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 →
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…
Kings 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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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.
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 →
Imagine yourself standing between two screens. Sound is all around you: you hear cars approaching, while from your back you hear the sluggish blowing of a sea tankers horn sounds, distant gulls? Everywhere you hear this other, constant noise. Is it the sea you hear or is it the sound of a highway? There is no way to distinguish other than by seeing or imagining, because both are in E flat… Meanwhile on the front screen the upbeat swelling of lights make you want to get out of the way, whilst the horizontal scrolling bars behind you, combined with its meditating sound keep you clamped to the ground. There’s no escape…
A video preview can help prepare you for this unique experience, which starts Friday and runs through August 16th.
Historian Brian Butko, author of Lincoln Highway Companion, Diners of Pennsylvania, Roadside Attractions, and Roadside Giants, highlights the rich past of America’s first coast-to-coast automobile road, the Lincoln Highway, at the Mercer Museum Saturday afternoon. He’ll cover its origins, architecture and roadside attractions and sign copies of his book about the famed route. (There’s also a documentary about the fabled road produced for its centennial last year and a Lincoln Highway blog.) While you’re at the Mercer you can view the extraordinary collection of handmade items assembled by historian Henry Mercer and placed in the 6-story concrete castle he built to house them.
Whatever happened to Macaulay Culkin, the child star famous for the Home Alone movies? Pizza, that’s what! He’s now fronting a band called The Pizza Underground. The band starts with Velvet Underground songs and as pizza box percussionist Deenah Vollmer explains: “…you can replace most any word with slice or cheese.” They’re appearing at a free Pizza Party Friday, part of the Awesome Fest, that also includes a screening of the 1990 cult classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on a big screen…and free pizza! Ang & The Damn Band and Modern Colour also play.
PHILADANCO, Philadelphia’s world renowned dance company, presents its third annual Founder’s Day concert, a tribute to founder Joan Myers Brown and a benefit for the company, Friday at the Dell Music Center. On the bill is Suite Otis, a ballet set to Otis Redding’s music and choreographed by George Faison of Broadway’s the Wiz, and performances by four other dance troupes. The affordable tickets are meant to encourage families to experience a special quality evening of dance under the stars.
Rob Becker spent three years writing his one-man show Defending The Caveman and started performing it in 1991. Since then the comedic take on the battle of the sexes has become the longest running solo play in Broadway history and has toured 45 countries and been translated into 18 different languages! The new production at Penn’s Landing Playhouse stars Vince Valentine and runs through August 24th.
The Institute of Contemporary Art has an interesting exhibition closing this Sunday, Benjamin Tiven: Synthetic Spectrum. As a response to the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s 2004 exhibit The Big Nothing, Tiven shows two film projects, his 2012 film A Third Version of the Imaginary and something new, an essayistic film “exploring the changing visuality of contemporary information technology and dissemination.”
The Blobfest 2014 Streetfair is Saturday in front of the Colonial Theater in Phoenixville! This is an annual celebration of the original 1958 cult classic horror movie,The Blob, partially shot in Phoenixville, which was Steve McQueen’s first movie and had a hit title song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. In it a jellylike thing from outer space lands in rural Pennsylvania and starts consuming townspeople. The free street fair has a fire extinguisher parade, costume contest, and live music. Throughout the day, several Blob related movies will be screened, including the original Blob, The Blob and Mothra, and The Blob and the Giant Spider. Special guests include Kris Yeaworth, son of the director, and Wes Shank, “the caretaker of the blob silicone,” which he acquired in 1965. And The Blob itself will be in attendance!
Over a 2.5 mile stretch of the Schuylkill River on Saturday and Sunday choreographer Alie Vidich’s Invisible River intends to inspire, stun and educate Philadelphia. Vidich melds aerial stunts, dance, theatre, music and the beauty of the Schuylkill itself to ask viewers: what can we do to sustain this river for years to come? Audience members can catch the spectacle for free on the river banks or buy a ticket (in advance only!) for the full experience…boating along as the show moves downstream in a 65-boat flotilla of dragon boats, kayaks and row boats.