Michelle Avery Konczyk: Entropy
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Michelle Avery Konczyk: Entropy
Longwood Gardens Nightscape
(photo by Hank Davis for Longwood Gardens)
The legendary gardens are teaming up with Klip Collective for a new display of light and sound, starting when the sun sets. More information is available at http://longwoodgardens.org/nightscape.
When: July 1 – October 31, various times
Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square
Cost: $17-27 at https://tickets.longwoodgardens.org/ItemList.aspx?node_id=644658
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art: Traction Company
(photo by Barbara Katus)
Traction Company, an artist collective founded and composed of PAFA alumni and staff, is currently showing an installation at the Academy. The exhibition will feature both individual and group projects. More information at https://www.pafa.org/traction.
When: July 1 – October 11, various times
Where: 118-128 North Broad Street
Cost: $8-15 at door
Mad Poets Critique Circle
Hosted by Amy Laub, this critique circle provides supportive feedback for poetry. Attendees should bring 15 copies of their drafts for “roundtable critique and discussion.” More information at http://www.madpoetssociety.com/events/2015/7/8/mad-poets-critique-circle-at-community-art-center.
When: Wednesday, July 8 at 7 p.m.
Where: Community Art Center, 414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford
Arch Enemy Arts Opening
The Old City gallery will host an artist spotlight on Veks Van Hillik in an exhibition titled “Animal Anomalie” and Scott Kirschner in “Transgressions of Conscience.” More information at http://www.archenemyarts.com.
When: July 10, time TBA
Where: Arch Enemy Arts, 109 + 111 Arch Street
Tchaikovsky with Fireworks
The residency at the Mann Center begins with this Philadelphia favorite. Cristian Măcelaru, conductor, and Hai-Ye Ni, primary cello, will perform some of Tchaikovsky’s most beloved work, like Swan Lake, while fireworks light up the sky. More information is available at http://www.manncenter.org/events/2015-06-23/tchaikovsky-fireworks-philadelphia-orchestra.
When: Tuesday, June 23 at 8 p.m.
Where: The Mann Center lawn, 52nd and Parkside Street
Cost: $20-$35 on Ticketmaster
Dinner and a Movie at Headhouse Square
The Shambles is hosting a new, free movie series over the summer. The monthly series also features an ever-changing list of local restaurants and food trucks to complete the outdoor event with alfresco dinner. The Muppets Take Manhattan will kick off the screening series. More information can be found at http://southstreet.com/dinner-movie/.
When: June 24 at 6 p.m.
Where: Headhouse Square Shambles, 2nd and Lombard Streets
Cost: screening is free; food is pay-as-you-go
Dinner with the European Masters of Cheese
Designed to honor Daphne Zepos, a trailblazer in the global cheese community, this one-of-a-kind event allows participants to speak with some of the world’s greatest cheese experts and makers. “It will be a night of learning about all things cheese and enjoying a selection of delectable dishes prepared by Di Bruno Bros” with a line-up featuring José Luis Martin, Giorgio Cravero, Phillipe Goux, Betty Koster, Todd and Maugan Threthowan and Stacey Hedges. More information can be found at http://blog.dibruno.com/2015/06/11/special-event-alert-cheese-experts-of-europe-unite/.
When: Thursday, June 25 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: 1730 Chestnut Street, second floor
Cost: $75 for entry and dinner
Supper, People on the Move
(photo by Jennifer Baker)
Featuring new work by choreographer Silvana Cardell, this performance is inspired by migration and “explores the complex experience of dislocation.” The dance focuses on the human experience throughout the world and the journey of immigrants. In addition to the performances at Crane Arts, there is an accompanying exhibit at Independence National Historical Park focusing on area immigrants with a free screening of the dance performance. More information can be found at http://supperdance.com.
When: Thursday, June 25 at 8 p.m. (opening)
Where: Icebox Project Space at Crane Arts, 1400 North American Street
Cost: $20/$15 for students at https://supper.ticketleap.com/dance/dates
Philadelphia artists Kelly Franklin and Carol Jarvis explore the wit and timelessness behind Benjamin Franklin’s phrases written under the pseudonym “Poor Richard.” The opening reception for the show, a translation of Franklin’s “text with symbolism and a deep-rooted love of nature,” is this Friday. Both artists will be attendance. More information can be found at http://www.paradigmarts.org/blogs/news/35323585-kelly-p-franklin-carol-p-jarvis-press-release.
When: Friday, June 26 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Paradigm Gallery, 746 S 4th Street
Author Talk with Stephanie Feldman
The Barnard Club of Philadelphia will host Feldman, a fiction author, for a discussion on her career. Feldman will read a brief except from her 2014 publication, The Angel of Losses, and take questions – “the perfect event for book lovers, aspiring authors and publishing professionals.” More information can be found at http://www.headhousebooks.com/events-NEW.
When: Thursday, June 15 at 6 p.m.
Where: Head House Books, 619 S. 2nd Street
Summer Reading List
Arch Enemy Arts is kicking off the summer show season with an exhibit centered on “the most beloved classic novels of all time.” The exhibit will open this Friday, featuring the work of multiple artists inspired by a particular book. More information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/368688316653240/.
When: Friday, June 19 at 6 p.m.
Where: Arch Enemy Arts, 109 Arch Street
Philadelphia Latino Film Festival
Previously known as the Filadelfia Latin American Film Festival, the event showcases “the extraordinary and innovative work of established and emerging Latin American and Latinx filmmakers.” The Festival includes screenings, discussions, workshops and lectures, all designed to connect diverse communities “through the universal language of film.” The event opens this Friday night. More information can be found at http://www.phlaff.org.
When: Friday, June 19 at 5:30 p.m. to Sunday, June 21 at 9 p.m.
Where: Various locations
Cost: $12 – $150 at http://www.phlaff.org/tickets
Manayunk Arts Festival
One of the region’s largest outdoor festivals returns this coming weekend with over 300 artists and vendors. In addition to the opportunity to see and purchase art in mediums like fiber, glass, ceramics, photography, painting and mixed media, many of Manayunk’s restaurants will offer alfresco dining along the street. More information can be found at http://www.visitphilly.com/events/philadelphia/manayunk-arts-festival/.
When: Saturday, June 2o from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 21 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Main Street and Levering Street
Cost: Free entry
Make Music Philly
Returning for its third year, Make Music Philly offers organized concerts and informal performances by professional and amateur musicians of all ages. The special event is Philadelphia’s only free, “do it yourself” music festival. More information can be found at http://makemusicphilly.org.
When: Various times, check http://makemusicphilly.org/listings/
Where: Various locations, check http://makemusicphilly.org/listings/
Philadelphia Open House
Philadelphia Hospitality is offering an up-close and personal look at some of the city’s most famous landmarks. The private tours are held across the region, in locations like the Mutter Museum, Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia Naval Yard and the English gardens at the Woodlands. More information can be found at http://www.philahospitality.org/openhouse
When: June 9 – June 14, times vary
Where: Various locations
June Garden Sips at Magic Gardens
Support Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens with an evening of “relaxing, socializing, and getting artsy.” The fundraiser will feature refreshing summer cocktails, vinyl music provided by BridgeNet Sound, and throwback crafts like gimp keychains. More information can be found at http://www.phillymagicgardens.org/events/june-garden-sips/
When: June 10, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Magic Gardens, 1020 South Street
Cost: $10 + drinks
Contemporary Photography Exhibition
The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center will kick off its 6th annual exhibition with an opening reception this Thursday. Competition jurors include Whitney Richardson, photo editor at The New York Times, and Paige West, owner of Mixed Greens gallery. More information can be found at http://www.philaphotoarts.org/event/6thphotoexb/.
aWhen: June 11, 6-8 p.m.
Where: PPAC, 1400 N. American Street, #103
The Pancakes & Booze Art Show
The LA-based pop-up arts show will be hitting Philadelphia soon. The event, complete with pancakes and beer, attracts “some of the best local artists, musicians, and performers.” More information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/pancakesandboozePhiladelphia/timeline and tickets can be purchased at http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=5832945&pl=uarts.
When: June 13 at 8 p.m.
Where: Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street
Paul Romano: “Boundless”
A solo exhibition of Romano’s fantastical and often archetypical oil paintings will close this coming Sunday. The show “leans towards the melancholy,” despite the frequent use of flowers to represent “simple ideas like hope and growth.” But sometimes, “these growths are cancerous.” More information can be found at http://www.archenemyarts.com/#!paul-romano-boundless/cex
When: Now through June 14
Where: Arch Enemy Arts, 111 Arch Street
Who Do You Love?: Moonstone Arts Center
On Tuesday, June 9 at 6:30 p.m., Moonstone Arts Center will host its monthly panel discussion on a featured poet. Warren Longmire will lead June’s discussion on the life and works of Allen Ginsberg, joined by guests Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, Molly Russakoff and Ryan Eckes. After the talk show-style conversation, audience members are invited to read one of Ginsberg’s poems, in addition to one of their own. Everyone is invited to attend, but those interested in reading must register by email to email@example.com, with “Allen Ginsberg” as the subject line. Free. Philly CAM Studios, 699 Ranstead Street. 215-735-9600. http://www.moonstoneartscenter.org/who-do-you-love/
Ex Silento: Mixed Media Works by Caitlin McCormack and Casey Murphy
The Art Dept., a gallery in Fishtown, will open a new exhibition of McCormack and Murphy’s work, a “curious installment of intriguing oddities,” on Friday, June 5 at 6 p.m. McCormack, a fiber artist, creates delicate skeletons that depict the diminishing bloodline of her family. Murphy makes shadowboxes and hand-restored garments, “objects unearthed in the ruins of a lonely, Puritanical house.” Both artists will be in attendance at the opening reception and beverages will be provided by La Colombe. Free. The Art Dept., 1638 E Berks Street. 215-739-4146. http://www.artdeptphilly.com/upcoming-exhibitions/
Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials company, is celebrating its 350th Anniversary with a touring exhibition. This traveling art installment will be in Philadelphia – the only U.S. stop on its international tour – from May 30 to June 6. The immersive experience on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will stimulate the visitor’s senses with five distinct pavilions; some stand as tall as 70 feet. Food trucks like Poi Dog and Little Baby’s Ice Cream will round out the event, in addition to a beer garden featuring Parisian-inspired brews from Yards Brewery. Admission is free; food and beverage is “pay-as-you-go.” The Eakins Oval, 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. FutureSensations@saint-gobain.com. http://www.futuresensations.com/plan-your-visit
Philly Photo Day Exhibition Walk-Through
All 1,903 photographs taken on Philly Photo Day in October are on display in an outdoor exhibition at Dilworth Park. The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC) will host a walkthrough with executive director, Sarah Stolfa, on Wednesday, June 3 at 3 p.m. Stolfa will highlight some of the most interesting photos and discuss the PPAC’s plans for 2015 Philly Photo Day. Free. Dilworth Park, 1 S 15th Street. 215-232-5678. http://www.philaphotoarts.org/event/philly-photo-day-2014-dilworth-plaza/
Shore Bets Unique Entertainment will present an all-original show, “To XFINITY Live! and Beyond,” at Victory Beer Hall at XFINITY Live! on April 3. Six locally based artists, featuring Octane, GoodMan Fiske, Carrie Brzezinski, Crisbie, Victoria Watts and Stall Speed, will be playing live. Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
Tribe is a monthly dance party for all ages featuring DJs Adam B and Mike Saga.The DJs will play alternative, ‘80s, electro, gothic and industrial music. This month’s event is trickster-themed night at Trilogy Nightclub on 601 Spring Garden St. Finish off April Fool’s Day dressed as a “trickster,” like Harley Quinn, Joker, or a jester. There will also be stand-up comedy from Hannah Harkness and Rachel Fogletto, performing in the 21+ hookah lounge at 11 p.m. The event is from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. with a $7 cover charge, and drink specials lasting until 11 p.m.
Nerd Nite, a monthly night of nerdy presentations, will take place on April 1 at Frankford Hall. Starting at 7:30 p.m., the show will feature a talk from Jonathan Iwry on the technique of improvisation in everyday life, a presentation from Nicholas Galitzki on the process of how stars form from large clouds of dust and gas in our galaxy and a finale from Michael Ceriello on the airplane crashes that helped shape airline rules and regulations. Doors open at 4 p.m., and a $5 cover includes happy hour specials all night.
The week of affordable Philly comedy returns with Five Dollar Comedy Week, running from now through March 29 at its new home, the Plays & Players Theatre. This year, 30 new original comedy shows and workshops will premiere, including Hillary Rea’s “Rashomon,” where four storytellers will recount the same story from differing points of view, and Aaron Nevins’ “Donut Tasting” workshop, where attendees will get to learn “the only way to truly enjoy a donut,” with pastries provided by Dottie’s Donuts.
Tickets to shows are $5, or a $25 wristband can be purchased that gives access to every show for the week.