Nov. 01 - Dec. 01 , Muse Gallery , Free
Nancy Kress swears she’s not judging you. But her paintings in the exhibit “Connected Disconnect” might make you feel bad anyway. While traveling across Italy by train, she sketched commuters who were wholly absorbed in their iPhones and iPads. Their absolute detachment from the outside world borders on being unhealthy, even unsafe. Kress later converted the pieces into busy, earth-toned paintings, which pair nicely with her chunky, semi-abstract landscapes also on display at Muse.
Nov. 01 - Nov. 23 , Cerulean Arts , Free
Kathranne Knight’s pretty, minimalist drawings reveal just how little an artist has to do to successfully portray an image. Her abstract pieces in the “Reverberance” exhibit are almost entirely made up of mere lines, yet they strongly suggest mountains, seas and grasses. Knight says the tendency to see complex images in her drawings, like imagining faces in clouds, reflects something deeply rooted in humans.
Nov. 01 - Nov. 30 , Indy Hall , Free
Thomas Buildmore’s spray paintings of flowers are drippy, pop-inspired delights that draw from Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock. Buildmore develops them from memory, not by observing petunias or dandelions. That process can be unpredictable. “The works are about control, and also the lack thereof,” he says. “I think that’s what keeps me coming back. They are exciting to make, and maybe that transcends a little bit to how they are viewed.” He hopes the works create a dialogue with...
Oct. 31 - Dec. 29 , Institute of Contemporary Art , Free
It’s possible to enjoy the work of artist Jason Rhoades for the experiential nature of it — shut down your brain and enjoy a chaotic-looking, well-constructed mess without trying to puzzle out what it means. It can be purely entertaining to look, listen and interact without wondering about the “why” behind it all. But the Institute of Contemporary Art’s “Jason Rhoades, Four Roads” — the first major U.S. survey of Rhoades’ work — steers you toward “why.” And once...
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Nov. 15 - Nov. 17 , Friday: 6pm, Sat/Sun: 11am-6:30pm , Roxy Theater , $9-$11
The Philadelphia Film Society and PNC Arts Alive present the inaugural Philadelphia International Children’s Film Festival! Held from Nov. 15-17 at the PFS Theater at the Roxy (2023 Sansom St.), the Children’s Film Festival features an international selection of funny, poignant and captivating films for families and kids of all ages. Don't miss the opportunity to see these award-winning films that may not be screened in Philadelphia again. To view the complete schedule and purchase your...
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Nov. 05 - Mar. 30 , Academy of Natural Sciences , $5 plus general admission
Roaring, moving, life-size animatronic dinosaurs invade the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University for a multi-sensory experience for the whole family. State-of-the-art and scientifically accurate—down to the feathers on T. rex—Dinosaurs Unearthed features more than a dozen realistic, full-bodied dinosaurs, as well as skeletons, fossil casts of skulls, claws and horns, real specimens of mosasaur and Spinosaurus teeth, an Oviraptor egg and the ever-popular coprolite (dino poop)....
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Nov. 16 - Dec. 27 , 4pm , Free
The exhibition "Images and Impressions of Laurel Hill Cemetery," a collaborative artistic effort of members of the Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center (MRAC), will be featured at the Roxborough Development Corporation (RDC) at 6111 Ridge Avenue from Saturday, November 16th to Friday December 17th. The members of the Manyunk-Roxborough Artists' Co-Op hope to build upon the success of the original Laurel Hill Cemetery show featured in October at the Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center. The partnership...
Nov. 06 - Nov. 16
Story time generally gets ditched with diapers, but for 12 years the First Person Arts fest has proven that adults are good listeners, too. This year’s installment brings together monologists, writers, singers and dancers over the course of 10 days. Philadelphia’s first poet laureate, Sonia Sanchez — along with esteemed peers Toni Morrison and Rita Dove — will kick off the festival with a meeting-of-the-minds panel discussion. And for those of you wondering, yes, the festival also...
Nov. 09 - Apr. 27 , Franklin Institute , $27.50
The ancient Romans were pretty great city planners, except for that time they built a handful of city-states smack dab in the center of the Campanian volcanic arc. And the mythology surrounding Pompeii, the city that was demolished in the wake of the presently-active Mount Vesuvius's eruption in roughly 79 AD, would still go unlearned if a revolving crew of architects and archaeologists hadn't excavated the site nearly 300 years ago. Fast-forward to this weekend, when over 150 artifacts from...
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Nov. 16 , 7pm , Scottish Rite Auditorium , $25-$30
The 2013 Beef, Beer, Bikes & Bowie fundraiser in support of the Collingswood Bike Share will feature food from IndeBlue, The Tortilla Press, and The Pop Shop with beer from Iron Hill Brewery in addition to Candy Volcano delivering a plethora of glam rock including a song-by-song recreation of the "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars." Special guests Creem Circus. Tickets available at the Scottish Rite Theatre Box office or by phone (856) 858-1000. Tickets also...
Nov. 15 - Nov. 23 , Locks Gallery , Free
Legends across cultures speak of works of art that become real. A Chinese folk tale tells of Ma Liang, a boy with a magic ink brush whose drawings come off the page to help the poor; in Japan, a young seminary student's obsessive doodles of cats come to life to defend him. Greek mythology has Pygmalion, a sculptor who falls in love with his masterwork, Galatea, and with divine help turns the marble figure into a real woman. Today, self-help books like The Secret, which stress "visualization"...
Nov. 15 - Nov. 24 , Theatre Horizon , $22-$35
Doug Wright's I Am My Own Wife receives the right production at Theatre Horizon. It's also very good, but "right" matters. Philadelphia theatergoers may know the play from the Wilma Theater's 2005 production, which took what proved the decidedly wrong approach of using two men to perform the one-man play....
Nov. 13 - Nov. 24 , Villanova Theatre , $23-$25
The Middle Ages morph modern in Villanova Theatre’s new adaptation of this 15th-century morality play, translated from Old English by alumnus Mark J. Costello. Everyman, exact date and author unknown — and one of only five plays to survive from the Middle Ages — was a moral guide for Western Europe’s Roman Catholics. The allegorical play shows the titular hero answering for all his good and evil deeds to Death (Mitchell Bloom) in his final earthy hours, raising...
Nov. 13 - Nov. 17 , Crane Arts , $20
As a dancer coming up in the world of classical ballet, Amanda Miller performed her share of princesses, sentimental maidens and other female characters whose lives were saved or ruined by love. Of course, men created most of those dance works. Now that Miller’s doing her own thing, she’s opted to put a feminist spin on those traditional archetypes in a new work, Forbidden Creature Virgin Whore. Created in collaboration with sci-fi illustrator Kristin Kest, the piece portrays...
Nov. 13 - Nov. 24 , Randall Theater, Temple University , $20-$32
Fans of acclaimed young playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney’s award-winning trilogy can see all three plays in a rotating two-part repertory by Temple Theaters. The 2013 MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellow’s In the Red and Brown Water, directed by MFA candidate Liz Carlson, will alternate with a double bill of The Brothers Size, directed by Lee Kenneth Richardson, and Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet, staged by MFA candidate David Girard. Richardson, a Temple professor and...
Nov. 15 - Nov. 17 , Mascher Space Co-op , $15-$30
There’s big doings when Mascher Space Co-op hosts a micro festival of stubborn occasions, which offers a weekend of performances by artists-in-residence Christina Gesualdi, Gregory Holt and Marcel W. Foster. Each artist has an individual approach and aesthetic. Gesualdi’s piece is a duet set in a fire escape hallway that may test your endurance (it’s two hours long, but, hey, you can come and go as you please). Holt goes on a gestural journey that encompasses somewhere between 1,000 to...
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Sep. 12 - Dec. 29 , Philadelphia Art Alliance , $5
The Philadelphia Art Alliance’s fall centerpiece exhibition explores the roles of family, collaboration, fabrication and the passage of time in a site-specific setting, taking up the entirety of PAA’s interior space as well as the roof and exterior. Song Dong and Yin Xiuzhen: “The Way of Chopsticks,” on view Sept. 12 to Dec. 29, 2013, and supported by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, investigates domestic, cultural and generational environments literally, through found objects,...
Nov. 16 , 7:00 , First Unitarian Church , $15
Caspian’s music is celebratory. Not “We just won the big game! Kiss me, Donna!” celebratory, like a lot of other end-credits-ready post-rock bands; Caspian’s is a much more careful, calculated party. They’re playing with instrumental rock fundamentals, this much is certain, but when the Massachusetts-based band peaks, churns and ebbs — issued clearest on 2012’s Waking Season — it feels like there’s a reason. Like it’s all part of some grander plan. Bassist Chris...
Oct. 31 - Nov. 17 , Power Plant Productions , $20-$45
If taking a leisurely walk down a garden path tends to put you more in touch with your senses, then you can relate to Nichole Canuso’s The Garden. Of those who partake of this piece, Canuso says: “Ideally, they’re able to come out of the other side feeling a little more open, more connected to their surroundings and their bodies.” Be advised that this is strictly an urban garden, and not even a green one — the performance happens in the basement of Power Plant Productions in...
Nov. 15 - Nov. 17 , Adrienne Theater , $15-$20
Annie A-Bomb — aka Anna Frangiosa, co-founder of the celebrated but now dissolved Cabaret Red Light — returns to live burlesque with a new troupe, The Cabaret Administration, and an original Gothic romance ballet based on Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel. The costume designer/activist/performer teams up with choreographer Christine Fisler to combine stylized dance and theatrical storytelling in Frangiosa’s favorite genre: “sensual shows for adults inspired by classic stories.” Her script...