WRTI's Lesley Valdes reviews this vivid portrait of Apartheid-era struggle by Tony Award-winners Athol Fugard, John Kani, and Winston Ntshona. THE ISLAND is at Philadelphia's St. Stephen's Theater until June 10th. More information here.
ART in the OPEN celebrates the Philadelphia landscape as both inspiration and as an open-air studio for artists from May 18th to 20th. The natural beauty and urban character of the Schuylkill River - from Fairmount Water Works to Bartram's Garden - are explored.
WRTI's Susan Lewis considers how public art-making events, such as this weekend’s ART in the OPEN, can change our sense of place.
The in-demand fine art photographer Andrea Baldeck has a new book out - Bones, Books, and Bell Jars: Photographs of the Mutter Museum. Its black-and-white close ups of soft-tissue medical specimens, hard human skeletons, and shiny steel instruments bring together just a few of Baldeck’s lifelong interests.
Among all of Benjamin Franklin’s many gifts to Philadelphia and the nation - free libraries, fire companies, lightning rods, bifocals, and the University of Pennsylvania - The American Philosophical Society, founded in 1743, is one of his rarer gems.
Despite the large statue of Franklin above the main entrance, many people may unknowingly walk right past the centuries-old Society, which is discreetly housed in a neo-classical building in Old City.