre. The whodunit murder mystery is on through April 26…and the musical Wizard of Oz stage production The Wiz is at the Annenberg Center Friday and Saturday.



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