March 16-22, 2006
Arts : ArtpicksLast Chance
Catch It or Regret It
Runs through March 17, Bambi Gallery, 1817 Frankford Ave., 215-423-2668
Ever look down at your chopped-off locks at the hair salon and think, "Wow, that'd make great art"? Local hairdresser Julius Scissor has been sweeping up human hair from his barbershop floor and adding it to multimedia works for years. Woman Warrior, a life-size sculpture of a hirsute lady, took eight years to build. His assemblages include doll parts, wire, combs, curlers and cheesecloth and invoke memories of giving Barbie the G.I. Jane look (pictured). Not to be missed: The Ronald Raygun sculpture of the ex-president that led the CIA to question Scissor.
Runs through March 17, Peng Gallery, 35 S. Third St., 215-629-5889
There are two kinds of people in this world: those who love Photoshop, and those who hate it. The haters are purists and believe photographs should never be modified in any way. The lovers are more than happy to airbrush, enhance tones, add on handlebar mustaches and use that cool rubber-stamping tool. Two photographers at this three-for-one exhibit root for the latter. John Murphy uses fake birds and trees to create environments of serene perfection, and Shannon Slattery takes family photos from the '60s and '70s and manipulates the color of certain objects and people through digital enhancement. Loosen up, haters we know you secretly dream of superimposing penises onto people's foreheads.
Runs through March 18, $15-$22, Second Stage at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St., 215-563-4330
Real-life issues like divorce and death make decent script fodder for depressing melodramas, but it's not easy to inject humor into devastating diseases. Playwright Nagle Jackson's Taking Leave does so with spirit and poignancy. At 62 years old, English professor Eliot Pryne is experiencing the first stages of Alzheimer's. Presented by Theatre Catalyst and the Palmer Theatre Project, the play's conflict kicks in when the three daughters argue over their father's fate. Impress your friends by referencing the play's King Lear motif.