Antonio, or What I Would, Housemates, and the Philadelphia Latino Arts & Film Festival

The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, May 23-30, 2024

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B&W wide shot, performance hall & a white bald man brandishing two foils in a crossed “X” position in front of an audience
‘Antonio, or What I Would Do' sees a brief run at Plays & Players. (Photo by Willie David Short V.)

Coming up in Philly this holiday weekend, InLiquid investigates the mysteries of the world on the Parkway with a brand new exhibition. Then, just down the street, writer Emma Copley Eisenberg hosts the launch of her new book Housemates at the Free Library on Vine. Head up north to Fisher Park for the first Africa Day, and check out the Philadelphia Latino Arts & Film Festival, too. You can also prelude Pride Month with Antonio, or What I Would at Plays & Players.

Gilded Shadows
May 24-August 20, 2024
Park Towne Place, 2200 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

InLiquid opens their latest exhibit this week at Park Towne on the Parkway, featuring five artists who explore how humans rationalize the mysteries of the world. Through their works, they’ll attempt to explain “the ineffable mysteries of the unknown” through references to scientific categorization, cultural folklore, and invented fairy tales. A public opening reception is set for Tuesday, June 4, from 6-8pm. The exhibition is free as well, but gallery hours are by appointment.

Antonio, or What I Would
May 24-25, 8pm
Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Street, Philadelphia

A queer pirate Shakespeare solo is coming to Plays & Players this weekend for a riff on the iconic gay pirate from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Coming from the folks at Shakespeare in Clark Park (SCP) and Troy Foundry Theatre, the one-person show is the first indoor show from SCP.

Africa Day
Saturday, May 25, 3-6pm
Fisher Park, 600 West Spencer Street, Philadelphia

The first Africa Day, brought to us by Fisher Park, Gwendolyn Ebron, and Raven Productions, arrives for an afternoon of games, dance, live music, an African drumming circle, and African-owned vendors and businesses hanging out in the park.

Philadelphia Latino Arts & Film Festival
May 26-July 7, 2024
Various locations

The 13th edition of the newly renamed and expanded festival arrives over Memorial Day weekend for six weeks. Over 140 films and cultural experiences and activities will populate the city as PHLAFF looks to expand beyond the big screen. Live music, dance, theater, poetry and spoken word, a 72-hour filmmaking competition, a First Friday event at the Barnes, and youth film workshops are just some of the types of programming to expect.

Tuesday, May 28, 7:30pm
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia
Cherry Street Tavern, 129 North 22nd Street, Philadelphia

Local writer Emma Copley Eisenberg invites you to the launch discussion—and the party—of her second book and debut novel Housemates. Expect discussion of queer joy, weird POV in novels, fat embodiment, and large-format film photography at the library (starts at 7:30pm) before moving to Cherry Street Tavern for cake and drinks at 8:30pm. Housemates tells the story of two young housemates who embark on a road trip to discover themselves through writing and photography in a fractured America.

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