PAAFF, Supine Horizons, RUNNING under THE MOONLIGHT, and more

The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, November 2-8, 2022

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The title 'Crossing the Veil' over a b&w image of a silhouetted figure, their hands pressing against a white veil or curtain
Theatre XP premieres a new show in Philly with a uniquely haunting perspective. (Image courtesy of Bryan Buttler.)

Coming up this week, the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF) is back for its 15th annual event, Supine Horizons uses audiovisuals to make room for rest and renewal, and RUNNING under THE MOONLIGHT spans across a critical timeline. Then, Theatre XP pays another visit to Philly, and an Emmy-nominated writer brings a painfully hilarious, candid tale about his journey to find out why he was abandoned when he was young.

Supine Horizons
Through December 20, 2022
Kinesics Dance Dynamics Theatre, 5427 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia

Supine Horizons is an immersive audiovisual installation by local multimedia artist Gralin Hughes Jr., also known as Television Sky. Using tools ranging from modular synthesizers to the biorhythms in plants, Television Sky brings ambient soundscapes and visuals for the sake of rest, resistance, and renewal. He’ll perform live at the space on Saturday, November 12, alongside blk patches founder Chaka Benson.

Through November 19, 2022
Thinkers Makers Society, 320 Race Street, Philadelphia

Local visual artist Jeff Rivers hosts their debut solo exhibition at the Black-owned gallery and event space in Old City (which just opened last year). The exhibition is a visual narrative of the life journey from “birth to ‘addiction,’” using a series of large-scale paintings, photographs, and prints.

Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival
November 3-13
Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street, Philadelphia
Also streaming online

PAAFF celebrates 15 years this coming week and hosts a variety of Asian and Pacific Islander diasporic films, storytelling events, performances, panel discussions, and more. A robust roster of films includes Aporia, a narrative that tells the story of someone caught in the midst of a cultural, religious, and ethnic conflict after fleeing Syria. There’s also a retrospective viewing of Mississippi Masala, the cult classic from the early 1990s directed by Mira Nair.

Case 84-1410 My Korean Adoptee Experience
Friday, November 4, 7pm
Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia

Emmy-nominated (and admittedly “won zero times”) writer and producer at NBC Universal Edward Pokropski brings his story to Philly. In it, he tells of being abandoned at a young age, a narrative that has “largely been a mystery,” and his journey to Seoul, South Korea, to find answers.

Crossing the Veil
November 5-26
Plays & Players, 1714 Delancey Street, Philadelphia

Theatre XP brings artistic director R.T. Bowersox’s play to Philly for a limited run starting this weekend. Inspired by true events, the story follows a recently deceased man’s spirit on the day of his funeral viewing as he tries to interact with his loved ones who can’t see or hear him—and what he learns from them is not at all what he remembers of his life.

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