The Weekender: What You’re Doing and Why
If you don’t know, now you know:
>>>Tonight: Bread and Puppet Theater, world-renowned left-wing political puppetry from the wilds of Vermont, touches down in Liberty Lands Park for a free show tonight. Keep in mind, this brand of puppetry is geared more toward the inner anti-capitalist children of adults rather than toward actual children. Free, but donations accepted.
Tonight, 7:30 pm, Liberty Lands Park, North 3rd Street between Poplar and Wildey.
>>>Starting Saturday: the Peregrine Arts-produced Hidden City Philadelphia. We talked to managing producer Jay Wahl yesterday about reinterpreting historical sites through contemporary art and performance, and we are absolutely psyched about this project. Some of our staff are even volunteering! If you simply must see every site, Hidden City offers three-hour, $30 bus tours of the whole shebang twice a day on each of the next three Saturdays.
May 30 through June 28, various times, sites, and ticket prices. Visit www.hiddencityphila.org for a full schedule.
>>>Sunday: ARTspiration!, the Fleisher Art Memorial‘s community arts festival, takes over the 700 block of Catharine Street for family-friendly arts endeavors. My favorite: bicycle arts workshops that help cyclists of all ages trick out their rides. I hope there will be chrome. Be sure to visit the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe table, where we’ll be giving away two tickets to a 2009 Live Arts show of your choice!
May 31, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, 705 Christian Street, 719 Catherine Street, and the 700 block of Catherine Street.
>>>Sunday: You know you love Vox Populi and how they, along with Philly’s other art collectives, keep contemporary work vibrant in a pretty conservative art town. After saying hi to us at Fleisher and transforming your bicycle into an eight-foot-tall megalith, ride it on up to Vox Pop. PAFA‘s curator of contemporary art, Julien Robson, is having an open gallery talk with artists Stefan Abrams, Charles Hobbs, and Roxana Perez-Mendez, whose work is up right now. And in case you forgot, Sunday’s also the deadline for their fifth annual emerging artists exhibition. Jurors are Larry Mangel, founder of CerealArt, and young comer Ryan Trecartin. Who else is impressed/jealous that only five years out of RISD, Trecartin’s already had work in the Whitney Biennial and was featured in the “Younger Than Jesus” show at the New Museum? Yeah, thought so.
Vox Populi gallery talk, May 31, 3:00 pm, 319 North 11th Street.