sandblasted, Masquerade, South Street Fest, and more

The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, May 4-10, 2023

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A Black woman looks at camera, a straight expression, braided hair, pink gradient backdrop, sand falling from her open palms
Jessica Johnson stars in 'sandblasted,' a Black, female dystopian satire opening at Theatre Horizon. (Photo by Sunflower B. Rose.)

This week features the regional premiere of Charly Evon Simpson’s sandblasted, a Black, female dystopian satire at Theatre Horizon. Koresh Dance Company brings original music and dance to Suzanne Roberts with Masquerade, and there’s more dance happening at Cherry Street Pier courtesy of Philadelphia Ballet. South Street Fest takes over, the Perkins Center opens three new exhibitions this weekend, and Intercultural Journeys celebrates 20 years of music and community.

May 4-7, various times
Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 South Broad Street, Philadelphia

Koresh Dance Company brings an intra-active contemporary operatic dance performance to Broad Street this weekend, with choreography by Roni Koresh and original music composed and sung live by soprano and composer Sage DeAgro-Ruopp. Keep an eye out for our review, too!

Philadelphia Ballet public performance
Friday, May 5, 5:30-8:30pm
Cherry Street Pier, 121 North Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia

Philadelphia Ballet dances its way over to the Cherry Street Pier for an evening of dance, free and open to the public. It’ll be a great way to get ready for the ballet’s upcoming performance of Coppélia, which opens Thursday, May 11, at the Academy of Music.

South Street Fest
Saturday, May 6, 11am-7pm
South Street, from 2nd Street to 8th Street, Philadelphia

South Street Fest takes over South Street from 2nd to 8th Streets with international food and drinks, crafts, vendors, family-friendly activities, live music and performances, and more. Be sure to check out Brauhaus Schmitz’s 10th annual Maifest and Free Comic Book Day at Atomic City while you’re there!

New exhibitions at the Perkins Center
Through June 30, 2023
Perkins Center for the Arts, 30 Irvin Avenue, Collingswood, and 395 Kings Highway, Moorestown

Three new exhibits open this week at the Perkins Center that run now through the beginning of summer. Transcending Love features portraits of transgender and nonconforming couples and families, Space in Art explores the relationship between humanity and the universe through interpretations of outer space, and the Annual Members & Faculty Exhibition opens at Perkins’s Moorestown location.

Intercultural Journeys 20th Anniversary Celebration
Wednesday, May 10
Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine Street, Philadelphia

Intercultural Journeys celebrates 20 years of music in the Philly community with a night of concerts, food and drinks, and more. Vendors including South Philly Barbacoa, Jezebel’s, Lovash, Milk + Sugar, High Fidelity Bakery, Love City Brewing, and many more pre-concert festivities, and a celebratory concert features Diane Monroe and Tony Miceli, two Philly jazz legends who have been playing together since the mid-1980s.

May 10 through June 4, 2023
Theatre Horizon, 401 DeKalb Street, Norristown

Charly Evon Simpson’s sandblasted, a Black, female dystopian satire, opens this coming Wednesday. Following the story of Angela and Odessa who are literally falling apart, they look to “celebrity-turned-wellness-maven” Adah to save them, following Adah through the desert to look for a cure before they get swept away completely.

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