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Aug 7 2017

One Hundredth Birthday For Benjamin Franklin Parkway Will Be Big

Centennial Brings 14 Months Of Exhibitions & Events Inside & Out

Philadelphia’s cultural powerhouse and preeminent boulevard, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway begins its 100th birthday celebration September 8, 2017. Parkway 100 is the city’s 14-month celebration taking place both inside the venerable institutions that line the thoroughfare and outside among its fountains, gardens and public art. It ends November 16, 2018.

The diagonal Benjamin Franklin Parkway stretches one mile from near City Hall to the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the edge of Fairmount Park. Planner Paul Philippe Cret and designer Jacques Gréber modeled the thoroughfare after the Champs-Élysées of their native country. After a long, drawn-out planning and construction

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Mar 22 2017

A Spectacular September Weekend Awaits Arts Lovers In Philadelphia

One Weekend, Three Debuts: O17 Opera Festival, Fireflies Exhibit & Mural Arts Monument Lab

September is shaping up to be a spectacular one for arts lovers in Philadelphia. During the weekend of September 14, fans of the fine and performing arts have a slew of exhibits, performances and first-in-Philly happenings from which to choose: Opera Philadelphia’s inaugural opera festival O17; the groundbreaking moving art exhibition Fireflies—part of Parkway 100, the 15-month-long centennial celebration of the city’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway; and Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Monument Lab, an eight-week public art and history exhibit that spans the city. Add to that the always outrageous Fringe Festival and the last weekend for Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect

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Jul 26 2017

What To Do On A Fall Getaway Weekend In Philadelphia

Fall In The City & Region Brings Epic Opera, Outdoor Performances & More

Fall in Philadelphia means news in live and fine arts, harvest festivals and a last crack at warm-weather fun. This fall’s promise? All that and more. Among autumn’s highlights are O17, Opera Philadelphia’s brand-new, multiday, unprecedented kickoff to the company’s season. The Barnes Foundation exhibition Kiefer Rodin combines the works of Auguste Rodin and contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer. Mushrooms (Kennett Square’s Mushroom Festival), chrysanthemums (Longwood Gardens’ Chrysanthemum Festival), scarecrows (Peddler’s Village’s Scarecrow Competition and Display), Victory Beer (Downingtown Fall Festival) and LGBT pride (OutFest) star in street fairs and festivals, as do

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