Is Science Art? It is this week in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Science Festival overlaps the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts starting tonight, and some wonderful crossover events are taking place as a result.

A futuristic reimagining of the Greek myth, Icarus at the Edge of Time is a mesmerizing tale set in outer space about a boy who challenges the awesome might of a black hole – featuring the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra performing in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center on April 24th – featuring an original score by Philip Glass, script adapted by physicist Brian Greene and Tony award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang, and a film created and directed by Al + Al

On Tuesday night, April 23rd, Drexel University hosts the Science of Jazz;  the audience will experience the science behind the music via stunning large-screen visuals and an interactive iPhone app. The performance features an award-winning ensemble of musicians, including The Marc Cary Focus Trio and Will Calhoun (Grammy award-winning percussionist of Living Colour). 

The next afternoon, 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24th,  at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology, scientist from various museums will demonstrate the value of conserving art and artifacts… guests can create their own works and use infrared light to peer at underlying layers of paint. (Philadelphia Inquirer, 4/18/13)

Saturday’s Science Carnival on the Parkway is the biggest event of the Science Festival with over 150 exhibitors and 4 stages,the Kaleidoscope Band, family activities, zoo animals, and much more; 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., April 20th.
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