A Revolutionary Impulse: The Rise of the Russian Avant-Garde

Through March 12 The Museum of Modern Art
Covering the period of artistic innovation between 1912 and 1935, A Revolutionary Impulse: The Rise of the Russian Avant-Garde traces the arc of the pioneering avant-garde from its flowering in
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US Presidential Medal of Freedom Goes to Legends of Sports, Screen, Science and Music

VOA Twenty-one extraordinary Americans, legends in their professions, have been chosen to receive the top U.S. civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The nation’s highest civilian honor is “a tribute to the idea that all of us, no matter where we come from, have the opportunity to change (more...)

Arabic ‘Fastest Growing’ Language in US

VOA News Arabic is the “fastest growing language in the U.S.,” according to the Pew Research Center. According to a post on the group’s website about the challenges Arabic presents to the U.S. census, Arabic speaking at home has surged by 29 percent between 2010 and 2014 among (more...)

Philadelphia’s First Major Comedy Club To Open In Over A Decade

Nearly one year after the launch of The Fillmore Philadelphia hailed as “the most beautiful live rock music venue in the United States,” Live Nation is planning to unveil the Punch Line comedy club only a few steps away from that concert hall to join the rapidly emerging Fishtown entertainment (more...)

American Photographer Penn Captured More Than Just Fashion

VOA Julie Taboh Irving Penn was one of the most prominent and influential fashion and celebrity photographers of the 20th century. His images of glamorous models posing in the latest designs graced the covers and pages of the most popular fashion magazines. In a bare, stripped-down studio in New York City, he (more...)

Interested in Tracking Santa? There’s an App for That

VOA Julie Taboh What does Santa do in the hours leading up to Christmas? Does he help the elves load up the toys from his workshop? Feed and walk his reindeer? Drink one last cup of coffee? And once he climbs onto his shiny, red sled, where does he start and end his (more...)

What Does It Take To Be Cool?

What is cool? It’s more than a place between hot and cold. Since the mid-20th century, it’s the word that has been used to describe people who have a certain something that we admire. American Cool, an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery, uses 100 famous faces to look at (more...)

Live Nation Unveils Plans For The Fillmore Philadelphia Setting New Standard For Rock Clubs In U.S.A.

Historic 125-Year-Old Ajax Metal Company Building to TransformInto Live Music and Entertainment Venue Created Uniquely for Philadelphia Fans Live music Philly-style is coming to what is planned as the “best live rock music venue in the United States.” The Fillmore Philadelphia. As part of the continued revitalization of iconic Fishtown, one of the city’s historic addresses, the legendary Ajax Metal (more...)

The House That Chroma Dolls Built

As the summer came to a close, the art collective known as Chroma Dolls let the world know just how busy they've been transferring their talent from their mind to their paintbrushes for the betterment of the Philadelphia area and it’s surrounding region. The biggest of those projects was a (more...)

Delegation Wows Americans with Turkmen Art and Music

By Paula D. Thomson Staff Writer Americans in Washington, New Mexico and New York got a taste of the finest music, art, literature and dance Turkmenistan has to offer thanks to a weeklong festival December 2–7 called Turkmenistan Culture Days. In honor of Turkmenistan’s recent 22nd anniversary of independence and (more...)

African Americans Celebrate Joy of Kwanzaa

Many African Americans who observe Christmas also celebrate Kwanzaa, a seven-day nonreligious holiday honoring African heritage and culture, family and community. Shown here are young people practicing African dance at Kwanzaa camp in East Cleveland, Ohio. Kwanzaa, which takes its name from the phrase for “first fruits” (more...)

Philadelphia Orchestra Announce 2015 European Tour

Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that the Philadelphia Orchestra will embark upon a European Tour in 2015, culminating in two performances at the South Bank Centre in London.  Mayor Nutter made the announcement at a reception for the Philadelphia delegation hosted by UK Trade & Investment and featuring more than (more...)

Second Annual ThinkFest Kicks Off — a Weeklong Event

Second Annual ThinkFest Kicks Off — a Weeklong Event Featuring Dynamic Speakers, Unique Entertainment and Smart Conversation about the Future of Philadelphia Prominent speakers to include M. Night Shyamalan, Chris Matthews, Marc Vetri and Kathleen Kane Organizers of ThinkFest announced their second annual program, which will be held from Nov. 4-9. (more...)

Saving Syria’s Cultural Heritage

Part of the humanitarian disaster in Syria is the threat to the country’s cultural objects and sites. Few countries are as rich culturally, have had such a glorious past, and are as important to human civilization as Syria. Syria’s history extends over thousands of years. A succession of (more...)

Renovations at Iconic Gateway Arch Aim to Improve Visitor Access

One of America’s greatest tourist attractions is getting a multimillion dollar makeover to improve access for visitors. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill and state and city officials and other partners August 2 broke ground on the “Park over the Highway” (more...)

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