15 Outstanding Philly Arts Moments in 2015

Ticket arts writers weigh in on what they think are the most important local arts moments of 2015. 


Lisette Oropesa’s in Opera Philly’s “Traviata”

Brava, Diva!

It’s been a banner year generally for Opera Philadelphia, but Lisette Oropesa’s Violetta in Traviata (her first performance of the role) was special. The beautiful young soprano met every vocal demand — fiendishly difficult as they may have been – and acted it superbly. Opera lovers around the world pay attention to debuting Violettas – the great ones are so rare. Here in Philly, we found one. —David Fox

Philadelphia Film Society Saves the Prince

The gorgeous Prince Theater seemed to be in quite a bit of limbo: The resident production company had vacated a number of years ago, and their presentations were random at best. With PFS purchasing the building, the theater has becoming a bustling hub not only for movies (it’s now the only mainstream movie theater in Center City) but performing arts, and their Razz Room is hosting some of the hottest NYC cabaret acts around. —Bryan Buttler

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Philadelphia Museum of Art’s New Design Exhibit is Like a Fancy IKEA

This month, the Philadelphia Museum of Art debuts “Northern Lights: Scandinavian Design,” which is running now through October 4th. Here are some objects you’ll see there. Look familiar?

7 Awesome Philly Summer Camps for Kids and Teens

girls rock philly

Girls Rock Philly, a weeklong camp starting August 4th, teaches young ladies to tap into their inner rock goddess.

Philly Art Center
Philly Art Center (PAC), winner of “Best of Philly 2012,” is the ultimate playground for burgeoning Picassos. PAC offers summer camps for kids of skill levels ranging from ages 4-12 from June 23rd to August 29th. Each theme-based week treats kids to a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities led by brilliant and thoughtful teaching artists. Treat your kids to a summer vacation in the land of imagination. Registration is open, but space is limited. 2501 Olive Street (Fairmount location), and 514 Bainbridge Street (Queen Village location.)

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Philadelphia Event Listings

Our selective, day-by-day guide to the best of what’s happening in Philly. Send event listings to ticket@phillymag.com

Thursday 5/15

CHARITY: An Evening at Franklin Square
7:30 p.m., Franklin Square, 6th and Race Streets

ART: Vintage Poster Show & Sale
Merrit Gallery, 385 West Lancaster Avenue, Haverford

Saturday 5/17

GALA: International House’s Global Gala
6:30 p.m., $250, International House, 3701 Chestnut Street.

CONCERT: All You Can Eat Tour Featuring Steel Panther and Future Villains
8 p.m, Theater of Living Arts, 334 South Street

Sunday 5/18

THEATER: The Five-Minute Follies featuring Sidetracked
3 p.m., $15-$18, Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom Street.

CONCERT: Lower Merion Orchestra Free Performance
3 p.m., McShain Auditorium at Rosemont College, 1400 Montgomery Avenue, Rosemont

CHARITY: The Durang Shebang
6 p.m., L’Etage Cabaret, 624 South 6th Street

Thursday 5/22

DANCE: Communitas, a Full-Length Acrobatic Dance Performance with Live Music
May 22-23, 8 p.m., May 24, 8 p.m. and 3 p.m., and May 25, 3 p.m., $20, Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 North American Street.

Thursday 5/29

CHARITY: 10th Annual Wall Ball
7 p.m, Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street

Saturday 6/7 

MUSIC: 2014 Chester County Blues BBQ
2 p.m., Wyndsor Farm, 2550 Ridge Road