KYW To-Do List: Broadway tributes, ‘Paint Dtown,’ and more things to do from a distance this weekend

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Christopher Jackson of 'Hamilton' perform onstage during the 70th Annual Tony Awards at The Beacon Theatre on June 12, 2016 in New York City.
Photo credit Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)This weekend is your chance to explore your artsy side.

Join “Hamilton” star Christopher Jackson in a musical benefit concert for the Kimmel Center, or listen to a jazzy arrangement of “West Side Story” live from Chris’ Jazz Cafe.

The creativity continues to flow into Doylestown, where the Michener Art Museum is “painting” the town in an outdoor, walkable exhibit.

Eastern State Penitentiary reopens to visitors on Friday. You can learn all about the haunted world of America’s most historic prison, but purchase tickets online in advance. 

 

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

The Michener Art Museum is bringing art outdoors, as they “paint” Doylestown with reproductions of their permanent collection. While you’re strolling through the borough, be sure to check out the locations of 16 of their paintings. 

For the next few Friday nights, shake it in the park with Philly Dance Fitness. For $13 or pay-as-you-wish, drop in on this high-energy dance party, with easy-to-follow routines. 

Expect a mix of pop, hip-hop and international songs. Beginners are welcome, and no dance experience is required.

Then on Saturday, pick your own produce and flowers, bring your own picnic, and make your own s’mores with the PYO BYO Basket Picnic Party at the Organic Heirlooms Farm. RSVP for the 90-minute farm experience.

Tickets are $29 for adults and $24 for kids. The majority of proceeds go toward helping the rescued animals and preserving the farmland. 

 

ONLINE

Pennsylvania is home to many native, edible plants. In a free Saturday morning class with Black Girls with Green Thumbs, learn to identify edible and healing herbs that grow naturally right in your neighborhood. 

You will learn what to look for when you embark on your own urban foraging adventure. Pre-register to receive access to the video conference and handout so you can follow along.

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts normally employs and entertains thousands of people in and around Philadelphia, plus other philanthropic programs, like free music lessons for students across the city. However, due to COVID-19 pandemic, the center is facing serious hurdles. 

On Saturday, the Kimmel Center will partner with actor and singer Christopher Jackson — known for his role as George Washington in the original Broadway cast of “Hamilton” — for a livestreamed relief concert, called the Road to Reopening Relief Fund.

Access to this event is reserved for all individuals who make a gift of $40 or more between now and noon on Friday.

Also on Saturday night, join Philadelphia pianist Tim Brey and vocalist Chelsea Reed for a Musical Tribute to “West Side Story.” Enjoy an evening of jazzy arrangements of the iconic Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim musical. 

Access to the livestream is $5, and the concert will be available for 48 hours after purchase.

While you’re singing along, move to the beat — work on the daring acrobat in your heart and take a virtual class at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts. Learn conditioning, focus on handstands, or even sit and safely stretch with instruction.