Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) Blogger Shoot & Recomended Events

If I were a guessing guy I would think Natalie Portman is staying in the Washington Square area. She had dinner at Zahav on Tuesday night near 2nd Street (Thanks to my tipster, but I was hanging with Jen Carroll & gang and couldn’t get away to photograph her.) Today Twitter was a buzz with Portman sightings. She walked down Pine Street stopped in Good Karma before heading over to Art of Age with her dog and bright pink scarf. Yesterday I wrote that she’s in town with her fiance/baby daddy choreographer of Black Swan, Benjamin Millepied, who is working on “Building on Balanchine,” with the Pennsylvania Ballet as part of Philadelphia International of the Arts (PIFA). The piece debuts April 14 to 17 at the Merriam Theatre. She is a bit pregnant, but if I were a betting man she’ll sneak into one of the performances. And now for a whole bunch of PIFA wonderful


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Next Week Kicks off One Hell Of A Party In Philadelphia. Every single day I will be covering events and talking about which events you should go to. This is going to be the Super Bowl of Arts, Culture and Fun. Philadelphia International of the Arts (PIFA) has reached out to about 30 bloggers from the Philadelphia area, and one from DC, to blog about the different activities from their perspective. I’m going to be focusing on events, and of course all the colorful people that cross my lens. I hope you will be one of them…A few of the bloggers: Laiya St Clair ; Babylon Cartel

Fly City – Outdoor Flying Trapeze Lessons and says “Get ready to to soar during “Fly City!” Fly 25 feet above Broad Street, with City Hall and the Avenue of the Arts at your feet. Fly City’s two-hour outdoor flying trapeze lessons are presented by Fly School Circus Arts and Philadelphia School of Circus Arts during the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA). Take-off begins on April 7 and runs until May 1, at 9:00am, 11:30am, 4:30pm and 7pm daily. “Like” FSCA” and “PSCA” on Facebook for updates.

Fly City – Outdoor Flying Trapeze Lessons

Thursday, April 7 at 9:00am

Location: University of the Arts lot, between Spruce and Pine streets

One of the events I am looking forward to is attending the Opening Night Gala: It’s there that the culinary component of the festival will kick off with the presentation of the Culinary Visionary Award to Chef Georges Perrier. He is being honored for his contribution to the culinary culture of Philadelphia and his accomplishments as a regional member of the Maitres Cusiniers de France (Master Chefs of France). As part of the celebration he will be hosting 2 star Michelin Award Chef Mathieu Viannay of La Mere Brazier from Lyon, France, chef’s hometown, to prepare a special menu at Le Bec-Fin from April 13th-April 15th. Served that evening along with the regular a la carte menu will be an innovative menu using the talents of both Chef Viannay and of the extraordinary Le Bec-Fin kitchen staff.

Perrier says, “I am overwhelmed with both of these distinctions. It is a great honor to be recognized by my fellow Chefs and the City of Philadelphia. I am proud to be so celebrated and be a part of the outstanding culinary talent we have here in this City.”

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, a founding resident company of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, announces the final concert program of its 2010-2011 concert season. The Orchestra will perform L’Histoire du soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) on April 9, 10 and 11. The April 10 & 11 performances will feature life-size puppets and actors directed by Robert Smythe, founder and Artistic Director of Mum Puppettheatre.

This is so cool, performance art, skill and grace.

Une Petit Soiree

Grounded Aerial Performance by Karen Fuhrman and Benjamin Oyzon

The National Constitution Center, located at 525 Arch Street Event: Spring Fling: Freedom of Expression through the Arts Thursday, April 14 – Sunday, April 17, 2011 Thursday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Event Admission: FREE with museum admission The Center will host a Spring Fling festival for all ages, in conjunction with the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA). Incorporating film, dance, music, and the visual arts, the Spring Fling will explore freedom of expression using Parisian and American art forms of the early 19th and 20th centuries. Visitors will have the opportunity to create Parisian murals alongside professional chalk artists, and participate in interactive programs. Visitors also can enjoy live performances by the Luke Carlos O’Reilly Jazz Trio, Enchanté Cabaret, Blind Date Duet, the West Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Irish Music Quartet, and attend film screenings of A Letter to Elia, Jean Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, 1000 Journals, and Soundtrack for a Revolution. In addition, children and their families can celebrate artistic freedom of expression by creating thaumatropes – optical toys that were popular in Victorian times – featuring dancers and musicians. Visitors also can celebrate the “City of Light” by creating model Eiffel Towers, miniature Statues of Liberty, and “Lady Liberty” tiaras.

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(Photo Credit: George Widman photographer)