Arts & Culture

News & Views
2:09 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

The Academy of Natural Sciences: Celebrating Its Bicentennial

WRTI's Susan Lewis looks at the history of the Academy of Natural Sciences  in Philadelphia, and how it continues to serve both the scientific community and the public.

News & Views
8:25 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Van Gogh Up Close at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: The Artist Depicting Nature in a New Way

Creatively Speaking
2:09 pm
Sat February 11, 2012

Composer Steve Mackey's TONIC--VAN GOGH UP CLOSE--Producer of THE MOUSETRAP Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen

David Patrick Stearns profiles composer Steve Mackey as the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia readies the world premiere of Mackey's Tonic.

Susan Lewis takes us to Van Gogh Up Close at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Jim Cotter speaks with Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen, worldwide producer of The Mousetrap. The Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia is presenting its production of the longest-running play in history though March 4th.

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Creatively Speaking
3:50 pm
Sat February 4, 2012

Lewis Tanner Moore--Dolce Suono's Pierrot Lunaire--Villanova Theatre's Tina Howe's Museum

Henry Ossawa Tanner, THE BANJO LESSON, 1893

Jim Cotter speaks with Lewis Tanner Moore. The renowned local arts collector is the grand nephew of Henry Ossawa Tanner the subject of a major retrospective at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

David Patrick Stearns previews a Dolce Suono concert featuring Arnold Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, one of the most influential pieces of the 20th century.

Creatively Speaking
9:22 am
Mon January 23, 2012

Curator of New Marcel Duchamp Exhibition at PMA

Jim Cotter speaks with Michael Taylor, the Philadelphia Museum of Art curator of Marcel Duchamp: Etant donnes.

Creatively Speaking
2:30 pm
Fri April 10, 2009

Painted Metaphors of the Ancient Maya--Juxtapose--The Elusive Hindemith--Marian Anderson Museum

A Mayan Chama Vase, one of more than 150 objects in the new Penn Museum exhibition.

Jason Peifer visits 'Painted Metaphors: Pottery and Politics of the Ancient Maya' at the Penn Museum. The exhibition features 1,300-year-old pottery from the highlands of Guatemala.

Susan Lewis looks at 'Juxtapose,' a new program by Phila.'s contemporary dance company, Jeanne Ruddy Dance. It features a premiere by world-renowned choreographer Martha Clarke.

Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns explores the latest developments in the story of a Paul Hindemith piano concerto, and how the only copy of the piece came to be found in rural PA.

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Creatively Speaking
4:00 pm
Sat March 28, 2009

Edward Albee--Long-Lost Manuscript of The Good Earth--Philadelphia's Sketch Club and Plastic Club

Playwright Edward Albee

Jim Cotter speaks with legendary playwright Edward Albee. The Philadelphia Theater Company is presenting his At Home at The Zoo.

Jason Peifer visits the Pearl S. Buck House in Bucks County. An exhibition that includes the long-lost manuscript of Buck's famous novel The Good Earth has opened at the National Historic Landmark home.

Susan Lewis visits the Sketch Club and the Plastic Club on Philadelphia's historic Camac Street, also known as the "Avenue of the Artists."

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Crossover
2:25 pm
Thu September 18, 2008

Walnut Street Theatre History and Opening of State Fair

Walnut Street Theatre, by Bernard Harvard and Mark D. Sylvester

This week Jill takes a look at one of Philadelphia's historic treasures: The Walnut Street Theatre. Their new season opens with State Fair, which includes songs from various Rodgers and Hammerstein productions that were deleted during out-of-town tryouts before the shows' original Broadway openings.

Guests include key staff of the Walnut Street Theatre including Tom Miller, Communications Director; Bruce Lumpkin, Director; and Doug Watts, Music Director. Tune in to hear them share stories about the history of the theatre, and discuss State Fair.

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Creatively Speaking
9:54 am
Thu September 18, 2008

Frank Stella--Fulfilling a Prophecy at Penn Museum--Candide--Quilt Exhibition at PMA

Frank Stella, 1964

Jim Cotter speaks with Frank Stella, the prolific painter, printmaker, sculptor, and muralist.

Susan Lewis takes us to a new Penn Museum exhibition - Fulfilling a Prophecy: The Past and Present of the Lenape in Pennsylvania.

In the second of a two-part series, David Patrick Stearns looks at the history of Leonard Bernstein's Candide and a production now at the Arden Theatre in Philadelphia.

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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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