XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Chinese New Year celebrations plus vibrant theater and dance!


Moore College of Art & Design presents Pretty Vacant: The Graphic Language of Punk through March 15 with opening reception on Friday. The exhibition is a survey of the diversity of punk and post punk graphic design, from the musical world as well as the visual art world, and the places where they intersect.

Taken from the collection of Andrew Krivine, Pretty Vacant features posters, flyers, fanzines, handbills, record sleeves, badges and other graphic materials. For more information, read Shaun Brady’s interview with Krivine about the origins of his collection and how punk design of nearly 40 years ago is still influential today.


The Penn Museum presents its 33rd Annual Chinese New Year Celebration on Saturday. The festivities include martial art demonstrations, dance performances, and language workshops.

In celebration of 2014: the year of the horse, the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Organization presents an open air flower market – which contains more than just flowers, but also “traditional candies, fruits, arts and gifts, such as homemade lanterns [and] red envelopes.” The market runs on Saturday and Sunday in Chinatown and includes traditional gifts and art.

Koresh Dance Company presents the Koresh Artist Showcase on Saturday and Sunday.
The first show to be performed in Koresh’s new Rittenhouse Square home, the performance features choreography by Koresh Dance Company members and other local choreographers.

Fury is an examination of rage, revenge, and redemption in song, presented by Philomusica Chorale, with works from Verdi to Adele.  This 60-member community chorus is joined by professional musicians and the rock band Reckless Amateurs Saturday and Sunday at Christ’s Lutheran Church in Oreland.

 Old Academy Players perform Something Intangible through Sunday. Written by Philadelphia playwright Bruce Graham, the play follows the conflict between brothers Walt and Roy Disney as they created Fantasia.

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…End the year with family-friendly arts and culture!


Constructing Play: Classic Building Toys at the Philadelphia Center For Architecture through January 30th explores the history of play and has Tinker Toys, Legos, and other building toys from the past 175 years.  There are hands-on activities and special workshops.


Quintessence Theatre Group takes its first foray into family entertainment with a musical stage adaptation of the beloved children’s book Kenneth Grahame’s THE WIND IN THE WILLOWSThe stage version was written by Alan Bennett, author of The Madness of King George. . Mole, Toad, Rat, and Badger’s woodland escapades are at the historic Sedgewick Theater in Mt. Airy  through January 5th.

It’s All Star Week at the Academy of Natural Sciences…starting today with Dinosaur Day and featuring other highlights like LIve Animal Day (tomorrow) and Weird-Thing-In-a-Jar Day (Monday).

ComedySportz for Kids is a version of the long-running comedy show at ComedySportz Philadelphia but it’s shorter, sillier and kiddy-er than the adult show.  Three ComedySportz players and a Ref do comedy games with some audience participation.  For children 3 and up, Saturday (and the last Saturday of every month) at The Playground in Center City.

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl: Old Pompeii, new dogs, Children’s films, the Philadelphia Marathon…and more!

The Franklin Institute’s new exhibit on display through April is One Day In Pompeii, featuring over 150 artifacts preserved by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the year 79 AD. The full body casts, bronze sculptures, and Gladiator’s helmets portray life in the Roman Empire and its tragic end.

Also this weekend, The National Dog Show returns to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks. Last year’s show brought us this flawless Wire Fox Terrier pictured at aright as best in show, This year 2,000 top dogs of over 150 different breeds are competing. Saturday’s events will be taped for a national television broadcast via NBC.

The Philadelphia Film Society presents the Philadelphia International Children’s Film Festival at the PFS Theater at the Roxy. The festival features a global selection of captivating films for kids ages 3 – 18, including a Belgian adventure film reminiscent of The Pink Panther called The Zigzag Kid. Continue reading →