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September is here, and with the Labor Day weekend looming, now’s a great time to reconnect with the city if you’ve been away during the summer (or have been hiding inside like me). This week features a new exhibit at the Da Vinci Art Alliance, a performance of Henry IV, and an illustrations exhibit that captures the often overlooked nature blossoming in Philly. There’s also jazz, First Friday in West Philly, and a celebration of Brazilian Independence Day.
First Friday West Philly
Friday, September 2, 5-9pm
Indie-Life Creative Studio, 4616 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia
First Friday West Philly returns this week, and it arrives with special guest Flygirrl, a visual artist and graphic designer known for her murals, acrylic and ink works, and more. Check her out and many more offerings this weekend.
Kate Kern Mundie’s Rest
September 2-30, 2022
F.A.N. Gallery, 221 Arch Street, Philadelphia
F.A.N. Gallery hosts Kate Kern Mundie’s Rest, a series of landscape and still life paintings about finding nature in the city and getaways by the ocean while exploring the idea of rest and rejuvenation. One of her pieces includes “The Meadows,” which captures the South Philly “meadow” at FDR Park that is facing potential erasure in favor of more artificial “recreation.”
Black Shakespeare Company’s Henry IV, Part 1
Saturday, September 3 and 10, 5pm
Sister Cities Park, 210 North 18th Street, Philadelphia
Black Shakespeare Company teams up with The Henrietta Project for a production of Henry IV featuring an all-black woman cast. Tickets are donation-based for the performance.
The Undefeated Jazz Festival
Saturday, September 3, 1-5pm
South Street between Broad Street and 16th Street, Philadelphia
The tenth annual Philadelphia Undefeated Jazz Festival is an afternoon of free jazz lined up through South Street featuring jazz bands and vocalists from Philadelphia. Be on the lookout for arts and crafts vendors, and bring the whole family (and maybe some chairs?)
Chai with Shwarga
Sunday, September 4, 11am-1pm
Da Vinci Art Alliance, 704 Catharine Street, Philadelphia
Have some Sunday morning chai this weekend with Shwarga Bhattacharjee, the artist behind the new exhibition When the Subaltern Speaks at Da Vinci Art Alliance. The exhibit “centers the intersections between modern identity, postcolonial borders, transnationalism, racism, and the lived experience of migration and displacement” through abstract paintings, animated illustrations, and sculptures. The exhibition will be on view through September 14, 2022.
Brazilian Day Philadelphia
Sunday, September 4, 1-7pm
Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 South Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia
Project Capoeira is back with Brazilian Day Philadelphia, a festival celebrating Brazilian Independence Day. Highlights include a flag ceremony, capoeira performances and classes, performances, samba, batucada, vendors, and more. The event is free and open to the public.
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