The 9th Street Italian Market Festival is this Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, 11am-6pm, rain or shine, with 100 outdoor vendors, live music on 3 stages, Procession of the Saints, children's activities and more, along South 9th Street, from Fitzwater to Federal Streets, South Philadelphia.
The Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia performs Hayden's masterpiece "The Creation," which depicts the creation of the world as described by the Book of Genesis and Milton's epic poem "Paradise Lost." The group will sing with Symphony in C, a professional training orchestra that is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. Rossen Milanov, director of both Symphony in C and the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, conducts. The concert will be held at Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, known for its historic beauty and fine acoustics, Sunday, May 19, 4pm, 3723 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia.
Timed with the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War, Drexel University's URBN Center presents "Invasion: Diaries and Memories of War in Iraq," a multimedia exhibit that has received national and international acclaim for its uniquely human view of life on the frontline. Breaking new ground in documentary storytelling, the innovative grid-design includes diary pages blown up to poster size along with pictures, maps and poems, presenting three different experiences of the invasion from within the same unit. Former Marine Lt. Timothy McLaughlin, posted at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, was a tank commander with the first marine battalion to enter Baghdad in 2003. He captured the raw and unfiltered emotions of the moment in his diaries, as did journalist and author Peter Mass, and photographer Gary Knight. Previously on display at the Bronx Documentary Center in New York, "Invasion" can be seen through May 23, in the Lobby, 3501 Market Street, Philadelphia.
Walnut Street Theatre concludes its 204th season with an all-new production of the favorite "Grease," directed by Bruce Lumpkin, with choreography by Michelle Gaudette, starring Matthew Ragas as Danny and Laura Giknis as Sandy, opening May 22 through July 14 on the Main Stage, 825 Walnut Street, Philadelphia.
Many buildings in Philadelphia that were once architectural landmarks and vital to the neighborhoods around them have become hidden over the years, even to the people who walk or drive past them everyday. The Hidden City Festival returns these sites to life by featuring original artwork produced by world-renowned artists in site-specific locations. Dance, music, sculpture, video, print, and mixed-media pieces inspired by the history and architecture of selected sites will be featured in locations throughout Center City, Germantown, Frankford, South Philadelphia, and University City. Artists include the Dufala Brothers, Jacob Wick, Ruth Scott, Zach Webber, and more. The "social practice art" festival kicks off Thursday, May 23 through June 30 in nine locations throughout Philadelphia, including Kelly Natatorium at Fairmount Park, Germantown Town Hall, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, the Historical Society of Frankford, Congregation Shivtei Yeshurun-Ezras Israel, Hawthorne Hall, Fort Mifflin, John Grass Woodturning, and Globe Dye Works.
- Public Radio