Discovering Fairmount Park, dancing out loud, ‘IS GOD IS’ and more for the weekend

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Danielle Leneé and Brett Ashley Robinson in IS GOD IS. (Photo by Wide Eyed Studios.)
Danielle Leneé and Brett Ashley Robinson in IS GOD IS. (Photo by Wide Eyed Studios.)

WHYY is premiering a cool documentary film about a collaboration between Pennsylvania Ballet and the Overbrook School for the Blind, the Wilma will launch IS GOD IS but it’s going straight to your eardrums—perfect if you’re fatigued at all by video streams. Also, the weekend gets rounded out by a virtual guide from the Fairmount Park Conservancy, a deep dive into baroque music from Tempesta di Mare, and the ICA and the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium feature perspectives from local artists.

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Discovering Fairmount Park

The Fairmount Park Conservancy is launching its Digital Guide, and the program includes a few things worth checking out. A virtual Fairmount Park summer scavenger hunt, a trail explorer, and more. See for yourself what the park has to offer online, especially if you’re considering the need to get away from the house and into nature for a day.


A “thrilling revenge story” is coming to your eardrums from Aleshea Harris, James Ijames, and the folks over at the Wilma Theatre. The new play combines elements from spaghetti westerns, hip-hop, Afropunk, and more to tell the story of a pair of twin sisters on a cross-country adventure, sparked by their mother’s dying wish. Listen to the journey starting on Thursday, July 23 through July 26. Don’t miss it.

Live Out Loud

WHYY is premiering a new documentary this weekend centered around dance. The film, Live Out Loud, tells the story of six dancers and six students from the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Overbrook School for the Blind as they learn and teach ballet during ten weeks of rehearsal. Watch the trailer, and tune into WHYY on Sunday, July 26 at 4pm.

Tempesta Talks

Tempesta di Mare, Philadelphia’s premiere baroque orchestra, is launching a new online series called Tempesta Talks this weekend. On Sunday, July 26 at 5pm, musicians will take the audience behind the scenes for a closer look into baroque music. Sign up online ahead of time.

Into the Absurd

On Saturday, July 25 at 5pm, the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium is hosting writer Debra Leigh Scott for an episode of their Into the Absurd: A Virtually Existential Dinner Conversation. This week, Scott discusses Hidden River Arts, an independent literary, visual, and performing arts organization based here in Philadelphia that serves artists all over the country. IRC is known for its absurdist theater exploring existential themes, which matches well with Scott’s work which often looks to profile the outsider. Watch for the Zoom link on their Facebook page.

Open Video Call 2020

The Institute of Contemporary Art continues its Open Video Call 2020 with Lino Kino series with its 21st edition launching on Monday, July 27 at 12pm. Every week will feature videos by eight artists curated by the ICA, each followed by a conversation between the artist and members of Lino Kino on Wednesdays at 6pm. Live captioning will be provided for all programs. See the full schedule and join in online.

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