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The theme for this year's Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) is the "time machine." Which is why there a giant, snaking metallic portal stationed in the lobby of the Kimmel Center. In case you ever want to build your own, here's a time-lapse video of its construction.http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2g6-eAt0OQY#!
AP reports on a "time machine"—100 feet long and 16 feet across—being built at the Kimmel Center for the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, March 8 through April 27. “In addition to dozens of fun-filled activities and incredible performances by our PIFA partners, we are building Time Machine — an artful, interactive, time-travelling spiral,” Anne Ewers, president and CEO of the Kimmel Center, said Tuesday. “Hundreds of thousands were in awe when they saw our 81-foot Eiffel Tower in 2011. This year, hundreds of thousands will see Time Machine.” The Time Machine Plaza will include family activities, free shows, food
In 2011, the inaugural edition of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) made a big splash in and around the Kimmel Center, with dozens of performances and installations (not to mention a Ferris wheel and trapeze artists on Broad Street). PIFA returns to Philadelphia from March 28th to April 27th, and the full lineup was recently announced. Well, all except one show.Rufus Wainwright will perform for PIFA at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall on Sunday, April 21st at 7:30 p.m. The theme for PIFA is time travel, and each event will relate to a particular date in history.
Ah, the Kimmel Center, that $235 million beacon of the arts that has graced Broad Street since the venue's debut in December 2001. Named after Philadelphia-born philanthropist Sidney Kimmel, who has donated many of his millions to it over the years, the Kimmel Center is home to the great Philadelphia Orchestra -- traditionally considered one of the "Big Five" symphonies of the United States -- and has presented world class talent from both the classical and pop worlds. So last week, we were a little surprised to hear that the Kimmel Center will present Mike Tyson in a one man
A decade after the Kimmel Center opened up to mixed reviews, its leaders are getting around to making some big fixes. First on the list? Renovating the rooftop garden that offered spectacular views—as well as temperatures that could climb to alarming and uncomfortable heights, rendering the space all but unusable most of the year. The $6 million renovation places the garden in a climate-controlled glass box; the glass can flip from clear to tinted with the flip of a switch, making users feel a little less like ants under a magnifying glass. And that should bring new business to the
Last night at the Kimmel Center, Philadelphia magazine held its annual "Best of Philadelphia" party. This year, they did something different by having a more intimate party honoring those the magazine named the "10 Best Philadelphians." Legendary Philadelphia news anchor Jim Gardner, here with Amy Gardner, was on the list. He is our Walter Cronkite.
James Earl Jones will be at the Kimmel Center in November to accept the 2012 Marian Anderson Award. The award is named for Philadelphia native Marian Anderson. Anderson became the first black soloist at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1955. The annual award is given to an actor whose leadership benefits humanity. Sidney Poitier and Elizabeth Taylor have previously received the honor. [Washington Post]
This past weekend, the Kennedy Arts Center launched a three-week-long festival commemorating the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of its namesake with performers like Paul Simon, Yo-Yo Ma, the entire National Symphony, even Morgan Freeman, all coming together to celebrate the president who did more for the arts in this country than any other president before him, or since.“I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities,” Kennedy once said, “we, too, will be remembered not for the victories of defeats in battle or politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit.”