Alive Inside Screening for the Alzheimer’s Association

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Greater Philadelphia Film Office, Derek Freese Documentary Fund and the Alzheimer’s Association hosted a screening of the award-winning documentary Alive Inside at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts last Tuesday night.

The 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award winner was presented at a red-carpet event and there was a post cocktail party afterward. All proceeds from the event will support the Alzheimer’s Association’s Delaware Valley Chapter.

The film, which focuses on the use of music in the treatment of Alzheimer’s patients, included a post-screening Q&A with CBS3 Health Reporter Stephanie Stahl. Michael Rossato-Bennett, ‎director of Alive Inside discussed how the project came about. He also announced that a meeting with Apple was in the works in hopes of expanding the program of getting music to patients on a much broader scale.

To see how music can make a difference in an Alzheimer’s patient’s life was very moving. The music provided to the patient was specific from an era in their life. It brought them back to life, singing, humming, dancing and they were able to recall memories of a time that had seemed lost forever. It’s a must see. The hope is that one day doctors will prescribe music as part of the treatment that is currently used for Alzheimer’s patients.

Photos from the screening of Alive Inside after the jump. »

Two Bells for Volver

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Craig LaBan weighs in on Jose Garces’ culinary return to Philadelphia. The Inquirer critic calls the cooking at Volvér “egocentric” though he does call many of the dishes three-bell worthy, if he could order them a la carte.

The plates, without doubt, were still camera-ready gorgeous: ember-seared cubes of Wagyu beef posed beside crimson swipes of beet puree; nasturtium leaves floated atop lubina sea bass in a composition of rice and shrimp evocative its own ecosystem; epic salads tweezered into perfect still lifes by talented chef de cuisine, Natalie Maronski. Those dishes were examples of Volvér at its best, in which the inspirations were prime ingredients, not biography. The intricate salad was a naturalistic playground of delicate greens, creamy cauliflower panna cotta, and sublimely sweet carrots drawn from the garden at Garces’ Luna Farms, lifted by tangy Meyer lemon puree and the faux “dirt” of goat-cheese crumbles tinted black with squid ink.

Two Bells – Very Good

Garces’ Volvér overdoes the culinary performance art [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Volvér [Foobooz]

Trey Popp’s four-star review of Volvér [Philadelphia Magazine]

WATCH: Summer Solstice Festival at Kimmel Center

On Saturday, June 21st, Kimmel Center celebrated the first day of summer with Solstice in the City. This extravaganza from 8 p.m. till 2 a.m., and featured performances by indie bands Beverly, San Fermin and Real Estate in Verizon Hall. Jazz residency artists Pablo Batista and the Mambo Syndicate, Josh Lawrence and the Fresh Cut Orchestra, and Bobby Zankel, Raphael Xavier, and Francois Zayas performed in the SEI Innovation Studio to packed houses.

We were there Saturday night to kick off summer with The Kimmel. Check out the video above for a chat with organizer Zach Blackwood, and scenes from some of the aforementioned performances.

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PHOTOS: Evita Opens With a Tango Party at the Academy of Music

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Don’t cry for me, Philadelphia!  Last evening, to celebrate the opening of the national tour of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Evita at the Academy of Music, Broad Street transformed into a tango stage, complete with performers from the Philadelphia Argentine Tango School heating up the sidewalks. Iconic former Argentinian First Lady Evita Peron even graced the City of Brotherly Love with a signature wave from the balcony of the Academy. We were there to capture the moment.



Evita runs through June 22 at the Academy of Music.  Tickets and more information can be found by visiting the Kimmel Center’s webpage.

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You know what the doctor says: A little music every day keeps the blahs away. To help, we round up a concert for every day of this week.



 

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PIFA Returning in 2015

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Not a lot of details yet, but just got word that the Kimmel Center has announced the dates for its 2015 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. PIFA, as it’s more commonly known, will kick off with a gala on Wednesday, April 8. The actual festivities will roll out April 10th and continue through the Street Fair on the Avenue of the Arts on the 25th. More details in the flyer above.

Leftovers: Stray Thoughts From My Review Of Volver

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A few additional musings about my meal(s) at Volver

Volver is very expensive, but…
As I noted in my review, “There’s no arguing that the $600 my wife and I spent, including a few glasses of wine and an inspired beverage pairing, could have bought a fantastic meal elsewhere with enough money left over to feed 10 foster children for a month.” But it’s also true that a year’s worth of cable would feed even more mouths, and that forgoing an iPhone upgrade would save you enough for the full 14 courses at Volver. Personally, I still wrestle with the cost of meals like this. But the debate over the cost of dinner shouldn’t take place in a vacuum. Everybody makes his own choices about what to spend money on, and eating out is one among many options to spend wisely or poorly. I mean, right now the 76ers are selling single courtside tickets for $790. The Sixers! After going 19-63!

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