Cutting edge animation and recording (it was the first film shown in stereo sound) make Disney’s 1940’s feature-film Fantasia beloved by fans of animation. Philly fans should know that this classic was recorded in Philadelphia by the famous Philadelphia Orchestra at the gorgeous Academy of Music.
Nightmares on Wax 3/16/18
WXPN, the University of Pennsylvania radio station, hosts free concerts every Friday in their studio/radio station on Walnut Street. Performer announcements and tickets sales take place every Thursday for the following week’s performance. Performers range from established artists (The Pretenders,Spoon, Warren Hynes, Josh Stone), to local artists, and up-and-coming acts.
While it’s not the British Museum, The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology houses an outstanding collection. In fact, one-fifth of the objects listed in The Smithsonian’s book “History of the World in 1000 Objects” come from the collection. Our favorites include the mummy room and the Greek pottery, but they also have great collections of African, Asian, Roman, Etruscan and Native American artifacts.
Temporary exhibits highlight current field work and past projects undertaken by the University. They also have great special events for adults and families and a beautiful courtyard for picnics (since the museum is on the Penn campus, there are lots of food trucks within a few blocks).
The Free Library has hundreds of records to borrow or just listen. Much of the extensive collection (jazz, rock, classical, etc.) is computer catalogued, but some is still in card files. Two record players are available for listening.
The Beetles (still) hold the title for most requested.
A Rainy Day In Philly: Exploring The Free Library & Polish Home Cooking
The Victorians of Philadelphia are much more substantial than the painted ladies of San Francisco, but no less ornate. Frank Furness, one of Philly’s most prominent Victorian architects, left some of these over-the-top beauties:
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Fisher Fine Arts Library, University of Pennsylvania
Peck Alumni Center, Drexel University
Undine Barge Club, Boathouse Row
In addition to his buildings, Furness also designed furniture, such as this amazing desk on display at The Philadelphia Museum of Art: