Original art and interactive theater
Swim Pony Performing Arts is presenting the premiere of Survive!, described as a mazelike installation and interactive theater experience exploring science, humanity, and the universe. Swim Pony is an independent Philadelphia-based theater company dedicated to producing new works. In Survive!, directed by the collective's artistic director Adrienne Mackey, the audience is invited to explore human life from many angles. A "10th dimensional narrator" will lead viewers through the installation covering more than 20,000 square feet of the Wolf Building. The show opens at 8 Friday in the building at 340 N. 12th St. Tickets are $20 and available by calling 1-800-838-3006. Visit www.swimpony.org for updates.
The Linvilla Orchards Strawberry Festival is scheduled Saturday and Sunday. Pickers can take a hayride to a field and fill a flat with berries. The event will feature slices of shortcake and other baked goods. Pony rides, contests, and a performance by Officer Offbeat, the unicycle-riding, stilt-walking clown, are planned for children. Events are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. The picking season continues through September at the orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media. Information: 610-876-7116,
A bike race, and a party
The East Falls neighborhood presents Bike Race Block Party 2010 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Visitors can watch the 2010 Pro Cycling Tour from the Block Party near Midvale Avenue at Kelly Drive. Two blocks of riverfront are available for families to watch 10 laps of bike racing from bleachers or the comfort of your own blanket and chairs. More than 400 pro cyclists from more than 20 nations will race in the 26th edition of the U.S.A.'s top-ranked International Cycling Championship, riding from the Ben Franklin Parkway to the Manayunk Wall. The neighborhood will have live music, food stations from local eateries, a beer garden, and supervised activities for children. The SEPTA R6 regional rail line stops at the East Falls Train Station on Midvale Avenue (1/2 block from the event). Information: 215-848-8084 or www.eastfalls-pa.com.
The Academy of Natural Sciences is debuting its deep-sea exhibit, "Creatures of the Abyss," with talks and events Saturday and Sunday. The presentations are underscored by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. On Saturday at 1 p.m., Temple University marine biologist Erik Cordes will talk about his research involving the submersibles Alvin and Jason and what the recent spill means to deep-water coral communities in "Creatures of the Abyss: The Extreme and Not-So Extreme Environments of the Deep Sea." On Sunday at 1 p.m., Academy postdoctoral scientist Katriina Ilves will compare deep-sea fish and tropical fish in her presentation "Lifestyles of the Reef and Nearly Famous: Behavior and Adaptation on a Tropical Reef." For admission prices to the academy, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, go to
. Information: 215-299-1000.
The opening reception of "Elemental Energy: Art Powered by Nature," the Schuylkill Center's 2010 On the Trails exhibition, will be at 6 p.m. Saturday for artists Joe Chirchirillo, Jason Krugman and Christian Cerrito, Mark Malmberg, Patrick Marold, Moto Ohtake, and Tim Prentice. The artists or artist teams from around the country will present outdoor sculptural installations that engage a natural element - wind, water, sun - to create a dynamic or kinetic artwork. The reception will be followed by a performance of
by Miro Dance Theatre at 8 p.m., in Founder's Grove, the Schuylkill Center, 8480 Hagy's Mill Rd. Information: 215-482-7300,