With Art Philadelphia: Top Picks for August 2013 Art Happenings In And Around The City

It’s August. Time for kids to blast Alice Cooper to drown out those back-to-school commercials in denial at the end of summer.

And time for adults to fit in as many arts adventures as possible.

Stay cool with our top picks for art happenings in August.

• BEFORE MYEYES: Opening August 2, 110 Church Gallery, 110 Church Street. When you’re a kid, it’s easy to find adventure in the everyday — a cardboard roll becomes a sword just as easily as couch cushions can form the brick and mortar of an impenetrable fort. Learn to expect the unexpected again with a show by Justin Joseph Bursk, whose work takes found objects on a jocular journey.

• Exhibition: Steve Weinik: Opening August 2, Gravy Studio & Gallery, 155 Cecil B. Moore Street. There are few who know the city more intimately than Steve Weinik, thanks to his job as staff photographer for the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. An exhibition of his work, highlighting the city and its surrounding regions, acts as a memory montage and flash ride through Philly.

• Live Long Day: Friday, August 2, 6 p.m., Art in the Age, 116 N. 3rd Street. You’ve more than likely made Art in the Age a staple of your First Friday route, mostly with the intention of “sampling the punch.” Be sure to take a moment to sample the artwork on display this month, too, by duo Geoffrey KixMiller and Zoe Axelrod. Large-scale totems and miniature clay sculptures take you on a Wonderland-style exploration of shifting sizes, colors and shapes.

• BlackStar Film Festival Art Shorts: Friday, August 2, 7-7:45 p.m., Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Receive the press kit for an epic film that doesn’t exist. Follow a flying creature wracked with hunger in a devastated landscape. Observe a young man’s struggle against nature — both his own and that of his forest surrounding. These and other experimental short films will introduce you to the work of emerging and established filmmakers.

• ForeverEndeavor: Friday, August 2, 6 p.m., Square Peg Artery & Salvage, 2517 Frankford Avenue. The Frankford Avenue shop is the kind of place where you can find a Pretty in Pink necktie nestled in between stunning craft jewelry and Ben Franklin candle holders. If you still need a more compelling reason to swing by, this First Friday they’ll be hosting a ‘make your own body part’ craft station, followed by a round of “Pin the Limb on the Torso.” Even Uncle Fester would approve.

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With Art Philadelphia: Top Picks For November 2013 Art Happenings In And Around The City

It’s November. Remember, remember there’s more to your month than growing in your beard and hunting down a gobbling bird.

Dress warmly before you explore our top picks for art happenings this month.

• …in the house: Ongoing through November 13, Mural Arts Program at the Thomas Eakins House, 1727-29 Mount Vernon Street. You’ve been stepping all over someone’s artwork for 20 years — the street art of stickman, that is. The current City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program exhibition at Thomas Eakins House, curated by street art blogger RJ Rushmore of Vandalog, features the elusive figure splayed across a sidewalk near you.

• KAWS @ PAFA: Ongoing through January 5, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-128 N. Broad Street. While you usually don’t run into giants on your daily commute, the KAWS installation at 30th Street Station last spring might have had you traveling Gulliver-style. PAFA continues its KAWS celebration with an exhibition of the Brooklyn-based artist whose sculptures infuse pop culture with monsters and mischief. Party large at PAFA After Dark on November 7, complete with a DJ, The Simpsons trivia contest and dance battles.

• Cinephiliac: Art Transcending Technology & Motion: Opening November 1, Twelve Gates Arts, 51 N. Second Street. Indian cinema gets rewoven, redrawn and reclaimed in the current exhibition at Twelve Gates, the Old City gallery devoted to international and South Asian arts. From charcoal renditions of film stills to Bollywood paintings, eight artists find the pop art in popcorn dramas.

• CITYWIDE: Opening November 1, various venues. More than just a Philadelphia barfly special, for the month of November Citywide is an exhibition specializing in local arts spaces. Twenty-three partner galleries and organizations tackle chaos to bring you an exchange of exhibitions, swapping out artists, curators and neighborhoods in a giant game of musical chairs.

• Falling Awake: Recent Works by Thomas Buildmore: Opening November 1, Indy Hall, 22 N. 3rd Street. Thomas Buildmore brings fresh life to the still life with his spray paint explorations of object perception. Look closely at his paintings and second-guess reality as it melts in and out of focus….

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