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Coverage of the performing arts in Philadelphia.

Published: Wed, 23 Aug 2017 22:26:35 GMT2017-08-23T22:26:35Z


Barnes Foundation teams with Indego to put great works of art on Philly bikes

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 22:26:35 GMT2017-08-23T22:26:35Z

On Wednesday, the Barnes Foundation announced that it will be partnering with Indego, Philadelphia's bike-share program, to wrap famous paintings on Indego's bikes. The bikes will be launched on Sept. 14.

Events galore for the 100th birthday of the Parkway

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:28:36 GMT2017-08-23T18:28:36Z

From festivals to exhibitions to the painting of turtles, the city will spend a year examining and partying over its grand boulevard.

Richard J. Wattenmaker, author and Barnes Foundation teacher

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 14:59:39 GMT2017-08-23T14:59:39Z

An authority on late 19th- and early 20th-century art.

Familiar face at Walnut Street Theatre is bowing out

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:46:15 GMT2017-08-23T00:46:15Z

Ralph Weeks, director of marketing and public relations for the Walnut Street Theatre since 2003, has resigned. His last day on the job will be Sept. 8, after which he will return to his native North Carolina. No successor has been named yet.

Art you can ride in: Beijing Olympics' fireworks guy is set to send glowing pedicabs up the Parkway

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:51:35 GMT2017-08-22T11:51:35Z

A fleet of "Fireflies" pedicabs designed by Cai Gua-Qiang will shimmer at night on a route along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway as part of its 100th anniversary celebration. Catch a free ride from Sept. 15 to Oct. 8.

Barrymore Awards nominations are out - and what a year in theater it was!

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 21:46:17 GMT2017-08-21T21:46:17Z

Theatre Philadelphia's Barrymore Awards, often called "the Tonys of Philadelphia," are the height of the Philly theater year.­

'Dirty Dancing' at 30: Philly's dirty dancer, Karen Getz, remembers the flick

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:20:38 GMT2017-08-21T20:20:38Z

"I did not expect it to become even remotely successful," the two-time Barrymore winner says of the movie.

Norman Rockwell baseball painting sells for $1.6M at auction

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:04:20 GMT2017-08-21T18:04:20Z

DALLAS (AP) - A rendering by Norman Rockwell of one of his best known baseball-themed paintings has sold at auction for $1.6 million.

How Philly's 'slavery memorial' acknowledges a Founding Father's flaws without denying his greatness

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:46:25 GMT2017-08-19T10:46:25Z

The creation of the President's House memorial on Independence Mall shows how collective discussion, community engagement, and a broad sense of history energizes support for public commemorations. The key is to make it real.

Citing Trump remarks, entire president's arts council quits

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:22:50 GMT2017-08-19T10:22:50Z

Members of the President's Commission on Arts and the Humanities cite the president's recent words and actions in response to violence in Charlottesville.

No hard feelings: Philadelphia Orchestra musicians give $74K to help employer reach fund goal

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:14:21 GMT2017-08-18T21:14:21Z

The gift from musicians is meant to help the group turn a page.

Mario Livio's 'Why': A stilted, elitist look at human curiosity

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:24:12 GMT2017-08-18T18:24:12Z

. What is it that compels us not only to gaze at the stars but also to build the technology to reach out to them, study them, understand them? It is, of course, that mysterious, powerful force of curiosity that is with us from infancy, blossoms in childhood, and persists throughout our lives. Plenty of animals show a keen interest in the world - but in Why?, astrophysicist Mario Livio argues that humans are the only species to ask not just what, where, and who, but also why.

Jojo Moyes' 'The Horse Dancer': A Dickensian novel that believes in love

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:23:04 GMT2017-08-18T18:23:04Z

. Reading The Horse Dancer, I had to keep reminding myself I was not, in fact, reading Dickens. There's the seedy section of East London. There are stark differences between the gilded lives of the wealthy and the turbulent lives of the poor. Most of all, there is Sarah, the resilient, quick-thinking orphan who outmaneuvers adults so deftly it's sometimes hard to believe she is only 14.

'Queen of Bebop': A life of sublime singer Sarah Vaughan

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:21:54 GMT2017-08-18T18:21:54Z

Along with Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan is one of a triumvirate of classic jazz vocalists. She has not inspired the same attention as the others, which makes Queen of Bebop all the more necessary and exciting.

Eddie Izzard's 'Believe Me': The conventional transgender marathoner/comedian

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:20:48 GMT2017-08-18T18:20:48Z

As though to confirm the claim that comedians use humor to hide their sadness, Eddie Izzard begins his memoir with his mother's death. At age 6, living in Northern Ireland, Eddie shut down emotionally. He did not cry again until he was 19. And he believes he "started performing, and doing all sorts of big, crazy ambitious things" because "at some magical-thinking level," he thought they might bring her back.

'La La Land' at the Mann jazzes out with terrific Chamber Orchestra combo

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:51:23 GMT2017-08-18T17:51:23Z

The jazz combo embedded within the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia would have been worth hearing even without the movie.

Worth the trip: 'Mad Men'-era illustrator's eye-catching exhibit in Wilmington

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:12:33 GMT2017-08-17T21:12:33Z

"The Original Mad Man: the Illustrations of Mac Conner" is on display through Sept. 17 at the Delaware Art Museum.

Jazz in the hinterlands: Out of the clubs and onto the farms

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:29:17 GMT2017-08-17T20:29:17Z

A collection of talented musicians populates a thriving scene that filters down from Delaware Water Gap on both sides of the river. Its big annual jazz fest happens Sept. 8-10.