XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Cherry blossoms and festivals usher in spring!

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The annual Subaru Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival is a sure sign of spring!  The Morris Arboretum has traditional Daiko drumming Saturday,  origami workshops, and a tour through the Japanese garden.  Sakura Sunday at the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park is a day-long celebration of all things Japanese: live music and dance, martial arts demonstrations, arts & crafts, karaoke, and more.  There are shuttle buses from Center City…and pets are welcome!

At the Philadelphia Zoo burned-out spark plugs, recycled plastic bottles, cardboard boxes and wads of chewing gum make up installations, some larger than life, telling the stories of endangered animals using recycled, reduced, reused, repurposed and renewed materials. .Second Nature: Junk Rethunk opens Saturday and runs through October 31.

The 21st annual  Philadelphia Invitational Furniture Show at the 23rd Street Armory showcases furniture artisans from across the country.  They’re the ones invited, the show is open to the public.  The weekend kicks off Friday with a preview party called Whiskey + Wood + Wrens.

The Painted Bride Arts Center presents Botch by Waheed Works.   Philadelphia choreographer Tommie-Waheed Evans uses modern, jazz, and ballet techniques to express the struggle of darkness and light.

Farm-and-Food-FestThe Philly Farm & Food Fest at the PA Convention Center Annex Sunday celebrates local produce and farming and helps support Fair Food and the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture.  There are demonstrations and workshops, a CSA pop up shop, and lots of vendors selling local foodstuffs.

The 3rd annual Cinedelphia Film Festival brings alternative film to the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art through April 25, showing locally shot rarities, video era oddities, and more. The films are all curated by PhilaMOCA’s Eric Bresler and a small team of film lovers and there are  no overlapping programs so  badge holders can see it all.

tzoo.dp.media.23134.278354.haroldpurplecrayonThere are family events at the Kimmel Center. Saturday PNC Grow Up Great introduces kids to American musical theater. Guest artists perform songs from Rodgers & Hammerstein to Porter and Gershwin and kids sing along. Sunday Enchantment Theatre Company presents The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon based on Crockett Johnson’s beloved picture book series about the adventures of an imaginative young boy,

The 8th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup Saturday enlists neighborhood volunteers to spruce up the City.

EKG Feb_2015-1295[1]Browser Base brings the art of computing to the Ether Klein Gallery, opening Friday and running through May 22nd.  Four artists display browser-based works alongside their physical/object derivatives.

Irish Heritage Theatre presents Sean O’Casey’s famed Shadow of a Gunman at the Skybox at the Adrienne through April 26th. Set in a Dublin tenement against the backdrop of Ireland’s struggle for independence in 1923, the play centers on a poet who is mistaken for an IRA gunman.

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