April 23, 2016 |
More than $2.6 million was awarded Wednesday to 284 arts and cultural organizations around the city by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, about the same number as last year. Of those, 20 are receiving their first grants, fund officials said. Since its founding in 1991, the fund has distributed $40 million in unrestricted operating funds to hundreds of groups, large and small. The fund also announced that the Georgia E. Gregory Interdenominational School of Music is winner of the Councilman David Cohen Award, a noncash award recognizing an arts organization for its economic and social justice work.
April 22, 2016 |
A man was found dead near the Philadelphia Museum of Art Wednesday morning in what police believe to have been a suicide. The man, in his 30s, had a gunshot wound to his chest that police believe was self-inflicted. He was found outside by a runner at 8:23 a.m. near 24th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, near the Philadelphian condominium building, at 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, and across from the Art Museum. The man, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead by medics at 8:30 a.m. Police say a gun was recovered.
April 21, 2016 |
Patricia Stewart Walsh's life appeared to be on the same track as other Chestnut Hill debutantes': private schools, good marriage, charity events, and lots of tennis. But then she met Richard Walsh, a future spy, and her life took a turn for the adventurous. Mrs. Walsh, 88, of Lafayette Hill, died Thursday, April 7, at her home, four years after suffering a stroke. She spent most of her married life in Europe, where her husband worked for the CIA. A graduate of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, she was dating Walsh's younger brother when she caught the eye of her future husband.
April 21, 2016 |
An abandoned firehouse on the 1800 block of Broadway has been renovated as the latest anchor in a South Camden neighborhood trying to make a comeback. Heart of Camden has spent three years transforming the building into an art gallery to attract youngsters, artists, and developers to the city. On a busy stretch of Broadway, not far from the Delaware River, the soon-to-open arts center sits on a block dotted with a mixture of abandoned storefronts and renovated homes. "It's been a long adventure," said Lisa Kiernan, executive director of the housing and community nonprofit.
April 18, 2016 |
He didn't wave to the crowd. He didn't bow, shake anyone's hand, or tip his cap. There was no spotlight. In fact, said those who were there, in the last moment of the most mythical career in American sports, Babe Ruth never even looked up. Instead, he stuffed his glove into a back pocket of his gray Boston Braves uniform and, rather than jog toward the visitors' dugout, limped off alone toward Baker Bowl's center-field clubhouse. And there, like a god ascending into the clouds, he disappeared.
April 17, 2016 |
Kristina Wong is on a mission. As a performance artist who self-identifies as someone "who fights for the marginalized," she wanted to find some way to "leave a legacy" by "making a difference. " The Wong Street Journal is her message. Treading the fine line between preaching and entertaining, she tells us about her three-week trip to Northern Uganda. As a third-generation Chinese-American, Wong goes to Africa, where she is mistaken for a white person (so much for her idealized solidarity among people of color)
April 16, 2016
Antique & Vintage Flea Market Furniture, jewelry, collectibles, clothing, glass & more. Historic Headhouse Square, Second & Pine Sts.; 215-413-3713. www.PhilaFleaMarkets.org . 4/16. 8 am-5 pm. Auction Jimmy Knoll will be the auctioneer. Bethany Lutheran Church, 401 Martin St. 4/16. 8 am. Berry Basket Quilt Show Berry Basket Quilters present "Out of Hibernation" at Kirby's Mill Elementary School, 151 Hartford Rd., Medford. $8. 4/16. Friends Spring Flea Market, Book & Plant Sidewalk Sale Pots, flowers, used books, children's activities & more.
April 13, 2016 |
A portion of Marion Boulton "Kippy" Stroud's art collection, including four Georgia O'Keeffe paintings, will be sold at auction in the coming months to help fund the Fabric Workshop and Museum, the contemporary art institution Stroud founded in 1977. Stroud, who died in August, was the seemingly indefatigable force behind the Fabric Workshop, directing operations, formulating artistic plans, and helping secure funding for its ambitious exhibitions and programs. Over the decades, artists have been invited to spend time there creating everything from ties to massive installations; they have participated in collaborative projects; and they have been enticed, Stroud once said, "to explore, to take liberties.
April 10, 2016 |
One of the first things you may have noticed in the International Pop show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art was a timeline mapping the genre's first appearance in the United States. International Pop gave New York's Sidney Janis Gallery the honors with its 1962 New Realists show. A few more yards into International Pop, a block of wall text called the Janis show "the first exhibition to make a clear statement for pop art in the U.S. " But there was at least one other show at the time that made a clear statement for pop art in the United States.