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  • QFest

    Cinematic reflections of the gay and lesbian experience

    Get cinematic at Philly's QFest

    QFest is the nation’s third-largest event of its kind, attracting international cineastes for two weeks of film and flat-out partying throughout mid-July.

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  • Radio One Music & Entertainment Conference

    Calling all aspiring singers, actors, fashionistas, music moguls of tomorrow, and anyone who just likes the red carpet experience! The third annual Radio One Music & Entertainment Conference is coming back to Philly with a star-studded lineup of celebrities, featuring headliner and world renowned producer, rapper, and entertainment executive Jermaine Dupri.

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  • Rave Cinemas

    Popcorn movie central

    The beauty of this mainstream movie theater is that the points loss due to lack of edgy, obscure art-house fare is nullified by the fact that you can purchase alcoholic beverages inside and bring them to your seat.

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  • Rebel Rock Bar & Bites

    Pour your own beverage

    In addition to showcasing rock music seven nights a week through live performances, DJs and a regular songwriter showcase, the new Rebel quickly built a reputation as a bar where the patrons do half the work.

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  • Richards Medical Research Building

    Louis I. Kahn (1957-1961)

    Considered to be one of the most significant examples of modern American architecture

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  • Rittenhouse Square

    Philadelphia’s most popular town square

    Rittenhouse Square

    Rittenhouse Square is as popular with residents as it is with visitors. In the picturesque, tree-lined streets surrounding the park, you will find charming townhomes, luxurious spas, amazing eateries, jewelry stores and the highest of high-end fashion boutiques.

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  • Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show

    “Circle the Square” with fine art

    The Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show welcomes more than 140 artists from the Philadelphia area and beyond.

    On the first Friday through Sunday of June, a popular outdoor art show fills Rittenhouse Square

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  • Rodeph Shalom Synagogue

    A 1920s-era architectural marvel and home to the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art

    This synagogue, built in 1927, is an outstanding example of the Byzantine style. The building, which places home to the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, is free and open to the public.

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  • Rodin Museum

    The largest collection of Auguste Rodin sculptures outside France

    The greatest hits of the famed 19th-century sculptor are all here – bronze casts of Eternal Springtime, The Gates of Hell, The Burghers of Calais, and, of course, The Thinker. Bold, energetic and emotionally intense, these works are set in a temple-like building down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which administers the collection.

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  • Rustic Music

    Vintage record and guitar shop near historic Antique Row

    A colorful sign along 13th Street beckons you into this time-honored shop

    Vintage record and guitar shop in historic Antique Row

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  • Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building

    Fashion and modern design highlight the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s first major expansion

    The Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building.

    Enthusiasts of fashion and modern design will relish a visit to the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building, the first major expansion of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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  • Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Ryan Memorial Library

    Rare books, vaulted ceilings and arched windows inspire research

    The Ryan Memorial Library and its Rare Book Collection date back to 1832 when the seminary was founded. In 1911, the library moved to its current location, which is named for Archbishop Patrick J. Ryan, second archbishop of Philadelphia. It is considered a wonderful resource for the study of systematic theology, canon law and church history, particularly the history of the Catholic Church in the United States.

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  • Screenings Under The Stars
    Summer Movie Series at Penn’s Landing

    A free movie series at Penn’s Landing in July and August

    Every Thursday night in July and August, a different film will be screened outdoors on a big screen at Penn's Landing.

    Every Thursday night in July and August, a different film will be screened outdoors on a big screen at Penn’s Landing. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy a great summer treat!

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  • Seeds Gallery

    Putting down roots

    More than the average white-washed wall-hanging space, this gallery’s mission is to foster community between new artists and the local community, effectively “seeding” them into the business side of the art world.

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  • Shakespeare Memorial

    1926 by Alexander Stirling Calder

    The Philadelphia Shakespeare Memorial.

    A morose Hamlet leans his head against a knife, while a laughing jester, Touchstone, lounges against him.

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  • Shiloh Baptist

    An historic church designed by the renowned Frank Furness

    A beautiful piece of period architecture designed by the renowned Frank Furness, Shiloh plays host to expertly curated dance and visual art events.

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  • Shofuso – The Japanese House and Garden

    Serenity and elegance in Fairmount Park

    The Japanese House and Garden

    Enter a place of harmony and tranquility, where the large stone statue of the Buddhist deity Jizo keeps silent watch over the Shofuso in its home away from home in Fairmount Park. Explore the Pine Breeze Villa, fragrant from its tatami mats and hinoki bark roof; across the wooden bridge, a tea garden leads past lanterns to the ceremonial teahouse complex.

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  • Shubin Theatre

    A cozy venue hosting regional and touring performing arts shows

    A throwback to South Street’s bohemian origins, the intimate Shubin plays host to live dance, theater, music and every other performing art imaginable.

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  • Silica Galleries

    Art of glass

    Representing and promoting sculptors with a concentration in glass, Silica displays and sells contemporary vases, sculptures, jewelry, accessories, wall hangings and furniture.

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  • Slought Foundation

    Redefining the public and political spectrum

    This internationally recognized non-profit cultural center hosts exhibitions and programs with a socio-political focus.

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  • Smith Memorial Arch

    1897–1912, Various Artists

    The Smith Memorial Arch.

    The Smith Memorial commemorates Pennsylvania’s military heroes of the Civil War.

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  • Social Consciousness

    1954 by Jacob Epstein

    Social Consciousness

    The elongated figures of Jacob Epstein’s Social Consciousness suggest sympathy, tenderness and sorrow for human suffering.

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  • Society Hill Playhouse

    Theater for all at one of Philadelphia’s oldest theater halls

    A Performance at Society Hill Playhouse

    This is theater for people who don’t like theater . . . or who think they don’t.

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  • Soup Kitchen Cafe

    Bowled over

    If it warms you up and you eat it with a spoon, chances are there’s a killer version of it being served at Soup Kitchen Cafe.

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  • Space 2033

    Hosting art exhibtions and acupuncture services

    One of the latest additions to Frankford Avenue’s arts corridor, Space 2033 is a true artistic catchall.

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  • Split Button

    1981 by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

    The Split Button by Claes Oldenburg.

    Knowing that Ben Franklin had founded the university, and noticing that a nearby statue depicted him as somewhat plump, they imagined that Ben had popped a button.

    The button would have fallen to the ground and been broken by students’ feet. Thus the sculptors created a massive aluminum “split” button for the plaza in front of the main library.”

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  • St. Stephen’s Protestant Episcopal Church

    William Strickland (1822-23)

    St. Stephen’s Church is the only surviving example of architect William Strickland’s Gothic style.

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  • Starman in the Ancient Garden

    1990 by Brower Hatcher

    The Starman in the Ancient Garden.

    This mysterious sculpture by Brower Hatcher makes you think about the changes in civilization from past to present to future.

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  • Stenton

    William Penn’s powerful agent-secretary, James Logan, made Stenton his country seat

    Stenton was one of the grandest houses of its time.

    Ben Franklin thought it was worth the trip to Germantown’s Stenton, one of the grandest houses of its time.

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  • Stephen Girard Collection

    The treasures of a man of good taste and good deeds

    Stephen Girard Collection

    The treasures of a man of good taste and good deeds

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