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July 19th, 2001
Summer Signals a Decade of Wednesday Nights at The Philadelphia Museum Of Art

As Wednesday Nights at the Philadelphia Museum of Art marks its 10th year this summer, the Museum celebrates the lively program's decade-long run with a series of performances, film screenings, gallery talks, and culinary delights. The upcoming schedule recaptures memorable performances of past Wednesday Nights with a suite of appearances by some of the most popular artists to have graced the Great Stair Hall stage. Other summer highlights include an evening of storytelling and commentary by noted authors and personalities, held in celebration of the Museum's 125th anniversary, and a stimulating medley of music and dance drawn from cultures around the world. The season's gallery talks-including West Meets East, Japan at the Philadelphia Centennial and Improvisational Landscapes from the Heartland: Highlights from "Photographs by Harry Callahan"- underscore major exhibitions as well as the Museum's acclaimed collections.

For film buffs, there's a tangle of quirky coincidences pervading the love stories of Bossa Nova (July 25) in English, Portuguese, and French with English subtitles. "You can get anything you want" at the timeless Alice's Restaurant (August 15) based on Arlo Guthrie's song of the same title. Witness the adventures of three stumblebum escaped-convicts in Joel Coen's 2000 hit O Brother, Where Art Thou? (August 22).

There's dance for everyone this summer including the hip-hop of Rennie Harris Puremovement (July 11), the folk style of Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble (August 8), the percussive steps of Sandy Silva (August 22), the shamanist ritual dance of Ju-Yeon Ryu (August 29), and much more.

For pop-culture commentary, wry criticism, and a definite way with words, Philadelphia native Joseph Queenan (July 18) is much awaited. Formerly an editor of Forbes and Spy, Queenan's acerbic humor has been widely published; his recent book is Balsamic Dreams: A Short But Self-Important History of the Baby Boomer Generation.

Music from around the world fills the Great Stair Hall with such variety as the Brazilian jazz of Minas (July 25), the Philly Folkfest Preview featuring traditional Irish music with Solas (August 15), and the Afro-Caribbean sounds of The Marlon Simon Trio (September 19).

Chef's Specials range from pulled flank steak with black beans and rice (July 25) to borscht and sautéed pierogies (August 8), which adds extra flavor to every Wednesday night of the summer season.

To receive more information about Wednesday Nights at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, call (215) 684-7860 or visit the Museum's Web site, at; to receive a free brochure, call (215) 684-7506. Performances are held in the Great Stair Hall; Gallery Talks are given at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.; and films are at 7:10 p.m. in the Van Pelt Auditorium, unless otherwise noted.

All activities are free after Museum admission. Please note that programs are subject to change.

Wednesday Nights at the Philadelphia Museum of Art are made possible in part through support and contributions of many sponsors and vendors. The Museum thanks Southern Wine & Spirits of Pa; Diaspora Enterprises, Inc.; Spirits of Valley Forge; the Ukrainian Educational and Cultural Center; Philadelphia Folksong Society; The Martin Guitar Company; the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Korean Heritage Group; and Strings for Schools.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art thanks Philadelphia Weekly for its advertising support.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

For additional information, contact the Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art phone at 215-684-7860, by fax at 215-235-0050, or by e-mail at The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.

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