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“Rites, Rhythm … Riot!”

Center City Opera Theater in collaboration with Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers and Orchestra 2001 presents “Rites, Rhythm … Riot!” This triple feature includes the world premiere of Paul Moravec and Terry Teachout’s opera “Danse Russe” and Philadelphia premieres of Igor Stravinsky’s “Renard and Ragtime.” Artistic collaborators include Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers and Orchestra 2001. “Danse Russe” is a one-act, vaudeville-style opera which tells the story of the creation of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring through the eyes of its creators: Sergei Diaghilev, Vaslar Nijinsky, Pierre Monteux and, of course, Stravinsky. “Renard,” a burlesque fable inspired by the tales of AlexanderAfanasiev, is typically categorized in a genre known as ballet hybrid. In production, dancers on-stage visibly play the characters of Renard while off-stage singers provide narrative texture and also function as members of the accompanying chamber orchestra. “Ragtime” heralds Stravinsky’s interest in jazz, most clearly by virtue of its title. The musical scores for both “Renard and Ragtime” make prominent use of a rare Eastern European dulcimer known as the cimbalom. Philadelphia’s award-winning Orchestra 2001 will serve as chamber ensemble for all three features: “Danse Russe, Renard and Ragtime.”
Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center at 260 South Broad Street
Thursday, April 28 through April 29
Tickets $10 – $125

“Journeys South”

Produced by the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, “Journeys South” examines the evolving immigrant histories of South Philadelphia through four unique interactive public art projects. Decorative vendor awnings, footprint journeys with movement videos, poetic broadsides and a life-size zoetrope, tell varying stories of immigration of the residents of this diverse neighborhood. The seven artists creating each part of “Journeys South,” five of whom were born and raised and/or currently reside in South Philadelphia, worked with community members, historians and folklorists to gain a deeper understanding of the culture and history of this legendary neighborhood. These four projects are spread throughout different neighborhoods of South Philadelphia, using a wide variety of artistic media to explore the intersections of diverse cultures and the continuity of life experience in South Philadelphia. “Journeys South” can be found at locations along South 9th St. and East Passyunk Ave. between Christian and West Moore Street.
Pronto at 920 South 9th Street
Every Saturday, April 30 through June 11 at 10 a.m.

Philadelphia’s Biggest Dance Party

World Dance Day was established in 1982 by the International Dance Council to bring attention to the art of dance every year. Hitting the floor with local dancers, choreographers and teachers gather to celebrate all forms of dance. From 5-8 p.m., performances and dance classes will be offered for all ages and skill levels. The event is held outdoors at the Piazza at Schmidts and is free for anyone who harbors a secret desire to be in “Black Swan,” or to just pick up a new move or two. Indonesian traditional dance, modern and Polish folk dancers will be among many to show off their skills as part of the World Dance Day performances. Lace up your dancing shoes for classes in tango, hula, hip-hop, belly dance and much more!
The Piazza at Schmidts at N. 2nd Street & Germantown Avenue
April 29, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Headhouse Square Farmers’ Market

At this location, Philadelphia’s largest and most popular open-air farmers’ market, you’ll find all manner of herbs, pastured meat, chicken, eggs and dairy, baked goods and lots of produce. Because the growing season is still young, one should expect to find products like asparagus, green garlic and lots of young, tender greens. The market is open between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. You’ll find market favorites like Culton Organics, Wild Flour Bakery and Philly Fair Trade Roasters, formerly known as Joe Coffee, as well as new vendors like Root Mass Farm and Penns Woods Winery. The good stuff goes fast, so get there early for best selection.
Headhouse Square Farmers’ Market at 2nd and Lombard Street
Sundays, May 1 through December 18, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
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The Penn Relays

Before they compete at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, the best relay teams in the world will converge on Philadelphia to test their mettle at the 12th edition of USA vs. the World at the 117th Penn Relays. With more than 180 athletes flying in from around the globe, 16 countries will be on-hand to compete for six titles at the premier elite relay event in the world. Team USA will face stiff competition with teams from Brazil, Canada, Jamaica, Kenya, Morocco and the United Kingdom. First hosted on April 21, 1895, the Penn Relays is the longest uninterrupted collegiate track meet in the country. Averaging one race every five minutes during more than 33 hours of competition, this year’s events will welcome more than 22,000 entries, including high school and collegiate runners. Now in its 117th year, more athletes have run at the Penn Relays than at any single meet in the world. The meet has drawn more spectators than any in the world except the Olympics and World Championships. And the Penn Relay Carnival remains the same whirlwind of activity that has always excited fans young and old.
Franklin Field at 235 S 33rd Street
Friday, April 29 through 30