Philadelphia Produces Original Design at the Museum Store 11/11–12/31 Products range from $30–3,000 Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th St. and the Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. It’s never too early to get stressed about holiday shopping: what’s a good gift for your artsy fartsy hipster roommate? For your mom? Luckily, artist/designer/author and, above all, Philadelphia–lover Alex Stadler is bringing an eclectic pop–up bazar to the PMA store. Showcasing items exclusively designed and/or produced in Philly, this pop–up store has everything from jewelry, fashion and furniture to toys and stationary. Ranging from cute to quirky, the products sold at P.POD do justice to its motto: “freakish, brilliant, or gorgeous.”
Miyung Lee at the Highwire Gallery 11/4–27 Free Highwire Gallery, 2040 Frankford Ave. Emotion meets canvas in Miyung Lee’s abstract paintings. Propelled by her mother’s unexpected passing, Miyung Lee’s abstract works illustrate the artist’s frustration in her inability to say goodbye to her mother and the struggles of her newly orphaned status. Using Korean typography and saturated overlapping to project sorrow, longing and loss, Lee attempts to forge a new relationship with her mother after her death in this series of strikingly emotional paintings.
Tongue–In–Cheek 11/16, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Free The Philadelphia Building, 1315 Walnut St., Suite 832 RSVP online or call (215) 545–4078 The Leeway Foundation’s fall show “Tongue–In–Cheek” explores a number of whimsically playful ideas in varying mediums, from painting and photography to poetry. Join puppet/piñata/mask/suitcase theater artist Beth Nixon and Philly–based printmaker Candy Depew as they discuss their inspiration and creative process.
Nari Ward: We The People Now–11/19 $3 The Fabric Workshop and Museum, 1214 Arch St. Jamaican born installation and sculpture artist Nari Ward generally confronts a variety of controversial social issues in his work such as citizenship, poverty, discrimination and consumerism. In his latest large–scale piece We The People, Ward rewrites the opening line of the Declaration of Independence by means of hand–dyed shoelaces. The gallery also showcases some of his previous works, all of which are constructed with discarded, urban objects he has reclaimed as artistic media.
Beaut 11/14–11/15, 8:30 p.m. $15 Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American St. Philly theater artists Thomas Choinacky and John Jarboe, known for their innovative approach towards both the form and content of their stage works, come together in this two–man show that touches on themes of homosexuality, family and growing up. Sharing their similar experiences of growing up gay in a Midwestern Catholic family, the narratives of both men intertwine in a truly unique experience. Separated on stage by only a thin white curtain, their individual stories complement each other, exploring ideas of self–acceptance, familial tensions and relationships in a performance deemed far more effective than a singular narrative.