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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Shakespeare, opera, and celebrations of heritage!

Joseph Marcell in the Shakespeare Globe Theatre's production of King Lear. Courtesy of ww.annenbergcenter.org
Joseph Marcell in the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Company’s production of King Lear. Courtesy of ww.annenbergcenter.org

The Annenburg Center for the Performing Arts begins its fall season this week with the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Company production of King Lear, direct from London. Joseph Marcell, who played the butler on the TV hit series Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, stars in the iconic title role. Before and after every performance is an INSIGHT event, free for ticket holders, that goes deeper into the play with Penn faculty and performing arts groups, area experts, and the artists themselves. Continue reading →

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Peace, water, parking…and more!

David Lynch and his art... courtesy of http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/article2054238.html
David Lynch and his art… courtesy of http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/article2054238.html

David Lynch, famed filmmaker and creator of the television phenomenon Twin Peaks, attended The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in the early 60s.  So it’s fitting that PAFA has his first major museum exhibition, the Unified Field.  If you go to their website, you’ll see a very Lynchian video announcement of the show, which includes drawings, paintings and films from 1965 until now, many of which have never been displayed before. There’s also a re-staging of his well-known multi-media installation Six Men Getting Sick. Through January 11, 2015. Continue reading →

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…More Fringe, celebrating Irish music and Mexican independence, hanging with hackers…and more!

Actors performing the Four Seasons Restaurant...courtesy of www.fringearts.com
Actresses performing the Four Seasons Restaurant. Courtesy of www.fringearts.com

It’s Fringe Festival’s second weekend of performances….

The Four Seasons Restaurant, pictured above, from Italy’s Societas Raffaello Sanzio presents a provocative take on the effect that absence, solitude, and negation have on the human condition. Award-winning director Romeo Castellucci is well known internationally and his On the Concept of the Face Regarding the Son of God was featured at last year’s Fringe. Continue reading →

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl… Fringe Festival, honey bees and City Hall’s new Dilworth Park

Part of the FringeFest's Experiment #39 experience...courtesy of http://fringearts.com/
Part of the FringeFest’s Experiment #39 experience…courtesy of http://fringearts.com/

The annual performance extravaganza, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, starts today with the grand opening of the new FringeArts building on the Delaware River, as reported on the XPN Morning Show.  The new facility houses La Peg restaurant and bar, a performance venue, and the Festival Bar, the go-to watering hole during the next 17 days of offbeat and cutting edge dance, theater, music that is the Fringe.

As always, some events at Fringe are chosen by FringeArts, others are self mounted.  Among this weekend’s curated offerings…

Experiment #39, pictured above,  from The Institute of Psychogeographic Adventure starts with a psychological survey that leads audience members on a  a personalized walking tour of Old City with a twist…artists pop out at strategic times to give surprise performances.  As The Bard said, “All the world’s a stage…” Continue reading →

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Made in America, sold in Longs Park, Labor Day parade…and more!

kings of leon shot for nme magazine, location elms lester painting roomsKings of Leon are the final performers in a music filled weekend on the Parkway as Jay Z brings his Made In America Festival to Philadelphia for the third time Saturday and Sunday (and this year to Los Angeles for the first time).  The three music stages present diverse genres and bands that include Mayer Hawthorne, The National, Spoon, Pharell Williams, Kanye West and area talent like The Menzingers  There are beer gardens, food trucks, and merch booths galore, and XPN staffers are covering the fest here on The Key. Continue reading →

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Art furniture, comedy, Ukrainian culture, and more!

 

courtesy of UASC Tryzub
courtesy of UASC Tryzub

The 23rd Annual Ukrainian Folk Festival is Sunday in Horsham. This cultural celebration is complete with Ukrainian dishes, beers and baked goods. In addition, four main acts are set to play on stage, including a Ukrainian violinist, a colorful and acrobatic dance act, an electronic band that infuses traditional Ukrainian music, and the Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, known for their melding of Ukrainian dance and world culture. A social Ukrainian dance called Zabava is going to be featured on stage after the main show while traditional and modern Ukrainian music is performed in the background. Continue reading →

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…The culture of India & the Caribbean…Pancakes, Booze and Art…and so much more!

courtesy of http://www.mccannteam.com/join-the-celebration-indias-independence-day-at-penns-landing/
courtesy of http://www.mccannteam.com/join-the-celebration-indias-independence-day-at-penns-landing/

Penn’s Landing hosts two free cultural celebrations this weekend.  Saturday’s 21st Festival of India at the Great Plaza is sponsored annually by the Council of Indian Organizations to celebrate India’s Independence Day and bring her art, music, dance, and cuisine to the shore of the Delaware River.

Sunday’s Caribbean Festival is in its 28th year, and brings the offerings of 14 Caribbean islands to the Great Plaza:  reggae, roots international beat, hip-hop, steel band and gospel music…poetry…island skits and dances… a marketplace of Caribbean fashions, souvenirs, arts and crafts… and an African/Caribbean children’s village. Continue reading →

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Festivals for peaches, prawns and pretzels, Shakespeare in modern dress, hanging with founding fathers, and more!

photo coutesy of http://voxpopuligallery.org
photo coutesy of http://voxpopuligallery.org

The unique and unconventional Penumbra is performed only once on Saturday evening after an entire year of preparations. Set in the black box atmosphere of Vox Populi, the show combines elements of music, dance, and visual arts that aim to stimulate all senses.

“The two-hour choreographed ballet dance performed by local ballerinas Marina Kec, Jenna Frome, Caitlin Dagle, and Nicole Battestilli will first address the sonic thrum of Ecstatic Vision, who make it their mission to pummel your eardrums with beefy sheets of psychic rapture. The first act will be followed by Atlanta import Entertainment with a visual piece tailored to kinky and manic post-punk synth tunes. Closing out the bill, Canada snakes through time signatures and vibrant tones to weave a lush aural tapestry.” Continue reading →

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Shakespeare in Clark Park, BlackStar Film Festival, MusikFest, and more!

photo from http://www.uwishunu.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/shakespeare-clark-park-680uw.jpg
photo from http://www.uwishunu.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/shakespeare-clark-park-680uw.jpg

Shakespeare in Clark Park has teamed up with Team Sunshine Performance Corporation to make this year’s Henry IV: Your Prince and Mine, a production of epic proportions. They recruited a hundred actors from 36 Philadelphia neighborhoods to portray soldiers in an intense battle scene.  There’s a Conversation Station before each show to discuss the work that went into the production, and a Pub Prelude at Gojjo Bar, where four actors give a sense of what it was like to be a pub-goer in the age of Henry IV. All the events are free, the play runs just under two hours with no intermission, and in case of rain, the proceedings move to the UPenn Ice Skating Rink on Walnut Street.

The third annual BlackStar Film Festival, which chronicles the worldwide black experience, has as this year’s theme Music is the Weapon. There are 40 films to see in various venues in and around the UPenn campus, you can get individual tickets or festival passes, and there are many free events–receptions, panels, book signings, and an award ceremony. Continue reading →

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Music by the river, dance at Suzanne Roberts, classic cars in the street!

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Of course, the biggest event for XPN is our annual  XPoNential Music Festival!  It’s the highlight of a year filled with musical discovery and a chance to celebrate down by the river.  We hope you can join us and if not, please tune in and enjoy the music on our airwaves or on our live stream. Continue reading →