NxtUp Philly is a two–week open calendar of events celebrating Philadelphia’s creativity, commerce and community.

Running from October 5 to 16, 2009, NxtUp Philly will feature
more than 300 creative and innovative events taking place throughout our region.

The festivities include big events like DesignPhiladelphia, the Global Creative Economy Convergence Summit, Ignite Philly, NxtUp Education, Fashion Week and many more creative and innovative events to celebrate what’s “next up” in Philadelphia.

So with 300+ Events in store, you’re probably wondering what’s worth checking out. Here’s a look at just a few of the main events announced already!

Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre – The 15th Annual Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre Philadelphia: America’s first great theatre city! “We who play, who entertain for a few years, what can we leave that will last?” – Ethel Barrymore. Monday, October 5, 2009 6:00 PM at the Walnut Street Theatre 9th & Walnut Streets, Philadelphia. Reception to follow at the Ballroom at the Ben. All tickets include entrance to Barrymore ceremony and reception. Red Carpet begins at 6:00 PM. Ceremony begins promptly at 7:00 PM
Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre

Global Creative Economy Convergence Summit – On October 5th and 6th get ready to meet the most innovative and creative professionals, technology experts, entrepreneurs, business and cultural leaders driving the creative economy at the Summit. Presenters will cover topics from innovative technologies such as animation, gaming, design and social media; to the resources supporting creative entrepreneurism; to the 21st century workforce skills needed to fuel the creative economy; to the convergence of technologies and innovation that will make our communities truly sustainable.
Global Creative Economy Convergence Summit

Dining By Design ChefAMe – ChefAMe is an open mic night for local chefs – an open kitchen night to be exact. On October 7th Tim Crowe will do a live taping of his show “Eating Crowe.” Come see the food and the comedy. You can also learn more about what cooking for ChefAMe is like at this fun event.

Paper Works! reception – Organized by Art In City Hall and the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, “Paper Works!” features 21 Philadelphia artists whose works highlight paper as a medium. The exhibition is juried by Winifred A. Lutz, former professor of sculpture at Tyler School of Art, Temple University.The opening is October 8th from 5-7PM

Dancing to the Edge of Darfur: The Story Behind the Ballet – This event on Saturday October 10th is designed to increase our community’s awareness of the situation in Sudan as well as highlight the work of artists and advocates to bring about social change. Gretchen Steidle Wallace, founder of Global Grassroots, will be recognized and Rebecca Davis Dance Company will present excerpts from the ballet “Darfur”.
Rebecca Davis Dance

Modernism in America’s Oldest Neighborhood – Special Guided Architectural Walking Tour – On October 10th get ready for a special guided tour, with visits inside several private residences, of the great modern architecture that co-exists alongside restored 18th and 19th-century buildings in Society Hill. Reservations are required for this tour by emailing info@preservationalliance.com. The Preservation Alliance also offers guided walking tours throughout the year to interpret the past, present and future of the Philadelphia region as expressed through architecture, urban design and social history.
Preservation Alliance

2nd Annual Philly Swap-O-Rama-Rama – Presented by Philadelphia Sewing Collective Performances by Girls Rock Philly

Swap-O-Rama-Rama Philly is your dream clothing swap. Inside the doors you’ll find clothes, shoes, and accessories that will transform your wardrobe along with sewing, silkscreen, and other creative stations that will allow you to create a one-of-a-kind piece and walk away with tips to make someone’s old clothes new. Bring clothes to swap, enjoy a bite to eat, meet area crafters, and hear great bands brought to you by Girls Rock Philly.
Swap O Rama Rama

NxtUp Education – From service learning practitioners to teaching artists to environmental educators, twelve presenters will each share a pecha kucha-style presentation, giving the audience tangible tips, strategies, services or programs that can readily enhance K-12 education. In addition to the presentations, NxtUp Education will feature a one-hour networking session with information tables and performances by local students. Presented by the Multicultural Youth Exchange on Monday October 12th.
Multicultural Youth Exchange

Ignite Philly – Ignite Philly is part of a worldwide network that entertains and educates people in fresh, short bursts. Each presenter is on stage for a total of 5 minutes – 20 slides, running in 15 second intervals. For DesignPhiladelphia 2009, presenters will tackle design-related issues in the nightclub setting of Fishtown’s Johnny Brenda’s. Join us for a DesignPhiladelphia closing event on October 13th.
Ignite Philly

Third Man Trio – Since the demise of the legendary and critically-acclaimed Trio Clusone – featuring Han Bennink, Michael Moore and Ernst Reijseger – in 1998, the jazz community has been anxiously awaiting a vehicle for composer Moore and the raucous Bennink to carry on with their peculiar melodic, harmonic and rambunctious work. Following a near decade-long search, Bennink and Moore, both members of Misha Mengelberg’s Instant Composers Pool, found the “third man” in Brooklyn-based accordionist Will Holshouse. Live at the Fleisher/Ollman Gallery on October 13th

But there are still SEVERAL events to be announced on their website. For a detailed calendar and more go to NxtUpPhilly.

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