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June 6th, 2000
Wednesday Night Program Summer/Autumn Schedule

In the months ahead, art lovers can bridge cultures with music, taste international treats, and step into Van Gogh's Night Café--all on Wednesday Nights at the Philadelphia Museum of Art! From July through December 2000, Wednesday Nights offer 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. Call (215) 684-7860 for information, and (215) 684-7506 for a free brochure.

Wednesday Nights will keep the beat throughout the fall with musical events of note, including a Philly Folk Preview performance on August 9 by songwriter and guitarist Patty Larkin, eleven-time winner of the Boston Music Awards. Another special highlight is a Middle Eastern dialogue--in music--on Wednesday night, September 27, when cellist Ohad Bar-David joins violinist and oud-virtuoso Simon Shaheen to present a spectacular and thought-provoking mix of Jewish and Arab melodies. Bar-David developed this Arab Jewish Musical Dialogue, which has fascinated audiences throughout the world, and Shaheen himself composed many of the featured works. Join these talented and visionary musicians in the Museum's Van Pelt Auditorium, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

In the first-ever Cook Off! at the Museum, delights for the palate will be the order of the evening on Wednesday, October 4, when four accomplished chefs from award-winning caterers Restaurant Associates will reveal their culinary secrets. Executive Chef Ed Brown of The Sea Grill, New York, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and author of The Modern Seafood Cookbook, will serve the best of the sea. John Imbriolo, Executive Chef at Naples Ristorante E Pizzaria, New York, will present a signature southern Italian dish. French Culinary Institute-graduate Julian Alonzo, Executive Chef at Brasserie 8½, New York, will delight francophiles with his delicious creation. And the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Chef Tracey Hopkins will welcome the much-anticipated exhibition, Van Gogh: Face to Face, with the many culinary pleasures of Provençe.

Also in celebration of Van Gogh: Face to Face (on view from October 22, 2000 to January 14, 2001), the Museum will present a uniquely romantic Night Café every Wednesday evening from October 25 to January 10. Renowned jazz musicians from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, will bring to this evocative atmosphere a range of tuneful sounds, including: bass and vibraphone by Charles Fambrough and Tony Miceli, respectively, on October 25; John Swana on trumpet on November 1; bassist Gerald Veasley joins Tony Miceli on November 15; and pianist and composer Elio Villafranca orchestrates an exciting series climax on January 10, 2001, with Afro-Cuban jazz.

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.

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, Southern Wines & Spirits of Pa., Henry Ortlieb Brewing Co., Vega Grill, and Paloma Mexican Restaurant.

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

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

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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