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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 →

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

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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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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Cold weather offset by love on Valentine’s Weekend!

 

Cupid's Undie Run is back...courtesy of www.sixseats.com
Cupid’s Undie Run is back…courtesy of www.sixseats.com

Cupid’s Undie Run is a Valentine to paying it forward. Runners in their skivvies raise money Saturday for the Children’s Tumor Foundation to help fight a debilitating genetic disorder that attacks kids’ nervous systems.  Considering the forecast, it will be extra challenging this year.  Continue reading →

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…New wheels, live critters, and getting stuff fixed!

Crowd at the 2014 Auto Show...courtesy of www.phillyautoshow.com
Crowd at the 2014 Auto Show…courtesy of www.phillyautoshow.com

The Pennsylvania Convention Center hosts the Philadelphia Auto Show, opening Friday night with a Black Tie Tailgate (to benefit CHOP) and running through February 8. Over 700 concept, classic, luxury and exotic cars are arranged by category in the 650,000-square-foot display. This year’s featured vehicles include Aston Martins and Bentleys and some classics like a 1929 Dupont le Mans Speedster and a 1950 Allard J2. Continue reading →

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Bicycles, sock puppets and mummies!

 

Evalyn Parry performing SPIN...from www.cvvmagazine.com
Evalyn Parry performing SPIN…from www.cvvmagazine.com

Evalyn Parry’s Spin comes to the Painted Bride Art Center. It’s a one-woman show about the first woman to ride a bicycle around the world, Annie Londonderry, who accomplished her feat in 1894.  Parry celebrates the bicycle as muse, musical instrument, and agent of social change and moves from 19th century women’s emancipation through 21st century consumer culture, peeling away history to bolster her theme of liberation. Continue reading →

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Celebrating Kwanzaa, All Star natural history, and Stomp-ing!

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The African American Museum in Philadelphia celebrates Kwanzaa with traditional candle lighting, discussion of the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa, and music, dance, storytelling and crafts.  Kwanzaa, which means First Fruits of the Harvest, is a seven-day celebration starting December 26th of the culture and heritage of the African Diaspora around the world. Continue reading →

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Winter solstice bonfire, General Washington’s winter camp, FrostFest and more, seasonal and otherwise

bonfire-notes-and-queries-001[1]The winter solstice is Sunday and on Friday Manayunk celebrates with the Solstice Fire festival. It starts just after sunset with a show of live birds of prey, a dance performance, and storytelling at Canal View Park…and ends with throwing sticks adorned with wishes for the new year into a bonfire.  It’s free but you need to register for the wishing sticks. Continue reading →

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WXPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Holiday events and a full cultural calendar!

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Saturday’s 5th annual Seaport Parade of Lights at The Independence Seaport Museum and Penn’s Landing offers a unique take on the holiday season.  There’s Santa’s Workshop on the Water with hands on ornament making, a replica of the ship Olympia in ice, carols and madrigals, and much more.  The day ends at 5:00 with the Parade of LIghts of boats on the Delaware lit for the holidays and led by the Jupiter, a 1902 tug maintained by the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild. Continue reading →