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By Carrie Chapter, Philadelphia Theatre Company On June 13th Philadelphia Theatre Company celebrated Colin Quinn’s solo show, UNCONSTITUTIONAL, with a dazzling, packed Opening Night performance. Up until curtain, a winding swath of latecomers stood in line by the box office asking to buy any remaining tickets – a testament to the force field Quinn tends […]

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By Carrie Chapter, Philadelphia Theatre Company On Wednesday, May 7th at 7pm, Philadelphia Theatre Company presented a staged reading of the Terrence McNally Award-winning play, AMERICAN CANVAS, by Bill Cain. With a cast comprised of some of Philadelphia’s finest intermingled with a few PTC faves from New York, AMERICAN CANVAS sets out to tell the […]

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By Carrie Chapter, Philadelphia Theatre Company It is not every day that a lauded playwright pays more than one visit to a regional production of a Tony Award-winning play. For the PTC production of the side-splitting comedy, VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE, playwright Christopher Durang was kind enough to come in to not […]

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By Carrie Chapter, Philadelphia Theatre Company On Saturday, March 1st at 7pm, Philadelphia Theatre Company presented a public staged reading of the Terrence McNally Award-winning play, THE URBAN RETREAT by A. Zell Williams. The reading was a Philly-centric experience – the director, Matt Pfeiffer, and the cast all talented locals. In the words of playwright, […]

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By Adrienne Kenton, Blackstar Fest  What do Juneteenth and the 25th Anniversary of Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing” have in common? The obvious answer is that both events occur this month, with national celebrations of Juneteenth and month long bi-coastal celebrations of Lee’s groundbreaking film at Brooklyn Academy of Music and Los Angeles County […]

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By Renee Prola, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts There was a mantra going around earlier today…Rain, Rain Go Away! Unfortunatley, for the first Ordway Summer Dance of the 2014 season the rain continued. The festivities were moved inside to the Marzitelli Foyer at the Ordway. The Foyer provided a lovely dry replacement on this […]

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By Michael D. Bolden, Knight Foundation Hattie Mae Williams, a 2013 Knight Arts Challenge Miami winner, recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for her Miami Sites Project. The first component, of the project, a site-specific dance and film at historic Miami Marine Stadium, is scheduled for July, she said. Williams hopes to raise $4,000 for to […]

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By Peter E. Leggett, Walker West Music Academy On Saturday, June 7 Walker West Music Academy opened the doors of its new facility at 760 Selby Avenue. The 26 year old non-profit community music school has spent the last year developing the 5,938 square foot space on Selby Avenue in Saint Paul’s Summit-University community. The […]

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By Nicholas Mirra, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia The evolution of bicycle parking in Philadelphia is poised to take a big step forward this month as City Council considers a bill codifying the process for the installation of bike corrals (news articles here and here). Bike corrals are collections of bike racks placed in the […]

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By Nicole Chipi, Knight Foundation This weekend, Knight Foundation grantee O Cinema will open ‘Hellion’, a feature film written and directed by Kat Candler. Candler, whose past directorial credits include ‘Black Metal’ and a ‘Hellion’ short, was in Miami this March, sharing her trials and triumphs in filmmaking at a Knight-funded Sundance ShortsLab at Cosford […]

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