XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Penn Relays, Philadelphia Science Festival, ACANemy Awards, jazz, orchids and art books are all on tap this weekend!


25penn_CA0-articleLargeThe Penn Relays is now the longest uninterrupted collegiate track meet in the country.  When it started at Penn in 1895 it drew an unexpected 5,000 spectators, and it’s now the most attended meet in the nation. This year’s  attendance is likely to top 110,000 for the third year in a row to watch more than 22,000 entries, about half high schoolers.  If you can’t attend you can watch the action live at flotrack.com.   And if you’re coming anywhere near Franklin Field in University City, be aware that traffic and parking are congested.  Through Saturday.

The 5th annual Philadelphia Science Festival starts Friday and ends with an outdoor carnival on The Parkway on May 2nd that features 175+ exhibitors and offers the chance to meet zoo animals, see inside robots, test a “crime scene” for evidence and much more.  The nine day festival involves over 200 area institutions, museums and cultural centers to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and citizen scientists. More than 100 events that show how science and technology impact our lives are at restaurants and breweries, parks, libraries, museums…and many activities are free.

The Philadelphia Art Book Fair 2015 is a two-day event showcasing books from over 55 exhibitors at The Annex in Center City.  Admission is free to the public to browse a huge selection of photography books, art books and artists books from publishers large and small, institutions and individual artists from all over the world.  There are also featured talks with artists and bookmakers including a keynote on Saturday evening at 6:30pm with renowned photographer Emmet Gowin.

The 11th annual Sandy Sprint Run/Walk starts Saturday morning on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Kicking off the run, international singing group Women of the World perform at 7:45 a.m. The run benefits the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation to raise awareness and research funds. Runners are encouraged to dress as their favorite superhero, though costumes are not required.

AIA Philadelphia’s Associate Committee and the Philadelphia Center for Architecture celebrate the winning entries from the 9th annual CANstruction design competition and food drive at the “aCANemy Awards” ceremony Saturday night at the Rotunda at The Shops at Liberty Place.  You’re encouraged to dress for the red carpet.  All proceeds go directly to Philabundance, the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger-relief organization.

The Portside Community Arts Festival was called the Lehigh Avenue Arts Festival until it got too big for Lehigh Avenue and now is at Penn Treaty Park Saturday. This 8th annual neighborhood fest raises money for a student scholarship fund for children and teens of limited resources to take arts and music classes all year long at Portside Arts Center.  The day includes arts activities, artisan vendors, food trucks, performances, and the Philly Puff, an inflatable sculpture contest for local artists.

The Fourth Annual Center City Jazz Festival Saturday has a lineup of 19 bands performing at five venues over six hours, all within walking distance of each other in the heart of Center City. One ticket gets you into all performances of this celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month.

220px-Cymbidium_Clarisse_Austin_'Best_Pink'_Flowers_2000px[1]The diorama halls of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University are given over to flowers all weekend for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Orchid Society International Orchid Show. There are expert tours of the displays of colorful orchids from all over the world, lectures on orchid cultivation for beginners and experienced growers, and a market with plants and gardening supplies.

Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew at Lantern Theatre Company, is extending its run to May 3. This innovative production makes the battle of the sexes into a tango in which Kate and Petruchio must face the music and dance…literally.

Sunday for two performances Hybrid is at the Painted Bride.This collaboration between celebrated classical composer and pianist Leonardo Le San and Main Line contemporary ballet company Ballet 180  questions how we maintain the humanity of our lives despite the ever-growing world of technology.






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