Films, Art, Food, More: All Happening Wednesday Nights At The Art Museum

Posted: January 02, 1996

You can go to an art museum and see art. You can go to a movie theater and see a movie. You can go to a restaurant and dine, a performance hall and see a performance, a lecture hall and hear a lecture, any old where and meet a friend or see a stranger across a crowded room.

Wednesday nights you can go to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and do it all - for the price of admission to the museum and the added cost of food and drink. The programs, which debuted in September 1991, draw an average of 1,000 people each week.

The museum has announced the lineup for the next 26 programs, starting Wednesday. Each evening focuses on a theme highlighting works in the musuem's collection, one of the world's finest. Events include screenings of Hollywood and foreign films, talks by museum staffers, live music, performances, food, and special events such as wine- and beer-tastings.

On Jan. 31, for example, the evening's theme is Germany. It features Metropolis, a 1926 German silent film directed by Fritz Lang; Bavarian band music; traditional German dancers; the spotlight on German postmodernist Anselm Kiefer's Nigredo, and a German beer-tasting.

Sometimes the matchups are a bit, well, odd. The theme June 12 is ``Jazz Meets Cezanne,'' offering the film 'Round Midnight, starring Dexter Gordon, music by Philadelphia jazzman Tony Miceli, and the spotlight on African American folk art in the museum's collection.

What's all that jazz got to do with Cezanne?

Nothing, actually, said Wednesday Night coordinator Laura Henrich (who last fall took over the job from Bernice Connolly, who retired). The connection, she said, is only that the Cezanne exhibition will be going on - it opens May 30 and will continue through Aug. 18 - and the annual Mellon-PSFS Jazz Festival will start its 10-day run on June 14.

The following Wednesday, though, when the theme is again Cezanne - ``Cezanne and His Circle'' - the 19th-century French impressionist will be matched up with his contemporary French impressionist, Camille Pissarro, museum curator Joseph Rishel talking on Pissarro's Fair on a Sunny Afternoon, Dieppe, and the film A Sunday in the Country (1984).

Festivities begin at 5 p.m. and continue until 8:45, although the films sometimes last a bit longer. Films, in the Van Pelt Auditorium, start at 7:10. Talks by museum curators and staff members are at 6 and 7 p.m.

Dinner is served in the Museum Restaurant from 5 to 7:30 p.m., and it's good to make reservations. Or you can get light fare and drinks in the Great Stair Hall from 5 to 8.

The price of admission is $7 for adults, $4 for students and seniors, and free to museum members. Information: 215-763-8100.

Here's the schedule for the next 26 weeks:

JAN. 3 ``Women in the French Court.'' Film: Tous Les Matins du Monde (1992), directed by Alain Carneau, with Gerard Depardieu (French with subtitles). Music: Aubron String Quartet. Spotlight: Portrait of Madame Du Barry by Louise-Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun with Danielle Rice, curator of education. French wine tasting.

JAN. 10 ``Myths of the Mediterranean.'' Film: The Spider's Stratagem (1970), directed by Bernardo Bertolucci (Italian with subtitles). Music: Greek folk ensemble Panegyri. Dance: The Macedonian Spirit. Performance: Classical Greek actress Lili Bita. Spotlight: Tour of the exhibition ``Mediterranean: Photographs by Mimmo Jodice'' with curatorial intern Laura Steward. Storyteller: Jane King.

JAN. 17 ``The Reign in Spain.'' Film: Belle Epoque (1994), directed by Fernando Trueba (Spanish with subtitles). Entertainment: Spanish guitarist Shirley Martin. Spotlight: Interior of a Cafe by Santiago Rusinol with Christopher Riopelle, associate curator of European painting. Spanish wine tasting.

JAN. 24 ``English Manor Houses.'' Film: The Long Day Closes (1993), directed by Terence Davies. Music: Ellen Tepper, Celtic harp. Dance: Griggstown Lock. Spotlight: ``Sutton Scarsdale: An English Country House'' with Donna Corbin, assistant curator of European decorative arts. Demonstration: ``The Conservation and Restoration of Furniture and Architectural Woodwork'' with David DeMuzio and Behrooz Salimnejad, museum conservators.

JAN. 31 ``Germany, Ja!'' Film: Metropolis (1926), directed by Fritz Lang (silent film with contemporary music score). Music: J. T. Bavarian Band. Dance: G. T. V. Almrausch, traditional German Schuhlattler dancers. Spotlight: Nigredo by Anselm Kiefer with Frances Greenbaum, department of education researcher. Demonstration: polymer clay by Carol Bailis. German beer tasting.

FEB. 7 ``All the President's Men.'' Film: The War Room (1993), direced by D. A. Pennebaker. Music: Folk music by Magpie. Performance: Valley Forge Military Academy Regimental Chorus. Spotlight: ``President's Choice'' with museum president Robert Montgomery Scott.

FEB. 14 ``Be My Valentine.'' Film: Circle of Friends (1995), directed by Pat O'Connor, with Chris O'Donnell and Minnie Driver. Entertainment: Wynnewood Vocal Ensemble. Spotlight: Portrait of Cosimo I de' Medici as Orpheus by Agnolo Bronzino with Barbara Bassett, museum educator. Demonstration: Mardi Gras mask-making by Cindy Farnham. Storyteller: Beth Phillips Brown.

FEB. 21 ``A Family Reunion.'' Film: Life Is Sweet (1991), directed by Mike Leigh. Performance: The African American Stilt Ballet. Music: Joy Unlimited Mass Choir; songs and stories from black rural tradition by John Colgan-Davis. Spotlight: ``African American Art in the Museum's Collection'' with Jean Woodley, museum educator. Demonstration: Hair braiding by Yvette Smalls. Storyteller: Kala Jojo.

FEB. 28 ``Art in Bloom.'' Film: Driving Miss Daisy (1989), directed by Bruce Beresford, with Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman and Dan Aykroyd. Music: flutist Janet M. Schreiner and guitarist Jim Hensley. Spotlight: Tour of the exhibition ``Wall Flowers'' with curatorial intern Laura Steward. Demonstration: Watercolor techniques by Sara Steele.

MARCH 6 ``Whodunit? A Mystery Night.'' Film: The Devil Probably (1977), directed by Robert Bresson (French with subtitles). Music: Folk music by Saul Broudy and Friends. Book signing and lecture: The Art of Fiction wth Edgar Award-winning novelist Lisa Scottoline. Spotlight: The Mysterious and the Macabre: Paintings by Hendrick Goltzius and Judith Leyster with Mark Tucker, senior conservator of paintings.

MARCH 13 ``Wearing of the Green.'' Film: The Secret of Roan Inish (1995), directed by John Sayles. Music: Irish music by So's Your Mom. Slide lecture: ``Ireland and America, Colonial Crosscurrents (1600-1840)'' with Desmond FitzGerald, Knight of Glin. Spotlight: ``Irish Furniture'' with Diane Minnite. Irish beer tasting.

MARCH 20 ``Your Own Backyard! Celebrate Philadelphia.'' Film: Rocky (1976), diected by John G. Avildsen, with Sylvester Stallone and Talia Shire. Music: Singer-songwriters John Flynn and Beth Williams. Book signing and lecture: Timothy Watts, local crime fiction author. Spotlight: Figures in a Landscape by Sidney Goodman with Barbara Bassett, museum educator. Demonstration: Denise Margiotti, the back porch and unique furniture designs. Beer tasting.

MARCH 27 ``College Night.'' Film: Clockers (1995), directed by Spike Lee, with John Turturro, Harvey Keitel and Delroy Lindo. Music: Folk music by Maggi, Pierce and E. J.; Temple University Opera Theater. Spotlight: A Close Encounter: Paul by Chuck Close with Diane Horn, museum educator. Free admission to college students with valid ID. Half-price admission to alumni wearing cap or shirt of their alma mater.

APRIL 3 ``Land of the Taj Mahal.'' Film: Charulata (1964), directed by Satyajit Ray (Bengali with subtitles). Music: Vocalist Usha Kallianpurkar and local students. Dance: Lakshmi Swaminathan. Spotlight: ``The Great Loves of India'' with Gail Maxwell, staff lecturer.

APRIL 10 ``April in Paris.'' Film: Window to Paris (1995), directed by Yuri Mamin (Russian and French with English subtitles). Music: Jazz and international music by Chapell & Kleiman. Performance: Cap and Bells Dramatic Arts Society of St. Joseph's University. Spotlight: Pair of Plaster Nymphs From a Grand Parisian Dining Room by Clodion with Dean Walker, Henry P. McIlhenny senior curator of European decorative arts and sculpture. French wine tasting.

APRIL 17 ``Pachanga! Let's Go Latin.'' Film: I Don't Want to Talk About It (1994), directed by Maria Luisa Bemberg, with Marcello Mastroianni (Spanish with subtitles). Music: Pianist Carlos Serranos with vocalists Armando Gamma and Luis Ledesna; Chamber Singers of Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges. Spotlight: ``Tracing the Roots of Mexican Colonial Art'' with Frances Prieto-Pouget, department of external affairs deputy assistant, and Diana Roberts, department of external affairs (in English and Spanish). Demonstration: Watercolor collage by Aldo Nabola.

APRIL 24 ``The Road to Rome.'' Film: Farinelli (1995), directed by Gerard Corbiau (French with subtitles). Music: Italian folk music by the Serenaders; the Blanchard Consort of Voices. Spotlight: ``Views of Rome'' with Danielle Rice, curator of education. Italian wine tasting.

MAY 1 ``An Evening With Beethoven and Friends.'' Film: Immortal Beloved (1994), directed by Bernard Rose, with Gary Oldman and Isabella Rossellini. Music: Members of the Philadelphia Orchestra; pianist Lilah Mittelstaedt. Spotlight: Improvisation No. 29 by Wassily Kandinsky with Glenn Tomlinson.

MAY 8 ``Asian Odyssey.'' Film: Red Firecracker, Green Firecracker (1994), directed by He Ping (Mandarin Chinese with subtitles). Music: Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia. Dance: Japanese dancer Yoko Hashimoto-Sinclair; Cambodian Court dance group Chamroeun Yin and Co. Spotlight: ``Conservation of the Chinese Palace Hall'' with Sally Malenka, associate conservator of decorative arts and sculpture. Demonstration: Hmong arts and crafts by Pang Xiong Sirirathasuk.

MAY 15 ``Merry Month of May.'' Film: Women in Love (1970), directed by Ken Russell, with Glenda Jackson, Alan Bates and Oliver Reed. Music: Wanamaker Lewis Trio. Workshop: ``Landscapes Real and Imagined,'' drawing and painting workshop led by Fleisher Art Memorial faculty. Spotlight: ``West Side Story: Masters of Twentieth-Century Sculpture'' with Thora Jacobson, director of Fleisher Art Memorial. Demonstration: the back porch and unique furniture design by Denise Margiotti.

MAY 22 ``Here Comes the Bride.'' Film: Muriel's Wedding (1994), directed by P. J. Hogan. Music: Peter Scott Ruben presents the Barry Warren Orchestra. Bridal fashion show: Suky Rosan and Boyds. Cosmetic consultations: Parfumerie Douglas. Bridal floral fashions: Charles F. Kremp 3d, Florists. Wedding consultant: Todd Myers of Main St. Entertainment Inc. Spotlight: ``Bedroom Suite'' made by Herter Brothers with Anne Sims, staff lecturer. Special: Kate E. Frey, publisher of Philadelphia Weddings Magazine.

MAY 29 ``Museum - Inside and Out.'' Film: Dressed to Kill (1980), directed by Brian De Palma, with Angie Dickinson and Michael Caine. Music: Pianist Andrea Clearfield. Spotlight: ``Pediment Art: The Museum's East Side Story'' with David Wolfe, exhibition designer. Lecture: ``An Artist's Perspective on Landscape Painting'' with Al Gury, Fleisher Art Memorial faculty.

JUNE 5 ``CoreStates Championship Night.'' Film: Breaking Away (1979), directed by Peter Yates, with Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid and Daniel Stern. Music: Jazz and classical music by Ken Ulansey Duo. Spotlight: Bicycle Wheel by Marcel Duchamp with Rolando Corpus, 20th-century art curatorial assistant.

JUNE 12 ``Jazz Meets Cezanne - Mellon-PSFS Jazz Night.'' Film: 'Round Midnight (1986), directed by Bertrand Tavernier, with Dexter Gordon. Music: Jazz by Tony Miceli. Spotlight: ``African American Folk Art in the Museum's Collection'' with Glenn Tomlinson, staff lecturer.

JUNE 19 ``Cezanne and His Circle.'' Film: A Sunday in the Country (1984), directed by Bertrand Tavernier (French with subtitles). Music: Jazz and classical music by Rich Rudin and Marshall Taylor. Spotlight: Fair on a Sunny Afternoon, Dieppe by Camille Pissarro with Joseph Rishel, curator of European painting and sculpture before 1900.

JUNE 26 ``Under the Boardwalk, Down by the Sea.'' Film: Back to the Beach (1987), directed by Lyndall Hobbs, with Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon and Connie Stevens. Music: Jazz and classical music by Rich Rudin and Marshall Taylor. Spotlight: Birth of Venus by Nicolas Poussin with Jon Seydl, research coordinator in European painting.

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