Creatively Speaking

Throughout the week

Creatively Speaking is WRTI's weekly look into the world of music, arts, and culture. Meet the people behind the footlights and the artists in the spotlight, as Jim Cotter and company introduce you to those who make the performing and visual arts come alive in our region. Listen to six Creatively Speaking features each week.

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Creatively Speaking
2:16 pm
Sat August 16, 2008

Colonial Philadelphia Furniture--The Chinese Friendship Gate--Sound Design in Theater

Detail from the Friendship Gate in Philadelphia's Chinatown

Jim Cotter takes a walk through The Fix on Colonial Philadelphia Furniture: A Secret Guide to Cabinetmakers' Prices at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Susan Lewis considers the significance of Philadelphia's Chinese Friendship Gate, now being repainted and restored. 

In our continuing series on what it takes to bring theater to life, Jason Peifer examines the role of the sound designer.

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Creatively Speaking
3:08 pm
Sat August 2, 2008

Paul Taylor--Patchwork Politics--Christ Church's African-American Roots--Calder Jewelry

Necklace, c. 1943. Alexander Calder. Silver wire, string, and ribbon. Inscription: "Calder". Private Collection, New York. Photo by Maria Robledo.

We listen back to Jim Cotter's recent conversation with the veteran choreographer Paul Taylor.

Jason Peifer explores the creativity stirred up during presidential elections with a visit to the exhibition Patchwork Politics: From George to George W. at the Heritage Center Museum in Lancaster.

Tom Keels takes us to Philadelphia's historic Christ Church to learn how it is remembering its lesser-known, African-American congregants and their fight for freedom.

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Creatively Speaking
9:40 am
Thu July 31, 2008

Paul Taylor--Patchwork Politics--Christ Church's African-American Roots--Calder Jewelry

Necklace, c. 1943. Alexander Calder. Silver wire, string, and ribbon. Inscription: "Calder". Private Collection, New York. Photo by Maria Robledo.

We listen back to Jim Cotter's recent conversation with the veteran choreographer Paul Taylor.

Jason Peifer explores the creativity stirred up during presidential elections with a visit to the exhibition Patchwork Politics: From George to George W. at the Heritage Center Museum in Lancaster.

Tom Keels takes us to Philadelphia's historic Christ Church to learn how it is remembering its lesser-known, African-American congregants and their fight for freedom.

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Creatively Speaking
12:11 pm
Sat July 26, 2008

Kile Smith's Vespers--Churchville's Pow Wow--Arts Educ. in Philly Schools--Shakespeare in Clark Park

David Patrick Stearns listens in on a recording by Piffaro, the wind band, and the vocal group The Crossing, of Kile Smith's Vespers.

Susan Lewis explores a re-created 16th-century Lenape village at Buck's County's Churchville Nature Center, which is hosting its annual Pow Wow this weekend.

We listen back to a roundtable discussion on the changing face of arts education in Philadelphia's public schools.

Jason Peifer has a preview of Shakespeare in Clark Park. This year the West Philadelphia park features the Bard's romantic comedy As You Like It.

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Creatively Speaking
10:11 am
Wed July 16, 2008

PlayPenn Conference--The BalletX Project--Centennial Celebrations of Ocean Grove Pipe Organ

Jason Peifer explores the process of developing new plays at the fourth annual PlayPenn Conference in Philadelphia.

Susan Lewis looks at the All-Female Choreographers Project of Philadelphia's BalletX. The contemporary program at The Wilma Theater features three new works.

Philadelphia Inquirer music critic David Patrick Sterns reports on centennial celebrations of the Great Auditorium pipe organ at Ocean Grove on the Jersey Shore.

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Creatively Speaking
3:22 pm
Wed July 9, 2008

Steve Lopez on Nathaniel Ayers--Laurel Hill Cemetery--Fashioning Kimono--The Ephrata Cloister

Woman?s Kimono, Japan, 1912?26 (Taish? period), Machine-spun silk plain weave with stencil-printed warp threads (meisen), The Montgomery Collection, Lugano, Switzerland

We listen back to Jim Cotter's interview with writer Steve Lopez. His story of destitute musician Nathaniel Ayers is now being made into a major Hollywood movie.

Tom Keels explores how Laurel Hill Cemetery, a Victorian-era burial ground, is helping local area residents to grieve for those lost to war and urban violence.

Susan Lewis looks at modern art in the Japanese kimono, in an exhibition now at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Creatively Speaking
3:03 pm
Sat July 5, 2008

Colonial Philadelphia Furniture--Independence Hall--Composer Charles Strouse, creator of Annie

Jim Cotter takes a walk through the new exhibition The Fix on Colonial Philadelphia Furniture: A Secret Guide to Cabinetmakers' Prices at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

We listen back to a feature on Independence Hall by Susan Lewis.

Philadelphia Inquirer music critic David Patrick Stearns profiles composer Charles Strouse, creator of the musical Annie.

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Creatively Speaking
2:09 pm
Sat June 28, 2008

The State of Local Arts--Art of Nandalal Bose--Kutztown Folk Festival--Composer Harry Donald Hewitt

Annapurna, 1943, Nandalal Bose, Indian, Wash and tempera on paper, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, 4794

Jim Cotter hosts a round-table discussion recorded at the Kimmel Center. The panelists are Kimmel Center President and CEO Ann Ewers, Philadelphia Theater Company Producing Artistic Director Sara Garonzik, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe Producing Director Nick Stuccio, and Pennsylvania Ballet Executive Director Michael Scolamiero.

Susan Lewis reports on a new Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibition of the work of Nandalal Bose, a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi. The artist is widely considered as India's father of modern art.

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Creatively Speaking
1:04 pm
Tue June 17, 2008

Mark Dion at Bartram's Garden--Americans for the Arts Annual Convention--Demuth Museum in Lancaster

Aviariste, 1912, Charles Demuth, watercolor on paper, Demuth Museum Collection

Jim Cotter speaks with artist Mark Dion. He's just spent seven months retracing a four-year voyage made by the celebrated botanist William Bartram in the 1770s. An exhibition of art Dion created from objects found on his journey opens at Bartram's Garden in West Philadelphia this week.

Susan Lewis looks at the intersection of politics, business, and the arts at the annual convention of Americans for the Arts in Philadelphia this weekend.

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Creatively Speaking
1:34 pm
Sat June 14, 2008

Kimmel Center's Ann Ewers--Pottstown Symphony--The Role of Theater Directors--Local Carillons

Carillon at Valley Forge National Historical Park

Jim Cotter speaks with Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts President and CEO Ann Ewers.

David Patrick Stearns on the rise and fall of the Pottstown Symphony Orchestra.

Jason Peifer takes a look at the historic role of the theater director. We'll hear from the Wilma Theater's Blanka Zizka, and Seth Rozin of the InterAct Theatre.

Susan Lewis visits several area carillons; they're large musical instruments consisting of bells that live at the top of tall towers.

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