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December 12th, 1999
For The Year 2000, Wednesday Nights at the Philadelphia Museum Of Art Step Boldly Into the Future

Wednesday Nights at the Philadelphia Museum of Art are ready to reach even greater heights of creative and entertaining fun in the new century! A freshly minted series of Wednesday Nights from January through June, 2000, will showcase an irresistible mix of sights, sounds, tastes, and movement from around the world. Every Wednesday Night features a film, performances, tours, and even a Chef's Special menu inspired by the evening's theme.

Start the new year "on the good foot" with Resolution: Learn to Dance on January 5, featuring tango lessons with Jean Fung of Philly Tango, pro bono "counseling" in salsa and merengue from Luis P. Diaz, Esq., of "Law by Day, Mambo by Night," and jitterbug instruction with "In the Swing Entertainment." Then dance all the way through Spring with a rhythmic roster of terpsichorean treats: a Valentine's Day Heart Beat on February 9, a case of Saturday Night Fever (the film), and much more on May 17 during Dance, Dance, Dance, and Latin dance favorites for lovers on Singles Night, May 31, with Frankie Cruz.

Music takes the lead on February 23 during Improvisations with performances by Dave Burrell and guests. Symphonic Potpourri on March 8 will feature the Lower Merion Symphony with conductor Elliot Levioff, and 1998's film The Red Violin. Musical groups Jaffna and Animus will form a World Fusion on April 26. And on June 14, Mellon PSFS Jazz Night will celebrate the music of Thelonious Monk with Monkadelphia, featuring Tony Miceli on vibraphone and John Swana on trumpet.

Music and dance are international languages, and upcoming Wednesday Nights at the Philadelphia Museum of Art will stop at hot spots around the globe. Highlights of the Wednesday Night "world tour" include: the French-Canadian pleasures of Nouvelle France on January 19 with Hart Rouge (cosponsored by the Philadelphia Folk Song Society); Herencia Cubana on January 26 (in conjunction with the Brandywine Workshop's cooperative exhibition "Hidden Images: Cuban Contemporary Graphic Art"); the Emerald Isle of Ireland on March 15; a Buona Notte on March 22, complementing the Museum's major exhibition, Rome in the 18th Century (on view from March 16 through May 28, 2000); Our Millennium Quests on April 5, sponsored by Community College of Philadelphia and celebrating its 16th-annual International Festival; Israel 2000 on April 12, co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Israel, Philadelphia; Treasures of Eastern Europe on May 3; a Noite em Brasilia on May 24; and Germany's own Ballad of the Black Cat on June 21.

Things near are also dear on Wednesday Nights, with programs that highlight the diverse delights of the United States. Come home to the inspirations of African American heritage during Freedom, Soul, and Spirit on January 12, and Umoja (Unity) on February 16 (in conjunction with the special exhibition An Exuberant Bounty: Prints and Drawings by African Americans, on view from February 5 through April 16, 2000). Then celebrate freedom on June 7 during Juneteenth (Wednesday Night programs on February 16 and June 7 are cosponsored by the African American Museum in Philadelphia). On March 1, enjoy America's favorite party: a New Orleans-style Fat Wednesday, with Zydeco-a-Go-Go, Mardi Gras mask making with Cindy Farnham, Zydeco dance lessons led by Jayne Yahn and Marc Joseph, and the 1993 film Ruby in Paradise.

Wednesday Nights at the Philadelphia Museum of Art are funded in part by the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback 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, Philadelphia Weekly, Margolis/Southern Wines & Spirits of Pa., Pink Rose Pastry Shop, Guinness Import Co., Henry Ortlieb Brewing Co., Vega Grill, and Bitar's.

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.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art thanks Philadelphia Weekly for its advertising support.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is Philadelphia's art museum. We are a landmark building. A world-renowned collection. A place that welcomes everyone. We bring the arts to life, inspiring visitors—through scholarly study and creative play—to discover the spirit of imagination that lies in everyone. We connect people with the arts in rich and varied ways, making the experience of the Museum surprising, lively, and always memorable. We are committed to inviting visitors to see the world—and themselves—anew through the beauty and expressive power of the arts.

For additional information, contact the Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art phone at 215-684-7860, by fax at 215-235-0050, or by e-mail at pressroom@philamuseum.org. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.

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