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. 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)....
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...
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...
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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,...
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. 14 , 8:00 p.m. , Kung Fu Necktie , $10
If I say Kerrin Pantelakis sings like a Siren, are you gonna think it’s just rock-crit speak for “She’s got a pretty voice”? Because that’s not quite it. Get out your Edith Hamiltons. I’m saying her soaring, searing vocal charms lure sailors gladly to their doom; her tempestuous moans splinter ships against the rocks. Yes, it’s pretty, but it’s also obsidian and opiate, and not just on the wailing bridges and choruses. Even in calmer moments, her voice is just a little bit...