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50 Ways to Get Your Art Fix In Philly This Fall

The city's arts scene comes to life each autumn / From stupid effing seagulls to chamber opera, we have you covered.

FringeArts Festival
If you can’t find something you like at this massive, citywide live arts festival, you’re doing it wrong. From matador fairy tales to acrobats to multimedia explorations of YouTube crying (seriously), there’s a little something for everyone.
Through September 24, various locations, fringearts.com

Mrs. Warren's Profession
Local legend Mary Martello takes the lead in George Bernard Shaw's comedy.
Through October 9, St. Stephen's Theater, lanterntheater.org


Stupid F—ing Bird
Anyone who spent summer at the Jersey Shore will appreciate Arden co-founder Aaron Posner's modern, foul-mouthed adaption of Chekov's "The Seagull."
Through October 16, Arden Theatre, ardentheatre.org

South Pacific
Important thing to remember: You're never too cool for Rodgers & Hammerstein. Never.
Through October 23, Walnut Street Theatre, walnutstreettheatre.org

The Block
This photo exhibition of South Kensington concludes the Philly Block Project, a yearlong initiative to document the vibrant, diverse community.
Through November 30, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, philaphotoarts.org

Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution

An exploration of the influence and legacy of Bill Graham, the concert promoter behind industry-changing events including Live Aid.
Through January 16, National Museum of American Jewish History, nmajh.org

The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music
This large-scale group exhibit links avant-garde jazz and experimental music of the '60s with contemporary art and culture.
Through March 19, Institute on Contemporary Art, hicaphila.org

Philadelphia United Jazz Festival
Now in its fourth year, the fest brings five days of jazz to venues across the city.
September 14-18, various locations, philaunitedjazzfestival.com

Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Show
The nation's oldest outdoor original artwork show, right here in Philly.
September 16-18, 18th and Walnut streets, rittenhousesquareart.com

Mexican Independence Day Festival
Part of the PECO Multicultural Series, an afternoon honoring Mexican culture with food, music, crafts and more.
September 18, Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, delawareriverwaterfront.com

Ben Volta: Pattern Process
Working with students and incarcerated youth, the artist creates public murals and sculptures in an exploration of education, restorative justice and urban planning.
September 21-November 20, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, pafa.org

Fitzgerald at 120
Celebrate good old F. Scott’s 120th with a discussion of his work, life and legacy.
September 22, Parkway Central Library, freelibrary.org

Breaking Waves
Based on the film by Lars von Trier, this world premiere chamber opera delves into love, marriage and sex—and the limits of each.
September 22- October 1, Kimmel Center, operaphila.org

Yannick and Yuga
The orchestra’s frontman kicks off his fifth season along with Curtis-trained pianist Yuja Wang.
September 22-24, Kimmel Center, kimmelcenter.org

Young at Art 2
Washington Square bar and sometimes-gallery Dirty Frank's celebrates weird and wonderful masterpieces by budding artists ages 3-10.
Opening reception September 23, dirtyfranksbar.com

Fourth Friday on Fabric Row
In Old City it’s First Friday, but Queen Village’s Fabric Row waits until later in the month. Every fourth Friday, come out for shopping, gallery openings, live music and more.
September 23, southstreet.com

Rosenbach Museum Open House
As part of Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day Live, enjoy free admission at the gorgeous, easy-to-miss Center City museum.
September 24, rosenbach.org

A Million Faces: The Photography of John W. Mosley
Considered one of the most important photojournalists of the 20th century, Mosley's images of Philadelphia's African American community during the Civil Rights movement remain just as powerful and relevant today.
September 24-January 16, Woodmere Art Museum, woodmereartmuseum.org

Brazilian Day Festival
Enjoy food and performances showcasing samba, forró, capoeira, samba-reggae and other dances.
September 25, Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, delawareriverwaterfront.com

Fall For the Arts Festival
Chestnut Hill's annual celebration includes music, art, food, crafts and shopping.
September 25, chestnuthillpa.com

Amy Schumer
With her Comedy Central show on hiatus, The Funny Lady in Chief hits the road.
September 24, Wells Fargo Center, amyschumer.com

Mummies and Martinis
Penn Museum hosts happy hour in the Egypt Gallery, because mummies.
September 29, penn.museum

i found god in myself
This two-gallery exhibit honors the 40th anniversary of Ntozake Shange’s landmark choreopoem “for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf” with commissioned work by nationally acclaimed artists.
October 1-January 2, African American Museum in Philadelphia, aampmuseum.org

Behind-the-Scenes Ship Tours
On the first Saturday of every month April through November, the Independence Seaport Museum offers tours of the Olympia cruiser and Becuna submarine, including access to areas not usually open to the public.
October 1 and November 5, phillyseaport.org

The Mask of Red Death: An Evening of Spirits and Consumption
The Mutter Museum honors the week of Poe's death with a performance of his short story followed by a pop-up tuberculosis exhibit and discussion led by Philly Poe scholar Edward G. Pettit. Stay weird, Mutter.
October 4, muttermuseum.org

Sittin' In
October's edition of Sittin' In, a free monthly jazz series, features local genre-splitters Vertical Current.
October 5, Kimmel Center, kimmelcenter.org

Live and Life Will Give You Pictures
Featuring masterworks of French photography from 1890 through 1950, file this one under "Ways to Impress a Date."
October 8-January 9, The Barnes Foundation, barnesfoundation.org

The Adventures of Mr. Potato Head
The Please Touch Museum's new exhibit includes a tropical jungle, an archeological dig, a deep-sea dive and a trip to outer space.
Opening October 8, pleasetouchmuseum.org

Sigur Ros
Experimental Icelandic rock at the historic Academy of Music? Yes, obviously.
October 8, Academy of Music, kimmelcenter.org

Robot Revolution
Sponsored by Google, developers of our inevitable robot overlords.
October 8-April 2, Franklin Institute, fi.edu

National Fossil Day
Celebrate by digging through the Academy of Natural Sciences' archives, from dino bones to shark teeth.
Oct. 12, Academy of Natural Sciences, ansp.org

When The Rain Stops Falling
Time Magazine’s 2010 Best New Play of the Year swings through the Wilma starring local actors Taysha Canales and Brian Ratcliffe.
October 12-November 6, Wilma Theater, wilmatheater.org

Cinderella
The Pennsylvania Ballet sets the beloved fairytale in motion. Want to be the favorite aunt? Scoop up tickets to the Children’s Ball on October 23.
October 13-23, Academy of Music, paballet.org

The Legend of Georgia McBride
Dito van Reigersberg—aka Martha Graham Cracker, Philly’s patron drag queen—stars as Miss Tracy Mills in this not-to-be-missed, sequin-covered comedy.
October 13-November 27, Arden Theatre, ardentheatre.org

Jennifer Weiner
The bestselling Philly author discusses her latest collection of essays, “Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love and Writing.”
October 14, Parkway Central Library, freelibrary.org

Soul Crawl: Haunted Halloween History Tours
Laurel Hill Cemetery's spooky Halloween programming is a must. These flashlight tours cover the cemetery's rich history, as well as some of its most notable permanent residents.
October 14 -15, thelaurelhillcemetery.org

Rizzo
Bruce Graham’s much-buzzed drama following the infamous mayor's rise from beat cop to City Hall returns to the stage.
October 15-November 8, Suzanne Roberts Theatre, theatreexile.org

Harry Potter Festival
Extremely popular among muggles, Chestnut Hill's annual Harry Potter Fest includes a pub crawl, a Quidditch tournament, Defense Against the Dark Arts classes, owl guest appearances and more.
October 21-22, chestnuthillpa.com

Bones!
The Wagner Free Institute of Science’s family-friendly Halloween event features fossil presentations, a spooky museum scavenger hunt, and crafts.
October 22, wagnerfreeinstitute.org

Breathe Smoke
From Philly theater collective Orbiter 3, a musician plans a final show walking the line between his art and his mortality.
October 25-November 2, Painted Bride, paintedbride.org

Penn & Teller
Because you need one last night at the shore.
October 29, Caesars Atlantic City, ticketmaster.com

Shanghai Acrobats
Trampoline artists, aerial acrobats, martial artists and contortionists make you feel bad about your yoga practice.
October 30, Kimmel Center, kimmelcenter.org

A Halloween Celebration with Sun Ra Arkestra
Cancel your Halloween plans right now.
October 31, Johnny Brenda’s, johnnybrendas.com

Pirate Adventure Day
Ahoy, mini mateys! The Brandywine River Museum of Art hosts this free day for families including pirate crafts, treasure hunts, story time and seafaring songs.
November 6, brandywine.org

First Person Arts Festival
This absolute gem of a storytelling festival is brought to you by the same good people behind the StorySlam series. Do it.
November 7-19, firstpersonarts.org

This Is the Week That Is
For most of us, this election season has been a nightmare. For 1812 Productions, it’s been a goldmine of material for their annual political satire.
November 7, Plays & Players Theater, 1812productions.org

Revolution
The Pennsylvania Ballet’s performance features three pieces. Balanchine is in there, yes, but so is a new work from Philly’s own Brian Sanders, the choreographer behind JUNK’s athletic, playful approach to dance.
November 10-13, Merriam Theater, merriam-theater.com

Celebrate India
As part of the Art Museum's Art after 5 evening series, eight-piece band Red Baraat brings a mix of North Indian Bhangra, go-go, rock and jazz into the galleries.
November 25, philamuseum.org

Jurassic World
Based on the blockbuster and created alongside paleontologist Jack Horner, the exhibit promises to be "the closest you will ever come to living dinosaurs." Here's hoping.
November 25-April 23, Franklin Institute, fi.edu

Neil deGrasse Tyson: An Astrophysicist Goes To The Movies
The man who demoted Pluto takes a scientific look at Hollywood, explaining what's wrong—and occasionally right—with everything from “Star Wars” to “Frozen.”
November 30, Academy of Music, kimmelcenter.org

 

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