‘I Look at the World,’ ConsenSIS, 'The Taming!,' and more

The Weekly Roundup, July 27-August 2

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A still of Elkayam mid-performance, her arms out, expressive with her eyes closed. She wears a red studded jacket on stage
The Weitzman will stream a live performance of Israeli singer Neta Elkayam. (Photo courtesy of the Weitzman.)

We’re about to go on an editorial hiatus here at BSR, and hopefully, some upcoming events will tide us all over until we return in mid-August. The Da Vinci Art Alliance opens a telling photography exhibit, Philly poet laureates Yolanda Wisher and Trapeta B. Mayson team up for a powerful community project, and Shakespeare in Clark Park gives a unique take on The Taming of the Shrew. Also, I’ve included a pair of events happening during the hiatus from the Weitzman and the Academy of Natural Sciences.

Be safe, Philly!

The Taming!
July 27-31, 7pm
Clark Park, 4300 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia

Shakespeare in Clark Park returns with a comedy in “two very different acts.” The Taming! is a mash-up of The Taming of the Shrew and an adaptation of John Fletcher’s revenge play The Tamer Tamed, and it proposes the question: “Will love conquer all or will the patriarchy crumble?” Charlotte Northeast adapted the play with Ang Bey directing the performance, which you can catch in the Bowl in Clark Park this weekend.

I Look at the World
July 28-August 17
Da Vinci Art Alliance, 704 Catharine Street, Philadelphia

The latest exhibit from DVAA features two Philadelphia-based photographers, Ada Trillo and Isaac Scott, who documented a pair of monumental events from 2020. Trillo captured the mass migration of people from Central America to the US border while Scott documented the Black Lives Matter protests in Philadelphia after the murder of George Floyd. The exhibition is set to explore “the complex role of the artist/photographer as both impartial observer, witness and participant” through the lens of both photographers.

The Clearing
Saturday, July 30
Awbury Arboretum, 1 Awbury Road, Philadelphia

Philly poet laureates Yolanda Wisher and Trapeta B. Mayson are launching ConsenSIS, an archival and historical project celebrating Black women and femme poets. The journey begins on Saturday, July 30, with the Gathering, a family reunion-style gathering to assemble Black women and femme poets in a public space. You’ll have to register for the event before receiving an invitation to attend.

Watershed Moment
August 3-October 30
Various locations

It’s a little outside of the roundup window, but with our August hiatus coming up, I wanted to make sure to give a shout-out about Watershed Moment, a multi-faceted project from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. The project features art and sound installations and an outdoor adventure walk revealing the “critical importance of watersheds in our lives.” The project is part of the Academy’s yearlong Water Year 2022 celebration designed to connect people with their local waterways. We talked about one of the art installations earlier this year, The River Feeds Back. The project features four installations in all, including Inside the Watershed, a sound installation located inside a wooden arbor situated along the Schuylkill River Trail.

Secret Chord Concerts, Episode 3
Wednesday, August 3
Streaming online

Okay, one more thing for later next week while we’re gone. The Weitzman hosts Neta Elkayam, an Israeli artist and singer, for a night of North African Jewish music—fusing Moroccan Jewish music with jazz, rock, and pop. The performance streams live before going on-demand after—be sure to check out the previous episodes of Secret Chord Concerts online, too.

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