Philadelphia Museum of Art Announces Exhibition Through Spring 2015

Alexander Girard's "Wooden Dolls" will be on display starting TK in Tk.

Alexander Girard’s “Wooden Dolls” will be on display starting November 22 in “Vitra: Design, Architecture, Communication.”

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has announced its upcoming exhibition schedule, a rotating series of art collections running mid-September through May of next year.

Among them is a major retrospective of prolific American photographer/filmmaker Paul Strand. Two-hundred-fifty of Strand’s best prints will be pulled from the Museum’s archives, including his famous works Blind Woman, and Young Boy. If abstract work is more your speed, “Full Circle: Works on Paper by Richard Pousette-Dart” kicks off on September 13th with an array of colorful works by the celebrated draftsman. More information from PMA below:

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Shakespeare In Clark Park’s Henry IV Comes Complete With a 100-Person Battle Scene and Pub Prelude

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Cast of “Henry IV” revved up for a good battle scene. Photo by Jen Cleary

Shakespeare’s Henry IV is coming to Clark Park!

Shakespeare in Clark Park and Team Sunshine Performance Corporation (TSPC) are joining together to present a unique rendition of the classic play, combining aspects of both Parts I and II of Shakespeare’s Henry IV.

Henry IV: Your Prince and Mine, the tale of two young rebels and a king, features a 100-person battle scene made possible by a “community army” of Philadelphians. A diverse array of over 100 Philly residents—reigning from 36 neighborhoods, ages 13-59—will take the battlefield in an epic Act V fight scene that is not to be missed. Directed by TSPC’s Co-founder and Resident Director, Alex Torra, the production features local actors Brian Anthony Wilson, Charlie DelMarcelle, and Brian Ratcliffe.

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Community actors rehearsing for Henry IV’s epic 100-person battle scene.

In addition to five performances in Clark Park, there will be several community activities to take part in before the shows. A Pub Prelude will be held at Gojjo Bar at 5:30 p.m. on the night of each performance, inspired by the alcohol-fueled pub scenes of Henry IV. The pre-show fun offers an intimate look at the play hosted by four of the show’s performers (think mock battles between pint glasses and salt shakers, bawdy jokes, and pub ballads.) You can also head to the park during rehearsals for a free conversation station, where an on-going discussion about the play and the process of creating the production will take place prior to each show.

Henry IV: Your Prince and Mine will run from Wednesday, July 30th until Sunday, August 8th. All performances are free and open to the public, and begin at 7 p.m. More information about Shakespeare in Clark Park is available here.

Over 120 Shows Announced for Neighborhood Fringe 2014

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FringeArts has announced the lineup for the 2014 Neighborhood Fringe: over 120 independently produced productions by both new and established artists to take place in an array of Philadelphia neighborhoods. The shows are in addition to the selection of performances by internationally renowned artists already scheduled for the 18th Annual Fringe Festival, running September 5th through the 21st.

The lineup of over 120 shows will ignite Philadelphia’s neighborhoods with a variety of artistic happenings, encompassing dance, theater, spoken word, visual art, and more. The performances will fill unique venues from West Philadelphia to Northern Liberties, including theaters, row houses, parks, nightclubs, even cemeteries.

Highlights from this year’s Neighborhood Fringe lineup include:

Dance-performance artist Gunnar Montana returns to this year's Fringe in "Resurrection Room."

Dancer-performance artist Gunnar Montana returns to this year’s Fringe in “Resurrection Room.”

Resurrection Room: By Gunnar Montana, the performance “follows a young woman as she stumbles upon a world with no rules, no life, no death. Get lost with her as she encounters everything from hot pink hostels to demon geishas, igniting a world that’s dead set on eating her alive.”

Intimate Exchanges: Presented by 1812 Productions, “Jennifer Childs and Tony Lawton star in Alan Ayckbourn’s sensational comedy of chance where each road taken is dictated by the audience, leading to a world of outrageous outcomes.”

The Ray Charles Experience: Artist Movin’ Melvin Brown presents a “soulful journey exploring the jazz, blues, gospel music of Ray Charles and his contemporaries, Nat King Cole, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, and more!”

BalletX at The Porch: BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet, will perform “beside 30th Street Station against the backdrop of the Philadelphia skyline.”

For a full list of Neighborhood Fringe shows, and more details about the upcoming Fringe Festival, head here.

The Fringe Festival will run from September 5th-21st. Tickets are available for purchase online.

 

5 Things I Learned at the Sara Bareilles Concert at The Mann

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Skyline Stage at The Mann.

When I found out I was going to the Sara Bareilles concert at the Mann last Thursday, I reacted with the type of feverish panic that only female pop artists can awaken in me. I had never listened to her before. In fact, I kind of loathe her kind of pop-rock. Would I be smothered in the midst of a feel-good group hug during one of her ballads? Would I fall into a quiet coma during a set of whispered love songs, left to rot on the lawn amongst half-finished wine coolers? Or, worse … would I actually enjoy it?

Here are five things I learned at the show:

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Orange is the New Black Sparks Renewed Interest in Eastern State Penitentiary

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Photos courtesy of Eastern State Penitentiary. Embarrassingly basic Photoshopping by Josh Middleton.

Recently my roommate and I decided to take a tour of Eastern State Penitentiary (ESP.) Neither of us had ever been, and I assume it was a fairly standard visit. But after the obligatory let’s-make-this-look-scarier-than-it-really-is Instagram shots, I realized we were both thinking about the same thing—our recent binge-watching sessions of the second season of Orange is the New Black (OITNB).

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See Blake Shelton and Lady Antebellum in Atlantic City for Free

Philly country music fans (you’re out there, right?) who missed their chance at tickets to the sold-out Blake Shelton and Lady Antebellum concerts in Atlantic City next month have another chance.

Tomorrow afternoon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Do AC Nightclub on Wheels will be parked at the corner of 16th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway handing out 1,000 pairs of tickets to each show. (That’s 1,000 for Shelton, and a 1,000 for Lady Antebellum.) I’m told there are even a few in-front-of-the-stage “fan zone” tickets available in the bunch, too.

Blake Shelton’s “Ten Times Crazier” tour takes place in AC on Thursday, July 31st, and Lady Antebellum’s “Take Me Downtown” tour will be the following Sunday, August 3rd.

Ready, set, get your freebies!

Philadelphia Orchestra Playing National Anthem at Tonight’s Phillies Game

Seven musicians from The Philadelphia Orchestra brass section will toot the “Star Spangled Banner” at tonight’s Phillies game at Citizen’s Bank Park. The ensemble includes Jennifer Montone, Jeffrey Lang, and Jeffry Kirschen on French horns, Robert W. Earley and Darin Kelly on trumpets, and Blair Bollinger and Brian Santero on trombones. In case the names don’t ring a bell, this is the same group who did that pop-up performance on a delayed plane last year that spread like wildfire across the Internet.

The engagement marks the homecoming of the Philadelphia Orchestra, which just returned from trips to Colorado and Asia, and the beginning of a busy week: On July 23rd and 24th, catch them at the Kimmel Center, where they’ll perform “A Tribute to the Beatles.” Then, on July 25th and 26th, they’ll perform “PIXAR in Concert.”

Tickets to all shows can be found here, and  you can still snag seats to tonight’s game—when the Phillies take on the San Francisco Giants—here.

Ishknits Puts Some Clothes On That Weird Freedom Sculpture at 16th and Vine



This wins the day: Streets Dept. has snaps of Philly street artist Ishknits’ latest installation. This time she’s knitted an outfit on Zenos Frudakis’s Freedom sculpture at the old Glaxo-Smith Kline building at 16th and Vine. Now, instead of simply running out of a wall, it looks like it’s running for joy from an amazing sale at American Apparel.

Winners Announced in Dog Days of Summer Cook-Off

On Saturday afternoon South Street hosted its third annual Dog Days of Summer Cook-Off, an afternoon of hot dog-eating and beer drinking under the historic Headhouse Market building. By all accounts it was the best-attended Dog Days of Summer event so far. Folks were standing in lines 20- to 30-deep to munch on wieners served up by local joints like Hot DiggityBrauhaus Schmitz, Serrano, and more.



At the same time, there were a few contests going on—one for the local restaurants serving hot dogs that afternoon, and a topping contest for Philly amateur cooks. Here’s the list of wieners, I mean winners:

Best Dogs

1st Place: Chef Michael Stollenwerk of Headhouse Crab & Oyster
Hot Dog: “The Sea Dog” with Sabrett’s hot dog, spicy pepper relish, crab salad, split-top bun, and a splash of Old Bay.

2nd Place: Chef Nick Mezzina of Misconduct Tavern
Hot Dog: “Sriracha Pork Dog” with sweet Sichuan chilli.

3rd Place: Chef Keith Garabedien of Hot Diggity
Hot Dog: “Corn Salsa Dog” with fire-roasted corn, 1732 meats, paprika-bacon salsa, radish tortillas and cilantro.

Amateur Toppings Winners

1st Place: Lily Vamberi
Hot Dog: “Dickmom Dog” with Elixr Coffee BBQ sauce, Kenzinger battered onion strings, roasted long hot relish.

2nd Place: Brant Williams
Hot Dog: “Pho-natic Dog” with pho beef bullion paste, mung bean sprouts, cilantro, Thai basil, thinly sliced jalapenos, lime hoisin.

3rd Place: Gabrierl Raab
Hot Dog: “Tova Dog” with amba Sauce, pickled vegetables, falafel crunch

Peoples Choice

Chefs Ricardo Rodriguez & Anthony Santiti Jr of Bistro Romano
Hot Dog: “Scala Duck Ragu” with grilled romaine, shaved parmigiano-reggiano, pancetta.

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