Seeing Philadelphia, Glass House + Meddow, and learning to “take a breath”

The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, June 29-July 5, 2023

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A pair of tall plants set indoors in an installation with other plants and a wall poster with varied-colored bottles
New exhibit 'Glass House + Meddow' opens at InLiquid, painting a picture of the River Wards section of Philadelphia. (Photo courtesy of InLiquid Gallery.)

This week features a variety of ways for you to see Philadelphia in different lights. InLiquid’s new exhibit takes a deep look at a struggling neighborhood on the northeast side, a new album release party shows off Philly’s queer Jewish community, and a new gallery at PAFA allows visitors to see the city from the last 300 years. Then, it’s time to hit up the Avenue of the Arts block party in the spirit of independence. And be sure to take a breath and take in The Notes Unplayed.

Glass House + Meddow
Now through July 22, 2023
InLiquid Gallery at the Crane Arts Building, 1400 North American Street, Philadelphia

The latest exhibit from InLiquid features Jaime Alvarez, Donna Backues, and Chantal Westby, three local artists who examine the history and the future of the River Wards section of Philadelphia. The artists offer their works in telling the stories of the River Wards and its residents, seeing them through constant new constructions, contamination, and rapid gentrification.

Love Is the Ground
Thursday, June 29, 7pm
Weitzman Museum, 101 South Independence Mall East, Philadelphia
Streaming online

The Weitzman closes out its Pride Month festivities with a celebration of the release of Rena Branson’s new album, Love Is the Ground. The two-set concert includes songs from the album in addition to compositions by Branson’s West Philly-based queer Jewish musical collaborators. The event is open to all and is on a sliding scale for both in-person and online.

Breath – The Notes Unplayed
Friday, June 30, 7pm
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 128 North Broad Street, Philadelphia

Musicians Dan Blacksberg, Tyshawn Sorey, and Salina Kuo pair up with Philadelphia Poet Laureate Airea D. Matthews for a live event that “will explore the possibilities of a pause, a breath, and notes unplayed.” Coming as part of their Rising Sun: Artists in an Uncertain America, the event hopes to allow attendees the space “to reflect on the magic of taking a moment to breathe.”

Seeing Philadelphia
July 1-September 5, 2023
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 128 North Broad Street, Philadelphia

Curious to know more about different ways to see your city? The new exhibition of the Atwater Kent Collection hosted by Drexel University and PAFA gives visitors a chance to see Philadelphia in new (and old) ways, from prints, drawings, photographs, paintings, and maps dating back 300 years—and the matching glimpses of those spaces in recent history and contemporary times.

PNC Avenue of the Arts Block Party
Saturday, July 1, 11am-7pm
Starting at Kimmel Cultural Campus, 300 South Broad Street, Philadelphia

‘Tis the season to celebrate independence in Philadelphia, and this weekend kicks off the holiday festivities with a block party on Broad Street. Hosted by the Kimmel Cultural Campus, the PNC Avenue of the Arts Block Party features live art, a family-friendly dance party, local food trucks and restaurants, local vendors, a preview of the Kimmel’s Broadway season, and performances from local stars Lady Alma, Tara Hendricks, Seraiah Nicole, Princess Idia Gamble, American Dinosaur, Arato Brothers, Stella Ruze, and more.

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