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Prepare for a surreal culinary performance this Friday at the Art Alliance

Shooting Stars

It’s called Shooting Stars. And while the event may be described as a “surreal July 4 celebration,” that really seems to be selling it short.

Produced by local artist and musician Jon Shapiro, the one-night-only public exhibition is a collaboration between local artists and restaurants, combining a three-course dining spectacle with a cybernetic art installation that autonomously live tweets the entire event.

Confused? Allow me to break it all down, piece by piece.

The first two courses come courtesy of Soup Kitchen Café and Yumtown, USA food truck and will be served by a crew of actors abstractedly re-imagining the Declaration of Independence as a way of highlighting the ongoing deadlock in Washington today. Members of the audience will be completely immersed in the action, free to interact with the actors.

As you enjoy your grub, you will also be simultaneously generating content for an interactive social media art project called SPECTRUM, which essentially creates an objective, real-time account of the evening’s collective experience via Twitter. The piece was created in response to the recent scandal surrounding the NSA’s electronic surveillance program.

Finally, for dessert, Little Baby’s Ice Cream will debut an electronic music piece titled “Music for Ice Cream,” which is triggered by the act of eating electrically charged ice cream. This piece features work from Data Garden’s Sam Cusumano and Philly screen-print queen Candy Coated.

Sounds like one hell of way to celebrate this country’s independence, no?

It’ll all be going down this Friday from 7-10 p.m. on the third floor of the Philadelphia Art Alliance (251 S. 18th St.). Dinner will be served at 7:15 p.m., then again at 8 p.m. General admission is just $5, but if you want to partake in the meal (which is obviously the better idea), that’ll run you $25.

For tickets, contact Jon Shapiro: 484.744.2785 or

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