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Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Philadelphia Story, Part One

Please join me as we take a somewhat slight departure on Evenings With Peter from the general reportage. Destination? The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts! From April 7th to May 1st, this three-week festival will feature a staggering number of free and ticketed activities (135 events and 1,500 performing artists to be exact) all over Philadelphia, centering around the theme "Paris: 1910-1920." Behold the stunning reproduction of the La Tour Eiffel, housed under the glass roof of the Kimmel Center poised to celebrate the effervescent wonder that is Paris as well as honor the world of art, that so brilliantly includes music, theater, fashion, food, and film.

An extraordinarily generous 10 million dollar grant from The Annenberg Foundation is bringing together such programs as the premiere collaboration between the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Pennsylvania Ballet; ?uestlove from The Roots teams up with chantoosie Keren Ann and of course, the circus is in town! La Compagnie Transe Express and Grounded Aerial are sure to make you flip. Et naturellement, there is the cuisine to consider--PIFA's Culinary Component invites participating restaurants and visiting master chefs to whip up a batch of thrilling dishes while the ballroom at the Academy of Music plays host to the Bistro Academie event.

C'est magnifique! Stay tuned as ventures forth in its coverage of PIFA through May 1.

This post is supported by Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA).

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