11 Things To Do In Philly This Weekend

The Philadelphia FringeFest continues this weekend.

The Philadelphia FringeFest continues this weekend.

Here’s our Friday-Saturday-Sunday fun-time list of events in the Philly region: we’re loving how art-centric this September weekend is shaping up.

 

Additional reporting by Bryan Buttler.

David Lynch Visits PAFA, Taste-Tests Federal Donuts’ Lynch-Inspired Treats

David Lynch with Bob Cozzolino, PAFA senior curator and curator of modern art

David Lynch with Bob Cozzolino, PAFA senior curator and curator of modern art

Film director David Lynch showed up at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) to discuss the much-anticipated exhibition of his work opening at PAFA on Saturday, September 13th. “David Lynch: The Unified Field” will be Lynch’s first major museum exhibition in the United States, featuring works from all periods of The Mulholland Drive director’s career.

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WATCH: Bizarre Trailer for David Lynch’s Upcoming PAFA Exhibit

The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) is readying for a much-hyped new David Lynch exhibit, called “The Unified Field.” The exhibition will feature, among other things, 90 of Lynch’s drawings and paintings from 1965 to present, and some early short films, including 1967′s Six Men Getting Sick. To promote it, Lynch made this bizarre trailer which finds him lying awkwardly in a black space flicking light balls and talking gibberish. It’s very David Lynch:

“David Lynch” The Unified Earth” is Lynch’s first major museum exhibition in the United States. It opens September 13th and will run through December 28th. For more information, go here.

 

Shepard Fairey Afterparty at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

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Shepard Fairey was in town last week for the dedication of Lotus Diamond, a mural he did in partnership with the Mural Arts Program on the façade of a building at 1228 Frankford Ave. in Fishtown. It’s the first of three he is doing in Philadelphia. Fairey shot to fame for the “Hope” poster he created during the 2008 Barack Obama presidential campaign. Thursday he signed bottles of Hennessy V.S Limited Edition at a private event at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and then was guest of honor at a party that evening. He even got behind the turntables at the and spun records for a bit. The dedication of the mural was Friday.

Photos of the Shepard Fairey after-party after the jump »

5 Must-Dos This Week in Philadelphia: Romeo and Juliet in Space, the “I Love You, I Hate You” Happy Hour and More

Every week we round up five of the best things to do in the week ahead. Weather pending, of course. 

BRAT productions three chord fiction

Philly “rock and roll theater company” BRAT Productions is getting a head start on Valentine’s Day with “Three Chord Fiction: Love Bites.” Designed as a way to introduce Philly to the next generation of cabaret performers, the showcase pairs actor-singers with local musicians and tasks them to perform a musical tale about love. After every night’s show a different band will take the stage to woo the audience with an amorous-minded set of tunes. Singers include Red 40, drag queen Cleo Phatra, Senor Papos & Jota, and BRAT resident artist’s Jess Conda’s alter ego Len performing with the Ladies of the Cursed Church Theater. Scheduled bands are The Fancy Balloons (Feb. 4), TJ Kong (Feb. 5) and Upholstery (Feb. 6). Feb. 4-6, 8 p.m., $10, Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St.

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Starr Events Opening Cafe at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

The grand staircase at PAFA. Photo by Laura Novak Photography.

The grand staircase at PAFA. Photo by Laura Novak Photography.

Stephen Starr’s Starr Events is now the exclusive catering provider to North Broad Street’s Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. In addition to the providing food and service for weddings and other events, Starr Events will be refreshing PAFA’s cafe.

The cafe will undergo a complete renovation and rebranding this spring. Look for made-to-order salads, gourmet sandwiches, desserts and La Colombe coffee.

PAFA Will Now Be Catered Exclusively By Stephen STARR Events [Philadelphia Wedding]

David Lynch PAFA Exhibit Opening In Philadelphia In 2014

lynch portraitDavid Lynch fans, if you’re wondering when the director of Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, and Twin Peaks is coming out with another movie, I can’t help you out there. But I can tell you that Lynch’s paintings, drawings and water colors will be featured in an upcoming retrospective at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where Lynch studied painting in 1966 and 1967. Lynch was terrified of Philadelphia, and his time here inspired him to make Eraserhead. The David Lynch PAFA exhibit will mark the first time that any United States institution has embarked upon a major exhibition of his work. Read more »

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