PW's Picks for the Philadelphia International Arts Festival

By Ada Kulesza
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This lace bodice with brocade tango skirt will be on display as part of the Brave New World exhibit at Drexel's Leonard Pearlstein Gallery.

April 6-16

Basil Twist’s Petrushka

Harkening to John Malkovich’s eponymous film performance, a classic love triangle between a ballerina, a clown and a Moor is performed by life-size puppets manipulated by black-shrouded puppeteers. $20-$30. Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St.

April 7

Brave New World

Fashion enthusiasts can see costumes from the period that saw the evolution from Victorian frippery to clean lines. Sociology buffs can argue about how fashion provided impetus for early feminism. Free. Drexel’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, 33rd and Market sts.

April 8

Free to Be: The Artistry and Impact of African-American Artists in Paris 1900-1940

When African-American artists in the early 20th century found America’s cultural climate hostile to their expression, they went to Paris; the African-American museum will display paintings, sculpture, costumes, writings and rarities from the visionaries who found their voices in the Old World. $8-$10. African American Museum, 701 Arch St.

PIFA Couture

Models strut a 60-foot runway in slinky digs by nine top haute designers and the best of Philly’s fashion students. 8pm, $35. Kimmel Center

Paris Nightlife

The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble will perform some “vintage cabaret” for an audience sipping French wine, nibbling on cheese and soaking in Demuth’s works inspired by Paris. 7pm, $20. Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave.

April 11

Precious Places Community History Project

Eight neighborhood groups produced short documentary films about sites in their communities, telling the stories that have been passed down from word of mouth. 9pm, free. Kimmel Center, 260 S. Broad St.

April 14

Wave Upon Wave

This ain’t your grandmother’s music video: A large-scale world premiere, featuring experimental dance from Philly and absurdist dance from Japan, examines the effects of globalization on the traditional city of Kyoto. 8pm, $10-$20. International House, 3701 Chestnut St.

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