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Dealing with the dark in ‘Spring Awakening’

Spring Awakening isn’t just a show that dares to set new precedents in musical theater. It also proves that teenagers can win Tonys, too. This year’s winner for Best Musical, along with seven other Tony awards, features a critically acclaimed cast of young actors – only two of the actors are over 24.…

Grounds for Sculpture: prepare to wander, be awed

There are many suburban getaways in Pennsylvania, but Hamilton, N.J., is home to Grounds for Sculpture, a visit that’s great for both your artsy significant other and five-year-old niece. Located on the New Jersey state fairgrounds, Grounds for Sculpture is a park filled with realistic and abstract sculptures from artists around the world.…

Gallery Night provides First Friday perks for grown-up crowd

Last Friday night, 23 art galleries in Center City participated in Gallery Night, a grown-up version of First Friday. Gallery Night is a free, biannual event run by Center City District, Center City’s business improvement district, and Central Philadelphia Development Corporation, a non-profit that supports public efforts to renew Center City.…

Pee Wee’s big adventure in art

The “World’s Ugliest Mutt” Pee Wee Martini was the special guest last Thursday at the opening of Amble Gallery and Books, Northern Liberties’ newest off-beat gallery. And Pee Wee earned the title – he has a natural Mohawk, crooked face, unusual spots, long claw-like nails, no fur and a tongue that just can’t stay in his mouth.…

Man forsakes free will for art

Would Chad Wanzek answer his phone Saturday as he walked around Philadelphia letting strangers control his day? Outlook not so good.As he asked his Mattel Magic 8-Ball if he should return my call, the triangular answer settling through blue-bubble goo, serendipity was on my side.…

Festival opens, brings artsy back to Philly

“In DiversCity”Dance, 90 Minutes – $15International House, 3701 Chestnut St.Prepare yourself for a night of intense Philly flavor when Indigenous Pitch performs “In DiversCity.” This 90-minute show isn’t your regular old stomp n’ clap routine.…

MakePhilly brings geeks and artists together to create

Words like “nanotechnology” and “BEAM robotics” are abstract concepts for many people. We know such things exist, but don’t think they can apply to our lifestyles. We leave the creative possibilities of technology to scientists and engineers who are trained to understand them.But brace yourselves for a radical notion: what if regular, everyday people used technology for fun?…

Wow! adds a little art to Passyunk

Passyunk Avenue isn’t known for it’s art galleries. But that didn’t leave Paul Kauffman too jaded to open one. Kauffman transformed his antique shop Century Cool on 20th Street into an art exhibit.…