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    Philly residents prepare for battle in Shakespeare in the park

    July 30, 2014, 1:20 p.m., Posted by Katti Gray

    Shakespeare's Henry IV in West Philadelphia's Clark Park. Credit: Brian Siano on YouTube.

    When a staging of Shakespeare’s “Henry IV” opens tonight in Philadelphia, city native Brian Anthony Wilson, a black actor perhaps best known for being Detective Vernon Holley in the award-winning “The Wire” television series, will take the stage as king.

    “I’m here because I am an actor,” Wilson said. “And I’m selfishly doing this. Playing a king is a challenge but the bigger thing, the key thing, is that I’m showing kids of color and people of color more of what we can do and see.”

    That’s an important message for West Philadelphia, the neighborhood where the adaptation kicks off a four-night run in Clark Park, a block off the 43rd Street trolley stop on Baltimore Avenue. Three-quarters of the neighborhood’s residents are black—a demographic not usually counted among Shakespeare fans—and some of them will help stage a battle scene in the production.

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    Poetic Peace Arts celebrates 11 years of open mics and arts education

    July 30, 2014, 9:34 a.m., Posted by ylatimore

    Poetic Peace flyer for first & third Wednesdays at Midtown Key Club. This August marks 11 years of Poetic Peace Arts producing open mic sessions at local bars, coffeehouses, galleries and many other venues around town. Through the years, this literary movement has encouraged many artists...

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    Young love, “First Love” new art-related project coming to Summit Artspace

    July 30, 2014, 9:31 a.m., Posted by rdurbin

    When Summit Artspace, a Knight Arts grantee, was opening its current exhibit, “Streetscapes: Akron in Plein Air,” Sandy Kreisman, executive director of Akron Area Arts Alliance, was abuzz and duly excited about a project she was working on before, during, and as she hoped, after the opening reception of the...

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