March 28 kicks off the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, a 31-day celebration of music, dance, theater, and exhibitions from across the street and across the globe. The first PIFA was attended by over 400,000 people and brought in millions in economic activity.
This year’s PIFA asks the question, If you could travel back in time, where would you go? The festival will include over 50 star-studded events, featuring local, national, and international artists remembering historical events starting with the Big Bang and ending with a mythical leap forward to the end of time. Travel back to Houdini’s last performance, the release of the first James Bond movie, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and more, all while enjoying music and art from around the world. Buy your tickets now for one of these exciting events at www.pifa.org.
Dance Space by Savion Glover
Saturday, March 30, 8:00pm
Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Celebrate the birth of the universe with a world premier tap performance by legendary dance prodigy, Savion Glover. Dance Space takes the audience on a journey through the stars with low lights, fiber optics, and environmental sounds. Tickets start at $35.
A Taste of History: An Evening with Chef Staib
Saturday, April 13, 8:00pm
Perelman Theater, 300 S. Broad Street
Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743. Chef Walter Staib will honor the 270th birthday of one of our founding fathers with A Taste of History, an evening of historical facts and food. Staib discusses some of the famous “founding foodies” and their favorite foods and drinks. Tickets start at $35. VIP tickets include premium orchestra seating and a post-show dessert reception.
Prima! Rufus! Judy!
Sunday, April 21, 8:00pm
Verizon Hall, 300 S. Broad Street
Judy Garland’s 1961 Carnegie Hall performance is considered one of the greatest nights in showbiz history. Commemorate this magical night with performances by soloists Melody Moore and Kathryn Guthrie, and popular musician Rufus Wainright. First Moore and Guthrie tell the story of an aging opera singer’s attempt to regain her former glory. Then Rufus recreates some experts from Judy’s acclaimed performance. Tickets start at $30.
PIFA Street Fair
Saturday, April 27, 11am-8pm
Broad Street (Chestnut to Lombard)
The festival culminates in the spectacular PIFA Street Fair. Broad Street will be transformed into an extravaganza of magic and mystery, complete with food vendors, artisans, exhibitors, street performers, musicians, and more. This event is FREE to the public and fun for the whole family.
-Jen Heller Meservey