XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Record Store Day, Earth Day on the way, Philadanco at home, and more!


The seventh annual Record Store Day is Saturday to celebrate independent music vendors around the country.  Numerous new albums and reissues, by everyone from Greenday to DEVO, are being released exclusively for Record Store Day, and local participants  include Creep Records, Repo Records, Main Street Music, Hideaway Music.

Earth Day has been held on April 22nd every year since 1970 and in that spirit…the Clean Air Council‘s 33rd Annual 5K Run for Clean Air on the banks of the Schuylkill River Saturday celebrates sustainability and improvements in the region’s environmental health….Farm Fest  at Eakin’s Oval features locally grown food and beverages, movies and live music… The National Archives of Philadelphia presents Archives Alchemy: The Art of the Dumpster Diver, through April 24, a group show by artists who use recycled materials.MOTH

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, in conjunction with the Mosaic Society of Philadelphia, presents Shattering Expectations: Mosaic 2014 through Sunday. The show looks at the work of the region’s most accomplished mosaicists, and is juried by Nancie Mills Pipgras, the former head of the Society of American Mosaic Artists.

The internationally famous dance company Philadanco returns to its hometown for Blood, Sweat and Dance. The show blends African American-based dance with ballet, jazz and modern, and features a company premier by renowned dancer-choreographer Ulysses Dove. Through Saturday at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts.

The Free Library of Philadelphia‘s eighth annual Philadelphia Book Festival through Saturday is at neighborhood libraries and the Parkway Main Branch, featuring author appearances and other events during National Library Week

People’s Light and Theatre Company presents Dear Elizabeth through April 27 based on the correspondence between acclaimed American poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell.

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Travel the world at home with events representing Japan, India, Germany and more!

Photo by Irina Bak |
Photo by Irina Bak |

The Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia celebrates the return of spring with the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia.  There’s the Cherry Blossom 5k Saturday, weaving through the historic Centennial District, and the grand finale Sunday, the all day Sakura Sunday at the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park, with among other activities a prize for the prettiest pet in pink!Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 12.23.17 AM

Among many theatrical offerings,  Quince ProductionsThree Days of Rain, through April 26 at Walnut Street Theatre Studio 5, has three actors portraying characters in 1995 in Act I and their parents circa 1960 in Act II…Lantern Theatre‘s production The Train Driver explores redemption and brotherhood in the new South Africa through May 4… Quintessence Theatre Group has its first American classic, the  ancient Greek tragedy brought into contemporary New England in Eugene O’Neill’s Mourning Becomes Electra, through April 27.

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The Fleisher/Ollman Gallery opens Department of Neighborhood Services Friday with an artists’ reception. This group show uses a variety of media to explore the role of graffiti in urban environments. Through June 7.

Group Motion Dance presents the final weekend of its Spiel Urh Fest: 2014 Branching, Saturday and Sunday at the Community Education Center, featuring Manfred Fischbeck/Group Motion’s colalboration with composer Andrea Clearfield, an original film installation, Green Chair Dance Group, and more.

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…The weather is heating up and so are the arts! Fairmount Arts Crawl, First Friday, and so much more!


The Fairmount neighborhood in Philadelphia is celebrating spring Sunday with their tenth annual Fairmount Arts Crawl. Businesses, bars, stores, cafes and sidewalks are transformed into venues to showcase artists, vendors and musicians. Fairmount Framing hosts an exhibition by Project Home, the non-profit dedicated to ending homelessness.


The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts presents PAFA In Bloom, Friday through Sunday. The exhibition features 60 floral creations interpreting artworks from PAFA’s collection by renowned floral designers, wiht a book signing Friday and workshops all weekend..


All weekend the 20th annual Philadelphia Invitational Furniture Show at the 23rd Street Armory, shows contemporary and traditional furniture, textiles, ceramics, glassware, rugs, kitchenware, clocks and more.


First Friday keeps galleries open late in Old City Philadelphia and elsewhere. Pentimenti Galleries opens  PAPER PLEASE! a new exhibition exploring the many ways artists use and manipulate paper, from traditional drawing to digital printing.

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Tangle Movement Arts presents Timelines Friday and Saturday. The show is a circus-theater fantasy of time travel, evolution, aging and healing, the inner workings of a clock, and more.

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The Penn Museum presents Drum Around the World featuring displays of exotic drums, crafts and drum workshops on Saturday.

Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation offers a World War II Reenactment Saturday and Sunday.

Philadelphia Dance Projects presents Subcircle, a theatrical work focusing on the space where performance happens, on Friday and Saturday.

The Painted Bride Art Center welcomes the Tamagawa Taiko Drum & Dance Troupe Saturday. Tamagawa’s high-energy performances are rooted in ancient Japanese tradition.

Renowned artist Jean Duquoc is appearing in person Saturday at the Merritt Gallery in Haverford for an exhibition of his works on canvas & paper.


XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Art from Ukraine, championship beards, photo books and much more!

We Are All Ukraine

This weekend only Philadelphia has a chance to experience art created by one of the protestors from Kiev, Ukraine.  We Are All Ukraine is an exhibition by Waldemart Klyuzo of protest placards, kaleidoscopic light boxes, paper cut-outs and a slide show. The opening reception at the Latvian Society is Friday with a talk by the artist at 7:00 p.m.BLEED

FringeArts presents BLEED by Tere O’Connor which collapses three dances into one creating “a new choreographic language at the threshold between process and product, craft and coincidence.” Through Saturday.

It’s not too late to celebrate women’s history month! Battling for the Ballot at Independence National Historical Park explores the life and accomplishments of Susan B. Anthony and Jennifer Blaine‘s 5000 Women Festival brings together artists from diverse disciplines, backgrounds and ages. Both are Saturday.

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The Third Annual East Coast Beard and Mustache Competition comes to the Theatre of the Living Arts Saturday. There are 14 different categories being judged, and all proceeds go to the Pinups for Pitbulls charity.

At  the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center there’s a Book Fair Saturday and Sunday and their new group show Cast,.  Dru Donovan, Amy Elkins, Tarrah Kranjak, Laurel Nakadate and Pinar Yolocan challenge the conceptual constraints of portraiture and explore stereotypes and perceived senses of beauty.. Through May 17.

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…A great weekend for dance, a rare look at Korean treasures, and more!

shutupanddance-banner[1]The 22nd annual Shut Up and Dance is Saturday at the Forrest Theater, created by dancers of the Pennsylvania Ballet to support MANNA, the non-profit that provides free medically correct meals to homebound people with serious illnesses.  The evening of original short works of dance is hosted by me with a free after party DJ’ed by XPN’s Robert Drake and is the main annual fundraiser for MANNA.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents Treasures from Korea, the first ever full-scale American exhibition dedicated to the art of the Joseon Dynasty. The exhibition spans over 500 years of Korean history (1392-1910) and uses traditional art to explore the historical roles of king and court, the distinct spheres of men and women in society, religious beliefs, and the profound impact of Confucianism. Through May 26.

Meditation-AUMKun-Yang Lin/Dancers stage the world premier of Be/Longing: Light/Shadow Friday and Saturday at Drexel University’s Mandell Theatre. The 70-minute, multi-disciplinary piece with original music by Cory Neale explores rituals along the path from shadow to light and is a meditation on the journey from gravity to grace.

Peoples Light and Theatre Company presents Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice through March 30. Directed by Samantha Bellomo, the production uses Victorian dance as a means of exploring nuanced interpersonal relationships.

The Painted Bride Art Center presents The Clothesline Muse (Gallery Exhibit) through April 12. This multi-media exhibition includes art, images, artifacts and stories from The Clothesline Muse, a theatrical production that uses the symbol of the clothesline as a means of exploring the nature of community.

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…A parade of Irish arts for St. Patrick’s Day, The PA Ballet at 50, and more!


Irish events abound for St. Patrick’s Day 2014 .  The annual parade is Sunday, and a number of musical and cultural events surround the holiday…including Celtic Nights: A Night of Music,Song and Dance at the Annenberg Center Saturday featuring musicians and dancers straight from the Old Sod. Here’s a full listing of Irish events in the area.

Carmina[1]The Pennsylvania Ballet celebrates its 50th anniversary with a special encore presentation with a live chorus of John Butler’s Carmina Burana, which has been in its repertoire since the 1960s, and the Company premiere of George Balanchine’s Stravinsky Violin Concerto. Friday and Saturday.


Plays & Players Theater launches a new yearly series for young audiences with the P.L.A.Y. (Philadelphia Local Artists for Youth) production of Delaware Mudtub and the Mighty Wampum, which explores myths around local animals — the great blue heron, the red fox, and the box turtle–from the indigenous people of the Delaware River, the Lenni-Lenape.  Through March 29.

491px-Descente_d'Absalon_par_Miss_Stena,_circus_poster,_ca._1890[1]This weekend is your last chance to see secrets of the circus in the traveling exhbiition Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890-1965 at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown.

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…First Friday, Sustainability and Women’s History Month!

Headlong: Desire

Headlong Dance Theater resumes its free special performances on First Fridays followed by a dance party.  Headlong’s work has been called “a party, a communal provocation and a gathering around ideas and the bodies that hold them.”   First Friday festivities are also on in Old City Philadelphia and elsewhere.StateLibQld_1_169487_United_States_(ship)

Independence Seaport Museum opens its newest exhibit, SS United States: Charting a Course for America’s Flagship, on Friday. The ship’s Philadelphia connection, her prime during the 1950s and 1960s, and efforts to save her from destruction are all on board.  Through September 14th.

The Constitution Center is celebrating Women’s History Month through March 31st. Artifact highlights include a judicial robe worn by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and items from Susan B. Anthony and the movement for women’s suffrage.

Sustainability SymposiumThe Delaware Valley Building Council is hosting its annual Tri-State Sustainability Symposium Friday.

The event brings together university and business leaders, and features sessions covering diverse topics such as green technology, business and sustainability, commercial real estate, and renewable energy.

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