September 17, 2016 |
In the big, ongoing festival of American culture, the National Mall in Washington is the main stage. Ever since the Smithsonian Institution erected its imposing stone castle there in 1855, the linear park has been assembling an all-star lineup of museums and monuments that collectively tell our nation's story. The mall has even managed to find room for events that happened abroad, like the Holocaust. And yet, a fundamental part of the American story, one that informs almost everything that happens in our country, has largely been left out of the mix. That omission will finally be rectified Sept.
September 12, 2016 |
Anneesah Smith stepped onto the stage of the African American Museum in Philadelphia on Saturday as the role model she never had. The college administrator grew up in Germantown with no one in her community to show her how to navigate the world as a gay African American Christian. So Smith, who came out when she was 25, pledged to be that example for other young women. She does it daily as the LGBTQA services coordinator at West Chester University, and she did it this weekend as cochair of the Creating Change conference, the national convention of the National LGBTQ Task Force, which will meet Jan. 18 to 22 in Philadelphia.
July 17, 2016 |
Elizabeth Dunston Nolan, 97, the daughter of North Carolina sharecroppers, who worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and for her church, died Saturday, July 9, at Saunders House in Wynnewood of complications from an earlier fall. Mrs. Nolan, of West Philadelphia, was born in Franklin County, N.C., the eighth of 12 children of James and Harriett Dunston. In a sharecropper family, everyone was expected to work, she told her own daughters. She and her siblings cared for the animals on the property and picked vegetables, cotton, and tobacco.
July 16, 2016
Police on Thursday were investigating a threat to bomb the African American Museum in Philadelphia during the Democratic National Convention here this month. The museum, at Seventh and Arch Streets in Center City, received a threatening letter Thursday and reported it to police. Chief Inspector Joseph Sullivan, who oversees homeland security for city police, said detectives were investigating. Museum officials could not be reached for comment. - Robert Moran
June 18, 2016 |
KIDS 6 p.m. Friday, Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse , 3500 Reservoir Dr. $10. 215-765-4325. Wee ones get a chance to get wack and whirl in tie-dyed onesies as the third annual children's festival gets underway with the first of three concerts this summer. On the bill: Lucy Kalantari, playing her 1920s hot-jazz ukulele tunes, and divine kindie-rock diva Joanie Leeds. - Michael Harrington 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Brandywine River Museum of Art , 1 Hoffman's Mill Rd., Chadds Ford.
May 27, 2016
"Arresting Patterns": Perspectives on Race, Criminal Justice, Artistic Expression, and Community Through Sept. 11 at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St. $14. Open Thursday-Sunday. Town hall discussion June 25. 215-574-0380, aampmuseum.org
May 27, 2016 |
In one of Theodore Harris' collages, now on view at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, bursts of red bleed over a printed ballot form, stickers and images layer the surface: U.S. Out of Iraq Now, Does Praying Do Any Good?, Stop Executions, the Death Penalty Is a Hate Crime. At the center of this jittery, violent triptych, beneath a plume of exploding, cascading black, is an image of Malcolm X. Harris' piece is called The Ballot or the Bullet , a very direct reference to Malcolm X's famous 1964 speech: "It's time now for you and me to become more politically mature and realize what the ballot is for; what we're supposed to get when we cast a ballot; and that if we don't cast a ballot, it's going to end up in a situation where we're going to have to cast a bullet.
March 20, 2016 |
The Most Interesting Man in the World died on a Friday, which is just another Christian coincidence in the story of Joe Tiberino, whom I spoke to for the last time about a week after he had risen from the dead. "I was sitting right here when I died the first time," he said from an upholstered armchair in his second-floor bedroom in the family home in West Philadelphia, the heart of a multi-rowhouse enclave that could be called an artists' colony because everyone who lives there becomes an artist sooner or later.
February 24, 2016 |
Harvey Spencer Sr. wasn't thinking about strategic plans, boards of directors, or long-term fund-raising when he suggested to a few friends that they start a museum. Spencer, 88, a retired landscaper from Langhorne, was worried only about who would pick up where Walter Jacobs Jr. had left off. Jacobs, a historian and collector who devoted decades to chronicling Bucks County's African American heritage, had just died. What, Spencer fretted, would become of his mission? "I want to let people and their children know what blacks have done," Spencer said.
October 25, 2014 |
Enjoy spooktacular sounds and artistry, in your favorite costume, Saturday at the Philadelphia Orchestra's Halloween Fantastique with Cirque de la Symphonie at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The orchestra will perform 10 pieces including Danny Elfman's Batman movie theme. Other featured works include Adam Glaser's "March of the Little Goblins," French composer Hector Berlioz's "March to the Scaffold" from Symphonie Fantastique , and Rimsky-Korsakov's "Dance of the Tumblers" from The Snow Maiden . Cirque de la Symphonie will perform acrobatic dance, and kids are encouraged to come in their Halloween costumes.