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. 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. 21 - Nov. 24 , 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....
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. 22 - Nov. 24 , Christ Church Settlement House , $15-25
Ever met someone who touched you so profoundly it changed your idea of the world, or inspired you to make a big decision about who or what kind of person you wanted to be? It’s a moving experience in the abstract -— and for Sharp Dance Company, also in a literal sense, as they present Perceptions, a new work based on letters from members of the community who wrote in to tell about how someone changed their views on life. Of course, not all influences are positive; there’s...
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Nov. 24 - Nov. 24 , 7pm , Bryn Mawr College , free
The Bryn Mawr Renaissance Choir is featuring its new music director, John Bailey, at its first regular concert of the season on November 24, 2013 at 7pm in the Thomas Great Hall of Bryn Mawr College. The performance is free and open to the public. The concert also honors Ted Handy, who conducted the Renaissance Choir for more than 40 years before passing away earlier this year. Performing without instrumental accompaniment in the cathedral-like Thomas Great Hall, the 28-voice chamber group...
Nov. 24 , 3 p.m. , Academy of Vocal Arts , $20
Benjamin Britten wrote with a deep respect for his British forebears, but could also craft music with the elegance of Mozart or the acerbity of Schoenberg — often within the same piece. In this, the 100th-anniversary year of Britten’s birth, Lyric Fest is offering a musical biography of the artist. Five singers, a pianist and an actor will fill out the cast.
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. 23 - Nov. 24 , Sedgwick Theater , $10-$25
Quintessence Theatre Group's fourth season in Mt. Airy's Sedgwick Theater starts with a bold pairing of plays in repertory: Shakespeare's Hamlet and Oliver Goldsmith's 1773 comedy She Stoops to Conquer. Both prove eminently watchable, and the rotation provides extra benefits. If you see one, be sure to see the other; repertory celebrates actors' talents, showcasing them playing two disparate roles, sometimes even in one day. By Mark Cofta
Nov. 21 - Nov. 24 , 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. 23 - Nov. 25 , University of the Arts , $25
Fresh from winning an “Evolving Theater” Barrymore Award, 11th Hour Theatre Company continues its Next Step Concert Series with Steve Cheslik-DeMeyer, Alan Stevens Hewett and Tim Maner’s musical about America’s favorite axe murderess, Lizzie Borden. The Massachusetts Sunday school teacher was acquitted of killing her parents in 1892, but no one else was ever arrested for the crime, fueling more than a cent-ury of speculation, infamy and children’s rhymes. Kate Galvin directs,...