XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Out of this world characters, Roots, and tango…plus more!

It’s the last weekend to see “…talking Day-Glo crawling anemones, headgear with silver Christmas-ball tentacles, and 2-foot-tall obelisks…” interact in Pig Iron Theater’s latest production I Promised Myself To Live Faster at FringeArts.The innovative company calls the show an absurdist sci-fi epic and wild allegory about gayness in 2015.
The 8th annual Roots PIcnic at Festival Pier Saturday is sold out, thanks to a roster that includes Erykah Badu and, of course, The Roots.  A full day of outdoor music is not enough for the wildly energetic Questlove, however.  He’s going from there to appear at The Roots Picnic Afterparty at Underground Arts.
The 5th Philadelphia International Tango Festival is at Christ Church Neighborhood House in Old City Philadelphia all weekend.  Festivities include performance, seminars and a lecture on “The Unfathomable History of Tango Dancing” by renowned dance team Gustavo Naveira and Giselle Anne, along with 25 workshops for all levels and dance parties,
Philadelphia Sculptors open the16th Annual “5 into 1” Student Exhibition at The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design Friday with a free reception. This year’s show features exciting young sculptors graduating from five Philadelphia colleges and universities:  Christina Catanese, Director of Environmental Art at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education in Philadelphia, starts evening’s program with an innovative presentation, “Novel Ecologies: Exploring Art, Environment, and Community.”
Longwood Gardens is the setting for performances by two of Philadelphia’s premier dance companies, PHILADANCO and Ballet X, one night only on Saturday.  Both have national and international profiles.  PHILADANCO, is known for preserving African-American traditions in dance, and BalletX, expands the vocabulary of classical dance into new forms.

The Philadelphia Center for Architecture opens Designing Our Skyline: The Comcast Innovation and Technology Center Friday.  The exhibition runs through mid-July and features the models, sketches, and renderings that were the basis of the design of the new Comcast building. On June 9th Lord Norman Foster discusses his design process and reflects on the current Comcast project at the Louis I. Kahn Memorial Award + Talk.




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