Curio Theatre Company’s ‘A Symphony for Saint-Georges’
This weekend, Philadelphians can head to Curio Theatre Company’s new immersive installation celebrating the life and career of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, the famed violinist, composer and fencer—and the Curio says his story has been buried by history. According to a release, this multi-disciplinary installation will feature five environments created by sculpture, music, projections, video and set design. Curio artists have been working for months independently on this experiment to highlight the life of an artist who rose from slavery. ‘A Symphony for Saint-Georges’ runs Friday, March 19 through Sunday, April 18 and ticket times and dates vary and are available for individual households or pods with a maximum number of four people, at 50-minute intervals. Only one group will be able to walk through the installation at a time, so patrons must make a reservation. This is a pay-what-you-can performance with a suggested donation — for those able — of $20 for adults and $10 for students and children. Tickets are available online or by phone at 215-921-8243, and all shows are performed at Curio’s home theatre at the Calvary Center for Culture and Community.
4740 Baltimore Ave., curiotheatre.org
Independence Seaport Museum Reopens
This weekend, Philadelphians can head to the Independence Seaport Museum, which will be opening its doors for the first time since November. Inside the museum, guests can explore the maritime artifact collections, which is the largest in North America. The award-winning exhibition, ‘River Alive!’ gives visitors an up-close look at the “wildlife, science, and wonder of the Delaware River” while also encouraging visitors to explore through various interactive components such as the Water Cycle Puzzle, Watershed Map, Continuum Wall and more. To ensure visitor safety, the museum will operate at a 25% capacity on a weekend-only schedule, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. While the museum and National Historic Landmark ship Cruiser Olympia will reopen, Submarine Becuna will remain closed until further notice.
211 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., phillyseaport.org
JOG x HOT•BED Environmental Exhibit Collab
According to a release, ‘Biospheres’ is a collaborative exhibition by visual artists, Marguerita Hagan and Ana Vizcarra Rankin, that converses and gives a visual voice to the wonder, responsibility and necessity of interconnected life. The new exhibit by HOT•BED was curated by James Oliver Gallery, and the works include a variety of styles that vary from drawings, paintings, mixed media and ceramic sculptures. In their own ways, each artist visualizes what has enabled life to thrive for eons (ie biodiversity, oceanic life, otherworldly subjects). Hagan and Vizcarra worked separately, but their influence on each other is incredibly prominent and important. Biospheres is all about interconnection. So when Hagan’s porous ceramics play off of Vizcarra’s nebulous paintings, it not only is visually interesting, but contextually. To help keep the exhibit socially distances, HOT•BED is appointment only; however, walk-ins are allowed and dependent on the number of people in the space at the time. Interested Philadelphians can make their appointments online at calendly.com/jamesolivergallery/biospheres.
East Coast Jazz Fest
On March 20, jazz lovers will be able to tune in to the first-ever East Coast Jazz Festival from 5 to 11 p.m. The musical event was created by a group of beloved and well-known jazz clubs on the East Coast, and tickets are now on sale to pre-register. The festival will showcase more than 60 renowned and respected jazz talents. From Chris’ Jazz Cafe specifically, viewers will get to witness three local performers during the festival, along with talented instrumentalists. The lineup includes: Alex Claffy Quartet, featuring saxophonist/vocalist Sonny Step; Ari Hoenig Trio with pianist Gadi Lehavi and bassist Ben Tiberio; and Orrin Evans Quartet with bassist Luques Curtis, drummer Mark Whitfield Jr., and special guest saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins. A full lineup of musicians can be found online. The price to listen to five hours of jazz from a choice of six different venues is pay-what-you-wish. Philadelphians can visit page.inplayer.com/eastcoastjazzfestival/ to pre-register.