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Dance exchange program brings more exposure to Philly scene

February 27, 2009

This year, local nonprofit Philadelphia Dance Projects has created a pilot performance series for bringing dancers from across the country to Philadelphia. It's part of an exchange program for dancers that connects dance troupes from different parts of the country. The Philadelphia series comes to a close with this weekend's performances. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Philadelphia Museum of Art cuts salaries and staff

February 26, 2009

The Philadelphia Museum of Art today announced cuts to salaries and staff. Those cutbacks come amid similar announcements from other major cultural institutions in the last 48 hours. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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After announcing groundbreaking, Revolution Center reveals 2 major funding gifts

February 25, 2009

The American Revolution Center plans to build a museum and visitor's center on privately owned land within Valley Forge National Historical Park. Now it's getting a fresh infusion of cash. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Controversial Valley Forge Revolutionary War Museum to break ground in May

February 24, 2009

The American Revolution Center plans to build a museum and visitor's center on the privately owned land within Valley Forge National Historical Park. Now the buildings have announced a groundbreaking date for its project. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Comment on this story and find links to all of our previous coverage of the American Revolution Center on our Arts and Culture blog, The Sixth Square.


Film show goes on, renamed

February 23, 2009

This year, the Philadelphia Film Festival will go up, but not under its usual title. About a month ago, a conflict erupted between leaders of the Philadelphia Film Society and TLA chief Ray Murray, who have both played large roles in running the film festival. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Flyers, Sixers provide "fan relief" in ticket price freeze

February 23, 2009

Two Philadelphia sports teams are holding the line on prices to help people who are dealing with their own economic problems. Prices normally go up from year to year. WHYY's Tom MacDonald reports.

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Philadelphia's public art

February 23, 2009

Philadelphia has the largest number of public works of art in the country. And, it's the first city to require some developers to use one percent of their construction budget for art. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the program. WHYY's Susan Phillips reports.

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Listen to the extended interview with Penny Balkin Bach, the director of the Fairmount Park Art Association, below. For more information on Philadelphia's public art check out her website, here.

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Mural arts project holds community meeting

February 23, 2009

A Philadelphia citywide mural project will begin with a community meeting tomorrow. WHYY's Tom MacDonald reports the community have input on design and painting the artwork.

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Spontaneous laugh performance in Center City

February 20, 2009

A spontaneous event in Rittenhouse Square took people by surprise yesterday. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Theater project explores youth and violence

February 20, 2009

Ping Chong is a New York-based artist who does city-specific theater projects around the United States. The Village of Arts and Humanities in Philadelphia has asked him to train his lens on this city for the first time in a short-run of a play called The Philadelphia Story. It opens today. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Championship Fever: Fans line up early for first day of Phillies tix

February 19, 2009

After a winter hiatus following a long awaited world championship, Phillies fever is starting to spread again. Pitchers and catchers have reported for spring training. WHYY's Tom MacDonald made a trip to South Philadelphia to speak to some fans hoping to get tickets to home games.

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Plan to put artists in vacant stores on South Street moves forward

February 18, 2009

New artist spaces on South Street are a step closer to opening after community funding steps in. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Inmates showcase their artwork to help the Mural Arts Program

February 14, 2009

Artwork created by inmates at Graterford Prison is on display and for sale in Philadelphia, and all the proceeds will go to the Mural Arts Program. Opening night was Thursday. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Stimulus includes money for the arts

February 13, 2009

$50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts has made it into the final stimulus bill being voted on in Congress. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Students learn about Arab culture

February 13, 2009

A Philadelphia-based nonprofit group is educating elementary and high school students about Arab culture. Today, they're bringing an artist directly into the schools. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Museum looks at Lincoln's legacy

February 12, 2009

A lot has been said about Abraham Lincoln today, his 200th birthday. A project by the Rosenbach Museum in Philadelphia attempts to answer the question: Why? From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Bartering art for massages... and bike tune ups... and cameras...

February 12, 2009

It's not unusual for people to barter goods and services when economic times get tough, dental services for marketing help, a rug for a lamp. But as Alex Schmidt reports from WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, artists are getting in on the action, too.

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See a photo gallery with examples of the art offered and services requested at our arts and culture blog, The Sixth Square.


Placido Domingo returns to Philadelphia after 25 years

February 11, 2009

Placido Domingo will spend one day in Philadelphia to sing here for the first time in 25 years. He's performing a concert of arias, operetta, zarzuelas and American and Latin American popular standards, at The Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall on Monday the 16th. Domingo's life reads like an encyclopedia of opera, yet he's known for constantly taking risks by tackling new roles ranging from Wagner to operas composed a few years ago. His adoring audiences have followed him from concert halls and opera houses to historic settings and YouTube. WHYY's Elisabeth Perez Luna has this report.


Credit: Photos by David Swanson, The Philadelphia Inquirer


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Read this story, see photos and video and comment on WHYY's arts and culture blog, The Sixth Square.


"What You Will" opens at Bristol Riverside Theater

February 10, 2009

The new play 'What You Will' opens at Bristol Riverside Theater today. It's the first time the theatre has reached out to the community to prepare audience members for the unexpected. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Philly bids to be World Champs... of Printmaking

February 6, 2009

Philadelphia will attempt to become the worldwide nexus of contemporary printmaking when a new art biennial, Philagrafika 2010, commences next year. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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New Fishtown art gallery helps revitalize a broken neighborhood

February 6, 2009

On this First Friday, a new art gallery opens in Fishtown. The Frankford Arts Corridor has revitalized a neighborhood full of vacancies and decay. Now, a new gallery widens the reach of the arts. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Nexus Art Foundation experiments with art on the radio

February 5, 2009

If you happened to be in Northern Liberties or old city over the past few months, and tuned your radio to a high frequency on the AM dial, you may have encountered some unexpected sounds. Nexus Art Foundation has been broadcasting a temporary art project, and their last day is tomorrow. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Temple University students are bringing the Ben Franklin Bridge indoors

February 3, 2009

Temple University students have taken the Ben Franklin Bridge and brought it indoors. A gallery exhibit at Temple attempts to link the span across the Delaware River with work created by art and architecture students that attempts to capture their experiences of the bridge. WHYY's Peter Crimmins reports.

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Wyeth's "Goodbye" part of free weekend exhibition

February 2, 2009

Andrew Wyeth's last painting, called "Goodbye," is on display this week at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadd's Ford. It's part of a tribute to Chester County's most prominent artist, who died January 16th. WHYY's Peter Crimmins was there Saturday, when the museum let visitors see "Goodbye" and many other Wyeth paintings for free.

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With close of Michener in New Hope, artists look elsewhere

February 2, 2009

As of yesterday, the New Hope branch of the Michener Museum is no longer. Meanwhile, artists in New Hope have energies focused elsewhere. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Wyeth's "Christina's World" comes home

January 31, 2009

This weekend, Christina's World, Andrew Wyeth's most famous painting, will be on view at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford for a memorial tribute to Wyeth. Christina's World, in the permanent collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art, is on loan for just three days. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Life of Wyeth reflected in "time capsule" that is Chadds Ford, PA

January 30, 2009

This weekend, visitors will gather at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford. The museum hosts a memorial tribute to iconic painter Andrew Wyeth. That Pennsylvania area served as the inspiration for his legendary landscapes. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports on a place that's both changed and stayed the same.

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To see a photo gallery of Alex's tour of the farm and offer your thoughts on the life and work of Andrew Wyeth, visit WHYY's Arts and Culture blog, The Sixth Square.


Iconic Center City independent book store bids farewell

January 30, 2009

This Saturday marks the closing of Philadelphia's oldest independent book seller. After 73 years, Robin's Book Store shuts its doors on Saturday. The Center City establishment gained a reputation for selling an eccentric collection of new and used books, and for hosting readings by obscure and known authors including Maya Angelou and Buckminster Fuller. The story from WHYY's Elizabeth Fiedler.

Caption: Finding pairings like the Rolling Stones and the Freemasons was not uncommon at this quirky, independent book store.

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John Updike dies at 76

January 27, 2009

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and Pennsylvania native John Updike died today of lung cancer. Updike, who grew up near Reading, is known his short stories and for his series of "Rabbit" novels, including "Rabbit Run" and "Rabbit Is Rich." From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Fresh Artists seeks fresh arts funding

January 27, 2009

Schools across Philadelphia are chronically underfunded when it comes to the arts. Several have no art educators at all - and those that do have trouble purchasing supplies. A new non-profit called Fresh Artists is trying to change that. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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The Dead rising again at the Spectrum

January 24, 2009

Four of the original members of the Grateful Dead are going on tour. Tickets go on sale this morning and WHYY's Tom MacDonald reports on their plans to make a stop at a legendary Philadelphia venue.

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Inmates fundraise for mural arts program

January 23, 2009

Philadelphia's mural arts program started working in city prisons a decade ago after a heavy blow in city budget cuts. But some of the inmates have taken it upon themselves to try and close the gap. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk Alex Schmidt reports.

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A new home for the home of former Presidents

January 21, 2009

Independence National Historical Park is going to get the money it needs for construction of the President's House Museum on Independence Mall, site of the former home of Presidents Washington and Adams. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk Alex Schmidt reports.

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"I Am An American"

January 19, 2009

Kenny Gamble, who along with Leon Huff saturated the 1970s with positive social themes through their signature "Sound of Philadelphia," discusses the genesis of his interest and involvement in the production of the anthemic "I Am An American" - performed at the Kimmel Center in 2006 w/ Patti LaBelle and the Temple University Symphony Orchestra and Choirs. Gamble gave Barack Obama a copy of the completed work, who in turn, will have Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes perform their 1975 hit (and Obama favorite) 'Wake Up America' during inauguration festivities in Washington, D.C. WHYY's Dave Heller talked with Gamble about the power of music.

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WHYY's Dave Heller interviews "One Book, One Philadelphia" author

January 14, 2009

The 2009 One Book, One Philadelphia program kicks off today. The Mayor's office and Free Library of Philadelphia joint project promotes reading, literacy, library use, and encourages Philadelphia area residents to come together through reading and discussing a single book. WHYY's Dave Heller interviewed the author of this year's selection, "The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music" Steve Lopez.

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"One Book, One Philadelphia" kicks off 7th season with a local favorite

January 14, 2009

Today a former Philadelphia Inquirer columnist returns to the city of Brotherly Love to kick off the city's seventh "One Book, One Philadelphia." The joint project of the Mayor's Office and the Free Library of Philadelphia promotes reading, literacy, and community building by encouraging people across the city to read an annual selection. This year's featured author Steve Lopez says Philadelphia influenced his writing in "The Soloist." WHYY's Elizabeth Fiedler reports.

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The "feel good" part about the Eagles' playoff run

January 13, 2009

Sports fans are gearing up for Sunday's Eagles matchup against the Cardinals for the NFC crown and a trip to the Super Bowl. One expert says another championship could boost feelings about their city and region. WHYY's Elizabeth Fiedler reports.

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Eagles beat Giants, earn trip to NFC Campionship Game

January 12, 2009

The Philadelphia Eagles are just one win away from the Super Bowl after eliminating last years superbowl champion New York Giants Sunday. WHYY's Tom MacDonald went to a sports bar in South Philadelphia to watch the game with some rabid fans.

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Mummers, city consider future of the parade

January 8, 2009

This year's budget crisis led Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter to make some unpopular decisions. One of those affected the 20,000 mummers and the crowds that turn out and tune in to watch the parade on New Year's Day. The city cut funding for the parade by several hundreds of thousands of dollars and forced the parade to stick to a tighter timeframe. Though private funding stepped in at the 11th hour, the funding future for the parade is uncertain. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt takes a look at what this could mean for the Philadelphia institution.

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Debut of "My Name is Asher Lev"

January 8, 2009

Arden Theater Company has become a well respected presence in the Philadelphia arts community over its 20-year history. Tonight, My Name is Asher Lev debuts - the first commissioned play at the Arden. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Phillies pitcher J.C. Romero faces 50-game suspension

January. 7, 2009

WHYY's Brenda Jorett talks to Inquirer columnist Jim Salisbury who has been covering the 50-game suspension of Phillies relief pitcher J.C. Romero for using a substance banned by Major League Baseball. Salisbury talks about MLB's ruling, the health conscious culture of today's professional athletes and the impact of Romero's suspension on the team in the upcoming season.

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Amidst city budget cuts Mayor Nutter gives Philly Orchestra a $250,000 dollar boost

January 6, 2009

Leaders of cultural organizations in Philadelphia are concerned about how the city will make future appropriations. The Philadlephia Orchestra received 250-thousand dollars from the city's cultural fund directly from the Mayor which is not how money is supposed to be doled out. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Mummers march on despite cold weather and frozen funding

January 2, 2009

Cold weather and money worries were little deterrent to participants and their fans for yesterday's Mummers Parade and it's 2-Street after-party. Now some Mummers are already thinking about next year's festivities with or without support from the city. WHYY's Peter Crimmins reports.

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Dumpster divers create "trash" art in New Jersey

January 2, 2009

Philadelphia area art galleries will open their doors on this first Friday of the first month of the New Year. Tonight, you might overhear a self-appointed art critic describe some collections as 'trash.' WHYY's Denis Devine says it's an apt description if you happen to be in Hammonton, New Jesey.

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Mummers ready to march

December 31, 2008

Philadelphia's Mummers are polishing up their golden slippers for their annual march tomorrow. WHYY's Tom MacDonald reports they are going to have a somewhat abbreviated parade.

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Local taprooms hopeful for Eagles boost

December 30, 2008

There has not been a rush on Eagles merchandise yet, and tickets for the game next Sunday in Minneapolis are still reasonably priced. But a groundswell of football fans, and some local sports bar owners, are getting cautiously excited about the Birds post-season prospects. WHYY's Peter Crimmins reports.

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Future of the Mummers Parade in doubt over funding concerns

December 26, 2008

This year's budget crisis has led Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter to make some unpopular decisions. One of those affects the 20,000 Mummers and the crowds that turn out and tune in to watch the parade on New Year's Day. The city has cut funding for the parade by several hundreds of thousands of dollars, and mandated that the parade stay within a strict 6 1/2 hour time frame, or the Mummers will have to pay for overtime. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt takes a look at what this could mean for the Philadelphia institution.

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A Klezmer Christmas Eve

December 24, 2008

It may be Christmas Eve, but Jews also have their own tradition for the occasion. Tonight, though, sees a twist on the age-old Chinese food and a movie Christmas Eve combo. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Donations save Mummers parade

December 24, 2008

The Mummers parade has been saved thanks to contributions from businesses and people who are supporting the New Year's Day tradition. WHYY's Tom MacDonald reports over a quarter million dollars has been collected so far.

Caption: Joey Vento owner of Geno Steaks (left) and U.S. Congressman Bob Brady (right).

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Power of Art: Musician on Call Michael Eliah

December 23, 2008

A program that trumpets the healing power of music is in full swing this holiday season. WXPN's "Musicians On Call" relies on volunteers to perform for patients at four Philadelphia-area health centers. WHYY's Jennifer Lynn visited the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania to catch the program in action.

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Eastern State Penitentiary locks up big grant

December 22, 2008

Save America's Treasures are preservation grants given out by the federal government every year. This year, Eastern State Penitentiary got the biggest grant in the country, tied with one other New York institution. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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The Peek-a-Boo Revue: Philadelphia neo-Burlesque

December 18, 2008

Credit: Photos take by Chris K Photography

Looking for something to do this weekend? There's a show that's reviving a turn-of-the-century style production, but don't take the kids. WHYY producer John Sheehan has this story.


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Philly-area arts orgs doing "ok" during economic slowdown

December 16, 2008

Yesterday, regional nonprofit leaders in Washington D.C. convened a meeting to survey the economic landscape and implement emergency funding measures. Philadelphia's arts and culture leaders haven't rung the alarm to that volume. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt investigates why.

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"Outsider" Art gaining mainstream acceptance

December 12, 2008

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is currently exhibiting the work of self-taught artist James Castle. Born in Idaho, Castle received no formal artistic training and had no contact with the art world. As the work of outsider artists enters high art institutions like the PMA, it becomes more broadly accepted. But is it really? From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Tyler to give biggest art prize in the world

December 11, 2008

Temple's Tyler School of Art begins classes in its new 75 million dollar home in North Philadelphia in January. Adding to the fanfare: a multi-million dollar endowment that will enable Tyler to give the largest prize in the world to an individual visual artist. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports. For more on this story visit Lee Rosenbaum's blog.

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Phillies videographer talks about "The Perfect Season"

December 11, 2008

The Phillies re-cap of the thrilling 2008 season is chronicled in the DVD "The Perfect Season." From spring training to the journey that ended with the World Series parade to the ballpark, Phils' videographer "Video" Dan Stephenson says this project was the most fun he's had in his 20 years with the club. He talked with WHYY Morning Edition's Brenda Jorett.

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ACES Museum honors minority experience of Pearl Harbor

December 8, 2008

The ACES Museum in Germantown is dedicated to the black and minority veterans of World War II. It celebrates Pearl Harbor Day every year on December 8th. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Big Canvas draws a crowd

December 8, 2008

Around 200 people, including citizens, arts leaders, and elected officials gathered near King of Prussia over the weekend for the conclusion of the Big Canvas; a 5-month long regional dialogue on arts and culture. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.


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Philly expanding information on arts events

December 8, 2008

There are signs telling you about some of the concerts and play openings along avenue of the Arts in Center City Philadelphia. A new project, Voices of the Avenue, provides information over the phone. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Arts Town Hall on First Friday

December 5, 2008

This evening, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter's Town Hall meetings continue with a session focusing exclusively on the arts. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Mothers in Charge of anti-violence film premiere

December 5, 2008

The Philadelphia-based Mothers In Charge advocacy group turns to the medium of film to fulfill its anti-violence mission. The group's documentary movie has its premiere tonight at North Philadelphia's Freedom Theater. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Big Canvas arts planning comes to a close

December 5, 2008

The Big Canvas, a regional project focusing on arts and culture, kicked off in June. Saturday, is the concluding event. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Philly Native Jazmine Sullivan Sweeps Grammy Noms

December 4, 2008

A Philadelphia native hits it big with five Grammy nominations. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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PA budget cuts affecting the arts in Philadelphia

December 4, 2008

Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell has asked many state agencies to halt spending. Among that is three million dollars of funds slated for the cultural sector. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Searches for arts executives in region can take time

December 2, 2008

Two of Philadelphia's leading arts institutions - the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Orchestra - are in the midst of major leadership change. Both are engaged in - or will soon start - executive searches. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt investigates the process.

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Love Train in new box set

November 30, 2008

A new box set called Love Train aims to be the definitive compilation of sound of the Philadelphia International record label. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Turkey day tribute to Native American music

November 25, 2008

This evening, just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, a performance about the confluence of western and native american music. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Arts world deals with city budget cuts

November 21, 2008

Since philadelphia mayor michael nutter announced drastic city budget cuts about two weeks ago, arts organizations have been looking for ways to cut back. One of the cuts takes effect today. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Philadelphiana sold at auction

November 20, 2008

Yesterday, some of the most important Philadelphia artifacts sold in a decade hit the auction block. The collection of businessman Jay T. Snider included 375 items, some of which will be accessible to the public in Philadelphia... while others won't. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Marian Anderson award presented tonight

November 17, 2008

The tenth annual Marian Anderson award event tonight at the Kimmel Center honors artists who have made humanitarian contributions. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Documentary on Philly musician premieres

November 16, 2008

"Everybody needs somebody" is a documentary film on the life of Philadelphia native and soul legend Solomon Burke. It has its U.S. Premiere tonight, as part of the first person arts festival. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Craft Show draws artists from near and far

November 14, 2008

Objects made by woodworkers, sculptors, painters, and dozens of other artists are on display at the 32nd annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The show includes how-to demonstrations, and exhibitions by artists from across the country. WHYY's Elizabeth Fiedler reports.


Check out a picture slideshow of just some of the artists and exhibits at the 32nd annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. View the Slideshow »


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First Person Festival celebrates unique art forms

November 14, 2008

The First Person Festival is underway, with memoir and documentary art forms celebrated across Philadelphia. Notes from anonymous individuals take the spotlight tonight. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Fishtown power plant future uncertain

November 13, 2008

Up in Fishtown's Penn Treaty Park, one of the region's oldest power plants sits dormant as its future hangs in the balance. Will the Delaware power station be reused, or will the fate that befalls so many power plants - demolition - meet this one as well? From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Philadelphia schools fail to hire music teachers

November 12, 2008

When it comes to music education, the region and the nation barely make the grade. That's the word from the head of the country's largest community music school, who spoke today to a group of music educators and performers at the Settlement Music School in Queen Village. WHYY's Bill Hangley has more.

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History museum CEO fired

November 12, 2008

The embattled American Revolution Center, which plans to build a museum and visitors center on privately owned land within Valley Forge, has announced it's firing its ceo and bringing in a new leader. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Nomadic theater company finally settles down

November 12, 2008

Amaryllis Theater Company has moved among venues for nearly ten years. Starting this evening, with its first full season, the company finally finds a home. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Philly artists win big money fellowships

November 11, 2008

Two Philadelphia artists are among 50 winners of $50,000 United States Artists Fellowships. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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50 years later, a new urban design conference at Penn

November 8, 2008

Back in 1958, the University of Pennsylvania and the Rockefeller Foundation hosted a ground breaking conference on the future of urban design. For the 50-year anniversary of the conference, the University convenes another one. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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On this First Friday, one artists challenges our perception of "nice"

November 7, 2008

It's the First Friday of the month. One established artist is experimenting with a new motif in a reception at Projects Gallery in Northern Liberties this evening. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Barnes move opponents lose a friend in Morganelli loss

November 6, 2008

Incumbent State Attorney General Tom Corbett was re-elected and that means opponents of the Barnes Foundation's move into Philadelphia have lost a political hope for reversing that move. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Hip-Hop artists on the stump

November 3, 2008

Hip-Hop royalty was the draw at a get out the vote rally for Obama today in North Philadelphia. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

Photo Caption: Beyonce Knowles, the surprise guest at the Obama rally in North Philadelphia

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This is The Week That is: The Election Special

November 2, 2008

It's the third year of 1812 productions' This is The Week That is - and this time, they've put on an election special that runs right up to today, two days before the presidential election. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Clifford Brown on Soupy Sales

November 1, 2008

A first of its kind symposium at University of the Arts delves into the life and work of jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown. And some rare footage of the legendary musician recorded on the Soupy Sales Show took center stage. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Health insurance for artists

October 30, 2008

The creative economy is often called one of driving engines of the Philadelphia region. But what's being done to help the artists behind it? Health insurance for creative workers has emerged as crucial to the sustenance of the artistic sector. And with an election around the corner, the issue is getting some real attention. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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In time for Halloween, a talk on Philly's lost cemeteries

October 29, 2008

Philadelphia is home to some of America's illustrious history. One Philadelphia historian gives a talk this evening at the Wagner Free Institute of Science on one little corner of the city's history - its lost cemeteries. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Philly plays hosts to national community arts event

October 29, 2008

The annual conference of community arts kicks off today in Philadelphia. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Championships galore this weekend: Sudoku

October 24, 2008

From the best to beginners, Sudoku puzzlers and observers gather at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Saturday for the National Sudoku Championships. This is the second time the event has taken place here. WHYY's Brenda Jorett reports.

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Local group achieves preservation award

October 24, 2008

Out of hundreds of organizations across the country, about 20 are selected each year for an honor award by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Philadelphia-based Partnership for Sacred Places received one this year. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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"Cultural diplomacy" suffers as funding drops

October 23, 2008

Federal funding for artists to take trips overseas has fallen dramatically over the past decade. Observers say that this has weakened American diplomacy. A question is raised: What can we expect for the future of cultural diplomacy from the next president? From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Phillies capture hope of former pro players

October 23, 2008

Phillies fever is speading. WHYY's Tom MacDonald spoke to two legends of the team during a noontime rally at the Reading Terminal Market.

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Port Authority gets on board with Phillies

October 23, 2008

The Delaware River Port Authority is among those suffering from "Phillies Fever." WHYY's Tom MacDonald reports.



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Rally at City Hall draw thousands of Phils fans

October 22, 2008

Thousands of people turned out for a major City Hall rally to cheer on the Philadelphia Phillies. WHYY's Tom MacDonald was in the middle of the cheering group.




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Dracula Festival kicks off at Rosenbach Museum

October 22, 2008

Today marks the beginning of the Rosenbach Museum's annual Dracula Festival. Tonight, a national Dracula expert presents insights about the iconic figure. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Divided loyalties in Tampa Bay as World Series begins

October 22, 2008

The World Series gets underway between the Phillies and Rays and Phillies fans are in Tampa Bay for Game 1 tonight. As WHYY's Shai Ben-Yaacov reports, the Phillies deep roots in the region are pulling fans in both directions.

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Economic spinoff of Phillies success reaches local newspapers

October 22, 2008

The Phillies run to the World Series has already produced one local winner: the company that owns the city's two largest daily newspapers. Officials at Philadelphia Media Holdings say daily sales are up 20 percent or more. WHYY's Bill Hangley has more.

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Philly-based designer explores city's hidden design gems

October 19, 2008

Design Philadelphia is on right now, and one goal of the event is to foster the creative industry here in the city. Today, a Philadelphia-based designer releases his first book, in conjunction with Design Philadelphia. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Let the touching begin: Please Touch opens to public

October 18, 2008

Today, the Please Touch Museum opens in its new home: Fairmount Park's Memorial Hall. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Phillies fans get creative for World Series tix

October 17, 2008

The long wait for a Phillies World Series appearance is down to its last five days. The Phillies will play the winner of the American League Championship Series, either Tampa Bay or Boston, next Wednesday. Eager Phillies fans are snapping up any available tickets, as WHYY's Shai Ben-Yaacov reports.

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"The Bull" has some advice for the Phillies

October 17, 2008

The Phillies got some advice from someone who played on the team when they won their only World Cahmpionship in 1980. Greg Luzinski says the team is primed to take the championship. WHYY's Peter Crimmins reports.

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Phillies win brings hope of end to a "curse"

October 16, 2008

Baseball fans across the region are celebrating the Phillies first trip to the World Series since 1993. But superstitious fans will have to wait till the Series is over to find out if the infamous "Curse of Billy Penn" has been lifted. WHYY's Bill Hangley has more.


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Retail economy cashes in on Phillies victory

October 16, 2008

The Phillies win last night is creating a small boon in the retail economy as fans have been rushing to buy championship t-shirts all day. WHYY's Peter Crimmins reports.

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Demand is strong but low supply of music teachers thwarts effort of Philly schools

October 16, 2008

The Philadelphia School Reform Commission has created a mandate this year to put at least one art or music teacher in every school in the city. But they haven't quite gotten there yet. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Barnes move to the Parkway begins

October 15, 2008

The lawsuit over the Barnes Foundation's move into Center City Philadelphia has been laid to rest. This evening, the Foundation marks its presence on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway by unveiling a unique display as a precursor to construction. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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New film features artist on display at Philadelphia Museum of Art

October 15, 2008

The Foundation for Self Taught American Artists, based in Philadelphia, has completed its first documentary film. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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One Book, One Philadelphia selection comes from former Inky columnist

October 15, 2008

Philadelphians officially have a new book to read. Tom MacDonald reports that the author of this year's One Book, One Philadelphia selection has local ties.

Photo Credit: Former Inquirer columnist Steve Lopez, author of this year's One Book, One Philadelphia selection, The Soloist

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Art Museum features "Self Taught" artist

October 14, 2008

The first major retrospective exhibit of artist James Castle opens today at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Poe's 200th Birthday cause for celebertation at Free Library

October 13, 2008

The Free Library of Philadelphia has one of the most important Edgar Allan Poe collections in the world. For the writer's 200th birthday, the rare books department is staging an exhibit. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Philly joins other cities showcasing Asian American film makers

October 9, 2008

The first Philadelphia Asian American film festival begins off today. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Weekend plans? Check out the dancing horses

October 5, 2008

This weekend one of the premiere horse performances in the world is coming to the Spectrum. For 400 years the Lipizzaner Stallions have been trained in Vienna to dance ballet to classical music. WHYY's Peter Crimmins reports.

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Philadelphia Orchestra welcomes a new conductor

October 4, 2008

Charles Dutoit officially takes the helm as chief conductor tonight when the Philadelphia Orchestra kicks off its winter season. The evening's program features one of the world's legendary pianists, Martha Argerich. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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New exhibit reduces presidents to their words

October 3, 2008

Forty-three standing lightboxes are planted in the lawn of the Constitution Center, each representing one American president. It's part of the Center's first art exhibit - showing how each administration is reflected in the words a President chooses to use most often. WHYY's Peter Crimmins reports.

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New museum hopes for some good chemistry

October 3, 2008

The Chemical Heritage Foundation, a research institute, opens its museum today. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports on the latest addition to Philadelphia's museum landscape.

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Mural Arts program celebrates a quarter century

October 2, 2008

The month of October marks the beginning of a year-long celebration for the 25th anniversary of Philadelphia's Mural Arts Program. Today, the program is responsible for nearly 3,000 murals across the city. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Artist with local ties wins major award from Smithsonian

October 1, 2008

An artist with an ongoing series of works in Philadelphia has won the prestigious Smithsonian Museum's Contemporary Artist Award. He gives a retrospective talk tonight at the Wagner Free Institute of Science. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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WHYY Interview: Gary Steuer, head of Phila. Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy

October 1, 2008

The city Office of Arts and Culture closed under Mayor John Street in 2004. One of Mayor Nutter's campaign promises was to reopen it. Today, Gary Steuer, the head of the new Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, starts his job in Philadelphia's City Hall. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt talked with Steuer about the ideas and experience he brings to Philadelphia.

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City hosts hemisphere-wide conference on archaeology laws and customs

September 29, 2008

Representatives of native tribes from across North and South America convene in Philadelphia today. It's the first conference put on by the newly opened University of Pennsylvania Cultural Heritage Center. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports that the U.S. has a lot to teach - and learn - when it comes to laws governing archaeological and cultural artifacts.

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New West Philly mural engages more than just the sense of sight

September 27, 2008

The Mural Arts Program is responsible for roughly 3,000 murals in the City of Philadelphia. This weekend, a new mural on Baltimore Avenue in West Philadelphia will be dedicated and it's not just paint on a wall. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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In Gettysburg a preservation battle looms over original home of cyclorama painting

September 26, 2008

A new visitor's center at Gettysburg National Military Park opens today. For the first time since 2005, the public will be able to view the 1884 restored cyclorama painting of the battle. Meanwhile, the historic home of the painting sits dark and vacant, igniting a battle over preservation. WHYY's Arts and Culture reporter, Alex Schmidt paid a visit to the historically and architecturally significant building and has this story.






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Forensic sculpture comes to the aid of the Philadelphia police

September 26, 2008

In 2006, an unidentified deceased person was found, burned, near the Philadelphia International Airport. Now, a world renowned Philadelphia-based artist and forensic sculptor may help law enforcement solve the case. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Please Touch Museum gets largest private donation in its history

September 25, 2008

The Please Touch Museum is still on track to open at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park on October 18th, and today they got closer to meeting their capital campaign. $5 million came from an individual donor. WHYY's Peter Crimmins reports.

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DJ Day in Philly a homecoming for some big names

September 24, 2008

Later tonight, a party with music by DJ luminaries will cap off the first annual Philadelphia DJ Day. This afternoon, as a lead-up, about 200 Philadelphia hip hop DJs assembled at a historic mansion in Fairmount Park. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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"First Person" view of life as a Philadelphia teenager

September 24, 2008

The documentary, "First Person," focuses on six promising inner city Philadelphia teenagers. Through their eyes and words, Producer-Director Ben Herold captures their hopes and dreams and the many challenges and pressures facing these teens. "First Person" is being used as a discussion lesson in schools, community groups and other ways to bring to the surface the needs of children, especially in the Philadelphia School Distrct. WHYY Morning Edition's Brenda Jorett talked with Ben Herold as well as Philadelphia Academies, Inc. CEO Lisa Nutter who is also Philadelphia First Lady. This is the extended interview. There's more information at www.firstpersondocumentary.org



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Academy of Music gives once-in-a-lifetime show tonight

September 24, 2008

This evening at a public ceremony, the chandelier at the Academy of Music will be lit and shown off to the public after a year-long absence. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports that this may be the last time for the foreseeable future that such a view will be available.

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Economic impact of region's arts and culture reaches billions

September 22, 2008

The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance releases its 2008 portfolio today, on the state and impact of the region's cultural sector. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports that the report continues to show growth for the creative economy.

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Sunday's Phila. Distance Run attracts sport's big names

September 21, 2008

The Philadelphia Distance Run returns to the city for the 31st year on Sunday. WHYY's Tom MacDonald has more.

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Dock Creek lives again, water stars in weekend exhibition

September 20, 2008

An art installation reimagines a waterway that once wound through Philadelphia's Old City. This weekend, several events across the city take a cue from the piece, with lectures and exhibits all on the theme of water. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt spoke with one of the participants.

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Water Walk Weekend: Discovering Dock Creek


Park[ing] Day takes over Center City

September 19, 2008

This morning there are 23 fewer parking spots on downtown streets. Area architects, designers, and non-profit groups are taking them over for one day to create tiny parks out of parking spaces. It is supposed to raise awareness of the need for urban green space. WHYY's Peter Crimmins reports.

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Following up on his own advice to go out and experience a little bit of Park[ing] Day WHYY's Dan Pohlig wandered around Old City and the South Street area to shoot a bunch of pics and talk to some of the folks who were putting together these cool little micro parks. View the Slideshow »


Gorbachev, critical of U.S. and Russian press, receives Liberty Medal

September 19, 2008

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and former President George H.W. Bush were on hand at the National Constitution Center for the presentation of the Liberty Medal last night to former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Spectrum's final concert line-up announced

September 18, 2008

The Wachovia Spectrum will be demolished after the end of the 2008-2009 sports season to make room for a commercial development, including restaurants and a hotel. At a press conference yesterday, concert promoter Larry Magid announced a series of final year concerts. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Phila. Orchestra president is out

September 17, 2008

Philadelphia Orchestra President and CEO James Undercofler will not be renewing his contract once it expires. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Exhibition focuses on "suburbia" in U.S.

September 17, 2008

A new exhibit at the Abington Art Center in Jenkintown examines the topic of Suburbia. It's the first gallery show by new center curator, Sue Spaid. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

Photo credit: artist Matthew Moore.

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Philly represented in Venice architecture exhibition

September 14, 2008

The Architecture Biennale has just kicked off in Venice, and a Philadelphia foundation is one of the designers of the American Pavilion. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Long silent music gets first performance in decades

September 13, 2008

Samuel Barber was one of the most important and often-performed American composers of the mid-19th century. A piece of his that hasn't been heard in 80 years had its debut at the Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia last night. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Bicycle Weekend in Philadelphia

September 13, 2008

This weekend is being dubbed "Bicycle Weekend" for a trio of bicycle-related events in Philadelphia. There will be two community bike rides and a benefit auction, along with an announcement from the Mayor about plans to make the city more bicycle-friendly. WHYY's Peter Crimmins reports.

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Art Museum begins search for new leader

September 11, 2008

Longtime Philadelphia Museum of Art Director Anne d'Harnoncourt passed away in June. Now, the museum has announced a search committee to find a successor. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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The art and tradition of the quilting craft

September 11, 2008

The small southern town of Gee's Bend, Alabama is home to a generations-old tradition: quilting. "Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt" is a book and exhibition. It's final stop is at the Phialdelphia Museum of Art. This is the full interview WHYY Morning Edition's Brenda Jorett had with Mary Lee Bendolph and Louisiana Bendolph about the art and tradition of their unique craft.

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Controversial American Revolution Center exhibits artifacts at PAFA

September 10, 2008

Tonight will be the fifth in a series of hearings of the Lower Providence Township Zoning Board over construction of the American Revolution Center within Valley Forge National Historical Park. But while attorneys and witnesses debate, artifacts from the American Revolution Center will take center stage at an opening at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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The Boyd finds a buyer

September 9, 2008

When Boyd Theater owner Live Nation said it would not move forward with its refurbishment plans, the Center City landmark seemed destined to stay shuttered. Now, it seems a sympathetic buyer has surfaced. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Heavy hitters from world of Rhythm and Blues converge on Philadelphia tonight

September 9, 2008

This year, the Philadelphia-based Rhythm and Blues Foundation celebrates a twenty-year anniversary. Tonight is its annual Pioneer Awards ceremony. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Main Line's "First Friday" puts art in unusual locations

September 8, 2008

Philadelphia's First Friday has been going on for over 15 years in Old City. Out in the suburbs to the northwest of the city, First Friday on the Main Line is about to enter its 2nd year. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Fraktur: Art of the Pennsylvania Germans

September 5, 2008

Fraktur is a Pennsylvania German art form that's older than the United States. But Fraktur, which is similar to illuminated manuscripts, is still practiced today. The Mennonite Heritage Center in Harleysville has a show on of contemporary works. WHYY's Arts and Culture reporter, Alex Schmidt visited the exhibit and brought back these photographs.

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Philly-area Paralympic rowers prepare for competition in China

September 5, 2008

While the Beijing Olympics are all wrapped up, the Beijing Paralympics are just getting underway. Opening ceremonies for the world class competitions for disabled people take place tomorrow night. For the first time this year, the Paralympics will feature the sport of rowing. WHYY's Shai Ben-Yaacov reports a contingent of local rowers will compete at the games.

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"European Lesson" marks a first for Philadelphia Live Arts Festival

September 4, 2008

Stereotypes about Americans and Europeans are explored in a play at the Live Arts Festival. The European Lesson is the first play commissioned by the Live Arts Festival from an international writer. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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New season at Walnut Street Theater recalls theater's history

September 2, 2008

Today, the Walnut Street Theater kicks off the first show of its two hundredth season. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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Fmr. Laurel Hill director moves to art appreciation foundation

September 1, 2008

Ross Mitchell, the former executive director of Laurel Hill Cemetery, is about to start a new job as executive director of the Violette di Mazia Foundation. Based in Wayne, the foundation teaches aesthetic appreciation. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

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140+ year old Philadelphia Sketch Club opens Latino artist show

August 30, 2008

Tucked away on tiny Camac Street in Center City, the Philadelphia Sketch Club has been around since 1860 and is one of the oldest art institutions in the country. Its first show dedicated to Latino artists of the area opens on Sunday. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports. Listen to the mp3 »


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Please Touch Museum shuts doors to prepare for big move

August 29, 2008

This will be the last weekend that the Please Touch Museum is open at its Center City location at 21st and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Soon, parents and kids will head to Fairmount Park to get their dose of play. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Hundreds of maps, Philly historical records to be preserved for generations to come

August 28, 2008

Archivists at the Historical Sociey of Pennsylvania are at work on a project cataloging hundreds of thousands of records kept by one family. The prominent Chew family lived in Germantown in the 1700s. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Puppets at the Fringe

August 26, 2008

Despite practicing one of the oldest performance techniques, puppeteers struggle with audience misperceptions. Still, there are places where artists are free to explore the medium. The Philly Fringe, which starts at the end of the week, is one of those. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports. Listen to the mp3 »


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Fairmount Park Commission puts newfound funding to work

August 25, 2008

This year, Fairmount Park received its largest budget increases in decades: $2.5 million dollars for the current fiscal year, which started in July. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt follows up to see what they're doing with the money. Listen to the mp3 »


Print making secrets passed from one generation to another

August 22, 2008

Students from Rutgers-Camden along with New Jersey high school students are wrapping up a six-week print making program at Philadelphia's Brandywine Workshop. The hands on program brings together generations of artists to learn from each other. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Philly to host national African-American history exhibit

August 22, 2008

Philadelphia will be the first stop on the national tour of an exhibit devoted to African-American contributions to this country. "America I Am: The African-American Imprint" will open next year on Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday. WHYY's Shai Ben-Yaacov reports. Listen to the mp3 »


New Penn program investigates controversy over ownership of antiquities

August 20, 2008

A new Cultural Heritage Center has opened at the University of Pennsylvania's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. It aims to guide the sometimes contentious debates around the ownership of cultural artifacts. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Young Chinatown residents take to airwaves

August 18, 2008

A pilot youth radio project is working to train student journalists. The work of four students documents untold stories of Philadelphia's Chinatown. On Friday night, the public got a chance to hear their work at a listening party at the Asian Arts Initiative. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Tyler's new home nearly ready

August 15, 2008

Temple University's Tyler School of Art is currently ranked in the top 15 art schools in the country -- and it's about to make the move from its suburban setting in Elkins Park to join the rest of the Temple Campus in North Philadelphia. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt took a tour of the new facility with the architect. Listen to the mp3 »





Philly Folk Festival mixes old and new

August 15, 2008

The Philadelphia Folk Festival is underway this weekend. Some festival standbys will be performing, but they'll be joined by a number of fresh faces. However, as WHYY's Shai Ben-Yaacov reports, the Festival's future is uncertain as corporate sponsorship dries up unless a new generation of folk fans can be brought into the fold. Listen to the mp3 »


State Attorney General candidate vows investigation of Barnes decision

August 14, 2008

The advocacy group Friends of the Barnes Foundation and candidate for state Attorney General John Morganelli are teaming up to bring attention to the impending move of the Barnes art collection to Philadelphia. Earlier this year, a Montgomery County judge ruled that the advocacy group didn't have standing to bring a case to court to keep the art collection in Lower Merion. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports. Listen to the mp3 »


City Hall to host free Orchestra show

August 13, 2008

The Philadelphia Orchestra will wrap up its 2008 neighborhood performance series with a free concert at City Hall. City officials say it's part of their ongoing effort to welcome the public to a Center City landmark. WHYY's Bill Hangley has more. Listen to the mp3 »


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Inquirer: Orchestra to play City Hall


Area Catholics make long pilgrimage to Polish shrine

August 11, 2008

Two hundred fifty Polish Catholics who live in Philadelphia are rejoicing, having completed a religious pilgrimage to Doylestown over the weekend. It took them 2 days to walk 36 miles to a shrine in honor of the Assumption of Mary. WHYY's Peter Crimmins reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Dover arts center sees difficulties in down economy

August 11, 2008

Last night was the final performance of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic South Pacific at the Schwartz Center for the Arts - a multi-million dollar facility now in its sixth year in downtown Dover. So how's the center doing? WHYY's Bill Cook has more on the current state of the center. Listen to the mp3 » | Read more and see video of this story »


Tribute to a forgotten Philadelphia composer

August 8, 2008

One of Philadelphia's long forgotten composers will be honored at a concert tomorrow evening at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Rittenhouse Square. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports. Listen to the mp3 » | See exclusive video of a rehearsal for the show »


Boyd Theater is a local landmark

August 8, 2008

Center City Philadelphia's only historic movie palace, the art deco Boyd Theater, is now an offical local historic landmark. It received the status today from the Philadelphia Historical Commission. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Expectations high for city's reopened Office of Arts and Culture

August 8, 2008

Philadelphia's new Arts Czar, Gary Steuer, will head the city's soon-to-be reopened Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy in October. Exactly how the office will run is a work in progress. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports. Listen to the mp3 »


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Barrymore Award nominees announced

August 7, 2008

The Barrymore Awards, now in their 14th year, are like the Tony Awards for Greater Philadelphia, honoring every aspect of theater production from costumes to acting, set design and directing. The nominees for this year's awards were announced last night. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports. Listen to the mp3 »


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The Sixth Square: A complete list of Barrymore nominees

American Revolution Center to display artifacts

August 6, 2008

A battle is underway in Lower Providence Township to try to stop the American Revolution Center from building within the boundaries of Valley Forge National Historical Park. Meanwhile, The center is moving ahead with plans to display some of its artifacts in other venues. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Philly's soccer franchise gets look at new home

August 6, 2008

The investment group that owns Philadelphia's upcoming Major League Soccer franchise has chosen a veteran firm to design its $115 million stadium along the Delaware River in Chester. WHYY's Shai Ben-Yaacov reports. Listen to the mp3 »


"All in the Family" producer Lear, poet Angelou share Anderson Award

August 5, 2008

The recipients of the Marian Anderson Award are author Maya Angelou and television producer Norman Lear. Given out once a year, the award honors artists whose work improves society. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports. Listen to the mp3 »


D.C. bike sharing program potential model for Philly

August 4, 2008

Philadelphia officials say they'll be keeping a close eye on the bike sharing program set to launch this month in Washington, DC. They're hoping to learn lessons as they draw up plans for Philadelphia's version. WHYY's Bill Hangley has more. Listen to the mp3 »


A slice of Americana closes in Delaware

August 4, 2008

The Blue Diamond Amusement Park in New Castle County is out of business. The park didn't even open this season and management is already selling off the rides. WHYY's Kyle Schmoyer takes us for a visit. Listen to the mp3 »


Two-wheeled art comes to Northern Liberties

August 1, 2008

While some drivers switch to bikes, artists are displaying their interpretation of the two-wheeler. An exhibit opens tonight at Media Bureau in Northern Liberties. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Orchestra cancels European tour

July 31, 2008

The Philadelphia Orchestra has canceled its summer 2009 European Festivals Tour, which was to have taken the orchestra to Paris, London and Scotland. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Philly celebrates its Soul

July 31, 2008

Today, the Philadelphia Soul celebrates the franchise's first Arena Bowl title after a citywide professional sports championship drought. The arena football team squeezed out a 59-56 win over the San Jose Sabercats on Sunday. The players will start their victory procession at 3pm from 6th and Market street. They're expected to arrive at City Hall by 3:15 pm for a pep rally and celebration with fans and co-owner Jon Bon Jovi. WHYY's Elizabeth Fiedler reports. Listen to the mp3 »

Discussion topic on the blog The Sixth Square: A championship, but does it count?

Philadelphia's only piano maker debuts newest "Grand"

July 30, 2008

Venerable Philadelphia-based piano company Cunningham has been around for more than 100 years, but it hasn't made a piano in more than 60 years. Cunningham is now making a new piano and trying to shake up the entire piano market. This evening, the Cunningham Grand makes its Philadelphia concert debut. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Software allows musician to see what he plays

July 29, 2008

A new technology that shows on screen what a classical musician plays on the piano will have its debut in a concert in Philadelphia on Wednesday evening. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Valley Forge battle continues over planned museum, hotel complex

July 25, 2008

Opponents of the planned museum and visitors center within Valley Forge National Historical Park scored a small victory on Thursday night. After months of wrangling over procedural questions, the opponents were permitted to present their case to the zoning board of Lower Providence township. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports. Listen to the mp3 »


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Largest pipe organ in the world hosts special guests at Philly department store

July 25, 2008

Some small hands played the world's largest pipe organ yesterday at Macy's. Teenagers from around the country have been studying the pipe organ for two weeks. They concluded the summer camp with a public recital on Macy's Wanamaker organ. WHYY's Peter Crimmins reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Powerhouse Philadelphia team looks for Dragon Boat glory

July 22, 2008

One of Philadelphia's championship teams is heading out of town this week to defend their national title. The city's premiere dragon boat crew will attempt to win their 18th consecutive national championship in Los Angeles. Last year they won the world championship in Sydney, Australia. WHYY's Peter Crimmins reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Powerhouse Philadelphia team looks for Dragon Boat glory

July 22, 2008

One of Philadelphia's championship teams is heading out of town this week to defend their national title. The city's premiere dragon boat crew will attempt to win their 18th consecutive national championship in Los Angeles. Last year they won the world championship in Sydney, Australia. WHYY's Peter Crimmins reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Nutter looking to fill Arts and Culture advisory board

July 21, 2008

If you're an arts professional or even just an arts lover, City Hall might want you. Mayor Michael Nutter has announced the creation of a Cultural Advisory Council designed to help the city's newly appointed Chief Cultural Officer. WHYY's Bill Hangley has more. Listen to the mp3 »


Read more and comment on this story: The Sixth Square: Breaking News: Nutter announced head of Office of Arts and Culture


Nutter to announce Arts and Culture Office head

July 18, 2008

Today Mayor Michael Nutter is expected to make a long-awaited announcement - the re-opening of the city's Office of Arts and Culture. Former Mayor John Street closed the office, and during his campaign - Mayor Nutter promised to re-open it. The art community looks forward to the announcement with great anticipation. WHYY's Elizabeth Fiedler reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Spectrum to host final season in '08-'09

July 17, 2008

Photo Credit: Cavalier92, Creative Commons License

After more than forty years, the former home of the Flyers and Sixers will be demolished to make way for commercial development. Owner Comcast-Spectacor, announced that 2008-2009 will be the Spectrum's final season. WHYY's Shai Ben-Yaacov reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Future of the Mann

July 16, 2008

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts summer season features the Philadelphia Orchestra and artists ranging from Sheryl Crow to the Gipsy Kings and Julie Andrews. Catherine Cahill left the Brooklyn Philharmonic in June to take over as the Mann CEO. She talked with WHYY Morning Edition's Brenda Jorett about the future of the Mann. Listen to the mp3 »


More work scheduled at the Academy of Music

July 15, 2008

Renovation of the chandelier at the Academy of Music on Broad Street has been underway for a year. Now, some even bigger work on the landmark building has gotten started. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt got a tour with the project's director. Listen to the mp3 »


Philadelphia dances the weekend away

July 12, 2008

This weekend, Philadelphians can expect to see dance performances taking place in some unexpected locations. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports. Listen to the mp3 »


U-Arts students head to the Del. beach for inspiration

July 11, 2008

Painters from the University of Arts in Philadelphia are lined up along Delaware's coast this week. The artists are creating unique oil painting right on the First State's beaches. WHYY's Stella Payne takes a look at the work. Listen to the mp3 »


Summer games and skin cancer

July 11, 2008

John Dane III is heading to the Beijing Olympics today, preparing for the keelboat sailing event in which he and partner (and son-in-law) Austin Sperry will participate in the Yellow Sea in August. Dane is also spokesman for the Melanoma Research Foundation chairmed by Randy Lomax. They talked with WHYY Morning Edition's Brenda Jorett about skin cancer and the summer games. Listen to the mp3 »


Black Womyn at the Film Fest

July 10, 2008

Philadelphia's Gay and Lesbian Film Festival kicks off today. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports on a featured movie by a local filmmaker.
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More Info: Tiona M productions
Black Womyn blog


Centennial District of Fairmount Park in line for major federal cash

July 8, 2008

Senator Bob Casey has introduced a bill to appropriate $45 million from the federal government for Fairmount Park. If the bill passes, the money will fund capital improvements to the Centennial District, the slice of the park running from the Art Museum to the Mann Center. Casey would like to see the area become a cultural destination for tourists nationwide. WHYY's Peter Crimmins reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Learn more about the Centennial District: WHYY Experience: Centennial District Video


Stories about "Patriats, Pirates, Heroes and Spies"

July 8, 2008

Historic Philadelphia Inc. has compiled some of the organization's favorite stories from colonial times in the book, "Patriats, Pirates, Heroes and Spies." WHYY Morning Edition's Brenda Jorett talked with president and CEO Amy Needle and storyteller Lorna Howley. There's more information at www.historicphiladelphia.org.
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Photo credit: Miles Kennedy for Historic Philadelphia, Inc.


Philly Cambodians reconnect with Buddhist heritage as monks

July 8, 2008

At a Cambiodian Buddhist temple in South Philadelphia over the weekend, 10 boys shaved their heads and eyebrows, donned orange robes, and became Buddhist monks. For two weeks these Philadelphia-raised kids will devote themselves to prayer and meditation in order to connect themselves to their Cambodian heritage. WHYY's Peter Crimmins reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Pennsylvania Dutch preserved in new dictionary

July 5, 2008

This holiday weekend, many people are heading out to Lancaster where some of the last speakers of Pennsylvania Dutch can be heard. Though Pennsylvania Dutch dictionaries have been compiled in the past, the most comprehensive yet - at 11 volumes - has now been published. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports. Listen to the mp3 »


More info: The Center for PA German Studies at Millersville University


New song about being an "American"

July 3, 2008

On July 4th a new song is being released exclusively in Philadelphia by one of R&B's legendary producers. The founder of Philadelphia International Records, Kenny Gamble, hopes the song - called "I Am An American" - will become part of America's patriotic repertoire. WHYY's Peter Crimmins reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Civil War museum gets ready to shut its doors

July 3, 2008

Though the Civil War was fought outside Philadelphia, the city was a hub of important union activity. As WHYY's Alex Schmidt reports, Philly's Museum dedicated to the war is getting ready to shut its doors for a couple years. Listen to the mp3 »


Competition for the "Chinatown Bus"

July 3, 2008

This Fourth of July weekend, Philly area residents will be getting out of the city to hit New York and other east coast destinations. Used to be if you wanted a deal, there was one great option... but not anymore. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Betsy Ross, Ben Franklin to wed despite historical inaccuracies

July 3, 2008

Today the man who portrays Benjamin Franklin will marry the woman who portrays Betsy Ross. It's a real wedding - presided over by Mayor Michael Nutter in front of Independence Hall - but it could confuse the historical accuracy of the real Franklin and Ross. WHYY's Peter Crimmins reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Local hot dog eater gears up for the big game

July 3, 2008

Competitive eating has grown in popularity in recent years. Live competitions airing on cable draw participants and viewers from around the world. This July 4th, one Philadelphia-are man will take on one of the biggest eating contests in the world. WHYY's Heather McClain asks, "how does he prepare?" Listen to the mp3 »


Making Septa rides easy

July 2, 2008

Septa is seeing increased ridership in response to soaring gasoline prices - and now a group of philly tech guys have taken it upon themselves to make it even easier for Delaware Vallley commuters. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Free art is the right price for one Philly museum

July 1, 2008

With summer here and gas prices through the roof, long distance leisure activities are taking a back seat. At least one local institution has gotten a new competitive edge. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports. Listen to the mp3 »


"Corporate" art revealed to the public

June 30, 2008

Have you ever been standing in line at your bank and noticed a masterpiece of modern art? A new exhibit at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts shows rarely seen work that has been under stewardship of corporate America. WHYY's Peter Crimmins reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Indian Modernism at the PMA

June 27, 2008

The first ever American retrospective of the father of Indian modernism, Nandalal Bose, opens at the Philadelphia Museum of Art today. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Sitting down with the "Poet of Poverty"

June 27, 2008

A new documentary film looks at Camden through the words and letters of a catholic priest. WHYY's Susan Phillips has this story about Father Michael Doyle who has served Camden's poor for the past forty years. Listen to the mp3 »


More info: YouTube: View the trailer


"Where The Wild Things Are" author event explores sexuality

June 25, 2008

The largest retrospective exhibit of "Where the Wild Things are" author and illustrator Maurice Sendak is on display at the Rosenbach Museum. A rarely revealed angle of Sendak's work is explored at an event today. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Africans in colonial Mexico spotlighted

June 24, 2008

A landmark traveling exhibition examining the African presence in Mexico opens at the African American Museum in Philadelphia on Wednesday. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports. Listen to the mp3 »


100k "green" house set to rise up in East Kensington

June 23, 2008

An ambitious construction project in East Kensington called the "100K House" is attempting to build a green house from scratch for just $100,000 in constructions costs. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports. Listen to the mp3 »


More info: Follow the progress of the 100K House on the builders' blog at 100khouse.com


Spots awarded as U.S. Olympic gymnastic team finishes trials

June 23, 2008

Flipping and twisting athletes made their way through Philadelphia this weekend at the U.S. Olympic Gymnastic trials. WHYY's Shai Ben-Yaacov was there throughout the weekend and reports that two well known women earned their trips to Beijing. Listen to the mp3 »
Shai also talked to Olympic gold medalist Paul Hamm about his selection to the men's team. Listen to the mp3 »


Teens from Philly in national poetry spotlight

June 21, 2008

Philadelphia teenaged poets are getting national attention in the American Poetry Review. The current issue of the nation's longest-running poetry quarterly features 10 poems developed in local workshops. WHYY's Peter Crimmins reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Bartram's art comes to his garden in Southwest Philly

June 20, 2008

Philadelphian and pioneering botanist William Bartram's artistic side is the focus of a new exhibit at Bartram's Garden in Southwest Philadelphia. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports. Listen to the mp3 »


City Council pays tribute to Art Museum's D'Harnoncourt

June 19, 2008

Before breaking for summer recess on Thursday, Philadelphia City Council paused to honor the director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Anne D'Harnoncourt. D'Harnoncourt died June 1 at the age of 64 after serving as director for 26 years. The Museum opened free to the public for the day as part of an appreciation for its fallen leader. WHYY's Susan Phillips reports.
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What Anne Did

June 19, 2008

Today, two and a half weeks after her death, the Philadelphia Museum of Art holds a formal public tribute to Anne d'Harnoncourt. Mayor Michael Nutter and several others are slated to speak. Indeed Philadelphia lost a champion of the city, education and the community. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt looks back at d'Harnoncourt's contributions, and forward to the future. Listen to the mp3 »


Philadelphia in spotlight with Olympic gymnastic trials

June 19, 2008

The U.S. Olympic gymanstics trials get underway today in Philadelphia. Today, the men will take the floor for the first round of competition. WHYY's Shai Ben-Yaacov reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Case closed in Barnes collection move to Center City?

June 18, 2008

With a new development in the ongoing series of Montgomery County lawsuits, there could be silence on the issue of the Barnes Foundation's move to Center City. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Saying "Flag Day" with a Post-It

June 14, 2008

If you thought you knew office supplies, think again. In honor of Flag Day, the Betsy Ross House is creating the world's largest American flag made up of Post-Its. The staff at the House got a crash course in the science of sticky notes. WHYY's Peter Crimmins reports on some vital adhesive-backed, note pad information. Listen to the mp3 »


Gorbachev Receives Liberty Medal

June 13, 2008

The National Constitution Center today announced the 20th recipient of the annual Liberty Medal. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Philly Cultural and Tech buzz

June 11, 2008

Tonight, a first of its kind event: ignite Philly's goal is to clue people into what's going on in the city's cultural and tech communities, and beyond. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Fishtown arts is rounding out

June 5, 2008

With a new opening on Frankford Avenue, the Fishtown arts corridor is rounding out. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Spoiling for a fight over privately-owned land in National Parks

June 3, 2008

There are more than four million acres of privately-owned land within national park boundaries. Now, park advocates are trying to get money from Congress to buy up that land and return it to the public. However, that may not always be in the public's best interest. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports on a public land conflict brewing in Philadelphia's backyard. Listen to the mp3 »
What do you think? At The Sixth Square, you can discuss the plan to develop a piece of Valley Forge Park.


More info: American Revolution Center website
National Park Service: Valley Forge


Bringing art to life inside classrooms

June 3, 2008

Starting this summer, Philadelphia's public and Catholic schools will get a federally funded injection of art. The National Endoment for the Humanities' Picturing America program will provide each of Philadelphia's 480 public and parochial schools with a collection of large-scale reproductions of classic American paintings and photographs. Teachers say the art will bring life to classrooms that badly need it. WHYY's Bill Hangley has more. Listen to the mp3 »


A tale of and by two schools in Germantown

May 31, 2008

This weekend and next, two high schools - one affluent and the other struggling - are collaborating to stage a play. Germantown Friends School and Germantown High School are only 4 blocks apart, but their worlds are different by far. WHYY's Peter Crimmins reports. Listen to the mp3 »


More info: The Sixth Square: Discuss this story on WHYY's Arts and Culture Blog!


Professional women's soccer returning to Philadelphia

May 28, 2008

Construction on the 18,000-seat Chester soccer stadium is about to get underway. As WHYY's Alex Schmidt reports, there are some new plans in the works for the year it will open. Listen to the mp3 »


More info: Philadelphia Daily News: Women's soccer team could share space in Chester


Celebrating 12 decades of real Indiana Joneses

May 27, 2008

You may have caught a movie over the holiday weekend. Perhaps you saw the new Indiana Jones movie. Philadelphia has been the homebase for some of the real Indiana Joneses - at the University of Pennsylvania's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. This year, the museum has been open for 12 full decades. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt went to see an anniversary exhibit. Listen to the mp3 »


Arctic Film Fest caps conference at Academy of Natural Sciences

May 23, 2008

The community of experts on the history of Arctic exploration isn't the largest but right now many of them are gathered at Philadelphia's Academy of Natural Sciences. On Saturday, an event could open the field to the layperson. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Temple's art school closes out last year in the burbs

May 22, 2008

Coming this fall, the Tyler School of Art in Elkins Park will be moving into the city to join the rest of Temple University's main campus. Today, the last class graduates from the suburban campus. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Australian Olympic horseback rider will compete to qualify as an American

May 20, 2008

The Olympic Games in Beijing are just around the corner, and some athletes in the area have a good chance of qualifying in a variety of sports. One local horseback rider has a decent shot, having qualified for the last three Olympics. Only this time, he'd be competing, for the first time, as an American citizen. WHYY's Shai Ben-Yaacov reports. Listen to the mp3 »


More info: Olympian Phillip Dutton's website


Going once, going twice, going three times?

May 19, 2008

The fabled Esherick House in Chestnut Hill, designed by architect Louis Kahn, is still for sale after things didn't go as planned on the auction block on Sunday. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports. Listen to the mp3 »
Listen to Alex's previous feature about the Esherick House auction. here »



Courtesy Todd Eberle and Wright Auction House

Icon For Sale

May 15, 2008

Architecturally historic homes may be worthy of preservation. But the market set up to sell them as real estate doesn't usually take that into consideration. Now there's a new avenue open to buyers and sellers of these homes - and a historic Philadelphia house is a test case. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports. Listen to the mp3 »



Behind the scenes preview of The Please Touch Museum

May 8, 2008

The Please Touch Museum will open in October at its new site... Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park. Construction and renovation work is continuing toward the opening date. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt took a hard-hat tour.
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Cinco de Mayo less important among city's Mexican immigrant community

May 5, 2008

While South Street may have been hopping with Cinco de Mayor parties, that probably wasn't the case in much of Mexico or in Philadelphia's Mexian immigrant community. From WHYY's Arts and Culture Desk, Alex Schmidt reports. Listen to the mp3 »


More info: Wikipedia: State of Puebla
City of Puebla
Cinco de Mayo
Mexican Independence Day


Preservation underway of history-making ship at Penn's Landing

May 1, 2008

Some long-needed preservation work is underway at the Independence Seaport Museum on Penn's Landing. WHYY's Alex Schmidt went down into the depths to check out underwater restoration work on the Spanish-American war vessel - The Olympia.
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More info: Independence Seaport Museum website: Cruiser Olympia
Take a virtual tour of the Olympia


Pennsylvania's Swedish Roots Celebrated with Valborg

April 30, 2008

Spring is here and a museum in South Philadelphia is honoring the season in its own ancient way. WHYY's Alex Schmidt reports. Listen to the mp3 »


More info: Wikipedia: Swedish festival of Valborg


Art Auction to help AIDS Counseling Site

April 26, 2008

One of Philadelphia's chief gay and lesbian community centers and AIDS health counseling sites gets a hand from a former patient. WHYY's Alex Schmidt reports on an art auction benefitting the Mazzoni Center. Listen to the mp3 »


Playwright Explores Apartheid through Ancient Greek Play

April 25, 2008

An adaptation of the classic Greek play Agamemnon by a South African playwright makes its U.S. debut at Penn's Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. The peformance explores the theme of apartheid. WHYY's Alex Schmidt went to check out Molora. Listen to the mp3 Part I »
Listen to the mp3 Part II »


Art Museum Completes Trade to Secure The Gross Clinic

April 24, 2008

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has announced how it's going to pay for its share of Thomas Eakins' painting, The Gross Clinic. WHYY's Alex Schmidt reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Kimmel Center Clear of Debt - with a little Help from its Friends

April 23, 2008

The Kimmel Center opened to the public in 2001 with $30 million in construction debt. Now it has wiped the slate clean - and then some. WHYY's Alex Schmidt reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Arts Get a Little Play in the Presidential Race

April 15, 2008

Top issues on the campaign trail are often the economy, abortion and the military. The arts don't usually get to share much of the spotlight. WHYY's Alex Schmidt reports that this year is different. Listen to the mp3 »


Remembering Richie Ashburn

April 11, 2008

Richie Ashburn became a Philadelphia sports icon with his brazing speed rounding the bases wearing number one and snaring fly balls in center field as a Whiz Kid. Many of us remember "Whitey" best as the "color man" paired with Phils broadcaster Harry Kalas from 1971 until Ashburn's untimely death in September 1997. Phillies longtime videographer Dan Stephenson, known as "Video Dan" has chronicled Ashburn's rise with the Phillies in "Richie Ashburn: A Baseball Life." He talked with WHYY Morning Edition's Brenda Jorett.
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Local Artist Featured at Philly Film Fest

April 6, 2008

The documentary "In A Dream" screened at the Philadelphia Film Festival over the weekend. It tells the story of a family of artists who are notorious - at least in Philadelphia. WHYY's Alex Schmidt spoke with the director. Listen to the mp3 »