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 →


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


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 →




“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: 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 →


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

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 →


XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Shakespeare in Clark Park, BlackStar Film Festival, MusikFest, and more!

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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.

The third annual BlackStar Film Festival, which chronicles the worldwide black experience, has as this year’s theme Music is the Weapon. There are 40 films to see in various venues in and around the UPenn campus, you can get individual tickets or festival passes, and there are many free events–receptions, panels, book signings, and an award ceremony. Continue reading →


Weekend Arts Crawl (Bonus Edition): The creators of Nerds The Musical talk about the latest incarnation of Bill and Steve’s excellent adventures

Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Theatre Company |
Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Theatre Company |

WXPN’s Bob Bumbera sat down with Erik Weiner and Jordan Allen-Dutton, the creators of Nerds the Musical: Bill & Steve’s Excellent Adventure to talk about the changes to the show since it’s initial debut in Philadelphia seven years ago. The show has returned to the Suzanne Roberts Theater on Broad Street, presented by the Philadelphia Theatre Company. It runs through December 29th. Tickets and more information here. Listen to Bill and Steve Erik and Jordan below in their interview with XPN’s Bob Bumbera.


XPN Weekend Arts Crawl: Festivals celebrate Philadelphia as a design hub and historic port, and a little known Tennessee Williams play has its regional premiere…plus more!

design-philly-sign-587 Since 2005, the citywide DesignPhiladelphia Festival has brought major public attention to all the ways in which design defines and enriches our lives and in which Philadelphia is hub of design innovation.  This year’s festival just got underway and is on through October 18th, with multiple daily events…exhibitions, lectures and public forums, runway shows, book signings, parties, workshops, pop up experiences, and open studios in a variety of venues across the city.


Appropriately for the Columbus Day weekend, the Independence Seaport Museum celebrates Philadelphia’s maritime past with the 2nd annual Old City Seaport Festival all this weekend.  Tall ships at the Museum, deck tours, river tours, and crafts are some of the festivities, some events are ticketed. Continue reading →