215 Literary Arts Festival
Opening Night Balkan Party
Tonight, Nov. 1
1200 Callowhill St.
After a two year absence, the 215 Literary Arts Festival is returning to Philadelphia from Nov. 1-4. The event is curated by the popular Philly arts and gossip website, Philebrity. The Opening Night Balkan Part will feature a performance from the West Philadelphia Orchestra. Producer Starlee Kine of “This American Life,” author Anna Godfarb of “Clearly, I Didn’t Think This Through” and storyteller Juliet Hope Wayne from radio show “The Moth” will all be performing, among others. The Opening Night Balkan Party is just the beginning – the festival will also feature a mobile light installation made to mimic a campfire, which author readings will be held at. Other events include Literary Speed Dating, a reading with “Familiar” author J. Robert Lennon and a book and record fair.
Day of the Dead Celebration
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
$16.50 with Student ID
3260 South St.
The Day of the Dead, Nov. 1, is a traditional Mexican celebration to honor the lives of those who have passed. With regular admission fee, Penn Museum-goers can see a Day of the Dead altar in the Rotunda created by Philadelphia artist and muralist Cesar Viveros. The event will also showcase dancers, storytellers and crafts. University of Pennsylvania students of the culture will be sharing personal stories about how The Day of the Dead is celebrated in their homes. Guests will also have the chance to have their faces painted as sugar-skulls.
Monday, Nov. 5
Painted Bride Art Center
230 Vine St.
Presented by the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe, Scratch Night takes place on the first Monday of every month from now until May 2013. It will focus on the experimental artistic experience and helping beginning artists by adding onto their creative ideas and critiquing them. November’s Scratch Night will feature three artists: Shadow Life, P.I.G and !!!!!!!!!!!KEEP IT UP. Both Shadow Life by Josh McIllvain and !!!!!!!!!!!KEEP IT UP by Vince Johnson and Adam Lovitz are experimental and personal narratives, while P.I.G by Ilse Torlin Zoerb depicts themes of family and food. For any further questions, contact Craig Peterson at 215-413-9006 x 22. Reservations to the event are not needed but are appreciated.
Mind Body Spirit Expo at Lincoln Financial Field
Nov. 2 – Nov. 4
Friday: Seniors and Students Free; Sat./Sun.: $20
Lincoln Financial Field SCA Club Lounge
1020 Pattison Ave.
According to its website, the Mind Body Spirit expo is the biggest health and human potential expo in the Northeast, and has also toured in Oaks, Pa., and Edison, N.J. The famous event will be three days focused on freeing and transcending the soul and spirit. Famous speakers, varying from spiritual ministers to chant artists, will be featured. There will also be many activities to choose from, including 150 exhibitors displaying things from treatments and remedies to jewelry, along with psychics and other services such as meditation as well as free yoga classes. There will be a concert Saturday and free lecture Sunday morning. Many other lectures and individual workshops will come at an additional cost. For more details, visit MindBodySpiritExpo.com or call at 215-599-3976.