Orient Express Party 11/4, 5–8:45 pm Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th St. and Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. Free with museum admission The PMA’s exciting Art After 5 series continues with traditional French music (accordions, duh), gypsy jazz and Turkish belly dancing, all in the beautiful Grand Stair Hall. Come for the Degas, stay for the — dear god, belly dancers? How can you say no?
Where Are You From? A Keynote Address with Erika Doss 11/5, 2–4 p.m. Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 118 North Broad St. $10 in advance, $15 at the door (includes exhibition admission) Erika Doss, the Chair of Notre Dame’s American Studies Department, will be giving a talk about the importance of regionalism in American contemporary art. With an increasingly globalized culture here in the States, the significance of memory and local history in art production has been changing rapidly over the past few years. The lecture will be followed by an audience–participatory discussion.
Printed Image: Polly Afpelabaum 11/10, 6 p.m. The Print Center, 1614 Latimer St. Free Artist Polly Apfelbaum will be hosting a lecture exploring the internet’s place in the changing relations between geographical connections and memory. A highly accomplished artist, Apfelbaum has been featured in galleries around the world and has recently published her own book, entitled Haunted House. This event is a must for all tech–oriented art lovers, and it’s free!
November Opening at Vox Populi Gallery 11/4 at 12 p.m–11/5 at 12 p.m. Vox Populi Art Gallery, 319 North 11th St. Free
Hooray for Vox Populi! This North Philly gallery will be opening its doors on the 4th and 5th of November to showcase four new artists: potter Chadwick Augustine, photographer Anna Neighbor, and sculptors Gabriel Boyce and Dustin Sparks. Most of them hail from Philadelphia-- -— always an added bonus.
Monday Poets: Michael Morse and Bruce Smith 11/7, 6:30 p.m. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St. Free As part of their ongoing poetry series, the flagship location of the Free Library of Philadelphia will be bringing in Michael Morse and Bruce Smith. Morse is a published poet from Brooklyn who is very active in the national poetry writing workshop circuits. Smith, author of six books of poetry, is a notable figure in contemporary poetry, having been a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Interesting readings and discussion to follow.