September 19, 2016 |
Pop culture muscles in on the offerings this fall at Philadelphia-area nonvisual museums. The world of Jurassic Park will take over the Franklin Institute with an exhibition featuring huge animatronic dinos - and pulsing rock will shake up the National Museum of American Jewish History when a show moves in exploring the life and influence of rock impresario Bill Graham. But pop will not take over everything. The Free Library will acknowledge the arrival of its new neighbor, the Mormon Temple, with an exhibition exploring early Mormon writing.
September 4, 2016 |
These days, we take it for granted that a big outdoor show such as this weekend's Made in America Festival or an arena spectacle such as Barbra Streisand's recent "The Music . . . The Mem'ries . . . The Magic" will land with lots of high-tech eye candy. Think huge video close-up of the artists visible a half a mile away, plus abstract art flashed on LED screens. And woe to the flimsy pop darling or the electronic dance music DJ if the video system crashes. The "excitement" would deflate faster than a popped party balloon.
May 11, 2016
It typically takes less than three hours to travel the 140 miles between Philadelphia and Gettysburg. But it took years to reach the conclusion that artifacts in the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia's collection should be moved to the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. The collection hasn't had a permanent home since 2008, when a mansion at 18th and Pine Streets that served as the museum closed. The plan then was to build a more fitting facility to serve as a museum, but it never happened.
January 16, 2016 |
This weekend, more than 50 years after the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote one of the most important texts of the civil rights movement while locked in a Birmingham, Ala., jail cell, actors will read excerpts from that missive inside a now-closed Philadelphia prison. Dr. King's words then - including the rallying lines "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly" - are "extraordinarily relevant in today's world," said Sean Kelley, director of public programing for Eastern State Penitentiary.
September 8, 2015 |
Though weak with leukemia, Seymour Rose told his family that he would like to travel to Winston-Salem, N.C., for a bat mitzvah of the granddaughter of a close friend from Chester County. The family didn't say no, and Mr. Rose left on Aug. 28, a Friday, with his son Marc driving. The two attended the festivities through the weekend and had a grand time, staying in the local Embassy Suites. But on the ride home Aug. 30, Mr. Rose told his son he didn't feel well, and his breathing became labored.
July 25, 2015 |
With a recent "topping off" ceremony marking the progress of its construction near Independence Mall, the Museum of the American Revolution clearly has become more than a dream. As progress continues toward a 2017 opening, serious consideration should be given to how the museum and other nearby attractions associated with colonial-era America can complement each other. One idea is to offer visitors a single pass that they could use to visit several sites. Participants in last week's ceremony, including former Govs.
July 3, 2015 |
January 20, 2015 |
PHILADELPHIA'S massive Martin Luther King Jr. Day tribute to the heroic civil-rights leader's fight for racial equality will feature 135,000 volunteers working in 1,800 community projects today and a MLK-spirited "Black Lives Matter" protest march that organizers hope will draw 10,000 demonstrators. A diverse coalition of religious leaders, unions, students, parents and grass-roots community groups will gather at Philadelphia School District headquarters on Broad Street near Callowhill at 1:30 p.m. and move out for the 2 p.m. MLK Day of Action, Resistance and Empowerment (D.A.R.E.)
December 20, 2014 |
Hear ye, aspiring knights and ladies! On Saturday, the Brandywine River Museum is holding its Knights and Ladies in Training Family Programs. You can learn what it takes to become a knight or a fine lady by completing tasks of noble note. Visitors will decorate crowns, learn sword fighting techniques, and design a family coat of arms. Assignments will also require going on a scavenger hunt throughout the museum. After completing the duties and workshop, newly fledged nobles will be recognized during a knighting ceremony.
October 26, 2014
An article Thursday about Rabbi Deborah Waxman's inauguration as the head of Reconstructionist Judaism gave the wrong location for the ceremony. It will take place at the National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall East, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.