Our daily roundup of what’s happening today in Philly. This go round, we’ve got three of the city’s best MLK Day Celebrations.
Eastern State Penitentiary (ESP) wraps up its weekend-long Martin Luther King celebrations with an afternoon of readings, MLK-centric prison tours and a chance to create some art. Today at, 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. professional actors will present a live reading of King’s famous Letter From Birmingham Jail followed by a Q&A with a civil rights scholar. If you’re bringing kids along, or if you’re in a particularly crafty mood, Art Sanctuary will set up stations for guests to create works in response to the text. There will also be guided tours of the museum, with an emphasis on how the civil rights movement affected inmates at ESP, and how they reacted when they heard the news of MLK’s assassination. 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., readings are free but reservations are required, $10-$14 for tours, Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave., easternstate.org.
On Thursday, Art Museum CEO Timothy Rub announced that the museum has acquired one of the country’s most important collections of contemporary art from Keith and Katherine Sachs. Keith Sachs, a museum trustee since 1988, is the former CEO of Horsham-based Saxco International, a distributor of wine and liquor bottles. Read more »
In an arraignment today, a judge told Eman Faki, the guy who drove backwards down the Rocky Steps in October, that he was not allowed to go near the museum for about a month, while awaiting a hearing. Oh and also: He charged him with reckless endangerment.
The infamous driver who backed down the Rocky Steps in his convertible was found out in October. But after an inspection of his car, it’s taken until this morning for him to be formally arraigned. So he finds himself in a holding cell, awaiting charges at Central Detectives in Fairmount.
The 37th annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show opened yesterday, but held its preview party on November 6th. The show runs through Sunday, November 10th. The craft show is the largest single fundraiser for the Philadelphia Museum of art and has donated nearly $11 million dollars to the Museum. These funds provide financial support for educational programs, special exhibits, conservation projects, the acquisition of craft objects for exhibitions and many more programs. Nearly 700 exhibitors are taking part in this year’s show, including 25 visiting artists from the Baltic nation of Lithuania.
Tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. the Philadelphia Museum of Art is unveiling a rare (though, with only 36 in the world, they’re all rare) Johannes Vermeer painting. It’s the only privately-owned Vermeer in the world, and is on loan from a collection in New York. Well, the Queen of England owns one, but that doesn’t quite count.
Don’t move out of the city yet, 30something gentrifiers! Looks like there’s a perk to being a high school student in Philadelphia after all!