Looking for some fun and unique things to do in and around Philly this weekend? We’ve got you covered.
Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers at theUptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center
Local dance group, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers will be heading to West Chester this weekend for a debut evening-length performance as part of their first domestic tour since the pandemic. Known for their deeply spiritual performances, this weekend’s show will follow suit with unique showcases of strength and creativity, but with never-before-seen choreography.
As the release states, the company’s performance will include acclaimed repertoire, including ‘Moon’ (1994), a signature solo work, ‘Chi’ (2002), a piece inspired by the ancient art forms of tai chi and calligraphy, ‘Santuario’ (2017), described as “stunning…profoundly moving” (HuffPost), and a preview of the company’s latest work, ‘Fish & Girl’. This dynamic concert weaves together older pieces from KYL/D’s beginning, with relevant contemporary works that reflect on social consciousness around the themes of climate change, gun violence, and the LGBTQIA2S+ community. The evening will culminate with a Q&A, allowing the audience and artists to exchange dialogue, questions, ideas, and connections made when viewing and performing the work.
The show kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 22 and tickets (adults $32 and kids under 12 $27) are on sale online.
226 N. High St., West Chester, kyld.org
Hailed as the city’s top tier culinary event of the year, it’s no surprise that after 12 years, this event has figured out just how to wow patrons with what it has to offer. For the 2021 event (Thursday, Oct. 21 from 7 – 10 p.m.), FEASTIVAL returns to an in-person showcase focusing on diversity in culinary leadership and cuisine, as well as the resilience and perseverance of the culinary arts scene at a brand new venue: The Budd, located in East Falls.
This year, Audi FEASTIVAL presents a new mentorship program designed for local students who are culinary hopefuls to pair with noted chefs participating at the event. However, some old favorites will also be returning. The release states to keep in tradition with previous years, new and returning restaurants and bars will participate in the celebration boasting an extensive selection of signature fare, brews, craft cocktails, and more for attendees to snack and sip on during the event. Some of the noted Philadelphia locales participating in Audi FEASTIVAL include Mission Taqueria, Oyster House, a. kitchen, Cheu Fishtown/Nunu, Hardena, Mike’s BBQ, La Chinesca, Urban Farmer Steakhouse, The Twisted Tail, Square 1682, Bing Bing Dim Sum, and Irwin’s.
The event will also be chock full of live performances throughout the evening with some highlights including Philadelphia-based choreographer and performance artist Gunnar Montana, acclaimed theatrical local dance company Brian Sanders’ JUNK, spirited drag performances from the moon baby, and much more. General admission tickets will be available for $250, with doors opening at 7 p.m. This year VIP tickets will be available for sale for $400, allowing guests to enjoy the festivities one hour before the general admission entry.
The Budd (3431 Fox St.), pafringe.secure.force.com
Lumos Yoga & Barre
There will be two events to check out this weekend from this Fairmount Yoga studio. First up, at Self-Care & Self-Aware this Saturday, Oct. 23, Lumos Yoga & Barre will be offering one of their yoga classes with an added incentive—a guided breast self-examination and information session. The donation-based class starts off with a soothing yet empowering vinyasa flow class led by Lumos instructor Alyssa Martin, and the examination and info session will follow, led by Board Certified Gynecologist Dr. Dana Shanis. This event is BYO Mat (or you can rent one through Lumos) and comes out to be $5-20 cash, with all proceeds benefit Living Beyond Breast Cancer. You can register for the class, which begins at 1 p.m., online.
The very next day, Lumos will also be hosting a Healing Sound Bath Meditation & Yoga titled “Autumn’s Transformation.” As the release states, this deeply relaxing, meditative experience led by Lumos Instructor Eunmi Chang will take you on a tranquil journey of healing and self-discovery. In these workshops this fall, students will tune into those vibrations in order to achieve deep relaxation along with a profound sense of peace and well-being. This particular class on the 24th will begin at 3 p.m. and will be $18 per session. Anyone interested can sign up online.
2001 Green St., lumosyogaandbarre.com
Young Professionals Night at the Barnes Museum
Young Professionals Night is back at the Barnes Museum, and this Friday’s theme will be Rebel, Rebel celebrating the ‘Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel’ exhibition. That means attire is meant to be bold colors, striking patterns, or shimmering metallics. This Young Professionals Night will activate both indoor and outdoor spaces at the Barnes, with music (by Res and DJ Xtina) and bars in both areas. The Barnes will set the scene with art, style, sips, and beats and Philadelphians can explore everything this artful event has to offer. Young Professionals Night will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. and tickets are $15 for members and $35 for GA.
2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, barnesfoundation.org