XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Out of this world characters, Roots, and tango…plus more!

It’s the last weekend to see “…talking Day-Glo crawling anemones, headgear with silver Christmas-ball tentacles, and 2-foot-tall obelisks…” interact in Pig Iron Theater’s latest production I Promised Myself To Live Faster at FringeArts.The innovative company calls the show an absurdist sci-fi epic and wild allegory about gayness in 2015. Continue reading →

XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Save an animal, meet an author, ride a sculpture!


Sunday is the 6th annual With Love: Super Adoption Dayat the Piazza in Northern Liberties, sponsored by Citizens for a No-Kill Philadelphia.  It’s the largest event of its kind in Philadelphia history and one of the largest nationwide.  Pet shelters in our area took in some 29,000 stray and unwanted animals last year, about a quarter of which were euthanized.  Pets are there waiting for good homes, awards are given, and there are fun activities and refreshments. Continue reading →


XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Broad Street Run, festivals on South Street and in Narberth and Chestnut Hill, farmers in Headhouse Square…and so much more!


Sunday’s 36th annual Broad Street Run expects to draw some 40,000 runners this year.  It’s the largest 10 mile race in the nation, starting at Central High and finishing at the Navy Yard at the end of Broad Street, with spectators and bands along the way.  There’s also a two day Expo ahead of the race at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and a Finish Line Festival with lots of activities for kids. Continue reading →


XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Penn Relays, Philadelphia Science Festival, ACANemy Awards, jazz, orchids and art books are all on tap this weekend!

25penn_CA0-articleLargeThe Penn Relays is now the longest uninterrupted collegiate track meet in the country.  When it started at Penn in 1895 it drew an unexpected 5,000 spectators, and it’s now the most attended meet in the nation. This year’s  attendance is likely to top 110,000 for the third year in a row to watch more than 22,000 entries, about half high schoolers.  If you can’t attend you can watch the action live at   And if you’re coming anywhere near Franklin Field in University City, be aware that traffic and parking are congested.  Through Saturday. Continue reading →


XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Cherry blossoms and festivals usher in spring!

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The annual Subaru Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival is a sure sign of spring!  The Morris Arboretum has traditional Daiko drumming Saturday,  origami workshops, and a tour through the Japanese garden.  Sakura Sunday at the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park is a day-long celebration of all things Japanese: live music and dance, martial arts demonstrations, arts & crafts, karaoke, and more.  There are shuttle buses from Center City…and pets are welcome! Continue reading →


WXPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Some classics restaged, loads of visual art, and Daylight Savings Time!

swan-lake-in-philadelphiaSwan Lake is arguably the world’s most renowned ballet.  Pennsylvania Ballet has revived Christopher Wheeldon’s production from 2004 which was commissioned for the 40th anniversary of the Ballet and went on to sell out performances at the Edinburgh Festival.  This is a million dollar production with sets inspired by the paintings of Edgar Degas.  At the Academy Of Music through March 15th. Continue reading →


XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…The Flower Show is here, can warmer weather be far behind?


The 187th annual Philadelphia Flower Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center is the world’s oldest and still its largest indoor flower show! This year the theme is Celebrate the Movies;  expect to see Disney movies interpreted florally. The black tie gala Friday evening is the first of many special events.  The show runs through March 8th and proceeds help support the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s City Harvest program, which feeds some 1,200 families a week during the growing season, and other community initiatives.

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