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 →
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 →
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 →
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.
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…
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 →
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 →
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…