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Emotion gets a jolt of electricity at local galleries

From nightclub portraits to shocking gadgetry, prepare to experience the arts like never before at this month’s First Friday. The exhibits at three glamorous galleries – 222gallery, Painted Bride and Projects Gallery – promise unbeatable, unmatchable shows.…

‘Being Alive’ reinterprets Shakespeare, Sondheim

Being Alive is a melodic collaboration of Stephen Sondheim’s musical genius with an innovative twist – all of the characters are black. It was created and directed by Billy Porter, who felt that not enough black people were involved with Sondheim musicals.…

BalletX brings new, edgy moves to classical ballet

BalletX debuted as the Wilma Theater’s newest resident company last Thursday. The performance was no Nutcracker Suite. Christine Cox and Matthew Neenan, former members of the Pennsylvania Ballet, wanted to redefine ballet in Philadelphia.…

Red Bull Art of Can mixes energy and innovation

Red Bull is giving flight to artistic innovation in the City of Brotherly Love this fall with the Art of Can exhibit. Philadelphia is home of the fifth U.S. Red Bull Art of Can exhibit, a worldwide contest in search of the most creative Red Bull-inspired artwork.…

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.…