Arts Shortlist: First Friday and Beyond
14 Hours @ Vox Populi | March 31-April 1
A 14-hour performance by musician/poet/performance artist Moor Mother, aka Camae Ayewa, about domestic violence. Moor Mother (formerly Moor Mother Goddess) is a fascinating, socially conscious artist and a prolific musical performer. Keep checking the above link for livestream info.
Repeater: Lee Arnold, Mark Brosseau, and Meg Lipke @ Tiger Strikes Asteroid | Friday, April 1
A “playful installation” at Philly’s most playfully named gallery, curated by Kelsey Halliday Johnson. Yes, the title is a Fugazi reference. Runs through May 1.
Jayson Musson: The Truth in the Song @ Fleisher/Ollman Gallery | Friday, April 1
Ex-Philadelphian artist and musician Jayson Musson returns to Fleisher/Ollman for a mixed-media solo show of his stretched Coogi sweater “paintings.” Runs through May 28.
Jason Killinger: Rare Squares @ Brewerytown Beats | Friday, April 1
“Recontextualized” posters and prints by socially conscious graphic designer (Design for Good Reasons) and musician (Birds of Maya, Spacin’) Jason Killinger. This is also a great excuse to check out North Philly record shop Brewerytown Beats.
Spirits & Beasties — An Extravaganza of Monsters @ Indy Hall | Friday, April 1
A large group show of art based on the fabulous monsters described by Christine Neulieb on her Spirits & Beasties site. Artists includes Saul Rosenbaum, Kotaro Fujita, Sam Abrams, Lydia Martin, AJ Beyer, Falynn K and lots more. Check out our slideshow of pieces from this exhibition.
Dewey Saunders and Bohay Gold: Fool’s Gold @ Ritual Ritual | Friday, April 1
Mixed media pieces by Saunders, sculptures by Gold. I highly recommend Saunders’ Instagram. Oh hey, Gold’s ’Grams are looking good too.
Peter and the Starcatcher @ Walnut Street Theater | Runs through May 1
Theater critic David Fox had some mixed feelings about this Peter Pan prequel: “How you feel about Peter and the Starcatcher — the immensely clever, mind-bogglingly energetic show on stage at the Walnut Street Theatre — may depend on two things: your taste for whimsy, and your ability to keep track of complicated details.”
Meredith Rainey Dance @ Harold Prince Theater | April 1-2
Philadelphia-based choreographer Rainey presents (In)Visible, in collaboration with Jorge Cousineau and Tania Isaac. See the video at the bottom of this post.
Shannon Murphy and Jumatatu Poe @ Mascher Space Cooperative | April 1-2
The choreographers present five performances — tunder the title of “Rhythm and Race.” Quoth their mission statement: “Swells of physical endurance, J-Sette movement vocabulary, improvisational practices as performance, autobiographies, and a plastic loin cloth.”
- Saint Joan @ Quintessence | Runs through April 22 Theater critic David Fox enjoyed this “spare, beautifully staged, often hypnotic production” of George Bernard Shaw’s play.
- Rob Ford Vigil @ Pat’s & Geno’s | Wednesday, March 30 A gathering to pay respects to the late former mayor of Toronto. Why did I put this in my Tuesday arts calendar? Because tomorrow is too late. Why is it happening at all? Couldn’t say. The FB page was created by Philly rapper Pipus.
- Daily Doodles by Tim Gough @ Trinity Framing | Friday, April 1 Beer, snacks and Gough’s stark black & white drawings.
- Jacob Rivkin and Joshua Zerangue: Drop Ceiling @ Space 1026 | Friday, April 1 “An exhibition of new animation, sculpture, and printed matter.” Runs through April 30.
- Chloe Berk @ Kensington Quarters | Friday, April 1 Papercut art at the Fishtown restaurant.
- Tamagawa University Taiko Drumming and Dance Troupe @ West Chester University | Saturday, April 2 A high energy performance by this troupe of 30 drummers and dancers from Japan.