Indigenous Peoples Day, Fall Market, Camden Rep's Child Support, and more

The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, October 5-11, 2023

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Michele and Shelton, two Black women, on stage. They stand by podiums with buzzers and a lit screen with game show elements
Chyna Michele and Desi P. Shelton star in ‘Child Support.’ (Photo by Kamile Kuntz Photography.)

This Monday is Indigenous Peoples Day, and the city is filled with events—we highlight A Closer Look: Manuel Hernandez, a new exhibit opening at FRIEDA, a neighborhood community space in Old City. There’s also the 13th annual Indigenous Peoples Day celebration at Bartram’s Garden, but also be sure to visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Museum of the American Revolution, Penn Museum, and Shackamaxon Park for more. We also have our eyes on Child Support from Camden Rep, The Bird Ethic at the Schuylkill Center, a pair of dance events at Grounds for Sculpture, and the 6th annual Philadelphia Fall Market takes over City Hall.

Child Support
Through October 28, 2023
Camden Repertory Theatre, 445 Mechanic Street, Camden

Camden Rep presents the world premiere of Child Support with a handful of previews this week. The story by Desi P. Shelton and directed by Ozzie Jones uses humor to examine single parenthood and financial responsibility from the points of view of everyone impacted by a broken system: “a mother struggling to provide, a father trying to rise above his statistical odds, [and] a daughter desperate to be loved.” Child Support boasts an immersive experience and “hypertheatricality” and features a live band, too. Previews run through Monday, October 9, and the show officially opens on Friday, October 13, with performances Thursdays through Sundays.

Dancing at the Grounds for Sculpture
Thursday, October 5, 7pm
Saturday, October 7, 12pm and 2:30pm
Grounds for Sculpture, 80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton

Grounds for Sculpture is hosting its Outlet Dance Project Film Festival and annual Day of Dance this weekend. The film festival is on Thursday at 7pm for an evening of dance films from around the world, with Q&A with some of the artists and filmmakers. Saturday’s Day of Dance features outdoor performances by choreographers, storytellers, and poets inspired by specific sculptures and landscapes throughout the park.

A Closer Look: Manuel Hernandez
October 6-November 19, 2023
Opening reception on Friday, October 6 at 6-8pm
Panel discussion on Wednesday, October 11, 6-8:30pm
FRIEDA, 320 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

Born in Mexico City, Manuel Hernandez brings their first exhibition to the community staple FRIEDA. Opening this week with a panel discussion with Indigenous Peoples Day Philly co-founder Mabel Negrete as host on Wednesday, October 11, the exhibition redraws the history of Hernandez’s ancestors and reconnects with his Indigenous roots from a Latinx perspective through large-scale works that “integrate the past with contemporary life.”

6th annual Made in Philadelphia Fall Market
October 6-8, 2023
Dilworth Park, 1 South 15th Street, Philadelphia

Catch fall vibes with local artists, crafters, and makers this weekend at Dilworth Park on the west side of City Hall. There are promises of pumpkin painting, apple cider making, arts and crafts, food from various vendors, and live performances.

The Bird Ethic
October 7-December 16, 2023, and partially through 2024
Opening reception on Saturday, October 7, 1-3:30pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, Philadelphia

LandLab resident artist Susan Hagen will share her series of miniature dioramas that seek to elevate and preserve the history of bird conservation and ornithology while sitting with the impact humans have had on nature and ecologies. The opening reception will feature a guided walk and talk with Hagen, and the exhibit will be on through Saturday, December 16—the outdoor portion of the exhibit will remain on view through 2024.

13th annual Philadelphia Indigenous Peoples Day at Bartram’s Garden
Sunday, October 8, 11am-5pm
Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Boulevard

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day with traditional dancers, speakers, drummers, healers, vendors, kids activities, garden tours, and more at this free event open to the public.

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