This weekend in Philly has got some serious range. This roundup opens it up with a conversation about language through art, and pulls us into a series of jaunts by Philly jawns at the Barnes, following up with an after-hours remix of the PMA. Indigenous Peoples Day and the Philly Trans March honor and celebrate their communities and history, and then there’s swing and Old City Fest to close it out on Sunday.
Plenty to do! And hey, the weather is nice, too.
Bethany Collins and the language of art
Chicago-based multidisciplinary artist Bethany Collins comes to the Print Center for conversation with local writer and curator Amber Rose Johnson on Thursday, October 10 at 6pm. Up for discussion: the uses and abuses of language in art within the context of the Print Center’s exhibition The Politics of Rhetoric. Additionally, Collins will give a daytime artist lecture, exploring how race and language interact in her work through drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and performance. The lecture will be held at the University of the Arts, Gershman Hall, Elaine C. Levitt Auditorium, on Thursday, October 10, at 1pm.
What’s a jaunt? What’s a jawn? A jaunt is a short, fun trip. And a jawn, well, it’s a catch-all for everything. This sentence is a jawn. And the Barnes’s new event, Barnes Jawn(t) captures the essence of both of those words combined. A series of improvised jaunts through their collection guided by local expert artists, community leaders, and performers, Barnes Jawn(t) is a new way to experience a museum tour. This jawn is on Friday, October 11 from 6-9pm, tickets are available on-site only beginning at 4pm—pay-what-you-wish; $15 suggested donation. The lineup features Wit López. Esteban Kelly, HoneyTree EvilEye, Starfire, Marángeli Mejía Rabell, and Mel Hsu.
Friday Remix at PMA
A new after-hours art event debuts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art this weekend with Friday Remix. The brand-new theme will feature a line-up of creatives taking over the galleries with performances, gallery interventions, participatory art-making, and more. The remix spins on Friday, October 11 at 6-10pm.
¿Cómo Se Dice? Final Show
¿Cómo Se Dice? is having its final show on Friday, October 11 at 7pm at Good Good Comedy Theatre, 215 North 11th Street. The cross-cultural variety show features stand-up, sketches, and an all-Spanish-speaking improv team…except for one white dude. BSR contributor Christina Anthony hosts and performs alongside Wilfredo J Diaz, with Oliver de Luz, Che Guerrero, Leticia Viloria, Alejandro Morales, and Bobby Hayes teaming up for the show. Grab tickets online.
Indigenous Peoples Day
On Saturday, October 12, IPD Philly will bring community together for a celebration of song, dance, art, and traditional foods for Indigenous Peoples Day at Penn Treaty Park, 1301 North Beach Street. It’s open to the public, is family-friendly, and tickets are pay-what-you-wish; $10 suggested donation. Check out the full roster of performers, presenters, and pick up tickets online or at the event.
Philly Trans March
Join in the 9th annual Philly Trans March starting at Malcolm X Park, 5100 Pine Street, for a day of revolutionary movement. Open to people of all gender identities, expressions, and experiences, the Philly Trans March stands in solidarity and resistance against the hate, social injustice, and inequity faced by Trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming individuals. The march runs Saturday, October 12 from 1-4pm.
The Tony Award-winning musical, adapted from the Neil Simon book, is getting an adaptation at the Tomlinson Theater of Temple University, 1301 Norris Street. Directed and choreographed by Maggie Anderson, the story of Charity Hope Valentine as she weaves through romantic entanglements with a literal heart tattooed on her sleeve. The show runs October 12 through October 20, 2019, with matinees on October 13, 19, and 20, and a performance with ASL interpretation and audio description on October 19. Purchase tickets online or contact the box office at [email protected] or (215) 204-1122.
West Philly Swing Party
Swing That Cat is opening up the floor at the Rotunda on Sunday, October 13. Kicking things off with a beginner swing dance lesson from 6-7pm, the female led-band from New Jersey will hit the stage after for a performance. Get your tickets ahead of time.
Old City Fest
The sixth annual Old City Fest hits the streets on Sunday, October 13 from 11am-6pm. Running along North 3rd Street from Market to Race Streets and on Arch Street from 2nd to 4th Streets, the festival will have live music, a runway fashion show, a family fun zone, pop-up street performances, food, art, crafts, and more. Admission is free, and over 100 vendors are participating. For a full list of happenings, vendors, and more, check it out online or give Old City District, the presenters, a call (215) 592-7929.