April Fools' Day is also First Friday, and Marginal Utility gallery has what looks to be an intriguing show by Richard Harrod. They promise "evocative prints that depict the imbroglio of man versus nature," with "wry wit". Allegedly, "the unknown and unsayable [will] pervade the most familiar objects such as a shower, a window shade, and a staircase." And, if it bores you, the new Machete won't. Up two flights, you can hit up Apple Jacks Studio, my friend Amanda Spitzfaden's space, where another pal, Leigh Seddon-Slingluff will be showing her work.
Speaking of Slingluff, on Saturday Jonathan and Leigh will be showing new work by Lauren Adams at their charming gallery, right by the M Room. Those two have a knack for curating great shows, so I wouldn't miss it. Unless you're a claustrophobe. In which case, the tight confines of the gallery might not be to your liking. Earlier in the day, though, you can find me in roughly the same neighborhood, at The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center's Second Annual Bookfair. It's free, so come on by, say, "Hello." I'll be holding down a table loaded with Splitleaves Press titles, including the new one by Christophe Casamassima, entitled Of. Heather Joi is responsible for the haunting cover art.
And, that brings us to Sunday. In case you're too lazy to check the "Upcoming Events" sidebar, I'll be reading at Moonstone Arts Center at three as part of Poetry Ink, a marathon reading of local writers. They're doing it in alphabetical order by first name this year, so you can catch me relatively early in the afternoon, but I recommend you stick around. There's always a surprise or five in a group that big.
See y'all around.