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The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe is now the much more succinctly named FringeArts. Festival founder and executive director Nick Stuccio announced the new name this morning at the groundbreaking of the 16-year-old organization's year round venue, which will also be known as FringeArts.
Every year, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation asks Philly artists and arts organizations the question: "What's your best idea for the arts?" Over the last two years, the foundation has awarded $5.5 million in matching grants to those projects with the best answers, such as Franklin's Paine Skatepark Fund, the Black Pear Chamber Orchestra, and John Jarboe's Bearded Ladies Cabaret.This year, 1,200 local artists and organizations responded to the challenge, and today, the foundation announced the finalists, with some pretty exciting ideas like a Dr. Dog/Pig Iron Theatre Company collaboration. (Where can I buy tickets for that?) Winners will be announced in the spring.
The legendary Neil Young, along with the inimitable Crazy Horse, announced today that they'll play a Hurricane Sandy benefit concert next week. Scheduled for December 6 at the Borgata in Atlantic City, all proceeds from the show will go to benefit the American Red Cross' Sandy relief efforts. Tickets go on sale this friday at 10 A.M. for $75 and $150, though all seating is general admission. If you can't wait til then, Young is playing Philly tonight. [Philly.com]
On Monday night at the Kimmel Center, Theatre Philadelphia -- the new organization that is picking up where the now defunct Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia left off -- gave out the three biggest Barrymore Awards: the Lifetime Achievement Award, the $10,000 F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Theatre Artist and the $25,000 Brown Martin Philadelphia Award. The other Barrymore Award recipients were announced in September.Here are the awards accepted at the Kimmel Center event:Wilma Theater's Blanka Zizka accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of her late ex-husband, Jiri Zizka, who died in January of liver failure. It's
Last Saturday, September 15th, more than 300 members of the Opera Company of Philadelphia surprised folks at 30th Street Station with an impromptu performance of "O Fortuna." The performance was a part of the celebration of the 1,000th Knight Foundation "Random Act of Culture."
As this final week of the Philly Fringe/Live Arts Festival kicks off, let’s all take a moment to appreciate the scope of this yearly miracle: Over 200 Fringe productions, plus 14 internationally recognized artists gathering together for two glorious autumnal weeks to turn Philadelphia into the most vibrant artistic region around. Rather than hum a by-now-familiar tune of generalized praise, I’d like to focus here instead on the unusual and brilliant relevance of the Festival’s curation—specifically in terms of the timely, politicized dialogue around the female body featured in two of its offerings.The performances in question are Bang and Untitled Feminist
The third annual Audi Feastival returned to Pier 9 on the Delaware River under the glow of the Ben Franklin Bridge last night. Hard to believe, but it was a bigger success than the year before, with nearly 950 people in attendance. After working out some of the kinks from last year—new layout, better venting—and being blessed with more seasonable weather, event organizers saw a crowd linger well past the 9 p.m. ending time. More than 85 restaurants served dishes to the hungry crowd; I was impressed how they were lined up, most of them next to their sister restaurant. For example, all of Stephen Starr's 21 restaurants were next to each other, putting me in Starr heaven. Feastival took in much-needed money for the annual Live Arts/Philly Fringe, which is going on right now and runs through September 22nd. Pictured: Richard Vague, board president of the festival, restaurateurs Stephen Starr, Audrey Claire Taichman, and Michael Solomonov, David Lipson, president of Metro Corp., and Nick Stuccio, producing director of Philadelphia Live Arts & Philly Fringe.
As the new Philadelphia arts season is officially under way, with the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe in full swing, here's a look at the annual compensation packages for the people behind some of the city's largest arts and culture nonprofits.[table id=2 /]1 The employee listed is CEO, president or executive director of the nonprofit unless otherwise indicated in the footnotes.↩2 In some cases, compensation includes non-salary forms of compensation, such as deferred compensation, bonuses and incentives, non-taxable benefits, and other forms of compensation reportable to the IRS. All of this information is derived from publicly available documents