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...
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. 19 , 8:00 p.m. , The Fire , $8
Every Tuesday in November, the Fire is hosting the Philly Sings Philly series — local artists playing music by other local artists. This week's installment features Hezekiah Jones, Ali Wadsworth, Chelsea Sue Allen, Kevin Killen, Marc Silver, Psalmships, A Fistful of Sugar, Gretchen + Thomas, Joshua Park and Moon Palace.
Food and drink
Nov. 19 , 7:00 p.m. , Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College , $40
Join Patrick E. McGovern, Scientific Director of Biomolecular Archaeology Laboratory at the Penn Museum and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, as he takes us on a lively tour around the world and through the millennia to tell the compelling story of humanity’s ingenious, intoxicating quest for the perfect drink. A leading authority on ancient alcoholic beverages, he will follow a trail of archaeological, chemical, artistic, and textual clues to shed light...
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. 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. 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,...
Nov. 19 , 9:00pm , Johnny Brenda's , $12.00-$13.00
While the phrase “post-rock” can still hit a lot of nerves, the argument that the guitar-centric instrumental genre stands as a modern interpretation of classical music isn’t without merit. Mono’s heavy-handed, tear-jerking compositions make that argument stand even taller, as the Tokyo quartet is more often than not accompanied by a full-blown orchestra. The Holy Ground Orchestra again appears on Mono’s latest release, 2012’s For My Parents, at times overpowering the band...