What to do, what to do?
By biconews On 8 Feb, 2000 At 05:00 AM | Categorized As Archives | With 0 Comments

By Geoffrey W. Melada

For those of you who have sought to discover Philly’s cultural side and haven’t had time to investigate the matter, we have compiled this list of arts and entertainment offerings that are surprisingly affordable. Here are some popular theatres, museums and organizations in the city that we invite you to explore.

Wilma Theater

The Wilma produce’, intelligent, literate, avant-garde theatre (musical and straight plays). The Theater established a national reputation for provocative work by renowned playwrights like Tom Stoppard, Athol Fugard, George Walker, Tina Howe, Amy Freed and Bertolt Brecht.

This season:

The Invention of Love by Tom Stoppard, an East Coast premiere. February 9, 2000-March 26, 2000

Cherry Docs by David Gow, a United States premiere. May 3, 2000-June 4, 2000

Students can enjoy Saturday matinee performances at the Wilma for only $6!

The Wilma is located in an intimate space at the corner of Broad and Spruce Streets in Center City.

- For tickets call (215) 546-STAGE

- For group sales info call Joy Malinowski at (215) 893-9456 x105

- To schedule a tour call Char Vandermeer at (215) 893-9456 x 101

- Visit the Wilma Theater online at www.Wilmatheater.org

Philadelphia Orchestra

One of the five best professional orchestras in the country, the Philadelphia Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Wolfgang Sawallich, celebrates its centennial season this year. Recent performances have included Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony and Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.

The Orchestra offers a four-concert package - Campus Classics - for students, for $36. These vouchers can be redeemed at the box office the evening of a performance for the best available tickets. Often students can receive front row seats (valued at nearly $100). To purchase Campus Classics, telephone the Orchestra at (215) 893-1999 or visit their website at www.philorch.org.

The Orchestra performs in the historic Academy of Music at Broad and Locust Streets in Center City.

Curtis Institute

Located at S. 18th Street in Rittenhouse Square, Curtis institute is one of the most prestigious music schools in the country (Heidi Jacob, conductor of the Haverford/Bryn Mawr Orchestra, trained here).

Curtis holds free recitals most Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings during the academic year, with students performing a varied selection of solo and chamber music.

For specific program information, call the Curtis Recital Hotline at (215) 893-5261 (available 24 hours a day).

Opera Theatre of Philadelphia

Committed to making high an accessible to students and young people, Opera Theatre of Philadelphia sells tickets to their opera performances for as low as $10. This season they are performing Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Verdi’s La Traliata (The Lost One). The former just finished its run and the latter runs April 26-29.

Opera Theatre of Philadelphia performs right next door to Haverford College in Haverford School’s Centennial Hall. Call (215) 968-2492 for more information.

Opera Company of Philadelphia

This thriving opera company has had to turn away would-be subscribers and is flourishing with the help of General Director Robert Driver. Recent productions have included The Marriage of Figaro and Daughter of the Regiment. This season, the Opera Company is performing Cinderella from February 16-27, Tosca from March 24-April 5, and Salome from April 26-May 7.

The Opera Company sells tickets as low as $20, and for those non-foreign language majors, English supertitles are projected above every show. Tickets may be purchased by calling (215) 928-2110.

The Philadelphia Art Museum

The PMA is located at 26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday. 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and Wednesday evenings (various programs occur then) until 8:45 p.m. Student tickets are $5 and a $25 student membership allows unlimited all-year access. You can go to http://www.philamuseum.org/information/coupon.shtml to find a $1 coupon valid through March 12.

The Rodin Museum

Unfortunately, the museum is closed until May 31, but that should not deter you from visiting Philly’s bronze cast of The Thinker, which is displayed in front of the museum. A cast of The Gates of Hell is there, as well as many of Rodin’s bronzes and plastic studies, prints, letters and books. Currently, 60 of the museum’s pieces are temporarily displayed at the PMA.

The Museum is located at Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 22nd Street. A $3 donation is recommended. Call (215) 763-8100 for more information or visit http://www.rodinmuseum.org/visit.html


Penn’s International House, the Neighborhood Film/Video Project and the Folklife Center developed flimproject to bring international and indie films, sneak previews and, in some cases, directors to the greater community. Some past programs have been Being John Malkovitch, Spike and Mike’s 1999 Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation, and Frank Lloyd Wright and Japanese Art. Membership is free, and members receive the latest schedules by email.

The films themselves are usually free, and generally held in a large auditorium at International House. You should arrive early to secure a good seat - you may have to wait in line for half an hour or so but the truly diverse crowd is full of interesting people to chat with. Food and beverages are sold during showtimes.

International House is located at 3701 Chestnut Street and the number is (215) 895-6542.

Email filmproject@ihphilly.org to be added to the newsletter and visit http://www.libertynet.org/ihouse/nfvp for more information.

Where to Park

Although the parking garages on the Avenue of the Arts (where the Wilma Theater, Merriam Theater and the Academy of Music are located) give slight discounts for event parking, it is our recommendation that you park in Rittenhouse Square at 18th and Walnut and walk two blocks. It is as much as $5 cheaper to do so.

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