WXPN Weekend Arts Crawl–Sculptures you can walk through and skate on for First Friday, celebrating Irish Americans and food, and much more!

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crtsy-saint-gobain-future-sensations-light-cube-900VP[1]This is the last weekend to experience Future Sensations on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.  Philadelphia is one of only four cities around the world (the others are Paris, Sao Paulo and Shanghai) and the only U.S. city to host this traveling exhibition.  In celebration of its 350th anniversary, the Saint-Gobain building materials company has assembled five pavilions that represent the past and future of building and combine science, storytelling and art.  BTW the company has offices in our area, and their past clients include the Statue of Liberty and Versailles.

One of Philadelphia’s finest choreographer/dancers, Kate Watson-Wallace, created Mash Up Body at FringeArts through Saturday.  The production starts out in black and white with a strictly bound dance that the anonymous bodies performance company changes radically as the hues change to technicolor and the dancers declare their autonomy.

The Fabric Workshop and Museum opens a new exhibition for First Friday,  By The Work of Her Hands.  It brings together two groups of traditional makers, quilters from New York and embroidery artists from Rabat, Morocco, to create new work in a unique cultural exchange.  Also part of the project are a series of public textile-making workshops and documentation of the collaboration to sustain and preserve traditional textile-making applications. The exhibition continues through the summer, as does the other FWM exhibition, Both/And  Richard Tuttle Print and Cloth.

Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program has joined forces with 14 trailblazing artists, from Philadelphia and all over the world, to create new public art projects that illuminate the city’s diverse urban identity. First Friday is the kick off, or should we say skate off, of Open Source at Paine’s Park on 24th Street featuring sculptures created by Jonathan Monk that are not complete until skated on! This free, all-ages Open Source event features skate demos, live music from Chill Moody and DJ Ricochet, food trucks, and more! You are encouraged to bring your board and help christen Philadelphia’s newest public sculptures.

5a7efe6d9a0732be552cc94fb7ac890a[1]The first of the season’s Peco Multicultural Series is Sunday with the Irish American Festival, bringing all things Irish — music, dance, food, crafts – to at Penns Landing.  Featured bands are: Bogside Rogues, Jamison and Blackthorn.

The Head & the Hand Press celebrates the release of its Corn Belt Almanac First Friday at the Emerald Street Farm in Kensington with readings book signings, live music, farm tours and more. From the press: The Corn Belt Almanac is a collection of stories, essays, triumphs, and reflections about our largest cultural ingredient: food. This 3rd installment of The Head & The Hand’s almanac series…[is about]… how we eat, how we grow, and how we sustain our families and communities.

This is the last weekend to see Hedgerow Theatre’s production of Don Quixote based on the classic Cervantes novel about one man’s obsession with the age of chivalry.

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