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  • Colonial Theatre

    One-of-a-kind theatre hosts art and indie films — and Blobfest

    Considered the cultural center of town, the Colonial Theatre opened its doors in 1903.

    This one-of-a-kind 658-seat auditorium presents art and independent films, classic and modern pictures and live children’s shows and concerts.

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  • 1812 Productions

    Setting the stage for comedy in Philadelphia

    1812's annual political satire, This is the Week That Is.

    For nearly two decades, 1812 Productions has provided Philadelphia with a good laugh. The only all-comedy theater company in the city, 1812 is known for their uproarious performances of classic and original comedic productions.

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  • 2014 Fringe Festival

    City-wide celebration of though-provoking progressive performing arts

    For fans of new and experimental theater, the Fringe Festival presented by FringeArts features hundreds of must-see performances each September.

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  • 2nd Street Festival

    Super-sized block party in Northern Liberties

    Every August, thousands pack a seven-block stretch of North 2nd Street between Germantown Avenue and Spring Garden for a day of music, food, beer gardens, art, workshops and vendors of all kinds.

    Every August, thousands pack a seven-block stretch of North 2nd Street for a day of music, food, beer gardens, art, workshops and vendors of all kinds.

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  • 33rd Street Armory

    Versatile event space at Drexel University

    The 33rd Street Armory is a versatile event venue on Drexel University’s campus known to hosts concerts, food events and art gatherings.

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  • 40th Street Summer Series

    Free monthly outdoor concerts in University City

    Once a month every month this summer, talented musicians and performers perform an array of acts for attendees at the series of free outdoor concerts.

    University City District ups the cool factor to combat the summer heat with the return of the 40th Street Summer Series, free outdoor concerts on the last Saturdays of June, July, August and September.

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  • 700 Club

    Local bar by day, dance club by night

    Good music, good beer and good times abound at this bi-level spot, which looks like a club built inside a house (because that’s exactly what it is).

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  • 915 Spring Garden Street Studios

    Massive workspace for local artists

    A five-story, 75,000-square-foot complex hosting more than 100 artists in individual workspaces.

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  • A-Space

    Center of attention

    More neighborhoods need a pace like the A-Space, an anarchist “infoshop” that focuses on the enrichment of its community. Come for the free books, art shows and vegan potlucks, stay for the anti-war think tanks and NORML meetings.

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  • Abington Art Center

    27 acres of amazing art in Montgomery County

    Abington Art Center hosts festivals, concerts or film series and more.

    When there isn’t a festival, concert or film series at the 27-acre Abington Art Center, visitors can claim a quiet bench under the Katasura trees to contemplate the 24 environmentally themed semi-permanent and temporary sculptures by artists such as Ursula von Rydingsvard, Knox Cummin, Christopher Manzione, Alison Stigora and Jay Walker.

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  • Abraham Lincoln

    1871 by Randolph Rogers

    Statue of Abraham Lincoln signing the Emancipation Proclamation.

    It may seem an unadventurous pose — sitting in a chair, holding a quill pen — but sculptor Randolph Rogers caught Lincoln in a heroic moment, signing the Emancipation Proclamation.

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  • Addams Gallery

    This is one of the many galleries where students and faculty of Penn’s finearts and architecture programs exhibit their work. Located in Addams Hall, it hosts approximately four openings per semester.

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  • Aero Memorial

    1948 by Paul Manship

    Aero Memorial

    To commemorate aviators who died in World War I, sculptor Paul Manship created an open bronze sphere that suggests the heavens and the earth, with intricate intertwined forms evoking the signs of the zodiac.

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  • AIA Bookstore & Design Center

    A fun, sophisticated store selling architecture books, unique designer gifts, and creative children’s toys

    The AIA Bookstore & Design Center is a recognized leader in architecture books, unique designer gifts, and creative children’s toys. The bookstore is operated by the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, one of the oldest Chapters of the AIA.

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  • All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors

    1934 by J. Otto Schweizer

    All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors

    Finely detailed sculptures of African American military men cluster about an allegorical figure representing Justice, who holds symbols of Honor and Reward. Above, American eagles surround a torch of life. First placed in West Fairmount Park, this work was moved to a prominent position on the Parkway in 1994.

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  • Ambler Theater

    Independent, art and foreign films screened in an iconic building

    Ambler Theater is the place to go if you're looking to catch the independent, art and foreign films.

    Ambler’s landmark movie theater has been recently renovated — and has more to offer film fans than ever

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  • American Philosophical Society Museum

    Views of science and humanistic thought at Ben Franklin’s intellectual club

    American Philosophical Society Museum

    Snuggled behind the east wing of Independence Hall is Philosophical Hall, a brick building erected in the late 1780s that was our nation’s first museum, national library and academy of science. Inside, changing exhibitions highlight the intersections of science, history and art. Jefferson’s handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence and the Lewis and Clark journals are among the important documents, scientific specimens, patent models, portraits, maps, rare books and manuscripts that comprise this remarkable collection.

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  • Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

    Premier performance space at the University of Pennsylvania

    As one of the nation’s premier urban performing arts centers on a university campus, Annenberg puts on all genres of cultural performance. Jazz, world music, dramatic touring theater and local Philadelphia artists make the venue a place toexplore “adventuresome perspectives on contemporary issues and timeless ideas.”

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  • Arden Theatre Company

    The greatest stories from the greatest storytellers

    Arden Theatre Company's production of Peter Pan

    With a mission to tell “the greatest stories by the greatest storytellers of all times,” the Arden Theatre Company presents an annual season of five mainstage productions and two children’s works.

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  • Art at the Airport

    Local artwork takes flight at the Philadelphia International Airport

    PHL views of 2 installations, Spiral Q Puppet Theater and Ceramic Vessels Variations in Form,Terminal A-West

    In 1998, Philadelphia International Airport established an Exhibitions Program — a visual arts initiative to humanize the Airport environment, provide visibility for Philadelphia’s unique cultural life, and to enrich the experience of the traveling public.

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  • Art for the Cash Poor

    Annual affordable artwork sale and festival at InLiquid

    Art for the Cash Poor is held at the Crane Arts Building.

    Enhance your personal art collection without breaking the bank at InLiquid’s annual Art for the Cash Poor.

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  • Art in the Open

    Experience the creation of art along the Schuylkill River

    Experience art in a variety of mediums and styles during Art in the Open.

    Artists from around the country will showcase their creative process along Philadelphia’s Schuylkill Banks during Art in the Open.

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  • Art Machine Production

    Art makers at work

    A shop, studio, gallery and tattoo parlor rolled into one, this 2,700-square-foot space provides plenty of working room for its six featured artists. Buyers and browsers get a taste of new gallery work, plus snacks and drinks, every First Friday of every month.

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  • Art on City Hall

    Hundreds of sculptures by a single artist

    William Penn stands on top of City Hall

    Today it seems an unimaginable feat. Alexander Milne Calder, the first of the famous Calder family, created not only the statue of William Penn on City Hall Tower, but also most of the other 250-plus sculptures that adorn the massive building.

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  • Art Star

    A cutting-edge craft shop in Northern Liberties

    Original designs fill the space at Art Star

    Art Star, a gallery and boutique in the artistic Northern Liberties community.

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  • Art Star Craft Bazaar

    High-quality handmade goods at the Delaware River Waterfront

    Art Star Craft Bazaar features more than 150 local and national artists.

    One of Philly’s finest outdoor craft fairs, Art Star Craft Bazaar features more than 150 local and national artists who set up shop outdoors for two days at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing.

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  • Arthur Ross Gallery

    Global art on campus

    In just one room, Arthur Ross Gallery houses objects from Penn’s collections, as well as other major public and private collections. Though compact, it’s notable for its home in a Frank Furness-designed late-Victorian Romanesque building, completed in 1891.

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  • Arts Garage

    A dynamic and multifaceted entertainment venue

    One of the city’s most unique event venues, the Arts Garage is many things to many people: gallery, under-the-radar bar, dance club, presentation space and marketplace. Its “plug and play” accessibility means it appeals to a wide range of performers and creators.

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  • Asian Arts Initiative

    Community center for Chinatown creatives

    A community-based arts center and the cultural heart of Chinatown, the Asian Arts Initiative promotes dialogue about the Asian-American experience. In addition to a full calendar of events, the Asian Arts Initiative’s Social Practice Lab (seven artists in residence) fosters relationships with and creates public art projects for the community.

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  • B Square Gallery

    Bella Vista’s artistic voice

    This spacious “living room for the neighborhood” has tons of great beer on tap and a cracklin’ fireplace to warm up your bones but not your pint.

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