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December 30, 2011
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May 10, 1997 | Inquirer photographs by Peter Tobia
The Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia became the Please Dance Museum yesterday when Tap Team Two & Company stepped in. The duo helped inaugurate "PNC Bank of Stars," a program designed to bring performing arts to the museum. Mayor Rendell, singer Gary Rosen and Chaku the Children's Chuckler were also on the opening bill.
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May 4, 2000
A new American operetta is debuting at McCarter Theatre in Princeton tomorrow. It is as American as it is unexpected, and the story of its coming-to-be is a good example of how the arts ought to work in a country so often art-averse. The title of the piece is Night Governess, and its brilliant, witty composer is Polly Pen. It's based on Behind a Mask, a suspense tale Louisa May Alcott wrote under the pseudonym of A.M. Bernard. (And you thought she did only Little Women.) The tale concerns a family's newly hired governess - who seems to have some devious ends in view.
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September 10, 1991 | by Kitty Caparella, Daily News Staff Writer
The Fleisher Art Memorial opens its fall season with its first three-artist exhibit, showing the works of Todd Noe, a metal sculptor who makes familiar yet whimsical objects; sculptress Mei-Ling Hom, who draws on Chinese-American culture in her installation, and Stuart Shils, a painter of city and rural landscapes. The three artists are the first of 15 selected from the Fleisher's prestigious Challenge Series, a competition that drew nearly 500 applicants. The gallery will continue its three-person exhibits through the year until all 15 artists have been exhibited.
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November 7, 2000 | by Linda Wright Moore, Daily News Staff Writer
Miguel-Angel Corzo was inaugurated yesterday as the second president of The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Corzo - one of just a handful of Latino college or university presidents in the United States - was formerly the director of the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles. He's also an accomplished scholar, educator and international consultant for the visual arts who has written and edited more than 20 books and organized one of the three most successful museum exhibitions in U.S. history.
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May 14, 2015 | BY LAUREN McCUTCHEON, Daily News Staff Writer mccutch@phillynews.com, 215-854-5991
BETWEEN 200 and 500 people typically tour Kensington's Crane Arts building on the second Thursday of every month. Tomorrow, the artsy crowd can see photography by 25 Philadelphia public and charter high-school students. "Teen Photo" is an exhibition in the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, where, for the past seven months, kids have been coming after school to learn how to shoot, process, print, display, discuss and hone their photography. Kensington CAPA art teacher Joshua Kleiman began leading the free program in 2010.
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May 13, 2015 | By Sofiya Ballin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Darlene Sistrunk says writing saved her. After her 20-year-old son, Justin, was murdered in 2009, she took up her pen. She dabbled in poetry intermittently. But it was after attending a book signing, featuring award-winning author Ntozake Shange and hosted by the nonprofit Arts Sanctuary, that she was inspired to share her story. "I was angry that I was still alive," Sistrunk says. "I had to find a way to work through it. It all started with poetry. " Valerie Gay, executive director of Art Sanctuary, says such empowering moments are at the core of the Sanctuary's mission.
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May 11, 2015 | Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Culture Writer
When it comes to insuring a healthy future for arts and culture in Philadelphia, does it really matter who becomes the next mayor? The answer is important because, like a prospector who discovers a gold mine then watches others pull riches from it, the Philadelphia arts and culture community has been looking around and wondering when its turn will come. Center City is a boomtown, its vibrant street life and desirable real estate in large part a consequence of arts pioneers taking a chance on new facilities and expanded missions more than two decades ago. Yet even as the city's riches have grown, support for arts and culture groups has not kept pace.
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May 11, 2015 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
MURAL ARTIST Eurhi Jones has turned the north wall of Bodine High School into a gigantic ocean wave, created a spectacular jungle on the exterior of the Philadelphia Zoo parking garage and painted a wildlife-rich "Walk Through a Pennsylvania Forest" at the Please Touch Museum. Now, she has turned her eye-popping palette and her passion for nature into a 10-block, 50-artworks trail that winds through her own neighborhood, Manayunk, and leads people to the new Venice Island Performing Arts & Recreation Center on the Schuylkill River.
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May 5, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
As the product of a '90s upbringing - during the era of "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" - I was especially tickled to interview the lovely Jane Seymour recently. She'll be in the area next week to debut her newest collection of oil paintings and watercolors. The exhibition, "Jane Seymour: Up Close and Personal," will be at Ocean Galleries (9618 Third Ave., Stone Harbor, N.J.) from May 15 to 25. Aside from the Jersey Shore, Seymour told me she comes to our fair city a lot and called it "an amazing place," where she has hosted a number of art shows in conjunction with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.
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April 29, 2015
The long : One Saturday evening a year, lucky kids roam the hallowed halls of the Philadelphia Museum of Art during this family-friendly fundraiser, now in its 17th year. "Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano" theme translates to kimono demos, taiko drumming, touchable turtles, edamame fried rice, kite-making and temporary tattoos - all before bedtime. The short : Party on, but hands off the art. The demo : Museum rep said "best suited for family with children ages 3 to 10. " At press time, guest list was 300 and growing.
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April 28, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fairhill Elementary School haunted Pepón Osorio: a boxy, unlovely structure at Sixth and Somerset, all graffiti, trash, and broken promises. The artist and professor at Temple University's Tyler School of Art often rode his bicycle past the building, one of two dozen schools the Philadelphia School District closed in 2013. "There was a sense of abandonment around the building, of lifelessness," said Osorio, whose work often touches social-justice themes. "And the idea came to me: What if I reactivate this area?
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April 27, 2015
Sunday Sound and vision Composer and pianist Leonardo Le San and the dance troupe Ballet 180 teamed up to create Hybrid , a meditation on technological production and the body. The program goes on at the Painted Bride Art Center , 230 Vine St., at 3 and 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $30; $15 students. Call 215-925-9914. Go for baroque The baroque orchestra Tempesta di Mare , with soprano Rosa Lamoreaux as guest, plays works by Nicolas Bernier, François Couperin, Jacques Morel, Jean-Féry Rebel, and Thomas-Louis Bourgeois at 4 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill , 8855 Germantown Ave. Tickets are $24 and $34. Call 215-755-8776.
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April 27, 2015
THE BARNES FOUNDATION recently discovered two hidden works by the artist Paul Cezanne on the back sides of two Cezanne watercolors being restored at Philadelphia's Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts. Two CCAHA conservators, Samantha Sheesley and Gwenanne Edwards, using such precision tools as a microspatula, were painstakingly peeling the paper backing from the watercolors when Edwards noticed what appeared to be a Cezanne sketch on the reverse side of a painting.
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April 24, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
IT'S THE SMOKING hot question of the week. Women across the city - and some men, too - have been wondering: Who is the Art Museum Hottie? Is he single? HughE Dillon of Philly Chit Chat kicked the mystery off over the weekend after he photographed the man people were calling the "Art Museum Hottie" on Saturday with his shirt off and muscles bulging. The mystery stranger was doing one-handed pushups and also something called elevated burpees, in which he moved his body from one step to the other while doing the full-body exercise.
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