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1807 and Friends
Named for a Center City address, 1807 and Friends started out as a group of students who got together for classical jams, and ultimately went public. Today, the group sponsors chamber music concerts at the Academy of Vocal Arts focusing on standard repertoire, with a healthy dose of the unfamiliar.


1812 Productions
1812 Productions has been making people laugh since 1997. Pete Pryor and Jennifer Childs founded this all-comedy theater, the only one in the nation, as a one-play-per-season company. More than a decade later, 1812 mounts adaptations and original works - four plays each season, including This Is The Week That Is.




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A Day at the Curtis Institute
Vicki Powell is a young violist who studies with Roberto Diaz at Philadelphia's prestigious Curtis Institute of Music. We tag along with Vicki as she goes to harmony class, works with Diaz, plays with the school orchestra and a chamber group, and socializes at the school's traditional afternoon tea.


Abington Art Center's Sculpture Park
Discovery grows in this garden. Since 1990, Abington Art Center's Sculpture Park has provided a setting for emerging contemporary artists and their public. With nature as their palate, guest artists encourage encounters with art and ideas. It is a community venture woven of art, lectures, presentations, and workshops. Thomas Matsuda's new Purification Series, the artist engages visitors in the process that drives his work.


Academy of Natural Sciences
Founded in 1812, the Academy is the oldest natural history museum in the United States. Dinosaurs, dioramas and a live butterfly garden are some of the highlights of this collection that boasts 17 million specimens. And don't miss the Delaware Valley's own homegrown dino: Hadrosaurus Foulkii.


Air Ventures Balloons
The Air Venture begins as the Balloon crew unfurls the brightly colored nylon aircraft. The aircraft takes off and the experience is surreal. It feels as if you have become part of the very nature that surrounds you as you view Chester County's countryside, its birds, its animal life and its deer. To book your own Air Venture, call (800) 826-6361.


American Swedish Historical Museum
Located in South Philadelphia's Franklin D. Roosevelt Park, this museum dates from 1926, and is a permanent monument to Swedish contributions to the United States. We visit exhibits focusing on the first Swedish settlements in this area, half a century before William Penn.


Anne d'Harnoncourt and the Perelman Building
The art world was rocked recently by the sudden death of Anne d'Harnoncourt, director and CEO of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. One of the greatest accomplishments of her tenure was the purchase and renovation of the nearby Fidelity Mutual Life Insurance Company. Visit this stunning new addition to the museum, and watch as Anne d'Harnoncourt describes this realization of a long-held dream.


Amarna
Long before the discovery of Tutankhamun, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (also known as the Penn Museum) was exploring cultural heritage around the world. Their work at Amarna, the 3,300-year-old home of ancient Egypt's famous boy pharaoh, tells the story of a mysterious civic and religious experiment. We learn that Amarna grew, flourished--and then vanished.


American Helicopter and Education Museum
West Chester is the site of the nation's largest collection of civilian and military helicopters and autogiros. It displays and chronicles the origin and development of rotary-wing aircraft, and even gives helicopter rides.


American Philosophical Society
In the last two centuries since Charles Willson Peale's museum at the ancient and venerable Philosophical Hall shuttered its gallery, the Society continued to function and to grow. From Meriwether Lewis to Nelson Mandela, members gathered (as they continue to today) to share the best and brightest ideas that Founder Benjamin Franklin succinctly called "useful knowledge."


Andalusia
This Bucks County mansion on the banks of the Delaware was the country estate of prominent Philadelphia Nicholas Biddle. Its combination of Regency and Greek Revival architectural styles has won it recognition as a National Historic Landmark.


Andrea's Music Salon
Andrea Clearfield's home-based Salon has been creating community through music for 20 years. This monthly performance and concert series started with friends invited by the musician/composer host and then expanded to a free email subscription service. Clearfield organizes the evening to achieve a warm, engaging concert experience featuring original compositions, jazz, electronic, improvisation, folk, experimental, poetry, dance, world music, and time-honored classical chamber music and opera.


Arms and Armor
This permanent exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of the largest collections of arms and armor in America. Spanning Roman and Greek antiquity through medieval times, this collection includes armor for men and women, as well as the guns, knives and axes designed to defeat it.


Art Sanctuary
Located at the historic Church of the Advocate, a National Historic Landmark Gothic-Revival cathedral with spectacular murals of black history and struggle, Art Sanctuary transforms people with art. By bringing Black expression to the heart of North Philadelphia, founder Lorene Cary imagined a cultural commons where the nation's very best poets, writers, hip-hop artists, and filmmakers and musicians could comfortably share their work within a community setting.


Arts in Motion
Classical music is not lost to the current generation of students, the first to grow up without learning about this genre in the schools. With the mission statement that begins: "Art is for everyone. That means you," Arts In Motion founder Eric Haeker, himself a composer, introduces underserved students to the connections between contemporary and classical traditions. In the process, students create fugue-like blends and master basic principles of classical composition.


Astral Artistic Services
Mastering a musical instrument is one thing. Learning to become a working soloist is quite another. Founder Vera Wilson made it her mission, and that of Astral, to build careers for young classical musicians. Astral provides artists with guidance in the business of the performing arts as well as plenty of opportunities to perform.


Athenaeum
Some people see the sign on this Washington Square stone structure and mistake it for a Greek restaurant. In fact, the Athenaeum is a member supported, not-for-profit, special collections library founded in 1814 and it boasts a strong collection of drawings, photographs, and manuscripts representing the work of over 1,000 American architects.


Ballet X
This young, Philadelphia-based company works to combine rigorous classical discipline and technique with a distinctly 21st-century style. Here, choreographers Christine Cox and Matthew Neenan discuss the company's philosophy, and offer examples of their work.


History of the Banjo
In the 19th century, Philadelphia was a major center for banjo sales. Here, banjo collector Peter Szego and banjo dealer Frederick W. Oster take us for a musical tour of the instrument's African-American roots.



Barnes
Barnes disregarded traditionally accepted barriers between artistic genres. He built around aesthetic strength creating assemblages from Europe, America and Africa, from village, city, salon and farm. With a viewpoint all his own, Barnes crossed all cultures and centuries embracing art, craft, and even horticulture with equal enthusiasm.


Barnes Foundation
Albert Barnes believed that art done right could make people - all people - better members of society. He collected with an approach in stark contrast to that of mainstream museums. In the gallery of his Merion, Pennsylvania school, Barnes explored the visual language of form and color. Learning from his ensembles is key to the Barnes experience.


A Baroque Music Puppet Show
What do you do when you don't have a six-figure budget to produce multi-media Baroque music dramas? For Tempesta di Mare, the answer is one word: puppets. See how this instrumental group joined forces with Mock Turtle Marionette Theatre to perform works by Monteverdi and Handel.


Battle of Germantown
Germantown's Cliveden, a National Trust Historic Site, is open to the public from April through December. The highlight of the year, every October, is the re-enactment of Philadelphia's only Revolutionary War battle. Dedicated participants re-create the battle exactly where it originally took place on October 4th, 1777.


Belmont Mansion
One of the great houses of Fairmount Park, Belmont Mansion was built in the early 18th century as one of the finest examples of Palladian architecture in the colonies. 300 years later, Belmont Mansion has a new life, as The Underground Railroad Museum.



Ben Franklin Bridge
This grand suspension bridge is an example of "beautility," a 1920's-era concept that advocated a blending of practicality and artistic inspiration. Architect Paul Philippe Cret's design included never-completed interior spaces that celebrate the history of transportation.


Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Architectural historian David Brownlee traces the long development of Philadelphia's answer to the Champs Elysee. Planned as reflection of this city's role as a national cultural leader, the Parkway illustrates how Philadelphia has learned to blend the old with the new, the industrial with the post-industrial.


Loretta Bilieux
She's a singer/songwriter who says she writes fairytales and dramatic pieces. Loretta grew up with classical music, and then switched her attention to rock. She took ten years off from performing to raise her three sons, all the while composing during spare moments. Today, her performances feature a sassy style and striking visual elements.


Bloomsday at Rosenbach
What happens on Bloomsday? Closed to traffic, leafy DeLancey Place is lined with rows of folding chairs, and a parade of readers, a who's who of the region's civic and cultural life, honor Rosy's Bloom. By bringing that work to life, Philadelphians also remember and restore the spirit A.S.W. Rosenbach on the street where he lived and collected.



Brandywine Ballet
For thirty years, this company has brought classic and modern dance to Chester County. Housed at West Chester University, Brandywine is comprised of a professional Ballet Theatre and a Company for student dancers. Here, we visit their spring, 2009 program, including a world premiere of "Make Haste Slowly" by guest choreographer Meredith Rainey.


Brandywine Workshop
More than 250 visiting artists from around the nation and from around the world have found their way to this Victorian firehouse on Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts. Artist Janet Taylor Pickett enjoys working at Brandywine because she's working with artists she's always admired. Brandywine Workshop artists and students specialize in graphics, creating original, limited-edition artworks in modern, well-equipped studios.


The Burghers of Calais
The city of Calais commissioned Auguste Rodin to commemorate the legendary offer of sacrifice by six leaders to bring an end to the siege of the city by England in 1347. While earlier interpretations focused on a single figure from this story of courage and redemption, Rodin chose a far more complex presentation of all six figures in a display of emotion, restraint, sadness and civic pride.


Calder City Hall
In addition to functioning as a working office building, Philadelphia's City Hall is a veritable museum of sculpture. 250 statues created by Alexander Milne Calder adorn the enormous building and its tower. In addition to the great statue of William Penn atop the tower, representations of Europeans, Native Americans, Africans and Asians also peer down from the office building.


The Calder Family
The lineage of sculptors Alexander Milne Calder (City Hall), Alexander Stirling Calder (Swann Fountain) and Alexander "Sandy" Calder (Philadelphia Museum of Art) can be traced in a direct line from one end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to the other.


Sandy Calder
The third and most famous member of the Philadelphia clan of sculptors, Alexander Calder studied to be an engineer. That training can be seen in his innovative "mobiles," like "Ghost" in the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the 10-ton "White Cascades" at the Federal Reserve Bank.


Cemeteries
During the rural cemetery movement of the 1830s and 40s, Americans rejected the traditional church burial grounds. They chose beautiful places outside of the city where deceased loved ones might be laid to rest and visited. Philadelphia has two of the very best of these in Laurel Hill Cemetery along the Schuylkill River and Woodlands Cemetery in University City.


A Centennial District
In 1876, when Philadelphia hosted the nation's 100th birthday, a World's Fair transformed West Fairmount Park. Today, planners and architects envision another transformation, this time embracing the city's past and its future in a district weaving connects between, open space, community and institutions such as the Mann Center for the Performing Arts and the Please Touch Museum in Memorial Hall.


Chaddsford Winery
Winemakers Eric and Lee Miller invite visitors to their Chester County winery and store to see how wine is made. They describe how the area is perfect for winemaking, and give us a peek at a batch of syrah undergoing the fermentation process.


Chester County Historical Society
The Chester County Historical Society promotes the history of Chester County and its relationship to the region and beyond. The 2010 Chester County, Antiques Show, March 19th through the 21st is at the Westtown School in West Chester, PA. Kimberly Hall, President of the organization gives the society's history and explains how the show benefits educational programs.


Chew Family Papers
The Chew family is one of Philadelphia's oldest, dating back to William Penn's time. An examination of the Chews' historic papers reveals details of the daily lives of a slaveholding family. One story tells the story of a slave's rebellious behavior.


The Chimneys that Inspired Kahn
Philadelphia's Louis I. Kahn, one of the most influential American architects of the 20th century, drew upon everyday scenes for his inspiration. WHYY's Ken Finkel recalls an unforgettable walk with Kahn on 10th Street.


Christ Church
Christ Church has long been famous for its role as a spiritual haven to America's Founding Fathers. Now this colonial-era church is embracing a new role: presenting Sarah's Story, a dramatization that reminds visitors of Philadelphia's history as a slave-holding city.



The Clay Studio
The Clay Studio is Philadelphia's only non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of the ceramic arts. Since 1974, this organization has sponsored artist residencies, educational outreach, and exhibitions at its Old City gallery.


Cliveden
The estate of Philly's prominent Chew Family, Cliveden was also the site of the bloody Battle of Germantown in the Revolutionary War. Visitors can see graffiti etched in the mansion's windows over the decades, and what may be a portrait of a soldier's sweetheart drawn in his own blood.


Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation
Located in Ridley Creek Park, this is a working plantation that harkens back to the Colonial-era experience in Pennsylvania. Featuring a restored 1720 farmhouse and unearthed artifacts, the Plantation helps adults and children learn about their history and heritage as Americans.


Comcast Video Wall
Philadelphia's tallest and greenest office tower is also the home of the largest high definition video display in the world. Located in the lobby and open to the public, the display contains 6,000 modules with light-emitting diodes that make the walls spring to life.


Complaint Choir
Based on an idea by two Finnish artists, this group collects peoples' complaints (both serious and silly) and sets them to music for public performance by composer Evan Solot.


Composing with Jennifer Higdon
Time for Three and the Philadelphia Orchestra premier Higdon's Concerto 4-3, for string trio and orchestra. Her works have been performed by symphonies in Chicago, Atlanta, Minnesota, Brooklyn, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Tokyo and many more. She has produced dozens of CDs, one of which, Higdon: Concerto for Orchestra/City Scape, was nominated for 4 Grammy Awards.


Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts
How are rare and fragile objects preserved for posterity and prepared for exhibition? Expert technicians at Philadelphia's premier art conservation lab conserve artifacts from the regions many museums, libraries and archives. These treasures include all manner of drawings, books, photographs and maps, as well as the nation's founding documents and John James Audubon's Birds Of America.


Conserving Philadelphia
The firm of Milner + Carr Conservation, LLC works out of a converted 100 year old stable next to the Crane Arts building. Andrew Fearon, architectural conservator, talks about conserving the Catholic Chaplain's office in Eastern State Penitentiary, John Carr, the chief conservator, tells us how the former stables now serve as the perfect work areas for the firms many conservators.


The Covered Bridges of Bucks County
Of Pennsylvania's 212 covered bridges, 12 are located in Bucks County, the oldest of which dates to 1832. Some of these handmade structures have been rebuilt, utilizing original materials. Experience what makes covered bridges such an attraction to visitors from near and far.


The Craft of Furniture Making
Charles Todd is a craftsman who keeps up the tradition of creating furniture, by hand and with small tools, at his workshop on Germantown Avenue.




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Dance Philadelphia - Tango
Tango is more than a dance---it's a passion, and for many, a life-changing experience. See how Dance Philadelphia teaches people to tango at their own rate, and learn how close dancing creates its own form of intimate communication.


Northern Delaware Trail
Snaking between I-95 and the Delaware River, the Northern Delaware River Trail is but one part of a larger trail that is proposed to extend from Maine to Florida - a "coastal" Appalachian trail. Executive Director Sarah Thorp takes us on a journey to examine the current state of the trail, weaving between the historic, industrial and natural sites the northern Delaware River offers.


Dialogues with Darwin
Charles Darwin's theory of evolution through natural selection has produced more spirited dialogue than any other scientific idea in modern history. The American Philosophical Society Museum's Dialogues with Darwin exhibition continues the conversation through rare manuscripts, artwork and even blogs.


Dolce Suono
Those words translate as "sweet sound," and that's the aim of this Philadelphia-based chamber music group, headed up by flutist Mimi Stillman. Stillman discusses her ideas for the ensemble, and we get to see three members of the group in performance.


Dolobran House
Victorian-era architect Frank Furness is renowned for such public buildings as the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania Library. But his many designs for the elegant homes in the area are not as well known. Here we visit one of them, the Dolobran, and note the typical Furness touches that are common to his public and private designs.


Eastern State Penitentiary
What lies behind the forbidding walls of Eastern State Penitentiary? Memories of lives in isolation, art installations and more. The legacy of a Quaker-inspired movement in prison reform, Eastern State originally served as the worldwide standard for the "modern" institution. The goal was rehabilitation - as opposed to punishment - through reflection and useful work in solitary confinement.


Ebru World Arts
The World Art Project seeks to keep alive art forms that are not taught anymore, and in danger of disappearing. Here we see young students learning ebru, the art of Turkish marbling.


Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site
Join us for a visit to the local residence of history's greatest purveyor of horror and mystery, with readings by Poe re-enactors.



English Country Dancing
The Germantown Country Dancers take traditional English folksongs and bring them to the dance floor. Featuring a caller who describes each dance, this tradition helps people socialize through music and movement.


ENIAC Computer
Jim Reed, grandson and doppelganger of John Mauchly, co-inventor of the ENIAC, details how the development of the world's first electronic computer was accidentally created after an effort to correlate a relationship between sunspots and the weather. With rare archival footage of Mauchly and the ENIAC itself at work.


The Fabric Workshop and Museum
Located on the 5th floor at 1315 Cherry Street in Center City Philadelphia, The Fabric Workshop galleries are open to the public Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm and Saturday 12pm to 4pm. Since 1977, The Fabric Workshop and Museum has enabled artists "to work with new materials...to expand the frontiers of contemporary artistic practice and to educate the public about the significance of contemporary art."


The Fireman's Hall Museum
Located in a restored firehouse in the Olde City section of Philadelphia, this is one of the nation's leading museums devoted to the history of firefighting. A collection of vintage fire engines, tools photographs and hands-on exhibits illustrates the dangerous but vital job that firefighters perform every day.


First Friday
Fifteen years ago, a handful of galleries coordinated openings on the first Friday of every month. Now, Old City is transformed into a festival as more than 50 art galleries, design studios, workshops and performance venues open their doors. Every month, there is new work to see, from paintings at the 3rd Street Gallery to sculptures at the Clay Studio and bowls at the Woodturning Center.


Fonthill
From his Bucks County boyhood, Henry Chapman Mercer was absolutely fascinated by crafts and castles. By 1912 he had designed and built a castle of his own just outside Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and named it Fonthill. Mercer also built a museum in Doylestown for his collections of traditional American crafts. Mercer's Fonthill is unique, cast in concrete and encrusted with tiles from his nearby Moravian Pottery & Tile Works. It is a place to see a blend of collections, architecture and ideas.


Fort Mifflin
In the shadow of Philadelphia International Airport stands this fort that served the U.S. military from Revolutionary times to the 1950's. The staff recently unearthed underground rooms in which a condemned man etched his name and a final message on the walls. Is he the ghostly presence visitors are said to feel?


Franklin's Musical World II
Franklin was not alone in his fondness for Scottish folk tunes. One of the most successful Scottish composers of the time James Oswald, was appointed court composer to King George III. "The Reason why the Scotch Tunes have liv'd so long, Franklin observed in 1765, is "that they are really Compositions of Melody and Harmony united." Here Philomel Baroque performs a piece by Oswald.


Franklin's Musical World
Franklin improved just about everything he touched. When it came to music, the every charming Benjamin elevated a popular dinner table trick into the realm of chamber music in 1761 with the invention of the glass armonica. Philomel Baroque's Bruce Bekker introduces us to this harmonious invention and its mesmerizing sounds.


The Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ
From its smallest pipe (about the size of a drinking straw) to its largest (as tall as a house) the 6,938-pipe Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ is the largest concert hall organ in the United States. This 32-ton instrument, designed and built by the 20-person team at Dobson Pipe Organ Builders in Lake City, Iowa, completes the Kimmel Center, which opened in 2001.


Future of Murals
Meg Saligman is best known for the mural "Common Threads" which, when finished in 1996 at the corner of Spring Garden and Broad Street, was the largest mural in the United States. Ms. Saligman, along with Director of the Mural Arts Program, Jane Golden, talks about changing the direction of murals in Philadelphia, by using LED lights on a mural slated for renovation and reimagination.




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Garden for the Blind
Located in Wynnewood Valley since 1973, this garden is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ardmore. All are welcome, but the special focus is on blind and physically handicapped visitors. Braille plates, plants with special textures and aromas, and plans


Girls Rock Philly!
That's the name of a weeklong summer camp for girls age 9 to 17. Aspiring rock stars learn how to write music, play instruments, sing, and how to market themselves. The single-sex environment encourages girls to blossom and build self-confidence.


Group Motion
This forty-year-old Philadelphia dance group is led by Manfred Fishbeck. Each dance they create focuses on a particular topic, from myth and social issues to everyday life ... as Fishbeck says: "Things cannot be said with words that can be said with dance."


Habiba
Americans know it as "belly dancing." In the Middle East, the title is raqs al sharqi. For a quarter century, Habiba has been researching and teaching the ancient art of Middle Eastern and Oriental dance in Philadelphia, and at camps around the country. Here, we see her training the latest group of belly dancers, and learn about her trips to Egypt and Tunisia to refine her art.


Hagley Museum and Library
Hagley's location is a fitting place for the birthplace of American enterprise. It started out, more than 200 years ago, as E. I. du Pont's gunpowder factory. Today, visitors take in the site's restored mills, workers' community, and the ancestral home and gardens of the du Pont family. But visitors to the gunpowder works only scratch the surface. At the heart of this 235-acre campus is a center for research about the nation's of business and technology.


Hip H'Opera
It's a fusion of hip hop and opera. It's collaboration between North Philadelphia's Art Sanctuary and the Opera Company of Philadelphia. Ten students penned poems in the hip-hop style. Then composers scored them for music and voice. It's an exploration of contemporary urban themes in a classical setting.


Historic Rittenhouse Town
The Rittenhouse family, whose name is so familiar to Philadelphians, traces its local roots to Colonial times. Learn how Rittenhouse Town began as America's first paper mill and surrounding community, and see how visitors can make their own paper and cook colonial style.


HMS School Dance
Located in West Philadelphia, HMS School serves students with severe neurological disorders. The school's dance classes give the students a way to express themselves, culminating in a student concert every March.


Hopewell Furnace Historic Site
William Penn promoted iron making as an attraction in his new colony. The Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site keeps that cottage industry alive with its own wood-burning stoves, re-enactors and demonstrations of colonial-era butter and apple butter making.


Independence National Historical Park
Penny Hartshorne Batcheler, one of the original team of restoration architects at Independence National Historical Park, described Independence Hall as a puzzle to decipher. So much detail to understand. So much change over the centuries. After a two-decade long restoration process based on extensive forensic research, the Birthplace of Liberty was restored for millions of visitors. And today, half a century later, the Park's architectural study collection is itself considered worthy of display and interpretation.


Independence Seaport Museum
Penn's Landing marks the spot where Philadelphia's founder first came ashore, and it's the site of this museum that explores the maritime tradition of the Delaware River Valley and the Jersey Shore. The special focus here is on "Skin and Bones," an exhibit of sailors' tattoos, reflecting their beliefs, values and desires.


Institute of Contemporary Art
No two artists are alike. At the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, no two exhibitions are alike. Since its founding in 1963, this modern version of a 19th century German Kunsthalle has thrived on adaptability, showcasing, one season to the next, both emerging and established artists. As Director Claudia Gould describes, the building's flexible spaces allow artists to make it work with their creative visions.


Intercultural Journeys
We hear from Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Udi Bar-David, the guiding force of Intercultural Journeys, who brings Arab and Jewish performers together in public to perform, to share their cultures, and to demonstrate our precious commonalities. Bar-David "wants Western players and listeners to stretch their minds and ears." He wants us to realize that Israelis, Arabs, and their respective music come from the same place geographically and artistically.




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James A. Michener Art Museum
Whether in Paris, France or Doylestown, Pennsylvania, impressionist painters celebrate daily life in color and form. Work of the Pennsylvania Impressionists is found in Doylestown's Michener Art Museum, where artists of the Bucks County School, from the 1890s to the 1940s, found inspiration in quiet villages and rolling landscapes.


Japanese Tea Ceremony
A visit toShofuso,the Japanese House and Garden, located in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park. A tea master leads a demonstration of a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony at this authentic 17th century style Japanese house and garden.


Johnson House Historic Site
Here is Philadelphia's one and only Underground Railroad site open to the public. This Georgian Style Germantown street house served as a link in the loose and illegal chain of places where former slaves might make their way to freedom. After its rumored role became documented in the late 20th century (resulting in a National Historic Landmark designation) the site's interpretation morphed past its role in the Revolution.


Kuerner Farm Wyeth
Andrew Wyeth found artistic inspiration at the Chadds Ford Farm of the Kuerner family. Now a part of the Brandywine River Museum, the farm offers reproductions of Wyeth works painted there, as well as educational tours. This feature is shot in a style that Wyeth would have recognized.


Leo Sewell: Junk Sculptor
Describing himself as a "sculptor of found objects," Sewell has taken over 100,000 items from trash receptacles and dumpsters, and refashioned them as imaginative works of art. His representation of the Statue of Liberty's arm and torch graces Please Touch Museum's new home at Memorial Hall.


Lewis and Clark
Where did President Thomas Jefferson send Meriwether Lewis to set scientific goals for his expedition? To Philadelphia, of course, where tutors included University of Pennsylvania botanist Benjamin Smith Barton. Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery ultimately assembled a professional herbarium of over 200 specimens of which 178 were new to science. The collection resides at the Academy of Natural Sciences, where, its curator tells us, the specimens continue to reveal secrets of the American Continent.


Lidia Kaminska Accordian Player
This young classical musician's goal is to make the accordion as popular in America as it is in Europe, and to increase its concert profile. As she says, "I don't play polkas, I play Bach and Scarlatti." And she proves it.


Listening to the Philadelphia Orchestra - The Percussionist
Chris Deviney has the "best in the house." Hard by the back wall at Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is where Deviney makes music as the Principal Percussionist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. But unlike the rest of his many colleagues, Deviney extracts sounds not from one, but from dozens of instruments by doing whatever it takes: striking, hammering, rapping and, on occasion, plinking.


Longwood Gardens
"Horticulture as art form; garden as theatre." Boasting more fountains than any garden in the Western Hemisphere, Longwood's history goes back to the eighteenth century. But it was Pierre Dupont in the early twentieth centrury who created the world-famouse garden we know today. We'll look inside a 10,000 pipe organ, and visit the outdoor theatre, which seats 1,500 people.




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Main Line Art Center
Since 1937, this Haverford-based organization has encouraged people to express themselves through the visual arts. Classes in prints, drawing, watercolors, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry and print making are offered by 70 teaching artists, both on site and in the community.


Making Music with a "Stomp Box"
South Philadelphia's Rick Iannacone has played guitar for a generation, often accompanying legends in rock and jazz. He created a unique sound by mastering a special-effects pedal nick-named the "stomp box."


The Mario Lanza Museum and Institute
The South Philly-born tenor has been gone for half a century, but a small neighborhood museum remembers him with an exhibit tracing his life and meteoric career. And to realize Lanza's dream, the Institute sponsors aspiring young singers with a scholarship program.


Martin Guitars
The C.F. Martin Guitar Company in Nazareth, PA has been crafting guitars since 1833. Visitors to the company's on-site museum learn about the world's most popular instrument and its contributions to American culture. Featuring an all-black guitar created for Johnny Cash.


The Mill at Anselma
This extraordinary artifact recently designated a National Historic Landmark is nestled along the Pickering Creek in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania. Constructed in the 1740s by Samuel Lightfoot, the Mill retains its original, Colonial-Era power train, as well as subsequent upgrades over the next quarter of a Millennium. Its a perfect illustration how agriculture, industry and commerce brought this region to life.


Montäzh Performing Arts Company
This group is a Philadelphia-based, all female hip-hop dance company. Montäzh addresses crucial social and gender inequalities that exist within hip-hop culture.


Montier Family House
Two extremely rare portraits of newly-wed Philadelphia African Americans with mixed-race blood have been unveiled by descendants of the 19th-century couple and displayed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Also, an emotional visit by a Montier family descendant to the ancestral Montier home.


Morris Arboretum Education
Siblings John and Lydia Morris were childless, and willed their Chestnut Hill estate to the community as a nature center. Since 1932, the Arboretum has been operated under the supervision of the University of Pennsylvania. Public programs include 120 gardening classes per year.


Morris Arboretum Sculpture
Sculpture is an important part of the Morris Arboretum's attractions. The tradition continues with the erection of a three-story structure made entirely of organic materials. Sculptor Patrick Dougherty calls it "The Summer Palace."


Mother Bethel AME Church
As our guide Clement Price puts it: "the Black Founding Experience in America" paralleled the more often told story of the White Founding Experience. And Mother Bethel AME Church, founded in 1797, is the place where the Black Founding Experience took root and flourished. Mother Bethel began when the Reverend Richard Allen and Absalom Jones encouraged black worshippers to resist being marginalized by the city's white churches.


Musicopia
Boasting 40 different musical ensembles, this organization strives to bring music to students throughout the Delaware Valley. Professional musicians and educators team up to offer performance workshops and master classes.


Orchestra 2001
James Freeman and his players perform contemporary music, with a strong representation of Philadelphia-area composers. We meet them here, along with guitarist Jason Vieaux and composer Allen Krantz, featuring excerpts of Krantz' "Songs of Innocence and Experience."


Sebastienne Mundheim
Performance artist Sebastienne Mundheim makes "lyrical, educational performances" out of "complex, sophisticated academic content." Nothing is more complex than James Joyce's Ulysses. Mundheim produced The Potable Joyce: A Watered-down Version of Ulysses. Few subjects are more academic than Benjamin Franklin's world of print. Currently Franklin: The Story of a Paper Boy crosses disciplines blending scholarship with puppetry, literature with movement.


Mütter Museum
Curator Anna Dhody introduces an impressive, and occasionally disturbing, collection of human medical oddities. On display is an array of skulls, a cast of the famous Siamese twins Chang and Eng, and a once-secret presidential tumor. Started 150 years ago with the donation of personal objects collected by Dr. Thomas Mütter, the museum was founded for the education of physicians. More recently, the Mütter Museum has become a popular, informative attraction.




P - Q - R


Pasion y Arte
Elba Hevia y Vaca, Bolivian-born co-founder of this all female dance company, describes the dichotomy of Flamenco. While graceful energy is released through the hands and fingers stomping feet express power. We learn how this centuries-old dance form is being influenced by modern dance sensibility with influences including jazz, modern dance, and ballet.


Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
For more than 200 years, this school and museum has embraced art and anatomy, realism and imagination. In life classes that feature human models but occasionally include horses, Fine Art students grow into artists in an proven approach to art education that goes back centuries more. Observation becomes cultivated as a discipline as students learn to sketch, paint and sculpt.


Philadanco
At the forefront of modern dance, this 40-year old troupe has a look and feel all its own. On any given day, Philadanco's West Philadelphia studio bustles with scores of student dancers. Throughout the year, Danco's professional troupe travels the world, sharing interpretation of Lauryn Hill, Led Zeppelin, Bobby McFerrin, and others. "Eclectic," says founder Joan Myers Brown.


Pennsylvania Veterans Museum
This museum in Media preserves the living histories of veterans for posterity. Film and video presentations and displays allow veterans to tell their own stories. Included are exhibits on women in the military and the Tuskegee Airmen.


Philadelphia Boys Choir
From Phillies games to the White House to international music festivals, the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale is known as "America's Ambassadors of Song." For nearly forty years, and now under the artistic leadership of Jeffrey R. Smith, the raw talent of hundreds of young boys is coached into a distinctive sound. Students progress through stages of rigorous training to earn their red blazers.


The Philadelphia Chinese Opera Society
The Philadelphia Chinese Opera Society entertains and educates audiences on Chinese history and tradition. Performances offer highly stylized productions using music, song, dance and martial arts. Opera member, Jun Qiao is featured along with various performances by company members.


The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society
Since 1967, this group of guitar enthusiasts, both professional and amateur, has met at the Classical Guitar Store on Sansom Street in Center City. Its Guitar Festival features student recitals and professional artists who give master classes and lecture-performances.


Philadelphia Doll Museum
This museum on North Broad Street in Philadelphia houses a large collection of African and African American dolls, including antique, folk and celebrity styles. The museum teaches people how to collect these dolls, which are made of a variety of materials. It reminds us that dolls are created in all societies around the world.


Philadelphia Folk Festival
This three-day summer festival at Schwenksville's Old Pool Farm is one the nation's oldest. Featuring comments by host Gene Shay and longtime participant Janis Ian, this feature reveals that the festival is intended for the whole family and attracts folk fans who camp out the entire weekend.


Philadelphia Folklore Project
Sometimes the most meaningful stories go untold. And sometimes they are saved and shared. That's where the Philadelphia Folklore Project makes a difference by working as a catalyst to preserve unique stories, traditions and things. At the Folklore Project's new headquarters on 50th Street is a permanent re-installation of the Crawford Dining Room - a homemade pastiche of posters, pamphlets and clippings depicting 4 decades of social struggle. Explore the 20th century by way of this signature example of modern folk art.


The Philadelphia International Children's Festival
A visit to the three-day festival centered around the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Created specifically for children and their issues, the festival features professional theatre groups from around the world, including crafts, live music and street performances.


Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe
And our taste for place-based theater continues to expand. The 2005 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, September 2 to17, features all manner of performances. Yes, its new, but it also draws deeply from history. Punchadelphia is performed on the streets - just as its progenitor - Punch and Judy - was performed hundreds of years ago. Could it be true that the more things change, the more they stay the same?


Philadelphia's First Cultural Institution
More than 275 years ago, the young Benjamin Franklin recognized the importance of books. By starting the Library Company of Philadelphia, Franklin and others created a collection that provided access to many more books than any one person could afford to own. Today, this research institution provides access to the story of the nation.


Philadelphia Sketch Club
Founded in 1860, this organization is America's oldest continuously operating club for professional artists and their admirers. Its Camac Street headquarters are included in the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. Here, we pay a visit to their gallery, and to an artists and model workshop.


Philadelphia Voices of Pride
A successor to the old Spruce Street Singers, this ensemble is now the region's first Gay/Lesbian/Bi-Sexual/Trans-Gendered chorus in the region. Its concerts benefit LGBT, HIV and women's organizations, and act as a musical ambassador of this community.


Philadelphia's World's Fair
One hundred years after the start of the American Revolution, Philadelphia threw a huge theme party. Millions came to West Fairmount Park to celebrate the Industrial Revolution in hundreds of buildings that transformed the landscape. The Free Library of Philadelphia presents the Centennial Exhibition through the massive documentation of the Centennial Photographic Company.


Philadelphia Young Playwrights
This non-profit arts education organization pairs professional artists with classroom teachers in a program to immerse public school students in the process of creative expression. 50 schools in the area participate, giving students a chance to write plays, a portion of which are chosen for professional productions.


Philadelphia Youth Orchestra
For seventy years, the orchestra has offered talented area youngsters the opportunity to make symphonic music in the Delaware Valley and on tour. The orchestra's current music director, Louis Scaglione, discusses the rigorous program he leads, and is seen leading the ensemble in Brahms' Symphony No.2.


Philadelphia Zoo Garden
America's first zoo was originally conceived as a garden that housed animals. Its design was inspired by the London Zoo, as a landscape with paths, lawns and groves for the recreation and education of the public. Learn about the zoo's efforts to match the animals with their native flora.


Philadelphia Zoo's Sesquicentennial
America's oldest zoo celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2009. Home to over 1,500 animals spread across 42 acres, the zoo hosts 225,000 school children every year. It was the first zoo to instruct as well as display, and the first to house a research laboratory for the welfare of its residents. The zoo sees its animals as ambassadors of their species, and of wildlife in general.


Pig Iron Theatre
This acting troupe's specialty is crafting theatre pieces from scratch. Founded by a group of Swarthmore College students, Pig Iron Theatre creates experimental, site-specific works.


Please Touch Museum
Now based at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park, the museum encourages children to do just what the title suggests. Children (and adults) can play and learn at the same time. Exhibits include the restored Woodside Park Carousel, an 1876 Exposition display, and the Liberty Arm and Torch.


A Poem by Trapeta B. Mayson
Ms. Mayson is a 2002 Pew Artists Fellow and Resident Artist at Art Sanctuary in Philadelphia, and runs the Germantown Poetry Series. Here, this Liberian-born poet pays tribute to her father in verse.


The President's House
When George and Martha Washington lived in Philadelphia theirs was the biggest house in town. To manage this first presidential mansion, they brought several enslaved Africans from Virginia. How is Independence National Historical Park interpreting this chapter of a history long buried?


The President's House II
Recent excavations have shown that the Liberty Bell Pavilion is built over the site of slave quarters at President George Washington's house at 6th and Market Streets. Those excavations have uncovered artifacts, and a monument to the house and its slaves will be built on the site.


Project Basho
Located on Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia's Kensington section, this is a networking center of and for photographers. Project Basho offers classes and workshops, two darkrooms and a gallery space, as well as informal critiques, lectures and panel discussions.


Public Art—The Fairmount Park Art Association
We explore two contemporary works of public art: Jody Pinto's 1987 Fingerspan in the Wissahickon Valley and Pepon Osorio's 2003 I have a story to tell you, at Congreso de Latinos Unidos. Each highlights very different and quite fleeting impressions. Each reinforces shared memories. Without them, we would be floating through the present, probably unseeing, most likely unknowing.


Ramadan
We visit the Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship in Philadelphia for an exploration of Ramadan. This month-long period of self denial and prayer from dawn to dusk brings Muslims to peace and an understanding of those less fortunate.


Reverberations
That's the name of a new exhibit at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts' Hamilton Building. Running through September 21st, Reverberations is a cooperative venture of the Academy and Bank of America, featuring a juxtaposition of abstract expressionism and representational American art of the last 60 years.


Rock the Pen
Rock the Pen Poetry is a collaboration between the Germantown Poetry Festival, the Painted Bride Art Center and the Arts & Spirituality Center. The aim is to nurture a community of budding poets. Young people are invited to express their concerns about their neighborhoods through verse.


Rodin Museum
This collection of sculptures by Auguste Rodin, the largest outside of Paris, is the legacy of Philadelphia movie theater magnate Jules Mastbaum. A gift to the City, this museum on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway by architect Paul Philippe Cret openend in 1929. It is a gem-like setting for 124 Rodin bronzes including The Thinker, The Gates of Hell, to scores of studies, busts and The Burghers of Calais.


Kimberly Rowe, Harpist
Ms. Rowe is a harpist and editor of the magazine Harp Column. Here, she traces the roots of that instrument from ancient Egypt to present day. We also see her at work teaching a talented young aspiring harpist.


Jeanne Ruddy Dance
A former Principal Dancer with the Martha Graham Company, Jeanne Ruddy's dozen dancers is based out of 1515 Brandywine Street. Over the last several years, this new company has performed works choreographed by Ruddy and others at the Wilma Theatre, Painted Bride, and Mandell Theater, among other venues, but the "Performance Garage" in Philadelphia's Spring Garden neighborhood remains Jeanne Ruddy Dance'scommunity home.


Rumble Ensemble
The bucket is good for sound - but can it be music? With the Rumble Ensemble, the bucket is definitely an instrument, and so are pipes, whistles, soda cans and even toilet seats. In this video, Marc Dicciani, Director of the University of Arts School of Music, Phil Pardell, and Greg Guzevich introduce the ensemble's bold rhythms. Last year, the ensemble performed at the Philadelphia Arts & Business Council's 25th anniversary luncheon.




S - T - U


Salsita Dance Studio
Located on South Street in Center City, the studio teaches people to use dance as a means of expressing themselves and connecting to others. Students, including children, learn to project an attitude of confidence through individual and group lessons.


Sarnoff Library and Museum
David Sarnoff arrived from Russia speaking no English. By 1950 he was Chairman of the Board for RCA. The Sarnoff Library in Princeton, New Jersey, tells this story, and more. Visitors learn about the man, RCA Laboratories, and how 19th century era of the telegraph expanded into the 20th century era of broadcast. As Museum director Alexander B. Magoun puts it: Sarnoff changed communications.


Schuylkill River National & State Heritage Area
The park is one of 49 National Heritage Areas, and one of 12 in Pennsylvania. It showcases how the river has been a center for three revolutions: the American, the Industrial and the Environmental. Here, we learn of plans to complete the Schuylkill River Trail between Philadelphia and Pottsville, as well as a water trail in the river itself.


Science Interactives
Meet Clifford Wagner, a whirling dervish of a man who creates interactive science exhibits. He says "You spend half your life as a teacher and half as a student." His exhibits combine ingenuity, humor and exuberance to tickle the scientific curiosity in young and old alike.


School of Rock
Paul Green claims his is "the original and best rock program in the country." Green's tough-love approach in teaching 7-to-18-year-olds, combined with his hard-driving style, has resulted in a national network of more than fifty rock schools. Students learn the music of legendary bands: the Beach Boys, U2, and the Beatles. Some graduate to live concerts. A few have found their way to famed festivals such as Lollapalooza.


Scott Arboretum
This garden is situated on the grounds of Swarthmore College in delaware County. Its goal is to produce a catalogue of flowers and plants for people to see and perhaps introduce to their own properties. Special programs allow visitors to learn how to plant and prune.


Sendak at the Rosenbach Museum and Library
With his 80th birthday behind him, Maurice Sendak is the subject of the largest retrospective yet mounted of his books and illustrations. Interviews with curators, and footage of Sendak himself, touch on the mystery in his work and give us a sense of his 30 odd-year relationship with the Rosenbach Museum & Library.


Settlement Music School
This school was founded in 1908 as the music program of the College Settlement in the Southwark section of Philadelphia. Today, it has grown into the largest community school of the arts in America, with six locations around the Delaware Valley. People of all ages are invited to attend, whether or not they aspire to a career in music.


Shoe Museum
Director Barbara Williams assures us that a visit to the "Shoe Museum" will be a good one - if patrons call ahead first! Many of the shoes from her museum are on loan to a show mounted at Drexel University. An interview with Clare Sauro, one of the curators of "Rest Your Feet", graphically illustrates the now outlawed practice of "footbinding" and the doll-like shoes that the "footbound" wore.


The Silver Service at Stenton
Scholars and enthusiasts examine the silver collection at Stenton, the summer estate of James Logan, secretary to William Penn. This lavish silver service illustrates the tastes of the ruling Quaker elite in Colonial Philadelphia.


Spotlight Dance
The Spotlight Dance Center and Red Lion Elementary School have teamed up to offer ballroom dance lessons to the students. Learning the rumba and samba helps kids become more outgoing, as well as more knowledgeable about other cultures. As one young student observes: "Dancing with a girl is fun; if you haven't done it, you could give it a try..."


Stained Glass
Thousands of stained-glass windows made in England, France, Germany and here in the United States survive in the Delaware Valley's churches, chapels, and institutions. From Philadelphia's Gothic Revival First Presbyterian Church at 21st and Walnut Streets, stained glass expert Jean Farnsworth tells the story. Of course, there's the popularity of the famous Louis Comfort Tiffany. Then there's the lesser known Fanny Sweeney. Her recently restored angel figure in the northeast tower is best seen at night from Walnut Street.


Stenton
Few sites are as old, as venerable and as steeped in deep history as is Stenton. When Pennsylvania was really Penns' Woods, Stephen Hague tells us, James Logan built this rural retreat. As William Penns' secretary, Logan conducted official business of the colony in his sumptuous, paneled office, while visitors awaited his attention in the adjacent brick-paved hall.


Tania Isaac Dance

Tania Isaac believes that dance is a social platform with history and responsibility. It celebrates, communicates and occasionally agitates. A contemporary choreographer and a native of St. Lucia, Isaac's work often hints at her inspiration from folk traditions: Zouk, Quadrille, Soca/Calypso, and Reggae. Isaac's "stage picture," according to one critic, "is intelligent, voluptuous, witty, and political, all in the same breath."


Tattoo Festival
Ancient, sometimes venerable and occasionally taboo, skin art is also wildly popular. Tattoo artists Lakei Herman and Adam Goldstein discuss the implications of being artists whose canvases are alive, and tell stories of their own involvement with tattooing.


Tindley Temple
This United Methodist church broke a longtime custom of not permitting black organizations or individuals to build on Broad Street. Charles Albert Tindley, who wrote the hymn "We Shall Overcome," build this imposing religious structure I 1924. It has been a cultural and religious mainstay of the area ever since.


The Tyler Arboretum
Located in Media, PA, this 65-acre garden is brimming with trees and flowers. On this visit, the emphasis is on children, who are encouraged to get their hands dirty and their feet wet. Exhibits include a treehouse, a replica of Henry David Thoreau's cabin, and a chance for kids to plant trees.




V - W - X


Valley Forge Historical Park
Three years into the American Revolution, Prussian officer Friedrich von Steuben gathered a group of ragtag freedom fighters at Valley Forge, and turned them into the United States Army. This was a place of suffering, determination and perseverance. Here, we meet a group of interpretive rangers who re-enact Steuben's, and his men's accomplishments.


Very Special Collections
In research libraries, such as the Library Company of Philadelphia, visitors and staff develop a unique brand of interactivity. Which artifact will best answer a researcher's question? Will it be a book, a periodical, or a newspaper? Librarians and curators serve as guides through the collections.


Violins and Bows
What makes a violin sound exceptional? The instrument's "voice" depends on its shape, its wood, the artist, and the bow that extracts life from it. It is a question asked and answered for the last 500 years, ever since the art of violin making was perfected in 16th century Italy. Today, these age-old questions are faced by Philadelphia masters. Explore the violin with Richard J. Donovan and the bow with Elizabeth Vander Veer Shaak.


Walnut Street Theatre
In 2009, Walnut Street Theatre celebrated its 200th anniversary. Built in 1809 as an equestrian circus, it is America's oldest theater. Artistic Director, Bernard Havard, shares some of the theater's important history and talks about the long list of famous people who have graced the stage. He also expresses his hope that it continues to be a vital part of our cultural identity in the city.


Wanamaker Organ
One of Philadelphia's most overlooked treasures, the Wanamaker Organ makes Macy's Philadelphia store a destination not only for shopping, but for music lovers as well. With 28,000 pipes, it's the largest performing organ in the world. Learn about its fascinating history and sample a portion of its sumptuous sound.


Wagner Free Institute of Science
Recent renovations at the Wagner perpetuate the comforting illusion that this place and its thousands of artifacts have not been touched since the day they were installed, more than a century ago. As ever, this great wooden hall remains lined with all manner of birds, beasts, blossoms and bones. A rare, palpable and welcome authenticity carries from the displays illustrating natural history to the science curriculum.


Waitstaff
That's the name of a locally based sketch comedy troupe (and don't call it improv!). We meet the funny young players of the troupe and eavesdrop on a performance at L'Etage Cabaret (at least the parts of it that we can legally broadcast!)


Wanamaker Organ #2
This feature on the Wanamaker Organ places the music front and center, specifically the Overture to "Candide," in an arrangement for pipe organ. Wanamaker organist Peter Richard Conte shows off the instrument's symphonic range, and reveals his affectionate name for this magnificent instrument.


Wharton Esherick Museum
At the home of craftsman Wharton Esherick we find an environment in wood created by this accomplished American master. Esherick was determined to be a painter, but his expressive works in wood proved more popular. In 1913, Esherick and his family left the West Philadelphia home to create another in rural Paoli where the artist continued to experiment with designs inspired by nature.


Where the Books Are
Scholars from around the nation and from around the world come to Philadelphia - because that is where the books are. This region is home to more than twenty research libraries, the oldest of which is the Library Company of Philadelphia. At the 275-year-old Library Company, American history and culture are documented and illustrated by the real thing, the accessible artifact.


Wood Turning Center
What does an Old City location mean to an arts organization? Albert LeCoff moved the Wood Turning Center from Germantown a few years ago for the rich and diverse creative community. At 5th and Vine Streets, the Wood Turning Center presents work in its gallery and promotes the art form with classes, a research library, conferences and publications.


Workshop on the Water
From his busy riverfront workshop, John Brady reminds us that the Delaware was once Philadelphia's highway to rest of the planet. What takes place at this little-known destination at the Independence Seaport Museum? Brady works with his staff and others who hope to experience the ancient and sophisticated craft of boat building and restoration.


World Cafe Live
Located at 31st and Walnut Streets, this performance venue is a partnership between Penn's WXPN and entrepreneur Hal Real. It's proud of its combination of sound amenities of a symphony hall, combined with a sense of intimacy. This visit to World Cafe Live features music by local band The Brakes.


Wyck and the Quaker Aesthetic
Wyck is one of those National Historic Landmarks that tells its story in the dining room, in the parlor, in the attic and in the garden. Since 1690, the site has accumulated more than 10,000 objects and 100,000 documents. One might pass by unawares along cobble-stoned Germantown Avenue, but the original house, with 1824 alterations by William Strickland, offers an opportunity witness the changing character of Philadelphia.




Y - Z


Yom Kippur
We visit Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Philadelphia to learn about Yom Kippur. This 25-hour process involves fasting, prayer and self-sacrifice to atone for wrongdoing and seek improvement. It begins with the Kol Nidrei hymn, the holiest moment of the year for Jews.


Artist Isaiah Zagar
A visit with Isaiah Zagar, longtime artist-visionary and Philadelphia mosaic artist. Zagar describes the beginnings of the Eyes Gallery, founded with his wife, Julia, and tours his "Magic Garden," on South Street in Center City Philadelphia.


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