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Aug 2 2011

Three Openings In Philadelphia This Fall

New Spaces For Public Art, Wood Art & Musical Art

Philadelphia offers three new reasons to visit this fall, with the openings of venues where people can take in public works, wood art and a rock concert. These newest spots join other recently debuted attractions, including the Race Street Pier on the Delaware River Waterfront, the National Museum of American Jewish History and The President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation. Here’s what’s opening this fall in Philadelphia:

  • The city’s newest open-air space and its latest piece of public art debuts at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ (PAFA) Party on the Plaza on October 1. The event marks the official opening of Lenfest Plaza, a public space that will feature changing student artworks, and culminates with the lighting of Claes Oldenburg’s towering 53-foot-high sculpture Paint Torch at sunset. The party will feature entertainment for all ages, including free art activities and complimentary admission and museum tours of PAFA’s Historic Landmark Building. 118-128 N. Broad Street, (215) 972-7600, pafa.org
  • Established in 1986, the Wood Turning Center celebrates a new name and a new space in Philadelphia’s gallery-packed Old City neighborhood this October. The Center for Art in Wood name reflects the organization’s renowned reputation for wood artworks and education, and the new location on 3rd Street between Arch and Race Streets offers a bigger and more accessible space for its artworks, special exhibits, museum shop and impressive research library—all open to the public—than its current Vine Street storefront. To celebrate the new space, the center will unveil a retrospective exhibit and publication entitled Turning to Art in Wood: A Creative Journey on October 14. Admission to the gallery is free, but donations are appreciated. 141 N. 3rd Street, (215) 923-8000, woodturningcenter.org
  • Philly’s large music-loving community will rock out at a brand new venue this fall. Premier New York-based concert promoter The Bowery Presents, along with Sean Agnew of R5 Productions and Avram Hornik and Mark Fichera of Four Corners Management, have turned the former Spaghetti Warehouse on Spring Garden Street into Union Transfer, with capacity for 600 to 1,000 people. The name comes from the train depot station that first occupied the building and whose painted logo is still visible on the brick exterior. Philadelphia’s Clap Your Hands Say Yeah will open the anticipated space—The Bowery Presents’ first Philly venture—on September 21. 1026 Spring Garden Street, (215) 232-2100, utphilly.com

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