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  • Celebration of Black Writing

    One of the oldest African-American literary events in the country

    Discover the history of Chicken Bone Beach on the Jersey shore during Art Sanctuary's Celebration of Black Writing.

    Now in its 30th year, the Celebration of Black Writing is one of the oldest African-American literary events in the country. Hosted by Art Sanctuary, the month-long celebration features events appealing to all ages, backgrounds and interests.

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  • Centennial Bank

    Frank Furness (1876)

    Centennial Bank

    Centennial Bank, restored by Drexel University, includes such typical Furness devices as squat columns, pointed windows, and decorative brick patterns.

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  • Center City District Sips

    Happiest hours all summer long

    The Plaza Cafe at Table 31 participates in Center City Sips.

    Happy hour is more joyful in the summer thanks to Center City District Sips — discounted drinks and appetizers every Wednesday evening.

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  • Center City Jazz Festival

    Day-long celebration of jazz in Philadelphia

    Chris' Jazz Cafe is one of four venues hosting the Center City Jazz Festival.

    Spend the day relaxing with live jazz during the third annual Center City Jazz Festival. Part of Jazz Appreciation Month, the day-long festival features 16 bands performing at four Center City venues.

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  • Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

    Preserving for researchers the venerable history of Jewry

    More often than not, libraries are dispersed at the demise of their host institutions. When Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning failed, its library became an exception. Thanks to the late philanthropist Walter Annenberg, the library founded by 19th century Philadelphian Moses Aaron Dropsie was kept intact in a new research facility. A few years later the collection joined the University of Pennsylvania.

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  • Center for Architecture

    Home of the Philadelphia chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Community Design Collaborative

    The Center for Architecture offers walking tours, exhibitions, lectures, kids workshops, films, book talks and other events on the topics of architecture, urban planning, and design.

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  • Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia

    Philadelphia’s best-known chamber orchestra

    Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia

    The celebrated ensemble has performed with such guest artists as Sylvia McNair, the Romeros Guitar Quartet and the late Luciano Pavarotti.

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  • Chapterhouse Café & Gallery

    Carefully poured coffee and fine art

    A historic townhouse transformed into a cleanly modern venue for cutting-edge art shows, and great fair trade coffees and teas. Though Chapterhouse is big, its many tables are typically crowded with students and lingerers.

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  • Chester County Historical Society

    Focusing a spotlight on local history and handicrafts

    This gem of a small museum displays its permanent collections as regally and thoughtfully as any major museum. Exhibits afford a glimpse into the life of the early residents, the local iron industry and the artistry of the Welsh settlers who decorated furniture with a unique line and berry inlay design. The History Lab, a large room full of hands-on activities for tots through teens, is especially inviting, with its Chippendale-style chair to construct and a Civil War officer’s coat to don.

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  • City Hall

    The largest municipal building in the country and the finest example of the Second Empire style

    Philadelphia City Hall

    City Hall is the largest municipal building in the United States, containing over 14.5 acres of floor space. It is an architectural treasure inside and out.

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  • Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Memorial

    1927 by Hermon Atkins MacNeil

    Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Memorial

    Completed in 1927, the twin 40-foot pylons by Hermon Atkins MacNeil were intended as a gateway to Parkway gardens. Though moved to the northern edge of the square, they still function as a ceremonial entrance to the upper Parkway.

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  • Clothespin

    1976 by Claes Oldenburg

    Oldenburg’s Clothespin outside City Hall

    Philadelphia’s City Hall has inspired many reactions, but perhaps none quirkier than Claes Oldenburg’s. City Hall is formal, ornate late 19th century. Oldenburg’s 45-foot steel Clothespin, directly across 15th Street, is sleek, ultramodern, whimsical. Everyone has an opinion about the Clothespin. What’s yours?

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  • Community Education Center

    Incubating artistry in West Philadelphia

    The Community Education Center is a non-profit serves as a support system for artists of all stripes, providing time, space and resources to Philly’s talented creative class.

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  • Concerts in the Park – Rittenhouse Square Summer Concert Series

    A lively summer concert series in Rittenhouse Square

    Concerts in the Park

    A lively summer concert series in Rittenhouse Square.

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  • Covenant

    1974 by Alexander Liberman

    Covenant by Alexander Liberman

    Forty-five feet high, the red tubes of Alexander Liberman’s steel structure span Locust Walk, creating a focal point for Penn’s residential area. As the title indicates, the artist wanted to convey a feeling of bonding together for a high purpose. Besides being a pioneer in large abstract sculpture, Liberman had a major impact on fashion publishing, serving as art director for Vogue and editorial director of Condé Nast Publications.

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  • Cowboy

    1908 by Frederic Remington

    Frederic Remington's Cowboy

    The only large bronze by famous Western artist Frederic Remington, the Cowboy stares toward the river while his steed shies from a precipice. Remington himself chose this dramatic setting. The work is easy to miss if you’re speeding by, but unforgettable once you’ve seen it.

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  • Crane Arts

    Warehouse space for contemporary arts

    Contemporary art flourishes at the Crane Arts building, a former plumbing warehouse that the building’s owners have restored into a haven for creative folks.

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  • Curio Theatre Company

    West Philly thespians

    The professional ensemble company dedicates itself to producing diverse and high-quality theatrical works at an affordable ticket price. Productions range from traditional Shakespeare to modern adaptations of old classics.

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  • Da Vinci Art Alliance

    Nurturing creation

    Founded in 1931 by a team of Italian-American artists, Da Vinci is a non-profit space dedicated to showcasing the best creative Philly has to offer.

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  • Danger Danger Gallery

    Underground sound

    The vibe here is one of a house party, but these aren’t your typical college bands. Great underground music, hipster clientele and a definitely unfancy feel make this a classic West Philly haunt. Tip: Grab a growler from Dock Street Brewery before heading to the BYOB show.

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  • DesignPhiladelphia

    Philadelphia’s city-wide celebration of design and innovation

    The Design Philadelphia logo

    Every fall, the city celebrates the historic role of design in the region while showcasing the innovation yet to come during DesignPhiladelphia

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  • Dilworth Plaza

    Undergoing renovations to become one of the city’s great green spaces

    Rendering of the renovated Dilworth Plaza, opening in 2014.

    Located at the foot of City Hall, Dilworth Plaza is undergoing a major transformation into a modern and welcoming outdoor space.

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  • DiPinto Guitars

    Custom guitars for serious strummers

    Located a couple blocks from Fishtown’s main music drag, DiPinto Guitars began as a repair shop in 1995 before morphing into what it is today—a showroom for (sometimes bizarre) vintage guitars, as well as owner Chris DiPinto’s own creations.

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  • Dream Garden

    Louis Comfort Tiffany meets Maxfield Parrish in a one-of-a-kind creation

    The Dream Garden

    One of only three such works ever undertaken by Tiffany Studios, the piece is comprised of 24 panels that took six months to install in its Philadelphia setting. In 1998, after the piece was put up for sale and casino magnate Steve Wynn attempted to purchase it, a citywide outcry nixed the deal, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts purchased its alumnus’ famous Dream Garden to make sure it would remain where it has always been.

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  • Duck Girl

    1911 by Paul Manship

    Duck Girl in Rittenhouse Square Park

    A young woman, classically draped (with a bit of strategic undraping), strides gracefully with a duck in one hand. No known symbolism invests this work; it’s just pleasant to look at. This is an early sculpture by Paul Manship, best known for his Prometheus in New York’s Rockefeller Center.

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  • Dupree Gallery

    Fine art made accessible by visual artist James Dupree

    This Queen Village institution was founded by artist James Dupree, who’s lauded for his accessible approach to running what many call “the people’s gallery.”

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  • Dylan Gallery

    Fine art on the Piazza

    This Piazza-located gallery focuses on architectural, functional and fine art, including furniture, housewares and jewlery.

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  • Eagle

    1904 by August Gaul

    The Eagle in Macy's Grand Court.

    German sculptor August Gaul’s 2,500-pound bronze bird came to America for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 1904. When John Wanamaker purchased it for his famous department store, he had to strengthen the floor with extra girders. Soon “Meet me at the eagle” became a catchphrase for Philadelphians as well as suburbanites who came downtown to shop.

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  • Eastern State Penitentiary

    Radical 19th century prison designed to create social change

    The looming exterior of Eastern State Penitentiary

    Eastern State Penitentiary set the standard for penal reform, with its soaring, castle-like Gothic architecture and its founders’ Quaker-inspired belief that solitary confinement could reform criminals.

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  • EKG Exhibition Space

    The intersection of art and technology

    The exhibitions and programs at this gallery showcase contemporary art that intersects with advances in science and technology—and all are free and open to the public. A recent expansion includes a program called Breadboard, an art-and-technology hybrid combining 3-D and a collaborative workshop.

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