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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Running in the Philadelphia Marathon and running to holiday shows and sales

A scene from Instantly Bound... courtesy of http://www.criticaldance.org/
A scene from Instantly Bound.  Courtesy of http://www.criticaldance.org/

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 →

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

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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 →

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…HALLOWEEEEEEN!

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“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 →

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Weekend Arts Crawl…Philly photos, parades of pride and boats, celebrating design…and so much more!

 

The Old City Seaport Festival will include a parade of boats. Courtesy of phillyseaport.org
The Old City Seaport Festival will include a parade of boats. Courtesy of phillyseaport.org

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…

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

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 →

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Shakespeare, opera, and celebrations of heritage!

Joseph Marcell in the Shakespeare Globe Theatre's production of King Lear. Courtesy of ww.annenbergcenter.org
Joseph Marcell in the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Company’s production of King Lear. Courtesy of ww.annenbergcenter.org

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 →

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl… Fringe Festival, honey bees and City Hall’s new Dilworth Park

Part of the FringeFest's Experiment #39 experience...courtesy of http://fringearts.com/
Part of the FringeFest’s Experiment #39 experience…courtesy of http://fringearts.com/

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…

Experiment #39, pictured above,  from The Institute of Psychogeographic Adventure starts with a psychological survey that leads audience members on a  a personalized walking tour of Old City with a twist…artists pop out at strategic times to give surprise performances.  As The Bard said, “All the world’s a stage…” Continue reading →

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Made in America, sold in Longs Park, Labor Day parade…and more!

kings of leon shot for nme magazine, location elms lester painting roomsKings of Leon are the final performers in a music filled weekend on the Parkway as Jay Z brings his Made In America Festival to Philadelphia for the third time Saturday and Sunday (and this year to Los Angeles for the first time).  The three music stages present diverse genres and bands that include Mayer Hawthorne, The National, Spoon, Pharell Williams, Kanye West and area talent like The Menzingers  There are beer gardens, food trucks, and merch booths galore, and XPN staffers are covering the fest here on The Key. Continue reading →

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Art furniture, comedy, Ukrainian culture, and more!

 

courtesy of UASC Tryzub
courtesy of UASC Tryzub

The 23rd Annual Ukrainian Folk Festival is Sunday in Horsham. This cultural celebration is complete with Ukrainian dishes, beers and baked goods. In addition, four main acts are set to play on stage, including a Ukrainian violinist, a colorful and acrobatic dance act, an electronic band that infuses traditional Ukrainian music, and the Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, known for their melding of Ukrainian dance and world culture. A social Ukrainian dance called Zabava is going to be featured on stage after the main show while traditional and modern Ukrainian music is performed in the background. Continue reading →