January 12, 2015 |
There is nothing like a dome. Especially when it's as soaring and serene as the one that spans the Chinese rotunda at the Renaissance-style Penn Museum. The tiled canopy rests as lightly as a soap bubble on the walls of the rotunda, 90 feet above our heads, and the spare, unadorned walls make us feel as if we were entering an ancient sanctuary. When this section of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology opened on South Street in 1916, visitors marveled at the structure's gravity-defying grace and openness.
September 8, 2014 |
How can you bore me? Let me count the ways: 99. Fortunately, we don't have to sit/stand through all 99 Breakups , just 11, in Pig Iron's disappointing, self-indulgent, and thoroughly fatuous new work. My overwhelming feeling was, "What a waste!" A waste of a superb venue, a waste of fine performers I recognized from many other shows, and a waste of Pig Iron's honored spot in opening on the Fringe Festival's first official night. Not to mention a waste of my time. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is a magnificent building, filled with major paintings.
June 19, 2013 |
RECENTLY I took part in one of the most powerful and essential events I have ever attended. About two dozen parents and about 20 schoolchildren from several Philadelphia public schools took ourselves, along with 4,000 letters written to legislators by students K-12, to Harrisburg. Our goal was to personally deliver the letters and our opinion on the current school budget crisis to Gov. Corbett. We decided to go to Harrisburg to give our legislators and their leader the opportunity to make a firsthand connection between the numbers on their spreadsheets and the faces of the human beings standing in their offices and in the Rotunda.
June 8, 2013
Ladyfest Ladyfest is "an activism, music and arts festival" that originated in Olympia, Wash., in 2000 and has since been fruitful and multiplied to many locales, including Philadelphia in 2003. It's back this weekend, taking place mainly at the Rotunda on the University of Pennsylvania campus in West Philadelphia. There'll be workshops and panels on self-defense and urban gardening, and screenings of movies such as Lou Adler's 1982 Riot Grrl-influencing Ladies and Gentlemen ... The Fabulous Stains . And oh, yeah, lots and lots of bands, including Potty Mouth, Black Wine, and Void Vision on Friday, US Girls and Parasol on Saturday, and Trophy Wife and Attia Taylor on Sunday.
October 19, 2012 |
Get in the Halloween spirit at the Philadelphia Zoo on Saturday and Sunday for the annual two-weekend "Boo at the Zoo" celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kids can come in costume, fill up bags with goodies at candy stations, and play games. At noon a costume parade begins at Bird Lake Plaza. From 11 to 3 on the hour and half hour, hear not-so-spooky stories in the Peco Primate Reserve. Take a walk through the Extinction Graveyard and learn about favorite creatures from the wild that may become extinct in 15 years, such as orangutans, and about others already extinct, like the Tasmanian wolf in 1936.
August 6, 2011 |
Rudolf Alexandrov taught math classes at Chestnut Hill College twice a week, on Monday and Wednesday evenings. And on Wednesday, shortly before he jumped to his death, he sat in the rotunda of St. Joseph's Hall and collected his thoughts, as was his routine. "We were not aware that he was suffering any kind of emotional stress at all," said the college's director of communications, Kathleen Spigelmyer, who gave some insights Friday into what transpired around the time of Alexandrov's death.
August 5, 2011 |
Rudolf Alexandrov taught math classes at Chestnut Hill College, twice a week, on Monday and Wednesday evenings. And on Wednesday, shortly before he jumped to his death, he sat in the rotunda of St. Joseph's Hall and collected his thoughts, as was his routine. "We were not aware that he was suffering any kind of emotional stress, at all," said the college's director of communications Kathleen Spigelmyer, who gave some insights Friday on what transpired around the time of Alexandrov's death.
April 22, 2011 |
After 11 years, Gina Renzi can claim something not a lot of us can: She still finds joy when walking into work. Then again, she's responsible for booking more than 300 arts events annually in one of West Philadelphia's most monumental architectural creations - the Rotunda. The University of Pennsylvania-owned property - designed as a church by the famed New York duo Carrere & Hastings - may be the hip host of the Live Arts Festival, Spiral Q Puppet Theater, and Andrew Repasky McElhinney's Video Vault screenings of avant-garde cinema classics.
March 18, 2009 |
Hundreds of people, many waving signs and singing civil-rights-era protest songs, filled the Capitol Rotunda yesterday to call for legislation to end discrimination based on sexual orientation. The rally was organized by the Value All Families Coalition - a group representing gay people, churches, labor unions, and civil libertarians - to urge the General Assembly to pass House Bill 300, which would extend protections statewide against discrimination, particularly in housing and employment, to gay and transgender people.
May 20, 2008 |
WALK INTO the Rotunda on any given night, and you might find the place thronged with 300 young hip-hop fans at the monthly Gathering, break-dancing up a sweat, trying out their mic skills, or writing graffiti on dedicated spaces; 20 music aficionados seated and listening intently to music from the fringe presented by Gate or Ars Nova Workshop; table after table laden with alternative culture for a Zine Fest or Punk Orck Flea Market; or a yoga class,...