Design of the Times
Design Philadelphia takes center stage through Oct. 14. The city’s premier festival devoted to Philadelphia’s community of designers dedicated to enhancing our daily lives will showcase local talent like Four Corners: Design from Philly Surrounds. Held at Minima Gallery in Old City, this exhibit, curated by Royce Epstein and Caroline Tiger, focuses on demonstrating the possibility of living with all-local design. events.designphiladelphia.org; (215) 922-2002.
Performances of A Stoop on Orchard Street will be taking place at the Dell Theater at the National Museum of American Jewish History. Often referred to as “The Day After Fiddler on the Roof Ended,” the play is a musical that follows the fictional Lomansky family as they create a life for themselves on the Lower East Side in 1910. Performances run Wednesday through Sunday, and tickets are priced between $49.95 and $59.95. For more information, go to www. nmajh.org; (215) 923-3811.
Is It Crafty in Here?
Congregation Kol Ami in Elkins Park presents its third annual juried Craft & Fine Arts Show on Oct. 13 and 14. The show is host to more than 50 regional artisans, as well as the World Mitzvah Mall, where humanitarian organizations will offer handmade items for sale to raise awareness and funds for their programs. For more information, go to www.kolamicraftshow.org;  (215) 635-3110.
Simply the Fest
Philadelphia becomes the center of the movie universe from Oct. 18 to 28, as the 2012 Philadelphia Film Festival takes over screens across the region. Can’t-miss films include Aliyah, a French film about a man who turns to dealing drugs in an effort to join his brother in Tel Aviv; Yossi, an Israeli film about the struggles of a closeted gay man who winds up traveling through southern Israel with a group of soldiers; and Jacob Rosenberg’s documentary, Waiting for Lightning, about one skateboarder’s quest to construct a ramp and jump over the Great Wall of China. For more information or to buy tickets, go to www.filmadelphia.org;  (267) 239-2941.
Philadelphia Open Studio Tours second weekend of artist open houses begins Oct. 20. The event, a program of the Center for Emerging Artists, is devoted this weekend to artists working east of Broad, like Old City-based Amie Potsic, a contemporary photographer whose work deals with the socio-political climate of China; and Kensington-based Leslie Friedman, whose conceptual and political works are brimming with vibrant colors and Pop sensibilities. For more information, go to www. philaopenstudios.org.
The Beats Beat
Oct. 28 marks the return of Nehedar, the stage name of musician Emilia Cataldo. Cataldo’s Israeli folk-inflected music can be heard on her latest release, “High Tide.” Nehedar will be performing at Teaful Bliss in the Loft District, where she will open for Philadelphia’s own folk/ world beat/hip-hop artist, Chana Rothman. Tickets are $5. For more information, go to www. chanarothman.com or www.nehedar . com.