Jersey Fresh Jam, Philly Welsh Week, and more

Weekly Roundup, August 24-31

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An abstract art piece on a canvas, with deep blacks, grays, browns, and muted yellows form the image
Shwarga Bhattacharjee shares his experience as an immigrant from Bangladesh living in America through abstract paintings. (Image courtesy of DVAA.)

This week, I’ve got an assortment of picks that feel more bite-sized than the usual list. The Da Vinci Art Alliance hosts artist Shwarga Bhattacharjee in a new exhibit, and Mural Arts unveils a new mural in West Philly with a music jam that sends a long-lasting message to the neighborhood. Then, hip-hop comes alive in New Jersey, and Philadelphia celebrates its Welsh history with a variety of events throughout the week. Then, maybe take a walk with Tacony LAB and study some plants and then learn to paint your own on a Sunday morning—a great way to get away from the crowds or the screens that might be fatiguing you.

When the Subaltern Speaks
Through September 14, 2022
Da Vinci Art Alliance, 704 Catharine Street, Philadelphia

Shwarga Bhattacharjee shares his experience as an immigrant from Bangladesh living in America with an exhibit that opens this week. When the Subaltern Speaks features abstract paintings, animated illustrations, and sculptures that confront “the lasting and deleterious effects of British post-imperialism, emigration, and emergent modern identities in South Asia from an autoethnographic perspective.”

Sowing Desire
Thursday, August 25, 11am
5601 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

Mural Arts Philadelphia is dedicating its newest mural, Sowing Desire, this week. The mural is “an ode to West Philadelphia, the women artists who live, work, and shop there, [...] the long history of community gardens, and the importance of fresh food in our lives.” Music, poetry, and drumming from Sistahs Laying Down Hands Collective will help bring the mural to life during its unveiling.

Jersey Fresh Jam
Saturday, August 27, 12-7pm
TerraCycle HQ, 1 TerraCycle Way, Trenton

The 17th annual Jersey Fresh Jam kicks off this weekend, celebrating hip hop and its elements. Graffiti artists, live performers, and more will spark the afternoon festival.

Philadelphia Welsh Week
August 27 through September 3
Various locations

Celebrate Welsh history and culture with a weeklong festival that includes music, film, books, seminars, and events centered around genealogy, language, and history. Check out the week’s activities online.

The Lodger
Sunday, August 28, 2pm
Widener Hall at the Penn Museum, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia

Catch a screening of the classic Alfred Hitchcock silent film The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog backed by a live soundtrack this weekend. Relâche will perform the live music behind the film, which tells the mystery of the Avenger, a serial killer on the loose in London.

Plants and Watercolor Art Nature Walk
Sunday, August 28, 10am-12pm
Lardner’s Point Park, 5202 Levick Street, Philadelphia

Need to decompress with some painting and plants? Then go pay a visit to folks with the Tacony LAB Community Art Center for a nature walk, taking in the diverse native plants in Lardner’s Point Park and the roles they play in supporting a healthy ecosystem. Then, close out the workshop with brush paintings using natural inks and watercolors. The event is free, but you’ll have to register, and spots are very limited as of this posting. Be sure to check out Tacony LAB’s other events, including youth art clubs, an upcoming “Maker Market,” and their five-year anniversary party.

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