5 Things to Do in Philly this Week
Nerd Nite, Eating My Garbage, Artists as Activists and more.
Jonathan Demme to Auction Art in Philly
More than 900 pieces from his impressive collection of Caribbean art.
NEW MOVIE SPOTLIGHT: 300: Rise of an Empire
Go for the 3-D abs, stay for female warrior Artemisia.
Q&A: Philly Jazz Master Henry Grimes
Growing up in Philly, his music start and working with Cecil Taylor.
Cinedelphia returns for its second go-round on April 10th, with more than two weeks and 35 events worth of weird and wild underground film. Presented by Cinedelphia and PhilaMOCA‘s Eric Bresler and his found-footage outlet, Video Pirates, this year’s festival expands the theme of Philly film to include lost and found celluloid oddities from places far and near. Since last year’s debut, the film festival has gained a following, leading Bresler to enact some changes.
The Eakins Oval — aka Philly’s Park on the Parkway that was created last year — has announced its activity lineup for 2014. The Oval is an initiative of the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation department, a project to bring a little family-friendly entertainment to this six-acre stretch of Fairmount. Last year activities ran the gamut from late-night movie screenings to a food and beverage truck festival. Here’s what they have planned so far for 2014:
Oscar-winning director of Philadelphia and The Silence of the Lambs Jonathan Demme has spent years amassing quite an impressive collection of Caribbean art — colorful gems by artists like Wilson Bigaud, Daniel Pressley, and Hector Hyppolite. And now he’s ready to share his treasures with the world. Starting March 22nd, at Philadelphia eclectic-art haven Material Culture, Demme will present and auction off most of his collection in “Direct From the Eye: The Jonathan Demme Collection of Self-Taught Art.” More from AP:
Knerd Knews hosts Beth Kellner and Scott Johnston got dressed up like their favorite Star Trek characters and hit the Convention Center during the Philadelphia Flower Show. Needless to say, it wasn’t the kind of convention they were looking for.
Learn more about the hosts (also known as JK KELLSTON) and their current Indiegogo campaign here.
This March, there are several author events in Philadelphia. Here are the five we’re most excited for:
Every Friday we spotlight the buzz-worthiest new movie opening in Philadelphia.
Name: 300: Rise of an Empire
Genre: Action/Swords/Chiseled Abs
Logline: Sin City meets Troy
Quick Review: Zack Snyder only produced and wrote this grisly follow-up to his successful 300, but his handprints are all over the thing, from the inane dialogue to the beyond silly physics-defying action sequences, all totted up in CGI-enhanced overload. The story very loosely follows the Persian attack on Greece lead by the golden-Speedo sporting King Xerxes (played by Rodrigo Santoro), and his naval commander Artemisia (Eva Green), a fierce female warrior, who is slightly smitten with her formidable Greek opponent, Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton). Much blood and many body parts later, the issue is laid to rest, but not before giving us beheadings, disembowelment, fantastical sea serpents, and a 3-D sex/fight scene that ends with no one getting what they want. Welcome to the club.
Philly free jazz great Henry Grimes returns to town tomorrow to perform in Celebrating Cecil at the Painted Bride. The event recognizes the innovative work of jazz pioneer Cecil Taylor at the Painted Bride. Both musicians were at the forefront of ’60s avant-garde, re-constructing jazz alongside Pharaoh Sanders, Albert Ayler and Don Cherry.
Of all the tortures, to put it lightly, of elevator-sharing (awkward eye contact, microscopic talk, the dreaded cougher), the music may be enemy number one. Asian Arts Initiative (AAI) understands the pain, and is flipping it on its head with a new exhibit, “Really Good Elevator Music.”
The project, headed by AAI artist-in-residence Yowei Shaw, turns an elevator into a pop-up installation, where office-goers and art lovers can change how they view passive time — the habitual commute becoming an experience. Collaborators on the project include Steven Dufala (formerly of Man Man) and a slew of other Philly artists. Their two-minute tracks are an experiment in found sound, field recordings and music, with the hope of promoting active listeners and an active community. Expect to hear heart-warming, thought-provoking and light-hearted pieces piped in through the PA, with tracks ranging from a recorded discussion with men to take shelter at the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission to a soundbite of eighth graders rehearsing their Miley Cyrus-themed graduation video.
The project is running now through March 31st in the Wolf Building elevators, at 340 North 12th Street. Shaw will host a listening party on March 14th that features the music and video reactions from participants. That takes place at the Asian Arts Initiative, at 1219 Vine Street. For more information and to listen to some of the tracks, go here.