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Nov. 29 - Dec. 01 , Academy of Natural Sciences , free with museum admission of $15 for adults, $13 for kids
Do you know that the turkey on the Thanksgiving table is related to a dinosaur? Birds are the closest living relatives of dinosaurs, and families can learn all about these creatures during Dinosaur Days during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The Academy celebrates Dinosaur Days with fun activities and engaging learning experiences for the whole family. Special shows feature the Academy’s majestic live birds and Academy paleo-illustrator Jason Poole, who will demonstrate how an artist...
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. 29 - Jan. 24 , Cerulean Arts , Free
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...
Nov. 17 - Dec. 28 , Philly Photo Day Gallery , Free
On Friday, October 18th, PPAC and the entire city celebrated Philly Photo Day 2013, a free city wide event. Everyone in the city was invited to take a photograph anywhere in Philadelphia and submit it to be included in a vast exhibition to create an immense portrait of Philadelphia.
Every photograph submitted will be displayed in the exhibition from November 14th – December 28th.
As a part of the exhibition, PPAC will produce as many as 60 works of public art! Teaching artists...
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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. 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. 29 - Jan. 30 , Free
With over 50 toys on display from the past 175 years, “Constructing Play” explores the history of play and the pedagogical foundation that underlies the creation of building toys. Visitors to this exhibition will learn about their favorite toys, from Tinker Toys to LEGO, Erector Sets to K’Nex. They will also learn how structures stay up, discover famous local buildings in miniature, and see how toy designers took inspiration from the past to create today’s most popular building toys....
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Nov. 30 , 1pm , Philadelphia Center for Architecture , $10-$15
REGISTRATION REQUIRED - http://PhiladelphiaCFA.TIcketLeap.com Visit our FREE holiday exhibition, Constructing Play: Classic Building Toys, then join us for a fun family activity. With three different workshops presented on Saturdays (1:00-2:30pm) throughout the run of the exhibition, there's something for everyone! Nov 30, & Dec 21 - Be a K'Nex Architect - Become an architect for the day! Learn to draw blueprints, design your most amazing syscraper, build a model, and work together to as...
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Nov. 29 - Nov. 30 , 8pm , Adrienne Theater , $18-$25
New York Times best-selling humorist Josh Piven gives theater audiences a best-case scenario this holiday season with the World Premiere farce No Reservations. Piven trades the volcanoes, quicksand, and alligator wrestling for holiday survival among the mistletoe, scrapple, and paparazzi. Penned by the author of The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook and directed by Allison Heishman, the production runs November 26 through December 15, 2013 at Skybox @The Adrienne Theater. The ensemble cast...
Nov. 29 - Nov. 30 , Walking Fish Theatre , $20
[ theater ] Philadelphia playwright Gin Hobbs’ “biting comedy” is about women and their relationships with men, food and their bodies. Best friends Aubrey (Kirsten Quinn) and Veronica (Shelli Pentimall Bookler) strive for self-love and perfection at the gym, but find heartache and failure in their refrigerators. Their journeys are supported by a Greek chorus of Phat Ladies (Meryl Lynn Brown, Zarah Ivans, Shelvy Paredes), offering their views in rap, song and dance....
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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. 30 , 9 pm , Trocadero , $20-$100
On Thanksgiving Day 1976, The Band put on The Last Waltz concert, with guests like Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and many others. Martin Scorsese made a movie out of it. The show was a self-stylized farewell concert masterminded by guitarist/primary songwriter Robbie Robertson. In the ensuing years, the myth of the group all agreeing to retire in grand style would be capsized by bitter feelings amongst them. Drummer/singer Levon Helm was the most vocal in his distaste for the concept,...
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Nov. 30 , 10 am , Penn Book Center , Free
National Book Award finalist and Philly local Ken Kalfus signs his new book Equilateral as part of Penn Book Center's Small Business Saturday Indie First celebration. He'll also serve as a guest bookseller, chatting with customers about his favorite books. Join us for Ken Kalfus, wine and artisanal chocolate from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 30th!
Nov. 30 - Dec. 01 , Painted Bride , $20-25
Like it or not, simply wearing a particular type of garb can get you stereotyped, and maybe worse. Think of Trayvon Martin, whose hooded sweatshirt implied menace in the mind of his killer. Muslim women wearing hijabs are often viewed with fear or scorn. Such easy judgments hit a nerve with choreographer Jeffrey Page, who was inspired to create Hooded for Kùlú Mèlé African Dance & Drum ensemble. Despite the heavy premise, count on plenty of flair: Known for blending African...
Nov. 27 - Dec. 02 , Ritz at the Bourse
[Grade: A] A monumental act of hubris made more impressive by being pulled off so splendidly, director Paolo Sorrentino's dazzling fantasia positions itself as a sort-of sequel to Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita, one of the greatest films ever made. Sad-eyed Toni Servillo stars as Jep Gambardella, a one-time novelist and dapper darling of Rome's social scene who has drifted through the past four decades in a haze of beautiful women, extravagant luxury and killer...
Nov. 28 - Dec. 02 , Ritz Five
[Grade: B] It's usually easy to tell when a movie is dinging its own awards-season bell, but in the case of genteel director Stephen Frears' latest, that bell has been replaced with a gong. Philomena, based on British writer Martin Sixsmith's 2009 nonfiction heartbreaker, is not exactly subtle in this regard — cynics might diagnose the twinkle in Judi Dench's eye as the covetous glare off an Oscar statuette. But only the most heartless will find zero emotion in this true story bolstered by...
Nov. 29 - Dec. 01 , The Centre Theater , $20
[ theater ] The late Philadelphian Romulus Linney’s adaptation of Ernest James Gaines’ award-winning novel is a great fit for Norristown’s Iron Age Theatre Company’s directing-and-design team John Doyle and Randall Wise, who excel at staging gritty material with a message. In a backwoods Louisiana town in 1948, a young black man (Richard Bradford) waits to die for a murder he didn’t commit. The condemned man’s aunt (Lenny Daniels) compels a black schoolteacher ...
Nov. 29 - Dec. 01 , Arden Theatre , $36-$48
[ theater ] The Crazy Family is alive and thriving. I don’t mean in everyday life (though this will be confirmed for many of us in a few weeks at Thanksgiving dinner). I’m referring to the theater, where what has always been a favorite topic for American playwrights seems newly invigorated. Lydia Diamond’s Stick Fly, currently on stage in a marvelous production at the Arden, is just such a play — at once traditional, and boldly...
Nov. 30 , 9:15 pm , Johnny Brenda's , $10-12
Hezekiah Jones is a Philly collective of shifting participants whose wagons surround songwriting singer Raphael Cutrufello. His weird brand of folk can be heard on Hezekiah Says You're A-OK and EPs like Come to Our Pool Party and Bread of Teeth.
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Nov. 30 , 10:30pm , Legendary Dobbs , $10
"Trust a trio to make contagiously vibrant rock that's this hideously cool. Prepare to have your brain cells stolen and shoved in a rock 'n' roll grinder." -Spoonfed UK
Peanut Butter Lovesicle is a rock band of family from Pennsylvania that thrive on high octane shows. They give audiences a twist of lead vocals from the drum kit and bass, while drawing influence from a mix of heavier '70s blues rock and an early '90s blender of rap meets rock.
Nov. 30 , 8 pm , Kung Fu Necktie , $10
Multi-instrumentalist and singer Michael Polizze has always made music that was both loud and soft, poppy and not so poppy. Listen close to the albums he made as a guitarist for Philly’s Birds of Maya and those first one-man, lo-fi, homemade recordings under the Purling Hiss name. They have the raw appeal of primal early Stooges albums, with unexpectedly subtle and memorably melodic hooks. Yet for Purling Hiss’ Drag City label debut, Water on Mars, Polizze’s usual mix of the...