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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Running in the Philadelphia Marathon and running to holiday shows and sales

A scene from Instantly Bound... courtesy of http://www.criticaldance.org/
A scene from Instantly Bound.  Courtesy of http://www.criticaldance.org/

BalletX opens its Fall Series at the Wilma Theater with two premieres.  One is the world premier of Jorma Elo’s interpretation of the film noir classic Touch of Evil as a hip-hop ballet.  The other is the East Coast premier of Increasing set to Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major, and BAlletX also reprises its 2013 piece Instantly Bound about gun violence. Continue reading →

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WXPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Isabella Rossellini onstage, Fairmount Park houses in gingerbread, tap dance in Philadelphia…and so much more!

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Isabella Rossellini brings her one woman show Green Porno to World Café Live Friday. It’s based on her Sundance Channel series of incredibly imaginative vignettes about the sex lives of animals that she conceptualizes, writes, directs and portrays.  Isabella as praying mantis, sardine, hamster (shown above)! She’s my guest on the XPN Morning Show in the 9:00 a.m. hour Friday. Continue reading →

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WXPN Weekend Arts Crawl…First Friday, First Person Arts Festival, Jewish Film Festival…and a lot more!

 

It’s First Friday…

William Glackens' 1908 painting Cape Cod Pier is on display at the Barnes Foundation through February 2nd. Courtesy of barnesfoundation.org
William Glackens’ 1908 painting Cape Cod Pier is on display at the Barnes Foundation through February 2nd. Courtesy of barnesfoundation.org

The Barnes Foundation celebrates the opening of its new William Glackens exhibition with a Vaudeville-themed First Friday party. Glackens was an American realist painter and one of the founders of the Ash Can School of art along with others who depicted scenes of everyday life in cities like New York and Philadelphia.  He also did illustrations for newspapers and helped his friend Albert C. Barnes acquire some of the important European work on display at The Barnes. This is first major exhibition of Glackens’ American realist work in 50 years. There’s free admission on First Sundays…through February 2nd. Continue reading →

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…HALLOWEEEEEEN!

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“Don’t come as your are, come as you want to be” is the theme of Henri David’s Halloween Ball, now in its 46th year!  This biggest and brightest of costume events offers some of the City’s most outrageous dressing up, culminating in a midnight costume contest with prizes for Most Sensual Fantasy (new this year!), Most Horrifying, Best Period Costume, Most Hysterical and on and on.  One of the great treats is Henri himself, always dressed fabulously, and towering over you on stilts!  It starts at 9:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel.

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Major American photographer, open studios, spooky stuff, and lots of theater!

One of Paul Strand's famous works, Wall Street, New York 1915
One of Paul Strand’s famous works, Wall Street, New York 1915

Major American filmmaker and photographer Paul Strand has a new retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography features over two hundred of his prints, taken over six decades, displaying street portraits, machines, images of nature. Three of his films are showing, including his most well known avant-garde work, Manhatta. Through January 6th.

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl: Philadelphia Film Festival, Design Philadelphia, Mural Arts Month are all in full swing!

This film, titled I Am Big Bird, screens at the Philly Film Festival.
This film, titled I Am Big Bird, screens at the Philly Film Festival. courtesy of Philadelphia Film Festival

The 23rd Philadelphia Film Festival runs through October 26th and promises you will “see something you’ll never forget.”  There are movies from around the world, including indie films and Oscar submissions, animated shorts, and several movies about music…and there are celebrity guests, parties, awards and more.  David Lynch’s films Mulholland Drive and Wild at Heart are shown in conjunction with the current exhibition of his work at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.  Venues are around Center City, and for the first time in the suburbs at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute. Continue reading →

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Weekend Arts Crawl…Philly photos, parades of pride and boats, celebrating design…and so much more!

 

The Old City Seaport Festival will include a parade of boats. Courtesy of phillyseaport.org
The Old City Seaport Festival will include a parade of boats. Courtesy of phillyseaport.org

Ahoy!  It’s the third annual Independence Seaport Museum Old City Seaport Festival!  You can tour tall ships, see how boats were made in the old days, take a harbor tour, and witness the kick off parade of boats Friday and pirate battles on Saturday and Sunday!  Aye, matey…

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Inside animals, outside in the area, and much more!

Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out previously appeared at museums in Chicago, Dallas,  Salt Lake City, Germany, Austria, the United Kingdom and Switzerland. Courtesy of fi.edu
Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out previously appeared at museums in Chicago, Dallas, Salt Lake City, Germany, Austria, the United Kingdom and Switzerland. Courtesy of fi.edu

The exhibit Body Worlds has toured the world several times showing what’s under the skin of real humans.  Now there’s Body Worlds, Animal Inside Out, opening Saturday at the Franklin Institute.  Animals large and small are opened up to show their blood vessels, muscular systems and various organs. Two Members Sunday workshops demonstrate how animals’ bodies are like our own. Continue reading →

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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 →