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April 26, 2013
To say PIFA's Street Fair takes up six blocks of South Broad Street - from Chestnut just past Lombard - is to grossly understate the scope of the arts festival's open-air finale. The event, intended to celebrate and encapsulate a month of citywide shows, ends up doing more than just that. Sure, there will be variations on the festival's time machine theme: a dinosaur petting zoo (with a life-size T-Rex), a human fountain, acrobats overhead, medieval knights, postapocalyptic stilt walkers, a ton of live, global music, and French welders working on time machines of their own. But there will also be a giant Ferris wheel and Spanish galleon ride.
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April 8, 2011 | By JONATHAN TAKIFF, takiffj@phillynews.com 215-854-5960
Somewhere along the path, the event's name was changed to the more encompassing, embracing branding of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts 2011. Still, browse through the selection of musical offerings - special object of our affection - or chat it up with the festival's artistic producer Barbara Silverstein. You'll soon understand why this month-long soiree (also heavy with dance, theater and art-exhibition components) was originally to be called "Stravinsky In Paris.
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January 28, 2013 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Music Critic
Two years after mounting an illuminated model of the Eiffel Tower and a monthlong run of 145 performances, exhibitions, lectures, screenings, and other events - all capped by a huge South Broad street fair - the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts returns. While it's smaller and less overwhelming, intriguing collaborations and ubiquitous venues will nevertheless still define PIFA, which begins March 28. And, yes, a South Broad street fair will again mark the end, on April 27. This time the festival will be loosely organized around the theme "If you had a time machine.
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April 24, 2013 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
'If you had a time machine . . . " is the theme of the 2013 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, now in its final week. Unvoiced is the rest of the question: ". . . where would you go?"
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March 28, 2011
How does a historically blue-hair institution reach out to new audiences these days? If you happened to be at the LOVE statue Friday afternoon, you may have witnessed some of the wobbly first steps. To help attract young audiences to the upcoming Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA), the Kimmel Center has enlisted social-media guy Ed Salvato, who in turn has enlisted a dozen young bloggers (some paid) to help promote PIFA among their followers. On Friday, the bloggers and their iPhones joined PIFA director Ed Cambron and PR maven Nina Zucker for a trolley tour to iconic Philly sites like the Clothespin and the LOVE statue.
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April 8, 2011 | By BECKY BATCHA, batchab@phillynews.com 215-854-5757
IF PHILADELPHIANS were a hat, we'd be a baseball cap - definitely not a beret. To us, salons are where you go to get your roots dyed - not brainiac forums about highbrow topics like "visionary and vernacular artists from France. " For all we know, "visionary and vernacular artists from France" could be mimes and comedian Jerry Lewis, and they both give us hives. So what are we to make of the huge, monthlong Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) that launched last night with a $750-a-head black-tie gala at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and continues through May 1?
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April 8, 2011 | By Sally Friedman, For The Inquirer
It's vast. It's groundbreaking. And it's here. PIFA, the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts 2011, a three-week extravaganza of entertainment, begins this weekend and runs through May 1 with a smorgasbord of 145 entertainment and cultural events featuring 1,500 artists. It's also family-friendly and, in many instances, absolutely free. So those struggling to enrich the cultural lives of kids, but dreading the tariff, can be assured that this first-of-its-kind festival won't break the bank.
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April 9, 2011
Film Philadelphia CineFest. On Saturday, Dock Street in front of the Ritz Five, 214 Walnut St., will be the scene of an all-day CineFest block party, with music performances, stand-up, interviews with filmmakers, and food and drink from neighboring Positano Coast restaurant. On Sunday at noon, the Piazza at Schmidts in Northern Liberties will become alfresco home to the Tony Jaa Fest - a celebration of the Thai martial-arts-star-turned- Buddhist monk and his Ong Bak oeuvre.
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April 27, 2013 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
It could be a performance fair down Broad Street, a foodie-craft clash along East Passyunk Avenue, an arts stroll in Fairmount, or a bar crawl through the Graduate Hospital area: No matter where or what, block parties are essential to Philadelphia's spring and summer. Comedian Dave Chappelle did a movie about them. Rapper Will Smith made a song. Block parties are wild fun, inclusive of all family members and levels of taste. This weekend is the start to Philly's block party season.
NEWS
April 26, 2013
PIFA 'If She Stood' Talk about leaning in. In the circa 1833 Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society, women of all backgrounds stood up publicly to speak against slavery and for education. This play explores the who and how. Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St., 8 p.m. today-tomorrow (and May 3-4), 3 p.m. Sunday (and May 5), $25-$30, 215-925-9914, paintedbride.org. Singing City . . . and the Singing City Children's Choir honor the 50th anniversary of the Children's March on Birmingham.
NEWS
April 26, 2013
To say PIFA's Street Fair takes up six blocks of South Broad Street - from Chestnut just past Lombard - is to grossly understate the scope of the arts festival's open-air finale. The event, intended to celebrate and encapsulate a month of citywide shows, ends up doing more than just that. Sure, there will be variations on the festival's time machine theme: a dinosaur petting zoo (with a life-size T-Rex), a human fountain, acrobats overhead, medieval knights, postapocalyptic stilt walkers, a ton of live, global music, and French welders working on time machines of their own. But there will also be a giant Ferris wheel and Spanish galleon ride.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2013 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
'If you had a time machine . . . " is the theme of the 2013 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, now in its final week. Unvoiced is the rest of the question: ". . . where would you go?"
NEWS
April 23, 2013
By Suzanne Cloud When Jay Wahl, director of public events at the Kimmel Center, called to tell me my proposal to do a show about Dizzy Gillespie's gig at the Downbeat Club in November 1941 had been accepted for this year's Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA), my knees went watery. What had I gotten myself into? The last play I'd written, an adaptation of Ben Jonson's 17th-century, five-act comedy Bartholomew Fair , was performed only once. Clocking in at four hours, the reading at the old Painted Bride on South Street should have required attendees to bring a sleeping bag. But, as I have always embraced writer Ralph Ellison's suggestion to "opt for that psychic uncertainty" needed to achieve one's full potential as an artist and human being, I decided to return to the boards.
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April 14, 2013 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
Director Anise George interviewed more than 50 women for Animal Animal Mammal Mine , which opened at Underground Arts Wednesday night, and I wondered if it might be too academic to make it one of my Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts picks. But despite George's lofty pedigree - Jack Kent Cooke Fellow, graduate of Columbia University and the London International School of Performing Arts - I chose it and am pleased to report that it's a thoughtful, funny show. In line with PIFA's time-travel theme, Animal Animal is pegged to May 11, 1960, when the FDA approved the birth control pill.
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April 12, 2013 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
With his Devo-esque brand of electronic music and highly physical live performances, Dan Deacon has been a Philly favorite since 2007's Spiderman of the Rings . Deacon thinks as much of this town as its fans do of him. "It's a major DIY city, with a good scene and a lot of community-based spaces that remind me of Baltimore," says Deacon, recalling his hometown. Deacon returns to Philly this weekend, not only to hype his Record Store Day exclusive, "Konono Ripoff No. 1," an homage to the legendary Congolese band Konono NÂș1 ("I've been playing that music live for years and tried to record it, unfinished, until this," he says)
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April 2, 2013 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
Sometimes you pick 'em right, and sometimes you don't. This was one of my don'ts. I chose EgoPo's The Life (and Death) of Harry Houdini as one of my three PIFA recommendations in Friday's Weekend section. Although I wasn't naive enough to expect a real magic show on stage, I did expect some stage magic, and not a dramatized Wikipedia biography of the world's most famous escape artist. Created/written/directed by Brenna Geffers (who has repeatedly proved herself an excellent director and who should stick to that)
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March 30, 2013 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
So much to see and hear. So little time. Or maybe a surfeit of time. That's the promise of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, which begins its second monthlong citywide splash this week - two years after a rousing debut of more than 135 performances and events wrapping up with a street fair on the Avenue of the Arts that drew more than 200,000. This time, the festival, though smaller, returns with a bang, as in the Big Bang of almost 14 billion years ago, although this weekend the oldest moment being evoked is only between three and four billion, when life emerged from the primordial soup.
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