Wednesday Nights at the Philadelphia Museum of Art look "Toward the Millennium" from July through December, with the first Wednesday evening of each month offering a musical and artistic review of the years from 1950 to 2010! This decade-by-decade celebration is just part of an exciting mix of festivities offered every Wednesday Night from summer through fall 1999.
The centennial countdown (which began in January 1999 with a visit to the 1890s) continues on July 7, with a look at the '50s: Bill Turner (lead guitarist of the legendary Bill Haley and the Comets) rocks with his Trio, Elvis tribute-artist Mark Reno conjures the King, Rock Hudson and Lauren Bacall star in Written on the Wind (1956), and a Gallery Talk explores "Hot Painting in the Cold War." 1960s "Flower Power" blooms again on August 4, with legendary radio personalities Ed Sciaky and Butterball spinning classic rock and R&B hits, The Graduate (1967) on the big screen with Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft, and "Art Goes Pop" in a Gallery Talk.
First Wednesdays in September, October and November will time-travel from the 1970s through the '90s. Fun and funky reminders of our recent past include The Parallax View (1974), starring Warren Beatty and Paula Prentiss, on September 1; New Wave nuggets selected by Morning Show host Marilyn Russell from the vaults of Y-100, on October 6; and for the plugged-in and spacey '90s, You've Got Mail (1998) with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, Caryn Lin's original blend of classical, folk, rock, new age and jazz idioms, and the ethereal, ambient sounds of black tape for a blue girl, on November 3.
Finally, on Wednesday night, December 1, the Museum looks past the millennium to a hopeful vision of 2010. Diverse traditions join in inspiring song with performances of Indian devotional music by Deepak Kumar and Naren Budhkar, spirituals by Philadelphia Gospel Seminars, and the Congregation Rodeph Shalom Adult Choir with Cantor Jenny L. Izenstark and pianist Thomas Whittemore. Also on December 1, a darker view of the future in Blade Runner (1982) with Harrison Ford and Daryl Hannah.
But Wednesday Nights will do much more than look "Toward the Millennium." Every Wednesday will feature an inventive and diverse roster of film, music, performance, tours, and food. And the third Wednesday of each month will feature adult storytelling, sponsored by Borders Books & Music, Bryn Mawr.
Would-be globetrotters need travel no further than the Museum for the international kaleidoscope of "World Cultures" (July 14); arts of England and Ireland in "War of the Roses," with performances by a Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire musical ensemble and swordplay by the Faire's notorious Duo of Woo (July 21); Korean treasures in "Land of the Morning Calm" (July 28); Puerto Rican creativity in "El Corazón del Barrio" (August 18); the Middle Eastern marvels of "Cradle of Civilization" (August 25); "A Highland Fling" (October 13); and "México y Tradición" (November 10).
American art takes center stage in "Peaceable Kingdom" and "Worldly Goods" (October 20 and December 29, respectively), special Wednesday Nights that complement two major exhibitions: The Kingdoms of Edward Hicks and Worldly Goods: The Arts of Early Pennsylvania, 1680-1758, on view at the Museum from October 10, 1999, through January 2, 2000. Among October 10th's "Peaceable" highlights: Ed Feldman and Joe L'Erario, from the Learning Channel's Furniture to Go, present the 'whys and wherefores' of furniture refinishing and upholstery.
Seasonal celebration takes an artistic twist with the Halloween-themed "Quoth the Raven" (October 27), "Deepavali: Indian Festival of Lights" (November 17), "Chanukah: Jewish Festival of Lights" (December 8), and the Yuletide delights of "Nutmeg and Ginger" (December 22).
Wednesday Nights provide eclectic musical settings for "Philly Folk Preview" (August 11), "A Romantic Opus" (September 8), the European cabaret of "Ballad of the Black Cat" (September 15), and "Intermezzo" (September 29).
Wednesday Nights at the Philadelphia Museum of Art are funded in part by the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation and The Huston Foundation. Programs are also made possible through the generous support and contributions of many sponsors and vendors. This season, the Museum thanks Borders Books & Music, Bryn Mawr, and Philadelphia Weekly. Victory Brewing Co. is a participating vendor.
Wednesday Nights at the Philadelphia Museum of Art begin at 5:00 and continue to 8:45 p.m. Gallery Talks are given at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m., and films are shown at 7:10 p.m. Admission to the Museum is $8 for adults and $5 for children age 5 to 17, students with valid I.D., and senior citizens age 62 and over. Unless otherwise noted, all activities are free after Museum admission. Please note: programs are subject to change. Call (215) 684-7860 for information, and (215) 684-7506 for a free brochure.
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