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Beginning March 29, and then every Friday in April, the XPN Morning Show will feature a special Spring Arts Preview. Tune in as Michaela Majoun puts the spotlight on the arts, including PIFA, Woodmere Art Museum, Al Bustan-Seeds of Culture, Invisible River, and FringeArts.

Friday March 29 - The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA)

The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) returns after a two-year hiatus March 28 - April 27. The theme, If You had a Time Machine..., is time travel as interpreted by arts groups all around the city, and featuring a time machine in the lobby of the Kimmel Center, which serves as the centerpiece for the festival. Jay Wahl, Producing Artistic Director of PIFA, talks about some of the treats in store.

Friday April 5 - The Woodmere Art Museum

The Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill, housed in a renovated historic mansion, is dedicated to the work of Philadelphia artists. Director and CEO Bill Valerio talks about the history of the place, exhibitions coming up this spring and summer, and the music series he created.

Friday April 12 - Al Bustan - Seeds of Culture

Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture is devoted to bringing Arabic language and culture to citizens of Philadelphia of all ages and backgrounds through educational workshops, summer camp, online resources, and a music and arts program. Executive Director Hazami Sayed, who founded Al-Bustan and has spearheaded its growth, talks about the many facets of the group and its 10th anniversary being celebrated with a gala and concert on April 20.

Friday April 19 - Invisible River

Ali Vidich founded Movement Brigade (now called Ali & The Brigade) to push the envelope of dance theater performance. She has a fascination with the Schuylkill River and took audience members out on canoes two years ago for Constants. In June she'll present dancers suspended on the Strawberry Mansion Bridge for Invisible River, as she discusses here.

Friday April 26 - FringeArts...new name, new home

The Philadelphia Live Arts/Philly Fringe Festival (now called FringeArts) has a new home! Cofounder and Producing Director Nick Stuccio discusses the renovation of a historic Philadelphia building as the new year-round location for cutting edge performing and visual arts from around the globe and from right here in Philadelphia.

Interested in finding other great things going on in the Philly area this Spring? Check out the websites below for dance, festivals, film, theater and visual arts.



Pasion y Arte Flamenco
"1096" at Philly Dance Showcase for Dance UP/USA - April 16, 2013 and Performance at PIFA

Pennsylvania Ballet at the Academy of Music
A Midsummer Night’s Dream - March 7, 9, 10
Carnival of the Animals - May 9 -12
Forsythe & Kylian - June 13 - 16

Dance Theatre of Harlem
May 16 -19 - Zellerbach Theater (Annenberg)

Stone Depot Dance Lab
“Casual Friday” - April 12 & 19 - Ruba Club Lounge

SHARP Dance Company Presents
An Aquarian Exposition: A Trip Back to the Original Woodstock
April 12 -14 - The Box

Ballet X
Spring Series 2013 - April 17 - 21

Miro Dance
Cinco de Miro 6 - May 4


XPN Music Film Festival
Produced by the Philadelphia Film Society

April 11-14
Four days of contemporary films including rockumentaries, musician biopics, and movies that are defined by great soundtracks spanning a variety of musical genres!

Philadelphia Film Society

International House Philadelphia


XPN Music Film Festival
April 11-14
Partnership of Philadelphia Film Society and WXPN
Four days of contemporary films including rockumentaries, musician biopics, and movies that are defined by great soundtracks spanning a variety of musical genres! All film screenings at The Annenberg Center, World Cafe Live or The Mandell Theater.

Spring 2013 Art Star Craft Bazaar
May 11 - 12
The Spring Art Star Craft Bazaar is an outdoor retail art/craft show that is organized & juried by Philadelphia's Art Star Gallery & Boutique. Over 140 local & national artists have been chosen to set up shop & sell their wares at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, right along the Delaware River. The event is being held on Mother's Day weekend

Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Show
June 7-9
82nd Annual Spring Show

Philadelphia International Film Festival & Market
June 17 - 22
This year marks the 36th Annual Philadelphia International Film Festival and Market.
PhilaFilm is the region's longest-running, international, Independent film and video competition. PhilaFilm was established in 1977 as an event to showcase the productions of Independent, multicultural film and video artists worldwide and is managed by the PhilaFilm Festival Committee.

Manayunk Arts Festival
June 22-23

XPoNential Music Festival
July 26-28
Wiggins Park on the Waterfront

Philadelphia Live Arts Festival/Philly Fringe
Sep 6 - 21
The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe supports artists, and brings the world's newest and most cutting-edge cultural experiences to our city, amplifying the vibrancy of Philadelphia as a renowned cultural center and an unparalleled place to live, work, and visit. Founded in 1997, we serve local, national, and international artists of all disciplines and levels of achievement through the platforms of the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, the Philly Fringe, and the LAB program.


The Wilma Theater
Under the Whaleback - through - April 7
Bootycandy - May 15 - Jun 16

Philadelphia Theater Company
Seminar - through April 14
Venus in Fur - May 24 - June 23

Walnut Street Theatre -
Grease - May 14 - July 14

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts at the Academy of Music
Sister Act - April 2 - April 7
Wicked - June 26 - August 4

Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts
46 Circus Acts in 45 Minutes

Lantern Theater Company
Henry V – through April 14 -
Heroes - May 16 - June 9

Old Academy Players
Waiting for the Fat Lady to Sing - April 26 - May 12
A Streetcar Named Desire - June 7 - June 23

Bristol Riverside Company
Inherit the Wind - May 21 - June 9

Azuka Theater
Everyone and I - March 28 - April 7
Failure: A Love Story - May 8 - May 26

People's Light & Theater
Stargirl - April 20 - May 12
Barcelona - May 29 - June 23

Walking Fish Theatre

11th Hour Theatre Company
Altar Boyz - June 7 - June 30

Visual Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Live Cinema/Manon de Boer: Resonating Surfaces – A Trilogy - Until May 5
Double Portrait: Paula Scher and Seymour Chwast, Graphic Designers - Until April 14

The Piazza At Schmidts
Second and Germantown in Northern Liberties
The Toothless Cat
Bambi Gallery - New Gallery and Boutique (opens June 5)
R. Alexander Trejo Fine Art Photography

The Clay Studio

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Pentimenti Gallery
Established and emerging artists

University of Pennsylvania Institute of Contemporary Art
White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart – through July 28

Woodmere Art Museum
Charles Searles: A Focus on the Figure
March 26-June 15, 2013Woodmere Art Museum will offer a focused investigation of Charles Searles' early works that showcase his interest in the human figure. The selected works will introduce this little-known phase of Searles' work, and offer an opportunity for visitors to note his facility with different drawing media.

The Promise of Peace: Violet Oakley's United Nations Portraits
March 30-June 30, 2013 Violet Oakley, a longtime advocate for peace, was sent in 1946 by the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin to capture historic openings sessions of the United Nations. This exhibition is part of the 2013 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) and focuses on an important series of portraits made by Oakley.