Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations and more

The Weekly BSR Arts and Culture Roundup, October 5-11, 2022

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An Indigenous person dressed in colorful patterns & headdress holds a drum stick in hand, a small instrument in the other
Celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day at the Museum of the American Revolution. (Photo courtesy of the MoAR.)

Coming up this week is Indigenous Peoples Day, and to celebrate, we’ve picked some events for you to check out, including Dream House and festivities from the MoAR and at Bartram's Garden. The People Power Media Festival and VOLUMES return for their annual visit, and art gets as weird as it wants to be at the East Kensington Arts and Oddities Festival.

People Power Media Festival
Through Monday, October 31
Various in-person locations and streaming online
The People Power Media Festival (PPM Fest) is an annual month-long celebration from PhillyCAM, the media center that’s been one of the core community media productions in the city. The third annual edition centers around the theme “building community power,” spotlighting grassroots media makers, activists, and organizers. Check out the full list of events online.

Dream House
October 6-March 26, 2023
Fabric Workshop and Museum, 1214 Arch Street, Philadelphia

Artist Rose B. Simpson brings her art to Philadelphia in an experimental exhibition to run through the fall and winter. Known for her ceramics work, Simpson’s new site-specific installation is inspired by her ancestral Pueblo architecture landscape blended with magical realism, exploring the “imprints and through-lines that connect and orient her life as an artist, an Indigenous person, and a mother.”

WEIRDO: The East Kensington Arts and Oddities Festival
Saturday, October 8, 2-9pm
Philadelphia Brewing Company, 2440 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia

If you feel like letting the weird out, then WEIRDO might be for you. Featuring outsider art, odd object vendors, dance and musical performances, and educational and interactive projects that you may least expect, WEIRDO promises to be a “venue for community expression in the guise of a joyous celebration of all things weird.”

October 8-29
Icebox Project Space, 1400 North American Street, Philadelphia

Live drumming meets a matrix of vertical lights merge the multi-sensory experience at Icebox. Velocity and pitch affect the light that floods the gallery as this series returns for its fifth year.

Indigenous Peoples Weekend at the MoAR
October 8-10
The Museum of the American Revolution, 101 South 3rd St, Philadelphia

The MoAR’s annual celebration of Indigenous Peoples Weekend returns this weekend with traditional dance performances, hands-on demonstrations, Oneida beadwork, film screenings, and more.

Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration
Sunday, October 9, 11am-5pm
Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Boulevard, Philadelphia

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day with a full afternoon of activities and performances at Bartram’s Garden. The day features a water ceremony led by local native women and elders, drumming, traditional dances, music, and educational presentations. Food, crafts, traditional healing medicine, and more, will also be available for attendees.

Tuesday, October 11, 7pm
Main Point Books, 116 North Wayne Avenue, Wayne

Philly-based author Stephanie Feldman launches her new novel Saturnalia. She’ll be joined by guest A. C. Wise and tarot reader Gina Tomaine. The event is free and open to the public.

The book tells the story of Nina, a former member of the elite Saturn Club where there was “genteel debauchery, arcane pecking order, and winking interest in alchemy and the occult.” Facing extreme weather, a collapsing economy, and disease-carrying mosquitos (sounds familiar, doesn’t it?), Nina discovers secret societies battling for power in a precarious world.

If you can’t catch the launch, be sure to keep an eye out for our coverage of Feldman and Saturnalia next week! The book is available for preorder now.

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