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June 14, 2013

Hidden City Festival Picks: Not-To-Be-Missed Events Happening Within The Final Two Weeks Of The Festival, Closing June 30

The Hidden City Festival exposes nine oft-forgotten sites in Philadelphia with incredible art installations, performances and events for just two more weeks, through June 30. (Photo at bottom left by Bradley Maule; all others by Peter Woodall)

Have you experienced the awe-inspiring Hidden City Festival yet?

If not, it’s high time to discover the incredible site-specific art installations within nine hidden-in-plain-sight Philadelphia venues.

Running through June 30, the 10 projects at nine locations will be on view for just two more weeks.

Each of the festival sites not only spotlight under-appreciated destinations, but also activate the spaces with progressive artists and curious audiences. So be prepared to participate in thought-provoking dialogue, join a knitting circle or have a spot of tea while taking in the awe-inspiring sights at each of the nine locations.

For a complete guide, organized by city region, to the nine sites, tickets and events of the Hidden City Festival check here. Festival passes are available online, and ticketing options include a single-day pass for $20, a weekend pass for $40 or an all-festival pass for $70.

For even more information and event times, check out the complete festival calendar online.

And for our picks of not-to-be-missed events occurring within the final few weeks of the festival, read on.

Hidden City Bike Ride to Fort Mifflin: South of Center City, near the Philadelphia International Airport, local artists Ben Neiditz and Zach Webber have created Ruins at High Battery, a pop-up settlement on the Delaware River at a historic Revolutionary War site. All Hidden City Festival sites are accessible by public transit, save for Fort Mifflin. This Saturday, June 15, meet in Rittenhouse Square at the Goat statue in the southwest corner of the park at 11 a.m. to join in a 10-mile bike ride to the site.

When: Saturday, June 15, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Rittenhouse Square to Fort Mifflin
Cost: Free with festival admission

Contemporary Archives at the Historical Society of Frankford: Record label, events producer and online journal Data Garden set up shop in the basement museum and performance space of the Frankford Historical Society for A/V Archaeology, a project that is both art installation and performance. This Saturday, June 15, see Contemporary Archives make music from media in digital archives. Performers for this concert include Mux Mool (Ghostly International), Jacob 2-2 (Moodgadget) and Spaceship Aloha (Data Garden).

When: Saturday, June 15, 7-10 p.m.
Where: Historical Society of Frankford, 1507 Orthodox Street
Cost: $15 in advance; $30 at the door (ticket valid for this performance only; fest pass sold separately)

Punk Jews at Shivtei Yeshuron-Ezras Israel: Within a 100-year-old storefront synagogue, two festival projects take shape: ADMK Knit Lab and Ars Nova Workshop’s Radical Jewish Music: A Concert Series. On Thursday, June 20, the synagogue hosts a special screening of the documentary Punk Jews, which follows an underground Jewish community in New York City. Stay after the film for a Q&A with Saul Sudin, a writer and filmmaker advocating a new voice for Judaism in the movies.

When: Thursday, June 20, 7-10 p.m.
Where: Shivtei Yeshuron Ezras Israel, 2015 S. 4th Street
Cost: Free with festival admission

South Philly/Old City Hidden City Festival and Mural Tour: In a cool collaboration with the Mural Arts Program, this tour takes visitors to two Hidden City stops in one day. Starting at John Grass Wood Turning, site of Wood Shop, the tour also visits Shivtei Yeshuron-Ezras Israel and the ADMK Knit Lab project.

When: Sunday, June 23, 1-3 p.m.
Where: Meet at John Grass Wood Turning, 141 N. 3rd Street
Cost: $35 per person including a one-day Hidden City Festival Pass

Strategic Sights: Views of a Modern Landscape from the High Battery at Fort Mifflin: In another compelling event at the Fort Mifflin pop-up settlement on the Delaware River, Ruins at High Battery, visitors are invited to experience the landscapes around Fort Mifflin as a series of “strategic sights,” that is places for defense, control, production or storage. Tours, starting at 2 p.m., led by Christopher R. Dougherty, an urban planner.

When: Saturday, June 22, 2-3 p.m.
Where: Fort Mifflin, Fort Mifflin and Hog Island Roads
Cost: Free with festival admission

A Sweater for Shivtei Yeshuron Ezras Israel: Head down to the South Philly storefront synagogue to see the completion of ADMK Knit Lab, textile designer Andrew Dahlgren’s project, which examined the culture of early Jewish immigrant textile workers through the knitting of a gigantic sweater. Throughout the first five weeks of the festival, participants have been knitting building blocks of machine-knit textiles. On Thursday, June 27, witness the big reveal yarn bomb with the facade of Shivtei Yeshuron wearing a building-size sweater.

When: Thursday, June 27, 7-9 p.m.
Where: Shivtei Yeshuron Ezras Israel, 2015 S. 4th Street
Cost: Free with festival admission

Remember, these are just a smattering of the events included in the festival. Check out the calendar for the lineup of open houses, workshops and docent tours.

So, don’t miss out! Get out there and discover Hidden City.

Hidden City Festival 2013
When: Through June 30, Thursday to Sunday, noon to 7 p.m.
Where: Various locations
Cost: All festival sites require a festival pass (see ticketing info above); $20-$70
More info: www.hiddencityphila.org

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