XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Broad Street Run, festivals on South Street and in Narberth and Chestnut Hill, farmers in Headhouse Square…and so much more!

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Sunday’s 36th annual Broad Street Run expects to draw some 40,000 runners this year.  It’s the largest 10 mile race in the nation, starting at Central High and finishing at the Navy Yard at the end of Broad Street, with spectators and bands along the way.  There’s also a two day Expo ahead of the race at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and a Finish Line Festival with lots of activities for kids.

Also Sunday the Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Festival turns Germantown Avenue into a hub for gardeners, strollers, art lovers and music fans. Over 150 home and garden vendors, artists and craftsmen set up on the Avenue and some of Philadelphia’s best bands play, including The Dukes of Destiny and the Hot Club of Philadelphia.

The Food Trust opens the Headhouse Farmers’ Market for the season Sunday. More than 40 area farmers offer fresh produce and purveyors of artisanal goods sell ice cream, coffee, wine and other locally made goods.

The third annual South Street Spring Festival takes over the eight blocks between Front and 8th Street Saturday. Highlights include over 150 vendors, 40 live music acts, and a German Maifest with a beer garden.

The Narberth Spring Music & Arts Festival transforms Haverford Avenue Sunday with live music, emcee Doug Shimell from NBC 10, and an Artists Alley on Forrest Avenue. Admission is free but $1 donations are urged to help support Philabundance efforts to feed the hungry in our area.

Allens Lane Theater presents Breaking the Code through May 16. It tells the true story told by the recent movie The Imitation Game of Alan Turing, the British genius who played a major role in winning the Second World War by breaking the complex German code called Enigma. He was also the first person to conceive of what was to become the modern-day computer. Following the war, he was arrested, tried, and convicted for breaking yet another code – the British law that declared homosexuality to be a crime.

Noises Off is being previewed at the Curio Theatre Friday and Saturday. The play, hailed as “the funniest farce ever written,” follows a play-within-a-play surrounding an acting troupe.

It’s First Friday for May…

whiffle_tree_EMAILLocks Gallery has Natural Impulses, a sculpture based exhibit with creations made by three artists trying to embody natural forms by using man-made materials, through May 23.

Headlong Studios on South Broad Street has a free First Friday performance with special guest Koma Otake sharing his Ghost Dance….Amy Smith and Adriano Shaplin casting a spell with their magic wands…and David Brick and Maiko Matsushima bring a choreographic ode on the rhythm of the Seto Inland Sea, the sensation of space and a luminous quality of the ordinary.  There are two shows, 6:30 and 8:00 p.m.

Colin Pezzano’s anthropomorphic sculptures capture the charm of old cartoons and video games in Contain You and  Afterglow by Rebecca Ruthstein depicts her fascination with geology and topographical structures…both open at  the Bridget Meyer Gallery through May 30.

 

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