Last Call at the Downbeat Jazz Bridge

In November, 1942, 25-year-old trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie is in Philadelphia leading his own quartet at the Downbeat Club. He’s just been fired by big bandleader Lucky Millinder after a stint at the famed Earle Theatre at 11th
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Lev Green Heartens Readers to Contribute in the Tapestry of Judaism

He invites those who have become disconnected from their Judaism to make it part of their core BROOKLINE, Mass. -- Author Lev Green encourages individual Jews, and especially those who have become disconnected from their religion, to understand the role they have to play in contributing to the tapestry of (more...)

Speaker Appoints John McNally to Gaming Control Board

House Speaker Sam Smith (R-Jefferson County) announced his appointment of John McNally III, an attorney from Dauphin County, to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. “The focus of our caucus has been to legitimately help this new Pennsylvania industry grow in Pennsylvania through strict oversight,” Smith said. “Our interest is to (more...)

Musical Instrument “Passport” Will Speed Travel, Protect Wildlife

Musicians who use instruments that legally contain endangered wildlife products such as Brazilian rosewood or elephant ivory will now have an easier time crossing international borders with a “passport” for their instruments. A U.S. proposal to streamline international customs checks for travelers with such musical instruments was (more...)

A New Era For Philadelphia Live Arts Festival

New brand identity announced at groundbreaking for dynamic waterfront home The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe marked the beginning of a new era: The 17-year-old contemporary arts organization has officially changed its name to FringeArts. The new name, announced in conjunction with breaking ground on a versatile permanent (more...)

Students Flash Mob “Harlem Shake” In The Airplane

Unusual video was placed in Youtube: three members of the Colorado College Ultimate Frisbee Team organized the flash mob  'Harlem Shake' on an airplane on their way to a tournament in San Diego over President's Day weekend. " It's the dance sensation that's sweeping above (more...)

Super Bowl And Upcoming Movies

About 100 million people around the world saw the game of the 2013 Super Bowl in the Superdome, a huge indoor arena in New Orleans, according to the media. It was a game between Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers. The Baltimore Ravens won, 34-31, they are the (more...)

Celebrating the Indomitable Spirit of New Orleans

With its unofficial motto being “Let the good times roll,” New Orleans has long been known as a place to party. Mardi Gras — marked by parades and unrestrained revelry each year on the Tuesday before the start of Lent — was declared a legal state holiday (more...)

Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia Names 2013 Finalists

Finalists with innovative ideas include visual and performing artists, citywide festivals, multidisciplinary collaborations and more he John S. and James L. Knight Foundation today announced 69 finalists for the 2013 Knight Arts Challenge, a contest funding the best ideas for engaging and enriching Philadelphia through the arts. Emerging from (more...)

U.S. Policy on Holocaust-Era Looted Art

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY CLINTON Holocaust-Era Looted Art This month we commemorate the seventieth anniversary of the Inter-Allied Declaration against Acts of Dispossession Committed in Territories under Enemy Occupation and Control, known as the London Declaration of January 5, 1943. Beginning with the London Declaration, the United States implemented (more...)

Christine Otsver’s Art Expressions: Or How Art Can Make People Happy

Christine Otsver's love of art started early. At home. Her dad had set up a photo-laboratory in their bathroom and often disappeared there. He devoted his free time to the hobby he adored, photography. And she – as a small girl – joined him whenever she could. She (more...)

Harlem Globetrotters Prove Victorious On Ice In Michigan

Since the NHL plans their return, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters made history today by playing an outdoor basketball game on ice in Michigan.  Using ice cleats and hockey helmets, the Globetrotters proved victorious over the Global Select with the help of (more...)

What Drops on New Year’s Eve

As 1 million people crowd into New York’s Times Square to watch the New Year’s Eve ball descend, millions of other Americans choose different ways to mark the end of 2012. In Raleigh, North Carolina, a much smaller but no less enthusiastic group of revelers gathers to watch (more...)

Peace Corps Uses Sports to Teach Moldovan Students About Health

Peace Corps volunteer Thomas Reade of New Orleans is using sports to teach youth in his community in Moldova about healthy lifestyle choices. The initiative utilizes soccer, the most popular sport in Moldova, as a way to get students active and excited to learn about health. “The topics (more...)

Kennedy Center Honors Artists for Creative Contributions

By Lauren Monsen
Staff Writer
What do bluesman Buddy Guy, actor/director Dustin Hoffman, comedian/television host David Letterman, ballerina Natalia Makarova and rock band Led Zeppelin have in common? As leading talents within their respective fields, all of them have helped shape U.S. cultural life — and all are
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