Philadelphia Fall Arts Preview 2013

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

Seventeen Border Crossings

November | FringeArts
The fall of the Berlin Wall opened up the world in a way it was never open before, and the fall of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001, closed it right back up again. That’s the premise of this one-man multimedia journey from Thaddeus Phillips, one of Philly’s most innovative theater ar­tists. His performance is based on his actual travels across 17 international borders.

First Person Arts Festival

11/6-11/16 | Various locations
First Person Arts organization—the people who bring you the Best of Philly-winning First Person Arts StorySlams twice a month—returns with this annual festival celebrating memoir and documentary art. Look for introspective performances and events featuring drag queen extraordinaire Martha Graham Cracker, modern dancer Raphael Xavier, poet-activist (aren’t they all?) Sonia Sanchez, and a live event from theater company Team Sunshine Performance Corporation.

The Garden

11/1-11/17 | 230 North 2nd Street
If you only have room on your busy social calendar for one dance performance this season, make it Philadelphia choreographer Nichole Canuso’s latest groundbreaking production, designed for just six audience members in an Old City basement. Although, as Canuso clarifies, “In the Garden, there is no audience; each traveler is on his or her own journey.” You and five other “travelers” put on headphones and listen to individualized sound scores while you delve into an interactive world based on the 1972 Italian novel Invisible Cities.


10/12-10/18 | Various locations
The annual celebration of Philadelphia’s vibrant design community.

Pearl Jam

10/21-10/22 | Wells Fargo Center
On October 15th, Eddie Vedder & Co. bring us their 10th studio album, Lightning Bolt. And based on “Mind Your Manners,” the hard-hitting single the band released in July, they’re getting no less aggressive with age. Expect a high-energy performance when they hit Philly just one week after the album’s debut.

The Philadelphia Orchestra: Opening Night

10/25 | Kimmel Center
Break out your finest formalwear for the Orchestra’s opening-night concert and gala. After a champagne reception in the Kimmel’s Commonwealth Plaza, you’ll enjoy one of the world’s best symphonies joined by German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, all under the direction of maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Dinner and dancing to follow. Not too shabby.