Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
1400. N. American St. 215.232.5678. philaphotoarts.org
The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center has its second Philly Photo Day (Oct. 28). All snapshot-shooters are invited to take a picture within the city limits and upload it to the PPAC website for this nonjuried, come-one-come-all event with an exhibit of all submitted works opening Nov. 10. Last year, nearly 350 people participated and PPAC hopes to double that number this year.
American Philosophical Society Museum
105 S. Fifth St. 215.440.3400. apsmuseum.org
The APS Museum commissioned art, design, music, a play and a lot of programming for its Greenhouse Project, in conjunction with its exhibit Of Elephants and Roses. “Greenhouse and the Cabinet of Future Fossils” by architecture and design guru Jenny Sabin (Cornell prof with a design studio at Crane Old School) sits in the APS Museum’s Jefferson Garden, an ancient and futuristic-looking edifice resembling the bleached bones of Moby Dick washed up at Fifth and Chestnut and bedazzled. More than 100 colorful green, orange and blue cold frames with plants and vines pepper the piece, and all objects in the project (except a few ceramic pieces) were made using the latest design and fabrication tools (3-D printers; laser cutters). Don’t miss the science talk on the chili pepper by molecular researcher Joseph Rucker (Sept. 12 at National Mechanics); the talk by community artist Fritz Haeg about his recent project, Animal Estates (Sept. 20); and the talk and greenhouse walkthrough with Jenny Sabin (Oct. 20). The free programs require an RSVP.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
118-128 N. Broad St. 215.972.7600. pafa.org
Speaking of greenhouses, Jordan Griska’s Grumman Greenhouse in PAFA’s new Lenfest Plaza (with the Oldenburg Paint Brush) will be an eyeful. A complete cold-war era airplane, installed nose down and tail up with plants in the nose cone, the piece will be nice counterbalance to the slick Oldenburg piece.
Dear culture vultures: For months we scoured the city to bring you the best of what Philly has to offer this season, and we think we’ve done a damn good job of bringing something for everyone. Into art? You should know that curators and artists everywhere are doing their best to take art out of their galleries and into your community. Want theater? We found a scrappy, independent circus troupe whose stunts you should never try at home. There’s also a roundup of what’s on tap for our favorite stages. If comedy is your thing, we've got a list of the season's best events (like a tribute to the late Mitch Hedberg, he of the famous one-line zingers). Music? Check. Dance? The Russian ballet awaits you on. We even examine the state of storytelling, which, of course, is the world's oldest favorite pastime yet somehow a "novelty" in today's world. Enjoy all this and more!