6 Music & Art Philly, Virtual Events to Take Your Mind off Finals

Art

1. Virtual Philadelphia’s Magical Garden Tour: Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is a non-profit organization, folk art environment, and gallery space on South Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Magic Gardens spans three city lots, and includes indoor galleries and a large outdoor labyrinth, the latter of which is available for this virtual tour.

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2. Virtual Art Gallery Tours: Different gallery representatives will host virtual tables where they can provide a virtual walkthrough of their latest exhibit. While we discourage hard selling in our space, folks will be able to connect and exchange contact info to purchase art pieces offline after the event is over. There will also be open networking to connect and chat with colleagues, friends, and meet new people!

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December 3 / 6:30PM – 8:00 EST

3. 100,000 Folds Community Origami: Fold origami with 100,000 to honor and mourn COVID-19 victims in this live event. Artist, Joanna Hutchinson, will teach you how to make the folded pieces, and build community while folding with others.

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December 10 / 6:00PM – 7:30PM EST

The folded paper units will be assembled into larger sculptures to be displayed in Philadelphia upon completion, when it is safe to do so. Participants will receive a package of 45 custom cut sheets of paper to fold during this event, sent to the mailing address provided through the USPS.

Music

1. Tacony Creek Suite: The songs of Tacony Creek Suite are the monumental, creative reflections of Philadelphia (Olney)-based composer, performer and educator, Professor Randy J. Gibson. These compositions reflect his deepening engagement with the beauty and travails of the under-appreciated urban green space that comprises Tacony Creek Park.

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December 5 / 7:00PM – 8:30PM EST

2. Music and Dance Around the World: Nashirah, the Jewish Chorale of Greater Philadelphia, has planned a virtual festival where everyone may gather to celebrate the holiday season. Join for a full-day of song and dance from around the World – featuring a yoga warm-up from Buenos Aires, three choirs, Jerusalem Ballet, Cantor Natasha J. Hirschhorn, Yiddish tango with Cantor Ramon Tasat and dancers, and a Hanukkah sing-along. Register at http://www.nashirah.org.

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December 6 / 9:30AM – 5:45PM EST

3. Hope and Joy Still Abiding: This event combines literary and musical performances with readings by Naomi Shihab Nye, Nadine Touma, and Nathalie Handal, interlaced with musical interludes by Kinan Abou-afach and Hafez Kotain. Additionally, Dr. Huda Fakhreddine will moderate a conversation among the artists, probing into their views of belonging, representation, and community.

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December 13 / 4:00PM – 5:30 EST

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