December 11, 2014 |
ALBERTO GONZALEZ knew what he'd be doing first thing yesterday morning when he heard the news. "Did you hear that?" his wife asked. "I think they said a firefighter died. " Gonzalez sat up in bed and focused on the newscast. Joyce Craig-Lewis, an 11-year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department and mother of two, died early yesterday morning after being trapped in the basement of a burning West Oak Lane rowhouse. She was the city's first female firefighter killed in the line of duty.
November 29, 2014 |
Get ready to boogie this weekend when the Hip Hop Fundamentals dance troupe performs and instructs at the Please Touch Museum. Learn about the history of hip-hop while dancing and grooving. You'll also learn about dance styles including break dancing. The troupe uses hip-hop as a vehicle to teach academics and break dancing to inspire positive change in youth. Hip Hop Fundamentals, noon and 2 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Please Touch Museum, Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park, 4231 Avenue of the Republic.
November 23, 2014 |
Frank Gehry and a half-billion-dollar expansion project may have commanded attention at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, but K-pop dance parties are really where it's at. Five years into his tenure as director, Timothy Rub is steering the great neoclassical temple at the end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway directly into the swirl of newness where the museum's future unquestionably lies: untapped audiences, previously neglected populations, generations...
November 10, 2014 |
TRENTON - Of all the domestic secrets someone might contemplate finding in an upstairs back room deep in Trenton these days, aprons are probably the least sexy. Well, except maybe for the black lace one with a wide slit up the middle. But the aprons displayed in the unexpectedly compelling Trenton City Museum in the meticulously restored Ellarslie Mansion nestled in the transcendently lovely Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Cadwalader Park tell a fetching tale nonetheless. As the saying goes, Trenton makes - and apparently wore aprons while doing it. "The Ties That Bind," a new exhibit at the all-too-overlooked Trenton City Museum makes a case for aprons as markers of an American history as distinctive as the cannons on display nearby.
November 4, 2014 |
There's a river flowing through Burlington County's new history museum, and it's populated by Lenni-Lenape Indians, escaped slaves, saber-toothed tigers, sawmill owners, steamboat captains - even mastodons. It is the Rancocas Creek: the county's largest interior river, and the subject of a surprise-filled exhibit at the Lyceum of History and Natural Sciences in Mount Holly. The county acquired and renamed the stately but struggling Mount Holly Library last year for just such free programming, co-curator Marisa Bozarth said on a tour last week.
October 31, 2014 |
Jewelry lovers might want to make time this weekend to visit the University of Pennsylvania's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. As part of the 127-year-old museum's fund-raising efforts, it's hosting "Treasures," a four-day baublefest starting Thursday that features a private reception, talks with jewelry historians, and fall fashion advice from local stylists. In addition, 26 jewelry designers will be selling handmade, one-of-a-kind accessories to shoppers with a sweet spot for frippery.
October 23, 2014 |
Maybe you noticed all those kids entering the museum while you were on your way out, or perhaps got firsthand experience schlepping and sleeping there with your own son's Boy Scout group. Indeed, pitching makeshift campsites beside a mythical Sphinx, a limp-armed T. rex , or a pulsating heart has been popular for the last 10 years, especially since the Night at the Museum film franchise widened appeal. (The third will be released in December.) But it's almost always been a thing just for kids - until now. In response to adults clamoring for a turn to pack their own toothbrushes, don eye masks, and catch some Z's, museum directors in local landmarks looking for more exposure are holding adult sleepovers, a trend that seems to be gaining ground.
October 15, 2014 |
No punches are pulled on the top floor of the African American Museum in Philadelphia. No blinking. No turning away. Greeting the visitor are 15 life-size cement figures shackled together. Bits of twine, fabric, and stick weave through their stony skin. Men, women, and children are bound together, chained to a wooden pallet - goods ready for shipment. Visitors can wander through the silence of sculptor Stephen Hayes' installation, Cash Crop , listening to the unspoken but very visible history of slavery filling the gallery.
October 14, 2014
J OSH GOLDBLUM, 37, of Center City, is founder and CEO of Bluecadet, a digital-design firm that works with museums, universities and nonprofits to create websites, mobile apps and interactive installations. Goldblum, who grew up in Abington, founded Bluecadet in 2007. Recently, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce named him its Small Business Person of the Year for 2015. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Bluecadet? A: I was a technical designer at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and later I collaborated with other museums and freelanced.
October 11, 2014 |
An array of politicians, benefactors, and nonprofit leaders gathered Thursday morning beneath a vast party tent beside a very deep hole along South Third Street to celebrate the symbolic groundbreaking of the Museum of the American Revolution. When the deep hole is filled and the $119 million building opens in two years, it will be, officials believe, the nation's first museum to tell the whole story of the American Revolution - from the disgruntled grumbling over British taxes in the 1760s through the desperate days of the Continental Army in the 1770s and on to eventual independence in the 1780s.