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September 15, 2014

Feria Del Barrio Returns To The Centro De Oro Neighborhood With Latin Music, Food, Dancing, Art And More, This Sunday, September 21

One of Philadelphia’s largest celebrations of Latino music and culture, Feria del Barrio brings together thousands to celebrate arts, education and community. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

One of Philadelphia’s largest celebrations of Latino music and culture, Feria del Barrio brings together thousands to celebrate arts, education and community. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Did someone say fiesta?

Feria del Barrio, one of the city’s largest celebrations of Hispanic culture, returns this Sunday, September 21 to the sidewalks of the historic Centro de Oro neighborhood for its 30th year of free music, food, dance, art and more.

With support from four key local organizations — Congreso de Latinos Unidos, HACE, Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas and Taller Puertorriqueño — dozens and dozens of artisans and crafters, community agencies and local food vendors fill the streets and sidewalks on North 5th Street between Cambria and Lehigh avenues from 12:30 to 5 p.m.

Look forward to shopping from a variety of vendors, authentic (and super delicioso) fare, music, dance performances and more. The all-ages festival also promises a kids-only area with a slew of child-friendly activities.

For more ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15, in Philadelphia, click here.

Feria del Barrio
When: Sunday, September 21, 12:30-5 p.m.
Where: 5th Street between Cambria and Lehigh avenues
Cost: Free
More info: www.tallerpr.org

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September 15, 2014

The La Salle University Art Museum Presents Hung Liu: Prints And Tapestries, Opening This Wednesday, September 17

Hung Liu

Head to Germantown to visit La Salle University’s art museum and its exhibition of the works of influential artist Hung Liu, whose woodcut Midsummer is shown. (Image courtesy of the artist and Magnolia Editions, Oakland, CA)

Spanish philosopher George Santayana famously wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” With its latest exhibit, the La Salle University Art Museum helps ensure that the future is bright.

From Wednesday, September 17 through Friday, December 5, the Germantown-area museum presents Hung Liu: Prints and Tapestries. The mixed media exhibit showcases the work of Hung Liu, one of the most influential Chinese artists working in the United States today.

In 1984, Liu was one of the first artists allowed to leave Communist China to study in America. She’s remained here ever since, but her work is largely inspired by photographs of pre-revolutionary China.

This particular exhibition features her aquatint etchings, mixed media woodcuts, lithographs, lithographs with collage, and tapestries.

The museum will also host special events for this exhibit. From 4 to 5 p.m. on September 17, Hung Liu will present an artist’s talk followed by an opening reception. History as a Verb: Dissolution, Memory, and the (Re)Education of Hung Liu, a lecture from La Salle University Professor of History Charles Desnoyers, PhD will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. on November 6.

Prints and Tapestries marks the artist’s first Philadelphia show.

Hung Liu: Prints and Tapestries
When: September 17-December 5; Opening reception and artist’s talk, Wednesday, September 17, 4 p.m.; Lecture, Thursday, November 6, 1-2 p.m.
Where: La Salle University Art Museum, 1900 W. Olney Avenue
Cost: Free, donations welcome
More info: www.lasalle.edu

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September 15, 2014

The 10th Annual Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show Rings In Fall This Weekend, September 19-21, With 140+ Artists And A Saturday Block Party On 18th Street

Rittenhouse Square

This weekend, enjoy an expanded Rittenhouse Square with a three-day fine art show, now in its 10th year. (Photo courtesy Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Association)

Fine art aficionados, take note.

The fall edition of the annual Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show hits the sidewalks of the square this weekend for its 10th year, September 19-21.

What began in 1932 as a small student show has now lasted more than eight decades, continuing to grow in scope and regard each year, now a biannual exhibition of top artists.

The fall edition of this art fair launches its 10th year this weekend, with works by both professional artists and student exhibitors on view in and around the park.

All weekend long, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, peruse impressive artwork from more than 140 talented artists set up around the perimeter of the park.

From oil paintings on canvas to hand-wrought bronze sculpture, the show displays a wide range of mediums.

In the center of the square, take in works by a dozen student artists hailing from regional schools and pick up a piece of original art for a song.

Rittenhouse Fine Art Show

On Saturday starting at 11 a.m., 18th Street will be closed off to vehicular traffic to host an all-day outdoor cafe similar to the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival fun shown. (Photo by E. Mencher for Visit Philadelphia)

This year brings the addition of a free guided art walk tour for those interested in a curated experience. There will be two separate tours on Saturday, September 20.

To learn about sculpture and 3D art, join the 11 a.m. group. For a tour focusing on a variety of media, join the 2 p.m. group. Each tour will meet in the center of Rittenhouse Square park at the show’s information tent and embark from there.

Also on Saturday, September 20, extend the art-browsing experience with an alfresco refreshment, too. Along 18th Street between Walnut and Locust streets, a giant outdoor cafe stretches in front of Parc, Rouge and Devon starting at 11 a.m. until the soiree ends.

While the sale and cafe are going strong, don’t overlook the Rittenhouse Square Farmers’ Market on Walnut Street, wrapping around the northwest corner of the square with fresh produce, fruit, fish, cheese, honey, fresh flowers and much more.

Circle the square this weekend for a chance to browse and purchase fine art, and relax beneath the fall sunshine.

For a complete vendor map, see below.

Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show: Fall 2014
When: September 19-21; Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Rittenhouse Square, 18th and Walnut streets
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.rittenhousesquareart.com
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September 15, 2014

The National Constitution Center Offers Free Admission In Celebration Of Constitution Day, This Wednesday, September 17

National Constitution Center

This Wednesday, September 17, the National Constitution Center celebrates Constitution Day with free museum admission and a variety of programming. (Photo by J. Smith for Visit Philadelphia)

The National Constitution Center celebrates Constitution Day with free (yes, free!) admission this Wednesday, September 17.

Constitution Day recognizes the day when the U.S. Constitution was signed by our founding fathers on September 17, 1787.

All day long, enjoy free admission and a variety of themed programming like a morning flag raising ceremony, a show about the Citizenship Test that is required to become a U.S. Citizen, a calligraphy demonstration, a Constitution signing activity and more.

The full rundown of events this Wednesday, September 17 is available right here.

The museum will be open for free from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

Constitution Day at the National Constitution Center
When: Wednesday, September 17
Where: National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street
Cost: Free
More info: www.constitutioncenter.org

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September 15, 2014

Reminder: The National Constitution Center Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month With A Variety Of Programming, Through October 15

The National Constitution Center celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a variety of programming and special artifacts, September 15-October 15. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

The National Constitution Center celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a variety of programming and special artifacts, September 15-October 15. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

The National Constitution Center raises a hat to National Hispanic Heritage Month — and the Hispanics and Hispanic Americans who helped America get to where it is today — with a variety of free programming all throughout the month, from today, September 15 through Wednesday, October 15.

Included in the price of general admission, guests will come across a variety of artifacts in addition to Hispanic-centric programming.

The museum will present the Bible used to swear in Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the certification of election of Senator Dionisio “Dennis” Chávez to the U.S. Senate and more historic artifacts.

The daily programs will include a Hispanic Heritage self-guided tour, a show about the struggles that influential Hispanics faced in America and a giant game that will test guests’ knowledge of some of the country’s storied Hispanics.

Take note: Hispanic Heritage Month programming will not be available on Constitution Day, which is Wednesday, September 17. Bonus: The museum will be open for free on September 17.

National Hispanic Heritage Month at the National Constitution Center
When: September 15-October 15
Where: National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street
Cost: Included in the price of museum admission
More info: www.constitutioncenter.org

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September 12, 2014

Full Circle: Works on Paper by Richard Pousette-Dart, A Survey Of The Work Of The Abstract Expressionist Artist, Opens Tomorrow, September 13 At The Philadelphia Museum Of Art

Opening tomorrow, September 13, the Philadelphia Museum of Art welcomes a survey of the work created by Abstract Expressionist artist Richard Pousette-Dart. (Courtesy 2014 Estate of Richard Pousette-Dart / Artists Rights Society)

Opening tomorrow, September 13, the Philadelphia Museum of Art welcomes a survey of the work created by Abstract Expressionist artist Richard Pousette-Dart. (Courtesy 2014 Estate of Richard Pousette-Dart / Artists Rights Society)

Opening tomorrow, September 13, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Full Circle: Works on Paper by Richard Pousette-Dart brings the oft-overlooked work of the abstract artist Richard Pousette-Dart to the spotlight in an in-depth survey of his works on paper — watercolors, drawings, paintings and more.

Guests will find 65 of his paper works throughout the exhibition, in addition to six of his artist notebooks.

Organized chronologically, the exhibition starts with a look at Pousette-Dart’s first works from the 1930s — a collection of sculptors’ drawings. From there, guests are brought on a journey through the varied works of the artist to his final works in the 1990s.

Over the course of his life, Pousette-Dart called on influences from a variety of sources — from printmaking to tribal art — that led his work to vary greatly. During his 50-year career, the artist experimented with everything from drawings largely made up of solid lines to paintings made up of small, colorful dots.

Full Circle: Works on Paper by Richard Pousette-Dart opens tomorrow, September 13, and will remain on view through November 30 in the Honickman and Berman Galleries.

Access to the exhibition is included in the price of general admission.

Full Circle: Works on Paper by Richard Pousette-Dart
When: September 13-November 30
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Included in the price of admission
More info: www.philamuseum.org

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September 12, 2014

Save The Date: The Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival Returns With More Than 40 Food Trucks, A Beer Garden, Shopping And More, September 28

Manayunk

The Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival returns with more than 40 food trucks, a beer garden, music, shopping vendors and more. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 28: The Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival is back and bigger than ever — seriously.

For the first time ever, the bi-annual fest promises a beer garden and a designated kids area — and will close down Main Street for vehicular traffic to allow for even more food truck goodness.

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., more than 40 food trucks will line Main Street offering inventive waffles from Foolish Waffles, pizza from Nomad Pizza, lobster rolls from Surf and Turf Truck, eats from Local 215 and more.

In addition to the food trucks’ regular fare, guests can also look forward to special dishes that highlight the featured ingredient of the festival: apples. A number of participating restaurants will also make apple-centric plates.

Also browse sidewalk sales and attend in-store events at downtown shops. Purchase jams, spices, fresh produce and more from an on-site market, too.

The full list of participating food trucks, retailers and restaurants is available right here.

Stay tuned for more information on this food truck festival!

Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival serves as a precursor to Manayunk’s restaurant week, which runs from September 28 through October 10.

Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival
When: Sunday, September 28, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Main Street from Green Lane to Shurs Lane, Manayunk
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.manayunk.com

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September 12, 2014

Weekend Picks: Center City Restaurant Week, Fringe Festival, Alfresco Craft Market At Independence Mall, Doylestown Arts Festival, Second Saturday In Germantown, Clover Market And More

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Make your way to Spruce Street Harbor Park this weekend for everything from dinner and drinks to bocce games on the boardwalk. (Photo by Matt Stanley courtesy DRWC)

It’s gorgeous today, and we can’t wait until 5 p.m. when we can start taking advantage of the perfect weather.

Late-summer weekends are truly an ideal time to get out and enjoy all of the outdoor (and indoor!) offerings in the city.

This weekend promises everything from Center City Restaurant Week and the Fringe Festival to an outdoor craft market at Independence Mall and a number of neighborhood festivals.

In the next few days, an arts festival fills Doylestown, a beer and barbecue fest occurs at Yards Brewing Company, Germantown and East Passyunk both celebrate Second Saturday, Mt. Airy hosts a village fair and more.

Read on for our guide to this weekend, and be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates.

Friday, September 12

Top Pick: Center City Restaurant Week

Top Pick: Fringe Festival — Our Picks for the Top Shows (Fri, Sat, Sun)

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Top Pick: Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Top Pick: Friday Nights at The Barnes Foundation

Top Pick: Philly’s Awesome Beer Garden Scene

Independence Beer GardenA great hangout mere steps from Independence Mall.

Spruce Street Harbor ParkA pop-up beer garden and restaurant on the Delaware River.

PHS Pop Up GardenA tropical oasis on South Street West.

More Beer Gardens: And, of course, there are a bunch of other great beer garden options including Morgan’s Pier, Frankford Hall, Fergie’s, Memphis Taproom, Silk City, Opa and more. Full list here.

Fringe Festival Shows & Menus at London Grill

Philadelphia Home Grown Music Festival (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Champagne in the Park at Penn Treaty Park

Now Open: Capofitto in Old City — Pizza and Gelato from the Capogiro Team

An Evening with King Crimson at The Kimmel Center (Fri, Sat)

The Awesome Fest’s Summer Camp Sleepover: The Sequel

The Body Lautrec at The Caplan Studio Theatre at the University of the Arts

Grooves in the Groves at Dilworth Park (Fri, Sat)

iHamlet at the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre (Fri, Sat, Sun)

MilkCrate Launch Party at City CoHo

Autumn’s Colors at Longwood Gardens (Fri, Sat, Sun)

WetLand at Penn’s Landing (Fri, Sat, Sun)

’80s-Themed 25th Anniversary Party at the Sporting Club at The Bellevue

Jefferson, Philadelphia, and the Founding of a Nation at the American Philosophical Society Museum

Peter Pan Is Dead at the William Way LGBT Community Center (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Souled Out at The Trestle Inn

Little Nonna's

Center City Restaurant Week continues on Friday and Sunday this weekend. Make reservations to feast on a tasty three-course meal at any one of the more than 100 participating restaurants. (Photo by E. Mencher for Visit Philadelphia)

Saturday, September 13

Top Pick: Craft Phila: Liberty Bell (Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Longwood Gardens’ Fireworks and Fountains — Closing Day!

Top Pick: Historic Germantown Second Saturdays

Top Pick: Doylestown Arts Festival (Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: David Lynch: The Unified Field at PAFA (Sat, Sun) — Opening Day!

PHAIR Open-Air Market

Frankford Avenue End of Summer Block Party

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September 12, 2014

Must-See Exhibition: Discover The Rarely Seen Paintings, Drawings And First Short Films Of Iconic Director David Lynch During The Unified Field At The Pennsylvania Academy Of The Fine Arts Through January 2015

David Lynch at PAFA

Discover 90+ rarely seen paintings, drawings and short films of David Lynch during The Unified Field at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. (Photo courtesy David Lynch)

Having praised Philadelphia as his “greatest inspiration,” renowned filmmaker and artist David Lynch is returning to the city for the first-ever retrospective of his rarely seen artwork.

Lynch studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) from January 1966 until the summer of 1967 and during that time he found inspiration in the buildings, people and general mood pervasive throughout the city.

Following his stint in Philadelphia, Lynch’s personal experiences in the city and surreal visions found their way into influential films like Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive as well as the acclaimed television series Twin Peaks. In addition to his success as a director, Lynch continues to produce an impressive output of work in a variety of artistic mediums from painting to printmaking to music.

Opening at PAFA this Saturday, September 13,  David Lynch: The Unified Field is a comprehensive look at Lynch’s artwork from 1965 to the present day including rarely seen paintings, drawings and short films, many of which were made during his time in Philadelphia.

David Lynch at PAFA

The Unified Field, on display in PAFA’s historic Landmark Building, features many rarely seen paintings and drawings created by Lynch from 1965-present day. (Photo by T. Scheid for Visit Philadelphia)

The Exhibition

Organized in close collaboration with Lynch himself, The Unified Field is the first major museum exhibition in the United States to showcase his works.

The exhibition includes approximately 90 paintings and drawings from 1965 to the present with many that have never before been seen in public. You will also have a chance to see early short films created during Lynch’s time in Philadelphia including Six Men Getting Sick (1967), a hybrid work of art that brings together painting, sculpture, sound, film and restaged as originally displayed.

Many of Lynch’s works combine artistic methods and mediums to create intense, textural works with recurring themes and tense narratives. Discover early studies that inspired disturbing visuals from his film Eraserhead and massive works depicting childhood memories, nightmares and flashbacks.

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September 12, 2014

Deal Feed: 19 Discount Ticket Offers Available At Philadelphia Theaters For The Upcoming Fall Season And Beyond

Attending a theatrical or musical performance has never been cheaper thanks to rush tickets, deals for students and straight up free performances. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Attending a theatrical or musical performance has never been cheaper thanks to rush tickets, deals for students and straight up free performances. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Good news, theater-lovers: The fall performing arts scene is starting up for the 2014-2015 season.

Catching a show at any one of the city’s great performance venues — from The Kimmel Center to the Academy of Music — has never been easier (or cheaper!) thanks to a number of ticket discounts, free performances and insider tips and tricks.

We’ve rounded up 19 ways to get your theater fix on the cheap with great promotions like student discount tickets, rush tickets and free show previews.

Read on for 19 ways to take advantage of Philadelphia’s performing arts scene without breaking the bank.

THEATRICAL PERFORMANCES

Rush Tickets at the Academy of Music, Merriam Theatre and Forrest Theatre

Theater fans enjoy the best of Broadway at Broad Street prices thanks to the Broadway Philadelphia series at the Academy of Music, Merriam Theatre and Forrest Theatre. Patrons who line up at the venue box office two hours before show time can score Community Rush tickets for only $30 (cash only).

Free Previews at the Academy of Vocal Arts

The next generation of opera stars train at the renowned Academy of Vocal Arts, and fans are invited to watch as the performers put the finishing touches on upcoming productions. During these free previews, the resident artists perform selected pieces from the opera and the maestro provides the audience with background information about the composer, stage production, history, setting and time period. MORE INFO

Final Dress Rehearsal at the Arden Theatre Company

Before each main stage performance officially debuts, the Arden Theatre Company fulfills its commitment to making theater accessible to diverse audiences by opening the final dress rehearsal to the public. Attendees pay what they can to see the full cast, full costumes and full scenery at this sneak preview with proceeds benefiting a Philadelphia non-profit. For regular performances, students with ID pay $10 cash for available seats 30 minutes before the show begins. MORE INFO

$31 Seats at the Bristol Riverfront Theatre

Every seat at the Bristol Riverfront Theatre mainstage productions is a good one, even those starting as low as $31. The professional theater has won numerous awards for new plays developed in house, as well as its productions of musicals and well-known works. MORE INFO

$20 Previews at InterAct Theatre Company

Culture vultures on a budget catch InterAct Theatre Company’s thought-provoking shows at a discounted price of $20 for preview performances scheduled before the official opening night. MORE INFO

Academy of Music in Philadelphia

There are a number of ways to watch performances at The Academy of Music on the cheap. (Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia)

$30 Rush Tickets at Media Theatre

Media Theatre charges just $42 for seats to fully staged professional musical theater productions. But there are even bigger savings on Wednesday and Thursday evenings when theatergoers line up an hour before show time for $30 rush tickets to any of its Broadway Series Productions. MORE INFO

$19 Opera Philadelphia Tickets

Opera Philadelphia hits the high notes with tickets that start as low as $19 for performances at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and $25 for performances at the Academy of Music. There are even more savings for students with valid IDs. Line up at the box office two hours before curtain time at either location and save 50 percent off any seat or receive $10 off amphitheater tickets at the Academy or second balcony tickets at the Kimmel Center. MORE INFO

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