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Top 10 Must See 

October 2017

A History of Philadelphia Art

Tuesday, October 3 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

12 West Willow Grove, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19118

Philly Stewards and Kismet Cowork Chestnut Hill presents a presentation about the last 15 years in contemporary art in Philadelphia and where the scene finds itself today and  the exciting (if somewhat hidden) history of Philadelphia Art from the 1900s onward with Alex Conner and Sid Sachs.


Art Writing Futures: A Regional Conversation

Wednesday, October 4 at 6:30 PM - 8 PM

Does Art Writing matter in 2017? Will it matter in 2067? Where is the best art criticism happening and who is it being made for? Why write locally? Come hear our dynamic panel of artists, art writers and culture workers ponder this and more in an interactive, open forum on the state of art writing in Philadelphia and beyond.

PANELISTS: Alexandra Oehmke (BmoreArt), Carlos Roa (FringeArts, the Wilma Theater), Catherine Rush (Burnaway, Artblog). Moderated by Matt Kalasky (Galleries at Moore, St.Claire)

Attend and apply- Velvet Glove is a judge for the competition!


The Black Extra/ordinary

Haverford College’s new VCAM facility

Oct 6 at 7 PM to Oct 7 at 6:30 PM

A symposium centered on blackness and visuality. In presenting work related to historical archives, social media, fine arts and other arenas, The Black Extra/ordinary will explore the poles of black representation, which too often telescope from spectacular accomplishment to mundane suffering with little attention to all that falls between.

Beginning on the evening of the 6th with a performative keynote address by Philly-based performance artist Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, day two of The Black Extra/ordinary will bring together artists, scholars and curators, primarily from the greater Philadelphia area, to workshop new approaches to the study, curation and imaging of blackness. The second day will conclude with an artist-led walk-through of Sadie Barnette’s Dear 1968,… exhibition at Haverford’s Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery.


Living Image: 2017 Opening Reception

Saturday, October 7th 5 - 9pm

Gravy Studio

As part of VG's contribution to The Halide Project's call for Photography, we're excited to meet all the artists at this year's opening reception. Come see this great exhibit of international artists. One of which, we'll be interviewing soon!!

Pearl Street Potluck

Asian Arts Intiative

Saturday, October 7 at 12 PM - 2 PM

One of Abby's favorite events each year, the Pearl Street Block Party. This year they go back to basics, presenting the working draft of the People: Power: Place cultural plan for Chinatown North.  Join them for community potluck and BBQ, with interactive artist projects including Social Practice Lab Artists-in-Residence Rachel Ishikawa’s “Chinatown Beats” and Yvonne Lung’s “Dish”.


Queer + Women’s Block Party & After Party

Sunday, October 8th 2pm - 10pm

Tabu Lounge

Many things about this photo make me happy. 1) Four Loko is just hanging out in the foreground. & 2) There are Queer women everywhere! After the one and only Queer Women's bar, Sisters, closed years ago, there's been a void of spaces for that demographic. Not only do we need more events to celebrate our sisters, someone needs to open a Lesbian bar already!!


Ana Vizcarra Rankin: Time/Scale

Opening Reception October 10th from 6 - 8:30

Brandywine River Art Museum

Selfish plug for loves, Ana Vizcarra Rankin, Philadelphia Contemporary, and the Brandywine River Museum. It's like seeing your friends from high school hang out with your friends from college.

Artists Town Hall

Monday, October 23rd 6 - 8pm

Asian Arts Society

See this is why I get down with Philly. A Town Hall specifically designed to promote upcoming events and artistic opportunities. My Town Halls growing up included heated discussions about the bible, farming, and the one random environmentalist who was just asking to get jumped. (a.k.a. my dad)


October 25th 10 - 1:30 am

Franky Bradleys

Pilar Salt and HoneyTree EvilEye were commissioned to strut their political stuff. 

AWFUL Wrestling: Havoc Halloween


Friday, October 27 at 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM

A special Halloween installment of Philly's favorite all-artist wrestling league, AWFUL Wrestling! Come dressed as your favorite wrestler or any old costume will do, but not mandatory.

An AWFUL experience you will not soon forget!