PW's Picks for the Philadelphia International Arts Festival

By Ada Kulesza
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April 15

PIFA Friday (Gallery Night)

In April you get two Fridays to stroll around, check out local art and get mildly tipsy on free Yellow Tail. Free. Citywide.

April 16

Independent Artist Movement in Cinematography

As long as there were films, there were filmmakers spearheading the avant-garde; check out these shorts that defined that radical epithet and revolutionized early film. 5pm, $6-$8. International House, 3701 Chestnut St.

 April 17

?uestlove with Keren Ann

Check out Philly’s favorite syncopation master backing the sultry chanteuse, with special guests, blending hip-hop and modern instrumentation with compositions by the likes of Debussy and Ravel. ?uestlove will spin at the afterparty. 8pm, $35-$65. Kimmel Center, 260 S. Broad St.

April 20, 21

La Baker

Josephine Baker was the iconic precursor to the Beyoncés and Janets of the world, storming Paris with her provocative banana skirts and risque topless glamour shots. Temple students and faculty stage a tribute to the African-American expat. 7:30pm, $15-$20. Conwell Dance Theater, 1801 N. Broad St.

Poetic Passageways

The enchanting magic gardens of Philly will be background to performers interpreting the works of Dadaists and Surrealists such as Duchamp and Apollinaire in an audience-collaborative show. 7pm, $12-$15. Philadelphia’s Magic Garden, 1020 South St.

April 23

Le Bateau Lavoir

This day-long freebie, inspired by the bohemian Parisian artists clique consisting of Picasso, Gertrude Stein and others, will feature a poetry, performance, conversation, drink and food marathon. Free. Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th St.

April 25

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