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


Evalyn Parry performing SPIN...from
Evalyn Parry performing SPIN…from

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 →


XPN Weekend Arts Crawl… Keep warm with the arts: a little Motown, a little salsa!


Motown: the Musical comes to Philadelphia for two weeks.... photo from
Motown: the Musical comes to Philadelphia for two weeks…. photo from

Motown: the Musical  has come to the Kimmel Center!  Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown Records, launched the careers of icons like Diana Ross and Michael Jackson, Motown shattered racial barriers and created the soundtrack for a generation. The show has no less than 50 Motown classics.  Through January 18th. Continue reading →


XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Celebrating Kwanzaa, All Star natural history, and Stomp-ing!


The African American Museum in Philadelphia celebrates Kwanzaa with traditional candle lighting, discussion of the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa, and music, dance, storytelling and crafts.  Kwanzaa, which means First Fruits of the Harvest, is a seven-day celebration starting December 26th of the culture and heritage of the African Diaspora around the world. Continue reading →


XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Winter solstice bonfire, General Washington’s winter camp, FrostFest and more, seasonal and otherwise

bonfire-notes-and-queries-001[1]The winter solstice is Sunday and on Friday Manayunk celebrates with the Solstice Fire festival. It starts just after sunset with a show of live birds of prey, a dance performance, and storytelling at Canal View Park…and ends with throwing sticks adorned with wishes for the new year into a bonfire.  It’s free but you need to register for the wishing sticks. Continue reading →


WXPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Holiday events and a full cultural calendar!


Saturday’s 5th annual Seaport Parade of Lights at The Independence Seaport Museum and Penn’s Landing offers a unique take on the holiday season.  There’s Santa’s Workshop on the Water with hands on ornament making, a replica of the ship Olympia in ice, carols and madrigals, and much more.  The day ends at 5:00 with the Parade of LIghts of boats on the Delaware lit for the holidays and led by the Jupiter, a 1902 tug maintained by the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild. Continue reading →


XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Holiday traditions, World War II and the 60’s revisited


The Treelighting at Blue Cross Riverrink Winterfest begins at 6:30. Courtesy of
The Treelighting at Blue Cross Riverrink Winterfest begins at 6:30. Courtesy of

The Blue Cross Riverrink lights a 43-foot Christmas tree at Winterfest  Friday as part of a musically-coordinated light show. Olde Towne Carolers, Philadelphia Symmetry Synchronized Skating, Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble, String Theory School of the Performing Arts all perform. Continue reading →


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

A scene from Instantly Bound... courtesy of
A scene from Instantly Bound.  Courtesy of

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 →