Esto No Tiene Nombre, Hot Bits, ODUNDE, and more

The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, June 8-14

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Frohman in a jacket and jeans, sits for a portrait with a brick backdrop
Poet and creator Denice Frohman debuts 'Esto No Tiene Nombre' with Intercultural Journeys. (Photo by Neal Santos.)

This week features a variety of festivals, including the annual ODUNDE, Philadelphia Latino Film, and Hot Bits festivals. A new exhibit tackling a difficult subject arrives at DelArt, and new shows for the kids premiere on WHYY.

Stay safe, Philly!

Esto No Tiene Nombre
June 8-10, 2023
Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 North American Street, Philadelphia

Award-winning poet and performer Denice Frohman debuts her new one-woman show Esto No Tiene Nombre this weekend. The performance centers the oral histories of Latina lesbian elders and women over 50. Told through a series of vignettes, the show places Frohman in conversation with her elders to “trace lineages of love, desire, and identity … from pre-Stonewall police raids in Philadelphia to first kisses.” This will be the closing show of Intercultural Journeys’s 20th anniversary season.

Hot Bits Queer Fest
Now through June 14, 2023
Icebox Project Space, 1400 North American Street, Philadelphia

Hot Bits returns after a three-year hiatus. The queer erotic film festival is curated and organized by volunteers and majority queer, trans, and intersex BIPOC, and features films that highlight underrepresented bodies. The festival also features workshops, live performances, visual art exhibitions, elder honoring, local vendors, afterparties, and trauma-informed chill space.

ODUNDE Festival
Now through June 11, 2023
Various locations

The ODUNDE Festival is back for a weekend of festivities. Thursday features an African fashion event and an African business roundtable on Friday followed by a reception. It all culminates to the second Sunday of June, like every year, with 15 city blocks covered with vendors, live performances, food, jewelry, African art, and more. Sunday’s activities start near 23rd and South Street and spread out in the neighboring streets.

Philadelphia Latino Film Festival
Now through July 9, 2023
Various locations, streaming online

The Philadelphia Latino Film Festival returns with a robust set of film screenings both virtual and in-person. The fest has been unveiling its lineup on a week-to-week basis.

Now through December 3, 2023
Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington

INTO LIGHT is a new exhibit that features original portraits and individual stories of Delawareans who have died from their struggles with drug addiction.

Albie’s Elevator and The Infinite Art Hunt
Debuting June 12 and July 3
WHYY and online

Parents looking for new shows for their little ones are in luck as WHYY is premiering two original kids' series this summer, both of which feature local artists and performers. The first up is Albie’s Elevator, a preschool series about an elevator operator who works through social and emotional issues with the artists they meet: poet Yolanda Wisher, R. Eric Thomas, Voices of Pride, and Chabrelle Williams to name a few. Then, on July 3 is The Infinite Art Hunt, a virtual field trip show for early elementary students that follows 12-year-old Freddie as she explores new art spaces and meets someone new in the art world along the way. Locales include the Barnes, the Magic Gardens, the collection at the Philadelphia International Airport, and more. Check your local listings.

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