As a part of SoLow Festival, Philly’s pay-what-you-can, low-maintenance mill of experimental art, come see the life and times of a shapeshifting baby made in a jug. CW Kennedy’s Jug-Baby:An Autobiography is the story of two parents without the means to care for their newborn babe . . . so they stuff it in a jar hoping it will meld into something they can sell to the circus. The moldable, meldable hero we are left with battles with themes of sexuality and self-discovery featuring puppets, animation, and live music. It will be presented at the Arts Parlor, 1170 South Broad st (Broad and Federal) on Saturday, June 29th and 30th, and all shows start at 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm).
Terrance Gore—art curator, gallery owner, dancer, hairstylist, caterer, interior designer, and proponent of HIV positive awareness will be hosting a series of “Art of Healing” workshops wrestling with curriculum surrounding the connotations of “I AM . . .” and seeing oneself whole. Gore will be leading participants in activities exploring personal vindications and clarity of identity through the creation of collages, paintings, writing, poetry, movement studies, and short stories. The sessions will take place at Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street this Sunday, June 30th, as well as July 14, 21, 28, and August 4 and 11 from 11am to 2pm. For $15 each class and $80 for the full experience, you will leave these workshops in total communion with yourself, but don’t forget to register! Call 215.925.9914 or visit Painted Bride’s website to reserve your spot on the train to self discovery.
The 6th Philadelphia Independent Film Festival has arrived! From June 26 through this weekend partake in the dream of fostering a Channing Tatum-free independent cinema community and view such festival picks as grungy urban strip mall based comedy Two Hundred Thousand Dirty and experimental narrative short film Seed Story at any of four participating Philadelphia venues–Franklin Institute, National Constitution Center, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Bryn Mawr Film Institute. Check out the event schedule and choose wisely! (TIX)
The Philadelphia Museum of Art opens its newest collection on Friday, June 28th in the Special Exhibitions Gallery, First floor, Perelman Building, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave. Bolstering the museum’s Art Splash kid-friendly summer exhibition schedule, Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney features nationally the acclaimed Philadelphia born and educated illustrator whose picturesque works include The Patchwork Quilt (1985); John Henry (1994); Minty, A Story of Young Harriet Tubman (1996); Black Cowboy, Wild Horses: A True Story (1998); The Old African (2005); and Sweethearts of Rhythm (2009). Take a child (your own, as the law would have it) and enjoy these precious illustrative masterpieces.
PHAIR, apparently NOT a symposium on the career of the always relevant singer/song-writer Liz Phair, is still kickin’! On Saturday, from 10am to 5pm June 29th stroll 23rd and Arch Streets, neighboring the Schuylkill River Walk at the European open air market inspired event that aims to carve out a niche as Philadelphia art lovers’ ultimate treasure hunt. Check out The Philadelphia Tribune’s piece on the event here!