Museums

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A dilettante at large considers Philly After Dark at the Athenaeum

A whimsical and educational show combining images of the city by moonlight, gaslight, electric light, fire and lightning.

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ONWARDS & UPWARDS (Company Aiello): A story of immigration and acceptance

We meet flatulent Italian Spazzolino, a wooden migrant to the New World, step into a barber shop with talking combs, and hear about the struggles of travel from simply constructed dolls.

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A Dilettante at Large goes to Penn Museum

Toby Zinman gives her thoughts on the new Middle East galleries at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

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A dilettante at large: LEONARD BERNSTEIN: THE POWER OF MUSIC (NMAJH)

If you’re a Leonard Bernstein fan, don’t miss the terrific new exhibit at the National Museum of American Jewish History.

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Frankenstein’s Author: Jennifer Summerfield on her new show MARY SHELLEY

This month, actor Summerfield showcases another side of her talents with MARY SHELLEY, a solo performance she created for rare book museum the Rosenbach.

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Making Connections: WE THE DETECTIVES at the Free Library and Rosenbach

A multipart new exhibition project exploring the detective, criminal, and all the analogs in between

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What We Save: An historic house explores non-traditional historical narratives

Though thoroughly a part of the 18th-century architecture of Society Hill, the Powel House is more than just a historic artifact.

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MYSTERY IN THE HOUSE OF USHER: A POE TALE (Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion): A morbidly fun affair

The spirits of Edgar Allen Poe’s tales come alive in the historical Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion.

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Fringe in Sketch: THE EUMENIDES

THE EUMENIDES was performed amid extraordinary ancient artifacts in the Penn Museum.

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HABITUS (Ann Hamilton): 2016 Fringe review 78

Colossal curtains beautifully billowing with the breeze, are hanging around, literally, throughout the vast Municipal Pier 9 facility

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ARTSHIP OLYMPIA (Philadelphia Sculptors): 2016 Fringe review 39

Museums are always looking for ideas to bring new visitors to aging attractions, and in ARTSHIP OLYMPIA Independence Seaport Museum has found a charming, fringey way.

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ROOM 21 (Jace Clayton): 2016 Fringe review 21

We were lucky to have been in attendance for ROOM 21’s only performance—one as unique and undying in our minds as the Barnes itself.

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There’s No Place Like Home: Revolutionary performances by Automatic Arts

The best showcase for new performing arts in Philadelphia gets Revolutionary with an evening of beer and performance at Cliveden

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A Weird History: Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter and his peculiar museum

Within a staid building at 22nd and Ludlow lies one of the most peculiar and enthralling museums in the world.

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Weird Philly: The Mütter Museum

It’s not for the faint hearted that’s for sure

Megan Edelman, Christina Higgins, Molly Edelman, and Allison Kessler in Victorian Theatre’s LITTLE WOMEN at the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion (Photo credit: Rowland Hetrick).

LITTLE WOMEN (Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion): A sincere and sentimental view of female life in Victorian times

An intimate site-specific adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved Victorian novel captures the humor and pathos of the book and the look and feel of the era.

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PIFA Returns: A full schedule of the 2016 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts

The 16-day celebration of art showcasing a breadth of local and international performances and installations presented at locations across Philadelphia.

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Graffito Works: Improvisation Leading PROCESSION: THE ART OF NORMAN LEWIS (PAFA)

The first comprehensive museum overview of influential artist Norman Lewis opened at PAFA with an improvisational dance performance.

Holmes (Josh Hitchens) and Watson (Peter Zielinski) at home in the Ebeneezer Maxwell Mansion.

Sherlock Holmes at Home in Northwest Philadelphia: THE VALLEY OF FEAR at the Ebeneezer Maxwell Mansion

Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional detective stories are well suited to stage, with strong characters, a firm setting, and delicious plot lines.

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Revolutionary Theater, Dance, and Circus: NICE AND FRESH at Cliveden historic house

This month, Cliveden opens its historic grounds for a two-night engagement of new performing arts.