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September 21, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia - cradle of American democracy, the first city in the colonies to grant religious liberty, and for three centuries a welcoming port city to immigrants from around the world - will this week host what promises to be the largest gathering in its history: a two-day visit by Pope Francis to cap the Catholic Church's eighth international World Meeting of Families. With 750,000 people predicted to see Francis next Saturday, and more than a million on Sunday, this special 24-page section is a guide to the World Meeting and Philadelphia.
NEWS
September 14, 2015 | David Patric Stearns & Peter Dobrin, The Philadelphia Inquirer
New faces - and the artistic presence that comes with them - arise on multiple fronts this fall. The old model of an extended tryout for new leadership candidates is happening alongside quicker successions and educated risks. Camden's Symphony in C made consistency a priority, forgoing tryouts and hiring Stilian Kirov, recently associate conductor of the Seattle Symphony, as music director for the new season. Mendelssohn Club's Paul Rardin has already filled the shoes of retiring Alan Harler with his choral work at Temple and has assembled a season peppered with virtually all Philadelphia's most prominent composers.
NEWS
September 13, 2015 | Stephan Salisbury, Philadelphia Inquirer
This is the season of the pope. Francis may actually be in Philadelphia for only two late-September days, but a number of nonart cultural institutions are using his appearance, at the end of the World Meeting of Families, as a reason to pull together months-long exhibitions related not only to the church, but to all manner of religious issues. The Franklin Institute, the National Constitution Center, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Penn Museum, the Academy of Natural Sciences, the Rosenbach of the Free Library, and the World Meeting of Families - all are mounting pope-inspired exhibitions.
NEWS
September 13, 2015 | Becky Batcha, Philadelphia Daily News
In nubby sweaters on cool, clear days, Philadelphians turn out for fall events feting the arts, the season, the harvest, the city's ethnic mix - and this year, in a first, the cheesesteak. (So wear a big sweater.)The papal visit adds a spiritual dimension to the always-packed festival calendar. The annual Puerto Rican and Thanksgiving Day parades draw their crowds to the Parkway, too. The Fringe Festival Through Sept. 19 Thespians push the envelope and occupy unexpected venues.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2015 | By Annie Monjar, For The Inquirer
Philadelphians often hear about how great it is to have so many college campuses in our midst: The jobs. The millennials. The infrastructure. The whatever. For us nonstudent, nonfaculty Joes, though, all these green, bustling campuses can look like closed-off castles. And we don't have the keys. Or student/faculty ID cards. But we strongly feel the back-to-school spirit should be for everyone. Good thing schools in the area have world-class resources and events that are open to the public, often free, and (best part)
NEWS
September 11, 2015 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
A year ago in my Fall Preview, I lamented the theater community's financial woes and loss of venues woes. But, as Annie tells us, the sun'll come out tomorrow, and so it has. The Prince Theater is back, purchased by the Philadelphia Film Society with the main stage and black box available for live performance, but the big real estate news is the Drake, the new off-Broad Street space that will include two still-under-construction theaters. InterAct Theatre Company is the primary leaseholder, to be joined by "resident partners" PlayPenn, Simpatico Theatre Project, Azuka Theatre and Inis Nua, with plans for more companies to rent the space in the following season.
SPORTS
September 11, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
A new season of the most watched reality TV show in the country resumes Thursday night when Brady's bunch - the lying, cheating and perpetually winning New England Patriots - begins defense of its fourth Super Bowl title of the 21st century against the Pittsburgh Steelers. You want dysfunction? You'll find it here within the NFL family. For most of the summer, Tom Brady was scheduled to serve a four-game suspension thrust upon him by commissioner Roger Goodell. It was the superstar quarterback's punishment for his alleged role in the deflated balls controversy that erupted after New England's AFC championship rout of the Indianapolis Colts last season.
NEWS
September 9, 2015 | Ellen Dunkel, The Philadelphia Inquirer
This fall looks to be an exciting one for dance in Philadelphia. It's year X for BalletX, as the troupe turns 10. Pennsylvania Ballet opens its action-packed first full season under artistic director Angel Corella. After 32 years at the Annenberg Center, Dance Affiliates is relocating its programming to Center City's Prince Theater with a new series, NextMove. Meanwhile, the Annenberg rebuilds its dance presence as Annenberg Center Live. Starting in October, Bryn Mawr Performing Arts Series presents a season-long festival celebrating Trisha Brown, honoring the postmodern choreographer and company director, whose work has rarely been seen in Philadelphia, with performances, lectures and classes.
NEWS
September 9, 2015 | Molly Eichel, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Winter is coming, so instead of sulking about impending hibernation, perhaps time is best spent going for the laugh. The Oddball Festival will kick off the fall season with its murderer's row of comedians who would usually play anything from a large theater or a club like Helium, Philly's go-to venue for on-the-road funny folk. The big guns will still hit Atlantic City, but there are hidden gems to be found at smaller, non-traditional venues like Underground Arts. PHIT's Super Free Sundays Every Sunday, Adrienne Theater Looking for some local comedy?
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