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 →
The Annenburg Center for the Performing Arts begins its fall season this week with the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Company production of King Lear, direct from London. Joseph Marcell, who played the butler on the TV hit series Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, stars in the iconic title role. Before and after every performance is an INSIGHT event, free for ticket holders, that goes deeper into the play with Penn faculty and performing arts groups, area experts, and the artists themselves. 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 →
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.