Arts & Culture

Critic-At-Large
3:09 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Theater Review: Lantern Theater Company's THE ISLAND

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.

Creatively Speaking
11:30 am
Sat May 19, 2012

ART in the OPEN on Philadelphia's Schuylkill Riverbanks

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.

Creatively Speaking
11:15 am
Sat May 19, 2012

The Barnes Foundation Opens In Philadelphia

As the Barnes Foundation opens its new Philadelphia home, WRTI's Jim Cotter speak with Joseph Neubauer, vice chair of the Barnes' Board of Trustees.

Creatively Speaking
11:10 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Curator of MAYA 2012: LORDS OF TIME at the Penn Museum

Popular culture would have it that, according to Mayan lore, the world will end in December, 2012. A new exhibition at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia aims to dispel this myth and provide a clearer picture of who the Maya were and are. 

WRTI's Jim Cotter speaks with Loa Traxler, MAYA 2012’s curator.

Creatively Speaking
10:15 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Renowned Fine Art Photographer Andrea Baldeck's New Book

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. 

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Creatively Speaking
10:07 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Pennsylvania Ballet's Contemporary PETER PAN

Scottish playwright J.M. Barrie wrote the now-classic adventure tale of Peter Pan as a play for children in 1904.  He transformed it into a novel in 1911. 

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Creatively Speaking
12:21 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

TITANIC Centenary

As various Philadelphia-area organizations mark the centennial of the sinking of Titanic, WRTI's Susan Lewis considers the doomed luxury liner, some of  its local connections, and its legacy.

Creatively Speaking
12:18 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

TEMPUS FUGIT (Time Flies) at the American Philosophical Society Museum

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.

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Creatively Speaking
8:53 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

WRTI's Jim Cotter pays a visit to Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park as it prepares to open a new educational facility. The site dates back to the Centennial Exhibition of 1876.

Critic-At-Large
4:42 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Theater Review: Philadelphia Theatre Company's The Outgoing Tide

WRTI's Lesley Valdes reviews Bruce Graham's play that tackles tough truths. The Outgoing Tide is at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre through April 22nd.

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