Final PIFA Picks: Collaborative Theater Performances, Musical Shows And More Time Travel-Themed Events

PIFA's winding to a close, but still has a number of great events on tap. (Photos, clockwise from left courtesy PIFA, G. Widman for GPTMC, Painted Bride, G. Widman for GPTMC)

After a month of art-centric events, the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts is ending its 2013 celebration. PIFA ends with the PIFA Street Fair, an all day bash on Broad Street with food, vendors, live performances and even a dinosaur petting zoo on Saturday, April 27.

The days leading up to the Street Fair have no shortage of events, though. For all those who’ve lagged and not yet attended a PIFA performance, read on for our picks for the final week of festivities.

Icarus at the Edge of Time: For one night only, PIFA and the Philadelphia Science Festival come together to present Icarus at the Edge of Time, an adaptation of the classic Greek tale of Icarus. The plays tells the story of a space inhabiting boy who tests his luck with a black hole that brings him through space and time. Tonight marks the premiere and only night of the show. The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra performs an original score by notable composer Philip Glass. Science and art join forces tonight at the Kimmel Center, where in addition to a live performance, black holes will be discussed by an esteemed member of the science community. Bonus: receive $2 off any Philadelphia Science Festival ticket with promo code “Uwishunu” throughout the festival!

When: Tonight, Wednesday, April 24, 8 p.m.
Where: The Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost: $15-$25

1492, Music and Dance from Spain to the Americas: On Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m., embark on a journey to new worlds as the Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations, Inc. brings guests back to monumental moments in Spanish, Mexican and Cuban history. The performance brings guests to all different times in history. From ninth-century Spain to 18th-century Mexico to Christopher Columbus’ famous journey of 1492 and much more. 1492, Music and Dance from Spain to the Americas showcases live performances of Mexican Mariachi music, flamenco dancing, salsa dancing and vocal performances.

When: Thursday, April 25, 7 p.m.
Where: Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad Street
Cost: $30 General Admission, $25 Seniors and Students

Time Machine: For the past year, the Philadelphia Young Playwrights have been collaborating on Time Machine, a play specially created for PIFA. It debuts tonight and runs through Friday, April 26. The interactive play encourages audience participation throughout and brings guests to the past, present and future. The play centers around the idea of daylight savings time and how each spring, we lose an hour of our year. The play features the lost hour and discovers what one would do with their lost time.

When: April 24 and 25, 7:30 p.m. April 26, 8 p.m.
Where: The Kimmel Center’s Innovation Studio, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost: $10

If She Stood: The Painted Bride Arts Center presents If She Stood, a play that celebrates the women of the 19th century who were a part of Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society, a multi-racial group that fought to end slavery and help freed men and women of Philadelphia. The women of the group spoke at public functions which was deeply frowned upon during the time and were determined to promote equal rights among blacks and whites.

When: April 26 and 27, 8 p.m., April 28, 3 p.m.
Where: Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street
Cost: $25, general admission; $18.75, seniors and students

Panama 500: A night of music fills the Perelman Theater on Friday, April 26 at 8 p.m. Grammy-winner Danilo Pérez and the Panama 500 Band celebrate the day 500 years ago when Vasco Nuñez de Balboa got his first glimpse of the Pacific Ocean. Through musical improvisation on the piano, bass, violin and percussion instruments, the excitement of this acclaimed day is recognized.

When: Friday, April 26, 8 p.m.
Where: The Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost: $35


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