Pole Dance on South Street
Platinum Dance Studio will be hosting pole-dancing classes, which uses a combination of yoga and gymnastics. The class involves dancing sensually with a vertical pole and is often used in fitness. More recently artistic pole dancing is used in aerobics in a non-erotic environment. Platinum Dance Studio offers beginners and advanced pole aerobic classes. This class will reflect your significant strength, flexibility and endurance. The instructors incorporate pole aerobics to perform a more athletic move, such as climbs, spins and body inversions. Pole aerobics will build your upper body and core strength to proficiency. Pole dancing is now regarded as a recognized form of exercise and can be used as both an aerobic and anaerobic workout. It is recognized by fitness professionals and continues to increase on its popularity. The studio recommends that you bring shorts, heels and don’t wear lotion.
Platinum Dance Studio at 610 South 3rd Street
Now until January 1
“Revolution and a Sandwich”
“Revolution and a Sandwich” is on its way to Underground Arts at The Wolf Building for The Shakedown Project’s second all original world premiere. Written by Jeremy Gable and scored by the 2010 WXPN Best Debut Album’s composer Sonni Shine, “Revolution and a Sandwich” explores the difference between evolution and revolution in our world today. Sometimes all you need to get your message across is a little bit of honey…or in this case mayo. This is the story of Claire, an ordinary teenager with an extraordinary rebel spirit who after the passing of her mother finds herself starting a new life with her poverty stricken father in not-so-distant future Philadelphia. Claire’s rebellious ambitions come to a head when she uses donated sandwiches to attract locals to a rally for change at Philadelphia’s city hall. Unfortunately, after being bum rushed by vagrants and hungry college students, the rally comes to a swift and violent end leading to legislature to discourage public donation and placing Claire at the front of a revolution that no one expected.
The Wolf Building at 340 North 12th Street
Friday, May 20 through May 29
Cora Jane Glasser’s “FOUNDATIONS”
The James Oliver Gallery presents Cora Jane Glasser’s “FOUNDATIONS”, its inaugural exhibition at its new second location, The James Oliver Gallery Annex at Blackney Hayes Architects (Public Ledger Building) from May 20, 2011 through August 20, 2011. The Grand Opening and reception for the artist is on Friday, May 20. The exhibition will feature paintings based on construction sites. Glasser abstracts elements of form and color to explore notions of permanency and intransigence in urban environments. “FOUNDATIONS” is her second solo exhibition with the gallery. Her work has appeared in galleries and museums nationally and internationally. She lives and works in New York City.
Blackney Hayes Architects at 150 S Independence Mall, # 1200
Friday, May 20 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
The Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby
The Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby is a design competition and parade of human powered vehicle floats. A Kinetic Sculpture is a human-powered vehicle that also has an artistic theme. Last year’s winners included a man riding a bike in a carrot costume, three men dressed as nuns with a gigantic rolling pin and a pilot and stewardess on a bicycle transformed into an airplane. A Kinetic Sculpture Competition is all about fun and ingenuity. Whoever makes the wackiest, most interesting contraption is the winner!
2515 Frankford Avenue
Saturday, May 21 from noon to 5 p.m.
Registration $25 per team
Punk Rock Flea Market
The Punk Rock Flea Market will take place in the Punk Rock Flea Market-Dome, which is located across the street from the Starlight Ballroom. There will be over 250 tables of people selling hand made items, weird junk, used records, baseball cards, old video game systems, skateboards, bicycles, fancy computer equipment and more. This year there will be an actual moped for sale! There will also be over 50 tables of old punk stuff, like records, shorts and other items. Along with actual old punk items, the flea market will include hardcore and indie rock items. Also available will be 10 show passes, which will get the winner into any upcoming R5 show for free, as well as tickets for all of R5’s upcoming shows this year. If you arrive early, the early bird special will include $2 off every ticket sold between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
The Punk Rock Flea Market-Dome at 461 N. 9th St.
Sunday, May 22 starting at 9 a.m.