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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Shut Up And Dance, Kids Corner Music Festival, Travel and Adventure Show, Wine Week–and spring!

unnamedMetropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA) is in its 25th year of providing meals free of charge to folks with serious illnesses, 3 meals a day, 7 days a week.  How do they do it?  In part with a lot of volunteer help. And also with the great assistance of Pennsylvania Ballet dancers, who for the 23rd year are raising money for MANNA with a gala evening of short works of dance created in their spare time.  Shut Up & Dance Saturday at the Forrest Theater promises another dazzling performance with a pre-show cocktail reception and after show dance party, and it’s one of MANNA’s main sources of income.  XPN’s Michaela Majoun hosts.
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WXPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Some classics restaged, loads of visual art, and Daylight Savings Time!

swan-lake-in-philadelphiaSwan Lake is arguably the world’s most renowned ballet.  Pennsylvania Ballet has revived Christopher Wheeldon’s production from 2004 which was commissioned for the 40th anniversary of the Ballet and went on to sell out performances at the Edinburgh Festival.  This is a million dollar production with sets inspired by the paintings of Edgar Degas.  At the Academy Of Music through March 15th. Continue reading →

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…The Flower Show is here, can warmer weather be far behind?

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The 187th annual Philadelphia Flower Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center is the world’s oldest and still its largest indoor flower show! This year the theme is Celebrate the Movies;  expect to see Disney movies interpreted florally. The black tie gala Friday evening is the first of many special events.  The show runs through March 8th and proceeds help support the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s City Harvest program, which feeds some 1,200 families a week during the growing season, and other community initiatives.

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Cold weather offset by love on Valentine’s Weekend!

 

Cupid's Undie Run is back...courtesy of www.sixseats.com
Cupid’s Undie Run is back…courtesy of www.sixseats.com

Cupid’s Undie Run is a Valentine to paying it forward. Runners in their skivvies raise money Saturday for the Children’s Tumor Foundation to help fight a debilitating genetic disorder that attacks kids’ nervous systems.  Considering the forecast, it will be extra challenging this year.  Continue reading →

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Out of the cold and Into the Woods, celebrating women, crystals as art, and more!

curchin-chris-rotator[1]InLiquid presents The City Real & Imagined: Urbanism, Identity, and Identification, a group show featuring the work of five member artists, at the Painted Bride Art Center.  This exhibition is part of InLiquid’s Art For Action program, which uses art exhibitions as a platform for dialog, community events, and social awareness efforts. Continue reading →

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…New wheels, live critters, and getting stuff fixed!

Crowd at the 2014 Auto Show...courtesy of www.phillyautoshow.com
Crowd at the 2014 Auto Show…courtesy of www.phillyautoshow.com

The Pennsylvania Convention Center hosts the Philadelphia Auto Show, opening Friday night with a Black Tie Tailgate (to benefit CHOP) and running through February 8. Over 700 concept, classic, luxury and exotic cars are arranged by category in the 650,000-square-foot display. This year’s featured vehicles include Aston Martins and Bentleys and some classics like a 1929 Dupont le Mans Speedster and a 1950 Allard J2. Continue reading →

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Bicycles, sock puppets and mummies!

 

Evalyn Parry performing SPIN...from www.cvvmagazine.com
Evalyn Parry performing SPIN…from www.cvvmagazine.com

Evalyn Parry’s Spin comes to the Painted Bride Art Center. It’s a one-woman show about the first woman to ride a bicycle around the world, Annie Londonderry, who accomplished her feat in 1894.  Parry celebrates the bicycle as muse, musical instrument, and agent of social change and moves from 19th century women’s emancipation through 21st century consumer culture, peeling away history to bolster her theme of liberation. Continue reading →