2006 IN REVIEW! We look back at the past year in the arts in our region and bring you the highlights of the news, issues and events, and the people who made them happen. And what a year it's been. Together we've witnessed great performances and exhibitions and rediscovered so many great perennial treasures. 2006 was a great year for the arts and together we'll remember it on the next Creatively Speaking!
Highlights from this week's program include: a conversation with tenor Carl Tanner. His latest CD is a celebration of great Christmas hymns and carols. Meridee Duddleston looks at how art is more and more being collected as an investment rather than for its esthetic value. Susan Lewis goes beyond the Gross Clinic controversy to profile the artist Thomas Eakins and explores his multifaceted legacy to Philadelphia. Jason Peifer looks at the growing popularity of children's theater and speaks with the creators and producers of several family-oriented productions in Philadelphia.
This week, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts celebrates its 5th anniversary; we examine how it's changed the city's cultural landscape. Susan Lewis looks at a new public art project in Manayunk that celebrates and reinterprets a local tradition for socializing on stoops.; We look at a new project at the Delaware Art Museum that uses technology to tell new stories about art. Jason Peifer speaks with the creators of This Is the Week That Is, the latest show from 1812 Productions that explores the tradition of political humor.
This week, a look at a new exhibition that shows how local artists have reinterpreted a Japanese childhood tradition; Susan Lewis checks back with contestants in the Project 21 film competition as they near the end of their three-week long production schedule; Jason Peifer explores the popularity of jukebox musicals and visits the Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington as they stage "Sam Cooke: Forever Mr. Soul."; In our regular exploration of the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com, we visit the Shoe Museum at Temple University's School of Podiatric Medicine.
By Jim Cotter & Susan Lewis & Jason Peifer & Albert Stumm
This week, a conversation with Helene Grimaud; Jason Peifer examines the health of theater in the Philadelphia Region; Albert Stumm looks at changes in arts education in Public Schools; In our regular look inside the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com, Susan Lewis explores Fireman's Hall.
A fascinating Crossover this week, as Jill's guest is the voice behind the faces of some of Hollywood's most important musical stars. Marni Nixon has "ghost-sung" for Deborah Kerr in The King and I, Natalie Wood in West Side Story, and Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady to name a few. She has just written an autobiography that is spellbinding and Jill speaks with her about her life in music and films.
Efforts are now underway to keep Thomas Eakins' iconic painting The Gross Clinic in Philadelphia. We speak with those leading the charge; Jason Peifer explores The Tales of Hoffmann from Temple University Opera Theater. The production is based on the newest edition of the 19th century opera, which incorporates 24 previously undiscovered pages from Composer Jacques Offenbach's original score; and, Susan Lewis looks at a new film-making contest. Project 21 gives competitors just 21 days to create a complete new work-but with a twist.
This week, a conversation with the actor Ed Harris. He's the star of a new Copying Beethoven, a fictional retelling of the great composer's last years. Susan Lewis looks at how non-profits are reinventing commercial movie houses as neighborhood cinemas for art films and documentaries. We look at one man's collection of films and his efforts to share these celluloid treasures with the viewing public, many of which without him, would have vanished. Jason Peifer provides a glimpse into the Pig Iron Theater Company's process of developing new work.
This Veterans Day, Jill speaks with Steve Frank, Vice President of Education and Exhibits at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. They'll take you on a walking tour of the profoundly moving 9/11: A Nation Remembers, the current exhibit on view until January 1st.