Robin Bloom offers 18 suggestions for what to do this week!
Pennsylvania Ballet’s “Balanchine and Beyond”
The Pennsylvania Ballet closes its season with Balanchine and Beyond, opening with Hans Van Manen’s Adagio Hammerklavier, set to Beethoven’s piano concerto Op 106. Two of Trisha Brown’s poems are brought to life – Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Renascence and Czeslaw and Milosz’s Ode to a Bird – in the company premiere O zlozony/O composite, the culmination of a year-long Trisha Brown retrospective in partnership with Bryn Mawr College. Program also includes Jean-Pierre Frohlich’s Varied Trio (in four), and George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments. Five performances take place June 9-12, Merriam Theater, 250 South Broad Street, Philadelphia. Enjoy pre-show talks before performances. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.
Celebrate “Bloomsday” in Philadelphia
The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia celebrates author James Joyce with the annual Bloomsday Festival, June 9-16. Events include a Pub Quiz at Fergie’s Pub, James Joyce and Irish Authors Hands-On Tours, An Evening of Traditional Irish Music, and Bloomsday, all-day dramatic readings from Ulysses by Joyce enthusiasts at three locations in Philadelphia including the Parkway Central Library, Rittenhouse Square, and in front of the museum on Delancey Place, 9:30am-8pm on June 16 (free). Joyce’s manuscript for Ulysses is housed at the Rosenbach. Photo courtesy of the Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia.
“36 Views” at Lantern Theater Company
36 Views, by award-winning playwright Naomi Iizuka, is onstage at Lantern Theater Company. The mystery surrounding a rare and valuable work of art that has fallen into the hands of an art dealer was inspired by “36 Views of Mt. Fuji,” the famous set of color woodblocks by 19th century Japanese artist Hokusai. The play unfolds in a series of 36 scenes that weave Eastern artistic traditions and Western theatrical conventions, constantly changing its point of view, and featuring a mix of scenic, sound, and projection design by Jorge Cousineau. Directed by Peter DeLaurier and starring Joe Guzman, Joanna Liao, Stephen Novelli, Angela Smith, David Pica, and Bi Jean Ngo, through June 26, St. Stephen’s Theater, 10th and Ludlow Streets, Center City Philadelphia. Special events include Art Movers and Shakers, June 20, exploring the themes of 36 Views, and Artists in Conversation, a post-show discussion with the cast on June 12. Photo by Mark Garvin.
Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Company’s 30th Anniversary Concert
Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Company celebrates its 30th anniversary with three performances, June 9-11 at Christ Church Neighborhood House Theater, 20 N. American Street, Philadelphia. The program features the premiere of Anywhere/The Big 30, a mash-up of repertoire works performed live and on film, and reimagined works from repertoire featuring founding member/dancer Joseph Cicala, who after 30 years with the highly-imaginative dance company will retire after the concert. Photo courtesy of Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Company.
Birds on a Wire Dance Theatre’s HATCH
Birds on a Wire Dance Theatre presents the 2nd incubation of HATCH, an evening of new dance work by Philadelphia’s emerging choreographers, a mini-festival of world premiere dance works that cover relevant topics such as immigration and social justice, with a rock-infused head-banging session, June 9-11, Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine Street, Philadelphia. Reception following June 11 performance. Photo by Plate 3 Photography.
Flag Fest 2016
The 9th annual Flag Festival kicks off with Stars and Stripes Saturday, June 11, 10am-5pm, with Betsy Ross raising the flag over her house, performances by the Give and Take Jugglers, Funicular Aerial Circus, Peter Pitchford’s Magic Show and many more family activities. Festivities continue each day, culminating in Flag Day, Tuesday, June 14, 10am, and a variety of events celebrating the joint birthdays of the American Flag and the U.S. Army (both had their start in Philadelphia). Photo courtesy of Historic Philadelphia.
Fleisher Art Memorial’s annual ARTspiration! is this Saturday, June 11, 10am-3pm, a free community outdoor festival with family-oriented activities including art-making led by local artists, Fleisher faculty, and volunteers, music and dance performances, food, and more, along the 700 block of Catharine Street and in adjacent Palumbo Park, Philadelphia. Photo courtesy of Fleisher Art Memorial.
West Park Arts Fest
The West Park Arts Fest returns this Saturday, June 11, 11am-5pm, with the theme “Friends Across Cultures,” offering entertainment and activities for all ages including children’s activities, live music by Charles “The Xman” Xavier, Badd Kitti (pictured), Renee Hines, Ismail Abdus-Salaam, King Simm, and Jesse Renee, along with a dance stage, and more, centered around 4021 Parkside Avenue, Fairmount Park. Photo by Gypsi Life Photography.
Roxborough Solstice Festival
The Roxborough Solstice Festival takes place Saturday, June 11, Noon-9pm, with live music by Tommy Conwell, Ben Arnold, Zach Djanikian Band, Rosemary Fiki, Phillybloco (pictured), and more, along with food trucks, a beer garden, art and craft vendors and children’s activities, Gorgas Park, 6300 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia. The festival is a free joint collaboration between the Roxborough Development Corporation and the Friends of Gorgas Park. Rain Date Sunday, June 12. Photo courtesy of Phillybloco.
Old Fashioned Picnic at the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion
Head to Historic Germantown to the 7th annual Old Fashioned Picnic at the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, Saturday, June 11, 12pm-3pm. The afternoon includes activities for all ages including magic, Victorian photographs, scavenger hunt, croquet, ring toss, Industrial Revolution gadgets, face painting, and foods popular during the Victorian era. Discover the Enchanted wood at the only Victorian house museum in Philadelphia, 200 W. Tulpehocken Street, West Central Germantown, Philadelphia. Admission free with fees for activities. Photo courtesy of Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion.
Privateers and Pirates Festival at Tuckerton Seaport
The Tuckerton Seaport is a village sitting on 40 acres in Ocean County and includes historic and recreated buildings, maritime activities, live animals, boardwalk, miniature golf course and exhibits. The annual Privateers and Pirates Festival returns Saturday, June 11, 11am-5pm, when the Seaport will be taken over by Captain Black and the crew of the Valhalla who have been plundering the eastern shore of the American colonies for centuries, Tuckerton Creek, 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton, NJ. Photo courtesy of the Tuckerton Seaport.
The Odunde Festival is back, celebrating its 41st year on Sunday, June 12, 10am-8pm, offering an authentic African marketplace with vendors selling merchandise from many African nations, the Caribbean, and South America, live music and dance and entertainment by Kulu Mele, Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble, Brand Nubian, Biz Markie, and more, covering 12 city blocks around 23rd and South Street, Philadelphia. Photo courtesy of the Odunde Festival.
PrideDay 2016, the 28th annual LGBT Pride Parade and Festival, is Sunday, June 12 beginning at 11:30am at 13th and Locust Streets. The parade leads to the festival at Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing (around 1pm), Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia. Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers for NewsWorks.
Heartwood Music Festival
The 2nd Heartwood Music Festival takes place on Sunday, June 12, 11am-6pm, with food, crafts and live music with Joe Crookston, Ben Arnold (pictured), Lleuwen Steffan, Better’n Recess, Philadelphia School of Circus Arts and more at Awbury Arboretum (celebrating its 100th birthday) in Philadelphia’s historic Germantown. Photo courtesy of Ben Arnold.
Dock Street Music Fest
The Dock Street Brewery celebrates the end of Philly Beer Week with the 8th annual Dock Street Music Fest, Sunday June 12, 2:30pm-8pm, including beer, pizza and local bands like Needle Points, Northern Liberties, Black Landlord, L’Ananas, hosted by Chill Moody. For a pre-festival workout, there’s the Dock Street Scavenger Run, a light race through West Philly and University City that ends back at Dock Street Brewery. Participants receive one free beer coupon and a Dock Street t-shirt and artwork, 50th & Baltimore. Photo by Jonifin Marvin.
The Philadelphia Latino Film Festival
The Philadelphia Latino Film Festival returns June 10-12, as the Greater Philadelphia region’s only festival showcasing the extraordinary and innovative work of emerging and established Latin American and Latino filmmakers. Showcasing ground-breaking works from all genres including short film, narrative, documentary, animation, and full feature films. Also, public discussion groups, workshops, lectures and special events at various locations in Philadelphia. Pictured: Opening night film “Normal,” Venezuela 2015, Vadim Lasca, Director.
The Lighthouse International Film Festival (LIFF)
The Lighthouse International Film Festival (LIFF) returns to Long Beach Island, NJ for an eighth year, June 9-12, featuring over 70 award-winning films and shorts from around the world. Opening with “Cameraperson,” Kirsten Johnson’s documentary that crafts both a personal and a universal story from clips Johnson shot both in her award-winning career as a cinematographer and her own home movie footage. Other films include “Chronicle of a Summer in Europe,” “Women Who Kill” (pictured), “The Last Laugh.” Locations vary. Pictured: Photo courtesy of LIFF.
Trenton World Cinefest
The Trenton World Cinefest (formerly known as the Trenton International Film Festival) takes place June 9-11, with seven internationally acclaimed documentary and narrative films. “The Apostate” (pictured), a Kafka-esque comedy about a confused thirty-something who decides to apostatize, or formally withdraw his name from the Catholic Church, kicks off the festival. Other films include “Neither Heaven Nor Earth,” “Aligarh,” “La Belle at the Movies,” and more, Mill Hill Playhouse, 205 East Front Street (at Montgomery Street), Trenton, NJ. Photo courtesy of Trenton Film Festival.
Each week, the Entertainment Guide spotlights interesting local arts offerings happening now, including music, dance, theater, museums, special exhibitions and other arts events from across the region.
To submit an event to be considered, email Robin Bloom at firstname.lastname@example.org.