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Sunday, May 27

Opening Weekend

Midnight–6 am
[Film] Midnight Film Series: Philadelphia Film Society (PFS)
PFS focuses on art from around the world. Titles to be announced. Space is limited. Admission is on a first come, first served basis.


12:30–3 am
[Music] World Music: AfroTaino Productions
A vibrant sonic patchwork from all over the planet, selected and woven by dj Rahsaan

3 am & 6 am
[Tasting] Coffee: La Colombe
Details to come.
 

7 am
[Yoga] Sunrise Meditative Yoga Class: Living Arts Dance and Fitness studios
Wear comfortable clothes. Mats provided for the first 20 participants.
 

8 am
[Horticulture] Walking Tour
Barnes horticulture staff or instructors point out plants of interest and explain how the arboretum in Merion influenced the planting structure and design of the landscape at the Philadelphia campus.
 

10:30 am
[Horticulture] How to Breed Your Plants
Join us for a fun, fascinating, attractive, and tasty exploration of plant breeding. Find out how new types of plant are created, with demonstrations by Barnes horticulture staff, using orchids, lilies, and African violets.
 

10:30 am–12 pm
[Horticulture] Botanical Illustration: MarylynWaltzer
Barnes instructor Waltzer demonstrates botanical illustrating and explains the process of creating these detailed drawings.
 

11:30 am
[Horticulture] The Barnes Foundation’s Horticultural Programs
Whether you have a green thumb or a lethal touch, you’ll want to find out about the Barnes Foundation’s horticulture courses.
 

11:30 am-1:30 pm
[Family] ArtSee Activities 
Try your hand at arts and crafts projects. Craft your own fabulous flower inspired by Henri Rousseau’s fantastically fanciful flora! Collage a handy-dandy tote bag with Matisse’s colorful cutouts! Draw a supersensational still-life just like Paul Cézanne! Drop in. A Barnes Family Program.
 

12 pm 
[Music] Vocal Ensemble & Handbells: The Baldwin School 
A cappella performance by the Baldwin B-Flats, and a five-octave repertoire by Baldwin's handbell groups: the Bronze and the Belles.  Singers and ringers are accomplished young women from The Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, Pa.
 

12:30 pm 
[Family] Story Time 
Reading out loud for the young and young at heart includes selections from such local favorites as Peter Catalanotto’s The Painter, Gertrude Stein’s A Book of Alphabets and Birthdays, and many more. Led by Barnes staff. Space is limited. Admission is on a first come, first served basis.
 

1 pm 
[Family] Interactive Storytelling 
Working on wall-sized sheets of paper, Jeff Hopkins quickly draws and simultaneously acts out the stories he narrates.  Audience supplies sounds and movement. Space is limited. Admission is on a first come, first served basis.
 

1:30 pm
[Horticulture] Gardening on Concrete
Find out from Barnes horticulturalists how to make a simple container for your patio, porch, or deck. You’ll also learn about windowsill gardening, plants that thrive indoors, and how to distinguish between functional and ornamental plants.
 

1:30–3 pm
[Horticulture] Botanical Illustration: Marylyn Waltzer
Barnes instructor Waltzer demonstrates botanical illustrating and explains the process of creating these detailed drawings.
 

2 pm
[Family] Create a Masterpiece: Fresh Artists
Details to come.
 

2:30 pm
[Horticulture] The Barnes Foundations’ Horticultural Programs
Whether you have a green thumb or a lethal touch, you’ll want to find out about the Barnes Foundation’s horticulture courses.
 

3 pm
[Dance] Dance Performance: Philadelphia High School for Girls
More details to come. 
 

3-4 pm
[Family] 4 Senses Action Stations
Art and nature collide in an array of hands-on activities in the 4 Senses Action Stations.  Watch the daily Venus Fly Trap feeding at the Touch Station!  Listen to bird calls and meet Rick Schubert’s birds of prey from the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education at the Sound Station!  Discover the different ways bugs and humans see with the help of The Philadelphia Sketch Club Plein Air artists at the Sight Station!  Stick your nose in the display of scented plants and decorate your own clay pot at the Scent Station!  Drop-in.  A Barnes Family and Horticulture Program
 

3:30 pm
[Music] Jazz Band: The School District of Philadelphia
Details to come. 
 

3:30 pm
[Art & Aesthetics] The Foundation of the Barnes Foundation: Theory into Practice
Find out about a course exploring the earliest days of the Barnes Foundation. Learn about some of the ideas and concepts that sparked Albert C. Barnes, and about the importance of his friendship with philosopher and educator John Dewey. Space is limited. Admission is on a first come, first served basis.
 

4 pm
[Tasting] 1920s Food Tasting and Demonstration: First and Fresh
Details to come. Space is limited. Admission is on a first come, first served basis.
 

4:30-5:30 pm
[Family] ArtKids @ the Movies
Details to come. Space is limited. Admission is on a first come, first seated basis.
 

4:30 pm
[Music and Art]  Jeff Hopkins and the Kimmel Center Creative Music Program
Exploring the connections between art and music, Kimmel Center musicians perform a musical score, while illustrator, storyteller, and educator Hopkins creates an original illustration in response to it.
 

5:30 pm
[Book Signing] Masterworks: The Barnes Foundation
Publication of Masterworks: The Barnes Foundation gives you a chance to own a spectacular, portable version of the Barnes collection. Buy your copy and have it signed by Barnes Chief Curator Judith Dolkart, one of the book’s authors.
 

5:30 pm
[Horticulture] Walking Tour
Barnes horticulture staff or instructors point out plants of interest and explain how the arboretum in Merion influenced the planting structure and design of the landscape at the Philadelphia campus. Space is limited. Admission is on a first come, first served basis.
 

7 pm
[Tasting] Cocktails: When Two Worlds Collide: First and Fresh

Join us as we fuse the earth’s bounty of herbaceous botanicals with some very popular and easy-to-find spirits, to create a sampling of very festive, imaginative, grown-up cocktails. Space is limited. Admission is on a first come, first served basis.
 

7 pm
[Performance] Ghetto Bolero: Las Gallas
Excerpts from Ghetto Bolero re-imagine the traditional Latin American boleros from a woman's point of view. Las Gallas (Julia Lopez, Magda Martinez, and Michelle Angela Ortiz) is a Philadelphia-based multi-disciplinary artists’ collective whose work combines theatre, visual arts, dance, film, poetry, spoken word, and literature. Space is limited. Admission is on a first come, first served basis.
 

8–9:30 pm
[Music] Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra
Led by Artist Director Daryl Burgee and Managing Co-director Lenny Seidman, the orchestra unifies four percussion batteries into one distinct voice: north Indian tabla, Afro Cuban bata, Brazilian samba and West African djembe.
 

8 pm
[Art & Aesthetics] ArtNOW!
Find out about an artist-guided exploration of Philadelphia’s art scene. Hear about a course in which students meet with artists, dealers, scholars, and other visual arts professionals, and visit regional exhibitions, cultural institutions, and artists' studios. Space is limited. Admission is on a first come, first served basis.
 

8:30 pm
[Talk] olive Dance Theatre
Jamie Merwin, artistic director and founder of this Philadelphia-based hip-hop dance organization, shares highlights of her collaboration with the Barnes Foundation over the past year. Space is limited. Admission is on a first come, first served basis.
 

9 pm
[Tasting] Desserts of the 1920s: First and Fresh
Join us as we translate some of the traditional desserts offerings of the 1920s to more imaginative and satisfying sweet experiences. Space is limited. Admission is on a first come, first served basis.
 

10 pm
[Performance] Transcontinental Verses—A Poetry Event: Qualified Qool
Listen, as accomplished artists of the spoken word from the Greater Philadelphia and mid-Atlantic regions use their lyrical skills to build bridges across nations and generations. Hosted by Stephanie Renée, mid-morning host of WURD 900 AM. Space is limited. Admission is on a first come, first served basis.
 

10 pm–midnight
[Performance] Dendê: Afro-Brazilian Funk
Details to come. Space is limited. Admission is on a first come, first served basis.

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