Philadelphia Fall Arts Preview 2013

In no particular order, the 25 can't-miss arts events this fall season.


9/5-9/22 | Various locations
The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe may have a new name (thank God), but the mission is still the same: presenting the most daring stage talent from around the world. Case in point: Pig Iron alum Geoff Sobelle (pictured, previous page), whose world-premiere absurdist theater work, The Object Lesson (Christ Church Neighborhood House, September 12th to 21st), examines the meaning of and the relationship we have with all of our stuff.

The Philadelphia Film Festival

10/17-10/27 | Various locations
Calling all movie geeks!

Hall & Oates

10/4 | Borgata
They remain two of pop’s most underrated songwriters and we’re proud to call them our own.

Fiona Apple

10/19 | Merriam Theater
People who say, “All music sounds the same these days” need to listen to Fiona Apple. Pull up the video for “Hot Knife” to see what I mean. With Blake Mills;


11/2-11/7 | FringeArts
This co-production of Opera Philadelphia and Nick Stuccio’s FringeArts organization is an opera that tells the story of a Serbian bride the night before her wedding in 1968. The show culminates in a festive reception that the audience takes part in, complete with live Balkan dance music from the West Philadelphia Orchestra. Think Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding but, you know, actually good.

Dr. J

11/14 | Central Library
When you talk about the glory days of basketball—in Philadelphia or anywhere else—Dr. J must be part of the conversation. The Sixers legend, who led the team to victory in the 1983 NBA Championship against Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the L.A. Lakers, has written an autobiography. In fact, it’s called Dr. J: The Autobiography, and he’s coming to the Library to tell you all about it.

“LÉger: Modern Art and the Metropolis”

10/14-1/5 | Philadelphia Museum of Art
For its main event of the fall season, the Philadelphia Museum of Art has created an interdisciplinary exhibit that focuses on French painter, sculptor and filmmaker Fernand Léger, who was one of the first artists to depict modern cities. The exhibit starts with Léger’s 1919 oil-on-canvas work The City and expands to the other works and artists (from Gerald Murphy to Man Ray) it went on to inspire.